Alternative Health Therapies That Don’t Really Work – Was Grandma Totally Wrong?

  • Forget most of what Grandma told you. Health was no better in the Old Days.
  • Beware crackpots and quacks who are more interested in your Health Care Coverage than your health.
  • Just because somebody's wearing a White Lab Coat, it doesn't mean they know what they're talking about.

Like the old saying goes, you’ve got everything if you’ve got your health. And most people will do anything to keep it. Especially if Grandma says it worked in her day. Turns out, old people don’t know what they’re talking about either. Here are some health myths that have been proven to be completely wrong.

And (mostly) hilarious…

Eat Breakfast To Lose Weight

The theory is, if you’re full you can have a light lunch and a well-balanced dinner. It actually does work. Unfortunately, it’s all the junk food you fill up on in between that’s really making you fat…

It turns out Grandma was right about one thing in the old days: Milk was a good source of calcium and promoted healthy bone growth. Not any more. These days, cattle diets include antibiotics and other nasty stuff not necessarily healthy for the human body. Got Milk? Not as much as we used to…

All-White Omelettes Lower Cholesterol

Pure bunk. In fact, egg yolks are rich in Omega-3s, which prevent the risk of heart disease. So, THAT’S why the Lunch Lady always gives you dirty looks…

Take Multivitamins Daily

Actually, you should get most of the daily vitamins you need with a regular, well-balanced diet of meats, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. And (like everyone who gulps down vitamin pills like they were Pez) plenty of nuts…

Don’t Give Kids Sugary Sweets

It makes them hyper. In reality, that’s not why it’s bad for them, since it’s been proven that sugar doesn’t make kids act out. Too much sugar (unavoidable in a processed food diet) is bad for EVERYBODY. It’s the adults that are driving kids crazy…

Avoid Colds by Staying Warm

Being cold doesn’t give you a cold. Germs give you a cold. And, most germs are inside soaking up the warm air. So, go ahead, take that skiing trip. Or, spring for that Arctic air conditioner you’ve been dreaming of and chill out on the couch. Binge watching Netflix shows about ski trips. But, if you DO catch cold…

Beware Green Mucous

Clear snot, good. Green snot, bad. Wrong. Greenish mucous is not a sign you’re coming down with deadly flu. It means your body is fighting a common cold in its own, healthy way. Also, it’s a good time to get even with the Lunch Lady…

Exercise is over-rated. Well, strenuous exercise at least. Light aerobic exercise is good for heart health. And, walking is the best routine exercise for most people, unless you can take a daily dip in the pool. Now, walking on water? Well, that’s a different story entirely…

Coffee Enemas Are Good For You

First off, Ewww? Whoever started this rumor was just looking for a good butt buzz. The tip-off? That chain of coffee enema shops popping up all over, driving up rents and bringing in a wave of Hipster Doofuses. Thanks Starbutts…

Drink 8 Cups Of Water A Day

Most of the water we need we get from our food. Drinking 8 cups daily only chains you to the nearest bathroom at work, ensuring you don’t stray far from your desk at your struggling start-up firm. In the fancy bottled water company that started this silly rumor. What goes around, comes around. Which, of course, leads to…

Avoid Touching The Toilet Seat

Actually, it may be the only surface in the bathroom that’s been scrubbed clean lately. You’re much more likely to get sick fingering that funky chrome water faucet. Or the urinal flush lever. Either way, just use a paper towel, wash your hands and get back to work.

And, don’t forget to jiggle the thingy…

Do you know some old-timey health tips which turned out to be completely wrong?

Let us know with a comment below!

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Reid Moore

Reid Moore is a Freelance Blogger retired from the USAF who lives in Riverside, California.Reid Moore has been writing online since 1996 on a wide variety of topics including News, Sports, Politics, Tech, Gaming, Autos, Popular Culture, Science, Music, Poetry, Art, Literature, the Paranormal, the Outdoors, Travel, Nature, Pets, Animals and Wildlife.So, naturally, in his spare time, Reid Moore can be found taking a well deserved nap...
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