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Wikipedia Founder Calls Alternative Healthcare Practitioners "Lunatic Charlatans"

Monday, March 31, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cynthia Joba
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On Dec 11, 2013 ACEP sponsored a change.org petition that has been signed by over 8,100 people. The petition charges that Wikipedia’s information about holistic approaches to healing such as Emotional Freedom Techniques is biased, misleading, out-of-date or wrong, preventing the public from getting accurate information.

Furthermore, the editors responsible for these pages engage in censorship. “They block every effort to update the pages with peer-reviewed research published in professional journals. They violate their own editorial rules,” said Dr. Robert Schwarz, ACEP’s executive director.

Wikipedia’s founder attempted to censor energy psychology, energy medicine, acupuncture and the entire alternative healthcare community in one broad stroke when he responded to the petition by referring to its 8,100 supporters as “lunatic charlatans”, stating that Wikipedia would cover work in respectable journals. Apparently he is oblivious to the fact that there have been over 50 energy psychology research studies, many of them published and reviewed by respected scientific journals such as the Journal of Clinical Psychology, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, Review of General Psychology, and Traumatology.

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