We’re a nation of medical conspiracy nuts

In a nation in which a full third of the population rejects evolution and people go berserk disputing a TV show about science, maybe our not-based-on-anything-real-or-conclusive medical skepticism isn’t surprising. The study’s lead author J. Eric Oliver suggests the findings also reflect our difficulty with complex issues that are not black and white. “Science in general — medicine in particular — is complicated and cognitively challenging because you have to carry around a lot of uncertainty,” he says. “To talk about epidemiology and probability theories is difficult to understand as opposed to ‘If you put this substance in your body, it’s going to be bad.’ It’s important to increase information about health and science to the public. I think scientific thinking is not a very intuitive way to see the world. For people who don’t have a lot of education, it’s relatively easy to reject the scientific way of thinking about things.”

Half Of Americans Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

Half of Americans subscribe to medical conspiracy theories, with more than one-third of people thinking that the Food and Drug Administration is deliberately keeping natural cures for cancer off the market because of pressure from drug companies, a survey finds.

Twenty percent of people said that cellphones cause cancer — and that large corporations are keeping health officials from doing anything about it. And another 20 percent think doctors and the government want to vaccinate children despite knowing that vaccines cause autism.

Health conspiracy theories are widely believed

Nearly half of American adults believe the federal government, corporations or both are involved in at least one conspiracy to cover up health information, a new survey finds.

Conspiracy theories on everything from cancer cures to cellphones to vaccines are well known and accepted by sizable segments of the population, according to a research letter published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The findings reflect "a very low level of trust" in government and business, especially in pharmaceutical companies, says study co-author Eric Oliver, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago. They also reflect a human tendency to explain the unknown as the work of "malevolent forces," he says.

The online survey of 1,351 adults found:

• 37% agree the Food and Drug Administration is keeping "natural cures for cancer and other diseases" away from the public because of "pressure from drug companies."
• 20% believe health officials are hiding evidence that cellphones cause cancer.
• 20% believe doctors and health officials push child vaccines even though they "know these vaccines cause autism and other psychological disorders."
• Smaller numbers endorse theories involving fluoride, genetically modified foods and the deliberate infection of African Americans with HIV.
• 49% believe at least one of the theories and 18% believe at least three.

"There are a lot of people out there that harbor these beliefs," Oliver says, even in the face of scientific evidence to the contrary – such as the many studies showing no link between autism and vaccines.

Additional research shows similar numbers of people believe political conspiracy theories, Oliver says.

Where do people get this stuff? When it comes to health, sources include friends and family, but also celebrity doctors online and on TV, according to survey results not included in the research letter, Oliver says.

The beliefs also go along with certain health behaviors, the survey found. Those who believe at least three health conspiracy theories are less likely to use sunscreen, get flu shots or get check-ups and are more likely to use herbal remedies and eat organic foods.

"What we take away from that is that people who embrace these conspiracies are very suspicious of traditional evidence-based medicine," Oliver says.

What can you say to this kind sponsored studies that like to discredit ordinary awake people, that know medicine and health, more than this PhD who's interesting just on his paycheck.
How much money the medicine institutions give you to attack and discredit ordinary people calling them nuts conspiracy theorists? 
How much money you fake journalists and writers write on MS Media news sites and TV stations talking bs about ordinary american people.  
Your LIES and MANIPULATIONS are exposed and people can see them very fast because they are not dumb sheeple any more.

If you are so smart prove that vaccines work with studies, that GMO food is healthy, that chemotherapy cures cancer and that medicine has the cure for cancer, if fluoride is good why don't you give it to your children, why don't you vaccinate your kids? 
Other wise you are just an simple bs asshole trying to discredit other people knowledge, research, awareness to a lot awake people that are waking up every day to your university and medicine BS LIES, MANIPULATIONS AND DECEPTION. 


Those people you attacked in your study are awake and are more smart and intelligent people than you dumb-ass. 

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