Everybody has advice these days. Don’t get vaccinated. Don’t take medicine. Don’t get blood transfusions. As crazy as some of those sound, that is the actual belief of many people. As we embrace science on one hand and seek the highest quality health care possible, on the other hand many of us still believe old wives tales and urban legends about our health and our bodies. Most likely your mother told you not to go outside in the cold because you’ll get sick. Or not to go swimming after eating because you’ll get cramps. While these things sound true and may even be based on something that seems accurate, they are false. Cold weather does not make you sick and swimming around after eating doesn’t give you cramps. Vaccines don’t cause autism and you can’t “sweat out toxins”. Today we are going to try to separate fact from fiction. We will try to see what sort of conceptions we have about ourselves and our bodies and then go through them to see what we should believe. Although your mother loves you, just because she said it doesn’t necessarily make it fact. These are 25 misconceptions about your body that aren’t true.
Sneezing stops your heart for a second
No, it doesn’t. If you’re heart stopped for even a second, you would know.
You can catch a disease from sitting on a public toilet seat
No matter what your mom said, STDs are only transferred by blood, sexual contact, or in utero.
Coffee sobers you up
Not at all. It will only make you feel like you are sober, which is dangerous, especially if you are driving. Basically, don’t drink coffee after alcohol.
It is safe to lick a cut
Your mouth is a dirty place filled with all kinds of bacteria. Licking your cut will only make it more likely to get infected.
Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight
According to doctors, reading in dim light can give you temporary eye fatigue because your eye muscles have to work a little harder to focus, but there is no evidence that it damages your eyes in the long run.