Whatever purpose may have been/be 'at the core' of natural Health Forums on the Internet, the proof is in the final evidence of what happens on that forum, what is allowed to posted, what is 'banned' from posting, whether moderators & forum owners are held accountable to the truth of natural healing & posting guidelines, and what posts are "rewarded" by moderators/representatives of the forum.
There is a LOT of confusion & misinformation here (and on other forums)...that continuously is allowed to be posted (and many times 'rewarded' with R,RN,BSA), even though the posts are full of biological/anatomical misinformation and sometimes even downright lies.
A forum can 'state their purpose' and paste their motto all over the place, but the words and banners don't matter a bit if the actions don't back them up.
Like I'm so fond of saying to folks, "Please speak up! Your actions are FAR louder than your words!".