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    katherinebay

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    Myths we were told as kids

    Post  katherinebay on Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:39 pm

    Headlines:
    1) We proved you wrong, mom!
    2) 5 myths We were Told as Kids
    3) Truth be told! Our Kid-Instincts were Correct

    When we were naive, obedient little kids, our gullibility took over our minds. Our mothers told us the oddest “facts” that twisted our reality to the point where we stopped and wondered if, in fact, they were actually true. Think back to the younger years when you chewed your first piece of gum and were told to not swallow it, or else that wad of rubber will stick to your stomach for nearly seven years. Truth be told, that measly piece of “advice” was a myth; and this wasn’t the only lie that they told you. If that excruciating long hour of waiting after eating a meal to jump into a swimming pool made you pull your hair out, sadly that hour was a waste of time because you cannot form stomach cramps that way. If you’re parents told you to not crack your knuckles because you’ll develop arthritis, they were wrong. Were you told that drinking coffee will stunt your growth? Unfortunately, you were told wrong, once again. These myths, among many others, were scientifically proved false. So sit back, and enjoy a mystical ride through Truth Lane.

    Myth: Swallowed gum will stay inside your stomach’s digestive system for a whopping total of seven years before being fully digested.
    Results:
    False. Gum cannot be digested in one’s stomach, but it does not merely stay inside and sit there. It will just be dropped with the rest of the lumber, like any other indigestible foods or excretions. However, excessive swallowing of gum combined with eating has caused rare intestinal blockage in children.

    Myth: You can’t go swimming until you’ve waited an hour after eating, or else you will get stomach cramps and drown.
    Results: False. There have been no fatalities from this, proving that this myth was made only to ensure caution to a parent’s vigorous and fully-active child. Horsing around in a swimming pool, ocean, or lake won’t cause any severe damage to the body as long as your meal wasn’t large or if you plan to swim strenuously. Honestly, that hour of waiting is just a time waster because your stomach will function just the same whether you’re sitting or swimming.

    Myth: Cracking your knuckles will lead to arthritis.
    Results: False. There is no definite link between knuckle cracking and arthritis. Those who crack their knuckles won’t have an increased risk of developing hand arthritis; however, studies showed that it could lead to hand swelling and lower grip strength. Also, cracking your knuckles is associated with damaged tendons and soft tissue injuries.

    Myth: Drinking coffee will stunt your growth.
    Results:
    False. A recent study on teenagers who constantly drank coffee compared to those who rarely drank any showed no difference in height growth and bone density whatsoever. Coffee may have another side effect, such as addictiveness, but that’s from the caffeine, not from drinking coffee itself.

    Myth: If you go outside with wet hair, you will catch a cold.
    Results:
    False. You can only get sick if your body is exposed to the cold virus, proving that whether your hair is wet or not isn’t a factor in determining your body’s relative state. This myth probably formed because our moms thought that catching a cold was the same as being cold, which is not true.

    And there you have it. You can finally prove your mom wrong when you bust her for her “motherly advice.” Now live a free, non-stressful life without having those second thoughts of the effects from listening to your parents.


    Sources:
    Website for all myths:
    http://www.divinecaroline.com/22360/86474-myths-moms-told-us--truth

    Swallowed gum:
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/digestive-system/an01006

    Wait an hour before swimming:
    http://www.snopes.com/oldwives/hourwait.asp
    http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/06/03/15/should-you-wait-an-hour-after-eating-before-you-go-swimming.htm

    Cracking your knuckles:
    http://osteoarthritis.about.com/od/osteoarthritis101/f/crack_knuckles.htm
    http://www.providence.org/oregon/health_resource_centers/arthritis/askanexpert_arthritis_knuckles.htm

    Stunt Growth:
    http://health.howstuffworks.com/human-nature/health-myths/coffee-stunt-growth.htm

    katherinebay

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    Join date : 2009-09-01

    Re: Myths we were told as kids

    Post  katherinebay on Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:05 pm

    When we were naive, obedient little kids, our gullibility took over our minds. Our mothers told us the oddest “facts” that twisted our reality to the point where we stopped and wondered if, in fact, they were actually true. Think back to the younger years when you chewed your first piece of gum and were told to not swallow it or else that wad of rubber would stick to your stomach for nearly seven years. Truth be told, that measly piece of “advice” was a myth; and this wasn’t the only lie that your parents told you. These myths, among many others, were scientifically proven false. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a nice ride through Truth Lane.

    Myth: Swallowed gum will stay inside your stomach’s digestive system for a whopping total of seven years before being fully digested.
    Results:
    False. Gum cannot be digested in one’s stomach, but it does not merely stay inside and sit there. It will just be dropped with the rest of one’s feces, like any other indigestible foods or excretions. However, excessive swallowing of gum while consuming food at the same time has caused rare intestinal blockage in children.

    Myth: You can’t go swimming until you’ve waited an hour after eating or else you will get stomach cramps and drown.
    Results:
    False. There have been no fatalities from this, proving that this myth was made only as a caution. Horsing around in a swimming pool, ocean, or lake won’t cause any severe damage to the body after eating as long as your meal wasn’t large or if you do not plan to swim strenuously. Honestly, that hour of waiting is just a time waster because your stomach will function just the same whether you’re sitting or swimming.

    Myth: Cracking your knuckles will lead to arthritis.
    Results:
    False. There is no definite link between knuckle cracking and arthritis. Those who crack their knuckles won’t have an increased risk of developing hand arthritis; however, studies have shown that it could lead to hand swelling and less grip strength. Also, cracking your knuckles is associated with damaged tendons and soft tissue injuries.

    Myth: Drinking coffee will stunt your growth.
    Results:
    False. A recent study on teenagers who constantly drank coffee and those who rarely drank any showed no difference in height growth and bone density whatsoever. There are actually health benefits when drinking coffee, such as lowering one’s risk for type II diabetes by nearly 50%; that is, if you don’t add 5 million spoonfuls of sugar into your cup of joe. Although one shouldn’t go overboard on the drinking, drinking coffee in moderation can have its benefits.

    Myth: If you go outside with wet hair, you will catch a cold.
    Results:
    False. You can only get sick if your body is exposed to the cold virus, proving that whether your hair is wet or not isn’t a factor in determining your body’s health. This myth probably formed because our moms thought that catching a cold was the same as being cold, which is not true.

    And there you have it. You can finally prove your mom wrong when you bust her for her “motherly advice.” Now live a free, non-stressful life where you actually know the truth behind our parents’ most devious, yet sly tricks in their book of parenthood.

    lenakalemkiarian

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    Re: Myths we were told as kids

    Post  lenakalemkiarian on Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:12 pm

    i didnt see anything wrong with your article.

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