Top Medical Myths and the Facts Behind Them

It is not uncommon for incorrect information to circulate, especially when it comes to a topic like medical needs. There are many medical myths that people still fall for today. 

Vaccines cause the flu and autism

While the flu vaccine can cause the body to develop a low fever sometimes in response to the vaccination, the vaccine does not cause the flu. While the flu shot does contain dead flu viruses, dead viruses will not give you the flu. 

When it comes to the myth that vaccines can cause autism, this idea started circulating in the late 1990s. The Lancet published a study that consisted of the parents of eight children with autism claiming their vaccines caused their condition. The rumor has been spread since, despite other studies over the years proving no link between vaccinations and autism.

Supplements always make you healthier

While vitamins are associated with making you healthier, that is not always the case. Some may be ineffectual and dangerous. Vitamins could cause long-term and short-term risks. A report published in 2016 found that a man who took Ayurvedic herbal supplement developed lead poisoning.

The FDA does not regulate supplements in the same way that other drugs are regulated. Supplement bottles can sport unsubstantiated claims and even make errors in dosage recommendations. Additionally, there are very few medical studies to support the evidence that vitamins and supplements work as claimed.

You need 8 glasses of water a day

This myth started in 1945 when the Food Nutrition Board of the National Research Council released a statement that adults should be drinking 2.5 liters of water a day. While this is true, most of the 2.5 liters come from the food you eat. A more accurate statement is that adults should consume 2.5 liters of fluid a day.

Stomach ulcers are caused by spicy food and stress

If you think your stomach ulcers are acting up because of something spicy you ate, you would be wrong.

Doctors did once believe that ulcers were caused by stress, lifestyle choices, and spicy foods, but they now know that most ulcers are actually caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori.

Cracking your joints can lead to arthritis

Despite the rumors, cracking your knuckles is not likely to give you arthritis. Several studies have investigated this anecdotal association.

Research generally reports that individuals who crack their joints are at nearly the same risk of getting arthritis as those who have never cracked their joints. 

Detoxing is the best way to start a diet change

The kidney and liver remove the toxins that are in our bodies. Unless you suffer from previous problems with these organs, you are not likely to have any type of build-up of toxins in your body.

Most regimens used for a typical detox dehydrate the body and can cause bowel issues like diarrhea. Any weight loss you see from a detox will be from loss of water, and you will likely gain it back once you begin drinking enough water.

Eating before bed causes obesity

If you’re feeling hungry before bed, don’t starve yourself. Small snacks that are packed with protein are a good choice. Snacks like this could potentially increase your metabolism as well. 

Before believing information that could impact your health, do your research and talk to your doctor. Don’t fall victim to any of these top medical myths.


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