In the month of October superstitions start to surface. Things like don’t let a black cat walk in front of you, don’t walk under an open ladder, break a mirror and you’ll have 7 years of bad luck. With this in mind, let’s tackle a couple of common myths that you have probably heard since childhood.
Here we go:
Cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis. We’ve all probably heard this one. Actually habitual knuckle-cracking may cause soft tissue damage than can lead to osteoarthritis. So stop cracking your knuckles! Aside from possible damage, the sounds of knuckle-cracking is like nails on a chalkboard. Nails on the chalkboard don’t bother me, knuckle-cracking does. Not all arthritis is osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that is more debilitating and deforming.
Here’s another old wives’ tale. Cold weather causes colds. Colds seem more prominent in cold weather. But it has nothing to do with the temperature. People are indoors more in closer proximity to each other. Close contact with a person who has a cold is what spreads the virus. Forget about feeding a cold and starving the flu. Recovery is aided by good hydration and rest.
Reading in the dark ruins vision; carrots improve it. If this were true I’d have the sharpest eyes on the planet. Straining to see in the dark will tire your eyes, but it won’t ruin your eyesight. Squinting a lot can cause a tension headache. Carrots do contain beta-carotene which is an important nutrient for healthy eyesight. Beta-carotene can be found in other veggies so you don’t have to munch carrots like a rabbit. So the dark won’t ruin your eyesight, but with the lights on, you’ll be able to read your book easier.
Drinking water upside down will cure the hiccups. I want to know how a person drinks water upside down without the water going up one’s nose. I tried it and not only could I not drink the water, but I didn’t cure my hiccups and made a mess on the floor. Hiccups occur when the phrenic nerve that sits below the diaphragm. When it is irritated it fires off impulses that make one hiccup. The best way to curb one’s hiccups is to hold one’s breath briefly as this has the potential to calm down the phrenic nerve.
One more tip: Never book a room on the 13th floor of a hotel! ha-ha