A recent investigation by BBC journalists in the UK has revealed that, when making coronavirus pandemic predictions which led to the enforcing of national lockdowns, scientists advising the British government used highly dubious data sourced from Wikipedia. While claiming this was supposedly the only publicly available information they had access to, the reality is they were relying on an inaccurate online encyclopedia where lifesaving science on the immune-enhancing benefits of vitamins is deliberately suppressed. As history will ultimately record, the decision of these ‘experts’ to use Wikipedia contributed to the loss of many lives.
Billing itself as the encyclopedia that literally anyone can edit, the health information contained on Wikipedia is notoriously unreliable. A study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Osteopathic Association in 2014 found factual errors in 90 percent of Wikipedia articles dealing with common health conditions such as coronary artery disease, lung cancer, depression, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, and others.
Nor can Wikipedia’s information on drug side effects be trusted. Illustrating this, in 2007 an employee at the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is alleged to have removed a sentence which had explained how Seroquel, a dangerous antipsychotic medication, can make young people “more likely to think about harming or killing themselves or to plan or try to do so.” Evidence suggests that anonymous editing by pharmaceutical company employees is widespread on Wikipedia.
Between 2002 and 2014, a total of almost 5000 edits were seemingly made to Wikipedia articles using computers owned by corporate members of the ‘Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’ (PhRMA) trade association. While many of these edits were carried out on articles unrelated to drug interests, others are highly revealing. In one example, an edit made from a Pfizer IP address in 2014 added material to an article about Greenpeace accusing it and other lobby groups of “hurting economic progress by campaigning against power projects, mining and genetically modified food.”
In recent years it has become increasingly clear that Wikipedia is being used as a vehicle for influencing and controlling public opinion worldwide. Hosted by the so-called ‘Wikimedia Foundation’, Wikipedia is essentially now controlled by special interest groups. In addition to the pharmaceutical industry, other groups found to have been editing it include the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as the CIA and the Vatican.
Over the years, key supporters and benefactors of the Wikimedia Foundation have included the so-called ‘Open Society Institute’ (now known as the ‘Open Society Foundations’), an organization founded and funded by George Soros, a leading currency speculator and pharmaceutical industry investor. Other pharma-related donors to the Wikimedia Foundation have included the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Pfizer Foundation, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, the Merck Foundation, and Novartis.
Given the size of this influential drug industry support base, it is hardly surprising that Wikipedia’s articles on natural health therapies deliberately undermine the efficacy and safety of non-pharma approaches. Nor either is it surprising that they openly defame the most prominent proponents of natural therapies, such as Dr. Matthias Rath. With its sales of patented drugs now exceeding a trillion dollars a year, the pharmaceutical industry has a vested interest in attacking the credibility of non-patentable natural health approaches such as vitamins.
Swallowing hard and clearly embarrassed, Professor Ian Hall, one of the scientists interviewed for the BBC investigation, sheepishly admitted on camera that “the public may be surprised” to learn that he and his colleagues have been using Wikipedia. While this is of course an understatement, the biggest ‘surprise’ may yet be to come. For once the people of the world fully appreciate the extent to which they have been misled about the crucial relationship between nutrition and health, the end of the pharmaceutical industry’s ‘business with disease’ will be within sight. At that point, much of Wikipedia’s current health and medical content will come to be seen as the historical relic of a bygone era. Which to increasing numbers of people, of course, it already is.