When it comes to medical conspiracy theories, there are so many in the world, that if we were to turn our ears to all of them, we’d be left with no time to breath. Autism is on the top of the list, with many people believing it’s not even a disease or it’s something that’s been given to people through vaccines. New medical research have discovered some more causes of Autism, so that people will start to better understand this disease and this is just one example of how messed up things are when it comes to medical conspiracy theories.
Americans Believe in Medical Conspiracy Theories
A new study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine says that half of all Americans believe in one or more medical conspiracy theory. A team of American researchers at the University of Illinois have conducted a study which revealed that Americans are quite the medical conspiracy believers. Medical conspiracy theories include not just the ones related strictly to medicine and diseases, but also the theories which include aliens, secret governmental organizations and societies.
Professor J. Eric Oliver, the doctor in charge of the study, collected data from almost 1,400 American adults in 2013 and when he analyzed the data, the results were staggering: almost half of the American adults in the country believe in medical conspiracy theories. The participants were asked questions related to medical conspiracy theories and were asked to say whether they agreed or disagreed with them and if they had heard about them before the study began.
Some of the questions that were asked were: does the government give vaccines that cause autism to children willingly?, Did a spy agency infect black Americans with HIV?, Are US regulators preventing people from having access to natural cures? and the list continues. The results? 49% of participants agreed with at least one or more of the theories they were asked about.
Some medical conspiracy theories were more popular than others; which one do you agree with the most? Do you believe that the government has been exposing us to harmful substances and viruses? Share your thoughts on the matter below.