Ya, anybody so big on seeling things loses my respect. I do enjoy the natural news site though.
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11/7/09 at 12:41am
I can't imagine the research costs Mercola must have to incur to be *irrefutable* and above court challenge. Mercola's staff must research and produce their own legally defensible justification for recommending EVERY health alternative on his site, especially with his endorsement as a physician, against party line. MDs are held to a higher level of accountability by law.
I feel compelled to chime in. I have bristled at Dr. Mercola's advertisements for several years. My friend first suggested reading his information. I signed up for the newsletter, not realizing that DAILY (or so it seems) I'd receive an advertisement in my emailbox. I'd read the information with NO SOUND and scroll down to see what 'new and improved' version Mercola was hawking. And roll my eyes. I had a tough time believing the claims, due to the sales pitch.
However, we're looking at creating a whole foods for healing website and the technology costs are daunting. None-the-less, Mercola is nearly a Don Quixote fighting against mainstream "health" care, AMA party line, and Big Pharma. He is a lightening rod for frivolous lawsuits and legal harassment. I have no doubt the man is as rich as George Bush. But, he ain't no George Bush.
When I received the email this week, Why Do I Sell Products on the Site?, I watched and I realized the degree of scrutiny and heat Mercola brings upon himself. Who else is effectively challenging the mainstream "health" party line with 800,000 subscribers, DAILY, with the power of international internet communications? I'm sure that Monsanto, AMA, and Big Pharma are NOT sitting idly by, wishing him well.
With notoriety comes paparazzi, and the lawyers are the paparazzi. I can't imagine the research costs Mercola must have to incur to be *irrefutable* and above court challenge. Even here on MDC, no one is allowed to offer any "medical advice" or copy lengthy articles to substantiate their claims of health and wellness from natural products, due to legal concerns. Mercola's staff must research and produce their own legally defensible justification for recommending EVERY health alternative on his site, especially with his endorsement as a physician, against party line. MDs are held to a higher level of accountability by law.
Anyway, I'm a capitalist and I don't dismiss him because he's getting paid for the effort, risk, and investment to provide alternative health information to the masses. How many IRL physicians do you know who are providing alternative health information to improve people's health?
Now, have I bought anything from Dr. Mercola? But, I do believe that his research is informative, life changing, and offers an alternative to the mainstream "health" party line. THAT I can support with my own endorsement.
Just my $0.02
If I get in a debate with someone and they quote Mercola, I assume they are horrible fact checkers.