Mercola Needs To Stop Writing About Water Filtration

Unfortunately Dr. Joseph Mercola is spreading a great deal of bad information to his audience about water filtration. Whoever he is consulting with is giving him old and bad information. I suggest you ignore everything he says about water.

Also…the systems he sells are junk and do not perform as claimed. Mercola’s Pure and Clear Whole House Water Filter does not perform as claimed. If you want to see the best whole house water filter, then check out my Urban Defender.

Dr. Mercola, if you’d like to do a better job with water issues, I invite you to call me.  I give you credit and presume that you do not know the information you’re spreading is wrong. I’d be glad to speak with you.

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About James McMahon

Studied ecology at the University of Illinois, mountain survival at Eastern Washing University, Deep Ecology at Naropa, River Ecology with The Nature Conservancy and Luna Leopold
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13 Responses to Mercola Needs To Stop Writing About Water Filtration

  1. John says:

    I accept your premise that the Pure and Clear Filters do not measure up, but would like to see a more data-driven response. Dr. Mercola seldom claims expertise on what he publishes; he relies on experts with proven track records and research. When new data and research shows a new way, Dr. Mercola has no problem updating his views. So, if you are to go toe-to-toe with him, you need to have your data ducks in order.

    You need to present clear information why P and C Filters are not up to snuff.

    I trust you are committed to providing good information and products to make our water better. Now, demonstrate it with more data.

    • I have previously commented on this topic elsewhere on this blog and have no intention of repeating that. You can search for the information about Aquasana filters. Mercola’s filters are the same. Basically the KDF outlasts the carbon since there is insufficient carbon and it is in an upflow configuration. Therefore if you test the filter for chlorine removal after you have it for some time it will show that it is removing chlorine, however it won’t be removing the carcinogenic byproducts of chlorination. There’s a longer explanation in the relevant blog post you can read here:

      Anyone reading this is also welcome to email me directly and request the pdf I provide on why ‘backwashing filters are better than upflow.’ And I have emailed this to you directly.

      But I was not only talking about the inferior nature of the filters sold by Dr. Mercola. Also, when he writes about water he has no idea what he is talking about and misleads the public when he writes or with his videos. My point is that he should stick with topics with which he is familiar.

  2. Ahmad Khan says:

    I have not seen anything after this, any update to this topic? I am thinking to buy Dr. Mercola Pure and Clear product. Also this link is not working?

  3. pete russo says:

    No one should buy this system. It is cheap and parts break easily upon installation. When reordering broken parts they are on backorder for months. System sucks!

  4. Laura says:

    We have had Mercola’s system for our well water for several years and are happy with it. Hubby is not happy with the expense of reordering the big filter so often with our big family. We have never had broken parts or anything like that and their customer service is always amazing!

    • That’s great and is exactly my point. Mercola sells the same filter for city water that he does for well water. Unless you’ve done a water test you don’t know what contaminants are present in your water. The only reason to use a carbon filter would be the presence of volatile organic compounds, which should not be there, or pesticides. Otherwise the filter is doing nothing at all. Clearly you have some dirt in your well and that’s why the prefilter is plugging up.

      So, you’re happy, but are you protected? Unless you’ve done a thorough water test you really don’t know. Exactly my point. Most people buy the wrong thing and think they’re protected when they’re not.

  5. Teri CiproVictim says:

    Does yours block fluoride too like Dr. Mercola’s water filteration systems?

  6. In market for shower filter, and was finally advised, after much searching and more questions, by the NSF that they only certify chlorine reduction and NOT TTHM in any shower filter. Meaning that even though chlorine is reduced, the cancer causing chemicals you breath in while showering, and the chemicals that get into your body via your skin IS NOT.

    So, nice hair and skin, but what about health protections.

  7. Paul says:

    I have moderate hard water and use a backwashed, media whole house filter – and it works great! While scaling is mild, my wife’s hair coloring gets wiped clean in the shower and she complains of brittle hair. Are there any non-salt softener solutions, before or after the whole house filter or directly to the shower head?

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