I’ve announced that I’m leaving Facebook, even though I have 1.8 million people who have been depending on this avenue to learn about the latest health news and information straight from me. The threats to security and privacy have simply become too great, and there are other, better ways to continue receiving the health information you crave, including my free email newsletter.
Paying customers sending health information to people who voluntarily opted in to receive said information were suddenly cut off, with no warning. In a statement to NBC News, a spokesperson for the company said:1
“Spreading misinformation about the safety and efficacy of vaccines poses a serious threat to public health and causes real-world harm. We cannot allow these individuals and groups to use our Marketing Platform to spread harmful messages and expand their audiences.”
This assault on your access to health information, and blatant censorship overreach, is a growing trend, one that’s been similarly echoed by Amazon, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest, which have also blocked, pulled or disabled content deemed to be “anti-vaccination.”2
Fortunately, we own and operate our own servers to ensure no third parties can get in the way of our communications, but you need to take action to ensure receipt of our newsletters.
Beware of Google and its primary email service, Gmail
Google’s primary business is the harvesting of user data, and it catches everything you do online when you’re using a Google-based feature, such as Gmail or a Chrome browser. This data gathering goes far beyond what most people realize was even possible and contributes to what is one of the largest monopolies in the world.
This is why I removed Google Search from this website and replaced it with a search engine without the privacy concerns, but with similar capabilities. I also recommend you avoid any and all Google products, including:
- Stop using Google search engines. So far, one of the best alternatives I’ve found is Startpage
- Uninstall Google Chrome and use the Opera browser instead, available for all computers and mobile devices.4 From a security perspective, Opera is far superior to Chrome and offers a free VPN (virtual private network) service to further preserve your privacy
- If you have a Gmail account, close it and open an account with a non-Google affiliated email service such as ProtonMail, an encrypted email service based in Switzerland5
- Stop using Google docs. Digital Trends has published an article suggesting a number of alternatives6
- If you’re a high school student, do not convert the Google accounts you created as a student into personal accounts
How to make sure you see Mercola emails
If you use Gmail, you might not be aware that it uses algorithms to “sort” your incoming messages according to different categories, including primary, social and promotions tabs. It’s another way to suppress information, and most emails go to the promotions tab — unless you change that.
To ensure you continue to receive your Mercola.com email subscription in your primary inbox, add Mercola.com to your Google contacts. (If you’re using another email service, also add Mercola.com to your contacts to be sure our newsletters go to your inbox instead of the “junk” folder.)
In Gmail, you can also move one of our email newsletters from the promotions tab to the primary tab. Gmail will then ask if you always want this newsletter delivered to your primary tab, to which you can reply yes. You can also choose to remove the additional category tabs altogether, so you have only a primary inbox. To do so:7
- Open Gmail
- Click on the gear icon at the top right
- Open Settings
- Click the Inbox tab
- Choose “Default” for Inbox Type
- Check only the categories you want; if you only want a primary inbox, be sure all other categories are unchecked
- Scroll to the bottom and click Save Changes
Where to get Mercola information
In 2019, you can continue to get the information you need to take control of your health directly from my website, Mercola.com. There you’ll find top news stories, data about our most searched-for terms (CBD oil, the 5G apocalypse and Forget Facebook have been especially hot lately) and interviews with health experts on everything from the weed killer glyphosate to treating Lyme disease.
If you’re looking for something specific, you can use my search feature to access more than 100,000 pages of health information. Whether you’re starting a ketogenic diet, learning more about magnesium, searching for a healthy recipe or tracking down a new fitness plan, you’ll find it here. If you aren’t already getting the latest headlines sent directly to your email inbox, I urge you to sign up for my free newsletter as well.
Sign up for SMS — Text messaging
SMS (short message service) is another place you can find information unique to Mercola.com. When you join Mercola SMS, you’ll receive recurring text messages from Mercola.com via automated technology to the mobile number provided, offering health news and exclusive access to bonus content.
Mercola health news podcast
Have you signed up for my weekly podcast yet? This is where I share safe and practical solutions to address common health problems via interviews with leading health experts.
In recent weeks, I’ve spoken with Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on the dangers of glyphosate, interviewed Dr. Dale Bredesen, director of neurodegenerative disease research at the UCLA School of Medicine, about Alzheimer’s disease, and discussed the dangers of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) with Peter Sullivan, the founder of Clear Light Ventures, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about EMF health effects.
Other past topics include the benefits of a carnivorous diet, natural cancer therapies and new ways to treat macular degeneration. For those of you who love to digest new information while on the go — in your car, during a workout or while you’re cleaning the house, for starters — podcasts are ideal.
Mercola health blog
For bite-sized bits of health information you need to know, tune in to my health blog. It’s refreshed daily with new highlights covering top news stories, nutrition information and health warnings. Did you know, for instance, that another person fell victim to flesh-eating bacteria in Florida in July 2019, or that antacid medications may be linked to allergies?
If you follow my health blog, you’ll know this and much more on topics ranging from fitness and healthy foods to medical device recalls and tips for preventing chronic illness.
Food facts and recipes
When you’re after hard facts about which foods are most wholesome to add to your diet, look no further than Mecola.com’s Food Facts. Broken down into food categories, including fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, nuts and seeds, grains and legumes, condiments, meats and seafood and others, you can find nutrition facts, health benefits and cooking tips for your favorite foods.
At Mercola Healthy Recipes, you can also find delicious ways to prepare the healthy foods you’ve read about. Based on foods found in my optimized Nutrition Plan, there are recipes for soups, salads, entrees, side dishes and more.
Why I’m leaving Facebook
Facebook’s “free” service has revolutionized the way many people keep in touch with their friends, family and acquaintances, as well as news and information that interests them. But this free convenience comes at a price of your personal privacy, as YOU are the product — one that’s being intensively mined for data.
Every time you “like” a page or click on an advertisement, you’re contributing more data about your interests and preferences. Even data like your private messages, login locations and personal information may be tracked and sold.
As it stands, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fined Facebook $ 5 billion for its privacy breaches,8 but even that amounts to only a slap on the wrist for a company like Facebook, which posted revenue of $ 15.08 billion in the first quarter of 2019.9 What’s more, Facebook’s stock rose in value by about $ 10 billion after news of the FTC fine broke.10
This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Facebook’s privacy breaches. It’s estimated that Facebook may have 52,000 data points on individuals11 — including children. What they do with that data now is pass it on to advertisers, but what they might do with it in the future remains to be seen.
By being a part of Facebook, I could be contributing to the invasive data mining, which is why I decided that leaving the platform and going back to depending on email and other free forms of communication is the responsible way forward. When I surveyed my audience they, too, agreed, with 65.49% stating I should stop posting on Facebook entirely.
In the future, the only posts you may see from me on Facebook will be warnings about Google or Facebook, to encourage people to leave and protect their privacy.
You can still access the Mercola health information you trust
While I’m grateful for the large number of people who have followed my page on Facebook, if you’re one of my current or past Facebook followers, be sure to subscribe to my email newsletter, which will give you access to three health news articles every day, continuing to bring you the information you need to take control of your health and enhance your well-being.
If you’re already a newsletter subscriber, be sure to take the steps mentioned to ensure your subscription goes right to your primary inbox so you can stay abreast of any important news.
So, while I’m leaving Facebook, I’m not leaving my followers — just bringing you news in formats that better protect your right to privacy. In addition to my email newsletter, be sure to look at the other sources of Mercola health information, including:
- SMS text messaging
- Health blogs