Medical Myths

Are you smarter than your doctor? According to information we found in Newsweek, when it comes to medical myths, the answer might be “Yes.” Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine polled both doctors and patients to find out if they knew the truth behind some old wives’ tales that we accept as fact. Let’s see how you do on this true/false test. It’s based on the questions the doctors missed most often:

  • True or False: Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight? Sorry Mom, that’s false. Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, says that reading in the dark can cause temporary eyestrain, but it goes away once you return to bright light.
  • It’s okay to use your cell phone in hospitals. That’s true! According to tests done by the Mayo clinic, normal cell phone use has no impact on medical equipment.
  • True/false #3: Eating turkey makes you sleepy. Even if you dozed off after Christmas dinner, the answer’s still false. This myth started because turkey contains tryptophan. That’s an amino acid that  will make you sleepy, but there’s no more of it in turkey than in chicken or beef. So, if you’re tired after a big turkey dinner, it probably has more to do with that third helping of mashed potatoes.
  • Shaving makes hair grow back faster and coarser. That’s also false. According to dermatologist Dr. Robin Ashinoff, shaving doesn’t change the texture or speed at which hair grows back. It just seems coarse because it was shaved off straight across – which makes it pricklier.  

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