Monday, 22 November 2010
Again, I love reading about random crap. So when I stumbled upon this gem, I was surprised at how NOT useless this information was!
According to a post on Cracked, there are five extremely common, but insanely useless medical practices that occur these days.
Want to know what they are? Then keep reading, DUUHH.
5- CT scans: These full-body x-rays are extremely common, since they're able to show internal organs, bones, and other health issues that may cause someone pain and suffering. They help assist doctors in figuring out what is wrong with their patients when regular medical exams just aren't good enough. So why are they useless, you ask? Well not only are they useless, but they're dangerous. CT scans pump the body full of insane amounts of radiation, up to hundreds of times more than a traditional x-ray, and doctors predict that almost 1-in-50 future cases of cancer will be caused by use of CT scans.
MRI scans, on the other hand, have been found to have NO radiation, and can do essentially the same exact thing as a CT scan. So CT scans should be obsolete, right? Try again. The profits made off of CT scans will keep these cancer causers around for a long time.
4- Yearly physical exams: We're all told to get a yearly physical. Some colleges and universities even demand one before you start classes your freshman year. They provide us with solid numbers on our weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and can guide you if you're trying to adjust any of those numbers. So what's the issue?
Well, according to the Department of Health and Humans Services, physical examinations are basically useless unless you're already showing symptoms of something. Hypochondrias thrive off of physical examinations, hoping to hear that their accelerated heart rate after jogging is the reason why their stomach growls when their hungry. Physical exams are expensive... so save yourself the money and only visit the doctor when you're feeling ill.
3- Circumcisions: This ancient practice is a baby boy's worst nightmare. While millions of men are circumcised and will strut their stuff proudly when doning their Birthday Suit, there seems to be absolutely no reason for men to get circumcised. The people over at Cracked write, "[circumcision is] medically comparable to removing a male baby's nipples at birth -- sure, they're useless, but all things considered, why add expense and/or risk if you don't have to?"
Good comparison, Cracked. But parents will still promote nipping away at their baby boys peenie just because it's a fad that lasts.
2- C-sections: A c-section is the golden ticket for busy, business-oriented women who are most likely to book a c-section appointment and then hand the baby over to a nanny. But the c-section is widely viewed as a practice that is used in dire situations, where normal childbirth is impossible to do safely.
The problem is that childbirth is one of the most natural miracles that happens everyday. Keyword: natural. Babies are born when they want to be, and when they're READY to be. Yanking Baby Boy Smith from the womb too early is not necessarily dangerous for the baby, but it can be dangerous (and costly) for Mommy-in-Training. C-sections carry higher possibilities of damaging Mommy's insides, needing a blood transfusion, higher mortality rates for both Mommy and Baby, higher risk of blood clots for Mommy, and of course scar tissue. And those are just a few of the possible-to-probable issues that mothers and babies can have.
And what's number 1, you may ask?
Well, Cracked can tell you that one.
Have you ever had any of these procedures before? What do you think about this useless, but common medical practices?