I have read many of Dr. Mercola's columns, and many of them have been very useful. He has a lot of terrific information about the dangers of pharmaceutical medicine, both in terms of the drugs themselves and in terms of the lifestyle that it promotes. His information about the value of Vitamin D has been spot-on.
I have also tried a number of Dr. Mercola's products, and most of them have been very junky. His pots and pans fell apart quickly. His white rock salt was a huge waste of money. There have been several other products that I had to throw away. On the other hand, he recommended Bio-D-Mulsion Vitamin D, which was the first product that raised my Vitamin D levels to what they needed to be.
So - I have found Dr. Mercola's advice to be a mixed bag. I continue to follow his admonitions about pharmaceutical medicine, but I rarely get distracted by the things he sells. And of course, I just ignore his animal-food recommendations. But he is right about virgin coconut oil - it's a terrific (vegan) product, and I swear by it.
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Any casual visitor to Dr. Mercola's website (as I was) will be astounded by the sheer array and amount of merchandise he is selling. How does he even expect anyone to take him seriously as a doctor?
Joe Mercola qualified as an osteopath. How he thinks that qualifies him to pontificate upon such wide range of subjects is beyond me. And he's not that well informed.
A short time ago, he said that the word salary derives from the Latin salarium - so far so good - but then went on to say that salarium derived from the fact that Roman soldiers were paid in salt.
That was so nonsensical that I politely pointed out that the word derived from the fact that Roman soldiers were paid money - their salarium - with which to buy salt. Source - the Oxford Dictionary of English (and anybody with more than a passing acquaintance with Roman history).
It does rather pose a question, though - if he's so ill-informed on something so widely known (or so easily verified), how up to speed is he on the really important stuff?
I hope Dr. Campbell knows he has supporters too. He can definitely count me as one of them. Here is a man who is trying to get people to eat their fruits and vegetables and stop eating junk food and crappy processed meat. We should all be grateful that someone even cares. The fact that many of his critics haven't even read his book to find their answers there first before blasting him with criticisms? That is very depressing, unfortunate, and a waste of everyone's time.
I cannot believe this is true neither. Fun though to see how tough the discussion has got (: to be ostheopath or not to be (:
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