Saturday, April 05, 2008

Mythbusting Common Health Worries

Most people I know fall into one of two categories: (1) they panic over every new study which tells you that your favorite food causes cancer, or (2) they are so overwhelmed by the serial health panics that they simply have stopped listening. Well, Health Magazine is mythbusting today.

Myth #5: Feed a cold, starve a fever
The old wives' tale has been a staple since the 1500s when a dictionary master wrote, "Fasting is a great remedie of feuer."

The truth: "Colds and fevers are generally caused by viruses that tend to last 7 to 10 days, no matter what you do," Vreeman says. "And there is no good evidence that diet has any effect on a cold or fever. Even if you don't feel like eating, you still need fluids, so put a priority on those." If you're congested, the fluids will keep mucus thinner and help loosen chest and nasal congestion. A little chicken soup spoons in some nutrients, as well.
Let the relaxation and sanity commence... until the next health panic.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

pst... link isn't working.

Nomad said...

Thanks. Fixed.

shadowmom1 said...

I always though that old saying meant that if you ate nutritiously when you had a cold, that it would prevent the fever (starve it). Silly me. But it turns out that the misunderstanding would still give a good outcome.