Wikipedia, the immensely popular, collaboratively written, online encyclopedia, is under indictment for bias against energy psychologists, dynamic medical practices and holistic medicine. It is a similar bias Wikipedia has exhibited against ionized pharmaceuticals for legal use in homoeopathy, characterizing them as “placebos.”
My name is John Benneth. I practice homoeopathy. This is my journal.
On December 16th, 2013 I received from the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) a request to sign a petition to Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, to “create and enforce new policies that allow for true scientific discourse about holistic approaches to healing” for the online open source encyclopedia.
The ACEP petition, which opens in a new tab, says,
“. . much of the information related to holistic approaches to healing is biased, misleading, out-of-date, or just plain wrong. For five years, repeated efforts to correct this misinformation have been blocked and the Wikipedia organization has not addressed these issues. As a result, people who are interested in the benefits of Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology, and specific approaches such as the Emotional Freedom Techniques, Thought Field Therapy and the Tapas Acupressure Technique, turn to your pages, trust what they read, and do not pursue getting help from these approaches which research has, in fact, proven to be of great benefit to many. This has serious implications, as people continue to suffer with physical and emotional problems that might well be alleviated by these approaches.”
The problem the ACEP is having and will have is that it’s not enough to simply voice discontent with summary judgments. To prove pathological skeptics wrong you have to actually read the articles they cite as proof, show them how they misquoted and deliberately misinterpreted them, and then prove your own assertions right with links to published, replicated scientific experiments, studies, tests and trials . . and then this will only get them to change their links from the citations, that failed to substantiate their conclusions, to even more credible ones that will still fail to substantiate their conclusions.
About a year ago I made an entry in my journal on a similar gripe about their article on homeopathy as the ACEP’s on holistic medicine entitled
In this article I went after Wikipedia’s reliance on a Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews of Homeopathy to shore up their assertion that materials used in homoeopathy are placebos. In Wikiliars I revealed that the author of the footnoted “systematic review” had stated that the conclusions of the Linde meta analysis, a “technically superb meta analysis expressed the notion that homeopathic medicines are more than mere placebos.”
For the present I signed the petition, as I hope you’ll do as well, although I don’t think it’s going to happen . . it being a Wikichange in the Wikiweather. I think what’s going on is that the pharmaceutical industry has got a gun to Wales’ head. And I don’t think its just because of money. I think the only way the pharmaceutical industry can get away with their current drug induced murder rate is to keep shoring up this belief that they have the only answer to epidemic, affliction, malady, malaise and deadly disease.
So when Wales even coughs up a little phlelgm he hears the ratcheting clicks of the hammer on a Smith and Wesson .38 being pulled back, and feels its cold muzzle getting shoved in a little deeper inside his ear.
Here’s what I tried writing on the ACEP petition before it coughed it back up for being too long.
“Wikipedia’s entry on ‘Homeopathy’ is provably wrong in declaring that an article by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) claims “Homeopathic remedies are found to be no more than a placebo,” The NIH article makes no such claim. The word “placebo” does not appear anywhere in its text.
“No major meta analysis of clinical trials or review of the literature has concluded homeopathic medicine to be a placebo. Yet Wikipedia characterizes the literature to conclude just the opposite!
“Here is a list of the major reviews and meta analyses of homeopathy with a brief summary of their conclusions and a link to the study if you can‘t believe it: (So as to keep outbound links to a minimum, copy the URL into a new address line and add a dot after tinyurl)
FISHER: high quality repeated experiments yield positive results tinyurl com/7666q5g
JOHNSON 2007: metas find homeopathy significantly better than placebo tinyurl com/7htoejq
SHANG 2005> Ludtke Rutten: find significant effect beyond placebo tinyurl com/ludtkerutten
LINDE 1997: results not compatible with placebo hypothesis tinyurl com/84xt56k
CUCHERAT 2000 homeopathy more effective than placebo tinyurl com/cucherat
KLEIJNEN 1991 evidence of clinical trials is positive tinyurl com/kleijnen
“The placebo claim is indefinite, leading the reader to infer that the materials used as medicine in homoeopathic practice are inert. Numerous biochemical tests, some conducted under the highest standards of scientific research, show that these materials have in vitro action. tinyurl com/7n9sedq
“Physical tests reveal that these materials are radio-pharmaceuticals with radiant indices. tinyurl com/Montagnier
“These materials are demonstrably medical isotopes, i.e. mildly radioactive.
“Suggesting that they are inert leads to their misuse.
“The statement following Wikipedia’s unproven placebo hypothesis is merely defamatory. It says that “homeopathy is widely considered a pseudoscience.” This reveals that Wikipedia in itself is practicing pseudoscience by its own definition. Wikipedia defines pseudoscience as a field, practice, or body of knowledge that when presented with the norms of scientific research demonstrably fails to meet them. There is no body of literature that upholds the placebo hypothesis for homeopathy. There is not even any known protocol for adequately testing the placebo hypothesis for homeopathy. The effect is universal. If it infects homeopathic tests, it also infects allopathic tests. The primary issue, the determining question, is whether or not the materials used as medicine in the practice are active or inert.
“I have repeatedly asked those who claim homeopathics are placebos to see the literature that supports the hypothesis: Not one has been forthcoming. Nor will there be. It doesn’t exist!
“The hoax, the sham, the fraud is he one perpetrated by Wikipedia on curative medicine.
“Support for the assertion that ionized pharmaceuticals, the materials used in homoeopathic medicine, are not inert, can be found in the reports of their biological and biochemical action, the indices for which have been repeatedly observed and published. Between 1982 and 2008 there have been over 24 published replications of the basophil degranulation (BD) test alone. The BD test was made famous by Jacques Benveniste when the results were published in Nature magazine and attacked by sleight of hand ‘magicians’ and “skeptics” seeking to sabotage the test and prevent further experimentation.
“However, there have been numerous biochemical tests for ionized pharmaceuticals other than the BD spanning 75 years, tests on non cellular systems, cultured cells and blood cells, successfully showing the action of these materials. (see the Witt review ibid) There have also been numerous tests on plants and animals that show the materials in question are not inert.
“So by the methodology of science and its literature, the assertion by Wikipedia that homeopathic medicine is the use of placebos has been repeatedly falsified. Anyone can see for themselves that these are not ‘placebos.’ They are FDA regulated drugs that conform to the standards of science.
“What they don’t conform to are the standards of commercialized patent medicine, the third leading cause of death in the US.
“Its time for Wikipedia to rid itself of pathological skepticism before anymore damage is done. Homeopathic medicines are US government defined and regulated drugs. To repeatedly infer or assert that these materials are inert and that the practice of their administration is a sham, an obstruction of interstate commerce and it should cease and desist immediately.
“Conclusion: The actual literature on the subject of homeopathy supports that the assertion that Wikipedia is misleading the public about holistic medicine. The conflicts of interest should be stated.”
So there’s my contribution to the cause, although I got to say, I’m beginning to wonder what all the fuss is about. Homoeopathy has historically appealed to the upper classes, who tend to be more educated, just the opposite of what Michael Shermer, Jame Randi and the people who brought you Thalidomide and the H-bomb want you to believe,so maybe I’m just wasting my time fighting Darwinism, let the process of natural selection run its course.
The horrors stories of the use of patented medicine vs. tales of the seemingly miraculous cures of homoeopathy go on and on.
The challenge to Ernst, Wales and others . . anyone else . . is to produce by the standards and criteria they demand of homoeopathy . . scientific proof . . just one published study, test or trial that proves the placebo hypothesis for homoeopathy.
For every published paper they can produce that proves homoeopathy is the sole use of placbeos, I’ll produce a dozen that show it is not.