Mercola advocates and provides a forum for many classic crank medical ideas, such as vaccine hysteria and the belief that modern (sorry, "allopathic") medicine kills more people than it helps. His website is a veritable spring of pseudoscience, quackery, and logical fallacies. He is also a promoter of the idea of an AMA/Big Pharma/FDA conspiracy.
Despite his claim that unlike other doctors, he is not interested in profit, he advertises all manner of unproven products, and has a health center that dispenses alternative medicine for a steep price.
In addition to the aforementioned issues, Mercola promotes various disproved crank health ideas such as:
- Toxic metals in vaccines and dental fillings. The idea of heavy metal poisoning as being responsible for many common health problems is a popular one, and completely wrong. The studies of mercury in dental amalgams and vaccines are conclusive – there is no danger (which is more than can be said for the unnecessary chelation therapy that quacks prescribe to fix the "problem").
- Statin drugs are dangerous. This one is particularly horrible, as few medications or interventions have been found to be as safe and effective as statins. Failing to prescribe a statin to someone with coronary artery disease is very much against the standard of care (meaning that it could be construed as malpractice).
- Microwaves "kill nutrients in food." No more than ovens do.
- Modern medicine kills you dead, but homeopathy works! (Fractal wrongness).
- HIV doesn't cause AIDS and death from HIV is due to the "psychological stress" of having the condition. But he has a cure!
- GMOs are every bit as harmful as excessive sugar and processed food.
- Eyeglasses denial, which is as pointless and harmful as it sounds.
- Seriously, just pick a scientifically unsupported concern out of a hat, anything from aspartame to water fluoridation.
- Statin denialism, Mercola claims that statins are harmful and that 99% of people do not need them. He says they cause birth defects if taken during pregnancy.
Mercola has received two warnings from the FDA for hyping coconut oil, chlorella, and the Living Fuel RxTM diet. He received a third warning for selling infrared cameras that he claimed could be used to diagnose a number of illnesses.
Birds of a feather…
- Megavitamin therapy — for some of Mercola's products that exceed the maximum recommended daily dose
- FDA Orders Mercola to Stop Illegal Claims, Quackwatch
- 9 Reasons to Completely Ignore Joseph Mercola, Science-Based Medicine
- Joseph Mercola and the Town of Allopath, Merseyside Skeptics
- Joseph Mercola and winged-monkeys, A pet-care video from Mercola.com
- Mercola – Still Lying After All These Years, Denialism blog
- Respectful Insolence has an entire catalog of Mercola's adventures in Woo generation:
- Mercola Sells the Delusion of Homeopathy
- Joe Mercola and Raw Milk Faddism Invade HuffPo
- Joe Mercola's Shampoo Woo
- Joe Mercola Plays the Religion Card Against Vaccines
- Joe Mercola: Proof positive that quackery sells
- Joe Mercola attacks vaccinations again. Film at 11.
- Joe Mercola: 15 years of promoting quackery.
- About Dr. Mercola
- When Should You Use Conventional Medicine?
- Dr. Joseph Mercola's Qualifications "But clinical trials conducted by heavily biased "researchers," advertisements, and news stories carefully scripted to scare you into belief, highly polished corporate offices and corporate websites, and an extreme focus on whatever has the most profit potential – not lifesaving or life-enhancing potential – are not qualifications. They are scams."
- Somewhat ironic that he got on the anti-mercury bandwagon, considering that his last name kind of sounds like mercury.
- The Claim: Microwave Ovens Kill Nutrients in Food, New York Times
- Statin Denialism
- FDA warning, Feb. 16, 2005
- FDA warning, Sep. 21, 2006
- FDA warning, Mar. 22, 2011
- Quoth Joe Mercola: I love me some Burzynski antineoplastons, Respectful Insolence