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Conspiracy theories about cancer cures, vaccines and cell phones are familiar to at least half the sample. Those theories also enjoy relatively large levels of support: 37% of the sample agreed that the Food and Drug Administration is intentionally suppressing natural cures for cancer because of drug company pressure; 20% agreed that corporations were preventing public health officials from releasing data linking cell phones to cancer or that physicians still want to vaccinate children even though they know the vaccines are dangerous. Conspiracy theories about water fluoridation, genetically modified foods, and the link between human immunodeficiency virus and the US Central Intelligence Agency are less well known: less than one third of the sample said they had heard of these conspiracy narratives and only 12% of respondents agreed with each.
In sum, 49% of Americans agree with at least 1 medical conspiracy theory and 18% agree with 3 or more. These percentages are largely consistent with those found by surveys about political conspiracy theories.
Instead of viewing patients who believe in conspiracy theories as crazy, he said doctors should realize those patients may be less likely to follow a prescription regimen.
"It's important to increase information about health and science to the public," he said. "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."
Oliver’s study that was published Monday wasn’t interested in supporting or debunking the medical conspiracy theories in question. Rather, the University of Chicago professor was looking to ascertain whether there was a correlation between those who believe in the theories, and those who practice certain health behaviors. Oliver was able to highlight a significant association, and that was clear in his report Monday
Conspiracy theories aren’t just fanciful ideas; they approach delusion, argues study leader Dr. J. Eric Oliver, who researches political psychology and public opinion at Chicago. According to Oliver, when people believe in conspiracy theories they demonstrate a fundamental unwillingness to accept scientific reason. The ideas are challenging to them, so they bristle — eventually forming conclusions just for the sake of knowing something.
"Science in general — medicine in particular — is complicated and cognitively challenging because you have to carry around a lot of uncertainty," Oliver told Reuters. "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.’”
originally posted by: Urantia1111
The Medical Industrial Complex has been busted cold enough times to warrant suspicion of anything they tell us. Of course the author vilifies conspiracy believers. They're blowing his cover. My favorite is seeing a large colorful commercial for a medicine and then in the same program break, an ad for attorneys suing the makers of that same medicine due to the damage and deaths it has caused.
a reply to: seeker1963
Does anyone from the DRUG CORPORATION ever go to prison? NOPE! They just pay a fine and continue raking in the cash - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...
originally posted by: FlyersFan
The thing that is really irksome in this article ... the attitude of the guy who did the study. Anyone who disagrees with him isn't intelligent .. or can't handle hard science .. or is uneducated ... or is paranoid to the point of a mental disorder. I'd like to know where the guy gets his funding ... and i'd like to know how he can be so blind.
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: FlyersFan
Hey, how about that.
You got a second opinion. You did it right.
Not much of conspiracy if you got such a different opinion on your first try.
Never, I can easily presume.
Scott S. Reuben, MD, former chief of acute pain service at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., and implicated in one of the largest cases of publishing fraud, has agreed to plead guilty to one charge of fraud in connection with falsifying and fabricating research studies involving Pfizer Inc.’s painkiller Celebrex.
In court documents released last month by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston, Dr. Reuben has agreed to pay nearly $362,000 in restitution to Pfizer, Merck & Co., and Wyeth/Rays of Hope and forfeit an additional $50,000. Although the charge to which he has agreed to plead guilty (health care fraud, 18 U.S.C. Section 1347) allows for a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and twice the amount of restitution, prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence “at the low end” of the guideline range followed by supervised release of two years, according to the plea agreement signed on Jan. 12. Dr. Reuben’s attorney will be permitted to seek an alternative form of sentence not involving prison when the case is brought before a judge.“Although the plea agreement has been filed, it has not been accepted by the Court,” said Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office. “There has to be a plea hearing, and the judge needs to accept the plea for it to be binding,” she told Pain Medicine News.
On the night of his 12th wedding anniversary, Dr. Andrew Friedman was terrified.
This brilliant surgeon and researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School feared that he was about to lose everything — his career, his family, the life he’d built — because his boss was coming closer and closer to the truth:
For the past three years, Friedman had been faking — actually making up — data in some of the respected, peer-reviewed studies he had published in top medical journals.
“It is difficult for me to describe the degree of panic and irrational thought that I was going through,” he would later tell an inquiry panel at Harvard.
Dr. Mark Nesselson, a New York pediatrician who conspired with families to get their children into school without state-mandated vaccinations, has been fined $10,000 and told he can practice only under supervision. Dr. Nesselson admitted to falsifying forms for four children in two families, and later admitted that he had done the same for a handful of other families over the years.
In January 2012, University of Connecticut officials announced that Das, director of the Cardiovascular Research Center, had fabricated his research 145 times in papers published in 11 scientific journals. Das studied the effects of a compound in red wine, resveratrol, on the heart.
A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an "elaborate fraud" that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesda