For the past two decades, my mission has been to help you take control of your health. Recent developments now threaten my ability to do that. July 21, 2020, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) issued a press release1 and testified in a Senate hearing on the topic of COVID-19 scams.
The press release contained lies, fabrications and a reckless disregard for truth in an attempt to put an end to me and this website.
Additionally, in an August 12, 2020, email, CSPI president Dr. Peter Lurie2 — a former FDA associate commissioner — claims I'm "profiting from the pandemic" through "anti-vaccine fearmongering" and reporting of science-based nutrition shown to impact your disease risk. According to Lurie:
"Mercola brazenly has claimed that many of his products are coronavirus treatments or cures, including vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, selenium, 'molecular hydrogen,' licorice, and other substances.
Besides profiting from the pandemic, Mercola has seemingly advised people to contract COVID-19 after taking supposedly 'immunity boosting' supplements (which of course he sells). Making matters worse, Mercola is a leading proponent of anti-vaccine conspiracy theories — and has been fearmongering against prospective COVID-19 vaccines even before such vaccines are available!"
CSPI is now urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission "to bring enforcement proceedings against Mercola and his companies for their unlawful disease claims that falsely and misleadingly claim to treat, cure or prevent COVID-19 infections."
Lurie is asking CSPI members to flood these agencies with prewritten Tweets urging them to take action against us. You may have been one of the people who received this urging if you made the mistake of subscribing to their irresponsibly misleading organization.
How CSPI Is Spinning False Claims
Conveniently omitting the fact that I am a board-certified physician, the CSPI falsely claims I am promoting "at least 22 vitamins, supplements and other products" available on my website as being able to "prevent, treat or cure COVID-19 infection."
These are some pretty hefty accusations to make, but luckily CSPI has provided an Appendix of Illegal Claims to easily verify the evidence they've uncovered, which you can view here.3 According to Lurie, I make COVID-19 claims for products such as Fermented Licorice Powder sold in the Mercola Market.4
You won't find any claims as Lurie says, because they don't exist. He is either delusional or lying. In CSPI's listing for Solspring brand Fermented Licorice Powder in the Appendix, CSPI provides a link to an article about the benefits of glycyrrhizin, a compound found in licorice.
The article contains nine references to scientific journals, including The Lancet. What is not found in this article? Product advertisements or references to fermented licorice powder of any kind, let alone the Solspring brand.
Here's what The Lancet had to say about licorice: "Of all the compounds, glycyrrhizin was the most active in inhibiting replication of the SARS-associated virus."
Is this newsworthy to you? Do you find it interesting and relevant? Do you see any product ads on this page? Can you find any mention of "fermented licorice powder" on this page, as Lurie claims? No. That's a complete lie and fabrication.
Each product listed in the CSPI Appendix goes through the same bogus rearrangement of information, grabbing a snippet from a newsletter article and falsely applying it to a completely unrelated product advertisement. In reality, no product claims are made in the articles, and no COVID-19 claims are made on any product pages found at the Mercola Market.
So, just what sort of intentional misrepresentation is going on here? What kind of legal charlatan would do something so reckless? It just so happens CSPI is the right charlatan for this con-job.
Two Decades of Health Journalism Are at Stake
For the last 23 years, I've fought against putting neurotoxic fluoride in water. I was one of the first doctors to alert the world about the dangers of Vioxx, which killed more than 60,000 patients before it was finally withdrawn from the market. I've campaigned against GMO's and toxic agrichemicals, funding the original signature gathering to get GMO labeling in California in 2012.
For over a decade, I've funded the battle to end the use of mercury dental fillings worldwide. I've warned against the overuse of antibiotics in human medicine and the dangers of consuming them in CAFO meats.
I've funded research and was one of the first physician journalists to bring major awareness to the hazards of vitamin D deficiency. I'm now rallying public awareness of the importance to optimize vitamin D to minimize COVID-19 risks.
This public health advocacy has created an army of well-funded adversaries. They've attacked me using expensive PR groups and mass media, captured federal regulatory agencies and pharmaceutical front groups in an attempt to silence and discredit me.
Never before have Americans been exposed to such a coordinated assortment of lies and censorship. The brainwashing, social media surveillance, coercion and destruction of dissenters are accelerating. For a comprehensive overview of this New World Order, an empire built and run by billionaires, see my "Ghost in the Machine" article series.