Doctor removing health articles after misinformation claims

CAPE CORAL, Fla .– Dr Joseph Mercola’s website has a plethora of blogs on health advice, COVID-19, and vaccines. One article claims to treat COVID-19 for less than $ 1 a day. On Wednesday morning, he posted that he would delete all of its content in 48 hours.

Mercola is maintaining its information – but says it will remove all of its content – because of a New York Times article published just days ago.

“So the course of action I am now obligated to take is to delete all of my article archives,” he said.

The article he refers to refers to researchers and regulators who called Mercola a disinformation spreader. This claim is based on his published writings, such as the one posted on his website which references Italian studies that a previous infection with COVID-19 is just as effective as a vaccination, claiming that the antibodies to the virus last in your body. for at least nine months. The Centers for Disease Control, however, says there’s no way to know how long do the antibodies last inside each person.

Lyn Millner, professor of journalism at Florida Gulf Coast University, said the spread of disinformation during a pandemic is particularly dangerous, referring to the hundreds of people currently battling COVID-19 at Lee Health hospitals on Wednesday.

“Wherever there is fear there will be hoaxes. There will be disinformation, ”she said.

She suggests that when you read Dr. Mercola’s blogs or someone else’s news, ask yourself several questions.

“Who is he? What credentials does he have? Does he have an agenda? And it looks like he could. Sure, he sells things on his website,” she said.

But, Dr Mercola is held in high regard in Cape Coral, where his company headquarters is located. It is the first business name to appear on the City of Cape Coral Headquarters website. When Fox 4 asked the city if they were planning to take it down given the controversy, they said there had been discussions about it, but they had not made a decision.

A city spokesperson sent the following statement to Fox 4:

Mercola has invested millions in our community and created over 125 high paying jobs in the city.

In 2019, a job creation incentive agreement with the company was approved for jobs paying an average annual salary of $ 60,000. The local job creation incentive program promotes jobs that pay at least the Lee County average wage. The agreement provided an incentive of $ 1,500 for each new job, as well as any job relocated to Cape Coral, with a maximum incentive of $ 132,000.

The company is featured on the city’s website due to the number of jobs created in Cape Coral and the job creation incentive that was awarded in 2019. There have been internal discussions about the ability to make changes to the web page you are referring to due to the latest news. article, which is disputed by the company.

Amanda J. Marsh