Old Wives’ Tales
"Don't believe that. It's just an old wives' tale." Live long enough and you'll see those old wives weren't just spinning tales, some stories contain at least a scintilla of truth.
Arthur Itis is an excellent meteorologist.
I never used to believe this one. Then I worked in home health. I quit watching the news and began asking my patients for the next day's weather forecast. They were far more accurate! Now that I'm clicking off decades quicker than Superman can leap tall buildings, I may go apply for the weatherman's job myself.
Teething causes fever and diarrhea.
I didn't believe this one either. How can a tooth coming in cause a fever or diarrhea? Yet, the empirical evidence it there. I've seen it in my own kids. Turns out teething causes excess saliva that can have an effect on both ends of that poor baby. Something in the additional saliva creates loose and acidic stools. Not only is it messy, but it tears up their little hineys. At the other end, the saliva can back up into the Eustachian Tubes. Add a little bacteria and voila! Instant ear infection with, you guessed it, that infamous teething fever.
In life, or in the clinic, when you see something happen over and over again, don't discount it because it doesn't make sense. Research it from every angle until you unlock the mystery. Happy sleuthing!