If you’re into natural health, you may have come across the name of Dr. Joseph Mercola.
Believe me, Dr. Mercola is a very rare breed of doctor. He’s largely abandoned the sinking ship that is “The medical model” and we’re in for one hell of a storm before that ship goes down.
It’s the very fact that Dr. Mercola is a doctor that makes his views so very poignant. Get this…
“I’m an advocate for the truth, and the truth is that, every year, we are spending over $2 trillion in the U.S. alone for a fatally-flawed health care system that is killing hundreds of thousands of people every year, simply because they do not have the understanding, an awareness, of the alternatives to potentially-toxic and expensive medications.”
WOOOOAAAAH! Coming from a DOCTOR, that packs a hefty punch. Enough to ruffle more than a few feathers of “the powers that be”, no doubt.
The quotes above are from a recent Fox News interview, in which Dr. Mercola felt he was manipulated, hence the title of this post — “Distortions, Deception and LIES.” Dr. Mercola is obviously not one to mince words.
Although the video rebuttals below are largely aimed at Fox News, other “Powers that be” get a mention too — the FDA and congress.
I’m not one to engage in conspiracy theories but when it comes to “powers that be,” I believe that every organization will do everything in its power to protect its agenda, often even at the expense of people’s lives.
I do have some sympathy with regulators in that there are many sales and marketing people out there willing to prey on people’s vulnerability to sell their goods. And I’ve seen hundreds of sales pages misrepresenting the truth, telling half-truths and downright lies in order to make a buck. How can these people be stopped?
Unfortunately, as in all areas in life, those with no integrity mess it up for everyone else. That’s why the world needs all the millions of rules and regulations to stop the unscrupulous from harming the innocent. When the people who make the rules have no integrity, we’re really in trouble.
I feel Dr. Mercola is a victim of the heavy handed rules designed to stop the charlatans. I feel he’s a genuine guy with a heart felt mission to make the truth known. He’s a doctor and even he is saying that medicine is “fatally-flawed” — a quote that I, and many others have used, though perhaps without his clout.
Those responsible for the interview on Fox, the reporter, editor and producer were a bit naughty — they have indeed, in my opinion distorted the facts and tried to trip Dr. Mercola up and portray him as a quack.
In an embarrassing bit for the doc, they tried to make out that because he runs a business; he is in fact no different to the pharmaceutical industry. The reporter tells us (in voice over)…
“[Dr. Mercola has] …a business venture you may notice, not unlike the ‘for profit’ pharmaceutical industry he criticizes.”
Reporter talking to Dr. Mercola:
“[your business is]… just like the pharmaceutical industry.”
“Yeah, absolutely……” // << edit point.
This is the cheapest of cheap shots. They purposely tried to trip him up and then edited his further explanation out! Dr. Mercola’s organization is big. It needs an income and in my view, having followed his site for some time, I feel the methods Dr. Mercola uses to make an income are sound and the products he sells have genuine benefits and are carefully chosen.
This cannot be compared to the often underhand and downright nasty tricks that “Big Pharma” as it’s now widely known, gets up to. Not to mention the dubious premise on which the whole basis of drug taking is founded.
The scandals are well documented.
The other dirty cheap shot for me was another voice over narrative that said…
“Medical maverick or online opportunist, say what you want. His message is hitting your home computer.”
This to me, is an outrageous slander wrapped up as “Well, YOU might say that.” Subconsciously that line reads as “Well, which is he, maverick or businessman?” Two possible choices…
But wait, what about “Intelligent and caring guy who’s seen the fundamental flaw in the medical model and is passionate about helping people achieve real health.” Well we weren’t given that as an option. Grrrr.
I don’t agree with everything Dr. Mercola issues as advice. I feel strongly that agreement is not required between folks who’ve awakened out of the medical and pharmaceutical fantasy. There’s a lot to iron out in terms of what works best, that’s for sure. The understanding of the truth of it as in the first quote above, is what we need on a large scale. The details will come.
For me, Dr. Mercola is doing nothing but good in giving people options to explore. And for folks to try to control their own destinies and not rely on a magic bullet to bail them out when their bodies eventually break.
And as well as all that, I just plain like the guy. He talks a lot of sense and… makes me smile. Check out the actual line in the YouTube clips below where he says “Distortions, deception and LIES” and tell me that’s not funny! :-)
GO DOCTOR JOE!
update: The video clips on YouTube have been removed… hmmm, I wonder why?
Michael Kinnaird is the author of Happy Guide, the result of a 20 year exploration into what works for health and happiness.
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