A hat tip to KevinMD’s guest blogger, JoshMD for this great link. The British Medical Journal offers a short historical analysis of 7 common medical myths, sometimes perpetuated by physicians themselves:
- People should drink at least eight glasses of water a day
- We use only 10% of our brains
- Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death
- Shaving hair causes it to grow back faster, darker, or coarser
- Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight
- Eating turkey makes people especially drowsy
- Mobile phones create considerable electromagnetic interference in hospitals.
To find out why each of these commonly held beliefs are either untrue or unsubstantiated, check out the original journal article. It’s a lot of fun.This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at RevolutionHealth.com.