Cancer is caused by gene mutations, not the body’s acidity; eating alkaline foods can’t alter the body’s pH to prevent or treat cancer

CLAIM
Cancer occurs when “your body is full of acidity”; alkalizing your body prevents cancer

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 13 Aug 2022

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The CDC hasn’t classified monkeypox as airborne; transmission is typically through sustained physical contact

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CDC has now classified [monkeypox] as airborne and anybody within 15 ft can catch it; [it] is now classified as a form of herpes [...] lasts 2-4 months [and] can lead to being paralyzed

SOURCE: Anonymous, Fathers Matter

Published: 04 Aug 2022

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No evidence for claim that excess folic acid causes ADHD; MTHFR gene variants are common, generally don’t cause health problems

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Excess folic acid from food causes ADHD; folic acid is a dangerous chemical in food

SOURCE: Gary Brecka, Dropping Bombs

Published: 03 Aug 2022

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COVID-19 vaccines don’t weaken the immune system; Lancet study misrepresented in Virology Journal comment

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Lancet study showed that vaccinated people have lower immune function than unvaccinated people; COVID-19 vaccines suppress the immune system

SOURCE: Kenji Yamamoto, Tucker Carlson, The Hodgetwins, Fox News

Published: 28 Jul 2022

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COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of death from COVID-19; the vaccines don’t alter our DNA

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Canadian data shows vaccinated people more likely to die from COVID-19; COVID-19 vaccines alter our DNA; hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin cure COVID-19

SOURCE: Charlie Kirk, The Charlie Kirk Show

Published: 21 Jul 2022

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Consuming sufficient vitamin C is necessary for health and plays an important role in many of the body’s chemical processes

CLAIM
“The herbs heal [...] not vitamin C, because the body is not composed of any vitamin C”

SOURCE: Alfredo Bowman, Facebook

Published: 14 Jul 2022

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Abortion can be medically necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman

CLAIM
“Abortion is never medically necessary”

SOURCE: Kendra Kolb, Live Action

Published: 09 Jul 2022

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Abortifacient plants are dangerous, and ineffective as an abortion method

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Plants such as pennyroyal, blue and black cohosh or mugwort are an effective alternative abortion method

SOURCE: Instagram Users, Instagram

Published: 09 Jul 2022

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Studies show that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines outweigh their risks; preprint claiming to show otherwise is flawed

CLAIM
“Covid Vaccines More Likely to Put You in Hospital Than Keep You Out”

SOURCE: Will Jones, The Daily Sceptic

Published: 01 Jul 2022

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The claim that medical doctors are more likely to kill than firearms isn’t supported by evidence

CLAIM
“In America, you’re 6x more likely to be killed by a Doctor than a gun”

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 26 Jun 2022

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