Reviews of articles by: Social media users

CLAIM REVIEWS

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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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Consuming turpentine will kill parasites

SOURCE: Social media users, TikTok, Facebook

Published: 08 Sep 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: 07 Jul 2022

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Monkeypox outbreak triggers conspiracy theories on social media claiming that it was planned or incorrectly linking it to COVID-19 vaccines

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Monkeypox is caused by COVID-19 vaccines; a 2021 tabletop exercise portraying a monkeypox pandemic is evidence that global leaders planned the outbreak; the monkeypox vaccine was “ready” before the outbreak

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube

Published: 26 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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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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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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There is no evidence of U.S.-funded bioweapon labs in Ukraine; claims to the contrary misrepresent the U.S. Cooperative Threat Reduction Program

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There are U.S.-funded bioweapon labs in countries surrounding Russia; “Pentagon Funded Bio-Weapons Labs in the Ukraine”

SOURCE: Social media users, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook

Published: 11 Mar 2022

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