9 Myths about Winter Illnesses

9 myths that people believe about illnesses...and why they are not accurate or true.

There are so many myths about illnesses and health running around out there that sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Here are the most prevalent ones and why they are absolutely untrue.

Myth #1: Starve a fever and stuff a cold (or vice versa)



The Facts:

There’s some evidence that this piece of medical advice was actually popularized by classic American novelist Mark Twain—a man who trained as a steamboat pilot, not a physician. “And let’s remember that in Twain’s era, bloodletting was still seen as a viable treatment,” laughs Dr. Gary Smith, a pediatrician from Orillia, Ont., and a member of the Canadian Paediatric Society Public Education Committee. “This was not a time of high science.”

Smith adds that there’s absolutely nothing to this one, and parents should ignore it, opting instead to treat viruses such as cold and flu with straightforward tactics like lots of rest, plenty of fluids to promote hydration as well as nutritious meals.

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