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Scientific Myths

We've all heard that a glass of wine a day is healthy. But this is a myth. There are many misconceptions about what is healthy and what is unhealthy. A film about how these errors come to be and why they are so hard to correct.

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One example: detoxing is a very popular myth at the moment. Removing toxins from the body is based on an understanding of medicine dating back to the early 20th Century. But modern medical experts say this notion of a build-up of toxins is nonsense. So why is it so hard to debunk the detox myth when it has no scientific basis whatever? Dr. Lilian Krist, an epidemiologist at the Charité Hospital in Berlin says: "People want to believe in something. For many, these diet hypes and lifestyle trends have become a substitute religion.” New studies often throw up more questions than answers and more room for wrong interpretations - or even deliberately false conclusions. Once wrong information has become embedded in our brains, it’s difficult to get rid of again. Cognitive psychologist Ullrich Ecker has discovered that established myths people have believed in for generations are incredibly resilient. There’s even a boomerang effect: the more we try to destroy a myth, the more people believe in it.

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