Modern conspiracy theories driven by social media, make unfounded claims about everything from diets to money to the state of reality itself. But sometimes the wildest conspiracies are true. These nine seemingly insane conspiracy theories are quite real:
“Vaccination has been named one of the Ten Great Public Health Achievements of the 20th century.” Immunization is deemed to help our immune system develop protection against various infectious diseases caused by viruses including measles, polio or flu. However, those who associate themselves with the anti-vaccine groups back the notion that philanthropic organizations and individuals aim to de-populate the planet. Many believe that these vaccines are responsible for fostering an array of chronic diseases or even cancer for that matter. Are their claims any credible? Some evidence suggests that these theories are true to a certain degree.
“People may have gotten a cancer-causing virus from contaminated polio vaccines.”
The shocking discovery came to light in 2013, when the CDC(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) abruptly removed its fact sheet from their website. The page featured a link between cancer and simian virus 40(SV40) , a virus present in polio vaccines. The virus was first discovered in monkeys back in 1960 and their kidney cell cultures were being used in the production of the polio vaccine. 3 years after discovering the virus, scientists found out that SV40 had contaminated a proportion of polio vaccines that had been used from 1955 to 1963. The virus was reportedly removed from the polio vaccine in 1963 but the damage had already been done. It is estimated that around 10-30 million Americans were exposed to SV40 due to polio vaccines in that time period.
The CDC, however, were reluctant and claimed that “SV40 has not been determined to cause cancer.” But, Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo, disagrees: “SV-40 has a well-known mechanism of carcinogenicity. This virus suppresses the transcriptional properties of the tumor-suppressing p53 protein in humans, a gene product that has been described as “the guardian of the genome” because of its critical role in preventing genome instability and cancer initiation. When p53 is disabled, programmed cell death (apoptosis) and cell cycle arrest is rendered dysfunctional, leading to uncontrolled (immortalized) cell proliferation, and tumor formation.”
What’s more disturbing is that the number of people infected with the SV40 virus have only grown over the years. “Either individuals are exposed to the virus from vaccines claiming to be free of SV40 or that the virus is somehow passed down from parent to child.”
“In any one of these scenarios the point is that far more than 98 million Americans are now contaminated with the virus, and those infected are likely expanding in number unchecked. The problem didn’t end with the removal of the contaminated seed stock in the production of oral polio vaccines, or the use of inactivated forms that were developed later. This is one of the dark secrets of the unintended, adverse effects of vaccination that the CDC’s most recent attempt to hide has actually brought directly into the daylight of public scrutiny,” said Ji.