Dr MercolaDr 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-soyThese 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
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?