Monday, October 14, 2013

Fact vs. Fiction!

So, it’s been a while…again. I know. BUT- I’m going to make it up to you. Here’s the story: Lately, I have been noticing a lot of odd remarks by my patients…things that they believe are “true” about medicine, or health, and could not be farther from the truth. So…today we are going to play…Fact or Fiction!

            1. Your pee has to be clear.
FICTION. This is one of my all time favorites. Let me say this one time…Your pee does NOT have to be clear. Literally, I have a friend who carries around a bottle of water to drink so his pee will be clear because it is “not healthy” if it is not. Well, I have news for you guys…pee is supposed to be yellow. Normal urine color ranges from pale yellow to deep amber in color, depending on how concentrated it is. By NO means does your urine “have” to be clear. Things that should raise flags: red or pink urine, foamy urine, cloudy urine or foul smelling urine. Remember also that vitamins and some medications may change the color of your pee!

2.  Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis
FICTION. There have been studies on this, and it’s just not the case. Now, repetitive cracking may weaken the ligaments, which may cause issues later down the line, but definitely not arthritis.

3. You need to drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Your pee does NOT have to be clear and
you do NOT necessarily need 8 glasses of
H2O a day!
            FICTION. This goes back to #1. I have no idea      
            where this came from but it is silly. If I drank 8   
            glasses of water each day I wouldn't get any 
            work done because I would be in the bathroom 
            with my “clear pee” the entire day. This is 
            simple: drink when you are thirsty. If you are 
            going to exercise, drink more and if you are 
            sick, drink more. Otherwise…when you are      

                                             4. Aloe is good for burns
Great natural burn remedy!
FACT! Now, why were you laying in the sun, to begin with?! Anywho…yes. Aloe is indeed good for all sorts of burns, from sun burns to flat-iron neck burns (been there, done that). Studies have shown that aloe is great for the healing time in superficial burns- but remember that aloe should never be applied to open wounds!

5. Vaccinations will give your child autism.
Holy FICTION!! Please refer to my previous blog post…here. It’s entirely too late for me to get worked up over this, so if it interests you, refer to my other article on the blog about this. Sometimes I just want to pick up the phone, call Jenny McCarthy and thank her for scaring the crap out of parents everywhere for no reason. Well, at least the head researcher was stripped of his medical license for publishing this crap. SMH.

Yay! That was fun. I’ll have #6-10 for another blog…keep you guys on your toes!!

Until next time…..


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