by Larry Malerba, DO, DHt – When I first started writing for Natural News I was excited at the prospect of my ideas receiving greater exposure in front of an audience compatible with those ideas. Compared to Huffington Post, where the moderators routinely condoned cyber-stalking by organized anti-holistic agitators who, as a consequence, were encouraged to heckle my every post, Natural News seemed like an oasis of like-minded health-conscious individuals.
That oasis soon turned out to be a mirage as what was once a website dedicated to providing a voice for holistic alternatives gradually began to morph into a political forum for right wing and Libertarian voices of discontent. At first I was puzzled, failing to see the connection between holistic health and the anti-authoritarian rhetoric and anti-government opinions expressed by Natural News Editor, Mike Adams, and his adoring followers. It gradually dawned on me that the common denominator was an extreme mistrust and suspicion toward all things unnatural and all things government, both of which were in cahoots and out to get us all. Now, I am not naive about government corruption and apathy when it comes to safeguarding the health and welfare of the populace, but I also do not see bogeymen around every corner.
Thinking it was an anomaly, I continued to write articles for Natural News, hoping that it would all soon blow over. Unfortunately, this has not been the case. In fact, the paranoia has only escalated, and Mike’s ego has become so big that I can only regard him now as the Glenn Beck of holistic health. Sadly, he has veered wildly astray from his original mission of educating the world about holistic health and healing. Although there are lots of good articles at Natural News, they are beginning to be overshadowed by a political agenda that is increasingly shrill and associated with unsavory characters like conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
The final straw came after the Trayvon Martin verdict, when Mike posted his thinly veiled racist call for peace and non-violence As a consequence, I can no longer associate myself and my ideas with such an unbalanced and unholistic influence. I do not begrudge Mike and his followers their right to express their views but I will not allow myself to be a passive enabler of incendiary and dangerous rhetoric designed to aggrandize one man’s out of control delusions of grandeur.
Regretfully, I am now in the process of expunging all connections to Natural Newsfrom my website, Facebook page, LinkedIn profile, Google+ page, etc. You can continue to find my articles at more compatible locations including the ones listed below. I hope you will find them educational, inspirational, and edifying.
As the good ol’ Grateful Dead have repeatedly refrained,
What a long strange trip it’s been!
Time for me to go,
Back home, sit down and patch my bones, and get back truckin’ on and on…
Larry Malerba, DO, DHt is a physician and educator whose mission is to build bridges between holistic healing, conventional medicine, and spirituality. He is the author of Metaphysics & Medicine: Restoring Freedom of Thought to the Art and Science of Healing and Green Medicine: Challenging the Assumptions of Conventional Health Care. He writes for Huffington Post, Natural News, and the American Holistic Medical Association. Dr. Malerba is board certified in Homeotherapeutics, is Clinical Assistant Professor at New York Medical College, and past president of the Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of New York. He is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Ireland. Website: SpiritScienceHealing.com