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.
If your mucus is green you have a sinus infection
Your mucus can be anywhere between white and green but this only indicates whether or not there is a certain protein in your white blood cells. It doesn’t tell you if you have a sinus infection.
Nuts, seeds, and popcorn stick to the lining of your stomach
If you have pouches along your bowel wall, then you have a disease called diverticulitis, but it is not caused by seeds, nuts, or popcorn.
You get wrinkles in the pool because your skin absorbs water
Your skin is waterproof, it can’t absorb water. The wrinkles are simply vasoconstriction triggered by your autonomic nervous system. Scientists are not exactly sure why this happens but it could be because it gives better grip in slippery environments (though this theory is contested as well).
You would explode in outer space
No, you wouldn’t, but reality isn’t much better: you would go unconscious after roughly 10 seconds, swell up, your blood would boil, and if you are not rescued after about 90 seconds, you would die (you wouldn’t freeze either because in a vacuum there is no real conduit for heat loss).
Drinking orange juice cures colds
Although orange juice does contain some vitamin C (but not as much as you think), and vitamin C is helpful to your immune system, it is not a magic drug and will do very little in the way of curing a cold.