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9 Medical Myths You Need to Stop Believing Right Now

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An Apple a Day…

Many of us grew up with medical advice that had been passed down through the family or friends, and as we grew older, perhaps we started to realize what was real and what was an old wives’ tale.

Does going outside with wet hair make you sick? Can you catch a cold from going barefoot around the house? Are mosquitoes more likely to bite you if you’ve been eating sugary foods? As it turns out, we’ve been conditioned to believe a lot of faulty medical advice, and an apple a day isn’t going to do us much good in the long run.

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Keep reading to see the medical myths you should stop believing in…

When Women Spend a Lot of Time Together, Their Periods Synchronize

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Also known as menstrual synchrony or the McClintock effect, this myth is named for psychologist Martha McClintock, who published her research on the topic in Nature in 1971. According to her research, women who live together in close proximity (she carried out her study in college dormitories) are likely to have the onset of their menstrual cycles align and then remain synced.

Several years later, other psychologists and anthropologists published research debunking McClintock’s faulty calculations and findings, and as recently as 2013, menstrual synchrony has been scientifically declared to be erroneous.

Stretching Before/ After Exercise to Reduce Soreness or Injury

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From our earliest days in gym class, we’re taught to carefully stretch out our arms, legs, and muscles in order to prevent soreness and injury before doing physical exercise. Makes sense, right?

Wrong. As it turns out, there’s virtually no clinical data that supports this claim.