Some of the Biggest Health Myths/Untruths Fed to you By The Media.
Health Myths or Media Brain Washing… Take Them With a Pinch of Salt!
These health myths will interest you if you are a fan of health, fitness, lifestyle and women’s magazines.
When reading these news articles in magazines, you will often come across many health tips and other facts which may have made you make some minor lifestyle changes you felt would benefit you… …and lots of these things you read which will supposedly make you healthier and live better are actually untrue.
We have listed the most common misconceptions for you to take a look at and some are quite surprising too.
Whether it’s online, reading lots of magazines in waiting rooms or seeing things on social media, we have come across some of the most common untruths & myths about health if you would like to call them that, and summarized some these below. Some are certainly eye-openers, and you may not believe others…
So Let’s Begin with One of the Most Serious Diseases & Health Myths.
- Cancer is Caused by Lifestyle Factors
This is False because cancer is completely random and already in your body. Researchers at John Hopkins University have stated: About two-thirds of the genetic mutations that lead to cancer happen simply because of random errors made as cells divide and not because of diet, chemicals or inherited genes. “We hope that this research offers comfort to the literally millions of patients who have had cancer but who have lived nearly perfect lifestyles — who have never smoked, who have avoided the sun … who exercise regularly,” Dr Bert Vogelstein of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center told a news conference. READ THIS
- Spring Water is Healthier and Cleaner for You
This is a misguided belief that spring water companies have brainwashed you with. Did you know that over 50% of bottled water is tap water anyway?
Some analysis of spring water has also shown that it contains many impurities and in some cases, even faecal matter was found. This is another of those health myths that make you buy something you really don’t need. READ THIS
- You Need a Special Regular Body Detox
Perhaps after an evening out of drinking alcohol or eating foods that are not the best choices you believe you need a juice detox or other detox plan to clean up…. Not true because your liver does a pretty good job of that on its own!
Quote: Your body has a sophisticated way of eliminating toxins that involve the liver, kidneys, digestive system, skin, and lungs. However, if you do indulge in a really unhealthy lifestyle you can give your organs some help.
- You Should Drink 8 Glasses of Water Per Day
That’s not true either, and you should only drink when you are thirsty and your body will tell you when it is… You don’t have to count the glasses or measure the quantity of water you consume to stay within this false rule of thumb.
Quote: Most healthy people can stay hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty and that is sufficient.
- Eating Sugar When you Have Cancer Makes it Grow Faster
This is false because all cells need glucose to function, but consuming more or less sugar if you have cancer, will not accelerate its growth or affect your cancer risk.
Myth: People with cancer shouldn’t eat sugar because it can cause cancer to grow faster.
Fact: Sugar doesn’t make cancer grow faster. All cells, including cancer cells, depend on blood sugar (glucose) for energy. But giving more sugar to cancer cells doesn’t speed their growth.
- Eating Food at Night Makes You Gain Weight
This is also another one of those health myths because your body will metabolize it the same way as it does during the day. READ This
- Eating Eggs are Bad for Your Heart
This is untrue, and in fact, eggs contain healthy nutrients that may help lower our risk of heart disease. Added to this the high proteins, all nine essential amino acids, choline and selenium, vitamin B12, vitamin D, phosphorus, riboflavin, and folate can actually lower cholesterol. Overall, eating eggs is perfectly safe, even if you’re eating up to 3 whole eggs per day.
Quote from Anthony Komaroff, MD Harvard
Do I eat eggs regularly? I didn’t in the past, but new knowledge has changed my practice. I typically have a couple of eggs two or three times per week, so it averages out to less than one per day. Often, the eggs are mixed with fresh vegetables, herbs and spices, green chilli, or salsa. There’s whole-grain toast, with soft margarine (low in saturated fats and trans fats). It’s delicious, and the best current evidence says it’s healthy.
- Don’t Add Salt to Your Food Because This is Where too Much Salt Comes from Causing High Blood Pressure
This is also not true because as little as 5% of sodium in your diet comes from doing that while the other massive 95% is already in packaged and processed foods, sauces and flavour enhancers. Too much salt is not good for your health but where it comes from where is where you should be vigilant.
- Organic Foods Have No Pesticides and are Healthier!
Farmers who grow organic produce are permitted to use chemicals that are naturally derived — and in some cases are actually worse for the environment than their synthetic counterparts.
…And worse over 98000 studies proved that organic food does not come with any nutritional benefits.
Quote: ‘Contrary to what most people believe, “organic” does not automatically mean “pesticide–free” or “chemical-free“. In fact, under the laws of most states, organic farmers are allowed to use a wide variety of chemical sprays and powders on their crops.’
- Using Microwaves Can Give you Cancer
Not True: Microwaves just heat up or cook food and nothing more.
Quote: Microwave ovens do not cause cancer. Microwave ovens do not make foods radioactive. Microwave ovens heat food by producing radiation which is absorbed by water molecules in the food.
- Vitamin Supplements are Good for You
Years of research has proven there is simply no justification for taking them, and in some cases, vitamins have actually been associated with an increased risk of various cancers with this study not completely concluded.
Quotes: Popping vitamins and mineral supplements might feel virtuous, but it actually carries surprisingly few health benefits and could even do harm, according to researchers. While the review found that although taking multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium, or vitamin C do no harm, “there is no apparent advantage either”.
- Brown Sugar is Healthier than White Sugar
False: Brown sugar contains leftover molasses and refining it further would give you white table sugar. Your body does not differentiate between the two either and for it, sugar is simply sugar…
Quote: Brown sugar contains slightly fewer calories than white sugar, yet the difference is minimal. One teaspoon (4 grams) of brown sugar provides 15 calories, while the same amount of white sugar has 16.3 calories
- Sitting too Close to the TV or Computer Screens is Bad for your Eyes
Not true: Doing this will just give you an eye strain causing a headache and make you feel more fatigued, but will not do any damage to your eyes.
Quote: There is no evidence that sitting too close to the TV can damage your or children’s eyes. It may, however, lead to temporary eye strain.
- Eating Too Much Sugar Causes Diabetes
False: Diabetes research has proven that while consuming less sugar in your diet is a good way to curb weight gain, the illness diabetes is a complex disease and to date, no firm evidence shows that eating sugar will cause it.
Quote: Sugar consumption will not directly cause either type of Diabetes. However, eating too much can cause weight gain. Obesity is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. …
Once a person has diabetes, eating too much sugar can make symptoms worse, as diabetes makes it more difficult for the body to manage blood sugar levels.
- Working out Every Day will Make you Slimmer
Exercise alone does not help you lose weight but a combination of factors like dietary changes and lifestyle changes will facilitate weight loss.
Quote: Got a few pounds to lose? Cancel the gym membership. An increasing body of research reveals that exercise does next to nothing for you when it comes to losing weight.
Well, science has some bad news for you. More and more research in both the UK and the US is emerging to show that exercise has a negligible impact on weight loss. That tri-weekly commitment to aerobics class? Almost worthless, as far as fitting into your bikini is concerned.
The Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit medical research establishment in the US, reports that, in general, studies “have demonstrated no or modest weight loss with exercise alone” and that “an exercise regimen… is unlikely to result in short-term weight loss beyond what is achieved with dietary change.”
- Using Cell Phones Cause Cancer from Radiation
One of the ongoing health myths: Still, no conclusive evidence links cell phone use with getting cancer although the research is ongoing…
Quotes: One thing researchers do agree on is that there is currently no evidence that non-ionizing radiation increases a person’s cancer risk. Research shows that it does not cause DNA damage that can lead to cancer.
- Eating Snacks(6 Small Meals) a Day Boosts Metabolism
Research has proven that people who snack all day do not burn any extra calories in 24 hours than those who ate three main meals like breakfast lunch and dinner.
18. When You Get Older you Need Less Sleep
Untrue, because regardless of your age, “no one should get less than 6 hours of sleep a night because your body needs the time to rejuvenate cells and rest muscles”.
Quote: Interestingly, older adults need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults — seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Unfortunately, many older adults often get less sleep than they need. One reason is that they often have more trouble falling asleep.
Quotes and facts from Google, Health Websites and Current News Articles. In many cases regarding these health myths, ongoing scientific research is uncovering the real facts.