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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chicken Noodle Soup and Colds
Chicken soup does not affect the rhino-virus, the cause of the cold.
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.
Sugar and Hyperactivity
Sugar has been found unequivocally to not change a child’s energy levels.
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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