Scientific Myths

2017, Science  -   10 Comments
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In our quest to live long and healthy lives, we often fall prey to advice from questionable sources. Scientific Myths attempts to decode a few of the most popular and suspicious health-related recommendations.

Does the iron content in spinach make you strong? Does reading in dark light damage your eyes? Is the process of detoxification a legitimate pursuit? Does the consumption of large amounts of chocolate help you lose weight? Is a daily glass of red wine good for the heart?

There are long-held beliefs regarding food, exercise and lifestyle practices that people have sworn by for many decades. These believers would be shocked to learn that many of their favorite remedies result from myths, misconceptions, antiquated concepts, deceptive public relations attempts, faulty research or precautions taken too far.

Our modern myths aren't limited to health and nutrition concerns. Urban legends can take hold and spread like wildfire in our increasingly paranoid and gullible society. Can cell phones cause planes to crash? Does listening to classical music in the womb have an impact on a child's intelligence?

The filmmakers put some of the most enduring of these myths to the test. They conduct cell phone tests in a large-scale airplane, follow a group of nutritional scientists as they embark on a phony chocolate diet study, and capture a team of young chemists who examine the chemical elements in spinach and compare their results to similar vegetables.

In addition to offering practical, evidence-based insights, the film examines the inner workings of myth-making, an especially robust process given our 24-hour news cycle and social media dominance. Often, in today's climate, fringe viewpoints can attract more attention and greater adoption than scientifically sound research. This is especially dangerous in regards to our current concerns over climate change.

By debunking these widely accepted practices and beliefs, Scientific Myths provides a valuable and educational service. These segments of the film are filled with the joy of discovery. But there's also a darker underbelly to the film's theme. It portrays a culture that chooses to believe even the most outrageous and impractical myths over concrete scientific data.

Directed by: Thomas Hies, Judith Schneider
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10 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Mark

    Spinach eaten in large amounts can even cause kidney stones due to the oxalate content.

  2. Chinese Singaporean

    Monosodium glatamate MSG is not dangerous as long as it comes naturally found in the vegetables that are added to Cinese dishes. The problem is that the Chinese and Asian restaurants added the synthetic laboratory created version of MSG. They are basically white powder sold for dirt cheap prices in Chinese shops that adds WOW addictive flavoring to flavourless food. This helps restaurants to cut down the cost of using good ingredients in their cooking. Just add MSG, your cilents will crawl back wanting more food. Msg is also known for its addictive effects and numbing of the Hippocampus part of the brain. Take not, that is why you could find MSG in potato chips too.

  3. Alan

    You notice that right around the beginning of the video the announcer says "Medical authorities believe" "Believe" is the operative word in the modern medical lexicon. It's a religion as with the majority of science.
    The spinach thing was probably due to whoever wrote the cartoon believing...
    Re: cellphones if you have one cell phone being used no problem but if a huge amount of PPL use them the massive amount of RF could overcome the weak signal that GPS use for guidance. The older cellphones were worse and also damage to the phone could cause it to splash over a number of freqs.. That was the basis of this. It is also true that cellphones don't work inside of an airliner because it is a Faraday Cage.

    The legend of global warming was discontinued and called climate change when none the catastrophes that Al Gore predicted happened and the warming which is normal and natural stopped and NASA got caught making up figures with the data. BTW he is poised to become the first "carbon Billionaire as he floated a company on the LSE that guess what... Sells and buys carbon credits... surprise surprise.

    Funnily enough, the worst CO2 producers in the world, China and India were given a 13 year pass on having to do anything to cut down on emissions with the right to extend that 13 years.

    CC is a hoax created by the PPL who want to exploit the slaves in China to produce junk for the world.

    I gave up on this trash at around the 2/3 point.

    1. Chimp

      Plane is not a faraday cage, the plane would have to be earthed (connected to earth) to become effective faraday cage. This is why mobiles do work on planes if the plane is not at too high altitude.

  4. Manuel

    So, tannin present in the red grape, probably doesn't erase fat from blood vessels. Bad news.

  5. Jake

    No build up of toxins? Lol. By that logic, I should be able to smoke and not get a build up of tar in my lungs. Everyone has a toxic buildup in their bodies, there are many long-acting chemicals in foods etc that build up in your body that are not eliminated and detox programs help remove some of those toxins from your body, and it's been proven. Looks like this documentary is a myth.

  6. john

    what people don't realize is that everything is a myth unless you have personal experience of it.

    1. Earl

      Yup so true !

    2. Devil Travels

      Personal experience is not adequate evidence. Physical and testable evidence destroys myths.

    3. ContemplateNow

      I haven’t fallen from the 10th floor of a building to concrete but I’m fine with the “myth” that it won’t turn out well for me.