Who can't remember myths from the past. Stories that we knew for sure that were real. Stories that neighbors told each other as if they were science. That later turned out to be nonsense. Below I have listed 5 myths about the human body.
We only use 10% of our brains
Who can not remember this myth. Several movies have even been made about it. The idea that we only use 10% of it. According to the movies, at 100% you will be able to use telepathic powers. Even though this would be very cool, unfortunately this is not possible. We do not know exactly how much percentage we use, but it is a very large part.
Teeth are naturally pure white
You see it everywhere on TV. The perfect white teeth. I remember when I was little when the dentist told me that if I brushed my teeth twice a day I would get just as beautiful teeth. Years later I still hear it around me. Teeth are white. While there is some truth in it, it is not. The natural color of our teeth are white-yellow.
The ears and nose never stop growing
Another myth I've heard a lot. The ears and nose don't stop growing. And for a long time, this seemed to be true. Most older people also have bigger ears and noses, but this is not because they don't stop growing. The nose and ears are made of cartilage and cartilage loses its elastic fibers over time. This makes them hang and seem bigger.
I can eat as much fruit as I want, because fruit sugar is healthy
Fruit is indeed good for you, but this is not because of the fruit sugar. Fruit is good for you because it contains vitamins and minerals. Fruit sugar is just as bad for you as white sugar. It may enter our mouth differently, but through the digestion process it will eventually become the same substance. That is why it is recommended to eat 1-2 pieces of fruit per day.
Antibiotics kill viruses
You often hear that someone gets antibiotics with a flu. Well if a doctor prescribes this then this is not the flu. Antibiotics only kill bacteria. The flu is caused by a virus and antibiotics can do nothing about a virus. The name says it all ANTI-BIO tica. ANTI so against and BIO so life. Bacteria are living organisms and viruses are not. That is why antibiotics only work with bacteria.
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Sascha Bargi BSc. Pt. & MSc. Ost. in training