Widespread US belief in medical conspiracy theories

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Half of Americans subscribe to medical conspiracy theories, with more than one-third of people thinking that the [b]US Food and Drug Administration[/b] is deliberately keeping natural cures for cancer off the market because of pressure from drug companies, a survey finds. [s]NPR[/s] reports that 20% said that cellphones cause cancer — and that large corporations are keeping health officials from doing anything about it. Another 20% think doctors and the government want to vaccinate children despite knowing that vaccines cause autism.

[i]People who backed the conspiracy theories were less likely to rely on a family doctor[/i]. Instead they looked to family and friends, the Internet and celebrity doctors for their health information. And people who relied on celebrity doctors, such as [b]Dr Mehmet Oz[/b] and [b]Dr Andrew Weil[/b], were most likely to favour conspiracy, with more than 80% agreeing with at least one of the theories, according to the survey, published in [s]JAMA Internal Medicine[/s].

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