Night comes early, leaves fall from trees, and Halloween is right around the corner. It's the perfect setting for spooky myths that you may have believed as a child. Take a look at these five superstitions and let us know if you still believe!
I've never bought into the whole concept that candy makes kids hyperactive so I've never denied my children sweets when it came to holiday festivities. But, now there's reason for the moms who do attribute their tykes' energetic behavior to treats to relax. This Christmas, let your lil one have a candy cane. Guess what myth topped the list of holiday myths? To find out, read more
Losing weight is hard, but finding misinformation about dieting is frighteningly easy. Although I spend a lot of time debunking diet myths on FitSugar, I also never cease to get questions from readers wondering about the latest facts and fads. Can your separate truth from fiction? Take my true or false quiz to find out.Take the Quiz
The second you start showing, random people offer their unsolicited opinions on what the baby's sex will be. I couldn't put the kibosh on the predictions, since I didn't know the sex until I delivered. Sometimes it was fun to hear people take a gander, but often it was bizarre and unwelcome.
Let's see if you know these common myths for gender guessing.
I just read this and knew I had to share it: it is a myth that a person having a seizure can swallow their tongue, therefore you should never put anything in their mouth. If you put an object in someone's mouth who is having a seizure, they could bite it and the piece of stick or pencil could get lodged in their throat and block their ability to breath. Which is ultimately more dangerous than a seizure.
A recent survey conducted at University College London found that many myths surrounding epilepsy were prevalent in about 30 - 35 % of the population questioned, about 4,600 people.
Seizures are caused by sudden bursts of electrical activity in the brain, which interrupts normal communication between the brain and the body and epilepsy is diagnosed in people who have regularly recurring seizures. Experts recommend that if someone has a seizure, objects around them should be removed and their head needs to be cushioned if they are on the floor. Apart from that the seizure should be allowed to run its course. An ambulance should be called in the case of: first seizures, those lasting over five minutes, if the person is hurt or has several seizures.
I think it is important to shed light on old myths and share the facts - you never know when you might need them.
Do you take "the pill?" If so, you're not alone. However, despite the overwhelming number of women on the pill right now, there are still some serious myths floating around out there, giving the pill a very bad rep.
Health.com has taken note and talked to the professionals to finally debunk the most common myths on the pill:
- It’s risky to stop your period: Studies show it’s safe to suppress your period using various methods: Seasonale, a pill that limits you to four periods a year; Seasonique, a similar pill that may help fight PMS; or others like Depo-Provera injections that may eliminate your period. “The hormones keep the lining of your uterus thin, so nothing builds up,” says Rebecca Gould, MD, an OB-GYN at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. Side effects that usually go away include breakthrough bleeding. Menstrual suppression is great for women with particularly heavy flows, painful cramps, and menstrual migraines.
Does the pill make you fat or give you cancer? To find out, read more
Here are some myths about your microwave that need clearing up:
1. Microwaving your food kills all the nutrients. FALSE. A microwave works by emitting radio waves called, you guessed it, micro waves. These waves aggravate the food particles, making them vibrate, which causes heat. Cooking food in a microwave heats it faster than on a stove, so it should retain more nutrients.
2. Microwaves leak radiation, putting you at risk for developing cancer. This could be TRUE, but if your microwave is working properly, it doesn't leak enough to cause cancer.
3. Microwaving food in plastic containers releases toxic chemicals called dioxins into your food. FALSE. According to the FDA, plastic containers and plastic wraps don't contain dioxins.
Also be aware that when you heat something in the microwave, it can get really hot very quickly. So do be careful when taking food out because it could burn you.