Huffington Post Promotes Pseudoscience

In Dossey’s biography, we read that he is the former Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most widely subscribed-to journal in its field. It is important for Dossey to emphasize “peer-reviewed,” because that is how scientific journals get their credence. The “peers” who review an article submitted to a journal for publication are selected by editors in chief, contributing editors, and the editorial board. The current editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine is Andrew Campbell, who is also the editor in chief of another “alternative” journal, Advances in Mind-Body Medicine. The problem with these journals is that

On November 4, 2011, the [Texas Medical] Board entered a Voluntary Surrender Order regarding Andrew William Campbell, M.D., requiring Dr. Campbell to immediately cease practice in Texas.

This, of course, did not stop Campbell from moving to Florida and start practicing at a clinic called Clínica del Barrio.

Alexander Moreira-Almeida, MD, PhD is a psychiatrist and Founder and Director of the Research Center in Spirituality and Health, Brazil. His research interests are religion, psychology, history, health sciences. He studies mystic states, near-death experiences, and past-life memories.

Marilyn Schlitz, PhD is a social anthropologist and the Founder and CEO of Worldview Enterprises. She also serves as President Emeritus and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences – which defines noetic sciences as “how beliefs, thoughts, and intentions affect the physical world.” She is the author of “Living Deeply” praised by Deepak Chopra, Larry Dossey, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

Rupert Sheldrake, PhD is a former biologist who is now interested in the study of his invention: morphic resonance, a process whereby self-organizing systems inherit a (non-material) memory from previous similar systems. Sheldrake resorts to the biology of the 1920s in which some developmental biologists proposed that biological organization depends on fields, variously called biofields, developmental fields, positional fields, morphogenetic fields, or the vital force. These are all aspects of biology studied under vitalism, which has existed since Aristotle, and excludes biology from physical scientific investigation.

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