From Claus Larsen I just learned that quack homeopath (OK, some redundancy there) "Doctor" Manish Bhatia has started a Wiki to provide a forum for uncritical information on Supplementary, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (SCAM) - Wiki4CAM. It's an online encyclopedia for Complementary & Alternative Medicine! A Conservapedia for medical woo! Apparently he has been sending round an email to drum up support and get input from fellow quacks in any and all fields of quackery.
His actual email follows, with my translations into reality-based language:
Do you know that nearly all Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) articles on Wikipedia, including the one that you practice, are heavily biased against CAM therapies? Everything that does not fall into the realm of modern medicine has been labeled as pseudo-scientific or unscientific at Wikipedia.
Our therapies are not backed by scientific evidence, and in many cases are actually proven by science to be nonsense. Wikipedia reports these facts.
Wikipedia is among the top 10 websites globally. Through it millions of people who use internet to search for alternative medicine are being systematically exposed to anti-CAM data. At the time when the world is rushing towards alternative medicine, the effort to sabotage the alternative medicine cannot be ignored.
This threat to our profits cannot be ignored. We make our living from pushing this crap, remember.
To counter this misinformation, we need a place where the CAM community can build its own knowledge base without the undue interference of skeptics. We need a place where the CAM practitioners themselves write articles and create a true picture of its history, development, efficacy and positive research.
To continue making money from this scam, we need to be able to write about it as though it were real, without anyone demanding evidence that it is, in fact, real.
To ensure that the alternative medicines is not discredited or disputed unfairly and to create a true encyclopedia for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM), Hpathy.com, world’s leading homeopathy portal, is announcing a parallel wiki project at www.wiki4cam.org
We invite you to register at wiki4cam and help us build true information about the CAM modality that you practice.
I can't write all this crap myself - I need you to write some crap too!
If you are a School/College of any CAM therapy or if you are a CAM practitioner and if you are concerned about the anti-CAM propaganda, take up the responsibility for creating articles about your CAM therapy at Wiki4CAM. Do not think that someone else will do it. It is YOUR responsibility to actively participate in building a true information base about the CAM modality that your practice and teach!
Please visit www.wiki4cam.org now and find out why the CAM community needs to come together and take charge of its own content.
We request you to forward this information about Wiki4CAM.org to all you alternative medicine friends practicing Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Naturopathy, TCM, Herbalism, EFT or any other CAM modality. Wiki4CAM is meant for the whole CAM community.
And it doesn't matter what from of SCAM you practice - anything goes. I won't ask you for evidence your crap works as long as you don't ask me for evidence my crap works.
Manish Bhatia is a homeopath, and only motivated by the fact that (so he claims) homeopathy is bleeding to death (we wish). He feels that if he can rope in other non evidence based therapists, he can make a better case. Or something. The really telling thing about this, in my view, is how uncritically these SCAM artists will accept the daft claims of any and all other SCAM artists. Just look at the list of therapies that are intended to be covered:
Acupressure | Acupuncture | Anthroposophic medicine | Applied Kinesiology | Aromatherapy | Ayurveda
Bach Flower | Bowen Technique
Chelation Therapy | Chiropractic | Chromotherapy | Craniosacral Therapy
Emotional Freedom technique (EFT) | External Enhanced Counter Pulsation (EECP)
Fasting | Faith Healing
Iridology | Isopathy
Herbalism | Homeopathy | Hydrotherapy
Magnetotherapy | Meditation | Mud Therapy | Music Therapy
Orthomolecular medicine | Osteopathy
Reflexology | Reiki
Shamanic Healing | Shiatsu | Siddha
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) | Transendental Meditation
Unani | Urine Therapy
Is there any form of woo that they will not include uncritically and without the need for one shred of evidence that it works? (Rhetorical question.) Look, he even includes drinking your own urine. You know, it's almost as if once you abandon rationality, and the requirement for evidence before you accept something, you will accept absolutely anything.
In my hands I hold a paper which contains all the evidence that homeopathy works.