Mercola Draws a Crowd and Big Yawn

by Bob McCauley, CNC, MH

I attended the Health Freedom Expo in SchaumburgIL, June 2011, and had the chance to listen to some of the speakers.  Jonathan Emord, the FDA attorney, was incredible.  The work he is doing is absolutely invaluable to the natural health movement and in helping to protect us against the dangerous duo of the FDA and FTC.

Mike Adams was informative and entertaining, but he was on video, taped earlier, so there was no interaction.  He was the warm up for Dr. J. Mercola, the medical doctor of, one of the largest natural health websites on the internet.  Mercola was amazingly bland and boring.  He mumbled incoherently from time to time.  He ran through his slide show refusing to take questions, and each slide was a way to introduce another product that he sells. Everyone has to make a living, and I don’t call Mercola a sellout for selling products.  I do the same thing and I like Mercola’s information and his website for the most part.

But the big problem with Mercola is that he sees health the same way all doctors see health.  Stay on a diet of mostly cooked foods, use meat, fish, eggs and/or dairy for your protein and take supplements.  In other words, go ahead and live like everyone else does, get sick like everyone else does and then, instead of handing yourself over to the medical establishment, take supplements and you will be healthy or something like that.  The incredibly boring debate between Mercola and Gabriel Cousens is a good example of people making health boring by talking about the minutia of nutrition as if anyone cares.

Getting healthy by using the medical establish is unobtainable for the average person after the age of 60.  From the age of 60 on is simply a battle to stay alive, not be truly healthy.  And all the studies that are done demonstrating that this nutrient or that vitamin help us determine what “might be right for one person, but not necessarily right for another.”

I don’t buy any of that.   Dr. Mercola, who is supposedly well informed and savvy about health, but the truth is he does not understand the fundamentals of health.  As I often say, health is simple to understand, but not easy to do.

Health is simple: Drink lots of Water, preferably Alkaline Ionized Water, consume Spirulina and/or Chlorella for your protein, consume only raw fruits and vegetables, consume probiotics, angstrom minerals, exercise vigorously daily and maintain a positive mental attitude.  Mercola promotes very little of this.  He is a huge detractor of Alkaline Ionized Water. He sells chlorella but has problems with it because it has “too much iron”.  He suggests that we eat raw fruits and vegetables, but not exclusively and he is not passionate about the concept.  He also talks a lot about eating cooked foods.  He promotes taking probiotics, but speaks little about the critical necessity of staying mineralized.  He certainly doesn’t promote angstrom minerals, which he should because minerals are the keys that start the engine of our health.  He does promote regular exercise, but we differ because I promote cardiovascular exercise daily for 15 – 30 minutes.  He is a detractor of running marathons, as I have always been.  It simply is not healthy to run as hard as you possibly can for 2 – 4 hours.  Maintaining a positive mental attitude is critical for being healthy, but Mercola barely mentions it on his website.

Dr. Mercola is a typical example of doctors who NEVER get to the core of how we can be truly healthy.  Doctors like Mercola talk and talk, referring to study after study, and none of their pretentious pomposity never results in what they say they are supposedly there to promote: True Health.



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About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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2 Responses to Mercola Draws a Crowd and Big Yawn

  1. Wow… I don’t know what to say. Do you really stand by these comments? Are you bold enough to leave mine posted? I was at the Health Freedom Expo too. What products was he selling when he talked about grounding? What was he selling when he talked about keeping a distance from cell phones? There was a talk about natural dentistry and even vaccinations. What products was he selling? You are painting a wrong impression of Dr. Mercola. Yes, Mercola had boothes in the Expo. But I am not sure what you are talking about when you say he was selling products in his lecture. As to the boredom… I don’t think I would recall so much if it was boring. The hall was packed, nobody was leaving, and people were listening intently.
    As to the Great Health Debate, Gabrielle Cousins was the one to mock. He actually said that Jesus and his diciples were vegetarians! I respect Gabrielle Cousins. He had tact even though he had different opinions and said a couple things based on fancy not fact.
    As to the alkaline water… I have a machine, but not because it alkalizes. I prefer more of the negative elements to go down the drain and keep more of the positive. But to drink high alkaline water is a foolish flirt with mineral imbalance. I don’t know what Mercola thinks, but I am glad to know that he understands that alkaline water isn’t the best.

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