Should You Ignore These Health Scares?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 27, 2015

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  • Misinformation about health issues is widespread.
  • Cell phone use is falsely believed to cause brain cancer.
  • Plastic water bottles are considered unsafe by many.
  • Certain child vaccines are wrongly linked to autism.

Misinformation about health issues is widespread. These days, social media is enough to make your heart race or plant doubts in your head. Many are led to believe what they hear or see and this makes them ignore the real science.


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Take a look at these common health scares that don't hold any truth.

Cell phones can give you Brain Cancer

Over the years, many studies have been done to find link between cellphone use and brain cancer. However, none of these found any significant correlation. Studies have also tried to determine whether there is a connection between cell phone use and changes in behaviour of users. There was no evidence on cell phones dumping frequencies and radiations in your head and inflicting damage of any kind.

Plastic Water Bottles are Unsafe

A study published in 1998 in Toxicology and Industrial Health claimed that low doses of bisphenol A, a chemical used in production of hard plastics and coating of aluminium cans, cause reproductive and developmental abnormalities in rats.

Results of research on BPA using rats as subjects are poorly replicated in humans. Humans metabolize BPA much more efficiently than rats and effect might be seen in the little critters will be decreased. Moreover, not all plastic is created equal. BPA-containing materials have a recycling number of 7. Most of the soft, disposable water bottles are made with polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Marked with a recycling number of 1, these bottles do not contaminate water.


Vaccines Cause Autism

A study in 1998 in the British medical journal the Lancet linked common MMR vaccine (for measles, mumps, and rubella) to the onset of autism. The study was retracted in February 2010. Besides this study, there have been many others that have looked for a relationship between vaccines and autism but haven’t found anything.


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