Wikipedia's bias against alternative medicine

     “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

     Wikipedia is a popular, heavily used online encyclopedia.  However, there is growing concern that Wikipedia's open platform has meant that individuals lacking any qualification in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have been able to vandalize and sabotage articles with misinformation.  Wikipedia's bias against CAM was exposed by a Natural News article, citing the negative impact this has had on the ability of individuals to access accurate natural health information. 

     I have been concerned about Wikipedia's biased article on my alma mater, Clayton College of Natural Health (CCNH), a college that offered award-winning natural health degree programs for 30 years. CCNH was accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board, private accrediting associations that offer professional accredition in naturopathy and natural health. The CCNH cutting-edge, holistic distance education programs ceased operations in 2010 due to economic factors.  I suspect that as the largest college of its type, CCNH may have been targeted for extinction by the anti-CAM faction.  Considering that I received harassing emails just for being a graduate, I can imagine what was directed at the college.

     I found my education through CCNH to be far superior to my undergraduate studies at a prestigious traditional university.  For the first time in my life, I was truly learning instead of memorizing information for tests.  And that learning was happening on every level as I immersed myself in experiential projects, putting into practice what I learned as I learned it.  In my studies through CCNH, I learned that what we call "alternative" therapies today were mainstream in the US prior to 1910.

     The four years that I studied for a doctorate through CCNH were transformational, the perfect training for a transformational entrepreneur. And it qualified me to sit for the rigorous Certified Traditional Naturopath exam administered by the American Naturopathic Certification Board. But you wouldn't know the merits of CCNH if you just read the Wikipedia article.   

     This anti-CAM bias is seen throughout Wikipedia, prompting practitioners of the CAM therapy EFT (emotional freedom technique) to organize in an attempt to correct the misinformation.  Wikipedia's EFT article lacks mention of the randomized controlled studies that have demonstrated EFTs effectiveness, and references to balanced peer-reviewed papers in journals published by the American Psychological Association have been deleted. 

     For accurate and neutral CAM information, use wiki4CAM, a growing site with articles written only by qualified CAM professionals.  And for everything you need to understand the causes of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health issues and the key to healing them in a way that goes beyond symptom elimination into growth and transformation see "The Other Medicine...That Really Works: How Energy Medicine Can Help You Heal In Body, Mind, and Spirit" available in print and kindle.


 

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