Like many others, I have been mourning the loss of the "old" Curezone for sometime now. The whole site has become so big, trying to cater to every opinion and point of view. There are many forums I have never visited, many I looked over once or twice and never went back.
I do believe the Webmaster has done all he could to make the site be everything people wanted, but in doing so it has become so large and unwieldy that has lost the appeal that brought so many here. I'm sure the added features and bandwidth have made the site so expensive to run that Spirit had to compromise and utilize commercial sponsorship to pay the bills. However, I agree that by using a search engine that plants ads for the very pharmaceuticals many of us came here to avoid has defeated the purpose and mission statement of Curezone.
I would like to see the number of forums reduced by at least half. Forums that have been inactive for more than three months should be eliminated. Personally, I would like to see at least 90% of the Debate Forums eliminated, they serve little purpose in the search for health. I would like to see forums where products are actively promoted and sold be separated from the non-commercial Support Forums , and perhaps the owners should be charged a fee for being allowed to sell their merchandise on Curezone. I would do away with the Google search engine and all their ads. Surely there is an alternative to Google that will respect the integrity and philosophy of Curezone.
Like Owen, I rarely recommend Curezone to people newly coming to Natural Health anymore. While there is still a whole lot of excellent information, there is also a lot of things written that may do more harm than good. I find people like Barefoot potentially dangerous, but also realize there are people who believe he is some kind of guru/prophet. Others swear by Moreless and his theories; but its a good thing my doctor is not a member of Curezone. His opinion of Moreless and what he claims to be scientific truth would probably get him banned.
I realize that at this point there will be no easy answers, but I am saddened by the direction Curezone has gone. In some ways I feel like I have lost an old and trusted friend.