CLAIM REVIEWS

No scientific evidence supports the claim that consuming apple cider vinegar is a rapid and effective long-term weight control approach

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Apple cider vinegar and thermogenic supplements are effective for rapid weight loss

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 20 May 2022

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The benefits of COVID-19 vaccines in preventing severe disease and other complications outweigh the risk of myocarditis, which is higher after COVID-19 itself

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“they were not able to find a single healthy child in america that died from COVID-19 […] but one in every 2700 people are getting myocarditis”; “athletes are collapsing on playing fields as for myocarditis and it's from the vaccines”; Moderna patent filed in 2019 is linked to the pandemic

SOURCE: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., This Past Weekend with Theo Von

Published: 18 May 2022

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Multiple studies show that COVID-19 vaccines don’t cause pregnancy or fertility problems, despite widespread claims on social media

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mRNA COVID-19 vaccines accumulate in the ovaries, change menstrual cycles, and lead the immune system to mount “an immune response to their own placental protein”

SOURCE: James Thorp, Michael Yeadon, The Epoch Times

Published: 07 May 2022

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Cases of severe acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children are unrelated to COVID-19 vaccines

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Cases of acute hepatitis in children are linked to COVID-19 vaccines

SOURCE: Social media users, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 29 Apr 2022

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Social media posts inaccurately link hormonal contraceptives with polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, and depression

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Hormonal birth control is associated with “PCOS [polycystic ovarian syndrome], hormonal imbalances, depression, and infertility”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Reallygraceful

Published: 24 Apr 2022

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Current evidence doesn’t indicate that sunscreen ingredients increase the risk of cancer; it shows that unprotected sun exposure does

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“Sunscreens cause cancer, not the sun”; sunscreen and sunless tanning products contain cancer-causing ingredients

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Instagram

Published: 09 Apr 2022

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Children under six are at a much higher risk of hepatitis B-related complications than adults; vaccination is very safe and effective at preventing infection and disease

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“If you don't have hepatitis B then your baby's not going to have hepatitis B”; “there's 16 times the amount of aluminum that the FDA says can poison a baby”

SOURCE: Liz Wheeler, The Liz Wheeler Show

Published: 01 Apr 2022

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Fox News article listing alleged mistakes in COVID-19 public health response mixes accurate information with unsubstantiated claims

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Natural immunity protects better than vaccination; “the mortality risk of an un-boosted person under age 30 was zero”; cloth face masks, school closures had zero benefits for children and some harm

SOURCE: Marty Makary, Fox News

Published: 23 Mar 2022

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Pfizer’s confidential document shows adverse events reported following vaccination; it doesn’t demonstrate that the vaccine caused the events or is unsafe

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Safety surveillance data in the Pfizer’s document shows harmful effects of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

SOURCE: Liz Wheeler, John Campbell, Social media users, Children's Health Defense, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram

Published: 11 Mar 2022

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CDC’s updated developmental milestone checklists don’t mean that standards for children’s development are lowered; they signal a change in the surveillance strategy

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The CDC “lowered the bar” for developmental milestones instead of acknowledging the effects of COVID-19 restrictions in children

SOURCE: Jim Hoft, Social media users, Gateway Pundit, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter

Published: 25 Feb 2022

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