Holistic Medicine & Cancer

Skeptics & Wikipedia

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Wikipedia: Captured by Skeptics


The Wikipedia Problem


by the Editors


Wikipedia currently is the area in which dogmatic skeptics are most successful and influential. One of these activist groups is called Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia, founded by Susan Gerbic. Another leader of the online skeptical movement is Tim Farley, who runs the website Skeptical Software Tools.The situation is particularly bad in any areas to do with parapsychology, alternative and complementary medicine, and on the biography pages of scientists involved in investigating these areas.

The Wikipedia skeptics work in teams (contrary to Wikipedia rules) and most are well trained. They generally operate under pseudonyms. It is not necessary to have any particular skill or expertise to become an editor. Anyone can edit. But it is necessary to understand the complex rules of Wikipedia. The skeptical activists are well versed in the rules, and are able to bully and outwit editors who are trying to ensure that articles are balanced and fair. When fair-minded editors oppose the skeptic teams, they are accused of defying the skeptical consensus, and warned that they will be banned from editing. If they persist they are indeed banned. Many such editors have been driven away, to the detriment of Wikipedia and its users. For a detailed case study, see Wikipedia, We Have a Problem.

Although Wikipedia’s official policy is that articles should represent a neutral point of view, skeptics have infiltrated the administration of Wikipedia and have managed to get parapsychology defined as a pseudoscience, along with many aspects of alternative and complementary medicine. The skeptic teams then claim that any editor opposing them is contravening the neutral point of view policy, because these subjects are defined as pseudoscience. These teams are committed to a kind of scientific fundamentalism, and take an extremely narrow view of science, even narrower than that of more mainstream skeptical organizations. Even the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry does not dismiss all parapsychology as pseudoscience: indeed some leading skeptics, like Professor Chris French, have explicitly stated that they regard it as a real science (French, C. C., & Stone, A. Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Unfortunately, the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, is a supporter of the skeptical extremists. In response to the systematic distortion to Wikipedia entries on holistic medicine, the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) organized on online petition to Jimmy Wales through change.org asking for a balanced and scientific approach to these subjects. There were 7,000 signatures. In response, Wales called practitioners of alternative medicine “lunatic charlatans.” He resisted calls for change by saying that Wikipedia’s policies are “exactly spot-on and correct.”

So beware! Until Wikipedia can be reformed or replaced, it is essential to treat its skeptic-infested pages with extreme skepticism.

from:    http://www.skepticalaboutskeptics.org/examining-skeptics/wikipedia-captured-by-skeptics/

Assault Against Natural Medicine

The battle against medical doctors AMA and natural medicine and our choices

At  a time when doctors were not the majority of healthcare practitioners in America dealing with the cure and prevention of illnes and disease, there were vast amounts of homeopathic and other practitioners using natural remedies. In 1847 in Philadelphia, the American Medical Association AMA, was founded because the medical doctors felt they needed to establish a national association that would look after their interests, this was decided one year earlier at the New York Mecial Convention.

The very next year after being created, the AMA began its organized assualt on debunking natural remedies and discrediting any health-care practitioner who was not a medical doctor. At this same time the AMA also set out to establish laws governing patent medicine. This practice has continued ever since, and so establishing the health-care monopoly for the medical doctor, and has expanded to medical research and drug companies.

Today the AMA has created power and influence to create laws that help expand the business of its members while at the same time eliminating any competition that might threaten its outrageous profits.

For example the AMA filed suit against the chiropractors in Illinois. Chiroprators were saying that adjustments can alleviate pain. Many people were going to chiropracters instead of medical doctors. The AMA, in an effort to protect its members filed suit against the chiropracters. The chiropracters fought back and big time and won. But the fact barely got any press, can you see why?

Another huge case, that barely got press was when a doctor, who was treating AIDS patients with all natural methods and was curing people, was sued immediately by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The case went all the way to Supreme Court and the doctor was found not guilty. It was in fact proven that his treatments were more effective than those of the medical doctors using drugs and surgeries. But did you hear about it?

This doctor discovered the cure for AIDS, is should have been on the front of every publishing magazine, newspaper, the press. Does that make you mad? Does it cause you disbelief? The powers that be do not want you to know that his inexpensive cure was proven in court to work. It is all about profits. People go to jail every day for being greedy, 75% of the people in jail are their for reasons involving money. People will kill for it, and they do not care who.

There are thousands of lawsuits against people curing with all-natural methods, withoout drugs and surgeries, and they are being supressed and debunked at every chance. Their only crime is that they are curing people without drugs. All-natual, inexpensive methods work better and have no side effects. News organizations will not run these stories because of the pressure they get from their sponsors, the food companies and the pharmaceutical companies.

They are being charged with practicing without a license or dispensing drugs without a license. How can America wave the banner of free speech, freedom of ideas, freedom of choice? while they limit our healthcare and medical choices?

This worldwide umbrella wants to bring the natural supplements,natural remedies and food supplements under their regulation, and even information. In America, giant pharmacetical companies are buying vitamin, mineral and herbal and homeopathic companies and selling their remedies as drugs at outrageous prices.

Their are some medical doctors coming out to denounce drugs and surgeries, even though they have been trained to prescribe drugs and perform surgeries because they know it is all about the money and not curing and preventing disease. Protect your health and vote for choices, to keep all natural remdies available, vote now, do not give up any more of your rights.

from:    http://www.examiner.com/article/the-battle-against-medical-doctors-ama-and-natural-medicine-and-our-choices

Deepak Chopra on Staying Healthy —Part 1

Deepak Chopra: Part 1 -The Real Secret to Staying Healthy for Life

Deepaknew    If you want to stay healthy for life, you need to take care of yourself. That’s the conventional wisdom. It’s a frequent guilty reminder when we look in the mirror and realize that we aren’t in the best shape. “I’ve got to start taking better care of myself.”

From: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deepak-chopra/healthy-lifestyle_b_1694029.html

But the real secret to lifelong good health is actually the opposite: Let your body take care of you. I’m not being contrary. The human body consists of hundreds of billions of cells that function perfectly, and if we were single-celled creatures, immortality would be normal. An amoeba or blue-green algae keeps on living indefinitely by constantly dividing in two to produce the next generation of cells. Absent death from external circumstances, such as being eaten or drying up in the sun, one-celled organisms exist in a state of perpetual well-being.

Instead of being disadvantaged by having many cells instead of one, the human body has made tremendous evolutionary leaps. Our cells have perfected special functions for each organ and tissue. They’ve learned to cooperate with one another by staying in constant communication. An immune system keeps watch on threats from the outside world, and if an injury or disease occurs, the healing system rushes in to repair it.

Modern medicine, for all its advances, knows less than 10 percent of what your body knows instinctively. Humbling as it is to realize, a doctor doesn’t heal his patients. He facilitates the body’s healing system, adding whatever is lacking when self-healing falters. By the same logic, everything you and I do to take care of our bodies is actually just an adjunct to letting our bodies take care of us. Our active role is quite secondary. Yet there is no doubt that it is vital.

What makes it vital is the brain and nervous system. They send a constant stream of messages to the rest of the body, creating a feedback loop of information. One side of the feedback loop runs automatically. The other side supports free will and choice, which means that what you decide to do with your life enters the body’s feedback loop, gets communicated to every cell, and has repercussions. If you ran your body entirely on its automatic processes, you’d be in a coma. As long as you are awake and alive, making choices, you are adding to the feedback loop.

This picture is simple but not simplistic. Despite the incredible complexity of the brain and nervous system, it forms an information highway teeming with messages, and these are either positive (enhancing your health and well-being) or negative (injurious to health and well-being). Your body will take care of you for life if you maximize the one and minimize the other. I doubt that anyone would seriously disagree with that proposition, but then we reach a fork in the road. Modern medicine looks at the body’s feedback loop almost entirely in physical terms. The subjective world of thoughts, feelings, hopes, wishes, and dreams is discounted. If that world intrudes, as it does in depression, for example, the conventional solution is still physical — take an antidepressant.

The other road is holistic, which doesn’t deny the physical but refuses to discount the subjective world. The body doesn’t recognize that there is a fork in the road. A chemical signal sent from the brain fits into a receptor site in the outer membrane of the cell wall. The entire feedback loop runs on that mechanism, and as far as the cell is concerned, there is no difference between a message that began as an emotion or mood and one that began as growth hormone or estrogen. Your body couldn’t survive a single day without being holistic.

Fixating on the physicalist approach, modern medicine has constructed a map to health that puts almost the whole emphasis on physical measures. Exercise is physical, obviously, but so is proper nutrition. Although we take it for granted, sanitation is a physical measure that has probably done more to increase human life span than any kind of drug or surgery. Avoiding toxins is physical, and beyond not smoking and overusing alcohol, there is a growing awareness that environmental toxins we take for granted because our exposure is minuscule may still have harmful effects. (These include pesticides, herbicides, and hormones that are routinely introduced into the food chain.)

But if you adhered rigorously to the entire physical side, as beneficial as the results might be, you are not really letting your body take care of you. You are basically minimizing risks. A risk-free life is far from being a healthy life. To begin with, the very word “risk” implies worry, and people who worry about every bite of food, sip of water, the air they breathe, the gym sessions they have missed, and the minutiae of vitamin doses, are not sending positive signals to their cells. A stressful day sends constant negative messaging to the feedback loop, and popping a vitamin pill or choosing whole wheat bread instead of white bread does close to zero to change that.

To let your body take care of you, two things are vital:

1. Create a matrix for a positive lifestyle. You can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable.

2. Create the best inner environment for your brain. The brain processes every experience you have, and it must function well in order for the real controller of your life — the mind — to make its best intentions known.

from:    http://www.newrealities.com/index.php/articles-on-health/item/2333-deepak-chopra-the-real-secret-to-staying-healthy-for-life-part-1