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Dr Mercola

Dr Mercola is well known for his unconventional views on health issues. Dr. Mercola is very clever. He spreads accusations putting people off eating certain foods while he promotes other healthy products that he sells on his website. A lot of his statements are anecdotes that make very good reading. The problem is that the average consumer will believe Mercola but we know that his conclusions are not always scientific evidence. Mercola is using the ignorance of the consumer to further his own agenda.

Mercola is anti-soy

These are some of the accusations against soy on Mercola’s website:
  • Soy May Cause Cancer and Brain Damage
  • High Soy Diet During Pregnancy And Nursing May Cause Developmental Changes In Children
  • Soy Can Cause Severe Allergic Reactions
  • Soy Supplements Fail to Help Menopause Symptoms
  • Pregnant Women Should Not Eat Soy Products
  • Soy Can Lead to Kidney Stones
  • Soy Baby Formula Linked to Behavioral Problems
  • Soy Formula Exposes Infants To High Hormone Levels
  • Soy Weakens Your Immune System
Despite all accusations of Mercola, evidence shows that soy has many health benefits when consumed as part of a healthy diet.
The only correct accusation of Mercola is that some people (less than 1 percent) are allergic to soy and should of course avoid eating soy. But dairy products, for which soy products are often a substitute, produce even more allergic reactions.

Many of the statements of Mercola are based on badly designed scientific experiments or on studies with results are not statistically significant. The health benefits of soy are often only visible after years (or decades) of consumption and cannot be demonstrated with short-term laboratory experiments. For example, soy products consumed by girls during their adolescence may reduce their risk of breast cancer more than 20 years later. How can you prove or disprove this with laboratory experiments?

Mercola gives conflicting information

For some reason Mercola does not like soy, but he approves of 4 soy products: miso, tempeh, natto and soybean sprouts: “There are some redeeming qualities to soy, however these are found primarily in fermented soy products like tempeh, miso and natto and soybean sprouts. If you want to get some health benefits from soy, stick to these four forms and pass up the processed soy milks, soy burgers, soy ice cream, soy cheese, and the myriad of other soy junk foods that are so readily disguised as health foods.” Mercola’s statement is very conflicting. These 4 soy products contain significant amounts of isoflavones, a soy component that Mercola dislikes the most. What is true is that these 4 soy products do not compete much with other foods whereas others do: soy milk competes with cow milk, soy burgers compete with meat burgers, soy cheese competes with dairy cheese,...

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FDA warning for Mercola

In 2005, the FDA ordered Mercola to stop making illegal claims for products sold through his website. The claims to which the FDA objected involved three products. On year later the FDA sent Mercola a second warning that was based on four product labels collected during an inspection at his facility and on claims made on the Optimum Wellness Center Web site.
Vianne - 17/11/2013

Weston A. Price Foundation

The Weston A. Price Foundation advocates controversial and unscientific views on nutrition. They promote the consumption of saturated fats, butter, raw cow's milk, lots of meat but limit the use of fruits and vegetables. And they hate soy!

Go to theWeston A. Price Foundation web site and read the open letter to president-elect Barack Obama from Sally Fallon Morell, Preident.

She pleades for the President elect to stop the Illinois Dept. of corrections from slowly killing inmates from a diet high in soy protein.

288 studies by the U.S. Food and Drug Aminstration indicates that soy is toxic and consuming more than 20 grams per day leads to health problems including nutrient deficiencies, digestive disorders, endocrine disruption, thyroid problems, irritable bowel syndrome and more.

Bill - 22/11/2013

mercola on soy

i was reading your website and was Very disappointed. I feel the I have been 'lied to by omit ion' Have you ever heard of phytates??
I read:
Mercola is using the ignorance of the consumer to further his own agenda. These are some of the accusations on Mercola?s website:
Soy May Cause Cancer and Brain Damage
High Soy Diet During Pregnancy And Nursing May Cause Developmental Changes In Children
Soy Can Cause Severe Allergic Reactions
Soy Supplements Fail to Help Menopause Symptoms
Pregnant Women Should Not Eat Soy Products
Soy Can Lead to Kidney Stones
Soy Baby Formula Linked to Behavioral Problems
Soy Formula Exposes Infants To High Hormone Levels
Soy Weakens Your Immune System
Despite all accusations of Mercola, evidence shows that soy has many health benefits, when consumed as part of a healthy diet.

Hello???!!! You are a soy website and do not know why phytates are bad?? When you ferment(sprout) soy you destroy the phytates. Thats why orientals Never eat soy unless it is fermented ie. miso, tempheh etc. for thousands of years. Soy products are BAD for your health Unless they are sprouted. Phytates block mineral and vitamin absorbtion. Is this NOT scienticfic??? Sounds like Your website has an agenda- dont speak the truth on unfermented soy products.
I get the feeling no one at this website would ever concider reading the book 'the whole soy story'.
Jay
Jay - 01/05/2014

mercola on soy

Phytates are not bad!
Phytates are present in all cereals and legumes. Phytic acid is a phytochemical with many health benefits. Research has traditionally focused on the structure of phytates and its ability to bind minerals, proteins and starch, and the resulting lower absorption of these elements. However, resent research have shown that phytic acid has many health promoting effects: phytates have antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, hypocholesterolemic and hypolipidemic effects. Phytates also lower blood glucose response by reducing the rate of starch digestion and slowing the gastric emptying.

If soy is bad because of its phytates, why aren?t other cereals attacked such as wheat, oats, rice,??

These are the phytic acid level of some foods (per 100 g):
- soy: 1.25 g
- wheat: 0.99 g
- wheat bran: 3.61 g
- rice: 0.89 g

Compared to other cereals soy does not contain a lot of phytates. However, soy is also rich in nutrients! Soy contains 5x more calcium and 2x more iron than wheat. Relatively to its protein, iron and calcium content, soy contains even less phytates than wheat and rice!


Rob - 01/05/2014

mercola on soy

Thank you for trying to correct the misinformation from Dr. Mercola. The other site that is a problem is Weston A Price Foundation which puts out opinion and diatribe instead of balanced information.
I just read about some new studies that showed women that had experienced breast cancer lived longer when adding soy to their diet (over the women that excluded it). Article might have been NY Times, I wish I would have saved it.
Maggie - 02/05/2014

Mercola is a quack

Although I agree with Mercola's stance on the dangers of the flu vaccine and the importance of D3, I don't agree with anything else the man says. He says that he isn't a fan of supplements, but that's all he does is sell and promote supplements. I don't think he's ever written a book or sold a product that helped anyone. He advocates dairy milk,and hates soy milk. I've switched from putting dairy milk in my coffee to now putting soy milk in my coffee.. no more bad breath.
Matt - 02/09/2014

Mercola adores natto

Although Dr. Mercola hates soy he adores natto! This is what he writes: "I am so convinced of its value that I am now consuming a serving nearly every day."
Cristina - 01/09/2015

soy

funny that people think a man made product can be good for them. soy is even used to induce thyroid cancer when combined with the pharmaceutical thyroid hormones they give people in laboratory experiments, also the Israeli government issued a warning to its citizens not to eat it. soy is genetically modified this means that it will alter your DNA. the chinese have never eaten it only used it for adding nitrogen to the soil and when they do eat it, it is the royal version which is fermented for 50 years
dave - 28/06/2016

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