Common Medical Myths Proven False


The British Medical Journal has rounded up many of the commonly held beliefs that many doctors think are true. Despite the fact that these myths have either been proven false or they lack supporting evidence, they looked at them closely. The myths include: We use only 10% of our brains, eating turkey makes you sleepy, reading in dim light will damage your eyesight, that we need to drink eight glasses of water each day, shaving causes hair to grow back faster, darker and coarser, and hair and fingernails continue to grow after we die. All of them false! It’s pretty interesting that these myths are out there and we fall for them. The researchers who combined the literature, and they looked at all sorts of things for proof of the myths, found their doctor colleagues also found it hard to believe many of these myths are not true.


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Contact Lenses and Eye Infections

Contact Lenses and Eye Infections

Contact lenses are great, but they can also lead to infection. If you are someone who uses contact lenses, understand that they are great for your eyes, but you’ve got to make sure you wash your hands before you put your contact lenses in. In addition, you want to make sure you clean or purify the contact lens. You don’t want to be in a situation where you actually are putting an infectious agent in your eye, because when you get an infection in the eye it’s very difficult to treat. It can become a serious issue if it’s not taken quite seriously.

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Dry Eyes and Scratched Cornea

Dry Eyes and Scratched Cornea

When doctors talk about dry eyes as a source of pain, perhaps that’s a light term. Dry eyes aren’t exactly the most painful thing in the world, but if they get dry enough, if they get irritated enough, people will actually pull at them, they’ll rub them, and then they can have even more problems because the dryness causes what physicians call a scratched cornea. When the corneal area gets scratched, it’s one of the most sensitive parts of the body. As a result, that pain that can occur can be excruciating. Fortunately, it only lasts about 24 hours. The cornea heals relatively rapidly.

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Common Causes of Eye Strain

Common Causes of Eye Strain

Eye strain is a problem that we often see in young adults. Eye strain is not usually associated with allergies. What usually happens with eye strain is when you have a prescription that’s not right, in other words, you have glasses or you’re wearing contacts lenses and it isn’t the right prescription, or if you have a problem with your vision that has not been diagnosed, that’s when you have strain. Another opportunity for strain is when you’re working consistently or long hours on the computer, or reading, or you’re doing a repetitive activity like that, that can lead to eye strain as well.

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Treatment for Itchy Eyes

Treatment for Itchy Eyes

What is the leading symptom of allergies, the one that’s the most affected, the one that seems to bother people the most? Most physicians would have to say its itchy eyes. Itchy eyes can be handled. First of all, you can attack it from the antihistamine standpoint, and by doing that, you would actually control the overall problem. But another way is to actually attack it at the level of the eyes. There are medications and eye drops you can use to help deal with that as well.

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“A Sight For Sore Eyes”

“A Sight For Sore Eyes”

Have you heard the phrase “a sight for sore eyes?” Clearly, sore eyes can be a problem and it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re looking at something undesirable. More and more people working on the computer or working in high allergy-related workplace stations are having problems with sore eyes. What we might suggest is that you try to use drops in the eyes, but drops that are not those that contain vasoconstrictors, because that can cause a reverse problem with too much red in the eye.

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Treatment for Dry Eyes

Treatment for Dry Eyes

It’s tough to treat dry eyes, and it can be frustrating. What you need to do is find solutions that work for you. One of the big things is make sure you get solutions that do not have what we call a vasoconstrictor. Vasoconstrictors do get the red out, but the problem is, over time, it can cause a reaction where the vasoconstriction goes away, and you actually get redder eyes than you had in the first place. It’s an important thing to look at and to evaluate.

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