Testosterone: What's your medical background, doc?

Dr. Mercola:

T: For T-mag readers who aren't familiar with your work, what's your main goal?

Mercola:

T: You say that the existing medical establishment – along with the media and greedy corporations – is responsible for killing and permanently injuring millions of Americans. What do you mean exactly?

T: Believe me, we butt heads with doctors a lot ourselves here at T-mag. Your focus is mainly on diet, so let's start there. Give us the Cliff's Notes version of your dietary recommendations.

T: What is the primary goal of your recommendations? Weight loss? Life extension?

Mercola:

T: You write about high insulin levels and the problems this causes, so do you generally recommend a low carb diet?

Mercola:

T: We hear a lot about how eating a low-calorie diet year round can extend the lifespan. Do you go for that?

Mercola:

T: We agree about a lot of things – multiple small meals, omega 3's, limiting sugar intake, avoiding soy protein etc. – but let's focus on the things that may shock the average Testosterone reader. I'll just name a few things and you give us your opinion and explanation. First let's talk about grains.

Mercola:

T: Okay, we agree on that, but carbs are a necessary part of ones diet, right? From a bodybuilding perspective, you just don't grow much muscle without carbs.

Mercola:

T: Now, you say sugar is bad, but is anything really "all bad"? For example, simple sugars after a workout can be very beneficial.

Mercola:

T: Hmmm, I think we could argue about post-training nutrition and properly timed insulin spikes, but let's get to some of your other ideas. You talked a little about water intake already, but give us your exact guidelines because I know from reading your site that you're very specific about it.

Mercola:

T: What are your thoughts on eating meat?

Mercola:

T: Any meats we should avoid?

Mercola:

T: I know you have some rather odd recommendations concerning eggs. Tell us about those.

Mercola:

T: Why exactly do you suggest we not cook the yolks?

Mercola:

T: Okay, so we should eat our egg yolks raw, but you're not advocating that we eat the whites raw, too, are you?

Mercola:

T: I've never been a fan of milk myself, but you're adamantly opposed to it. Why?

Mercola:

T: Okay, let's talk fruit.

Mercola:

T: We already know you're big on vegetables, so lay the details on us please.

Mercola:

T: This one is really going to hurt bodybuilders, but you're against eating tuna, right?

Mercola:

T: What you say about tuna makes sense, but I gotta tell you, I've never known a guy to actually get poisoned by eating too much tuna.

Mercola:

T: T-mag readers are mostly after a muscular look. They want to be big and strong. To be honest, some of your recommendations may help with longevity and health, but can a person build muscle with these ideas? Can he perform well athletically?

Mercola:

T: You recommend getting out in the sun for at least an hour a day. Why?

Mercola:

T: Speaking of mental health, you promote EFT, which is the "face tapping" I referred to in the introduction of this article. What is EFT exactly?

Mercola:

T: I'll bet you get a lot skeptics in this area.

Mercola:

T: Now, you're a marathon runner. T-mag readers are mostly bodybuilders, powerlifters and combat athletes. How do your dietary guidelines change when dealing with that population. Or do they?

Mercola:

T: I find your ideas fascinating, but I have to be honest, some of your recommendations seems to go a little overboard. Here are some examples:

You say: women should not wear underwire bras because the metal is bad for them, don't use microwaves, don't stay up after 10 PM, don't use an electric razor, don't get a root canal, don't drink water with meals, don't use fluoride in your toothpaste, don't get your kids vaccinated, don't swim in chlorinated pools, don't chew gum and don't carry your car door remote in your pocket.

Honestly, this stuff may help me live longer, but I'd die anyway from stressing out over it all!

Mercola:

T: Okay, fair enough. But I'd like to play the "bad cop" just once more. You've been called paranoid and your ideas have been called "health paranoia personified." Many have also called for studies that back up some of the stranger claims. How do you respond to your critics?

Mercola:

T: So, criticisms from the medical establishment aren't much of a surprise to you?

Mercola:

T: Thanks for the interview, Dr. Mercola. I'm sure it'll stir up a few more heated debates!

For more information, visit www.mercola.com or The Optimal Wellness Center. Also, in early spring of 2003, Putnam will be publishing Dr. Mercola's first mass-market book, The No-Grain Diet.