Reviews of articles from: Facebook

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No clinical evidence supports using cannabis to treat cancer or other conditions, although specific chemicals found in cannabis can be medically useful

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Cannabis can treat cancer, PTSD, seizures, anxiety, glaucoma, and depression

SOURCE: Drug Possession Laws, Facebook

Published: 09 Sep 2022

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

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Consuming turpentine will kill parasites

SOURCE: Social media users, TikTok, Facebook

Published: 08 Sep 2022

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Study claiming that ivermectin reduces COVID-19 mortality by 92% has important methodological problems

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“Ivermectin reduces COVID death risk by 92%, peer-reviewed study finds”; NIH now lists ivermectin as COVID-19 therapy

SOURCE: Paul Sacca, Robby Starbuck, Jake Shields, The Blaze, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 07 Sep 2022

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

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

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

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“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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Justin Bieber’s facial paralysis is caused by a viral infection; no evidence that COVID-19 vaccine played a role

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Ramsay Hunt syndrome that caused Justin Bieber’s facial paralysis is linked to the COVID-19 vaccine

SOURCE: Social media users, Steve Kirsch, Facebook, Twitter, Substack

Published: 16 Jun 2022

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SADS is caused by genetic mutations affecting the electrical system regulating heartbeat; no evidence it is caused by COVID-19 vaccines

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COVID-19 vaccination is associated with the sudden death of young adults

SOURCE: Candace Owens, Facebook

Published: 14 Jun 2022

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No scientific evidence supports claims that plant-based food supplements reduce blood sugar to normal levels and cure type 2 diabetes

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Plant-based food supplements get “perfect sugar levels restored” and “help with type 2 [diabetes]”

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 10 Jun 2022

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Sperm washing to help HIV-discordant couples conceive biological children safely was reported in the 90s; not “huge medical breakthrough” in 2022

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A South African scientist made a “huge medical breakthrough” by successfully removing HIV from a sperm cell in a lab

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 31 May 2022

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