The best thing I can say about conspiracy theorists is that they have good imaginations.
They also have short memories.
I say this because, if you pay attention, you will see the same conspiracy theories popping up over-and-over again.
A recent one is that scientists have cured cancer but big pharmaceutical companies are withholding its release because they can’t make money off it. University of Alberta scientists published a paper on the cheap drug in 2007 and were optimistic it could advance cancer treatment.
Then, conspiracy theorists got ahold of the story and the treatment became a full-blown cure that the media refused to report. That same story is once again being trotted out on Facebook by those who believe 9/11 was an inside job and fluoride in water is turning Americans into zombies.
Unfortunately, cutting and pasting an Internet link does not make a story true.
Scientists at the University of Alberta said this month they’ve NOT cured cancer.
“We are still a long way from a treatment, but this opens the window on drugs that target cancer metabolism,” says Evangelos Michelakis of the University of Alberta.
Here’s the truth: Some form of cancer kills more than 500,000 Americans each year. If there was a cure, it would be sitting on every drugstore shelf in the world.
Anyone that says otherwise deserves to live in a Unabomber shack.