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20 Historical Medical Myths

Medical Myths
Medical Myths
  1. Sick people should not go outside at night due to “bad airs” or miasmata.

  2. Turkey makes you drowsy.

  3. Dim light ruins your eyesight.

  4. You must drink 8 glasses of water a day to be hydrated.

  5. We use only 10 percent of our brains.

  6. Drinking a glass of milk every day is good for you.

  7. Shaving hair causes it to grow faster, darker, and coarser.

  8. Babies don’t feel pain.

  9. In the early 1900’s it was thought that radioactivity was good for you.

  10. Shark cartilage is effective treatment for cancer.

  11. Heroin laced cough syrup as a cough suppressant.

  12. The human heart could never be touched.

  13. Mercury used to treat Syphilis.

  14. Tobacco was known as the “holy herb” and “God’s remedy”.

  15. LSD could cure alcoholism, criminal behavior, and schizophrenia.

  16. In the 1950’s people infected themselves with tapeworms to lose weight.

  17. Cocaine was used to promote digestion and fight depression.

  18. Cigarettes were once physician approved!

  19. Stress and spicy foods cause ulcers.

  20. Germs, bacteria, and viruses don’t exist.

Modern medicine is remarkable and the leaps that we have made show great promise for our future. Sadly, what we don’t know now can hurt us in the future.

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over twenty-five years. Karl believes he has had PD since he was seventeen years old and was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty, he is a Parkinson advocate, entrepreneur, inventor, writer, blogger, photographer, Reiki Master, and speaker on PD issues. Karl is the author of the book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease. He has been chosen as a blogger partner for the 4th World Parkinson Congress being held this September in Portland, Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing has been featured in The New York Post and he has appeared on BBC radio, the CBS Saturday Evening News, Japanese television, as well as several local Washington, D.C., television stations. Karl is a former board member and a Virginia assistant state director of the Parkinson’s Action Network and a board member of the Parkinson Voice Project. You may reach Karl via email at, visit his blog at, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd.

Posted on June 15, 2015, in Education, Education & Support, Health, Uncategorized, Wellness and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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