Would you answer the question: “is your doctor lying to you?” I bet you wouldn’t know. Well, do you hear the sirens… here comes your health Police.
Your doctor knows nothing. Apparently, that was a joke. We are talking about a person who’s treated your diarrhea, injected your kids, and recommended effective medication for your partner. So, your doctor knows a lot.
However, he does not know everything. Okay, scratch that—no one knows everything. Here’s what I mean: your doctor believes in some medical myths which have never been right. What’s more, he advises you to keep to some of these myths.
And you do. He is a medical expert, after all. We can’t blame him anyway. Certain myths have been around for so long that no one ever questions them, even doctors.
As earlier mentioned, I’m your health Police. But I’m the good cop. I don’t arrest offenders; I only correct them. I’ll, therefore, highlight some of the conventional medical myths doctors believe, although they aren’t real. Here we go!
Drink At Least 8 Glasses of Water Daily For Excellent Body Health
Could your entire childhood be a farce? Perhaps the greatest sellout about water, research has revealed that there is no evidence to support this recommendation. Doctors ask you to take eight glasses as if that’s a statutory figure, guess what—it isn’t.
The main idea behind this is to keep your body hydrated. That means you can take 3 or 4 cups of water and be very healthy. The best suggestion here is to drink water frequently—whether you are thirsty or not.
If I were you, I’d break my favorite glass cup for having helped me live this lie.
Rest Is Best For Back Ache or Pain
Didn’t your doctor tell you this just last week when you complained of back pain? Of course, he did. But it’s been ages that physicians recommend bed rest for back pain or ache.
These days, the American College of Physicians firmly suggests the use of non-medical procedures to tackle backache. Some of these treatments are massage, yoga, heat, spinal manipulation, Tai Chi, and acupuncture.
Additionally, patients can practice some stretches to stay fit and avoid back pain. They include alternating kick, alternating legs and arms raise, bridge, and spine twist.
Shave Your Hair For A Faster, Thicker, More Colorful Growth
This does not sound very orthodoxy, but some doctors give it as an informal recommendation. If you have a doctor friend, there’s a high chance you’ve heard it from him.
Sorry to break the bad news—especially if you’re looking for a quick hair score—cutting off your hair won’t change the growth rate, thickness or color, or anything. The misconception behind this is the roughness of your hair tips when you shave. This often misleads men into thinking hair could be thicker or darker as it grows. The least it does is make your hair more noticeable.
Eating Turkey Leads To Drowsiness
I think a dad who was wary of his kids’ overeating on Christmas evening started this line. Funnily, several others now believe it.
The medical reasoning behind this myth would be that turkey contains tryptophan, an amino acid that induces drowsiness. Thankfully, turkey contains the same level of tryptophan with beef and chicken. Here’s a shocker: cheeses and nuts have more concentration of tryptophan than turkey. Does anyone ask you to avoid nuts or cheeses?
The next time you feel drowsy after eating turkey, you may have to check—you might have eaten more than necessary.
Phones Are Harmful In Hospitals
There are a few logic behind this. There is even some iota of truth, but not as you think. Cell phones really interfere with medical equipment. They may lead to false alarms—and misleading readings from—cardiac monitors and errors in infusion pumps.
However, that’s about it. No one has died from using a cellphone in the clinic. And except a patient unplugs his life support machine to recharge his phone’s power, there is no chance of a cell phone causing death in the clinic.
The issues with equipment are minimal. A study of 300 tests in 75 wards recorded no cell interference with medical devices.
This may not be a bad myth to keep, though. A research revealed that cell phone signals interfere with only 4% of medical equipment, and that too when within 3 feet. If you do not have to use your phone in the hospital, therefore, do not.
Do Not Eat Nuts As A Pregnant Woman
In 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics listed this as a way of avoiding nut allergies. Yet, seven years later, the recorded cases of nut allergies tripled the initial figure. This prompted the AAP to strike out this recommendation. Some, however, still believe this myth.
In fact, some quarters believe that nut consumption during pregnancy is advisable. According to recent research conducted in the Boston Children Hospital, eating nuts during pregnancy helps to reduce the risk of peanut allergy in the baby.
What does this mean? Eat nuts upon nuts during pregnancy as long as you aren’t allergic.
Stroke Affects Only Aged People
Sorry to be the one informing you of your vulnerability to stoke while in your 30s, but I have to do it.
The American Heart Association published a journal based on New Jersey medical records in 2016. It revealed that the number of stroke patients between 35—39 doubled over the last ten years. According to a study in JAMA Neurology, women between 35—40 had the highest increase in occurrence. There was a staggering 42% growth from the past figures.
This does not say the elderly don’t suffer strokes anymore. Instead, you now know we all are pretty much at risk.
There are a good number of myths that older doctors believe and preach. Cut them some slack. I assume they keep up the beliefs simply because they harm no one. Rightly so. But hey, information does not hurt. They say no knowledge is a waste. At least now, you can answer: “is your doctor lying to you?“