If you read in poor lighting or sit too close
to the TV, you will develop eye problems. Though it may be more comfortable to read with more
lighting or sit further from the television, doing the opposite
doesn't affect the health of your eyes. Your eyes comprise of
muscles. Like any other muscle, your eyes can get strained or
tired, but bad lighting or close proximity to objects will not
permanently affect them. The only lighting that can damage your
eyes is looking directly at sunlight or laser light. So you can
keep telling the kids that reading Harry Potter with low
light is ruining their eyes, but you will know that it just
If you handle frogs or toads, you'll get warts. Ladies, you can keep kissing frogs without fear. Holding
frogs or toads will not give you warts. Warts are caused by the
human papillomavirus (HPV), and are spread through human
contact. So, even though their bumpy exterior may make you think
otherwise, toads and frogs have nothing to do with warts.
Eating chocolate and fried foods will give you acne. As nice as it would be to think we could control our
blemishes by watching what we eat, skipping chocolate and fried
foods will not prime us for a skin care commercial. Current
medical knowledge gives no support for a relationship between
food and acne. Therefore, it may be healthier for you to avoid
sweets and fried foods, but it won't improve your skin. Certain
cosmetics, sweating and high humidity may aggravate your acne.
If you have acne concerns, visit your dermatologist, and bring a
box of chocolates for the road!
knuckles too often will cause arthritis. All knuckle cracking enthusiasts may continue their habit
without fear of causing arthritis. There is no medical evidence
supporting this long-held belief. Instead, arthritis is caused
when the immune system attacks the joints and it is seemingly
outside of your control. But you should be careful, as knuckle
cracking may injure a joint.
It is dangerous to go
swimming right after eating. It may not be bad advice to wait a while to swim before
eating to avoid abdominal cramping, but it is not dangerous if
you decide to take the plunge right away. Many professional
swimmers and endurance trainers consume food before taking part
in athletics. There is no need to torture the kids with a
half-hour to an hour delay before pool play.
If you go outside in cold
weather with wet hair, you will catch a cold. Colds are caused by hundreds of different viruses. These
nasty germs are spread by direct contact with other infected
people through a kiss, a sneeze, a handshake, etc. Being exposed
to cold weather does not cause them, though it may seem that way
because colds are more likely to occur in the winter. This
increase is because people tend to stay in-doors more in the
cold weather, creating a prime atmosphere for germs to spread.
Getting a flu shot will result
in the flu. The influenza vaccine, also known as the flu shot, does not
contain a full active virus and cannot infect you with the
illness. On the contrary, the flu vaccine is the best way to
avoid getting the flu. The vaccination works by stimulating your
body to create antibodies. If you come in contact with the
influenza virus, the antibodies destroy it before you can become
ill. It may seem that a vaccine has given you the virus if your
body does not have adequate time to create the antibodies before
you contract the flu, but it is not the true culprit. Getting
shots is never a holiday, but this one will make sure your
holidays are influenza-free.
Giving a child sugar will
cause hyperactivity. Take a spoonful of sugar, add kids, and you have a recipe
for disaster. This is a staple belief of parents everywhere. But
after extensive study medical researchers have found the
contrary to be true. In normal children, there is no direct link
between sugar and behavior. Even so, limiting sugar in children
is always a good practice as it can lead to obesity, cavities
and a loss of appetite for healthy foods.
Drinking coffee will help
you to sober up. As often as movies portray the contrary, coffee has no
effect on reversing
the effects of intoxication. Coffee contains caffeine that
stimulates the nervous system. This may cause an intoxicated
person to become more alert, but they will be no less
inebriated. The only thing you can do is wait. There is no way
to increase the rate at which your body eliminates alcohol.
You can catch a STD from a
toilet seat. To hover or not to hover, that is the question. You may
still choose the former option, but it should not be because you
fear catching a sexually transmitted disease (STD). STDs can
only be contracted from direct sexual contact, blood
transmission or from a mother to her unborn child. The chance of
catching any disease from a toilet seat is nearly zero. You can
get an illness, like a cold, from direct contact with any type
of contaminated surface, but as long as you avoid visibly dirty
toilets, wash your hands and take common sense precautions,
there is no need to avoid the public bathrooms.
Your heart stops beating
whenever you sneeze. Your heart does not stop beating when you sneeze. On rare
occasions, the heart may beat irregularly as a result of your
sneeze changing the pressure in your chest and altering the
blood flow to the heart. It never stops!
It is perfectly safe, even
health promoting, to lick a wound. This may seem like an odd myth to reflect upon, but how
many times have you seen a person get a cut and then put it to
their mouth? The fact of the matter is that the mouth is full of
bacteria. By putting the mouth, tongue or saliva on an open
wound, you are putting yourself at risk for infection.
It is best to starve a
fever and feed a cold. It will not help to lower your fever if you do not eat.
Actually, severely limiting your food intake while you are sick,
whether it is with a fever or a cold, hinders the healing
process. Don't force yourself if you don't feel well enough to
eat as much as normal. It is more important that you maintain
hydration by drinking a lot of liquids, as fever promotes the
loss of fluids.
It is unhealthy to drink
less than eight glasses of water a day. Most people consume the amount of water their body needs
during the day through food intake and liquids, including water.
If you eat properly, drink when you feel thirsty and generally
feel well, you can safely disregard the eight-glass rule. If you
are lacking the water your body needs, it will let you know
through symptoms of dehydration, like thirst, dizziness, fatigue
and headache. It is possible to drink too much water. It is very
hard to drink enough water to cause harm, but the results can
include brain swelling, nausea, fatigue, confusion, seizures or
Shaving causes your hair to grow back
thicker and darker. Shaving is a surface procedure. Below the surface is where
the appearance and texture of your hair is decided. Therefore,
shaving cannot make your hair grow back thicker, darker or
coarser. It may appear that this has occurred because of the
more noticeable appearance and sharper feel of stubble, but rest
assured, it isn't true.