Dr. Mercola on Dr. Oz's show on FOX-TV
(See the video at the above URL)[Note from Mitchel: Dr.
Mercola strongly believes that high-quality animal-based omega 3-fats are
essential for reducing blood pressure. By this, he means "krill
oil", not eating hamburgers. He needs to further clarify that. -
The Dr. Oz Show: Information I Couldn't Share
- Dr. Mercola was a guest on The Dr. Oz show, which will air on
Wednesday January 4th. Since such media appearances are typically limited
in time and scope, this article presents more in-depth information on the
topics covered on the show, and additional resources.
- The general theme of the two segments was why you might not want to
trust your doctor. Topics covered include vitamin D, CoQ10/Ubiquinol,
hypertension, statin drugs, and antidepressants.
By Dr. Mercola
- I was recently invited as a guest on The Dr. Oz Show for the third
- The show airs in the Chicago viewing area today, Wednesday January
- (For Dr. Oz's show schedule in your local area, just enter your zip
code on his station finder
- You can check out the preview for my appearance at
- It's a great privilege to dialogue with someone like Dr. Oz, who has
such a great impact on spreading the message of natural health.
- Unfortunately, there are some challenges with participating in this
type of media presentation, because most of the answers must be condensed
into very short and easily digestible sound bites.
- Therefore, I'd like to expand on some of the questions raised on the
show. Dr. Oz's format really does not allow for much more than a 20
second sound bite for an answer, which is typical of nearly all major
media... If you had a chance to view the two segments on Dr. Oz, I felt
it would be helpful to provide additional information that time did not
allow for five of the topics discussed on the show… I've also linked to
additional resource articles that provide more in-depth information.
- Vitamin D is one of the most crucial nutrients for a healthy life.
The powerful "sunshine vitamin" is becoming increasingly
well-known for its many phenomenal benefits, including protection from
colds and flu, diabetes, MS, cancer, and a wide variety of other
- But what's your best source for vitamin D?
- How do you get your levels within the healthy range?
- And, what's the ideal range?
Vitamin D SourcesWhile a lot of the focus on vitamin
D ends up being about vitamin D supplementation, the IDEAL way to
optimize your vitamin D levels is not by taking a pill, but rather
allowing your body to do what it was designed to docreate vitamin D from
appropriate sun exposure. In a
recent interview, Dr. Stephanie Seneff really brought the importance
of getting your vitamin D from sun exposure to the forefront. While I've
consistently recommended getting your vitamin D from regular sun exposure
whenever possible, her input really convinced me of the wisdom of this
She believes that when your skin is exposed to sunshine, it synthesizes
not only vitamin D3, but also vitamin D3 sulfate.
Your sulfur levels are intricately tied to your cholesterol levels, and
play an important role in the prevention of heart disease. So
getting regular sun exposure has much greater health ramifications than
"just" raising your vitamin D levels and preventing infections.
Sun exposure also appears to play a role in heart and cardiovascular
health, and much more!
The sulfated vitamin D formed in your skin in response to sun exposure is
water soluble, unlike an oral vitamin D3 supplement, which is unsulfated.
The water soluble form can travel freely in your blood stream, whereas
the unsulfated form needs LDL (the so-called "bad" cholesterol)
as a vehicle of transport. Dr. Seneff's suspicion is that the oral
non-sulfated form of vitamin D may therefore not provide all of the same
benefits as the sulfated form, because it cannot be converted to vitamin
As I said on the Dr. Oz show, if you cannot get your vitamin D
requirements from sun exposure, I recommend
using a safe tanning bed (one with electronic ballasts rather than
magnetic ballasts, to avoid unnecessary exposure to EMF fields). Safe
tanning beds also have less of the dangerous UVA than sunlight, while
unsafe ones have more UVA than sunlight. If neither of these are feasible
options, then you should take an oral vitamin D3 supplement. It will
definitely be better than no vitamin D at all.
Vitamin D Serum Levels and Dosages Some 40 leading
vitamin D experts from around the world currently agree that the most
important factor when it comes to vitamin D is your serum level. So you
really should be taking whatever dosage required to obtain a therapeutic
level of vitamin D in your blood.
However, while there is no specific dosage level at which
"magic" happens, based on the most recent research by
organization that has greatly contributed to the current knowledge on
vitamin D through their D* Action Studyit appears as though most adults
need about 8,000 IU's of vitamin D a day in order to get their serum
levels above 40 ng/ml. This is significantly higher than
previously recommended! For children, many experts agree they need
about 35 IU's of vitamin D per pound of body weight.
At the time
the studies that resulted in this increased dosage recommendation, the
optimal serum level was believed to be between 40 to 60 nanograms per
milliliter (ng/ml). Since then, the optimal vitamin D level has been
raised to 50-70 ng/ml, and when treating cancer or heart disease, as high
as 70-100 ng/ml.
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Additional Vitamin D InformationFor more in-depth
information about vitamin D, please see the following web pages:
D Resource Page
Latest Vitamin D News
Ubiquinol/Co Q10If you're over 25, your body becomes
increasingly challenged to convert oxidized CoQ10 to ubiquinol. Why is
that important? Well, ubiquinol is one of the single most crucial
nutrients for energizing every cell in your body. It is especially
useful for protecting your mitochondria, which supply most of your body's
energy currency in the form of ATP. I believe virtually everyone over 30
benefits from supplementing with this but is imperative for anyone taking
statins to be on it.
Ubiquinol is the active form of CoQ10 needed to help your cells take fat
and other substances and convert them into usable energy. But if your
body cannot convert Co Q10 to ubiquinol, you can come up short on some or
all of its benefits. To learn more about ubiquinol and Co Q10, all
the potential benefits, and why they're essential if you're taking a
statin drug, please see the following articles:
This Form of CoQ10 Found Far Superior to One Typically Being Sold
The Single Most Crucial Nutrient to Energize Every Cell in Your Body
Hypertension and High Blood Pressure MedicationsIt's
important to understand that uncontrolled high blood pressure is a very
serious health concern. It can lead to heart disease and increase your
risk of having a stroke. It's estimated that high blood pressure affects
90 percent of Americans at one time or another. Like statin drugs, blood
pressure drugs are pervasive, with one in three Americans taking them. Of
those, an estimated 25 percent are falsely diagnosed! They have what we
call "white coat hypertension," meaning they suffer temporary
anxiety when at the doctor's office, and as a result, their blood
pressure goes up. However, they don't truly suffer from hypertension.
When they're given a drug to treat a condition they don't have, it can
only cause them harm...
Again, I believe very few people really need them.
Natural strategies are absolutely crucial to address the underlying cause
of high blood pressure. Make sure you're getting plenty of high-quality,
animal-based omega 3-fats, such as krill oil. Research suggests that as
little as 500 mg may lower your total cholesterol and triglycerides, and
will likely increase your HDL cholesterol. You'll also want to
dramatically reduce grains and sugars in your daily diet, especially
fructose, replacing it with healthful fats, such as olive oil, coconut
oil, avocados, nuts and seeds, organic pastured eggs, and grass-fed
Getting the right amount of regular exercise is another key factor.
If you are currently taking any medications to control your blood
pressure, please understand that these drugs are not placebos and most
work very effectively to lower your blood pressure. But they don't do it
in a way that addresses the cause. So if you stop them, there is a chance
your blood pressure will rise very high, and sometimes high enough to
cause a stroke. So only wean yourself off your blood pressure medications
while under careful professional supervision.
For more information relating to hypertension, from how to reduce your
blood pressure by effectively addressing stress… exercising… normalizing
your weight… and which foods to eat and which to eliminate, and much
more, please see:
Treat High Blood Pressure Without Drugs
High Blood Pressure
Eliminate This Everyday Food and Watch Your High Blood Pressure Plunge
Statin DrugsThe majority of people who use statin drugs
for lowering cholesterol are doing so because they've been told it will
help prevent heart attacks and strokes. However, just the opposite may be
true. There are some
900 studies proving their adverse effects, which run the gamut from
muscle problems to
increased cancer risk. Many statin drugs have been linked to defects
in heart muscle function and even increases in strokes. One study found
that statin therapy was associated with decreased myocardial function.
This decreased heart muscle function could lead to heart failure.
Dr. Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon and treats many patients that suffer
from the complications of coronary artery disease, and as such is
convinced that some people benefit from statins. I take a different
position and think that there are only a tiny segment that might benefit,
typically those with genetic issues like familial hypercholesterolemia (a
condition that causes your body to produce too much cholesterol) or those
with very high risk factors. But there is some compelling evidence
to suggest that even these groups may not benefit from taking them.
Learn more about why I believe statins are so risky… including an
interview with former astronaut, Dr. Duane Graveline, whose health was
seriously damaged by a statin drug… and an article by Dr. Stephanie
Seneff, senior scientist and researcher at MIT…
The Common Drug that Destroys Your Memory
The Dark Truth About the "Wonder Drug" Millions Swear By
New Study Shows Using Statins Actually Worsens Your Heart Function
AntidepressantsWhen it comes to the use of antidepressant
medication, Dr. Oz is still in somewhat of an allopathic modethe idea
that for nearly every disease or symptom there is a pill that will likely
cure it. The conventional approach to treating depression is to prescribe
an antidepressant (or two). I firmly believe that antidepressants do more
harm than good in most cases of depression.
Dr. Oz seeks to apply natural alternatives like St. John's, SAMe, or
tryptophan in lieu of more hazardous antidepressants, but while such
supplements are certainly safer, and sometimes effective, you're still
not treating the underlying cause of depression. Some will argue that if
you're low in serotonin, you might benefit from some tryptophan. But
while this may indeed help, you're still not addressing the reason for
why you're low in serotonin. There are reasons for that, and once you
eliminate the root cause, you won't have to take pills of any kind... I
think it's really crucial to address these underlying issues.
As for antidepressants, there's startling evidence and countless research
studies that strongly suggest antidepressant drugs simply do not work.
Meanwhile, every year, psychiatric drugs kill an estimated 42,000
peoplethat's an astounding 12,000 more people than commit suicide due to
Rooting Out the Causes of DepressionThere are a number of
very powerful strategies to address depression. One that has been proven
more effective than antidepressants in a number of studies is exercise.
Exercise not only relieves depressive symptoms but also appears to
prevent them from recurring. Unfortunately, since no one is going to be
making tens of billions of dollars on encouraging you to exercise, it has
not received the amount of funding for studies that antidepressant drugs
have received. However when the studies are performed, exercise
continually comes out on top, demonstrating benefits above and beyond
what antidepressant drugs can achieve.
Three key mechanisms appear to be that exercise: Improves insulin
receptor sensitivity Regulates serotonin and norepinephrine, two key
neurotransmitters in your brain, and "Switches on" genes that
increase your brain levels of galanin, a neurotransmitter that helps
lessen your body's stress response Your diet is another key factor that
must be addressed. There are well-documented studies showing that
animal-based omega-3 fat (DHA) is very useful. I'm a firm believer in
krill oil, which is far more effectively absorbed than fish oil. You also
want to make sure to optimize your diet, meaning removing sugars, grains
and processed foods, and replacing them with healthy fats. Why is your
diet so important for your emotional and mental health?
The Gut-Brain Connection that Can Help Explain Many Cases of
DepressionOne of the reasons that dietary changes work is
because it helps alter your gut flora in very beneficial ways. The
beneficial bacteria in your gut have a profound influence on your health,
including your mental health. They produce substances that your body
needs. And, your gut actually produces more serotonin than your brain
Your gut is frequently referred to as 'the second brain,' and when you
consider the fact that the gut-brain connection is recognized as a basic
tenet of physiology and medicine, and that there's no shortage of
evidence of gastrointestinal involvement in a variety of neurological
diseases, it's easy to see how the balance of gut bacteria can play a
significant role in your psychology and behavior as well. With this in
mind, it should also be crystal clear that nourishing your gut flora is
extremely important, from cradle to grave, because in a very real sense
you have two brains, one inside your skull and one in your gut, and each
needs its own vital nourishment.
Last but certainly not least, is finding a skilled psychotherapist who
can help you work through some of the contributing emotional challenges.
But optimizing your physiology with the physical approaches mentioned is
probably the best marriage of an approach that has a high likelihood of
Here's additional information everyone should read… whether they're
experiencing depression, or have a friend or loved one who is trying to
deal with it, or just want to be better informed about antidepressants
Please Don't Visit This Type of Doctor Unless You Absolutely Have to
They Cause 40,000 Deaths a Year - But They're Handed Out Like Candy
Why Antidepressants Don't Work