Medicine is one field which is particularly prone to myths. Even doctors can fall victim to these false ideas. Here are a few typical ones:
Vitamin C prevents you from catching a cold.
There is a link between additives and food, and hyperactivity or behavioural changes.
You can sweat toxins out of your body.
You lose most of your body heat through your head.
Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death.
Carrots can improve your eyesight.
If you shave, your hair will grow back faster.
There are effective cures for hangovers.
Mobile phones create considerable electromagnetic interference in hospitals.
You shouldn’t go swimming immediately after you’ve eaten.
Back pain should be treated with bed rest.
Chocolate causes acne.
Cold weather causes colds.
Jellyfish stings can be eased by urine.