10 Widely Popular Medical Myths You Need To Know

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As humans, we tend to believe anything. Especially when it is related to medical science. Primarily because we don’t know enough. Some myths are so popular that we guarantee you might have heard them at least once.

Here, we have collated 10 of the most popular myths which are absolutely not true.

An Influenza shot can cause Influenza

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The influenza viruses in a flu shot are inactivated, or killed, and they cannot cause an infection. Some people experience soreness or redness near the injection site after vaccination, but it does not cause flu illness. So, an antidote cannot be the cause of an illness.

Eating lots of chocolates causes Acne

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Acne is caused by three main factors: overproduction of oil, also called sebum, irregular shedding of dead skin cells that cause an irritation of the hair follicles, and a buildup of bacteria. Although no one should go overboard on eating chocolate or greasy meals, there is no scientific link to diet and acne.

A chewing gum swallowed stays in your stomach

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No, it doesn’t because of a thing called the digestive system. When gum is swallowed, the body breaks it down just like every other food you ingest. During the digestion process, the body extracts materials that it can use and sends the rest out in the stool. Although the body cannot digest the synthetic ingredients of gum, it still passes normally from the stomach, small intestine and into the colon.

Cracking your knuckles causes Arthritis

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It is quite common to hear someone warning a knuckle-cracker that they will get arthritis, but the worst that can happen to a compulsive-cracker is that their finger joints may weaken over time. While cracking your knuckles does not cause arthritis, it has been linked to ligament injury, discoloration of the tendons and reduced grip strength.

Cold weather is the reason for common cold

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Colds are more common during the winter months because people are generally indoors during this time and the viruses can spread more easily. So until you swap germs with a sick person, you won’t get a cold from wet hair.

You should drink at least eight glasses of water a day

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Only if you want to spend the day in the loo. The origins of this myth is most likely the fact that a 1945 government agency said that the human body needed around 8 glasses of fluid a day. This included the fluid from all of the foods we eat and drinks like tea and coffee.

Eating Late at Night Makes You Gain Weight

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No, eating late has got nothing to do with gaining weight. Eat as much as you want as long as your metabolism supports it. f you eat fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight, and if you eat more calories, you will gain. That’s the only logic.

Losing weight is harder than gaining weight

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Mathematically, it is the other way round. if you want to lose weight, you can expose yourself to significant changes in temperature which speeds up your metabolism.

We don’t utilize 90% of our brain’s ability

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Humans use it all even if you’re not thinking hard. Every part of the brain has a specific function and multiple portions are being used at the same time to perform daily activities. Even if all parts of the brain aren’t firing neurons and communicating at the exact same time, you can be certain that the human brain is being worked all the time.

Swimming immediately after eating is bad

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Scientists have dispelled this myth, noting that while the body does use extra blood during digestion, it does not use enough to prevent your arms and legs from functioning properly.

So, the next time you listen to any of this, you know what to say.

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