25 Medical Facts That Need To Be Common Knowledge

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Everyone should take their health super seriously. It’s pretty astounding how many people don’t. We drink and smoke to excess, and don’t exercise on the reg (guilty). Then we eat fast food and eat vegetables in moderation (also guilty).

So when you think about it, it’s not all that surprising how many people are unaware of certain essential medical facts. I can safely say that I don’t know as much as I should, and my love for cheeseburgers, beer, and not exercising is something I know I need to work on.

So I’m going to try and take the following 25 essential medical facts to heart, and make sure I’m listening to ALL OF THEM in order to keep stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive. I suggest all of you take notes and memorize these medical facts, because knowing them could save your life.

Everyone should know these 25 medical facts:


Most important rule: Know your own history and drugs. Our EMRs are too inefficient to depend on, especially if you’ve been to many different institutions.


Your immune system is one of the greatest assets you have and you never thank it. In your life, your body will autonomously eradicate between 6-10 cancers without your realizing. It will fight your infections, repair micro traumas and police the entire population of billions of cells in your body without your asking. All it requests in return is a little bit of health to preserve it. Stop smoking, lose weight. Maybe exercise a little. Don’t drink so much. Your diet is so much more important that you realize.


If you’re an alcoholic that’s admitted to the hospital, don’t lie about how much you drink. There are drugs we can give you to take the edge off of withdrawals. It’s safer for you and safer for us. We’re not judging you, we have safety in mind.


Keep an eye on your weight. Rapid unintentional weight loss or gain is often a sign something serious is up.


If your kid has a fever, and you give them Tylenol or Ibuprofen to bring it down, they are STILL. F*CKING. SICK. You’re only treating symptoms temporarily, not curing anything. For the love of everything holy, do not give them Tylenol and send them to school/daycare/sports/birthday parties/etc. to become patient zero and infect everyone else.

Written by Alex Cogen

Alex is a New Yorker currently living in Austin. She loves cats, grass, and latex but unfortunately is allergic to all 3. She makes mom and dad jokes more than she cares to admit (jk she'll admit it loud and proud). She isn't as funny as she thinks she is. She is the founder of