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Medical myths

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Vreeman RC, Carroll AE. Medical myths. BMJ. 2007 Dec;335(7633):1288–9. PubMed #18156231.
Tags: debunkery, medicine, water, controversy

original abstract

Summary of the evidence against (or lack of evidence for) several medical myths "espoused by physicians and the general public, based on statements we had heard endorsed on multiple occasions and thought were true or might be true":

  • People should drink at least eight glasses of water a day
  • We use only 10% of our brains
  • Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death
  • Shaving hair causes it to grow back faster, darker, or coarser
  • Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight
  • Eating turkey makes people especially drowsy
  • Mobile phones create considerable electromagnetic interference in hospitals.

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