by Bob McCauley, CNC, MH
What Dr. Mercola is great at is disseminating information about the medical industry and exposing medical/health myths. If you want to find out if soy is good for you or not, Mercola’s website is a good place to start looking. He has no problem exposing fraud or hypocrisy when he sees it in the medical/health world. But when it comes to offering real health advice and backing them up with true products his record is terrible. His “me too” line of health products are pretty much what you can find anywhere else from people who are in the health product business because they see opportunity in it, not because they want to make people healthier. Mercola’s health products are pedestrian, unimaginative, same old same old and most importantly they do not encourage the basic kind of lifestyle changes that are necessary to be health. In short, they are crutches, and Mercola is the enabler.
Mercola sells chlorella, but states “it has a lot, a lot of iron and that is a problem for menopausal women.” Well, since chlorella might be a problem for aging women let’s all use extreme caution when consuming the world’s healthiest food. By the way, the iron in both Chlorella and Spirulina (much higher than Chlorella) is bio-available and will NOT be a problem to menopausal women, as if older women simply stop needing iron like the rest of humanity. In fact, all raw foods with iron are good for anyone, including elderly women.
Dr. Mercola regularly promotes health products that are essentially unhealthy. Krill oil is a good example of the kind of product that Mercola sells that is boring and misleading. All the fatty acids, EFA’s, can be found in the plant world and do not need to be extracted from fish for us to get them. Where do you think fish get them? Fish get them from plant world, in particular algae. However, Mercola is anti-vegetarian and has been involved in a nasty argument with Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study which supports vegetarianism through hard science. He is a big promoter of whey protein, which has been promoted and marketed to death in the bodybuilding world for decades now. Whey protein is a health disaster, which is one of the reasons why bodybuilders have so many health problems. Like all animal protein, processed milk protein, whey, is dangerous for our health.
The problem with animal protein is that it is a pre-formed protein chain of amino acids that are then brought to high temperatures during the cooking process. The higher the temperature and the longer the animal protein is cooked at these temperatures, the more harmful the animal protein becomes to our health. Although it is not desirable, exposing plant proteins (unstructured amino acids) to high temperatures does not have the same deleterious effects on our health.
The products sold at the Watershed Wellness Center reflect my lifestyle. I sell what I use and use what I sell. What I promote is nature and only through nature can we obtain health. I sell wholefoods such as chlorella and spirulina. I sell herbal extracts because we can get huge benefit from a small dosage of an herb such as mucuna, ginkgo or turmeric for example. These are incredibly powerful foods that can help solve a person’s health issues if used correctly.
However, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, Co-Q10, CLA, Vitamin E, krill oil, etc. do not lead to health, they mislead people about what true health is really all about: Nature.