We still have lots of summer left! 4 more weeks of it before school starts. Still lots of time to take vacation and have bbq’s outside and run through the sprinkler (I never got that – why run through cold water when you can sit in a hot tub). In case you still plan to vacation yet this summer or check out the remaining summer festivals we have here in the city I found some summer myths that can be debunked!
Fact: Sharks live in the ocean. Thanks to Jaws many of us were scared to swim in Pigeon Lake never mind an ocean. So when you or your kids are scared to go in the water remember this - First myth: Shark attacks are common. Not true. You have a better chance of dying from being struck by lightning, or even from a dog bite.Second myth: Sharks will attack if they sense you have your period. While sharks have a keen sense of smell and are attracted to blood, there’s no evidence that shows you’re more likely to be attacked during this time.
My husband would always say he had heatstroke when he was done walking down a hot whyte ave shopping. Now I can call him on it! Heatstroke is actually very uncommon if you’re 18 to 39 years old and not obese. Basically, it happens when your body’s ability to cool itself is thwarted and body temps rise very high (into the 100s), very fast. It’s signaled by weakness, dizziness and lack of sweat. While the likelihood of having heatstroke is low, if you’re feeling ill, get into a cool room and drink liquids. Have someone monitor you, and if you don’t feel better soon, go to a doctor.
I think we all look for excuses to our colds. Like the one about moving from the “natural” outdoor air to a building pumped with air-conditioning will make you sick. Not true — it’s probably just your allergies, because moving from a clean-air environment to the outdoors may trigger allergy sensitivities
Curing a Jellyfish Sting
If you happen to be some place tropical (or the Jersey Shore right now) and you get stung by a jellyfish make sure you’ve got some vinegar handy! Studies have shown that vinegar is your best bet for relieving the pain. The myth of using Urine to cure it isn’t so much of a myth it’s just why do it when a couple packets of vinegar does the same thing?
Swimming on a Full Stomach
No swimming for at least 30 minutes after a meal. While I wouldn’t recommend jumping in the pool after eating a heavy steak dinner there’s no proof that swimming after eating has caused injury or death.
Here’s the gist: First, doubling up on sunscreen doesn’t mean the SPF number doubles (that is, SPF 15 applied twice does NOT equal SPF 30). Second, most individuals don’t need to go higher than 30, which blocks out 97 percent of UVB rays (the rays that cause sunburn), because there’s no evidence that a number past 30 really adds any more protection (so you can forgo the SPF 95). Third, you’re probably not applying enough. You need one ounce (the size of a shot glass) to cover your body, and an extra teaspoon of it for your face. And yes, even if your facial moisturizer claims to have SPF, you need to apply sunscreen to your face to protect it in the sun. Reapply at least every two hours, and more often if you’re swimming or being active. Got it?
Mosquito bites are not only annoying, they can be potentially dangerous, as mosquitoes can transmit diseases like West Nile virus (WNV) and malaria. WNV can cause mild to severe symptoms (sometimes resulting in death). Think your bug spray is working? It could be, but you may be misunderstanding it. The higher the DEET level in your spray (an active ingredient in insect repellents), the longer it lasts. Translation: The higher DEET number does NOT mean it repels more mosquitoes, but that it lasts longer in repelling. Because DEET is an insecticide, talk to your doctor if you have medical problems or conditions or take any topical medications that could interact with your spray. Side effects of DEET can include dizziness and nausea, among other symptoms.
Poison ivy is not contagious. We repeat: Poison ivy is not contagious. The actual rash, caused by a reaction to urushiol oil found in poison ivy, oak and sumac, can’t be spread through contact. The one kernel of truth to this myth? One poison ivy rash sufferer can spread it only IF there’s urushiol oil left from the original contact and the new victim reacts to it as well.