7 Times the Internet Gave You Terrible Medical Advice

The Internet is a font of medical information, as we all know, both good and bad. And when we say bad, we mean really, really bad! Here are seven examples of some of the worst medical advice ever given out on the Internet. Want to stay healthy? Get your medical advice from a professional physician.

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Straight from the New England Journal of Medicine — or so we're told — comes a peer-reviewed study demonstrating that just 10 minutes a day of "staring at the charms of a well-endowed female" is equivalent to a 20-minute aerobic workout for men. By this method, says head researcher Dr. Karen Weatherby, the average male can expect to extend his lifespan four to five years. More »

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Drinking Cold Water Causes Cancer

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According to a viral message circulating since the mid-2000s, drinking cold water after a meal "will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed" and retard digestion. This "sludge" is then broken down by stomach acid and coats the intestines, where it will "turn into fats and lead to cancer." It is best, therefore, to drink hot soup or warm water with meals. So says the Internet.

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Here's some good news for cold water drinkers (see below). Everyone knows that lemons are beneficial to your health, but did you know that they're a "proven remedy" for all forms of cancer? So claims a popular viral message declaring the anti-carcinogenic properties of lemons "10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy." The info is attributed to Baltimore's Institute of Health Sciences, which, unsurprisingly, denies having released any such statement. Ever. More »

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All hail the miraculous absorptive power of raw onions, which, if distributed in open bowls or dishes around the home, will draw germs and viruses from the air and protect your entire family from the flu. This technique was supposedly used with great success during the devastating worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918-1919, though there is no historical evidence that this was actually the case, nor any scientific reason to suppose that onions absorb disease-causing agents of any kind. More »

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Performing Fellatio Decreases Breast Cancer Risk in Women

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If you found the previously mentioned "medical study" recommending that men stare at women's breasts to improve their heart health shocking, wait till you read this one. A purported CNN news story dated Oct. 3, 2003 claimed that researchers at North Carolina state University found that women who performed oral sex on men one to two times a week reduced their chances of getting breast cancer by 40 percent! Lest you're tempted to believe this nonsense, consider the name of the head researcher: Dr. B.J. Sooner.

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Never mind that respected and trustworthy medical sources such as the Mayo Clinic advise treating minor burns by first immersing the skin in cool water then covering it with dry, sterile gauze, this forwarded email says it's preferable to cover the injured area with plain white flour for 10 minutes and "experience a miracle." Quick healing without pain or blisters guaranteed! More »

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Shocking "police alerts" from India warn that an HIV-positive worker at a Pepsi-Cola plant in New Delhi purposely contaminated products with his blood. To avoid contracting AIDS, the messages advise, consumers should avoid all beverages produced by the company, including Pepsi, Slice, Tropicana Orange Juice, and 7-Up. This is news to the CDC, which has stated repeatedly that HIV cannot be transmitted in this manner. More »