Originally posted by vivify
Thanks so much for your responses. I never suspected it was a myth. Man, the media's such a terrible source of science sometimes.
You got that right.
Other myths propagated by the news media about science include:
chaos theory is a theory about randomness
( it isn’t!!!! I am always very irritated when I hear the TV say this. And one of the things chaos theory implies is that outcomes can sometimes appear random even if there is absolutely NO random element anywhere)
geneticists genetically engineered a mouse to have a human ear
(actually, it wasn't a human ear but a piece of fabric shaped as a human ear that was stitched to the back of the mouse and then seeded with skin cells so that skin cells grow over it to give it the appearance of a human ear. The idea that geneticists can genetically engineered a mouse to have a human ear on its back with our current understanding of genetics is an absurd one. The scientists that made this experiment NEVER CLAIMED to have genetically engineered a mouse to have a human ear!!! of course, a lot of crazed extremist 'environmentalists' ceased on the photo of that mouse and dishonestly claimed it was genetically engineered to have a human ear and the news media just moronically lapped it all up)
artificial nitrogen-based fertilisers are responsible for all the nitrate pollution in our drinking water.
( this is too simplistic. Nitrate pollution in our drinking water has existed for thousands of yours BEFORE the invention of artificial nitrogen-based fertilisers and, while artificial nitrogen-based fertilisers is responsible for much of it in our modern age, much of it still comes from nitrates released from manure and organic fertilizers as this is just the natural part of the nitrogen cycle)
organic food is proven to be better for your health and the environment.
(false! Research shows that is is too simplistic and often the opposite can be true! no evidence exists to show that organic food is generally significantly better for your health than non-organic food and, as for the environment, it just depends on exactly what is grown and where and how and with what fertilisers and how much fertiliser and chemicals and which chemicals and how those chemicals where produced etc etc. Also, organic farming usually produces more of a carbon footprint than chemical farming!!! )
taking antioxidant vitamins mops up free radicals in your body thus protects against ageing and cancer.
( taking antioxidant vitamins does mops up some of the free radicals in your body but it has been a known scientific fact for many decades now that, because of the way the concentrated vitamins get digested in the gut, taking the vitamins in tablet form actually produces more free radicals in your body than it neutralises thus the claim that it “protects against ageing and cancer.” because of this doesn't make any sense)
spinach is good for you because it is high in iron.
(it IS high in iron BUT it also contains a chemical that prevents that iron being digested and entering the blood)
can anyone who knows about science add to this above list?....................