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20 Historical Medical Myths

Medical Myths
Medical Myths
  1. Sick people should not go outside at night due to “bad airs” or miasmata.

  2. Turkey makes you drowsy.

  3. Dim light ruins your eyesight.

  4. You must drink 8 glasses of water a day to be hydrated.

  5. We use only 10 percent of our brains.

  6. Drinking a glass of milk every day is good for you.

  7. Shaving hair causes it to grow faster, darker, and coarser.

  8. Babies don’t feel pain.

  9. In the early 1900’s it was thought that radioactivity was good for you.

  10. Shark cartilage is effective treatment for cancer.

  11. Heroin laced cough syrup as a cough suppressant.

  12. The human heart could never be touched.

  13. Mercury used to treat Syphilis.

  14. Tobacco was known as the “holy herb” and “God’s remedy”.

  15. LSD could cure alcoholism, criminal behavior, and schizophrenia.

  16. In the 1950’s people infected themselves with tapeworms to lose weight.

  17. Cocaine was used to promote digestion and fight depression.

  18. Cigarettes were once physician approved!

  19. Stress and spicy foods cause ulcers.

  20. Germs, bacteria, and viruses don’t exist.

Modern medicine is remarkable and the leaps that we have made show great promise for our future. Sadly, what we don’t know now can hurt us in the future.

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over thirty years. With symptoms since he was seventeen years old, Karl was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty-one, he is a Parkinson’s disease advocate, an entrepreneur, an inventor, an author of two books (A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit) with his wife and care partner, Angela Robb. He has blogged for ten years on his website, He is a Community Team Member to and is a contributor to His blog,, has been recognized four years in a row by as one of The Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015! also listed the book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World in their list of Best Parkinson’s Disease Books of 2017! has recognized for 2018 and 2017 as a Top 50 Parkinson’s Disease blog. Karl was a blogger for the 2016 World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. He is a frequent speaker on Parkinson’s disease issues as well as an experienced advocate for Parkinson’s issues throughout the United States. He is also an advisor and consultant on Parkinson’s disease. Karl is a board member of both the Parkinson Voice Project and Parkinson Social Network based in Virginia. He was an active board member (6 years) and an advocate (18 years) with the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN). In his free time, he is a photographer, constant writer, longtime magician, and a practicing Reiki Jin Kei Do master. Karl received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been featured by The New York Post, BBC Radio, CBS News, National Public Broadcasting (NPR), in The New Republic magazine and NHK World Television, as well as several Washington, D.C., television stations. You may reach Karl via email at, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd. I’m available for speaking engagements to share my experience living with Parkinson’s disease. Please contact me at if you are interested in having me speak to your group, conference/symposium, or would like me to write an article for your newsletter or blog. I am not a medical professional and this information is my personal view. I am just sharing my medical journey with you, the reader. I encourage you to seek all avenues that can benefit your condition.

Posted on June 15, 2015, in Education, Education & Support, Health, Uncategorized, Wellness and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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