Sometimes it’s hard to spot. Sometimes it’s easy to spot. Poe’s Law is making it trickier, guys.
This week in woo, we’re going to one of our favorite woo-shit artists, Dr. Mercola. He’s a real doctor and, according to the ‘about’ section on his site, here are some pages he also endorses…
www.rabieschallengefund.org/, which wants to you to immunize your dog against rabies every seven years instead of five. Because it causes cancer. Because toxins. Or something.
(Wasn’t it autism last week? Bullshit is so hard to keep up with.)
http://fluoridealert.org/, which thinks that fluoridated water causes… everything. Or something. And of course is terrible for your teeth.
http://www.responsibletechnology.org/, featuring Jeffrey Smith (one of my favorite nutbags), thinks gluten disorders are taking over, that autism is practically airborn (before I get sued, I’m being facetious), and is sure that GMOs are a ploy by Monsanto to… something. Insert conspiracy theorist buzzword du jour.
A friend to such characters as the Food Babe, he’s also written articles on the dangers of aspartame, the healing powers of fish oil, and mercury toxicity. It looks like articles earlier in his medical career had some more legitimacy to them, but now he’s figured out that peddling woo buys a much fancier car.
Now that we know the nature of what the man endorses, onto the blog post!
(Take a few minutes, read. Go get an ice pack and a few advil to recover from all the head-desking. You’re back? Good. Science Babe loves you and apologizes for the headache).
In the article, Mercola endorses something called “Biological Dentistry.”
I was just happy that the article referred to dental dams because I thought there would be lesbian sex. Thwarted.
Mercola is not a dentist, and neither am I. Luckily, I have my good friend Richard Pierce, DMD, on call. I emailed him the article and his reaction didn’t surprise me.
“There is so much bull shit in this, I don’t even know where to start.
The entire dental amalgam debate has been disproved so many times it’s not even funny. Basic compound metal stuff. Once you combine the mercury with other metals in the compound, the toxicity is not there is any significant form. I have not used amalgam in years, mainly due to the facts that the composites have improved, the preparation is much more conservation and they put less stress on the teeth from expansion/contraction ( less of a fracture risk).
The study on endodontic therapy (aka root canal) by Dr Price that he quotes was done in 1910!! That is more than a few generations of root canal materials, techniques and chemicals medicaments used in the treatment of these teeth. The of warm gutta purcha, EDTA, microscopes and resin sealers (just to name a few advances) have dramatically decreased the failures of this treatment. Of course, the fee to replace the tooth with a dental implant is higher. On that subject……
Zirconia implants. Dr Branemark started the usage of titanium in dental implants back in the 1970’s. Zirconia has been used overseas since the early 2000’s. Zirconia can fracture and has not shown enough long term results in terms of osseointegration.
The head of biomaterials at the ADA is a great resource as they have mountains of studies that dispute these claims many times over, with researchers with far better resumes than my own. “
If you’re in the southern NH/northern MA area and are looking for a great dentist, look up Dr. Pierce! He took some time- unpaid- of his Saturday to share his thoughts on Mercola’s crap, and I really appreciate it. He’s been a friend of mine for years, is a huge Red Sox fan (he may have seen me yell some things at a baseball game or two…ahem) and saved one of my molars when I was 24.
I know the reaction to this article shouldn’t surprise anyone who spends a lot of time here, but there’s no reason for anyone to get tricked by the likes of Mercola. Remember the first Science Babe rule to bullshit detection? If they try to use the word ‘toxins’ to scare you?
It’s probably bullshit.