Conspiracy theories don’t always have to involve the unknown (such as alien cover-ups). Sometimes, they center on everyday topics, such as health and medicine. In this article, you will learn why some people believe large pharmaceutical companies are at the heart of drug and medicine conspiracies.
Drug Company Holdout
With all of the money that drug companies make, they are often the targets of many conspiracy theories. Medications cost too much and the profits that companies reap are unimaginable. Ever so often, a new drug comes out that promises results, and when patients start reacting badly to it, the medication disappears. There are some people that believe drug companies actually deliberately conspire with one another to keep people sick , a ploy to increase their overall profits.
Best-selling author Kevin Trudeau wrote a book titled “Natural Cures They Don’t Want You To Know About,” where he makes claims that important medical information is kept hidden between medical professionals and large drug companies as a conspiracy. He believes that there is certain people who don’t want the public to know about cures for diseases so that they can make more money off of medications that only treat the problem.
The Spread of the Satanic Cults
During the 1980s and early 1990s, one of the more controversial nationwide scares centered on a wave of horrific child abuse cases. Sensational stories hit the media outlets, as children accused adults of ritual rapes, torture, and abuse. A buzzword that spread like wildfire in the reports was ‘Satanism,’ where most of the accusations centered on.
A highlight of this conspiracy theory involved an NBC special that aired on October 28, 1988 called “Devil Worship: Exposing Satan’s Underground.” It featured the infamous Geraldo Rivera, who spoke with “Satanism experts’ and focused on highlighting crimes with only unsubstantiated links to Satanism. He also used misleading and inaccurate statistics to back up his information.
With one of the largest number of viewers for a documentary in the history of television, Rivera made claims that an organized, Satanic conspiracy was to blame for the killing of babies and murdering innocent children , carried out under the umbrella of horrific rituals. There was no concrete proof to the claims that more than 1 million Satanists lived in the country. Rivera claimed that the lack of evidence against the cults meant that they were clever and successful at staying hidden. He elevated the sense of worry as he added in the documentary that “the odds are, [they] are in your town.”
An investigation was launched by the FBI regarding the claims of Satanic cult killing and conspiracies. FBI agent Kenneth Lanning concluded in a 1992 report on ritual crime that the rumors concerning ritual murders, cannibalism, and kidnapping were unfounded.