Milk causes osteoporosis, vaccines cause autism, deodorants cause cancer, and fruits contain fewer vitamins than before – these are just some of the health myths spread on the Internet .
Hundreds of millions of people are already using the web as a source of medical information. However, not everything you have read about human health in cyberspace is true. Here are some striking examples:
Triple vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella significantly increases the risk of autism, warned a British doctor years ago. This terrible news frightened many parents, and the number of writings against vaccines on the Internet has skyrocketed. However, the conclusions of the British doctor are based on a study among only 12 children.
Subsequent examinations showed that a large proportion of patients had autism prior to vaccination. The reason for the terrible statistics actually turns out to be quite prosaic. The author of the study had discovered his measles vaccine and decided to launch it on the market. His medical rights have been revoked.
A study by British oncologists draws attention to the preservatives contained in the deodorant. Since then, a warning about the harm of deodorant rolls has been spread on the Internet. However, according to experts, it is not possible to say for sure whether this chemical compound causes breast cancer. First, such preservatives (parabens) have also been found in the tissues of healthy women. And second, there is no definite explanation for how this substance forms tumors. What’s left below the line? There is simply no in-depth research, so the link between deodorants and cancer is not completely ruled out.
Do children get smarter with Mozart?
The myth that classical music develops the brain stems from an experiment in the United States. Psychology plays Mozart’s works to a group of students while they solve problems – and they do better than usual. However, scientists are skeptical of the claim that “Little Night Music” can increase intelligence in children. However, it has been proven that if they are permanently involved in an instrument and music, the kids show better results in school, and their IQ is higher.
Does milk hurt?
The myth of the harm of milk is based on the observation of Asian women, who consume less milk and dairy products than European women, but have healthier bones than them. This argument is most often made in online warnings about the harm of cow’s milk. But all the leading experts in osteoporosis claim that milk and dairy products provide the most important element for the bone system – calcium.
It is true that its presence is not an automatic guarantee of health. Equally important are movement and vitamin D, which is produced by the human body under the influence of sunlight. It is the last two factors that make Asian women’s bones so strong, experts explain.
The apple is no longer what it used to be
Fruits and vegetables are depleted of vitamins and minerals, nutritionists said in the 1990s. According to them, 10 years earlier the content of important substances in apples, broccoli, spinach or strawberries was higher. German scientists deny these claims and prove that the amount of vitamins and minerals in fruits and vegetables has remained unchanged since the 1960s.
Another food myth is that raw foods are more beneficial. Raw food originated in the early 20th century and to this day has many adherents. Indeed, uncooked fruits and vegetables contain more vitamins and minerals. However, doctors advise not to overdo it with raw food, as the body is depleted of calcium and zinc. The bottom line is: raw foods are good, as long as they are not the only foods we eat.
A diet that loses weight in no time
No one remembers who invented this diet, based mainly on protein – meat, eggs, a little salad and vegetables. The diet is available on the Internet as one of the most effective and guarantees weight loss of 9 kilograms in just 14 days. Experts criticize the diet, because prolonged intake of protein later gives the exact opposite effect – the body quickly regains the lost weight. By the way, the renowned Max Planck Institute has nothing to do with diet and differs from it.