23 More Things Dr. Joseph Mercola Has Said Will Give You Cancer


Yesterday, the New York Times published a story by Nick Bilton arguing that wearable tech like the Apple Watch could maybe, possibly, totally give you cancer as a result of the radiation these devices emanate. The piece was quickly met with a smart and thorough rebuttal by Russell Brandom in the Verge. Brandom highlights countless ways in which the Times columnist doesn’t reflect current cancer research, but perhaps the most glaring issue with Bilton’s piece is that one of his major sources is Dr. Joseph Mercola, who is widely considered to be a quack, and whose health “advice” has been the target of several warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Keeping all of this in mind, let’s take a look at some other things Mercola has claimed will give you cancer. 

  1. Root canals.
  2. Tattoos.
  3. Birth control.
  4. Bras.
  5. Microwave popcorn.
  6. The H1N1 vaccine.
  7. The HPV vaccine.
  8. Actually, most vaccines.
  9. Cellphones.
  10. Landlines (if they’re cordless).
  11. Fructose.
  12. Antiperspirant.
  13. Tamoxifen (a cancer treatment).
  14. Heartburn medications.
  15. Tap water.
  16. Power lines.
  17. Burning incense.
  18. Electric blankets.
  19. Hair dye.
  20. Pringles.
  21. Carbs.
  22. Dirty” electricity.
  23. Cereal.

Also, by spaying or neutering your dog, you are dooming your canine friend to an eventual cancer diagnosis. Basically, everything causes cancer — except, apparently, Mercola’s top-secret way to prevent cancer: using tanning beds.

23 More Things Dr. Mercola Has Said Cause Cancer