Recently, Dr Mercola’s web site was updated with new information about his nutritional plan. He’s a popular doctor, and people listen to him. I agree with his plan for 95% of what he suggests, except a few points, where he fails to see the bigger picture.
He suggests stevia instead of honey. A processed sweetener over one we actually evolved with eating. Some tribes would put their lives in danger to get their hands on some honey! Raw, unfiltered, and local honey has major anti-microbial and anti-allergen powers — we don’t consume it just because it’s sweet. Sure, if you’re trying to lose weight, avoid it. But from the moment you’re healthy, a few teaspoons per week will actually be beneficial. Nobody suggests to go nuts on it. Regarding stevia: speaking for me personally, it gives me bad stomach ache. Raw honey never does.
2. Juicing vegetables
Unless you eat the pulp with it, then this is a bad idea. Mercola suggests this in order to eat more raw veggies, and that’s commendable (40%-50% of our food should be raw). However, if you’re juicing too much without the pulp, that’s going to leave behind other good stuff we need. For eating raw veggies, I’d suggest a gluten-free vegan book. I’m not a vegan, but for that specific purpose (raw veggies), it’s got good recipe ideas without pushing for juicing.
3. Raw milk
Maybe it’s just me, but I simply can’t trust raw milk. I had a cousin almost dying from fever after consuming raw milk from his sheep. And that was 20 years ago, in rural Greece, away from civilization, drugs and GMO feedlots, with healthy sheep that’d go up in the mountain every day to freely eat, with only 3 dogs as a companion. These were clean, healthy sheep. After that family scare, I simply don’t trust raw dairy products from no farmer in the world.
On a recent video, Mercola also asks people to not eat commercial kefir and yogurt, which I think it’s a bit overreacting. Obviously, home-made goat kefir is the ultimate dairy food, and it’s gotta be home-made to get the full benefits. But while commercial products might be 10x less effective, they’re probably still not as bad as none at all. I’m only against dairy if the product is not fermented (e.g. milk out of the carton), if it’s not coming from an A2 casein animal (e.g. US cows), and if the animals it comes from lived a sick, drugged life. I’m personally transitioning away from all dairy, except grass-fed butter, daily home-made goat kefir (which I consider one of the most potent super-foods), and very rarely, some cream or a thin slice of (goat/sheep/buffalo) cheese if my husband insists.
4. Avoid pork
I’d say that this might have some truth in it, but I don’t think it’s as black and white as he thinks. I mean, our ancestors would even eat snakes, so eating pork sounds like gourmet in comparison. So for this point, I’d say that the truth is somewhere in between.
For all his other points, I agree with him. Too bad he forgot to suggest strict abstaining from grains, and eating more shellfish though. I have personally transitioned to Dr Jack Kruse’s version of Paleo, dubbed Epi-Paleo, which has more emphasis on seafood instead of meat.