It’s been a while since we last visited the online store of Vani Hari’s (the “Food Babe’s”) trusted advisor, Dr. Mark Hyman. I was poking around on his virtual shelves last night and noticed the inventory had grown substantially since discovering he was selling a self-described cancer-causing supplement a few months ago. Given the shady history of all of Food Babe’s advisors, five will get you ten that we’ll discover another skeleton in Hyman’s closet now that he’s marketing all these new wares. So I thought that you, dear reader, might like to do some online shopping with me. What say you? Let’s pull out those credit cards and…
Oops! I’m so embarrassed. Safety first! Before we shop here at Bad Science Debunked, we always review our Safety Rule O’The Day. If you’re a regular here, you know that these rules always come from the people we’re actually buying from.
Today we’re going to pay close attention to parabens. For critical advice on this class of chemicals, Dr. Hyman links us to the gold standard of medical web sites, The Huffington Post, which puts on its best white lab coat and tells us: “Breast Cancer Study Finds Parabens in Virtually All Tumors.”1,2
The Huffington Post piece links parabens to cancer, and since Hyman is a golly-gee-whiz real live doctor who hardly ever sells us product he says are harmful, I suppose we’d better take his advice and avoid parabens.
Right, then! We can finally go shopping!
Hey, how about this nice jar of supplements? I have no idea what the hell it does, but it’s got a nice scientific-sounding name–OmegaGenics EPA-DHA 500 EC–and it’s sold by a doctor:3
But you know, the one thing we should probably do before we type in our credit card number and click the “buy” button is peruse the list of ingredients. You can never be too careful these days. Why, just moments ago, Dr. Hyman was telling us how dangerous parabens were. So what’s in this supplement he’s selling us? Ahem:3
Marine lipid concentrate [fish (anchovy, sardine, and mackerel) oil], softgel shell (gelatin, glycerin, water), enteric coating [methacrylic acid copolymer, propylene glycol, triacetin, glyceryl monostearate, triethyl citrate, vanillin, polysorbate 80, methyl paraben (preservative), and propyl paraben (preservative)], natural lemon flavor, mixed tocopherols (antioxidant), rosemary extract, and ascorbyl palmitate (antioxidant)
Wait. What? Methylparaben and propylparaben? But Hyman just posted a link to Facebook that warned us that parabens were linked to cancer!
You knew this was coming, didn’t you? 😉
This isn’t the first time Dr. Hyman has been caught with his pants down. He has previously claimed that caramel level IV coloring causes cancer, but that’s exactly the additive you’ll find in the Neuromins supplements sold via his online store. He warned that the artificial sweetener xylitol would slow your metabolism and add belly fat, but sells the supplement Endefen, which contains xylitol. Pure cane sugar is to be avoided, according to the good doctor, but you’ll find it in his $50 Pure Lean Chocolate Powder.
To quote the great Winnie the Pooh: “Oh, bother!”.
It’s not hard to see how poor Vani Hari (the “Food Babe”) went astray in her own career, having been caught selling nearly three dozen products containing the same ingredients she says are toxic, when she’s getting her advice from doctors like Mark Hyman, who sets such a fine example. What will we find next on the shelves of the stores of a Food Babe advisor?
Stay tuned and see.
(1) Mark Hyman Facebook Post on Parabens
(2) Huffington Post: Breast Cancer Study Finds Parabens in Virtually All Tumors
(3) Omega Genenics EPA-DHC 500 Enteric Coated 120 Count
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Colour me not surprised by this little revelation. But then this little bit of Hyman mythology popped up under related articles on Facebook. http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/12/can-autism-be-cured/ Dr Hyman claims to cure the autisms brought on by the MMR vaccine. Can this idiot get any more irresponsible and dangerous than that? I’m assuming yes, but I don’t want to look into it until my blood pressure returns from its trip to the stratosphere.
Why aren’t authors of posts on this site named? They deserve credit for being so astute.
Hi Kurt, I’m Mark Alsip, the author of Bad Science Debunked. I have an “about” page but WordPress, in its infinite wisdom, manages to disconnect it from my site menu on a regular basis 🙂 I’ll see if I can wire it in again. Thanks for reading and commenting!
These people are so disgusting. They have no shame. I’ll take corporate greed & lack of concern for the well-being of consumers any day over the greedy, scam-artist, evil, lying, hypocritical, fear-mongering, blatantly criminal (especially those crimes committed which laws put in place by the FTC are there to prevent, concerning the fact they tout tons of nonsense based on nothing in reality, while claiming it is medical advice, all to sell something. That is deceptive & I believe it’s illegal to do what they’re doing. If not, WTF, FTC, STEP IT UP!), sickening, taking advantage, and abusive garbage these people continually are allowed to spew all over television, the internet, and in publications (news & magazines). Why nobody is doing anything to stop these crooks, con-men, liars, thieves, and snake-oil salesmen is baffling to me. They are ruining the internet especially.
It’s hard when you’re not actually a scientist, but you want to attempt to take better care of yourself and others, and all you are met with are either these scam artists, or the other side of the spectrum, an insanely unmanageable pharmacological nightmare, where pushing drugs worse than any illegal drug ever could be on people is not only something done on TV, but through our own doctors who get kickbacks & all kinds of incentives to prescribe them to you. An industry desperately needing TRUE regulation & both sides no longer being able to peddle products or market them, ever, anywhere. I just want to be healthy, I am sick of being marketed to, I’m sick of being a guinea pig, I’m sick of taking drugs that make me sicker than I was already, I’m sick of being told lies, I’m sick of people profiting off of other people’s fear & their need to have some control over their life & their bodies. It’s exhausting & it feels like it’s getting worse every day. It’s absolutely depressing.
Specifically? I think – no, I *demand* – that it become illegal for doctors to take endorsements, incentives, gifts, or sponsorship, affiliate bullsh*t or anything of the sort, and if they are not actual MEDICAL doctors with degrees, that they not be allowed to misrepresent themselves as such. No more famous doctors, like that moron Dr Oz. No more TV spots, shows, or guests. Nothing. That is the only way to stop this insanity.
I’d like to see Mercola, and this guy both in jail, and for it to remain a warning to others like them. Why isn’t this happening? This world just doesn’t make any god damned sense.
Mark, if you are the creator of this website, you really need to set up a Favicon for it. It’s extremely easy, and is a very necessary thing. Almost every website ever has one. It’s standard! 🙂 Please set one up. If you need help, let me know, I probably can give it. Thanks!
Hey man, I just want to thank you for this website. I’m one of those people who have been pulled in by Mark Hyman and Mercola, namely because I have a persistent health issue that western doctors and medicine have been ignoring, and I have been forced to look outside of that realm for help. While I do think there is some merit in some of their health advice, I definitely will not be spending the 10k+ it costs to go see Dr Hyman, like I was originally planning on doing, namely because of this blog.
Also, would you be able to review Terry Wahls as well? She has one of those ‘too good to be true’ stories, but then again she doesn’t really seem to be selling things besides her book. And what about Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple? Him I’m at least way more suspicious of now, since he sells his own products.
Anyways, thank you for your research and astuteness.
Thanks for reading and commenting! I’ll definitely check out the other names you mention. Stay safe and sane out there 🙂