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Friday, December 21, 2007

7 Medical Myths

I think I need to make a tag, "I told you so." Not that I'm necessarily bragging, per se, but I have brought this whole thing up at least a few hundred times - as to how they keep flip-flopping all the medical reports. But this time, it's actually fairly good news, I guess, because they're at least trying to do some good.

These seven medical myths have persisted for years now - in fact, I have been plagued by one in particular: I have to shave my shoulders and the back of my neck because I have Degenerative Disc Disease and I have this little shocker-thingy with sticky pads I have to place there. A friend got onto me, telling me that I have to wax them because it's making the hairs grow back darker and coarser. I told her I didn't really care, and she told me I should... I can't wait to show her this:

The 7 medical myths US researchers now say are untrue:
  1. Drink 8 glasses of water a day
  2. We only use 10% of our brains
  3. Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death
  4. Reading in dim light harms your eyesight
  5. Shaving causes hair to grow back faster and coarser
  6. Mobile phones are dangerous in hospitals
  7. Eating turkey makes people drowsier than other meats
But the scientists do warn that "absence of evidence does not necessarily mean absence of effect."

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