My family is from Russia and, even considering that my paternal grandfather was a physician and my maternal grandmother is a dentist, have imbued me with a lot of misconceptions about health. Up until my girlfriend moved in and started giving me wide-eyed stares of disbelief regarding these things, I was under the impression that, for instance:
- Being wet in anything but the warmest of temperatures could make you horribly ill. So, wet hair in the cold, or wet socks after water got in them, or not drying completely after taking a shower is something that made you sick.
- Eating cold things while sick with a flu or cold makes it worse.
- Mustard plasters open up your lungs if you have a cold.
- Sitting on concrete outdoors does something terrible to your spine for some reasons I never quite understood.
- Urinating on a burn disinfects it (I think this one actually has some credence to it.)
Now, I understand basic biology, virii, bacterial infections, and other things like that, but since I've been hearing this stuff regularly since a rather young age, I sort of end up accepting it like a reflex even if it makes no sense
. I'm sure that a lot of people here, especially those not raised in America, grew up with similar misconceptions. So, what do I think about health and hygiene that is completely wrong?