More than one-third of adults believe in medical conspiracy theories

By WEEK Producer

More than one-third of adults believe in medical conspiracy theories

March 20, 2014 Updated Mar 20, 2014 at 9:39 PM CDT

Do you think the government is hiding information about cell phones causing cancer or is stopping people from using natural cures?

If so, a new study shows that you are probably not alone.

University of Chicago researchers surveyed over 1,300 adults about popular medical conspiracy theories.

Thirty-seven percent fully agreed that U.S. regulators are restricting access to alternative medicines, while 20-percent believed routine vaccinations cause autism.

Experts say people may believe in conspiracy theories because they are easier to understand than complicated medical information.