How many medical myths have you accepted as true? Although we’re quite a long way from “bleeding” patients with leeches or barber instruments, we still wonder about the “wisdom” of eating certain foods, drinking enough water, and taking chemical combinations to control conditions in the physical body. My colleague, Eric Nelson, writing for the November 2, 2015 edition of Communities Digital News, exposes what might be the medical myth underlying all the subsequent beliefs about the body and its degree of health or sickness. Here’s Eric:
Medical myths abound.
For instance, contrary to popular belief, eating late at night does not make you fat; you don’t need to drink eight glasses of water a day; cold weather does not make you sick; and sugary foods do not cause hyperactivity in kids.
The problem is, a lot of us have a hard time letting go of these notions, especially when personal experience appears to confirm them – like the parents who see their child jumping up and down at a birthday party, assuming it was the overly frosted cake and not the festive environment that caused this sudden burst of energy.
But of all the medical myths that need to be discarded, there’s a larger question that looms: Could the very idea that we are essentially matter-based beings forever beholden to matter-based bodies also be a myth?
Sure, it may look and feel like we’re nothing more than a bunch of molecules all scrunched together into a particular shape. But scientists continue to remind us that what looks and feels like solid matter is actually made up mostly of space.