On August 4, 2021, Dr. Joseph Mercola posted a YouTube video announcing that within 48 hours, his entire website, including 15,000+ published articles, would be gone.
How could one of the most influential, modern-day natural health advocates reach a point where he felt forced to remove his entire library of content, articles and videos that have changed countless lives for the better?
With the removal of his site and online store, what happens next? What message does this send to those who promote the scientific evidence behind:
- dietary patterns far superior to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans?
- nutritional supplements, botanicals, or essential oils that support better mental, physical, and emotional heath?
- risks associated with medical therapies that many doctors don’t know about?
How did this even happen?
The Biden Administration and the Center for Countering Digital Hate
How did Dr. Joseph Mercola and 11 others become part of a targeted group, dubbed the Disinformation Dozen?
Most people first heard of this influential group of alternative health advocates from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
There’s about 12 people who are producing 65% of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms.Jen Psaki, July 15 Press Conference
The announcement made it sound like the White House identified these charlatans who continued to question the safety of an unapproved vaccine that has zero long-term data in humans. How dare they try to help the public make an informed decision.
It wasn’t the White House that came up with a report on this group. Instead, it was an activist organization called the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH). The CCDH has close ties with the progressive movement in the United States.
The CCDH published a “report,” which is more of a baseless smear campaign against 12 online sources of vaccine-related information, including the risks of vaccination. The Disinformation Dozen includes:
- Joseph Mercola
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
- Ty and Charlene Bollinger
- Sherri Tenpenny
- Rizza Islam
- Rashid Buttar
- Erin Elizabeth
- Sayer Ji
- Kelly Brogan
- Christine Northrup
- Ben Tapper
- Kevin Jenkins
If you’ve questioned the narratives we’ve been exposed to the past couple of years, you’ve probably come across content from the people above.
From what I’ve seen of the content they produce, it’s rarely published without solid scientific evidence to support it.
Is the goal to do away with natural medicine?
At the time of writing this, blooming Goldenrod surrounds our home. The yellow plant contains saponins, quercetin, and kaempherol, compounds that lower inflammation, support urinary function, and combat the growth of yeast.
Natural and alternative healthcare practitioners often recommend goldenrod extracts and essential oils for these and other health benefits.
Goldenrod is just one of the many medicinal plants that grow wild in our woods. Thousands more grow in other parts of the world.
Throughout history, these God-given plants have helped humans look, feel, and perform better. But because they’re freely available and naturally occurring, there’s no way to patent them, and therefore, no way to make ridiculous loads of money with them.
So, humans make up chemical compounds that do what the plants do, and then market them as superior. At the same time, they promote the natural products as inferior, or even dangerous.
People like Mercola helped us understand this long ago.
By shutting him down, it’s easier to convince Americans that the government’s guidance is the only accurate guidance.
The government becomes the gatekeeper of “science” and the arbiter of truth. If that doesn’t send shivers down your spine, you probably don’t have a spine.
when knowledge is so obfuscated that it requires an interpreter or an oracle to explain it to common people, a priesthood is born and a cult is formed around it. To understand what the “god” of science has to say today, you must inquire of the “priest” of science, and you must decide to take his “teachings” by faith, even if there is empirical evidence to the contrary.Patrick M. Wood, Technocracy Rising
What other “Disinformation Dozens” exist?
Whether the CCDH created their report unprompted by the White House, and the White House took its disinformation as accurate information, or the White House requested the CCDH to act as an independent organization to support its cause, the result is the same.
Twelve influencers helping Americans to take their health into their own hands were targeted and slandered.
Maybe efforts will continue to focus on influencers that makes up the rest of the 35% of people questioning mass vaccination.
Maybe efforts will turn to eradicating all other beliefs or scientific-supported positions that oppose Democrat/progressive agendas.
No doubt, there are 12 people making up 65% of the content intelligently questioning climate change, the vegan agenda, or systemic racism, or the enormous government-sanctioned departure from Christian values.
Will they come after those who question systemic racism, call for a return to Christian values, or who simply point out the hypocrisy and corruption in the federal government?