Category Archives: Medical Myths

Killing a Tick With Nail Polish Remover

Ticks are nasty little creatures that love to feed on blood from any living thing including people, dogs, amphibians, birds, etc… They can’t fly, jump or hop so they wait in tall grass and on bushes for their victims to … Continue reading

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Did The Turkey Do It?

Thanksgiving is over and the other winter holidays are just around the corner. For Thanksgiving you probably had turkey and dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoe casserole, rolls, cranberry sauce and more. Remember how you felt after that Thanksgiving feast? … Continue reading

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Thunderstorms and Asthma

Studies have shown that ER treatments for asthma symptoms increase following thunderstorms. Dr. Myron J. Zitt, an allergist and immunologist at Nassau University Medical Center and the Mid Island Allergy group on Long Island, N.Y. says that no one is … Continue reading

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Heat Loss Through The Head

Common folklore says that we lose most of our body  heat through our head. The truth is that the head is only about 10% of the body surface area. This means that the head would need to lose 40 times … Continue reading

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Tetanus and a Rusty Nail

Why do we think that stepping on a rusty nail will give us tetanus? Sure, it will hurt and it’s dirty and scary, but that’s not the only place that you might get tetanus.  It’s not the rust that causes … Continue reading

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Bacon, Fat and Such For Infections and Other Injuries

Got an infection? Place bacon on it and if possible, secure it with a plastic bag. Voila! Infection gone. Not really. There is nothing in bacon that is conducive to healing an infection. I have read a number of different … Continue reading

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IS YAWNING CONTAGIOUS?

Why is it that when you see someone yawn, you have the inexplicable urge to yawn? Just writing this blog about yawning makes me think about yawning. It may be a form of social bonding. Children don’t develop this behaviour … Continue reading

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Pomegranates and Fertility

Was the apple in the Garden of Eden really a pomegranate? Pomegranate has been studied through the ages for its medicinal properties and has been held sacred by many of the world’s major religions. It has been touted to improve … Continue reading

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Howling At The Moon-

When I worked in the ER, it was a well known fact that if it was crazier than normal, it was because of a full moon. But does the full moon influence our behavior? In 19th century England, lawyers used it as a … Continue reading

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Showering and Talking on the Phone During a Thunderstorm- Is It Safe?

A mother myth or not? At the first sound  of thunder my mother would start alerting everyone to “get off the phone”.  Not cell phones, but land line phones. And whatever you do, don’t get in the tub or shower. … Continue reading

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