Only 400 years ago it was believed that the sun revolved around the Earth.
And it was only in the late 19th century that the barbaric practice of blood letting (and once believed ‘cure all’ of disease) was finally abandoned.
Thanks to advances in science and medicine, new discoveries have been made that have reshaped old paradigms and changed our way of thinking.
Therefore, we would assume that in this current age of science, medicine and technology, a well established consensus of health information would exist… Sadly that is NOT the case.
In fact, many of the current health recommendations are causing an increase in health problems. Several leading health researchers point to the fact that these recommendations are often driven by certain industries who have vested interests; namely profits, at stake.
As a former student of natural therapies, and having now been involved in the health & fitness industry for over 17 years, it is my intention to shed some light on 10 of the most common health myths – as controversial as they may be!
The Top 10 Health Myths are as follows:
Myth 1: Your genetics determine whether you will get cancer
Myth 2: For good health, follow the recommendations of the food pyramid
Myth 3: The sun causes skin cancer
Myth 4: People are overweight because they have slow metabolisms
Myth 5: Cows milk is a good source of calcium and builds strong bones
Myth 6: Eggs are high in cholesterol and should therefore be avoided
Myth 7: Margarine is a better choice than butter
Myth 8: Artificial sweeteners are a good alternative to sugar
Myth 9: You should eat a low fat diet
Myth 10: I should drink red wine as it’s recommended by my doctor for good heart health
Let’s address these one by one…
Myth 1: Your genetics determine whether you will get cancer.
Fact: Your LIFESTYLE is the single most determining factor, not your genes!
Just because your mother or father died from cancer doesn’t mean you have to suffer the same fate. It all comes down to lifestyle choices.
Unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and poor lifestyle choices, play a major role in the development of many diseases, including cancer.
Dr Rachel Thompson, science programme manager for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) dispels this common myth and she conservatively estimates that lack of exercise and being overweight, causes three times as many cases of cancer as genetics.
According to her, the evidence suggests that 39 per cent of the most common cancers, including breast and bowel, could be prevented through a good diet, exercising and keeping weight under control.