10/11/2010

A Twofer: Mercola and the Health Ranger!

This morning, I had two main repositories of woo in my mail box: Mercola's woo-fest where he tells folks to throw away their Avandia and follow him and he'll heal their diabetes and Health Ranger Mike Adams who wants everyone to know he's way smarter than all those folks who have an MD behind their name. He knows so much more than doctors do! Oh, and if you go with what your doctor says, you're ignorant, too. Don't worry, though, as Mike Adams has all the answers!


First up, Mercola wants folks to throw away not just Avandia but all their diabetic meds because conventional docs have it all wrong!:
 "Most Diabetic Recommendations are DEAD Wrong!
And I do mean dead, literally, as they are prematurely killing millions with their flawed insights into basic human physiology.
It’s sad but true – most conventional recommendations for diabetics are seriously flawed and if you follow them, you will likely experience increased health problems and premature death.
First and foremost, you must understand that diabetes is NOT a blood sugar disease like your doctor may have led you to believe. Rather, type 2 diabetes is a disease caused by insulin resistance and faulty leptin signaling, both of which are regulated through your diet."
Never fear, Mercola is here. Wow, if there's one thing I've noticed reading Mercola's webite over time is that he is an expert on everything! I mean, he knows it all!
"Why You MUST Restrict Fructose Consumption if You Want to Avoid or Treat Diabetes
If you want to successfully address your diabetes, or avoid it in the first place, you simply must address your fructose consumption. Your body metabolizes fructose differently from glucose and these differences lead to serious health consequences, one of which is diabetes.
For example, fructose does not stimulate a rise in leptin, so your satiety signals are diminished. It also reduces the amount of leptin crossing your blood-brain barrier by raising triglycerides. And whereas glucose suppresses ghrelin (the hunger hormone, which makes you want more food), fructose does not.
Fructose also increases your insulin levels, interfering with the communication between leptin and your hypothalamus, so your pleasure signals aren’t extinguished. Your brain senses starvation and prompts you to eat more.
All of this also sets the stage for over indulgence and hence overweight, and puts you on the path toward both obesity and diabetes.
I strongly advise keeping your fructose consumption below 25 grams per day.
However, since most people still eat processed foods, it would be wise for most people to limit their fructose to 15 grams or less.
This includes fruits, which also need to be carefully measured to make certain that you’re not inadvertently consuming too much fructose. See the table below to get an idea of how much fructose is in your favorite fruits." 
Mercola has lots of suggestions, dazzles you with lots of words, and while he doesn't directly link you to his products on this page, he does have a list of specific things you should be taking. One of them is, of course, krill oil, which he conveniently sells. Another is vitamin D, which Mercola can fix for you with a 3,000 dollar special tanning bed


Beware of one man claiming infinitely superior knowledge over all of medicine who also has a massive online store selling every conceivable supplement all the way up to 3,000 dollar tanning beds. And who won't even drink his own potentially deadly breakfast combo on film.


Onto that other bastion of inflated superiority complex, Mike Adams. Listen, didn't you know you were hopelessly ignorant? I mean, I've been aware for some time that I don't know everything. After all, the accumulation of all knowledge is impossible for one person to know, and I'm sure someone smarter than me has calculated how much time it would take to read every book ever printed and still in existence. I'm sure that's way way more than my short 42 years on earth. Plus I take breaks to read fluff like novels about vampires, and it takes a lot of time to keep up on all the star trek novels, you know? Cuts into my time to take over the world by knowing everything in it. That's alright, though, because directly behind Mercola in the I-know-it-all-by-my-products line is Mike Adams. He's a health ranger, after all, and not just anyone can be a health ranger!


Adams writes:
"It's the doctors and health "experts" who have astonishing gaps in knowledge that should be considered basic health information in any first-world nation. 
Parents, too, lack any real literacy in nutrition and health. That's largely because medical journals, health authorities and the mass media actively misinform them about health and nutrition issues, hoping to prevent people from learning how to take care of their own health using simple, natural remedies and cures."
Awwww man, all those years of medical school. Shoot, them doctors don't know nothing, not like Mike Adams does. Boy, if you don't want to be ignorant, you better listen to Mike Adams and buy his products. Cuz he knows it all, dude. All. See, here's his bio:  he "is no stranger to traditional Western medicine. The son of a Pfizer contractor and a clinical trial tester for some of America's biggest pharmaceutical companies, Mike grew up using prescribed pharmaceuticals, trusting doctors and believing what the FDA reported was safe and in the best interests of the country." He doesn't need a degree, nah, or to prove any competencies through  actually taking courses involved in medical school because "he devoured thousands of books on nutrition, pharmaceutical drugs, wellness programs, the politics of food - anything he could find."  Oh, well, there you go! And he cured his type 2 diabetes himself by eating right and exercising! He is the master of the universe. Hey, wait, I've had my type 2 diabetes under control by diet for the last eight years (and that's despite having put on more weight over the last four than I'd like), so I must be the master of the universe too and therefore smarter than all the doctors! Oh, my bad, as I recollect, my doctors all pointed out the importance of diet and exercise in maintaining control of my blood sugar levels especially if I wanted to avoid medications. Having done insulin, I don't want to do insulin again. I can change my eating and move my butt enough to avoid insulin and oral agents (hopefully for the long term).


Again, beware of men who claim to have special knowledge above those who are actual experts in their fields. And also, if these same self-proclaimed experts are also selling a bunch of all natural crap that will heal you, really, why would you believe them? They're making lots of money off of people while making unsupported claims.


1 comment:

kathleen said...

Kim-I think in part people like Adams and Mercola are successful because they appeal to people who want to believe that they are special..magical..mystical...somehow more connected to the earth. The illusion of control. It is easy to look at the greed of big pharma (and there is greed)and decide that they are "bad"..Thus making the science behind their products "bad". doctors.. scientists..etc. are therefore bad by association. It is an incredible spin-and has made some people lots and lots of money. Somhow their greed is acceptable-because it is greed masked by false humility. *sigh*
I wonder if perhaps Mr. Adams truly did "consume" the many many books he mentioned. Maybe if you started eating your books instead of reading them-you might become as wise and knowledgeable as he! It's a thought..:)