The image to the left of this story has well over 100,000 shares on Facebook.
But this theory isn’t some viral fluke.
A study by the University of Chicago has revealed that half of Americans believe in at least some scientifically unfounded health conspiracies, and one of these crackpot assumptions might have serious public health consequences.
Others aren’t quite dangerous, but they are ridiculous. What is almost as troubling as the number of people who believe the conspiracies is the number of people who are on the fence about them. Here they are in order of worst to… uh, worst?
1. Doctors and the government still want to vaccinate children even though they know these vaccines cause autism and other psychological disorders.
A full and hideous 20 per cent of people surveyed believe this lie that is literally killing children. And another 36 per cent neither agree nor disagree with the statement. For those playing at home, that means less than half of Americans definitively believe that vaccines don’t cause autism.
2. The Food and Drug Administration is deliberately preventing the public from getting natural cures for cancer and other diseases because of pressure from drug companies.
Now I’m not saying that large pharmaceutical corporations aren’t dodgy at best and downright evil at worst, but this is a bit rich. And yet, 37 per cent of people agree with the statement and 31 per cent neither agree nor disagree.
3. Health officials know that mobile phones cause cancer, and yet are doing nothing to stop it because large corporations won’t let them.
There’s actually no evidence that mobile phone use causes cancer. Which doesn’t stop 20 per cent of Americans agreeing, and 40 per cent of Americans neither agreeing nor disagreeing with this statement.