There are a variety of health related warnings we grew up hearing as a child. Some of these warnings came from our parents and some of these warnings came from our grandparents. Some of these warnings we may even repeated to our children. Yet, which of these warnings are fact and which of them our myths? Read on to discover the truth for yourself.
Reading In Poor Light Will Hurt Your Eyes
How often were you told to turn on a light if you were going to read as a child? First, congratulate yourself for the act of reading. Secondly, realize that well-meaning advice was a myth, according to Marguerite McDonald, MD, and clinical professor of ophthalmology at N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center. She was cited on the health website, IVillage, as stating that reading in low light won’t hurt your eyes. It will cause extra work on your eye muscles to see. These in turn can cause a headache. But it won’t damage your eyes.
Cracking Your Knuckles Causes Arthritis
You may wish to crack your knuckles to loosen them. No, this won’t cause you to develop arthritis in your knuckles. However, it can aggravate arthritis if you already have it.
The 5 Second Rule Applies To Food Dropped On The Floor
If you drop a bite of food on the floor you have five seconds to pick it up and eat it before germs will land on it. This advice or warning will depend mainly on the floor. Some floors will have more germs and more dirt than other floors. Yet, it is advisable not to eat any food that is dropped on any floor, no matter how long it has been dropped. It only takes one second for bacteria to land on that bite of food. This includes such bacteria as salmonella.
Prevent A Cold By Taking Vitamin C
No, you can’t prevent a cold by taking vitamin C. However, if you take 1,000 mg. of vitamin C and 10 mg. of zinc when you have a cold your cold won’t last as long. You can also help relieve the congestion you are feeling by about 27 percent.
If You Have Green Mucus, You Should See A Doctor Because You Have A Sinus Infection
Green mucus does not always mean you have a sinus infection. In fact, most doctors pay no attention to the color of the mucus because it can vary depending on if it has been sitting in the back of your nose. Symptoms of sinus infections that doctor do pay attention to includes facial pain, pressure, fever, headaches, and streaks of blood in the mucus.
Yes, the warnings and the health advice we were told as children were well meaning and given to us to help us stay healthy. Yet, these warnings were not always correct. The good news is that most of these warnings and tips could hurt us. However, it is nice to know the truth behind these myths, now.