Why Medical Conspiracy Theories Are Here To Stay

October 22, 2014 4:54 PM

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Why Medical Conspiracy Theories Are Here To Stay

Nearly half of Americans embrace some type of medical conspiracy theory, according to a study published this year by the University of Chicago. So it's no surprise that a new crop of outlandish beliefs around the spread of the Ebola virus have started to take hold.

Rush Limbaugh, for example, has suggested that liberal politicians believe that the U.S. is culpable for Ebola patients in Liberia, where some freed American slaves settled in the 19th century, and that belief is keeping them from imposing travel bans. Others, based a bizarre misreading of a patent ...

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