Did mom ever tell you not to read in bad lighting, because it would damage your eyes? Well, it’s time to do mom a favor and set her straight! Aaron Carroll and Rachel Vreeman are both pediatric physicians at Indiana University, and the authors of Don’t Swallow Your Gum! Myths, Half-Truths and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health. They say reading in bad lighting won’t hurt your eyesight – that’s just a myth. It’s not the only one running rampant! Here are a few more things the authors say you shouldn’t believe. We found these in Health magazine.
- Myth #1: You only use 10 percent of your brain. Actually, modern imaging techniques show that NO area of the brain is inactive. The truth is – you use 100 percent of it! All our other organs run at full tilt, it doesn’t make sense that our brain wouldn’t do the same.
- Myth #2: Fluoride in water is dangerous. At one time it was thought that fluoridated water might harm the brain or bones – but that’s just not true. Carroll, Vreeman and many other medical experts say that fluoridated water helps prevent cavities, and the Centers for Disease control even goes so far as to say that the addition of fluoride to water is one of the 10 biggest health achievements of the 20th century! So drink up.
- Myth #3 : Garlic repels mosquitoes. Sorry! The authors say that it might repel people, but not bugs. For long-lasting protection from mosquitoes, stick with repellents that have DEET or Picaridin.
About the reading in dim light we mentioned first, researchers have found no evidence that reading in dim light causes any permanent damage. It does, however, cause eye strain and it might temporarily make it more difficult to focus - but that goes away after a short rest. If you’d like to impress mom even more, check out Don’t Swallow Your Gum! Myths, Half-Truths and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health.