5 Of The Most Disgusting Things People Do For Their ‘Health Benefits’

People tend to try some pretty unsavory things when they believe they’re good for them.

New mothers eating their own placentas after they give birth is one of the nastier ones that comes to mind, but there are much, much worse things that people ingest for the supposed health benefits attached.

Not only do people eat gross things for medicinal purposes, though, but they also put themselves through disgusting processes that may not even work. Here’s just a small sampling of the most nausea-inducing practices.

1. In Chinese culture, many people eat leeches, believing it will help treat strokes, high blood pressure, and bruises.

2. Tiger penis soup is an Asian dish that many cultures believe enhances male masculinity. It is also considered to be an aphrodisiac, improving sexual performance.

3. Ear candling is an alternative medical procedure that people use to remove wax buildup. One end of a candle is placed in the ear canal, while the other is lit, supposedly creating a vacuum that draws out impurities. The catch? This can cause injuries like burns and even perforation of the eardrum.

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4. Some celebrities use urine therapy, or urotherapy, for a supposedly wide range of health benefits, including immunization against allergies and treatment of calluses. This involves rubbing your own urine on your skin or even drinking it. However, there is no scientific evidence that proves it is therapeutic.

5. Fecal microbiota transplant is the process of taking fecal material from one healthy person and introducing it to another patient by means of an enema, colonoscopy, or disgustingly enough, by mouth in the form of capsules containing the freeze-dried material.

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This has actually been proven to be an effective treatment for people with Clostridium difficile infection, which causes diarrhea, fever, nausea, and abdominal pain. It is becoming more and more popular in North America and Europe.

Is anyone else skipping their next meal after reading that?

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6 ‘Harmless’ Things That Are Actually Signs Of Major Health Problems

WARNING: if you’re a hypochondriac, you probably shouldn’t read this!

In movies, sometimes a character will interrupt a conversation with a cough that seems innocent at the time, but sure enough, a few scenes later, everyone’s at that character’s funeral lamenting, “We should have seen the signs!”

This is, of course, just a plot device, and it doesn’t bear any resemblance to the real world…or does it? One might think your body would tell you if it’s dying — “HEY, LISTEN UP! GO TO THE DOCTOR” — but oftentimes, it warns us in the most frustratingly subtle ways. Here are some symptoms that may seem harmless at first…but could end up spelling your doom.

Weak teeth = bad stomach

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Despite brushing, keeping soda out of your diet, and doing virtually everything your dentist tell you to do, is your enamel still too weak? Well, then you might have an acid reflux problem in your stomach! While sugary treats wear down the enamel on the front of your teeth, acid from your stomach may be eroding the backs!

Hair loss = prostate cancer

There may be a link between hair loss and prostate cancer in men. Studies show that men with moderate balding are 83% more likely to get prostate cancer down the line. But how does hair protect you from prostate cancer? It doesn’t! The real culprit is testosterone. Too much of it is the true cause of balding AS WELL AS problems with the prostate.

Changes in handwriting = Parkinson’s disease

Write a sentence down on a piece of paper. Now write it nine more times. Notice any noticeable differences? If you see that each time you wrote the sentence the words got smaller and more crowded together, it could be an early sign of Parkinson’s. You see Parkinson’s causes the nerves to stop producing dopamine, which causes stiffness in your hands. This can affect your handwriting.

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Long pointer finger + shorter ring finger = schizophrenia

If your pointer finger is longer than your ring finger, it may be an indicator of schizophrenia. A recent study confirms that men with this sort of digit ratio are likely to have a disturbed hormonal balance that could also lead to schizophrenia.

Inability to calculate tip = Alzheimer’s

Is the reason you’re not tipping well enough not the fault of the service you received, but because you’re too afraid to do the calculations? The inability to perform simple math equations could be a early warning sign of Alzheimer’s. One brain fart might not mean much, but if it happens on a regular basis, it could be a signal for memory problems later in life.

Snoring = heart disease

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If you snore, you may actually be keeping up you partner with your weakening heart. Sleep apnea is linked to the thickening of arteries in the neck, which can lead to strokes and heart attacks more than commonly thought heart detriments (smoking or increased weight).

Of course, these symptoms can be caused by any number of things, so don’t go buying a plot in the cemetery just yet. Consult a doctor if your symptoms are really troubling you, no matter how small. You might come off looking like a crazy person, but a little piece of mind is better than freaking out over it.

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These 25 Strange Illnesses Sound Fake But They’re Very Real. #18 Is Awesome But #11… OMG.

We live in a big place with lots of unknowns. There are things in this world that will surprise you no matter how much you think you know… like these rare medical conditions. The majority of these rare illnesses sound fake, but they are most definitely real. Some of them are psychological conditions or delusions, while others are as tangible as stone.

1.) Alien Hand Syndrome: This is a neurological disorder where a person’s hand appears to take on a mind of its own.

2.) Trimethylaminuria: A metabolic disorder that makes a person smell like day-old fish. There is no known cause or treatment.

3.) Dysgeusia: This disorder distorts a person’s sense of taste.

4.) Dyschronometria: This disorder makes people unable to accurately estimate the amount of time that has passed.

5.) Mary Hart seizures: Former Entertainment Tonight show host Mary Hart would sometimes cause epileptic seizures in her viewers… just because of her voice.

6.) Rapunzel Syndrome: For some reason, these people are compelled to eat their own hair, which can be extremely damaging to their digestive system. It can get bound up so badly, it could kill a person.

7.) Exploding Head Syndrome: This sleep disorder causes people to hear loud bangs in their head, as if bombs were going off.

8.) Laugh Syncope: This is the tendency to laugh so hard, it makes you pass out.

9.) Lisztomania: This is an intense hysteria that was first used to describe fans of famous pianist Franz Liszt during his performances. A more modern example would be Beatlemania.

10.) Parry Romberg Syndrome: This condition causes half of a person’s face to shrink, causing an asymmetrical appearance.

11.) Human Werewolf Syndrome: This condition, known as hypertrichosis, causes people to grow hair all over their bodies. There are only about 50 people in the world with the condition.

12.) Burning Mouth Syndrome: This is a condition where a person would feel a burning sensation on the roof of their mouth, with no apparent underlying cause.

13.) Retired Husband Syndrome: This is a condition where a woman will show signs of physical illness and depression as her husband approaches retirement.

14.) Busy Life Syndrome: Ever walk into a room and forget what you were doing? This condition is basically information overload, causing that kind of confusion.

15.) Stendhal Syndrome: This disorder causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness and fainting when a person is exposed to art they think is beautiful.

16.) Stone Man Syndrome: This is officially called Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. It’s a rare mutation of the body’s repair mechanism. It results in the body being ossified, or turned to bone.

17.) Paris Syndrome: This is a psychiatric breakdown that tends to happen in Japanese tourists when the city of Paris doesn’t live up to its romanticized image.

18.) Gourmand Syndrome: This is caused by injuries to the right frontal lobe and leads to an obsessive focus on fine foods.

19.) Foreign Accent Syndrome: This is a condition where patients randomly develop a foreign accent (usually occurring after a stroke).

20.) Truman Show Delusion: People with this delusion believe that they are the center of a imaginary television show.

21.) Walking Corpse Syndrome: Also known as Cotard’s delusion, the people affected by this condition believe that they are dead.

22.) Capgras Delusion: This is the belief that a loved one has been replaced by an identical impostor.

23.) Jargon Aphasia: This is a speech disorder where a person uses made up words in regular sentences. It can get so bad, the person can be speaking in an entirely fictional language.

24.) Fregoli Delusion: A rare disorder where a person believes that many people are actually a single person with the ability to disguise themselves.

25.) Progeria: This is an aging disease that causes children to age very rapidly. They very rarely live to be older than their teens.

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