Medical Myths: Man flu and other false sicknesses -

Medical Myths: Man flu and other false sicknesses

Some of you may have heard of the so-called "Man Flu" - it lays men out on the couch so all they're able to do is watch football on Sunday afternoon.

Believe it not, a new survey shows that 20% of women actually believe that this is a real illness.

But it's not - it's just another medical wives tale.

If your man wasn't at the game, chances are he was at home on the couch, unable to move except to reach for a beer or the remote.

Dr. Ewald Horwath is the Chairman of Psychiatry at MetroHealth Medical Center.

It doesn't surprise him that a full 20% of women believe that the "man flu" is a real illness...when it's not.

"In the absence of information, I believe we look for an explanation that works for us," said Dr. Ewald Horwath.

So, women...bless their hearts, are just trying to make sense of why so many men turn into couch potato's on the weekend. Someone created the term "man flu" and another medical myth was born.

"These medical myths range from the fairly serious "man flu" to the tales parents tell to get their kids from acting goofy: "If you cross you eyes too long, they'll get stuck," Dr. Ewald Horwath said. "I don't believe it's true, but your mom was trying to get you to do something she didn't want you to do."

In fact, Dr. Horwath loves the myth cracking your knuckles causes arthritis.

"Actually, I have to confess I tell my son this," Dr. Ewald Horwath said.

The doctor says believing all this stuff doesn't mean we're crazy, just uninformed.


Reading in dim light damages your eyes. FALSE

Swallowed gum is harmful to the digestive system. FALSE (and it doesn't stay in there for 7 years either)

We only use 10% of our brains.  FALSE  (scans reveal 100 percent activity. In the course of a day every part is used)

You should wait an hour after eating before swimming.  FALSE (no need to wait unless you're uncomfortably bloated)

Drinking coffee will stunt your growth. FALSE

We lose most of our body heat through out head.  FALSE  (researchers say while you may "feel" the cold more with your head, covering one part of the body has as much effect as any other)

Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death.  FALSE  (The skin around hair and nails retracts after death, gives the illusion of growth.)

Touching a toad will give you warts.  FALSE

Hair grows back darker or thicker after being shaved.  FALSE

Breaking a mirror means seven years of bad luck.  FALSE

Sugar makes kids hyperactive.  FALSE (never proven in studies)

You should drink at least eight glasses of water a day.  FALSE  (The origin of this myth most likely the fact that a 1945 government agency said that the human body needed around 8 glasses of fluid a day. This included the fluid from all of the foods we eat and drinks like tea and coffee.

Back pain should be treated with bed rest.  FALSE  (The opposite is actually true in this case. Bed rest can prevent the lower back from fully recovering – or at the very least, delay the recovery significantly.)

Eating turkey makes you sleepy because it contains tryptophan.  FALSE  (actually, chicken and ground beef contain almost identical quantities of tryptophan as turkey does. Other foods such as cheese and pork contain significantly more of the chemical than turkey.

Eating at night makes you fat.  FALSE  (It doesn't matter what time of day you eat, as long as you eat only the total calories that you burn each day, you will not gain weight.)

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