Health conspiracy theories are widely believed
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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.