Earlier this month, protesters at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia reported symptoms of respiratory distress, headaches, fatigue, nausea, and diffuse pain that began during the demonstration. The incident was covered by alternative news sources, and commenters around the country soon began chiming in with disturbing accounts of mysterious ailments assumed to be related in origin.

Should you be worried? Why hasn't this made national news? How many people were affected, and what kind of treatment are they receiving?

Those questions remain unanswered. The information currently available is limited to self-reports from the protesters, led by Vaxxed producer Del Bigtree. The demonstration, regarding what activists describe as a government cover-up fueling Big Pharma's vaccine conspiracy, is alleged to have been the target of chemtrail attacks. Because this community is defined by an inherent mistrust of conventional medicine, most have not sought treatment. As a result, it's difficult to speculate on the source of their symptoms. It's also impossible to know whether these symptoms developed independently, or only after the announcement that chemtrails had been spotted in the sky.

While no compelling evidence has been produced to implicate the United States Government or the pharmaceutical industry in the development of this mysterious illness, it's also true that there is no evidence to suggest these symptoms were fabricated. At least, not intentionally. And that's perhaps the most interesting part.

  • Just how powerful is the power of suggestion?
  • Are some groups or individuals more vulnerable than others?
  • Is it possible to protect oneself from the power of suggestion?
  • How is a suspected case of mass hysteria evaluated as such? Is it possible to prove one way or the other?
  • What does this tell us about the validity of subjective experience?

More on the anti-vax chemtrail scare:

Other examples of mass hysteria:

Huffington Post (Bellingham makes an appearance!):

Additional ideas to consider.