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A section of commonly misunderstood heath beliefs that have turned into health myths (and vise versa).

What does low fat, light mean on a food label?

In an age where confusing food labels are enough to drive consumers crazy, they are still an important part of the food choices we make. That, and the fact they are a huge selling feature for manufacturers. A plain black and white label pasted over a tub of ice cream will not sell nearly as many (or as fast) as a tub of ice cream with a fancy color-filled label… Read More »What does low fat, light mean on a food label?

The keto fad diet vs the real ketogenic diet

If you’re in the market for information on the keto diet for beginners, the first thing you should know is that this diet is not your typical “get rid of excess body fat diet”, but is a person-specific way of eating to help treat those with epilepsy. The protein-controlled diet was created in the 1920s as a way to treat epileptic seizures in people, mostly children, who did not respond… Read More »The keto fad diet vs the real ketogenic diet

Does beer really cause a beer belly?

That infamous paunch that many like to blame on beer is often the butt of a joke when it comes to having a large stomach, but is beer really to blame? Does beer really cause a beer belly? Beer guzzlers around the globe may be happy to learn that beer in itself is not the cause of that large inflated stomach, but an excess of calories in general. While beer… Read More »Does beer really cause a beer belly?

What is colloidal silver good for?

That truly depends on who you ask. Holistic therapists will tell you that colloidal silver can cure a host of diseases from cancer and diabetes to arthritis, HIV/AIDS, herpes and even tuberculosis. The medical community, along with the US Federal Drug Association and Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, agree those claims are unfounded and that colloidal silver has no place in the human body. So let’s start somewhere in the middle… Read More »What is colloidal silver good for?

What is a high PSA level for a prostate exam?

A lot of men believe that a high level of PSA means cancer, but this gets filed in with common health myths. The reason being your PSA level can be effected by many factors, not only cancer. Let’s back up a bit and figure out what PSA is and how it relates to a prostate exam. First of all, PSA stands for Prostate-Specific Antigen, which are the results of a… Read More »What is a high PSA level for a prostate exam?

What that chlorine smell at the pool really means

Many of us have been taught to appreciate the smell of clean like the smell of bleach or chlorine. Maybe not necessarily to the degree of hospital clean, but clean to the point stinky smells are, well, not so stinky. The smell of chlorine when walking into a public swimming pool area is supposed to be the smell of clean, but this is one health belief that truly is a… Read More »What that chlorine smell at the pool really means

Does toothpaste get rid of pimples?

How many of us have ever wondered (hoped and prayed) that toothpaste could get rid of pimples overnight? It’s a question we’ve all asked at some point in our lives when we wake up with a zit the size of an erupting volcano the day before an important event. The answer to the question is yes, it can help. There was a time when many of us found success with… Read More »Does toothpaste get rid of pimples?

Is drinking 8 glasses of water a day good for you?

Good question! And the answer is….maybe. It’s become a generic health claim that you need to drink 8 glasses of water a day because no one clarifies just how big those glasses are! Are they eight shot glasses, eight mason jars or eight big-gulp sizes that require two hands and a straw? The truth is the average person requires about two liters or half a gallon of liquid per day.… Read More »Is drinking 8 glasses of water a day good for you?

How harmful are artificial sweeteners?

Millions of people use a variety of artificial sweeteners every day to sweeten foods and beverages, so just how safe are they? Since we’re not here to sugar coat the realities, let’s just down to it. Those who benefit the most from using artificial sweeteners are diabetics and the obese. Diabetics benefit because artificial sweeteners do not raise blood glucose levels, which table sugar does immediately after consumption. The obese… Read More »How harmful are artificial sweeteners?

Does dark skin protect you from the sun?

How often have you heard someone say that dark skin has a naturally built-in UV protector or that dark skin is more tolerant against sun exposure than light skin? The truth is that while dark skin may be more tolerant, it is only to a certain extent. The reason is that darker skin tones produce more melanin, the pigment that gives our skin its color, and its this melanin that… Read More »Does dark skin protect you from the sun?