The Truth About These 5 Common Medical Myths
June 28, 2022
You’ve heard of them. The old aphorisms that span back to grade school, like “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and “Wait at least an hour after eating before you swim.”
While some of this advice may be sound, other medical myths have been completely debunked. Here, we include five common medical myths and settle the score on whether they are the truth or good examples of well-intended misinformation.
Myth #1: An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
This one may be the oldest health myth in the book. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” originated in Wales in 1866 as the phrase, “Eat an apple before going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” It then reappeared in its current form in 1916 and has since been a household phrase you may have heard in school or from a grandparent.
So, is it true? Does an apple a day keep you out of the doctor’s office? A study conducted on this phrase specifically concluded that this is just an old wives’ tale. There is no positive correlation between eating an apple and less frequent visits to health careproviders.
Apples are filled with nutrients that can support digestion and cholesterol and contribute significant vitamins and nutrients to your diet, but many factors affect your whole health.
Myth #2: Cold Weather Makes You Sick
While this sounds like it may be sound medical advice, cold weather doesn’t actually make you sick. Though people tend to get sicker more often in the colder months, it is not correlated to the drop in temperature.
Staying inside, in addition to the upswing of flu and viruses during the colder months, are the main reasons for more viral infections. Close indoor contact is why people get sick during the winter months.
One of the best ways to avoid getting sick during the colder parts of the year is to protect your immune system from any viruses coming your way by ensuring you are getting enough vitamins and minerals as part of a healthy diet.
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Myth #3: You Can Lose Weight Just by Exercising
It may surprise you, but you can’t just lose weight by exercising. Apologies to our passionate gym-goers, but it takes more than just hitting the gym five days a week to lose weight.
Significant research supports how a caloric deficit – when your body is burning more calories than you can consume – and prioritizing eating whole foods is more effective at helping you lose weight than just working out alone.
While a caloric deficit can be effective at helping lose weight, it can also be harmful if not done safely or incorporated too quickly. As with any lifestyle change, consult with your team of medical professionals to confirm that you are making changes that are mindful of your health and wellness and in pursuit of your weight loss goals.
Myth #4: The Hair of the Dog Cures a Hangover
Mimosas abound at brunch, and build-your-own Bloody Mary is commonplace on Sunday mornings, especially in cities packed with bars. But does the “hair of the dog” really cure a hangover?
Hangovers range from uncomfortable to dangerous, depending on a few things. These factors include how much alcohol you drank the night before, how hydrated you are, and if you mixed alcohol with any other substances.
While there are several ways to avoid a hangover – eating before, drinking less, and hydrating more – sometimes you just get excited with friends on a night out.
How to Help a Hangover
The hair of the dog, as it turns out, is a common misconception and not an effective way to cure a hangover. Moreover, there is no cure for a hangover. It takes time, and sometimes you just have to wait it out. While you wait for the alcohol to leave your system, hydrate with glasses of water and eat nourishing foods.
Though a greasy breakfast burger may seem tempting, if you’re hungover, your body is likely craving much-needed electrolytes and vitamins that have been depleted since the night prior. If your hangover symptoms are unmanageable, consider booking an appointment with The I.V. Doc to help get you back on the road to wellness in one swift therapy session.
Myth #5: The Five-Second Rule of Food
Have you ever heard of it? Your friend drops a french fry on the ground, looks at it longingly, and then cheerfully announces, “five-second rule!” and proceeds to pick up the fallen fry to eat it. While this may sound alarming, the “five-second rule” is another common phrase that has people munching on dropped food too often.
What’s the verdict on this strange rule? Five seconds do not affect whether the food is contaminated, considering that a portion of food can get contaminated within milliseconds.
If your food falls on a contaminated surface, it can get covered in all sorts of harmful germs that can infect you if you eat it.
Skip the five-second rule. If food falls on the floor, pick it up and discard it.