It's even more difficult discovering that someone you have admired and "trusted" is actually a rat in disguise. Dr. Joseph Mercola is one of those kind of disguised rats.
For years I've been reading articles by Dr. Mercola, posting his info on Facebook and here on Informed Parenting, and have thought of him as a free thinker, as a doctor who's escaped from under the thumb of Big Pharma and is willing to speak out against the major medical associations. Over the course of the last year or so, the nagging voice in the back of my head has been questioning his reasons and pondering the commercial aspect of his newsletters and blogs. It just seemed that for every article that warned about this and that, there was a product that he was marketing to remedy this situation or that and more and more it appeared that his articles were more financially motivated than anything else. For the most part I ignored the monetary aspect of his site and just focused on the good information he was providing.
A few months ago several people contacted Dr. Mercola on his site and Facebook group to ask his position on Male Circumcision. They were not attacking him, they were just enquiring about his stance and views on the subject. They very quickly learned that it was a subject that he did NOT want to discuss, and every question and/or comment on the topic was instantly deleted and the people who asked were banned from his group.
Huh. Well I guess that answers the question of how he feels about circumcision, doesn't it?
At the time I thought.... well, while I totally disagree with his stance, I was willing to let it go and just concentrate on all that "good" Info he was sharing.
Fast forward to this past week. Dr. Mercola posted an article about a new Canadian study that shows that children exposed to high concentrations of manganese in drinking water performed worse on tests of intellectual functioning than children with lower exposures. Fine and dandy. A good thing to be aware of, right? Then further down in the article Dr. Mercola talks about infant formula and the dangers of using soy formula and comes out with the announcement that he is going to be making a powdered infant formula!!
The article goes on to discuss the evils of soy (which really Really IS evil!!) and he ends with these comments about Breastfeeding:"But there is another source of manganese that many people are completely unaware of, which may be even more significant than groundwater, and that is soy infant formula!
Soy formula is frequently used when a baby is allergic to milk, or if the parents are somehow convinced that soy is a healthier alternative. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth, because soy formula could easily be considered one of the most DANGEROUS food products on the market…
I always recommend breast feeding, if at all possible, but if you can't, please educate yourself about the dangers of soy formula!
This is such an important issue because so many mothers end up using formula in lieu of breast feeding or after breast feeding for a short time, not realizing just how bad most formulas are for their baby's health, particularly soy formula.
I've been concerned about this for a long time, and my team has now been working on an infant formula for an entire year. We still have about another year to go, but once we're done we should be able to offer the best commercial infant formula available in the US."
There are certain medical conditions that can prevent a woman from breastfeeding, however the majority of women are able to breastfeed successfully. If you need help, contact a lactation consultant in your area for tips and support. You can also visit La Leche League, which is a phenomenal resource for breastfeeding moms.
If for some reason you're not able to breastfeed, or you have adopted a baby, your next best option is to make a healthy infant formula using raw milk. You can find homemade formula recipes here.
As I stated at the beginning of this article, we're also in the process of producing the finest infant formula on the market. I'm hoping to have it available in about a year.
Instantly my hackles were raised and my suspicions confirmed: it's all a marketing ploy!! He's preping the world for the launch of his "Finest infant formula on the market".... wow! Way to promote breastfeeding.
Of course the Breastfeeding community didn't take well to this at all and the comments came pouring in.... but unfortunately, you can't read them because every single comment that even slightly opposed his promotion of formula has been deleted. Which inturn caused even more outcry:
Chloë's first latch - a PRO from the get-go, of course.