Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Medical Myths?

"Some claim drinking eight glasses of water a day leads to good health, while reading in dim light damages eyesight. Others believe we only use 10% of our brains or that shaving legs causes hair to grow back thicker. But a review of evidence by US researchers surrounding seven commonly held beliefs suggests they are actually 'medical myths.'" (Click on title bar for the rest of this story from the BBC a few months ago.)

I don't know if it's my postmodern POV or my orneriness that likes to see Westerners discover they may not necessarily have a better lock-down on health and science than societies where people live more or less as their ancestors have for generations. We just have newer folk beliefs, spread by different means.

5 comments:

Paul Merrill said...

I love it!!

I'll be blogging about one of those kinds of stupid myths tomorrow.

I Was Just Thinking.... said...

I drink 10 glasses of water a day.
I think there will be another research report in a year or two that reveals the opposite of all these reports. Sorry, just seen it happen over the years - coffees bad, coffees good, wine is bad, wine is good, chocolate is bad....you know.

Marti said...

10 glasses? I am not sure I drink 1 glass of water every 10 days...

Yes, I know what you mean. I think the recent findings about coffee, tea, chocolate being good for you because of antioxidants are probably overstating the case. Studies come, studies go... but some seem to take root and come to be accepted 'fact,' maybe inappropriately so.

Dean Smith said...

Yikes! One glass in 10 days. I think I will send you the water bottle I bought this morning. Don't float away.

I Was Just Thinking.... said...

with lemon to cleanse the digestive system. it works, with or without research to prove/disprove!