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10 Bogus Health Trends That Are a Complete Waste of Time

 

 

 

According to MSN, here are 10 BOGUS HEALTH TRENDS THAT ARE A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME:

 

1. Ear candling: In this alternative treatment, a fabric tube that's been soaked in wax is inserted in the ear and set aflame as a way to remove ear wax. Research has shown that the candle doesn't create suctioning, plus ear mechanics don't allow for infections or impurities to be "pulled out." Risks include burns and a punctured eardrum. When you've got a wax buildup problem, see your doc—she has special tools that are designed to effectively and safely clear wax from the canal.

2. Avoiding GMOs: GMO stands for "genetically modified organism." Plants like grains and soybeans may be genetically modified to make them heartier crops. Many people are concerned about their safety risks—there are no long term studies that show they're 100% safe—but at the same time, there isn't good evidence that they are harmful or that the food is any different in your body nutritionally. If you do want to avoid them, look for foods with the "Non GMO Project Verified" seal. But just because a cracker or cereal doesn't contain GMOs doesn't make it healthy. You'll still have to read the nutrition label and ingredient list to determine if it's a good choice.

3. Placenta pills: After giving birth, some new moms are getting their placenta encapsulated and popping the pills to boost energy, prevent postpartum depression, increase milk production, and balance hormones. If you're considering it, just know that there's no science to suggest that consuming placenta will stave off childbirth complications or depression. Cooking or dehydrating the organ actually destroys any beneficial hormones and chemicals it might contain.

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