Vitamin C Doesn’t Cure Colds, and the Truth About Other Lies Our Moms Told Us

June Cleaver
Mom usually knows best, but not always

Going outside with wet hair might make you cold, but it will not give you a cold. It just won’t.

Feel better now?

There are plenty of myths about health that we learned from our mothers that we continue to perpetuate even though they just aren’t true.

Let’s all agree to break the cycle, cease driving our kids crazy (needlessly, anyway) and stop telling them the following immediately:

  • Television and Eyesight 1 of 6
    Television and Eyesight
    Sitting too close to the television will not ruin your eyes. TV sets today have 100,000 times less radiation than the ones made in the 1950s. And while eyestrain from sitting too close might cause a headache or fuzzy vision, both are temporary conditions that a light massage around the eyes will cure rather quickly.
  • Vitamin C and Colds 2 of 6
    Vitamin C and Colds
    Yes, you need vitamin C (scurvy, anyone?). However, vitamin C will not prevent or cure a cold. Dozens of studies have found that taking vitamin C doesn't do anything to prevent the duration or frequency of the colds you'll inevitably get. Hand washing, on the other hand, will go a long way toward keeping you healthy.
  • Jet Hand Dryers and Germs 3 of 6
    Jet Hand Dryers and Germs
    Think those blow dryers for your hands in the bathroom are more sanitary than paper towels? Thing again. They actually increase the amount of bacteria on your hands because the air inside the machine isn't sterile. They also make bathrooms dirtier as they blow around germs more than six feet.
  • Warm Milk and Sleep 4 of 6
    Warm Milk and Sleep
    Warm milk won't make you drowsy. Sure, there are trace amounts of tryptophan in milk (the same sleepy stuff famously found in turkey), but way too little to make a difference. There's actually more tryptophan in eggs and cheese than milk, but you don't fall asleep over your breakfast sandwich, do you?
  • Hydrogen Peroxide and Wounds 5 of 6
    Hydrogen Peroxide and Wounds
    It's nice to think that when hydrogen peroxide fizzes as it touches your boo boo that it's science at work. But while chemicals are, indeed, attacking germs, they are actually slowing the healing process because hydrogen peroxide inhibits fibroblasts. To clean a cut, simple wash with soap and water and then apply a topical antibiotic.
  • Green Mucus and Antibiotics 6 of 6
    Green Mucus and Antibiotics
    Yes, you're sick when you have green mucus. That much is still true. But antibiotics aren't necessarily the cure. If your infection is viral, antibiotics are useless (although if it's bacterial, the antibiotics could help — ask your doctor).


Source: Yahoo Health

Images: Wikimedia Commons

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