Top 5 Medical Misconceptions of 2018

It’s the end of another successful year of busting common medical myths! Check out the five most popular Medical Misconception blog posts in 2018:

  1. Stomach ulcers are caused by stress and spicy food. For many years, it was commonly thought that constant stress and/or indulging in too many spicy foods were reasons why peptic ulcers developed. While those could aggravate the ulcer, today we know that these are not the culprit. Learn more.
  2. The bathroom medicine cabinet is the best place to store medications. It seems like a good idea – having your medications all in one place within easy reach. Many bathrooms feature a mirrored chest attached to the wall commonly known as a medicine cabinet, so this seems like the natural place to store your medications. But, while it’s convenient, this spot may be one of the worst places to store your prescriptions. Find out why.
  3. It takes 7 years for the body to digest swallowed chewing gum. At one time or another, we all have heard that if we swallow chewing gum it will take 7 years for our body to digest it. Thankfully, that is not the case at all. Learn what happens to that swallowed gum.
  4. Thawing food on the counter is safe. There’s at least one generation of us who remember the primary meal preparer in our family grabbing a package of chicken or ground beef from the freezer and leaving it out on the counter to thaw for that night’s meal. While we may have survived, find out why this practice is not safe.
  5. Hospice is a location. Hospice is often thought of as a place where people who are nearing the end of their lives go to receive specialized care. Find out how hospice is more than just a physical location.


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