Old Wives’s Tales Involving Health


Old wives’ tales can spread quickly. making people think that they are true, but in plenty of cases they aren’t. When it comes to health, there are a lot of old wives’ tales that are fairly common to hear, but these wives’ tales are hereby debunked.

Cod Liver Oil and Joint Pain

According to WebMD, testing has never shown a connection between the use of cod liver oil and the reduction of arthritis, as well as the other types of joint pain. While the Omega 3 content of cod liver oil is a healthy positive, it does not counteract the degradation that is often the cause of joint dysfunction.

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Carrots and Eyesight Improvement

During World War II, the development of radar allowed the British to repel night time Luftwaffe attacks amid blackouts in the cities. Not wanting to reveal their radar capabilities, the British put forth a campaign suggesting that eating carrots allowed them to see the attacks.

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Eating Apples and Avoiding Doctors

Eating fruit is good for your health, but does not directly promote healing. If you sustain injury or become sick, fruit will not help.

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Eye Damage and Dim Light

No evidence exists that reading in dim light will affect the rods of your eyes, which receive light signals and perceive shapes. Since the cones in your eyes primarily perceive color, these are also not damaged this way.

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Knuckle Cracking and Arthritis

Joint cracking can be tendons snapping or air bubbles forming and collapsing, which can weaken your grip. But there is no link to arthritis.

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Swimming and Eating

If you eat and then swim rapidly, you may agitate your stomach and become sick. However, eating right before moderate swimming will cause you no harm. Cramps are caused by dehydration or calcium deficiencies, not eating.

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Chicken Noodle Soup and Colds

Chicken soup does not affect the rhino-virus, the cause of the cold.

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Sweating and Detoxing Your Body

Sweat is urea, sodium, chloride and potassium in water. These are not toxic substances, so sweating does not detoxify your body.

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Sugar and Hyperactivity

Sugar has been found unequivocally to not change a child’s energy levels.

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Sitting Close to the TV and Your Eyesight

TV proximity deals with focal length, which does not harm eyesight beyond the potential for a stress headache.

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3 thoughts on “Old Wives’s Tales Involving Health

  1. I wanted to speak to the notion that “sugar does not change a child’s energy levels”. I know what you are saying, that eating table sugar — sucrose — does not cause ADHD, and I agree, mostly because I do not really believe that ADHD exists except in the minds of doctors and some frustrated teachers who want to drug children into compliance who are just bored or different or too smart to be in their classrooms and should be outside playing or learning at a higher level yadda yadda yadda…

    On the other hand, I will say that sugar, that is to say, glucose, which is one of the molecules of sucrose, the other being fructose, most definitely changes a child’s energy levels. Sugars change everyone’s energy levels because in point of fact it is glucose, the energy sugar par excellence and glucose alone, except in rather rare instances, that is responsible for all of our metabolic energy levels. Every food we eat is either broken down in our bodies to glucose to be used for immediate energy needs or stored as fat to be used later. Yes, it is a little more complicated than that but that’s basically how and why we eat food, even table sugar, for the glucose energy it contains so we can live and think.

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