Chemophobia, coined to describe the irrational fear of the word “chemical” or chemical sounding names that people have begun to promote and discuss, is a real problem in science communication. Due to this irrational fear, people eschew medicine, good food, and all manner of things, regardless of the fact that every single thing is made of chemicals.
Here are some resources discussing the topic more fully.
Those Evil Chemicals!
Chemophobia – RationalWiki
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