Medical conspiracy theories widely believed

In a country where almost 40% of people believe in Creationism and a quarter think President Obama was born in Africa, perhaps it is not surprising to find that medical conspiracy theories also enjoy wide support.

A new survey has found that half of Americans believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory such as the government preventing access to natural cures at the behest of Big Pharma.

In a survey of 1351 US adults, 37% said they believed that the FDA was deliberately preventing the public from getting natural cures for cancer and other diseases because of pressure from drug companies.