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The 9 Biggest Health Myths Debunked

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The 9 Biggest Health Myths Debunked
SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com We've all heard these wisdoms, from washing your hands with warm water, to not sitting on a public toilet seat. But i...

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Washing your hands in warm water kills germs

We have all learned to wash hands in warm water. However, it does not fight germs. Water needs to boil to kill off germs.

The time spent rubbing and scrubbing hands is more important for kill...

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Tilting your head back cures nosebleeds

You should actually sit up straight and tilt your head slightly forward to prevent blood from running down the back of your throat.

Using ice to shrink the blood vessels, accompanied with lig...

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Carbohydrates make you gain weight

Research reveals that people gain weight because of excess calorie intake and lack of exercise, not because of the proportion of dietary fat or carbohydrates.

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Blood is blue and turns red when exposed to air

There is no such thing as blue blood. Blood appearing blue is an optical illusion. The maroon red color appears blue because light is diffused through the skin.

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Parts of your tongue taste different flavors

A psychologist interpreted a 1901 German study that suggested that sections of the tongue tastes specific tastes.

This has been debunked with research. Receptors for the basic tastes are foun...

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You can get infections from a toilet seat

There’s a myth that people get STDs and other viruses from toilet seats.

Most germs that cause diseases can only live for a very short time on the surface of a toilet seat.The bigger risk is ...

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Stretching prevents injury

Scientific evaluation of the claim suggests there is no difference in injury rates between those who stretch and those who don't.

Stretching probably will not hurt you, so keep doing it if it...

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Fat can turn into muscle

Fat and muscle are not the same metabolic tissues and the one cannot turn into the other.

Instead, when you exercise, the fat burns off and you start building your muscle.

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Eating late can cause weight gain

Weight gain caused by eating late is a complex issue with some truth to it.

Some studies indicate that late night eaters overeat because they eat mindlessly when they are tired.

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Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

Everyone has a different requirement for water. Temperature, humidity, size, age, gender and activity have an influence on your fluid needs.

Instead, drink when you are thirsty.

Eggs Harm Your Heart

Eggs have a lot of cholesterol compared to other foods. Although cholesterol in the blood is strongly related to heart disease, eating cholesterol is weakly associated with raising the cholesterol levels in your blood.

Eggs have other heart-protecting properties and eating it probably won't harm your heart.

Cancer or Alzheimer’s From Antiperspirant

  • A chain email in the 1990s was responsible for the false belief that antiperspirant was raising the risk of breast cancer. 
  • When researchers found higher ratios of aluminum in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, aluminum in antiperspirant was suspect. But it seems aluminum in antiperspirant is hardly absorbed by your skin.

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Your hands are never going to be clean

Your hands are never going to be clean

There are just too many things living on our hands to wash all of them off.
Killing all the microbes on your hands has never even been the point of hand-washing. The point is to get as big a ...

The numerical oddities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says to wash your hands for 20 seconds. The World Health Organization says hand-washing should take 40 to 60 seconds. And it's complicated to determine who is right.
The optimal length of time for hand-washing is likely to depend on many factors, including the type and amount of dirt on the hands and the setting of the person washing hands (temperature of water, washing technique, the type of soap, etc.)

Logarithmic reduction

Food safety researchers have to think in orders of magnitude, by necessity. Instead of aiming to completely wipe out a population of microbes, they’re trying to achieve a relative decrease as measured in orders of 10.
A 1-log reduction would be a 10-fold decrease — so, 90 percent fewer germs. A 2-log reduction is a 100-fold decrease — so 99 percent fewer germs — and 3-log is 1,000 times less, or 99.9 percent fewer. You get the picture.

Sore Is Not Always Good

While it feels satisfying to have sore, aching limbs, and a sign of a good workout. This is entirely unnecessary and one can eliminate the soreness by doing slow reps, or avoiding eccentric (muscle...

Heavy Lifting For Bulk

One can get stronger by increasing the size of the individual muscle fibers, and by recruiting more of the muscle fiber to work together when needed. 

A bulky body is also considered a negative in certain sports. Getting bulky is a specific, targeted training which includes high-volume exercises, calorie intake, and protein supplements, and cannot be attained by simply lifting heavier weights.

Using Scales

Scales are actually useful in providing you with information about your general progress and direction.