Dr. Mercola’s Himalayan Salt Debunked

If I see one more advert for the magical health benefits of 84-element Himalayan Pink Salt I’m going to vomit.  No, really.  I mean it.  It’s time somebody debunked this garbage.  Every charlatan and snake oil salesman on the planet is pushing this salt, and it’s time for a take-down.

Dr. Joseph Mercola, I’m looking at you.

mercola's pink salt

I’m actually going to let Dr. Mercola debunk himself in this article.  We’ll simply present the ingredients he claims are in his salt,1 along with his own “research” on those same elements.  The truth of the matter is, Mercola unequivocally states that his own product is full of poisonous elements.  (The full ingredient list, provided by Mercola, is provided in the References section at the end of this article.) 1

Before we begin, let’s be clear on something.  We’re talking about trace elements: quantities so minute they’re hard to detect.  But, in Mercola’s quotes, please pay attention to his pathological obsession with how even the lowest levels of “toxic” chemicals are unacceptable.  For example, here’s some Dr. Joe hyperbole on mercury:

“In fact, it [mercury] is SO toxic that entire buildings have been evacuated for a mercury spill smaller than a standard dental filling” 2

If Mercola wants to change horses in midstream and say that the trace elements are not dangerous, then he’s left in the unenviable position of explaining why he’s touting their very presence as the reason his salt is supposed to be healthier than regular table salt.

So, without further ado, let’s let Dr. Joseph Mercola describe ten toxic elements in his Himalayan salt, in his own words:

 

MERCURY
Mercola’s Himalayan salt contains mercury.  His opinion?

“Mercury is one of the most potent neurotoxins known to man.”2

“In fact, it’s SO toxic that entire buildings have been evacuated for a mercury spill smaller than a standard dental filling.”2

“There Is NO Safe Level of Mercury Exposure” 2

Dr. Joe goes on to fear monger over mercury in vaccines3 and lists it as one of his five most toxic metals to avoid.5

Smacking your head yet? I know I am. But how about…

 

ALUMINUM
Aluminum features prominently in Mercola’s salt.  How does he feel about the most common metal in the earth’s crust?

“Aluminum has been long known to be neurotoxic, with mounting evidence that chronic exposure is a factor in many neurological diseases, including dementia, autism, and Parkinson’s disease.”4

Just as with particles in the environment, once aluminum is in your tissues, your body has a difficult time releasing it. This toxic metal serves absolutely no biological purpose, so the less of it you ingest, the better.4

Aluminum also makes Mercola’s list of the five most toxic metals to avoid.5

 

LEAD
A star player in Mercola’s list of the 5 most toxic metals,5 his feelings on exposure to even low levels of lead are quite clear. So why is he selling it?

“Studies have found that there is no safe level of lead, and since it does not break down in your body you will accumulate it for a lifetime” 10

 

“Lead is known to cause damage to your brain and nervous system. Even small amounts can be dangerous, as lead builds up in your body over time.” 11

ARSENIC
Arsenic, the favorite poison of the Brewster Sisters in the classic film Arsenic and Old Lace, pops up in this salt.  Mercola’s expert opinion on exposure to trace levels of arsenic?  Well:

“Exposure to low levels of arsenic can cause nausea and vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood cells, abnormal heart rhythm, damage to blood vessels, and a sensation of “pins and needles” in hands and feet, and over the long term can cause darkening of the skin and the appearance of small “corns” or “warts” on the palms, soles, and torso.” 5

 

CADMIUM
You’ll find cadmium in Mercola’s salt.  Although after writing the following, he probably wishes you didn’t look too closely at his ingredients list:

” It is a known human carcinogen that appears to act in two ways: it harms DNA directly and disturbs a DNA repair system that helps to prevent cancer.” 5

 

POLONIUM
Polonium made news in 2006 when Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with a particular isotope, polonium 210.9   No word on which of the 33 radioactive isotopes of polonium are present in Mercola’s salt, because his company won’t release the information (claiming it’s “proprietary”). Regardless,  radioactive polonium in any form is not what you want to ingest.  Dr. Mercola, please educate us on polonium:

“It  [research] also showed that polonium, specifically, causes cancer in laboratory animals.” 13

 

“The [carcinogenic] factor I’m talking about is polonium-210—a highly radioactive element that releases alpha particles as it decays. It’s also chemically toxic. While alpha particles cannot penetrate deeply into your body, they can cause serious damage to cells they do come into contact with.” 6

 

URANIUM
Uranium is found in Mercola’s salt?  Yes, according to the list provided by his company.  If the doctor is worried about his followers eating radioactive substances, this one should be a no-brainer.  But the doctor tells us:

“Uranium and radium are two known carcinogens found in fluorosilicic acid used for water fluoridation” 6

 

RADIUM
Mercola flagged radium as dangerous along with uranium in the previous paragraph. Yet radium is found in his pink salt.  Remind us again about radium, please, doctor?

“Uranium and radium are two known carcinogens found in fluorosilicic acid used for water fluoridation” 6

 

“Alpha particles: Emitted from uranium, radium, plutonium and thorium, alpha particles are a type of ionizing radiation.  The federal public health goal (maximum contaminant level goal, or MCLG) for alpha particles is zero. […] While they can’t penetrate deeply into your body, alpha particles can cause serious damage to cells they come into contact with.” 12  (emphasis mine)

 

THALLIUM
Mercola links thallium and other “heavy metals” to cancer, memory loss, cardiovascular disease, reproductive issues, lung damage, and neurological problems. 7

Perhaps the good doctor can explain why thallium is found in a food product he’s selling.

If you think your favorite lip gloss or eye shadow is “safe” because it doesn’t list lead or arsenic on the ingredients label, think again. A new report revealed that virtually every cosmetic product tested contained a potentially dangerous or proven toxic heavy metal.

[…]

None of the products tested contained mercury, but lead was detected in 96 percent of the products, arsenic in 20 percent and cadmium in 51 percent. Nickel was found in all the products tested, beryllium in 90 percent, thallium in 61 percent and selenium in 14 percent. 7 (emphasis mine)
7

Call the doctor:  if thallium is dangerous in cosmetics, how is it safe in his salt?

 

ANTIMONY
Antimony, an element found in Dr. Joe’s Himalayan Pink salt, scares him so badly he’s actually afraid he’ll absorb it from sleeping on mattresses.  I’m not making this up!

Antimony is a metal that may be more toxic than mercury and formaldehyde.

[…]

Your mattress may be of particular concern, as many contain not only PBDE’s, but also toxic antimony, boric acid, and formaldehyde.8

I can’t escape the mental image of a doctor sleeping in a bio-hazard suit to protect himself from antimony in his mattress, then salting his eggs with antimony at breakfast.

 

Conclusion
So there you have it. Ten elements Dr. Mercola purports to be highly toxic, even in minute doses, but all found in his “healthy” Himalayan salt.  There are far more examples, but let’s not beat a dead horse.  If the trace elements are there in sufficient quantities to provide the claimed benefits, then they certainly exist in amounts sufficient to be the poisons Mercola warns about.  Especially when he’s making risible claims such as evacuating entire buildings because of a mercury spill the size of a tooth filling. 2

It would be wonderful to have an explanation from the doctor, but I’m not holding my breath.

I’m reminded of the old Alice Cooper song:

“I want to love you but I better not touch
I want to hold you, but my senses tell me to stop […]
You’re poison, running through my veins”

–Alice Cooper, “Poison”

 

Revision History
On September 16, 2015, additional Mercola quotes and citations were added for lead and radium.

On December 3, 2015:  For more on this story, see the Forbes article I co-wrote with Kavin Senapathy: “The Toxic ‘Chemical Hypocrisy’ Of Food Babe, Joseph Mercola And Mark Hyman

References

(1) Himalayan Crystal Salt Mineral Analysis
in response to my query
  #(MER-784356F2DDQJ)
Mercola.com customer service, 9/13/2015

Note: I repeatedly queried Mercola’s support team as to the source of this analysis.  Was it a scientific study they could cite?  I was rebuffed with comments like this:

“At this time being we are unable to provide a certificate of analysis for the Himalayan Salts as this remains proprietary information.  For your personal reference the manufacturer of our Himalayan Salts is WBM International”

Regardless, this is what Mercola says is in his salt:

 Hydrogen — 0.30 g/kg
 Lithium — 0.40 g/kg
 Beryllium — under 0.01 ppm
 Boron — under 0.001 ppm
 Carbon — under 0.001 ppm
 Nitrogen — 0.024 ppm
 Oxygen — 1.20 g/kg
 Fluoride — under 0.1 g/kg
 Sodium — 382.61 g/kg
 Magnesium — 0.16 g/kg
 Aluminum — 0.661 ppm
 Silicon — under 0.1 g/kg
 Phosphorus — under 0.10 ppm
 Sulfur — 12.5 g/kg
 Chloride — 590.93 g/kg
 Potassium — 3.5 g/kg
 Calcium — 4.05 g/kg
 Scandium — under 0.0001 ppm
 Titanium — under 0.001 ppm
 Vanadium 0.06 ppm
 Chromium — 0.05 ppm
 Manganese — 0.27 ppm
 Iron — 38.9 ppm
 Cobalt — 0.60 ppm
 Nickel — 0.13 ppm
 Copper — 0.56 ppm
 Zinc — 2.38 ppm
Gallium — under 0.001 ppm
 Germanium — under 0.001 ppm
 Arsenic — under 0.01 ppm
 Selenium — 0.05 ppm
 Bromine — 2.1 ppm
 Rubidium — 0.04 ppm
 Strontium — 0.014 g/kg
 Ytterbium — under 0.001 ppm
 Zirconium — 0.001 ppm
 Niobium — under 0.001 ppm
 Molybdenum — 0.01 ppm
 Ruthenium — under 0.001 ppm
 Rhodium — under 0.001 ppm
 Palladium — under 0.001 ppm
 Silver — 0.031 ppm
 Cadmium — under 0.01 ppm
 Indium — under 0.001 ppm
 Tin — under 0.01 ppm
 Antimony — under 0.01 ppm
 Tellurium — under 0.001 ppm
 Iodine — under 0.1 g/kg
 Cerium — under 0.001 ppm
 Praseodynium — under 0.001 ppm
 Neodymium — under 0.001 ppm
 Samarium — under 0.001 ppm
 Barium — 1.96 ppm
 Europium — under 3.0 ppm
 Gadolinium — under 0.001 ppm
 Terbium — under 0.001 ppm
 Dysprosium — under 4.0 ppm
 Holmium — under 0.001 ppm
 Erbium — under 0.001 ppm
 Thulium — under 0.001 ppm
 Ytterbium — under 0.001 ppm
 Lutetium — under 0.001 ppm
 Hafnium — under 0.001 ppm
 Tantalum — 1.1 ppm
 Wolfram — under 0.001 ppm
 Rhenium — under 2.5 ppm
 Osmium — under 0.001 ppm
 Iridium — under 2.0 ppm
 Platinum — 0.47 ppm
 Gold — under 1.0 ppm
 Mercury — under 0.03 ppm
 Thallium — 0.06 ppm
 Lead — 0.10 ppm
 Bismuth — under 0.10 ppm
 Polonium — under 0.001 ppm
 Astat — under 0.001 ppm
 Francium — under 0.10 ppm
 Radium — under 0.001 ppm
 Actinium — under 0.001 ppm
 Thorium — under 0.001 ppm
 Protactinium — under 0.001 ppm
 Uranium — under 0.001 ppm
 Neptunium — under 0.001 ppm
 Plutonium — under 0.001 ppm

 

(2) Europeans Face Same Hurdles as Americans in Banning Mercury Amalgam
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/05/09/mercury-dental-fillings.aspx

(3) “Mercury Detoxification Protocol”
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/13/mercury-detoxification-protocol.aspx

(4) First Case Study to Show Direct Link Between Alzheimer’s and Aluminum Toxicity
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/03/22/aluminum-toxicity-alzheimers.aspx

(5) Five Common Toxic Metals to Avoid, and Where You’ll Find Them
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2003/12/27/toxic-metals-part-one.aspx

(6) Radioactive Fertilizer—The Surprising Primary Cause of Lung Cancer in Smokers
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/10/radioactive-fertilizer.aspx

(7) New Study Finds Major Toxins in Many Cosmetics
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/06/04/new-study-finds-major-toxins-in-many-cosmetics.aspx

(8)  Even if You Do Everything Else Right – This Frequently Overlooked Threat can Destroy Your Health
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/08/30/is-your-house-making-you-ill.aspx

(9) Alexander Litvinenko: Profile of a Murdered Russian Spy (BBC)
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-19647226

(10) Poison Lead in Lipstick
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/08/09/poison-kiss-lead-in-lipstick.aspx

(11) Lead Exposure in Children
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/04/18/children-lead-exposure.aspx

(12)  Water Filters May Reduce Radiation Exposure
http://water-filters-may-reduce-radiation-exposure.aspx

(13) Smoking Side Effects
http://articles.mercola.com/smoking-side-effects.aspx

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40 thoughts on “Dr. Mercola’s Himalayan Salt Debunked

    • NFPA 704 is meant to address the hazards to firefighter or others entering a building containing the substance. For food safety, one should look for FDA or CDC sources like this one:
      https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp22-c1.pdf.
      “Drinking water – The EPA has recommended a Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level (SMCL) of 0.05–0.2 mg/L for aluminum in drinking water. The SMCL is not
      based on levels that will affect humans or animals. It is based on taste,
      smell, or color.
      Consumer products – The FDA has determined that aluminum used as food additives and medicinals such as antacids are generally safe. FDA set a limit for bottled water of 0.2 mg/L.
      Workplace air – OSHA set a legal limit of 15 mg/m3 (total dust) and 5 mg/m3 (respirable fraction) aluminum in dusts averaged over an 8-hour work day. “

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    • Hi Phil. Thanks for reading and commenting. I’m really focused on debunking the claims made by Mercola as opposed to doing nutritional analysis, which is outside my field of expertise. There’s a wealth of information out there written by experts that all points to salt (sodium chloride) being salt–and that’s pretty much it. Iodine is added to table salt for a good reason, and even though Mercola disparages it, it’s listed as an ingredient in his salt too.

      But again, the point I want to drive home in what I’ve written is that Mercola claims his salt is somehow better, even though it contains so many of the elements he says are toxic.

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      • I take anyones complete word that food is “good for you”….we are all different. The food I continue to eat (which isn’t much) is the food that doesn’t give me negative side effects. I can tell you from personal experience, h. pink salt (many brands) causes my body a great deal of pain and discomfort. I become miserable. The only salt I eat is on bacon. That’s it. I don’t add any “salt” to anything else.

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  2. I actually watched mercolas video on pink salt. I was amazed at the level of pure bullshit. I did a bit of follow up with Morton on the methods they used to treat their salt products just to establish a baseline bullshit coefficient. I was shocked (but not surprised) to find the bsc approach unity. Nearly all the information presented in the video was false. Percentages, temperatures, compositions,….even the geography was wrong..it doesnt come from nepal at all but the punjabi area of pakistan/india. Just amazing.

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      • Wow. selling products is something newfangled and specific to Mercola. No others are selling it, even though it’s in every grocery store and I doubt any grocery corporation would object to someone saying Mercury or Radium is dangerous, but they’re still hocking it on their shelves. Meanwhile the medical community , ie. doctors/doctor error, are the 3rd leading cause of death.
        Do you know of any deaths Mercola has caused through gross negligence?
        And , as if MDs aren’t glorified drug pushing pimps for the Big Pharma legalized drug pushers, whose side effects are so elaborate and dizzying, hearing or reading the list of side effects alone could send one to the ER, (to get more Rx drugs, of course).
        I realize Mercola seems like a product peddler , however, he has offered valuable , vital info to people for years.
        I credit his info with saving me several times and for my health being more optimal to this day, even with my periodic bad habits, and health knowledge being more advanced than most based on piles of his research and free info sharing with his followers.

        For instance, over 15 years ago, i learned about the health benefits of coconut oil, unrefined, that the medical and dietary community had shunned as unhealthy, while canola, soybean, and corn oil were given the blue ribbon of good health, far from the truth. They’re cheap omega 6 oils that lead to poor health , which is why they’re found in so many processed foods, something we now know, but that Mercola was saying back in 2000. It wasnt until another 5 or more years that the mainstream began touting the health benefits of coconut oil. The previous studies on coconut oil, decades earlier , were done on refined coconut oil, leading to unfavorable results, which Mercola noted in his findings. I was buying the coconut oil from his site that came directly from the Philippines.
        On another occasion , I learned from his studies he shared on his site and his recommendations that too low cholesterol can also lead to stroke and the medical community demonizing cholesterol, (everything is cholesterol free!) was based on incorrect science and this is even truer today. On a very personal level, his info saved me from ending up on cholesterol lowing drugs, which were suggested to me, by my personal doctor who consulted with a cardiologist, after I had requested some testing be done, based on information i had also learned from Mercola., regarding the fact that the medical community tends to do blood work on cholesterol, triglycerides but not homocysteine or C-reactive protein levels , an inflammation marker. Well, both were elevated.The homocysteine was easy to treat with folic acid, but my personal doctor, who is highly regarded and knows I am fairly well informed about health issues, in general, decided to ask the advice of the cardiologist who suggested I go on cholesterol lowing drugs. I adamantly refused! Why? Again, Mercola’s shared information and studies , the one in particular that showed too low cholesterol can lead to a certain type of stroke. I had showed the study to my dr, previously, and he agreed it was a very well executed study. I also suffer with migraines and there is a link between migraines, stroke and lower cholesterol, which even a neurologist I visited for my migraines, acknowledged. My cholesterol was already under what Mercola suggested was optimal cholesterol, (total), and at the low end of normal range by testing standards, and my ratios were always perfect. I totally credit Mercola’s information for saving me potential harm done by refusing the Rx meds My dr suggested it could have been related to my occasional bleeding gums when i brushed my teeth, so , again based on information I learned on Mercolas site about healthier toothpaste choices, i switched to Jason’s fluoride free, SLS free , and my gums never bled again. That was over 10 years ago. My dr, while excellent, would have never made the suggestion for the toothpaste switch. Why? because dr’s have to adhere to the AMA rigid guidelines , which really entails only offering Rx drugs. Gee, I don’t see a conflict of interest there. Anything to sell another Rx drug, maybe?

        I could go on and on about all the vast information Ive learned from Mercola over the years that I attribute to my good health now, and being in my mid 50s and on no Rx meds, whatsoever, is a deserved credit and accomplishment compared to most my age. I rarely bought products from his site, although, I feel overall, his products are top notch and better quality than most of what’s out there. I never hung on to his every word, and he’s admitted when he found it necessary to update his previous claims based on new information, but let’s note how the media changes , what seems like nearly every day, and, at times, the medical community establishment, findings and new claims about things that will maximize our quality of life and save us from certain death, which seems to be every changing and there’s always a new Rx drug that will fix everything, and of course sponsoring the mainstream “news” sites.

        Overall, i have to say, even with Mercola’s product peddling, I still trust him more, although I don’t agree with everything he’s said or am uncertain if he’s correct but am equally unsure about what the establishment is claiming about certain nutritional guidelines (for the most part, they’ve been wrong and their food pyramid is disastrous with excess grains and too little healthy fats, and we have one of the unhealthiest populations on the planet, with dietary recommendations that are counter to what Mercola has been recommending, for me, personally, grains and too much carbs are disastrous for my health and when eating those “healthy” grains, I feel the worst, the most inflammation, just as his info shows).

        It seems you may want to spend more of your time pointing a finger of accountability at the medical community, at large, who are responsible for so many deaths, along with their legal drug pushing, drugs that kill more than all illegal drugs combined..along with doctor error… you know, incompetency.
        I doubt pink salt will kill anyone and it’s being sold everywhere and there are certainly a slew of food products to target on any grocery store shelf and, yes, many are making some major bucks with various claims about those products that are potentially dangerous in the short or long term.
        I, personally, having not had many serious health issues, but have already been victimized by dr error and incompetency by the time i was in my mid 30s, which is what led to my intense health research , although, i was always interested in the subject. And I still credit Mercola more than anyone else with educating me with info that’s given me relatively good health status today, (if not for my indulgences, I’d be in very optimal health based on his information).

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  4. Wow. selling products is something newfangled and specific to Mercola. No others are selling it, even though it’s in every grocery store and I doubt any grocery corporation would object to someone saying Mercury or Radium is dangerous, but they’re still hocking it on their shelves. Meanwhile the medical community , ie. doctors/doctor error, are the 3rd leading cause of death.
    Do you know of any deaths Mercola has caused through gross negligence?
    And , as if MDs aren’t glorified drug pushing pimps for the Big Pharma legalized drug pushers, whose side effects are so elaborate and dizzying, hearing or reading the list of side effects alone could send one to the ER, (to get more Rx drugs, of course).
    I realize Mercola seems like a product peddler , however, he has offered valuable , vital info to people for years.
    I credit his info with saving me several times and for my health being more optimal to this day, even with my periodic bad habits, and health knowledge being more advanced than most based on piles of his research and free info sharing with his followers.

    For instance, over 15 years ago, i learned about the health benefits of coconut oil, unrefined, that the medical and dietary community had shunned as unhealthy, while canola, soybean, and corn oil were given the blue ribbon of good health, far from the truth. They’re cheap omega 6 oils that lead to poor health , which is why they’re found in so many processed foods, something we now know, but that Mercola was saying back in 2000. It wasnt until another 5 or more years that the mainstream began touting the health benefits of coconut oil. The previous studies on coconut oil, decades earlier , were done on refined coconut oil, leading to unfavorable results, which Mercola noted in his findings. I was buying the coconut oil from his site that came directly from the Philippines.
    On another occasion , I learned from his studies he shared on his site and his recommendations that too low cholesterol can also lead to stroke and the medical community demonizing cholesterol, (everything is cholesterol free!) was based on incorrect science and this is even truer today. On a very personal level, his info saved me from ending up on cholesterol lowing drugs, which were suggested to me, by my personal doctor who consulted with a cardiologist, after I had requested some testing be done, based on information i had also learned from Mercola., regarding the fact that the medical community tends to do blood work on cholesterol, triglycerides but not homocysteine or C-reactive protein levels , an inflammation marker. Well, both were elevated.The homocysteine was easy to treat with folic acid, but my personal doctor, who is highly regarded and knows I am fairly well informed about health issues, in general, decided to ask the advice of the cardiologist who suggested I go on cholesterol lowing drugs. I adamantly refused! Why? Again, Mercola’s shared information and studies , the one in particular that showed too low cholesterol can lead to a certain type of stroke. I had showed the study to my dr, previously, and he agreed it was a very well executed study. I also suffer with migraines and there is a link between migraines, stroke and lower cholesterol, which even a neurologist I visited for my migraines, acknowledged. My cholesterol was already under what Mercola suggested was optimal cholesterol, (total), and at the low end of normal range by testing standards, and my ratios were always perfect. I totally credit Mercola’s information for saving me potential harm done by refusing the Rx meds My dr suggested it could have been related to my occasional bleeding gums when i brushed my teeth, so , again based on information I learned on Mercolas site about healthier toothpaste choices, i switched to Jason’s fluoride free, SLS free , and my gums never bled again. That was over 10 years ago. My dr, while excellent, would have never made the suggestion for the toothpaste switch. Why? because dr’s have to adhere to the AMA rigid guidelines , which really entails only offering Rx drugs. Gee, I don’t see a conflict of interest there. Anything to sell another Rx drug, maybe?

    I could go on and on about all the vast information Ive learned from Mercola over the years that I attribute to my good health now, and being in my mid 50s and on no Rx meds, whatsoever, is a deserved credit and accomplishment compared to most my age. I rarely bought products from his site, although, I feel overall, his products are top notch and better quality than most of what’s out there. I never hung on to his every word, and he’s admitted when he found it necessary to update his previous claims based on new information, but let’s note how the media changes , what seems like nearly every day, and, at times, the medical community establishment, findings and new claims about things that will maximize our quality of life and save us from certain death, which seems to be every changing and there’s always a new Rx drug that will fix everything, and of course sponsoring the mainstream “news” sites.

    Overall, i have to say, even with Mercola’s product peddling, I still trust him more, although I don’t agree with everything he’s said or am uncertain if he’s correct but am equally unsure about what the establishment is claiming about certain nutritional guidelines (for the most part, they’ve been wrong and their food pyramid is disastrous with excess grains and too little healthy fats, and we have one of the unhealthiest populations on the planet, with dietary recommendations that are counter to what Mercola has been recommending, for me, personally, grains and too much carbs are disastrous for my health and when eating those “healthy” grains, I feel the worst, the most inflammation, just as his info shows).

    It seems you may want to spend more of your time pointing a finger of accountability at the medical community, at large, who are responsible for so many deaths, along with their legal drug pushing, drugs that kill more than all illegal drugs combined..along with doctor error… you know, incompetency.
    I doubt pink salt will kill anyone and it’s being sold everywhere and there are certainly a slew of food products to target on any grocery store shelf and, yes, many are making some major bucks with various claims about those products that are potentially dangerous in the short or long term.
    I, personally, having not had many serious health issues, but have already been victimized by dr error and incompetency by the time i was in my mid 30s, which is what led to my intense health research , although, i was always interested in the subject. And I still credit Mercola more than anyone else with educating me with info that’s given me relatively good health status today, (if not for my indulgences, I’d be in very optimal health based on his information).

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  5. My rule of thumb is to never except any one person’s info as gospel truth. If I see something that intrigues me I investigate it from as many sources as possible…pros and cons, and only then do I attempt to make an informed decision. I have never purchased products from any such sites basically because they are generally over priced. I don’t recommend what I do use to anyone else because everyone is different and will have different results, but I do share my experiences only after using a substance if it was agreeable with me after a prolonged period of time. Condemnation without investigation is the highest form of ignorance. (Albert Einstein )

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  6. You are tied into the medical establishment & big Pharma who push and sell dangerous rugs. I will take Himalayan Pink Chrystal Salt over that poison junk table salt sold in super markets. I do not believe one word you have said because you are an idiot and stupid.

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    • Dr. Mercola provided the list of ingredients, Bruce. He also made all the quotes about his own ingredients exactly as stated in the article. Which parts of what were written do you find false? Would love to hear back from you. You’ll notice that unlike Mercola, who bans people who point out the snake oil he’s selling, you’re free to comment here. The personal attacks are unbecoming of someone who has a point to make though, so you might want to can those if you have a story to tell and aren’t afraid to tell it.

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      • Mr. Mark:
        I am one of those who have benefitted enormously by Dr. Mercola’s advice. I have also understood after long study of medical literature (my both children are MD’s which helped greatly) that there is a systematic misguidance perpetrated by so called ‘evidence based’ medicine. I do not want to dwell on that here.

        About himalayan salt: I have not heard of any evidence that it has hurt anybody. Dr. Mercola might be peddling his product, However, a very important point needs resolution. In combination with other minerals and substances even the toxic metals present in the himalayan salt addressed in your article may not be harmful. This we may safely say on the basis of what we know so far about lack of harmful health effects of himalayan salt. Probably as Dr. Mercola presented (in somewhat exaggeration fashion) the toxicity of the poisonous metals in isolated form may be of great concern.

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        • Thank you for reading and commenting Vijay. It is Dr. Mercola who claims the ingredients are toxic, so you would have to take that matter up with him. He does not differentiate between the metals being present in isolated form or in combination. In fact, if you read his writings (linked my article), you’ll see that he’s actually concerned with heavy metals being present along with other compounds in products. So I’m sorry, I don’t find the apologetics convincing. Mercola is claiming his own product is toxic.

          A point you did not address, but Mercola does, is the doctor’s claim that the heavy metals present in the salt he sells accumulate in the body over time and cannot be removed naturally. Not coincidentally, Mercola is happy to sell you products to assist with this removal.

          I’m sorry that you do not wish to dwell on evidence based medicine, because anecdotes such as “Dr. X made me feel better” are of very little use in a world where real people are throwing away proven medicine in favor of pseudoscientific snake oil remedies–and often dying from it.

          Thanks again for commenting. Please feel free to follow up if you wish. Mercola has deleted the near half-dozen times I’ve caught him selling products he claims is dangerous. I practice no such censorship here, and welcome the chance to speak with as many of his followers as possible.

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  7. Mark, I find astonishing that most references you provided are articles in Dr. Mercola’s website, and they do alert of the dangers of all these hazardous metals in an understandable and very detailed way (btw, reference 12 is missing the correct link).

    This makes me think that the real problem that led to this paradoxical state (“Hey! I am selling something great, but remember, I told you before it will harm you or kill you!”), is not due to Dr. Mercola himself or the person(s) that wrote those articles, but to those who manage the business/shop in his website.

    This is what I assume it happened: the website’s popularity was too great to be neglected (or to not take advantage of) when the shop business was initiated and the most appropriate market to target was “healthy” products.
    Therefore, all mainstream products that could be acquired and included in the “healthy” bandwagon, without being too controversial according to previous articles, were chosen for inclusion. They probably did not even think that someone could actually investigate the composition of one of those products and compare it with the knowledge provided in the website.
    Since the shop has sold that product a few (or a lot of) times and it provides the business profit, it’s easier to ignore any ethical consciousness telling them to stop selling it. Unless someone can prove that someone really died from taking that product, it does not seem to matter, i.e. profit wins.

    Thanks for letting me know about this problem and realize this, Mark.

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    • The original dental association made it malpractice for members to use and place amalgam in the 1840’s. Reason for this were quite clear. In 1859 the ADA was established and amalgam use was not malpractice from then until now.

      I know first hand what mercury poisoning does because I ended up with 17 amalgams in my mouth. Today I have none!

      Peace grows with CommUnity….1and1is1.

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  8. It’s all very simple, you need somewhere around 60 minerals for the mind and body to function as what we would consider “normal” – Himalayan salt contains almost all 60 and if your body is working as normal it should have no problem ridding of microscopic amounts of toxic minerals. Also, mercury is a meme, a very old and heartbroken meme. Salt is absolutely one of the building blocks of nature and Himalayan salt I’d consider a very good one. This article is garbage.

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    • It’s all very simple. Himalayan Salt contains multiple elements that your hero claims are toxic heavy metals that accumulate in the body and cannot be naturally removed over time. Yet he sells you the salt. Please come back and defend this. I would love to hear from you again. Seriously. Thanks for reading an commenting.

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  9. I believe the misunderstanding here is due to the toxicity of inorganic minerals and metals relative to their organic counterparts which are essential for the health of the body. Also, some of it is due to “old science” such as the reports about aluminum’s association to neurological problems which turned out to be a laboratory error. Once discovered and corrected, however, only the erroneous conclusion gets repeated. A good source for information is the $100 billion worth of USDA research in animal nutrition and Dr. Joel Wallach’s publications such as Rare Earths Forbidden Cures as well as many Youtube videos. He’s got a degree in Agriculture, is a veterinarian, naturopath and has been a pathologist for nearly 50 years. He’s intimately familiar not only with the body’s nutritional requirements but the various USDA programs as well as corporate sales tactics that has resulted in our present food related illnesses. There are 90 essential nutrients that the body requires for maintenance and growth that in their inorganic form are indeed toxic. Even arsenic, mercury, cadmium and other heavy metals that are toxic in their inorganic form, are required by the body in their organic form, sometimes in only trace amounts, for health.

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  10. I saw on Dr. Oz that people who consume himalayan salt it cures barrets esophagus. I have been using himalayaj salt for fours years and since using my gastroenterologist says their is no sign of barrets on my endoscopy ,so I will continue to use himalayan salt.

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  11. You’ve debunked nothing for me.. clearly naturally occurring metals is not what he meant. You do realise there’s lead in carrots, for example?? Shoving mercury into your tooth or veins via vaccine is completely different. Get off your soapbox dude.

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  12. As far as mercury and aluminum are concerned, there is a big difference between ingesting them and injecting them. These two elements are mostly chelated by the body when ingested, I.E. tunafish and pears, but injecting them (as in vaccines) bypasses all the body’s checks and balances used to chelate and eliminate them from the body.
    Very Big Difference !

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  13. I’m not sure if you know this or are purposely avoiding to mention it, but each mineral has more than one form, some being toxic and some none-toxic. Hence, while drinking tap water will increase your exposure to HEAVY METAL aluminum, ingesting a natural mineral complex, such as Himalayan salt, will only increase your consumption of a harmless non-toxic form of aluminum. Your body can use or dispose of this aluminum quite efficiently. So please stop “debunking” smart, knowledgeable people with your ignorent scorn and misleading others. Also, petty insults like “quack” a very unprofessional and subjective.
    Have a nice life.

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    • Aluminum isn’t a mineral, it’s an element.

      The claim I am debunking is that the mere presence of these metals is dangerous. They are present in the salt. Please refer to the ingredients list provided.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Would love to discuss this further with you if you’d like to reply.

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  14. Mark, you lost. The smarter people leaving comments have explained things in very understandable terms. You are simply stupid or the medical industry has their hand up your puppet ass… Do yourself a service and admit you lost this debate. Simply, our bodies need these elements and things in their bound form. When they’re isolated and aren’t bound they’re toxic. This is Mercola’s point.

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    • It’s true I’ve seen a lot of factually incorrect arguments. You made a couple in your own reply Frank. For example, your body has no physiological need for aluminum, “bound” or “unbound”, despite your assertions. You won’t readily find it free (“unbound”), Mercola doesn’t argue it’s dangerous “bound” vs. “unbound”, toxicity is determined by a number of factors including but not limited to dose, route of administration, etc. I’m not sure why you’re hung up on “bound”. But please, do go on.

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      • Absolutely. Put simply, for you, “bound” substances are connected to other things in food. When in this form our bodies can use them. For instance, when aluminum is “bound” with other things in a molecular structure, our bodies can then use it to remove the toxic “unbound” aluminum…the kind found in your favorite toxic pharmaceutical soup. Mercola has talked about things like this.

        You’re very correct that toxicity is determined partly by “route of administration”. I assume I don’t have to name the toxic practice that accomplishes this.
        Maybe you should be more hung up on this.

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        • Citations for your aluminum claims? That’s so incorrect that it doesn’t even approach being incorrect.

          Again, your body has no physiological need for aluminum. That includes the scenario you made up.

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