12 Popular Health Myths Debunked (and confirmed)

we are going to debunk and confirm some illness and disease myths.

1/People kind of want to know like exactly

how much water should I be drinking, but there isn’t that magic number.

I think this myth has been circulating for a long time, and somehow

eight glasses of an eight-ounce glass specifically is what’s circulated.

It depends on your body sizeand how active you are at a given time.2

2/There is no reason to eat your placenta.

I do hear from people that they want to eat their placenta because

monkeys or other wild animals do it, but the reason that those animals

are doing it is because they don’t want to attract predators.

There is no reason for a human to eat a placenta.

3/Your heart does not skip a beat when you sneeze.

I think a lot of us grow up hearing things about sneezing, that your eyes close

and your heart skips a beat, and you’re like a dead for a millisecond or something.

Yeah, clearly not true.

4/Adults have fewer bones than babies

and that’s actually true, because babies are born with some bones

that fuse to become a bigger bone.

5/There is a phenomenon known as the July effect

which wonders and asks this question that if you have massive turnover, new resident

starting, new faculty starting around July, then isn’t that a more dangerous time to

be in a hospital?

And there have been 300 studies looking into this, and it turns out that it depends

on what kind of hospital it is, who you’re being looked after,

like how experienced they are, but also what kind of illness you are

and how seriously sick you are. The take home from this is that if you’re sick in July

you still need to go to a hospital, and by and large you’re in good hands.

6/So your body makes toxins

as it metabolizes different things, but the thing is your body also flushes those things out.

You don’t need to be doing anything or taking anything to cleanse yourself.

Flat Tummy Tea is, most of them are not good for you. They kind of go under

this umbrella of, oh well it’s natural or it’s herbal, but those herbs are no joke.

Sometimes Flat Tummy Teas contain senna, which yes it’s a herb, but it’s also a laxative.

So if you wanna crap the weight out, I mean all you’re doing is emptying your bowels

and becoming dehydrated.

7/Your body does have waste products in it.

That’s why you pee and that’s why you poop, and even when you breathe you

are exhaling carbon dioxide, which is a waste product, but your body is perfectly

primed to do that, to get rid of what you don’t need. People do ask about colonics.

You do not need them. You do not need to put coffee up your butt.

You don’t need to be shoving liquids up there to get anything out,

unless of course you have constipation and the doctor prescribes an enema,

but if you’re healthy and functioning fine then you don’t need to do a colonic.

8/ you do not need to take vita,ins if you are healthy

People are making billions of dollars off dietary supplements that many of us

don’t need, and that includes vitamins. If you are eating a well-balanced diet,

you’re getting the vitamins that you need and you don’t need to be popping a pill

to stay healthy. You need to take a vitamin if your healthcare provider tells you you

have a deficiency and you need to top up and take a pill or take a liquid that boosts

your level of that vitamin.

9/MSG is not addictive, it’s not unsafe

we are going to debunk and confirm some illness and disease myths

and the thing that I was fascinated with when I was writing this was that those myths

that you’ve heard about MSG, that it’s addictive, that it’s really bad for you,

are all tied to racism and the fact that it was Chinese people owning Chinese restaurants

that were using it, and that’s how it got labeled as something that was dirty and toxic.

In moderation it’s no worse for you than regular salt.

10/People have asked if genetically modified food is safe.

whether they should pay more for non-GMO food, pay more for organic food, but GMO

food is safe, and the definition of organic honestly can be so broad

and vague and different from one place to another that most doctors will say,

Just eat a healthy, balanced, varied diet, and you don’t necessarily need

to pay more for organic for most foods.

11/people ask about artificial sweeteners a lot

because a lot of my friends like to chug diet sodas. The thing to bear in mind here is

that some of the studies are not that robust, so you might have seen headlines saying,

“Diet sodas cause Alzheimer’s disease,” or, “Diet soda causes stroke,” and they’re not

necessarily true, and the thing that I worry about then is will people ditch the diet soda

and just start drinking sugary soda when we know that those are linked

to diabetes and other illnesses?

Artificial sweeteners, the kind that you find in diet sodas, do not cause Alzheimer’s

disease, stroke, and cancer. You may have seen headlines that say that,

but I think that they are misconstruing what the scientific studies are really showing.

There have been studies showing some harmful effects of artificial sweeteners in rats,

but then you have to take that with a large grain of salt to say that while just because

it did something in a rodent’s body, will that translate into happening in a human’s body?

But if you wanna be really careful, you can just drink water.

12/You are a little bit taller first thing in the morning

probably no more than a centimeter though, and that’s just because gravity compresses

your joints during the course of the day. It’s also why when astronauts come back

to earth after a space mission they are a little bit taller than when they left earth.

There are studies showing that bad teeth, especially bad gums, can lead to heart disease

and make you more susceptible, and that’s because of the bacteria

that causes gum disease can circulate through the blood and cause illness elsewhere.

It’s certainly something that makes us look at the patient holistically, so it’s important

to get your blood pressure checked and it’s important to eat well,

but it’s also really important to get good dental hygiene and get routine checkups

to make sure your gums are as healthy as everything else.

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