“The President is a lizard!” is funny. Other conspiracy theories? Not so much.
#4. People Are Dying
So when 99 percent of scientists agree that, for example, the benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks, it becomes boring background noise. But when, in 1998, medical journal The Lancet published a single solitary study that showed a possible link between the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine and autism, it created a worldwide panic that’s still raging 16 years later. … So, as a result of parents not vaccinating children against diseases, we’re seeing increased numbers of diseases such as whooping cough and measles. In 2012, the U.S. suffered its worst outbreak of whooping cough in 70 years; in Washington state, there were over 2,520 cases of the disease, a 1,300 percent increase over the previous year, all because the state has the highest rates of parents refusing vaccination.