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NaturalNews to Split Content, Shifting Political and Financial News to CounterThink.com

Thursday, February 19, 2009
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: CounterThink, health news, Natural News

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(NaturalNews) We've made an editorial decision here at NaturalNews to split our content into two different sites. All articles on politics, war, the economy and technology will be shifted to CounterThink.com, leaving NaturalNews.com to focus solely on natural health, health freedom and reporting on Big Pharma, the FDA and similar topics.

This content shift, which has been requested by many readers, will allow NaturalNews to focus solely on natural health, without the distraction of articles and commentary on topics in other areas. Existing articles on NaturalNews about politics or the economy will be forwarded to CounterThink.com, then deleted from NaturalNews.com altogether. All new articles about non-health topics will appear solely on CounterThink.com

Articles from contributing writers who cover topics such as the economy or politics will also have their articles shifted to CounterThink.com, along with their author bylines and Google code.

Although topics of war, economics and politics deserve coverage on the web, NaturalNews is not the appropriate place to publish such articles, and it's time that we listened to reader suggestions on this matter and focused NaturalNews solely on topics of personal and planetary health.

For the record, as so many people have been guessing about this, my own political beliefs are liberal on issues like the environment and war, but conservative on issues of finances and the economy. I'm a Libertarian on issues like personal freedom, yet I have interventionist leanings on topics like banning DTC drug advertising. I believe in the decentralization of power and the teaching of personal responsibility. As you can see, my political philosophies are not one-dimensional. Nevertheless, they belong on a different website and should not interfere with the natural health focus of NaturalNews.

I won't be hiding my beliefs about the money supply, financial bailouts or any other topics; they'll just be found on CounterThink.com instead of NaturalNews.com. Those of you who wish to visit that site (when it's ready) and follow such content there are welcome to tune in. Those who don't are welcome to tune out. It's completely your choice.

Lastly, I want to say, for the record, that even though I have strongly criticized certain groups (the military, Bush supporters, law enforcement personnel, etc.), I fully recognize that these are generalizations, and as such, there are exceptions in every category. There are highly intelligent, health-conscious soldiers and cops who read this site and who stand in sharp contrast to the actions of some of their colleagues. There were some great people in the Bush Administration who tried to halt the war crimes and who tried to argue for peace instead of war. In every group that gets characterized on this website, there are exceptions in that group who defy the status quo.

On "authentic voice" vs. canned news

Some readers have suggestion that I "tone down" my articles and content to be less outspoken and more congenial. But my response is simple: If you want watered-down, pretend news that accomplishes the feat of avoiding any potential of being offensive by saying essentially nothing, then you don't need a website, you only need CNN, or CNBC or FoxNews! Mainstream media accomplishes the task of empty, non-informative news that, in its effort to be "neutral," actually says nothing.

I would rather say something meaningful at the risk of a few people being offended than say nothing at all. It is, in fact, the lack of courage to speak the truth that has ushered in the downfall of the mainstream media and the rise of internet media. Everybody with a pulse (and a computer) knows that there's more truth in the news reporting on the internet than in most (but not all) newspapers, magazines and broadcast news shows. There's also a lot more noise, of course, but that's the nature of an unbridled medium of Free Speech that's populated by sane and insane people alike.

NON-information is easy to come by. Just turn on your television or read the paper. What we are working to do with NaturalNews is to offer REAL information from real people who have real voices (not the fake, carefully-scripted narrative voices on cable news shows, read by supermodels who seem to have no clue about the content they're repeating). It is this authentic voice that has made NaturalNews so popular, and by shifting away from non-health-related content, we aim to refocus our efforts and revitalize this genuine voice on the health-related topics that matter to you most.

So watch for the launch of CounterThink.com next week, and we hope to see you as a reader on both sites!

Thank you for your continued readership and your suggestions. We've listened to your requests and initiated this important change that will keep NaturalNews focused on personal and planetary health! :-)

We WILL, by the way, continue to cover global warming on NaturalNews, as that is a planetary health issue. We will also cover the health of the oceans, agriculture, the food supply, the water supply, etc. Vaccinations, fluoridation and mass-medication will of course continue to be revisited here on NaturalNews, and to the extent that the Obama administration either works in favor of natural or against it, Obama and his policies will be mentioned in the proper context.

- Mike

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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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