Have any of you checked out Dr. Mercola's site? I saw some of his videos and like the msg he is trying to get across (pro-paleo, food can cure, anti-sugar and wheat). I signed up for an email subscription and ended up getting bombarded with sensationalist emails that try to get me to buy his supplements. Needless to say, I unsubscribed after a few days.
Mark Sisson sells supplements and books, but I'm glad that he doesn't overwhelm me with spam when I go on his website or in his emails.
Mercola isn't talked about much on this website, but from what I've read so far, P-Hackers don't seem to like him so much. Why? What is your opinion of Dr. Mercola in regards to his website and his message? What are his credentials and why isn't he talked about more in the paleo community?
Dr Mercola's site was my initial introduction to the problems with SAD and my initial source of information until I discovered the likes of Kurt Harris, Stephan Guyenet, and Peter at Hyperlipid. Much of Mercola's message is consistent with Paleo - anti grains, sugar/fructose, PUFA consumption, etc. I too have subscribed to his newsletter and I have just been too lazy to unsubscribe. He definitely pushes supplements and has some cheesy marketing.
Since I am a big fan of Kurt Harris, here is what he wrote about Mercola - http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2009/10/28/vitamin-d-via-insolation-the-natural-route-in-the-north.html
"Does "Doctor" Mercola wear a red nose and have big floppy feet? A cursory review of his website shows he sells lots of nutrional supplements and promotes the totally bullshit idea of "nutritional typing" - some of us are designed to eat carbs! I guess I have my answer. Sorry to be so harsh. I hate scam artists like that."
Having said that, here's my take - there are some people that you come to trust and they are your "go-to" people in this community. Then there are people that you partially or mostly disagree with, but they still have something to offer vis-a-vis conventional wisdom (I put Mercola in this category. The recent insanity of Don at Primal Wisdom falls here too).
Since you are a member of this community and because you are a thinker, experimenter, and someone that takes their health into their own hands (presumably), you learn to take the good with the bad subject to your bandwidth to sift through the information (overload).
Anyway, not sure if that helps. Take care!
He's got quite a business going, but that doesn't keep me from reading his newsletter and checking out his interviews. He seems to spend quite a bit of time with "Life Extentioners" who want to live forever or freeze their bodies to be reanimated sometime in the future (Zombies! Vampires! - They freak me out a little).
But, I appreciate where he's coming from. He used to run marathons and eat lots of carbs multiple times a day. Now he's gone over to IF, intervals, weight training and a paleo type eating plan. He admits that he once had it all wrong and I like that.
Chairman Mao's appraisal of Stalin was that he was 80 percent good, 20 percent bad. My appraisal of Mercola is that he's 20 percent good, 80 percent bad. Just my opinion, but I think he's a supplement pimp and is representative of the greed one finds in the Alternative Health field. I have the feeling he is ready to jump on any bandwagon, if he can profit from it. People are cynical (rightfully so) towards mainstream health care. They can easily swing to the opposite extreme and follow folks like Mercola who offer them some tidbits of truth and then sell them snake oil. Better to go to Earthclinic At least there you won't have your last dollar sucked from your wallet, like you will over at Mercola's website.
He does indeed have a lot of space cadet talk. Bit of tin foil wrapped around the head stuff for sure.
He does sell a lot of stuff. A LOT.
Bit ill say this: he's been anti-grain forever. I mean WAY before all this paleo talk. I found Mercola's even before I found WAP. At the time he was essentially just saying don't eat sugar, don't eat grains, and if you do dairy make it raw. This I would say is what the bulk of people here would do.
I personally credit him for setting me on the right path towards health. I stopped eating grains when I first read him, that was prolly seven years ago. Just that one change changed my life. That's prolly why I find paleo pretty easy.
I would def agree with others that everyone should UNsubscribe from his emails, though:)
I simply don't need Mercola to tell me about nutrition anymore, and as has been mentioned, between the nutritional typing and weird stuff like "biophotons" in raw food creating enzyme-regulating energy fields (I don't know if he believes that anymore but he hasn't formally renounced it) I really don't see it as a good idea to view him as some nutritional guru, although we tend to agree on more than we disagree. That being said he is an excellent resource when he decided to cite his sources sufficiently. He is good for ideas and that is what we should use people for - just a source of ideas that we can go and evaluate for ourselves.
I am a fan of Dr. Mercola's newsletters, I think they have a lot of good information however, when I signed up a couple of years ago, the newsletter was free. I have purchased some of his items and was happy with them, like the grass fed whey protein (very tasty), all natural sunscreen and krill oil. I just watched a compelling movie that linked from his website called the Burzynski movie, Cancer is Serious Business, I was so impressed with the movie that I bought it to share with my family and friends. I think he has great intentions and I do not think he is a quack, and I believe he is some kind of holistic doctor based in Chicago with a very successful clinic.
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I follow him on twitter. I don't find him as pushy via twitter as you guys seem to with his newsletters. I don't hang on every word that he says, but he does post some interesting things once in a while. I'm pretty sure he was the first person I heard mentioning that DIM can help women with endometriosis. After that I had seen a number of n=1 stories about women with endometriosis experimenting with DIM with at least some success (reduction of symptoms and whatnot), so maybe he was on to something.
He is like everyone else. Learn from him what you can, leave the rest.