🇺🇸@COVID19Up: Dr. Joseph Mercola, a leading natural health doctor whose views run contrary to those of the medical establishment, announced on Wednesday, August 4 that in response to pressure from the Biden administration he would be taking down his entire archive of health information in 48 hours.
He says he will continue to publish articles but all new content will likewise be deleted 48 hours after posting.
Dr. Mercola came under unprecedented fire in May when he was labeled one of the “Disinformation Dozen”—the top 12 people allegedly spreading “medical misinformation” on the internet.
The label came from the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), a non-profit organization founded in 2017 which has previously targeted people that spread neo-Nazi propaganda as well as anti-vaccine activists.
Among Dr. Mercola’s postings that CCDH called out as medical misinformation in their report was one stating that there were no more deaths in 2020 than in other recent years and another post promoting the use of nebulized hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) against COVID-19.
“Just twelve anti-vaxxers are responsible for almost two-thirds of anti-vaccine content circulating on social media platforms. … a tiny group of determined anti-vaxxers is responsible for a tidal wave of disinformation…” the CCDH claimed.
The organization has called for Facebook and Twitter to shut down their accounts.
.@PressSec: "Our biggest concern here, and I frankly think it should be your biggest concern, is the number of people who are dying around the country because they're getting misinformation that is leading them to not take a vaccine." pic.twitter.com/uAGxUsfEiU
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 17, 2021
In July, the White House highlighted and publicly endorsed the CCDH “Disinformation Dozen” report and press secretary Jen Psaki discussed it from the White House Briefing Room.
“Our biggest concern, and frankly I think it should be your biggest concern, is the number of people who are dying around the country because they are getting misinformation that is leading them to not take a vaccine,” said Psaki.
The CCDH report and attention from the White House prompted media outlets to attempt to ambush Dr. Mercola in hopes of a spontaneous interview.
A CNN crew recently stopped a shirtless Mercola as he was riding his bike.
“I can deal with the CNN crews that chase me by car while I bicycle from my home. … It is easy to dismiss the media pawns, but the most powerful individual on the planet has targeted me as his primary obstacle that must be removed. Every three letter agency is at his disposal, and the executive powers have grown beyond what an individual American’s rights can protect against,” said Dr. Mercola in a statement on his website.
Among these “three-letter agencies” is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has been targeting Dr. Mercola for years.
In 2016, the Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement with Dr. Mercola over tanning beds that his company was selling. His company was reportedly claiming that the beds were safe and would “reduce your risk of cancer.” Under that settlement five years ago, the company agreed to refund up to $5.3 million to customers.
In February 2021, the FDA sent Dr. Mercola a letter regarding the sale of products such as “Liposomal Vitamin C” and “Quercetin and Pterostilbene Advanced,” products that the FDA maintained were “unapproved new drugs” sold in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
The letter said the “FDA is taking urgent measures to protect consumers from certain products that, without approval or authorization by FDA, claim to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 in people.”
Then the FDA highlighted specific statements on Dr. Mercola’s website and social media accounts including:
- “Vitamins C and D are finally being adopted in the conventional treatment of novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV2. This fortunate turn of events is likely to save thousands of lives ….”
- “Vitamin C at extremely high doses acts as an antiviral drug, actually killing viruses.”
- “In my view, optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies available to prevent respiratory illness of all kinds.”
There are factual foundations for these statements, even though some of those quoted by the FDA may reach into the realm of exaggeration or presumption. For example, large doses of vitamin C have been used in the treatment of COVID-19 by Northwell Health, New York state’s largest healthcare provider.
In fact, the New York Post, in a March 24, 2020 article, quoted Dr. Andrew G. Weber of Northwell, who reportedly gave each of his COVID intensive care patients 1,500 milligrams of vitamin C upon arrival. Dr. Weber explained, “The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C.” Continuing, he said, “It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug.”
Can vitamin C act as an antiviral as Dr. Mercola posits? Perhaps. According to the webpage of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, “Very high vitamin C levels may create free radicals that destroy viruses and bacteria,” and this may help in the treatment of COVID-19.
Is it reasonable that “optimizing your vitamin D levels” is a great strategy to prevent respiratory illness?
It turns out there are many studies indicating a link between vitamin D deficiency and greater infection severity and also increased mortality.
Multiple epidemiological studies in adults and children have demonstrated that vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased risk and greater severity of infection, particularly of the respiratory tract. … In addition to prevention of infection, recent studies have also demonstrated that vitamin D deficiency is related to infection severity, including increased length of stay, increased cost, and increased mortality in those admitted to intensive care units,” from “The Role of Vitamin D in Prevention and Treatment of Infection,” published in the journal Inflammation & Allergy – Drug Targets, Volume 12, Issue 4, 2013.
In May, about three months after receiving the threatening letter from the FDA, Dr. Mercola published an article called Why I’m Removing All Articles Related to Vitamins D, C, Zinc and COVID-19.
In the article, Mercola recounts the attacks against him from the CCDH and related groups.
He explained, “Unfortunately, threats have now become very personal and have intensified to the point I can no longer preserve much of the information and research I’ve provided to you thus far. These threats are not legal in nature, and I have limited ability to defend myself against them. If you can imagine what billionaires and their front groups are capable of, I can assure you they have been creative in deploying their assets to have this content removed.”
And now, Mercola has announced that he is removing all his content, which he says amounts to 15,000 articles, except for new content which will be deleted within 48 hours after it is published.
Dr. Mercola has encouraged readers to “share and repost” his content.
“I will not be enforcing my copyright on this information so that you may freely share it.” This is especially important advice for Dr. Mercola’s dedicated readers considering Archive.org has refused to archive mercola.com
NOTE: Even after the content disappears from his website, you may still be able to access it through Google. If one does a search in Google with the words “site:mercola.com search terms” you will most likely be able to find his deleted content. For example, if you wanted to know about ivermectin, you would search “site:mercola.com ivermectin.”
Additionally, if the page is down you may be able to view Google’s cached version of the content by clicking on the three dots to the right of the URL in the search results. At the bottom of the pop-up window may be a button that says “Cached,” which will lead you to Google’s archived version of the page.