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July 24, 2012 posted by

62,000 Bad Things and 6 Good Things

Dr. Mercola can be an alarmist wanker but he spins a plenty of good advice as well. And when I say spin I mean it in a myriad of ways. Two of those involve him trying to sell you stuff and ranting like a spinning top. But I love a good rant so, for today’s entertainment, I present his version of 62,000 bad things and 6 good things.

First, as his article is titled, we’ll look at the bad. Did you know that drugs were 62,000 times more likely to kill you than supplements? Well, it’s true, apparently, though I didn’t dig too deep into how he did the math. I mean, when every single drug ad on TV has a running list of possible side effects, often including death, that barely squeeze into the allotted time slot I don’t think bickering about numbers is necessary. But just in case you didn’t get the memo, our favorite hippy doctor hammers you with plenty of statistics, and enough conspiracy theories to make Robert Ludlum proud.

In striking contrast, drugs are known to cause well over 125,000 deaths per year in the US when taken correctly as prescribed – yet the FDA allows fast-track approvals and countless new additions of poorly tested drugs to the marketplace that must later be withdrawn due to their lethal consequences.

Obviously that statement is a little off the cuff since, well, we still have law enforcement in this county. But it’s worth reading, even with a skeptical eye, because much of what he’s saying makes too much sense not to be at least somewhat true.

He then leaves us with a shiny, happy ending so he can sell us some of his stuff. But, hey, a guy’s got to make a living and his 6-lifestyle recommendations to avoid meds are worth reiterating. I’m not sold they’ll mean that you’ll “never need medication” but they’ll certainly stack the odds in your favor. I’ve presented them here abridged but click anywhere for the full rant. I mean report.

1. Proper Food Choices Generally speaking, you should be looking to focus your diet on whole, unprocessed foods (vegetables, meats, raw dairy, nuts, and so forth) that come from healthy, sustainable, local sources, such as a small organic farm not far from your home….

2. Comprehensive Exercise Program, including High-Intensity Exercise High-intensity interval-type training boosts human growth hormone (HGH) production, which is essential for optimal health, strength and vigor…

3. Stress Reduction and Positive Thinking You cannot be optimally healthy if you avoid addressing the emotional component of your health and longevity, as your emotional state plays a role in nearly every physical disease — from heart disease and depression, to arthritis and cancer…

4. Proper Sun Exposure to Optimize Vitamin D We have long known that it is best to get your vitamin D from sun exposure, and if at all possible, I strongly urge you to make sure you’re getting out in the sun on a daily basis…

5. Take High Quality Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats Animal-based omega-3 found helps fight and prevent heart disease, cancer, depression, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, diabetes, hyperactivity and many other diseases…

6. Avoid as Many Chemicals, Toxins, and Pollutants as Possible This includes tossing out your toxic household cleaners, soaps, personal hygiene products, air fresheners, bug sprays, lawn pesticides, and insecticides, just to name a few, and replacing them with non-toxic alternatives…

 

7 Comments

  • Excellent edit of a rant…. Steve your points strained from that pulp generic "healthier than thou" mess are awesome.Curious, though, on how many lives are saved and improved by people taking their meds as prescribed….that part never seems to make it into the mix. As a doc I run into these rants and am always left with the same question.Life expectancy improvement is not just due to better vaccinations and seat belts.

  • My wife and I love to play guess what Mercola is talking about based on the headline. Haha. Though what is your opinion on his post workout suggestions following HIIT. No sugar whatsoever for two hours post workout?

  • Love to play the Mercola guessing game. What is he talking about based on the headline? Though what is your opinion of his post workout nutrition following HIIT? He suggests no sugars for 2 hours post workout though that seems to fly in the face of most opinions regarding recovery.

  • That's funny. Yeah, a headline might spin into just about anything in the text. He's an odd dude but he seems passionate and concerned and that's why I keep reading. On exercise, however, I find him fairly useless. I guess, because he's always on about doing really short HITT workouts than not eating for 2 hrs makes sense because there's no way you're depleting glycogen in 15 minutes but, in general, he's not one of my credible reference points for performance nutrition.

  • That's funny. Yeah, a headline might spin into just about anything in the text. He's an odd dude but he seems passionate and concerned and that's why I keep reading. On exercise, however, I find him fairly useless. I guess, because he's always on about doing really short HITT workouts than not eating for 2 hrs makes sense because there's no way you're depleting glycogen in 15 minutes but, in general, he's not one of my credible reference points for performance nutrition.

  • Ben,I don't think there's any question that medical knowledge, including drugs, have improved life spans, as well as almost all assessments of living conditions. The nefarious side is, as usual, money. Drug companies behave like, I dunno, maybe a surgeon who makes a lot of money on ACL replacements so they decide to promote proactive ALC replacement before you get hurt. Or something like that.

  • Yup, I agree, Steve….the industry side is the darkest and most embarrassing part of my field. The Internet and watch groups have made things much more transparent luckily.I have folks every day ask me "are chiropractors ok?" or "what do you think about holistic healing?"….and my reply is always the same: I'm not entirely sure because I don't know much about it….but I'd love to learn.

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