Killing Misconceptions

From eggs to bras, find out which unexpected dangers lurk in your everyday life.

by Reece Lamppa
Using your cell phone while pumping gas is dangerous.

Myth. Although there are numerous warnings circulating on the Internet and in the media-- and even posted at some gas stations-- there has never been a recognized fire or explosion caused by cell phone use at the gas pump. Furthermore, no one has scientifically proven that it is even possible. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), many convenient store fires were attributed to cell phone use early on, but after further investigation, other causes were found for the fires.

Drinking too much water can kill you.

Reality. For years, coaches, trainers, and numerous self-proclaimed "fitness experts" have preached the importance of drinking more and more water to stay hydrated and to maintain a healthy body temperature, but we are now finding it is possible to drink too much. Sodium helps to regulate the fluid in and around your cells. Hyponatremia-- as it's officially called-- happens when sodium levels become dangerously low due to excessive water intake. When this happens, your body's water levels start to rise uncontrollably, causing your cells to swell up like balloons and pop.

Eating too many eggs leads to unhealthy levels of cholesterol.

Myth. In 2009, Bruce Griffin, Ph.D., of England's University of Surrey and other researchers found that eating eggs does not significantly raise your body's cholesterol levels. "The amount of saturated fat in our diet exerts an effect on blood cholesterol that is several times greater than the relatively small amounts of dietary cholesterol," Dr. Griffin says. So feel free to eat all you want of one of the most complete protein sources available-- next to maybe... cannabalism.

Women who wear bras regularly are more at risk to get breast cancer.

Myth or Reality?

Myth. There is no scientifically credible evidence that women who wear bras are more at risk for cancer, according to Dr. Ted Gansler, the director of medical content for the American Cancer Society. The rumor that bras prevent the removal of toxins by blocking lymph flow is not within the realm of science on how cancer starts. So to all of you ladies out there, don't feel pressured to drop your support system quite yet.

Inactivity can lead to death.

Myth or Reality?

Reality, if you do it enough (or not do it enough, but you get my point). Inactivity can lead to obesity, one of America's biggest problems (pun intended) with over one-third of the American adult population suffering from the disease. Consuming more calories than you burn will make you gain weight, and according to WebMD, it leads to numerous health problems including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, back problems, and high blood pressure just to name a few. So stop stuffing your face with cheese puffs, get your butt off the couch, and take your health seriously. Otherwise, health issues related to obesity will end you.



Reece Lamppa
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