Does This Make Me Sick?: Healthcare Fact vs Fiction

If you are a peruser of the internet, or not living under a rock, you are probably bombarded daily about the world trying to kill you. Sun is good; sun is bad. Vaping is fine; vaping will kill you. Take a cold shower for vitality; the cold will make you sick. What’s a regular person to believe?

There is so much fact and fiction to sift through, but here’s a short list of some health beliefs. Do they make you ill?

The Flu Shot: Some people honestly feel sick after they get a flu shot. For that reason, many people decide to forgo the annual ritual. So what’s the deal? Does the flu shot make you feel flu symptoms?


A flu shot cannot make you sick because the vaccines either carry inactive flu viruses or no flu virus at all. That means you can’t catch the flu from a flu shot. On the other hand, the vaccine can cause some inconvenient side effects like muscle aches, headache, or a low-grade fever which some people assume is the flu. Just wait a day or two and the symptoms will subside.

Cold Weather: Our parents told us to bundle up or suffer a cold, but does cold weather cause colds?


The cold does not cause a cold. So why do we get colds in the winter a lot? There are a few reasons, but one of the most noteworthy issues is that we stay inside, huddled with others more often during the colder months. That makes it easier to pass around illnesses. People also tend to cut out more physical activity when it’s cold. Exercise is good for our immune systems.

Lack of Sunlight: We’ve been told to stay out of the sun due to skin cancer, but now healthcare professionals say that too little sun can harm our health as well. Is this true?


Lack of sunlight can cause vitamin D deficiency, heart conditions, and weakened bones. Denying oneself of sun exposure can also cause clinical depression. During the cooler months, some people may develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), so get out there and soak up some sun! (Please wear sunscreen.)

Antiperspirants: Deodorant and antiperspirants are popular in American culture, but some speculate that they, specifically antiperspirants, can cause breast cancer and kidney diseases. Is this true?

Not really, but…

According to the American Cancer Society, linking breast cancer and deodorants do not have a solid scientific grounding, and the National Kidney Foundation cautions only people with extremely weak kidney functions about the health risks of using antiperspirants. Do some research and decide for yourself. There are plenty of aluminum and paraben-free deodorants on the market that work very well. 

The fact and fiction of healthcare will go on and on. Can we sleep with wet hair? Do you need to wait one hour after eating to swim? Is fasting good for you? 

Life is confusing, so stay vigilant, do your research, and enjoy your life. Don’t spend too much time worrying about getting sick. Life is too short.

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