In the middle of the previous century, it was fashionable to smoke and use baby oil for tanning. In the 21st century, we have sufficient knowledge and information to know that these habits can lead to death. Scientists constantly carry out research and solve the problem of “what is good and what is bad” for our body. The experiments prove that some common things we consider safe could be fatal. We’re sharing an overview of ten ordinary things that can kill us in the future.
10. Caesarean section
Caesarean section as an alternative to natural childbirth, especially in pathologies in which the doctor removes the baby surgically, can be dangerous. Though the mother’s seam is eventually healed, everything can be much worse for the baby. The researchers have found that children born in this way are more prone to allergies because they do not receive a dose of the bacteria from their mother during a normal delivery. In addition, the baby may retain lung fluid in case of cesarean section, which can lead to asthma. In case of the traditional birth, the baby’s lungs are self-cleaning during labor.
9. Washing hands
Everyone knows that there are germophobes, who wash their hands every five minutes and use antibacterial wipes. But they risk getting the opposite effect – not only they, but the surrounding people as well. Antibacterial products, ranging from soap to the substances neutralizing meat bacteria, may create havoc since they kill only some weak specimens rather than 100% of the bacteria. At the same time, the most resistant forms remain alive. Over time, these powerful germs multiply in number and cause incurable diseases. Moreover, the use of antibiotics leads to immunity reduction.
Nanoparticles are tiny particles that are present everywhere: in the details of machines and constructions, sunscreens, moisturizers and automobile exhaust fumes. Since they are very small, scientists find it very difficult to identify them and their harmful effect. There is a theory that if a person is affected, he/she may suffer from cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. Severe inflammation in the lungs, caused by nanoparticles, may lead to cerebral edema, which causes serious problems with memory. Using sunscreens to protect ourselves from the sun, we become exposed to another danger.
For example, inhaling nanoparticles of polystyrene not only causes inflammation of pulmonary tissue, but also stimulates vascular thrombosis. There is evidence that carbon nanoparticles can cause disorders of cardiac activity and suppress the activity of the immune system.
7. Taking food additives
Many people believe in food additives, not realizing that they are a hoax. Many companies specialize in manufacturing and distributing nutritional supplements, which, according to manufacturers, can cure everything. Since they are not recognized as medicines and are not tested, they are potentially dangerous. For example, some additives for raising the body tone cause a number of side effects. You can feel the surge of energy, but the heart will be affected. Diet pills can lead to death.
Everyone knows that detergents are harmful. The increased use of chemicals in the household can lead to trouble. Many cleaning products are toxic and poisonous to humans. If you mix a few products, you can die after inhaling them. This does not mean that it is not necessary to clean the house – you just need to avoid chemicals. Particular attention should be paid to the concentration of detergents and the frequency of their use. It is best to use them in a well ventilated area for a short period of time.
5. The use of soybeans
Soybeans and tofu are considered an alternative to meat, but genetically modified soybeans are likely to cause harm, especially to pregnant women. Soy is characterized by the high concentration of estrogen, so scientists began exploring how plant estrogen affects health. According to some studies, the concentration of estrogen can cause an abortion, although the studies concerned animals. This is a problem, since soy is added to many foods purchased in stores.
4. Sedentary work
Employment as an office worker suggests having a sedentary lifestyle in front of a computer monitor. It is no secret that prolonged sitting is not good for health. On the one hand, technology is good, but on the other hand, it is injurious to health. Some people think that 5-minute breaks every hour or being focused on the objects far away from the monitor every 20 minutes can save you. They cannot. Other people think that sedentary work is safer than the one that requires risk and physical activity.
3. Smoking electronic cigarettes
Due to anti-smoking campaigns, many people are interested in alternative methods. It was believed that smoking electronic cigarettes is safer than smoking usual cigarettes. Prolonged smoking of electronic cigarettes causes certain side effects, although studies are still ongoing.
2. The use of high fructose corn syrup
Canned products have been popular for 40-50 years. A few years ago, a campaign against the use of high fructose corn syrup was launched. Many companies have abandoned its use in food products because it affects health adversely. But sometimes it is impossible to give it up. This syrup is a cheap sugar substitute, which leads to poisoning and excess weight.
1. Dirty water
Drinking water is not bad, but the question of water quality remains. It is believed that everything that goes down the drain – medicines or waste – cannot be cleaned 100%; thus it gets into our body through the water. Experiments with tap water involved frogs because they are sensitive to clean environment. Studies have shown that polluted water affects the growth and health of amphibians and, therefore, is harmful to us. Simple filtration of water before use will help reduce the risks.