Whenever there is an outbreak of chronic disease, many health myths arise. Not everything you read on the internet, books, magazines, and newspapers is valid. Some contain misleading information. Before trying health tips you get online, you should consult your doctor to avoid complications.
Some health myths are tried and tested, while others are nothing more than fantasy. In this article, we will debunk some of the most common health myths from the recent coronavirus to diabetes and heart attack.
1. Thoroughly Cooking Meat And Avoiding Cold Drinks Reduces The Risk Of Coronavirus.
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause illnesses such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and the common cold. The outbreak of coronavirus 2 in China has led to many different myths about its causes and treatment options.
Some people believe coronavirus was from seafood, but public health groups such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are still monitoring the situation. The specific cause is not yet known.
Cooking meat and eggs thoroughly before eating and avoiding cold drinks don’t reduce the risk of COVID-19. According to Lim Poh Lian, who is a senior consultant at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases, coronavirus is spread by close contact with the infected person, but not food and water.
Cooking meat thoroughly before eating will prevent food-borne diseases, but can’t offer protection against coronavirus. The only way to reduce the risk of coronavirus is by wearing masks when you’re in contact with high-risk or sick persons. Washing your hands with water and soap and using hand sanitizers can also reduce the risk of COVID-19.
You should also monitor your health and visit your doctor whenever you have a cough or fever.
2. Eating Super-Foods Prevents Type 2 Diabetes.
Many people think that eating super-foods such as Indian gooseberries, garlic, okra, turmeric, bitter gourd, beetroots, turnip, cucumber, carrot, cinnamon, and lemon help regulate blood sugar.
According to the Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association and Temasek Polytechnic’s School of Applied Science, the best way to prevent diabetes is by eating healthy, exercising, and maintaining ideal body weights. Adding those super-foods into your diet will not help if your diet plan is unhealthy.
The above super-foods are rich in phytochemicals, but there is no scientific evidence showing how they help prevent type 2 diabetes. Your body needs those phytochemicals and antioxidants to fight free radicals and improve your immune system.
3. Coughing Repeatedly As Hard As You Can Help Improve The Symptoms Of Heart Attack.
Some people still believe that coughing when you are experiencing a heart attack exerts pressure that helps force the blood from the chest to the brain.
There is no scientific evidence to prove the positive effects of coughing in a heart attack. Coughing might even cause more discomfort and harm since the pain may not be as a result of a heart attack but splitting aorta wall. Coughing will extend the splitting of the vessel.
When you experience some symptoms of a heart attack such as crushing chest pain accompanied by sweating and nausea, you should call for help from emergency medical services.
As you wait for the medical team to arrive, you should find a safe place to rest and take medications such as glyceryl trinitrate spray if your doctor had previously prescribed them in such scenarios.
It isn’t safe to drive yourself to the hospital or take public transport, the best thing you can do is to rest and wait for the emergency medical team to arrive.
4. Statins Help Lower Cholesterol Levels.
Several fear-mongering websites, documentaries, and books are expounding false information on the potential side effects of statins that are prescribed to heart attack patients to lower blood cholesterol. They are trying to make people believe that statins can cause Lou Gehrig’s disease, whose symptoms are the inability to talk and swallow food.
These unfounded fears are making many patients decline medications. According to a study in Europe, any negative news about statins makes 10% of patients discontinue their treatments, which in turn increases the rate of cardiovascular deaths.
5. Consumption Of Ginger Extracts Prevent Liver Tissue Inflammations And Liver Cancer.
Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties, but there is still no scientific evidence that shows its ability to stop liver inflammations. There is limited prove on how ginger can help prevent liver cancer. Consuming ginger alone and avoiding standard cancer treatments such as chemotherapy can’t stop it from metastasizing. What health professionals are sure of is that ginger can help reduce nausea after chemotherapy treatments.