Read More:
Medical Conspiracy Theories and Health Behaviors in the United States
https://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1835348
"Over the past 50 years, numerous conspiracy theories have materialized around public health matters such as water fluoridation, vaccines, cell phones, and alternative medicine."

The Risk of Autism Is Not Increased by "Too Many Vaccines"
http://www.jpeds.com/content/JPEDSDeStefano
"Although scientific evidence suggests that vaccines do not cause autism, approximately one-third of parents continue to express concern that they do; nearly 1 in 10 parents refuse or delay vaccinations because they believe it is safer than following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) schedule."

2-14 Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/downloads/parent-ver-sch-0-6yrs.pdf

Pathogenic SYNGAP1 Mutations Impair Cognitive Development by Disrupting Maturation of Dendritic Spine Synapses
http://www.cell.com/abstract/S0092-8674%2812%2901240-8
"Mutations that cause intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are commonly found in genes that encode for synaptic proteins."

Nearly 50% in US Believe in Medical Conspiracy Theories
http://www.livescience.com/44147-medical-conspiracy-theories.html
"About half of Americans agree with at least one medical conspiracy theory, a new study suggests."

5 Enduring Kennedy Assassination Theories
http://www.livescience.com/41375-enduring-kennedy-assassination-theories.html
"On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy died in Dallas, Texas, the victim of a shot through the head that rung out as his motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza."

Top Ten Conspiracy Theories
http://www.livescience.com/11375-top-ten-conspiracy-theories.html
"Conspiracy. Just saying the word in conversation can make people politely edge away, looking for someone who won't corner them with wild theories about how Elvis, John F. Kennedy, and Bigfoot are cryogenically frozen in an underground bunker."

Study: Why people ignore facts
http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2009/08/25/Study-Why-people-ignore-facts/UPI-95341251179479/
"Many people seek out information confirming what they believe, instead of searching for information that confirms or disconfirms a belief, U.S. researchers say."

What is Autism? What Causes Autism?
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/autism/
"Autism is known as a complex developmental disability. Experts believe that Autism presents itself during the first three years of a person's life."

One Thing we Know About Autism: Vaccines Aren't to Blame
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/07/130716-autism-vaccines-mccarthy-view-medicine-science/
"It all started with bad science."

What Is Autism?
http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism
"Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development."

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