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Once upon a time in medicine: Myths regarding health care

November 15, 2012

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According to Merriam-Webster, a myth is “a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serve to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon.” Myths can also be a popular belief that grew up around someone or, in the case of medicine, something.

There are a lot of medical myths that have been debunked, but some people still believe in them. Here are some of those myths and why they are false:

Midnight snacks can make one fat. It does not matter what time of the day one eats. As long as how much a person eats does not exceed the calories he or she burns, there will be no weight gain.

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Knuckle cracking causes arthritis later in life. It does not. Cracking one’s knuckles only releases gas bubbles in the finger joints, hence the cracking sound.

Sleeping with wet hair can cause blindness. According to this website, there is no connection between wet hair and blindness.

Brushing one’s hair a hundred times can make it softer and shinier. Over brushing one’s hair can damage hair follicles and lead to hair loss.

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These and other medical myths are just myths—there is no scientific proof that these things actually do happen. Instead of focusing on medical myths, people should focus on medical facts.

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