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Dr. Mercola Versus the Medical Establishment

HE SAYS, THEY SAY: Five areas in which Mercola and the mainstream are at odds

THE SUN

MERCOLA: “One of the most persistent health myths circulating . . . is the dangers of sun exposure. . . . Unfortunately, this long-standing recommendation . . . has increased cancer deaths, not just nonfatal skin cancers, by more than 50,000 per year in the United States due to lowered vitamin D levels.”

THE MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT: “Radiation [from the sun] can result in DNA damage that leads to skin cancer.” —Francesca Fusco, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine

“Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin supplements.” —American Academy of Dermatology
 

VACCINES

MERCOLA: “There are virtually no safety studies done [on vaccines]. We don’t know what the effects of combining them are. We don’t know what the long-term complications are.”

THE MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT: “The FDA requires testing to ensure safety. . . . If researchers find a vaccine may be causing a side effect, the CDC and FDA will initiate appropriate action that may include . . . revoking the vaccine’s license.” —Centers for Disease Control
 

DAIRY

MERCOLA: “Pasteurized milk has no important health benefits at all, and I do not recommend it to anyone. . . . Drinking raw milk produced by grass-fed cows from clean, well-run farms, however, is far less dangerous than drinking pasteurized milk.”

THE MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT: “Raw milk can carry harmful bacteria and other germs that can make you very sick or kill you. . . . Many studies have shown that pasteurization does not significantly change the nutritional value of milk and dairy products.” —CDC
 

FLUORIDE

MERCOLA: “There are a vast number of scientific research studies confirming . . . that fluoride is . . . extremely detrimental to your body, your brain, and even to your teeth.”

THE MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT: “The safety of fluoride in drinking water at levels recommended for preventing tooth decay has been affirmed by numerous scientific and professional groups.” —CDC
 

DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS

MERCOLA: “If you’re female, please don’t go the mammogram route. . . . They expose your body to radiation that can be 1,000 times greater than that from a chest x-ray. . . . The option for breast screening that I most highly recommend is called thermographic breast screening.”

THE MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT: “Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early.” —CDC

“Thermography is not a replacement for screening mammography.” —Food and Drug Administration

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