Common Health Myths

08 March 2017, 15:23

Do you also not go out­side with a wet head so as not to catch a cold, and drink water, try­ing to get rid of annoy­ing hic­cups?



It turns out that these com­mon beliefs are noth­ing more than fic­tion. Let’s debunk some com­mon myths!

You will def­i­nite­ly catch a cold if you go out­side with wet hair.

Sci­en­tists from the UK are absolute­ly sure that wet hair does not increase the chances of catch­ing a cold. To prove this, a group of vol­un­teers were giv­en drops con­tain­ing the com­mon cold virus into their noses. Some of the test sub­jects remained indoors, while the rest took a show­er and went to the cor­ri­dor to freeze for half an hour. In addi­tion, the par­tic­i­pants had to wear wet socks for the rest of the day. Sur­pris­ing­ly, the num­ber of cas­es in both groups was almost the same.

If you squint your eyes to the bridge of your nose, you will remain so for life

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In fact, squint­ing your eyes is not at all dan­ger­ous. How­ev­er, if your baby indulges so much too often, take him to an oph­thal­mol­o­gist — per­haps the child does not see well.

Acci­den­tal­ly swal­lowed chew­ing gum remains in the stom­ach for sev­en years

Don’t wor­ry, the gum won’t stay with you for long. Like oth­er ined­i­ble items, chew­ing gum will leave your body along with nat­ur­al secre­tions. More­over, chew­ing gum is prac­ti­cal­ly not digest­ed, but it does not cause pain in the abdomen and oth­er dis­com­fort.

75% of heat is lost through the head

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Such a fig­ure is quite jus­ti­fied, but it was obtained on the basis of an analy­sis of the phys­i­cal data of babies. The head of an adult in rela­tion to the size of the body is much small­er than that of a child, and los­es only 10% of heat.

To get rid of hic­cups, you need to drink water or hold your breath.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, nei­ther water nor hold­ing the breath has proven to be effec­tive. By the way, in 1971, British sci­en­tists con­duct­ed an exper­i­ment in which all hic­cups were offered to swal­low a tea­spoon of white sug­ar in gran­ules. The method worked nine­teen times out of twen­ty!

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