12 Things Most People Think Are Safe Or Healthy, But Aren’t (Even Your Doctor!)

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There are several things in life that you can count on 100 percent: the loyalty of your dog, a mother’s love and that the Rolling Stones will continue to do concerts until they drop dead.

Other things, well … those are more open to interpretation.

However, some things have a reputation of being safe or healthy, but they actually aren’t. How these things got this reputation remains unclear. Whether it was simply clever marketing, a misunderstanding, bad science, poor education, or perhaps just an old wives tale, the truth is that there are numerous things in this life that we take for granted as safe or healthy when they actually aren’t.

In fact, your doctor might even have told you that some of these things are completely safe when they aren’t. Ever have your doctor recommend a flu shot? We rest our case.

Want to know more? Keep reading and find out the top 12 things almost everyone believes are healthy or completely safe but are anything but.


1. Aspirin

One of the most common pieces of advice you will hear from doctors, especially if you are over 40, is to take a low dose of aspirin each day. They tell you that doing this will thin the blood, preventing blood clots, stroke, or heart attack. Seems to make sense, until you learn that doing this can also trigger internal bleeding. A lot of it. In one large case study, which involved more than 10,000 people, a low dose of aspirin each day did prevent 46 of these subjects from dying over the 10-year study, it’s true. However, there were another 49 people who suffered from major internal bleeding. Still another 117 subjects had less severe internal bleeding. Another thing your doctor will not tell you is that aspirin therapy doesn’t work for everyone. Some people have platelets that are super resistant to aspirin, so taking aspirin won’t thin their blood. Think twice before you submit to aspirin therapy.

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One Comment

  1. Leah7453

    Mar 2, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Vaccines should be #1. Probably 95% of the population remains convinced they’re safe and effective when the exact opposite is true. They do nothing but harm and quite often, kill. Most misleading but unfortunately effective marketing campaign of all time.
    Vaccines did not save us: