Seven Healthcare Myths
Written by: Dr. Cherniawski
1. Cardio is one of the best types of exercise. Cardio exercise, such as jogging, is good for slow twitch muscle fibers but does nothing for fast twitch muscle fibers. Alternative: Evidence suggests that interval training increases the production of anti-aging hormones and fat metabolism. To interval train, alternate between exercising at your maximum heart rate for 30 seconds followed by 90 seconds of rest. Do this for 20 minutes. Example: Sprint, walk fast, or do jumping jacks for 30 seconds followed by 90 seconds of walking. Note: Maximum heart rate = 220 - your age.
2. Vaccines are safe, effective, and prevent disease. Vaccines contain harmful ingredients such as formaldehyde, aluminum, detergents, and mercury, can cause the ery diseases they are meant to prevent, and weaken the body's natural immune defenses. Alternative: Gain knowledge and understand reasons for not vaccinating before making a decision. Also, remember that our bodies work on a use it or lose it basis. If we do not challenge our muscles they become weak. If we do not challenge our immune system by allowing it to fight disease itself, it will also weaken and leave us susceptible to developing more serious disease later in life. Other resources: Do vaccines really work?, Vaccines and genetic manipulation.
3. Fluoride in water helps prevent cavities. While topical use of fluoride may have some benefits, studies show that, when swallowed, it does not decrease cavity occurrence and can have negative consequences on thyroid health and IQ. Alternative: Do not buy water with added fluoride and consider switching to a non-fluoride toothpaste.
4. Genetically modified crops are safe. Since the introduction of genetically modified foods, primarily corn and soy, food allergies, cholesterol and insulin regulation problems, and gastrointestinal disease have increased significantly. Alternative: Eat natural, locally grown, in season foods whenever possible.
5. Sun causes skin cancer. Believe it or not, the incidence of skin cancer has increased along with the increase of sun avoidance and sunscreen usage. In addition, most sunscreens contain harmful chemicals. Alternative: While there are many variables such as where you live, time of year, and color of your skin, most people should be exposed to 30 minutes of sunlight over most of their body everyday without sunscreen. This exposure produces vitamin D which improves immune function and protects the body from cancer. If you do not get adequate sun exposure, take a minimum of 800 IU of vitamin D daily.
6. Artificial sweeteners are safe, well tested, and promote weight loss. Studies show that people who consume non-caloric artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and sucralose in diet soda and food, gain more weight than people who consume caloric sweeteners. In addition, artificial sweeteners are neurotoxic chemicals that can cause a variety pain, vision, and migraine poblems. Alternative: Gradually decrease the use of all sweeteners. When needed, use sugar, honey, or stevia. Also, read Sweet Deception.
7. Milk does a body good. Conventional milk contains growth hormones and antibiotics, and when pasterized, loses vital enzymes and nutrients. Pasteurized, homogenized milk has been linked to allergy, immune, and digestive problems. Alternative: Limit dairy intake, consume organic dark leafy green produce to acquire adequate nutrition and, where available, drink raw organic milk and other raw organic dairy products from grass fed animals.
Dr. Cherniawski is the owner of Life Align Wellness Center. Some of this information was taken from Mercola.com