Mar 20, 2014 1:24 PM by NBC News
Do you think the government is hiding information about cell phones causing cancer, or is preventing people from getting natural cures? Well, a new study finds about half of Americans believe at least one medical conspiracy theory.
University of Chicago researchers surveyed more than 1,300 adults about six popular medical conspiracy theories. Thirty-seven percent fully agreed that U.S. regulators are restricting access to alternative medicines, while 20% believed routine vaccinations cause autism.
The only theory that most disagreed with was that a U.S. spy agency had infected a large number of African Americans with HIV.
Experts say people may believe in conspiracy theories because they are easier to understand than complicated medical information.
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