Popular Medical Myths Put To Rest

With the recession causing enough stress for all of us, the British Medical Journal decides to bust several common medical myths—for example, reading in dim light won't ruin your eyesight, so go nuts.

Among the myths busted, BMJ notes that:

  • Sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children.
  • You don't lose excess body heat from your head.
  • Eating at night does not make you fat. (Though the obvious rules still apply—you can't eat more calories than you burn.)
  • Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that you can cure a hangover.
  • Shaving does not cause hair to grow back faster, darker, or coarser.
  • Reading in dim light will not destroy your eyesight.
  • You don't need to drink eight glasses of water a day, so save yourself the bloat.

Any old wives' tales you'd like to add to the list? Let's hear it in the comments. Photo by bald_eagle89.


    No old wives tales to add, but was anyone else as impressed as I was with the conclusion of the section on hangover cures:

    "A hangover is caused by excess alcohol consumption. Thus, the most effective way to avoid a hangover is to consume alcohol only in moderation or not at all."

    I'd like to see some hard evidence to back up such wild claims. I've often suspected that alcohol causes hangovers but have yet to read an article in an important medical journal to confirm it. Anyone willing to run a study? ;)

    With these myths debunked what ARE parents going to use to correct you about now?

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