Everything is Wrong
It is no exaggeration to report that most of what Mike Adams writes about alternative medicine is woefully wrong, and in some cases, dangerous. We conclude that Michael Adams sorely lacks the skills needed to research the materials that he writes about, and most of what he teaches people about traditional medicines appears to be poorly researched at best. What follows are examples of misinformation taken from Adams' e-book, Secret Sources. This section is included to help readers grasp the breadth of the problem.
The disclaimer of Secret Sources begins with, "The information should be used in conjunction with the guidance and care of your physician. Your physician should be aware of all medical conditions that you may have, as well as the medications or supplements you may be taking". Why must Adams' readers get permission from their doctors just to use vitamins or his advice? It is a rather odd disclaimer for someone who is supposedly fighting the system; especially since he asks readers to trust the orthodox medical establishment as the final authority in all health matters. The disclaimer need not exist for legal concerns, since his Taiwan-based operation should help him to avoid most messy legal issues.
"One final point on all this is that I make absolutely no money from the sales of the products I mention here. None of the companies paid to be listed here. This is not a giant advertisement. Many of the companies here are not even aware they are being listed, and won't know until this is published... You can get close to that experience today by using this freeze-dried berry blend product from Emergency Essentials. For $26 you get a can full of a blend of freeze-dried berries that are absolutely loaded with antioxidants and health-enhancing phytonutrients." -- Mike Adams
The switch-over from promising not to advertise products to advertising products happened quickly. At the time of writing Secret Sources, Adams had always disclaimed getting compensation from his advertised companies. The products listed in his book, for which he is supposedly receiving no compensation, include detailed pricing lists for products, and information about where they can be purchased from specific companies.
The word "phytonutrients" deserves special attention because it is one of Adams' favorite words. Phytonutrients is a word that actually has very little meaning except for people like Adams, who liberally use it as a buzzword to impress everyone with their finesse regarding health research. Mike cannot have a good understanding of phytonutrients, because the research about them is in its infancy. In theory, these little understood trace compounds exist only in plant-based foods, and they are not considered to be essential nutrition. Adams likes to sprinkle this word for two reasons: 1. to seem impressively brilliant, and 2. to promote his vegetarian agenda; since phytonutrients do not exist in meats.
Ironically, the nutrients that are found in meats are generally superior to comparable phytonutrients. Take for example that some researchers have labeled beta-carotene as a phytonutrient, which is the source of vitamin A found inside carrots. While there is nothing wrong with getting some vitamin A from carrots, it is important to know that the vitamin A derived from beef (retinol) is absorbed by the body at a level that cannot be obtained through vegetable consumption. It is one of the reasons why vegetarians have a greatly increased chance of developing terrible eyesight. These are the sort of nutritional facts that Adams seems to avoid.
"Blueberries have been clinically proven to lower cholesterol better than statin drugs." -- Mike Adams, 'Secret Sources'
Adams did not bother citing evidence, because there are no credible, third-party, peer-reviewed, independent studies yielding any evidence of this. As alternative health researchers, the whole premise of Mike's statement is appalling, because any decent alternative medicine practitioner would never consider the existence of excessive cholesterol as a disease in itself; but it is instead a symptom of a more serious problem. Cholesterol is actually a good thing, at least in the short term, because it aids a body in protecting itself from serious inflammation damage; and thus from both internal bleeding and drastic arterial damage. Cholesterol saves lives. It is not necessarily the evil villain that Adams and the medical establishment would have us believe. Blueberries might decrease certain types of inflammation; and that would be a good thing. If that is the case, then blueberries might also help to reduce elevated cholesterol levels.
It needs to be mentioned that Adams has a terrible habit of implicitly supporting the bad (and somewhat disproven) cholesterol science that is still influencing modern medicine, which contends that any diet containing what Adams calls "animal products" may be harmful by way of introducing saturated fats into the body. It conveniently ignores that a balanced diet containing some natural fats is vital for decreasing whole-body inflammation, and to thereby decrease the "bad" cholesterol levels. Adams does not accept the newer findings that verify what humans had already known for thousands of years prior. Namely that the human body needs real protein and some natural fats. Serious cholesterol issues come from not having a properly balanced diet, but Adams' typical solution is to imbalance the diet of his audience even further through vegetarian therapies. More vegetarians have contacted us about elevated cholesterol problems than normal people have, because a body will produce its own cholesterol if a person's diet is lacking in beneficial fats. This is why the cholesterol problem cannot be cured in most cases, because the recommended fat-free therapies themselves will cause a body to produce its own cholesterol at ever increasing levels to defend itself from the inflammation caused by the deficiencies of those diets.
"Broccoli - Contains an assortment of phytochemicals clinically shown to prevent the growth of tumors." -- Mike Adams, 'Secret Sources'
Adams somehow forgot to cite those clinical studies again. Broccoli is indeed a powerhouse food for health, but no tumor has ever been halted with broccoli. This sort of despicable misinformation leads to people dying horribly from cancer. Adams transitioned from the silly "phytonutrients" to the even sillier "phytochemicals". It is a concept that he borrowed from the American Cancer Society. Only alternative health gurus and the American Cancer Society suggest that cancers might be stopped with phytochemicals, despite the fact that we barely have any understanding of them. There are no documented cases of cancer patients ever being helped by either broccoli alone or by isolated phytochemicals. To state otherwise is patent dishonesty.
"As a service to www.NewsTarget.com [NaturalNews.com] readers, I've negotiated an exclusive discount with Emergency Essentials. Type 'newstarget' in the promo code box of the shopping cart at http://BePrepared.com, and youll get free shipping on any order more than $20 inside the united states." -- Mike Adams, Secret Sources, p. 49
Adams repeatedly insists that he is providing this information to people because of the importance of helping others, but the product plugs and price lists are withheld inside a book that costs $29 to get access to. A skeptic might conclude that he is double-dipping.
"Secret source #2 is a company called Walton Feed. Visit their web site at www.WaltonFeed.com. I have been using Walton Feed for many years. I learned about this company years ago when I was helping people with preparedness and nutrition. Walton Feed is absolutely the best source for affordable healing foods such as whole grains and quinoa. At Walton Feed, you can feed yourself and your family at a fraction of the price you've been spending at the grocery store... You should also avoid all milk, butter, margarine, shortening and sugar products." -- Mike Adams, 'Secret Sources'
No reason was given for the above recommendation against dairy products, but we know. Milk and butter are unacceptable because they are "animal products", as Adams calls them. Butter is almost an essential item for perfect dental and heart health. Natural butter can actually reverse cavities through a process known as remineralization, but butter's heart effects are too complex to cite here. We agree with Adams about industry's monstrosities, such as margarine and shortening; but the harmfulness of sugar is completely dependent upon the source and the amount. For example, people should not drink large glasses of unclean sugar water and expect to become healthier, which is something that Mike promoted in one of his videos. The problem for Mike with milk and butter is his personal issue with people eating "animal products". He has repeatedly demonstrated that he will spread misinformation about so-called "animal products", even at the detriment of his follower's health. Nonetheless, there were good reasons for dairy being categorized as an official food group, because there are incredible benefits to consuming (non-homogenized) organic milk, natural butter and organic yogurt. To drive the point home, dairy products are a critical part of alternative medicine's best anti-cancer therapy, the Budwig Protocol. It is a topic that Adams has always personally avoided, despite the protocol being all natural and despite it being the most successful anti-cancer treatment known.
"Secret Source #3 is a wonderful company called the Amazon Herb Company. It sells what may very well be some of the most medicinally useful herbs in the world: rainforest herbs... These aren't just standard rainforest herbs, either. These are the most medicinally powerful herbs I've ever tasted." -- Mike Adams, 'Secret Sources'
The herbs come from the rain forest and have what Mike Adams considers to be the special medicinal taste, so we can be very certain that they are indeed powerful medicines. It's really hard to argue with science and logic like that. The special herbs are actually more powerful than the standard rain forest herbs, and that is really saying something.
"In other words, these 8 ounces of liquid contained the same concentration of herbs that could have easily cost $160 if I had purchased them as tinctures from another company. Yet the Amazon Herb prices were quite reasonable -- just a fraction of that $160... Amazon Herb products are based on truly miraculous medicinal herbs. It's no exaggeration to say that these herbs can prevent and even reverse chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes." -- Mike Adams, 'Secret Sources'
If the F.D.A. ever proved a financial tie, then Adams might find himself in prison for these claims for a very long time. It could be why he so frequently reassures his readers that he receives no compensation from the companies that he advertises. Falsely stating that a product cures cancer, and then profiting from the sale of that item is a very serious offense in the United States.
"Call it homeopathic influence if you want, but the truth is that the emotions and intentions of the people producing these products really do have an impact on your health." -- Mike Adams, 'Secret Sources'
That homeopathic influence explains much, but it is more important to note that mistreating the human body with fraudulent medicine is far more harmful than any amount of intentions. The positive intentions thing has a deeper, hidden meaning that is revealed inside the character section, reflecting what Mike considers to be his spirituality.
"The Amazon Herb Company goes even further and uses what they call a spagyric process for transferring the healing power of the harvested herbs into a consumable product... Nothing gets thrown away, and the full energy of the original plant is reconstituted back into the liquid or capsules that customers purchase. This spagyric process, which is only practiced by a few companies around the world, may help explain why I have personally found these Amazon Herb products to be so potent and medicinally valuable." -- Mike Adams, 'Secret Sources'
We would love to view the official research about that spagyric process. Perhaps it would explain Amazon Herb Company's techniques for transferring healing power. Some of our readers may have been thinking that Mike's marketing attempts were just hokey pokey, instead of the product of serious health research. Let the lesson be learned. How do they manage to reconstitute the vital plant energy with their special spagyric process? The spiritual plant energy is obviously more significant than the energy from animal products, and it betrays a heathenistic belief system.
"These herbs are so powerful that if I had a family member who was diagnosed with cancer, for example, I would immediately send them a combination of products from Amazon Herb Company, including Cat's Claw (Una de Gato) and Gravizon." -- Mike Adams, 'Secret Sources'
Mike Adams must be very unpopular with his relatives. Cat's claw -- that's another solution for cancer? Perhaps cat's claw should be used when the phytochemicals are not strong enough.
"Quinoa Flour... A versatile 'healing food' flour that can replace flour in most recipes. Quinoa is an ancient grain, used extensively by the Incas. It offers the highest protein of any grain, even boasting a complete protein (all essential amino acids)." -- Mike Adams, 'Secret Sources'
Hemp is the only plant containing all recognized amino acids; but a body would still become malnourished if hemp were used as a total replacement for meats, due to the lack of symbiotic fats, certain vitamins, and perhaps other nutrients yet to be discovered. The various proteins and fats in meats are the building blocks of the human body. Flour is never an adequate substitute. The fact that Adams hinted that real proteins might be replaced with (and we shudder) flour -- left us almost speechless. Containing a protein does not make any flour a special healing food. It suggests that diseases can be treated by a food item that is known to convert into sugar inside of the body; when in actuality, inflammation from excessive sugar is the single biggest cause of disease world-wide, and the aftermath cannot be halted with blueberries or phytochemicals.
"As your body digests the quinoa, it will eventually figure out that there weren't a lot of calories in the meal. But by that time, you've already won the appetite battle. The meal is over. You've already fooled your stomach into thinking you've had a huge serving. This is a little trick to get around your ancient appetite control system -- the one we're all pre-wired with as human beings." -- Mike Adams, 'Secret Sources'
Adams' advice encourages his readers to diet via self-imposed malnutrition and carbohydrate consumption. It is not exactly the wisest health advice that we have ever encountered. What is most amazing is that such a diet will cause massive weight gain into the long term future, because the self-imposed malnutrition will trigger emergency survival hormones that will cause a body to hunger much more often and store significantly more food as fat. Of course, any diet consisting largely of flour-based carbohydrates is also a diet of mostly sugar. Such terrible advice is why most diets (particularly starvation diets) fail. The most successful diets have people eating more often, for the purpose of deactivating those hormones, which are already active in most of us, due to our less-than-ideal 1-to-2 meal lifestyles. Five or six small and healthy meals are ideal for the human body; and such exemplary diets are the reason why body builders have almost no body fat. Astute readers may also realize that body builders and others with low body fat do not diet with flour of any kind. Mike's flour-based suggestion for how to lose weight is truly a Natural News original.
"The Health Ranger (Mike Adams) is a holistic nutritionist with more than 5,000 hours of study on nutrition, wellness, food toxicology and the true causes of disease and health. He is the author of The 7 Laws of Nutrition, Grocery Warning, Spam Filters for Your Brain, and many other books available at www.TruthPublishing.com." -- Mike Adams, 'Secret Sources'
As an ethical journalist, Adams did not simply fabricate that 5,000 hour thing, and he did in fact, time himself. There is no such thing as a holistic nutritionist. We wish our readers good luck in getting a college degree for that. It is a self-endowed title meant to impress, and his secondary education is actually a degree in technical writing.