The Mercola effect: People believe his stuff

This piece highlights the reach and damage done by ridiculous websites masquerading as “health” information.

A Vaccine Eliminated A Deadly Killer Of Infants. So Why Do Some People Fear It? – Forbes.

“We don’t see significant pneumococcal disease in kids anymore,” says Kenneth Bromberg, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Brooklyn Hospital Center. He remembers when brain and bloodstream infections and deadly pneumonias used to be a regular occurrence, and now they don’t happen at all – all because of the Prevnar vaccine, which is given as one of the standard inoculations of childhood.

You wouldn’t know that, though, if you read this piece by Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic doctor who writes and sells supplements through his popular website,, which advertises itself as “The World’s #1 Natural Health Website.” His take on Prevnar? Headline: “Pneumonia vaccine shown to increase the infections it is supposed to prevent.” The piece, which was published in May and recently retweeted again by Mercola, has 2,400 Facebook shares and 55,000 page views. Mercola tells his readers that “Vaccines can actually compromise your immune function” and instructs them to focus on their gut flora – the bacteria that live in their intestines – and their vitamin D levels.

Imagine fighting a war the way Mercola is suggesting we fight our battle with bacteria. Would you really choose not to use a weapon that could kill most of the enemy just because it might leave a few especially hardy individuals behind?

As always, we urge you to read the original article linked. It’s got data. You can understand it. It’s not someone’s rant against the shills.

Several people have asked DN to respond to claims made on or Natural News. I don’t ever link to those sites. Consider those ENTIRE sites doubtful. They are misinformation; don’t buy a word from those sources.

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More on Mercola

Science-Based Medicine » Joe Mercola: Quackery pays.

Science-Based Medicine » 9 Reasons to Completely Ignore Joseph Mercola.

Skepticblog » Joseph Mercola – Misinformation and Fear Mongering About Vaccines.

Joe Mercola: 15 years of promoting quackery – Respectful Insolence.

  3 comments for “The Mercola effect: People believe his stuff

  1. January 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Wow! Natural News! Yeah, that site always kind of strikes me as a New Age religion site, rather than a alternative medicine site… but I repeate myself.

  2. Chuck Nelson
    January 17, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    I have had discussions with Mercola fans. They believe that “Big Pharma” is in it for the money, at the expense of the user. All the while not able to see that Mercola’s entire business model revolves around using his website to scare people in to buying his products. To them a doctor with 12 years of college is a quack but an osteopath is a medical sage. A peer reviewed journal published study is questionable, but an online opinion piece is gospel. Tens of thousands of verified outcomes are not worth one anecdote.

  3. Max
    January 18, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Its a shame, but as soon as I read that a product uses the word “natural” in any part of its description, I assume it is a scam, and won’t work.

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