Tuesday, December 07, 2010

"Dr." Mercola, enemy of children

Every now and then something comes up that nearly destroys my usual optimism. I had the misfortune of stumbling upon a website by an apparently popular alternative medicine guru, Joseph Mercola.

To put it mildly, the website depressed me. This person makes money by feeding on the paranoia of the uneducated. His advice probably causes a great deal of death and sickness. For instance, he advises parents against vaccinating their children. At the same time he advocates mutilation of baby boys, also called circumcision.

He's one of those salesmen who will say anything as long as his books and snake oil products keep selling. He only cares about money. Except maybe religion. Maybe he's jewish (I don't know, and I don't really care), so he advocates ancient, unnecessary and painful practices such as circumcision, or maybe he is funded by the circumcision lobby. Probably just the money talking.

Vaccines are possibly the greatest achievement of medicine and public health. Vaccines have saved and continue to save millions of lives. Feeding on irrational fears and picking out some rare cases of (mostly uncertain) association between vaccination and some neurological or other complication. Of course, complications occur but the benefits far outweigh the risks.

And in case you don't know what circumcision is, find out here:


Quacks like Joseph Mercola are enemies of civilization. One idiot born every minute, as they say. Too bad a lot people actually believe in his crap.