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Your vote is requested (again) for the Reader's Choice "Best Superfood Powder" of 2009 award

Tuesday, January 05, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: superfoods, awards, health news

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(NaturalNews) Our "Best of 2009" awards survey has attracted a tremendous amount of attention (and action) on the part of readers, health-conscious consumers and even some of the companies mentioned in the survey. The competition among the products nominated for these awards has been quite active.

This morning, NaturalNews discovered that some overzealous customers of companies in the "Best Superfood Powder" category had found a way to bypass the survey security and cast multiple votes. We ran an IP analysis of the votes and determined that 988 extra votes had been cast from two different users who went through a lot of trouble to case these extra votes. We determined this was most likely being done by a couple of overzealous customers who were really excited about the contest and who wanted their favorite product to win, so they engaged in a little vote stuffing just to make sure.

The actual manufacturers of the products being voted on were not involved in this effort in any way, we've confirmed. This was being done by two individuals, each acting on their own. This problem was limited solely to the "Best Superfood Powder" category and did not affect the other categories.

If this were an election for the President of the United States, we could of course just let all this slide. But no, here at NaturalNews, we want these surveys to be legitimate! So in order to make sure this survey is legit, we've zeroed out all the votes for the Best Superfood Powder category, and we're asking our readers to vote once again for their top choice in this category.

The Best Superfood Powder survey is at the top of this page, ready for your re-vote:

By the way, since we're doing this particular category over again, I added Nutiva's HempShake product to the list. It's a superfood powder that's worthy of being included in the survey and probably should have been in the original one.

Why this vote matters

I apologize for asking you to vote on this particular category again, but it turns out this award has become a pretty big deal in the minds of many customers and companies, and we want to get it right so that it genuinely reflects your votes.

The winner of this poll will be able to stay they received the "Reader's Choice BEST of 2009 Award" from NaturalNews.com on their product and their website. So it really means a lot to these companies to win this contest. They work hard to bring you some really fantastic products, and they deserve recognition for it.

Personally, I didn't realize this survey was going to become such a huge deal that people would go to the effort to try to vote more than once. So I didn't set the poll to the tightest security restrictions because it sometimes causes legitimate votes to not be counted, too. But now, for this repeat of the survey, I've locked it down to the tightest restrictions possible. If your vote isn't being counted, that's because someone else on your same IP block has already voted, and now it won't allow multiple votes from the same IP.

In any case, we'll run this until midnight Thursday to give everybody enough time to vote on the superfood category. Final results will be announced Friday (barring some other emergency breaking news in the health field).

These surveys, by the way, are run by PollDaddy.com, using their technology. NaturalNews has no control over the actual incoming votes, and we have no way to manipulate the votes ourselves. All we can do is analyze the vote log to make sure the results are legit. PollDaddy has done a great job with these surveys, and the multiple vote problem wasn't really any kind of failure on their part; it stemmed from my less-restrictive security setting on the poll. If you want to create your own polls or surveys, check them out at www.PollDaddy.com

So, I'm sorry for the re-vote on this particular category, and I thank you for your understanding that we want this to be legit, and that's why we're repeating the survey for this one category.

I'm gonna go drink some superfood right now just to chill out from this survey stress!

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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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