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Alternative medicine, Wikipedia, and Change.org

I’ve been sent a link to a petition to ask Wikipedia to fairly write up non Western mainstream medicine, instead of ridiculing or removing posts about it. It comes from the lovely husband and wife team Donna Eden, who wrote Energy Medicine, and Dr David Feinstein. Donna’s genuineness and ebullience quickly made her stand out from the many spiritual speakers I heard on a talkshow series and I’ve enjoyed being on her mailing list since, learning about the research and healing stories from them both.

One of the things that shocked and angered me was that Donna had difficulty practicing due to legal constraints but she rightly says – isn’t letting healers heal the most important thing? She’s not a quack, she’s not under trained, and her reasons to help are to do just that. There is no good reason to stop her or those like her, and it should be the choice of the patient to whom they turn, not the government. The laws curtailing alternative medicine are not just in America and themselves need stopping.

I disagree with the petition that Wikipedia is a trusted source – I’ve written an article on my thoughts on it. http://voices.yahoo.com/wikipedia-2132405.html I would worry if people allow themselves to be influenced by it, but coming up high in the search engines, it’s a tempting place to start and perhaps to not read further.  Unlike the petition, I am not just committing not to give to Wikipedia, I am pledging not to use it – for I am already unwilling to donate to a site I don’t rate which uses unnamed volunteers.

But my greatest concern is the site which hosts the petition: change org. I’ve found that petitions want your full name and address (this even asks for your phone) and that they may make these publically available, far more widely on the net than signing a piece of paper would. And that you are harassed with emails forever more without opt out, and that they prod you for money as much as Wikipedia does. Another case of Penelope Pitstop and her bodyguard/tormentor – the same person (or org) doing good and not good simultaneously. Choice and privacy are vital, and you shouldn’t have those liberties eroded because you have a conscience. You also don’t know who else truly has access to the petitions and what details they might collect. I suggest checking their privacy policy carefully, and beware that they’re another company that you can’t contact.

If you’re interested, the petition is here http://www.change.org/petitions/jimmy-wales-founder-of-wikipedia-create-and-enforce-new-policies-that-allow-for-true-scientific-discourse-about-holistic-approaches-to-healing?utm_campaign=petition_created&utm_medium=email&utm_source=guides&utm_source=December+2013+e-Letter&utm_campaign=DEC+2013+e-Letter&utm_medium=email

Bad Girls is coming soon – I am working on some writing about it… watch this space

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