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Rate the Top Personalities and Websites in the Health News Industry

Tuesday, April 01, 2008
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: health news, health news, Natural News

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(NaturalNews) Who do you trust as a source for health news? A friend recently asked me that question, and when I described the personalities of the people I had met in the health news industry, he seemed rather surprised. "Wow," he said. "That's very different from the public perception of those personalities." This got me wondering: Is the public perception of people in the health news industry that much different from what industry insiders really know about each other?

To answer the question, I decided to put it to a public test. This is where you come in. I've posted a survey that allows you to openly rate the trustworthiness and personality traits of the top people in the health news industry. It includes folks I really trust (Ronnie Cummins) and some that I don't (Stephen Barrett of Quackwatch). Other personalities in the survey include Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Julian Whitaker and many more. I'm also on the list, too, which means you're free to express your views on what you think of me, too.

For each person, you can cast a vote on both their positive traits (humility, selflessness, intelligence, and so on) and their negative traits (greed, arrogance, stupidity, etc.). All the results are publicly viewable, too, which should make for some interesting conversation. So this is your chance to voice your opinion on the folks in the health news industry that you love (or hate) the most! Get started now at: http://fs8.formsite.com/Arial/form684880059/...

Why I'm posting this survey

Why did I choose to make this survey public? For one, I want to know if there's something I can do to improve my relationship with my readers. Folks who meet me in person usually have comments like, "Wow, you're much nicer in real life. You always seem sorta angry on the website." And I'm not afraid to hear some honest criticism, either. So let me know what you think, and I'll use your feedback to help me do my job better.

I personally think too many people in this industry are arrogant and out of touch with their own fans and readers, and I never want to allow myself to slip into that mode where I'm afraid to hear the opinion of the people I serve.

I'm also interested, of course, in what the public thinks about the other people in the industry -- people whom I've met and had conversations with. I happen to know who's a jerk vs. a genius. I don't talk about other health writers on my website very much because I like to focus on health solutions for my readers, but I'm really curious to know whether the public's perception of other personalities matches my own "insider" knowledge of what these people are really like in person.

So have fun with this, and please be genuine. All your survey results are anonymous. There's no way we can track where a particular vote comes from (but we do block duplicate entries, so you can only complete the survey one time). So you're protected by internet anonymity.

There's no particular reward for filling out the survey, either. But I do ask that you consider carefully each vote, because people will be watching this. Ask yourself, "What has this person (or website) really done to help me lately? How have they treated me? What drives this person?" And do your best to answer the questions honestly.

Enjoy! Here's the link again: http://fs8.formsite.com/Arial/form684880059/...

I'll be reporting the final results here in a week or so.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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