Reviews of articles by: Social media users

CLAIM REVIEWS

Contrary to viral Instagram videos, COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective against severe disease

CLAIM
Vaccine effectiveness has fallen from 100% to 20%; the early reported vaccine effectiveness figures were lies

SOURCE: Social media users, Instagram

Published: 08 Dec 2022

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Death of a four-year-old boy in Argentina was due to lung infection, contrary to social media posts implying vaccination was the cause

CLAIM
Death of 4 years old poster boy for vaccination campaign is linked to COVID-19 vaccine

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Instagram

Published: 17 Nov 2022

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Type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s, but evidence so far doesn’t show that diabetes causes Alzheimer’s

CLAIM
“Alzheimer’s most of the time is preventable. It’s not genetic, and it’s type 3 diabetes, which is insulin resistance of the brain”

SOURCE: Social media users, TikTok, Facebook

Published: 15 Oct 2022

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Little clinical evidence supports the use of high-dose intravenous vitamin C to treat cancer

CLAIM
Intravenous vitamin C specifically kills only cancer cells and not healthy cells

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, TikTok

Published: 11 Oct 2022

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Biden’s 2021 remarks on the role of COVID-19 vaccines in hurricane preparedness misrepresented in social media posts

CLAIM
President Joe Biden told people to get vaccinated to protect themselves from hurricanes

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, TikTok

Published: 07 Oct 2022

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The amount of potassium chloride in Dasani bottled water is safe and won’t cause cardiac arrest

CLAIM
“Potassium chloride actually causes cardiac arrest […] and we’re drinking it in Dasani water.”

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, TikTok

Published: 05 Oct 2022

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Little clinical evidence supports the use of papaya seeds to treat intestinal parasites

CLAIM
“Papaya seeds contain compounds that naturally kill parasites”

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, TikTok

Published: 29 Sep 2022

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Water fluoridation hasn’t been associated with cognitive or other health problems so far, contrary to widespread claims

CLAIM
“Harvard Study Confirms: Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Social media users, Herbs, Health, and Happiness

Published: 26 Sep 2022

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The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective; claim that they have caused an “international medical crisis” is baseless

CLAIM
“there is an international medical crisis due to the diseases and deaths co-related to the administration of products known as ‘COVID-19 vaccines’”

SOURCE: Social media users, One America News Network, Daily Sceptic

Published: 19 Sep 2022

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Consuming turpentine is dangerous and shouldn’t be used to treat parasites

CLAIM
Consuming turpentine will kill parasites

SOURCE: Social media users, TikTok, Facebook

Published: 08 Sep 2022

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