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False Health Myths Debunked by Science
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Extra Myth 5. HIV Exists In Humans Because A Human “Got It On” With A Monkey

This has been actually assumed for several decades now. Ever since we found out that HIV came from some type of monkey in Africa, everyone assumed a dude had sexual relations with one and caught it. However, HIV/AIDS does not need to be passed only by having sex with someone. In fact, many people contract it from others by coming in contact with their blood.

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This is likely the cause of how it passed from the monkey to human. Many believe that a monkey with HIV was killed and eaten by a man or group of men. Since the blood could have likely gotten on the human from carrying and cutting open the animal, that alone could have spread it. Yet if the blood was not completely removed, even if it is cooked, the HIV can still pass. This is especially true if it was eaten raw.

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Extra Myth 6. People Get Warts From Frogs

We’re not sure where this myth began but many feel that humans get warts from frogs or toads. It is likely assumed because people see how they look and notice areas of the frog and toad species that can appear like warts. Yet those are not actually warts and simply part of their skin more often than not. This means that humans do not actually get warts from one.

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Yet did you know you could actually get warts from other humans? Seriously, something as little as shaking a person’s hand could pass warts onto you. Of course, warts are caused in humans by the Human Papillomavirus and this is actually unique to humans. Therefore, even if you have HPV, you could not pass this onto your dog or cat, for instance.

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Extra Myth 7. You Can’t Die From A Broken Heart

Not only can you actually die from a broken heart, but people actually have. There is an actual medical explanation for it too! The medical world calls it “Broken Heart Syndrome.” It is an event that a person can go through when both mental health and heart issues combine after a stressful event in a person’s life. The American Heart Association warns people of it all the time.

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For example, a person could find out about the death of a loved one and their risks of getting a heart attack due to it more than double! This is due to something known as “stress-induced cardiomyopathy.” During Broken Heart Syndrome, your heart will temporarily enlarge. This can make you feel like you’re having a heart attack at times. Most people recover from the issue without an issue but it can actually cause death. Therefore, yes, you CAN die from a broken heart.

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Extra Myth 8. It’s Normal To Snore

Small bits of snoring as one sleeps is not really a big deal. It might just be caused by allergies or sinus trouble, particularly during Spring and Fall/Autumn periods when these problems are present more often. However, major snoring, especially on a consistent basis, is actually a terrible thing that could actually result in your potential death.

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Today, we know snoring is actually a huge issue that the medical community classifies as “Sleep Apnea.” The reason snoring is happening is that, as a person sleeps, their airway is being blocked or not opening correctly. Thus, making it harder to breathe. Not only could Sleep Apnea cause problems breathing but there is also a higher risk for both heart disease & Alzheimer’s disease.

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Extra Myth 9. Flat Feet Prevents People From Participating In Sports Or Physical Activity

We often say a person has Flat Feet when they have a low arch in their foot or feet. This was assumed for years to be problematic due to the high potential of injury. For years we felt that flat feet increased injury risk and kept people out of sports. It was even an issue for the United States Army, where they would not allow you in if you had feet like this.

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Yet this idea was misguided. Now, we know it is actually completely wrong. There was a study done on Israeli Soldiers with low arches, which concluded with the surprising news that people with low arches actually had a much lower risk of injury compared to those with high arches…or what we consider normal. Meanwhile, other studies found no difference between the two at all. Each study done proved that flat feet were not an issue and never were.

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Extra Myth 10. Mental Illness Can Be Cured If You Have Great Willpower

Likely one that everyone with any sort of depression and/or anxiety has heard. If you were just mentally stronger or could have proper willpower, then none of your mental issues would be a problem, right? While no one really says this about major mental disorders like Alzheimer’s or Dementia, they do with many more. From Depression to ADHD, people assume you just lack mental strength. Yet this line of thinking is dangerous and often prevents people from getting professional help.

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Think of it like this….would you tell a person with a broken arm that if they will it strong enough, their arm would be unbroken? No? The same applies here. People with any mental disorder often do far more than you think and go through a ton more than you’d ever realize. Many are some of the toughest mentally you’ll ever meet as a result. Therefore, if they could “will” their mental disorder away, they’d have done it by now.

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