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    What are your thoughts on Dr. Mercola?

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    I came across Dr. Joseph Mercola's website while doing a seach online about the dangers of Soy. Wow! He has a lot of very good articles about cholesterol, sugar, soy, artificial sweeteners, etc. I would like to share some of these write-ups with members of my family and friends. But, I want to make sure this guy is credible and that nobody is going to come back to me and dismiss the information because of the person who is supplying it. So, anyone know anything about this guy? Is he a reliable source of information?

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    I think Doctor Mercola is fantastic. yes, he holds the opinion that almost everything is bad for us these days, but it's true!
    Type 1 diabetic for 25 years.
    Low carb for 7 years, LC Primal for 2.5 of those.
    Fruit and starch free.
    Total weight loss- 3 stone/42 pounds. Current weight = 121 pounds. Height 5'5
    I take Zymessence systemic enzymes.

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    you should check his post on Aspartame
    http://aspartame.mercola.com/sites/a...e-effects.aspx

    he only recently came onto my radar, but I like a LOT of what he says.

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    yeah, he has a lot of very good info on his site..plus he's a qualified doctor.
    Some people have issues with the fact he sells products on his site, but he himself addressed the issue in an article... basically he has to be able to fund the site, as well as deal with lawsuits from big corporations who take issue with his advice. Furthermore he sells only what he believes in, and he does offer all his information for free,

    ETA - that said, i agree with others on his fear mongering...this can be a major put off for many people, and is a shame because people who take it all seriousely will get themselves stressed out and unhappy which is not healthy at all
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    Quote Originally Posted by TinaC View Post
    I came across Dr. Joseph Mercola's website while doing a seach online about the dangers of Soy. Wow! He has a lot of very good articles about cholesterol, sugar, soy, artificial sweeteners, etc. I would like to share some of these write-ups with members of my family and friends. But, I want to make sure this guy is credible and that nobody is going to come back to me and dismiss the information because of the person who is supplying it. So, anyone know anything about this guy? Is he a reliable source of information?
    If there is ANY other source for the information, do not use Mercola as a source. While he has some good information on his site, he fearmongering, near-hysteria presentation of data scares most away. And in the last couple of years, he's gone off the deep end with some of his recommendations.

    Personally, I can't stand to read him, listen to him or visit his site any longer.

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    Cash-grabbing fear monger.

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    I would suggest not using him as a source if you are wanting to educate someone in regards to nutrition. He tends to hold some views that others would consider "wacky" and could use that to discredit him.

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    i liked him until he started talkin' smack about cod liver oil. he's pretty much a salesman like kevin trudeau in my eyes. although natural cures is what led me into diet and natural health. oh well;-)
    Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you! ~Tommy Smothers

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    TinaC,

    Once you have lost credibility, it is hard to get back. I suggest cross checking Dr. Mercola with Cardiologist Dr. Wm Davis here:
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/

    Dr. Davis is TOTALLY reputable and is my bible on all questions:
    Here is what he has to say about soy products. Nothing bad.
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/search?q=soy

    Do a search at his site on WHEAT and here is what you will find:
    * IMAGE: Wheat Belly, weight gain, Bad Cholesterol, Brain Fog, heart disease, lost energy
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/20...eat-belly.html

    * MDA - WHY GRAINS ARE UNHEALTHY
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-g...are-unhealthy/
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...WHEAT-and-OATS

    * Wheat Free Diet gets AMAZING results:
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/20...free-life.html

    * Grains - Fat melting away from not eating grains
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/20...nst-wheat.html

    * Wheat - Makes us feel Hungry
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/20...er-factor.html

    * Wheat - Visceral Fat, Man Boobs, Breast Cancers, blood sugar, Big Belly
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/20...ond-floor.html

    * Wheat Benefits = none
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/20...-syndrome.html

    * Wheat-insulin resistance,diabetes,heart disease,hypertension,cancer,arthritis,cartilage
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/20...wheat-hip.html

    * Wheat - Your Brain on Wheat
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/20...-wheat-ii.html

    * Wheat Severe Joint Pain
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/20...ing-wheat.html

    * Wheat the Nicotine of Food contributes MIGHTILY to Diabetes
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/20...e-of-food.html

    * Oatmeal-Rocketing blood sugar, pancreas damage, equal to a bowl of jelly beans
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/20...od-or-bad.html

    I suggest referencing Dr. Davis for his views instead of Dr. Mercola.

    Best of health to all,
    Grizz

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