Health Ranger Profile and History
Mike Adams, the "Health Ranger," is an outspoken consumer health advocate, award-winning investigative journalist, internet activist and science lab director.
He is the founder and editor of NaturalNews.com, the internet's most-trafficked natural health news website. He is also the creator of CounterThink.com, FoodInvestigations.com, HealingFoodReference.com, HonestFoodGuide.org and several other websites covering natural health topics.
Adams is a prolific writer and has been called "the best health and natural products writer on the scene today." (by Ronnie Cummins, founder, Organic Consumers Association)
Adams has received accolades and testimonials from several key influencers in the natural health space, including Dr. Michael T. Murray and raw food pioneer David Wolfe (see testimonials, below).
Mike Adams is widely recognized as having a strong technical aptitude that has allowed his websites to achieve very high degrees of success on the internet. He is also widely known to be a highly influential writer and presenter.
"Mike Adams is the best health and natural products writer on the scene today."Adams was born in 1967 in Lawrence, Kansas. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree. In college entrance exams and graduate school entrance exams, Adams scored in the 99.9th percentile across all U.S. students. He aced the English, Mathematics and Science sections of college entrance exams, scoring 100% on 3 out of 4 sections earning numerous offers of scholarships from various universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (which he chose not to attend).
- Ronnie Cummins, founder, Organic Consumers Association
Adams chose not to attend graduate school but was offered numerous scholarships to do so. Instead, he decided to launch his own software company in 1993. That software company went on to become a multi-million-dollar entity that provided email technology solutions to many Fortune 500 firms and specialized in email alert technologies for universities and government offices.
Adams sold the software company in 2003 and launched Natural News (then NewsTarget.com). Natural News went on to become the internet's most trafficked natural health news website, reaching millions of unique readers each month.
Mike Adams lived in Taiwan for two years and is nearly fluent in spoken Mandarin. Adams was also a resident of Ecuador for two years, from 2008 - 2010, where he built a 20-acre food forest containing over a hundred food-producing trees. He speaks conversational Spanish.
Adams currently resides on a ranch in Austin, Texas. There, he and his wife raise chickens and goats, practicing permaculture and self-sufficiency.
Adams has no criminal record and has never been arrested. He avoids alcohol, smoking, coffee and all recreational drugs. He has never used recreational drugs in his entire life.
Adams is not known to appear on the social scene and usually spends time in nature rather than socializing. He is occasionally spotted in public at the Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas.
Adams is well trained in hand-to-hand combat, firearms and self defense. He has authored numerous courses on self defense and personal protection.
Mike Adams has a four-year bachelor of science degree from a prominent university in the Midwest. He has minors in mathematics and economics.
Adams began to attend college before graduating from high school. His early college coursework included microbiology and genetics. Adams has a strong academic background in the sciences.
"I'm so impressed with the work that you're doing and the information you're disseminating, it's just vital for people to get this sort of information."Adams also studied anthropology, literature, logic, labor law, Greek history, computer science, international trade, classical "Adam Smith" economics and music composition and theory. (He now follows Austrian economics and is an avid reader of LewRockwell.com and DailyReckoning.com)
- Michael T. Murray, author of the Encyclopedia of Healing Foods
Adams composed music for several university theatrical productions and was offered a job by a large university as the head of sound design for the theater department. (He turned it down.)
As a child, Mike Adams was found to extraordinarily gifted in music composition. He began studying piano and keyboard at the age of five. He took on percussion studies at age six. By age twelve, he was creating elaborate keyboard compositions and publicly performing at music talent competitions.
In his teens, Adams acquired electronic music equipment (sound modules, tone generators, keyboards) and began to compose multi-track music pieces as a hobby. His composition and music abilities were put to good use in his activism videos against GMOs, vaccines and other topics.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Mike Adams has personally authored over 2,000 articles, including investigative articles, satire and op-ed. His writings have been collectively read by over 100 million people over the past decade.
His articles demonstrate a diverse range of knowledge on many subjects, including psychology, anthropology, cosmology, U.S. history, philosophy, economics, money and finance, nutrition, politics, civil rights, plant biology, intellectual property law, chemistry, physics, quantum phenomena, agriculture, linguistics, microbiology, neurolinguistics and more.
Mike Adams has conducted over 1,000 interviews and is known for being able to delve into details on almost any conversational topic.
Adams was the youngest person he knew who owned a personal computer. In the fifth grade, he frequently wrote computer code on paper during class. In the seventh grade, Adams was accused by one of his teachers of "practicing witchcraft" for bringing a computer to school and demonstrating how a floppy disk worked. (This was long before the internet and before most people had even seen a computer.)
Adams owned a Rubik's cube in the 7th grade and astonished classmates by solving it in under a minute. His record solve time was 26 seconds, a respectable number even in today's "speedcubing" competitions using far more advanced algorithms.
By the age of 14, Adams was an accomplished computer programmer. Entirely self-taught on the computer, he developed his own algorithms for programs that drew mathematically-complex shapes on the screen. In high school, he wrote one of the first "cannon wars" video games for the Apple IIe computer, a game that was widely pirated across his school district. (This was Adams' first experience of having his advanced creative work stolen by others.)
Throughout his twenties, Adams continued to develop high-level computer algorithms. At the age of 25, he built an evolutionary stock market trading system that learned from its own mistakes to develop "trading systems" that beat market averages by over 20% annually. He never commercialized the system and found himself caught up in the growth of his software company instead.
Adams wrote the internet's first permission-based email newsletter distribution software in 1993. This became the basis for the launch of his technology company which he later sold to pursue Natural News. His software was, at its peak, in use by over 100 Fortune 500 firms.
The content management system currently powering Natural News was designed, programmed and deployed by Mike Adams. It is based on a non-server-side "static" HTML system designed for the key purpose of making NaturalNews.com nearly immune to DDoS attacks (distributed denial-of-service). To date, Natural News has never been taken offline by DDoS.
Unique to Natural News is a relational keyword algorithm system that has been once of the secrets behind Natural News' extraordinary presence on search engines. NaturalNews.com reportedly receives over 100,000 clicks per day from organic Google search engine results. This is accomplished purely on content, as Adams disavows all "black hat" techniques and has never spent any money advertising Natural News.
Mike Adams is also the key architect and engineer behind the 2013 launch of the SCIENCE.naturalnews.com website, which is based on relational "signal detection" algorithms that identify statistical relationships among concepts in the fields of health, medicine and environment. SCIENCE.naturalnews.com currently publishes 10 million scientific abstracts originally derived from the National Library of Medicine. The complex algorithms and computer code created by Adams to drive the science website would have normally taken a company millions of dollars to achieve.
Mike Adams also designed and engineered the technology behind NaturalPedia.com, a database of hundreds of thousands of quotes from over 1,000 books on health and nutrition. All the quotes found on the website are discovered algorithmically. There is no human editing involved in the content that appears on the site. The site helps promote authors and books and only offers selected quotes from each book, not full text of books. It is used as a reference research website by journalists, bloggers and researchers.
Adams' technical specialty is in the use of computer science algorithms to parse written text. Over the years, he has developed numerous algorithms for finding hidden signals in large bodies of text. Adams possess the technology to monitor trends and make predictions about bank runs, epidemic disease, race wars and other issues reflected in human communications on the 'net. To date, he has not deployed such a technology and has not announced any plans to do so.
Adams has authored a patent application in 1995 for a Google Glass-like device but says he did not have the funds to afford the patent application process. His patent envisioned the device being used in a context that is called "augmented reality" today, where virtual avatars would guide and teach wearers by appearing to interact with the real world around them.
Today, Adams has conceptualized a breakthrough camouflage technology that would allow battlefield soldiers to be "virtually invisible" on the battlefield. The technology specifically "suppresses all visual evidence of movement" using a novel approach that overcomes nearly all weaknesses of modern-day, pattern-based camouflage. Adams has not developed a prototype but calls the technology "Predator Camouflage" and hopes to develop a working prototype before the year 2020. It is called "Predator" camouflage because to the observer, the subject appears to be "see-through," especially when moving.
"The problem with all present-day camouflage," says Adams, "is that you are only hidden as long as you do not move. The instant you begin to move, you become visible. In Predator Camouflage, your movement actually enhances the effectiveness of the camouflage, making you more invisible than if you were motionless."
Adams describes his personal life mission as "protecting the diversity of life" in the universe. The personal philosophy of Mike Adams includes these concepts:
As a child, Mike Adams was taught gardening by his mother, and he actively participated in sowing, growing and harvesting edibles well into his teens.
As a teenager, Adams worked on his grandfather's farm, operating farm machinery including the cutting, raking and baling of hay. He also worked around Black Angus cattle and learned to respect and admire many different animals.
Adams' literary influences are primarily centered on science fiction writers such as Heinlein and Asimov. In addition to literary influences, Adams' counter-culture view of the world was strongly influenced by two comedians: George Carlin and Richard Pryor. "George Carlin taught me to question everything," Adams says. "And Richard Pryor taught me the value of explaining philosophical concepts in an entertaining way."
Adams was also strongly influenced by a number of mentors including a physician (see below), a music composer, a highly successful business entrepreneur, a worldly philanthropist and museum co-founder, and a computer science inventor / engineer. (These all refer to different people.)
Adams also credits his high school track coach and English composition teacher for nurturing his talents and teaching him self-discipline. His English composition teacher was pivotal in teaching Adams the joy of writing, a factor which strongly influenced his college education and ultimately led to his current position as a prominent global influencer of public opinion via Natural News.
Several members of Adams' family were killed by the cancer industry.
VOLUNTEERISM AND HELPING CHILDREN
"Mike Adams is one of America's great journalists and freedom fighters. His ability to deliver important leading edge nutrition and healing information is unparalleled in all of journalism."At the age of 15, Adams taught a computer summer camp in Kansas City, Kansas, helping introduce hundreds of young kids to the world of computers. This class was conducted on Apple IIe computers, which were popular before the introduction of the Mac in 1984.
- David Wolfe, author of The Sunfood Diet Success System
Adams was also a frequent volunteer at nursing homes, where he helped bring water to nursing home patients and helped keep them company by listening to their life stories.
In college, Adams learned juggling and stage magic (sleight of hand), and performed in front of children's groups and fundraising groups, wowing children with seemingly amazing feats of dexterity and magic.
While in school at his university, Adams befriended a homeless man from the UK who was an expert in street juggling. The man taught Adams how to juggle seven rings between the two of them, and Adams turned in a lackluster semester of poor grades while learning to juggle flaming batons. Later in life, Adams would post a video of himself juggling "poi" (glowing balls on long cords).
In Arizona, where Adams lived for some time, he gave nutrition presentations to local high school students in an effort to raise their awareness of what they were eating.
Adams has, over the years, donated tens of thousands of dollars worth of emergency preparedness food to churches and the American Red Cross.
FINANCIAL PREDICTIONSMike Adams has a remarkable track record of making accurate predictions about impending economic crashes and market corrections.
In 1998, he began warning about the coming "dot-com crash," even while the rest of the world thought the stock market would go up forever and that the "old rules of economics" no longer mattered. The dot-com crash happened in 2001, and many stocks lost 99% of their value virtually overnight.
Adams also publicly warned readers about the impending housing bubble well before it unraveled in 2006. In January, 2006, Adams accurately warned, "This bubble market cannot stay propped up for very long... When people aren't buying a house for a place to live or as a long-term investment vehicle to rent out, you know the market is overheated. When you hear a lot of people talking about "making money on their house", then you know there's a big bubble." (http://www.naturalnews.com/016241_housing_bubble_real_estate.html)
In 2013, during the meteoric rise of bitcoin valuations, Mike Adams publicly and boldly predicted a bitcoin crash was imminent and urged holders of bitcoin to get out. On April 8th, 2013, he warned of a "disastrous bitcoin crash" and characterized the valuations as a "speculative bubble." (http://www.naturalnews.com/039830_bitcoin_bubble_crash.html)
On April 9th, 2013, Adams spelled out the mathematics behind the looming bitcoin crash, predicting that "fear will kick in and sellers will pile on... fear will turn to panic..." (http://www.naturalnews.com/039848_bitcoins_speculative_bubble_market_crash.html)
Within 24 hours, the bitcoin market crashed by over $1 billion, losing 50% of its value in one day (http://www.naturalnews.com/039865_bitcoin_crash_prediction_mike_adams.html). Bitcoin cultists immediately blamed Adams for "causing the crash," asserting that he commanded such power over the virtual currency economy that his mere words could cause a $1 billion loss in less than 24 hours.
Mike Adams was raised on the "standard American diet" and grew up being treated with antibiotics, vaccines and pharmaceuticals. He was active in sports and ran track during all four years of high school.
By age 30, Adams' health was in a disastrous state, and he suffered from chronic back pain, high cholesterol, depression, hypoglycemia and borderline type-2 diabetes.
This health crisis resulted in Adams attempting to learn what was causing his hypoglycemia, where, as he describes it, "I would feel like passing out just two hours after eating breakfast."
The first book on health that Adams read was Sugar Blues by William Duffy. The book opened his eyes to the possibility that he had not been told the truth about health by his doctor, his schoolteachers and the community. After this, Adams went on to read hundreds of other books on nutrition, holistic medicine and healing. His favorite authors were Dr. Gary Null and Dr. Michael T. Murray. He later embraced more holistic books by authors such as James Duke and Elson Haas.
The knowledge he gleaned from the study of these books eventually coalesced into the launching of Natural News in December, 2003 (then NewsTarget.com). Since then, Adams has dedicated his life to investigating and sharing the truth about health, foods, nutrition, disease prevention and the corruption and criminality of drug companies and government regulators.
One of his very first stories was on the benefits of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. A representative from Dr. Bronner actually contacted Adams and congratulated him on the story.
In 2006, Adams was declared to be in a state of "perfect health" by his naturopathic physician. Adams regularly visits chiropractors and routinely consumes superfoods and nutritional supplements to maintain a high state of cognitive and physical health. He is a supporter and customer of the Life Extension Foundation.
Adams is frequently seen in YouTube videos with a large glass mason jar holding a milkshake-looking green substance. As he once explained on the Alex Jones Show, this is his "chocolate avocado smoothie recipe" made with almond milk, avocados, raw cacao and various superfood powders.
HEALTH RANGER APPEARANCES
Mike Adams has appeared on many radio shows and TV shows, including:
In addition, Adams has been a keynote public speaker at numerous public events, including speaking at preparedness trade shows, medicinal herb conferences, GMO rallies and the Health Freedom Expo. Adams is widely considered to be a highly entertaining and informative public speaker. He rarely speaks publicly, however, as his current work is focused on forensic food investigations.
Adams is a prolific song writer, musician and performer. He has recorded and published several music videos, and in 2012 he adopted the musician name of "Amethios" (www.Amethios.com)
His music videos include (listed from oldest to newest):
Mike Adams is a prolific producer of parodies that poke fun at corporations or public figures with the aim of pointing out their hypocrisy.
Here are a few of the parodies Adams has produced:
GAIAM TV EPISODES
In 2013, Adams announced a 12-episode contract with GAIAM TV, a network often described as "the Netflix of conscious media."
Adams co-stars in "Secrets to Health" with Ed Group, founder of Global Healing Center. (www.SecretsToHealth.TV)
The episodes are non-scripted and feature Mike Adams and Ed Group explaining fascinating scientific facts about food and health with the use of a variety of props and live demonstrations.
The first four episodes covered phosphoric acid in sodas, fake food ingredients, electropollution and GMOs. They began airing in late September, 2013.
Subsequent episodes are currently slated to cover Fukushima radiation, indoor air pollutants in homes, sodium fluoride and other topics.
In 2013, Adams was awarded a book contract with a "major New York publisher" and is currently working on a book that he promises will be "explosive" and will "rock the food industry and force the FDA and USDA to change their regulatory practices."
Adams has a history of pioneering breakthrough projects that really have changed the world. The book is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2014. The exact topic of the book is currently unknown but followers of Adams have noted that his company recently purchased the domain name FoodForensics.com
Adams is the author or co-author of over a dozen special investigative reports. Those reports are all available free of charge on the web. They include:
FORENSIC FOOD LABORATORY
Although Mike Adams did not choose an academic route to acquiring knowledge beyond his university degree, he has read hundreds of books, listened to dozens of continuing medical education (CME) seminars, and watched instructional DVDs taught by college professors on numerous topics, including chemistry, physics and philosophy. His work is widely considered to be "beyond doctorate level" in many areas, including computer science and nutrition science.
Adams is the director of the Natural News Store facility which is certified organic by the USDA. As part of this function, Adams helps formulate nutritional products, assesses raw materials for suitability and quality, and adheres to USDA standards for organic food production, labeling, marketing and raw materials tracking.
In 2013, Adams announced he was heading up the Natural News Forensic Food Laboratory, a food investigations lab located in Central Texas. Adams has partnered with a private lab to use their facilities which are then re-branded the "Natural News Forensic Food Lab."
Interestingly, Adams conducts all the research himself and has attained training and certification to operate a growing list of laboratory testing equipment, including ICP-MS, HPLC, digital microscopes and other instruments. Adams is trained in so-called "EPA methods" for sample preparation, digestion, dilution and quality control calibrations for testing equipment.
Adams has promised "astounding" new findings from the Natural News Forensic Food Lab by the end of 2013.
TESTIMONIALS ABOUT MIKE ADAMS
"You are a great ally and a non-GMO hero. Thank you so much for everything -- your generous donation, your rap video, news coverage, etc. You light people on fire. It's a great gift to the world, and you've been a great gift to our work."
- Jeffrey Smith, executive director, Institute for Responsible Technology
"Mike Adams is the best health and natural products writer on the scene today."
- Ronnie Cummins, founder, Organic Consumers Association
"I'm so impressed with the work that you're doing and the information you're disseminating, it's just vital for people to get this sort of information."
- Michael T. Murray, author of the Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, the Textbook of Natural Medicine and other books
"Sometimes you just know you are in the presence of a special person who really cares about others. I had the pleasure of meeting Mike Adams recently and knew instantly why this fearless 'Health Ranger' is so admired by millions of people. He is not only a brilliant communicator but he is passionate about awakening people with the truth."
- Suzy Cohen, R.Ph., Author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist, www.DearPharmacist.com
"Mike Adams is one of the few real investigative reporters out there. This honest man took the responsibility on his own time and money to investigate the multitude of issues surrounding the destruction of the private food club in Los Angeles California called Rawesome Foods. I owe much to this man for defending the actual "Truth" by spending many months uncovering the lies and false claims made by many people. He is an independent thinker who continues to work every day to help raise the awareness of many of the current issues plaguing our society today. His articles inform and educate in a time where finding the truth is becoming more difficult to attain."
- James Stewart, founder of Rawesome Foods
"Mike Adams is a friend of mine and a man of integrity. Mike comes from the heart and shoots from the hip. In his Natural News.com online magazine, Mike offers insights, facts, humor, and shocking news that truly enlightens his readers to the ways we are being hoodwinked by big business in America. He takes a hard stand against the out-of-control-use of pharmaceutical drugs and offers safe and natural alternatives. Mike walks his talk and is a true inspiration to me."
- Jay Robb, Clinical nutritionist, bestselling author, creator of Jay Robb Proteins, and CEO of Jay Robb Enterprises Inc.
"I ended up listening most of the three hours of Mike Adams. What an incredible job that guy did. I gotta say of all the fill-in hosts, and they all do a great job, I think Mike does the best job, and it's just good to know there's other people out there that really get it and are so articulate, and just are so effective. And he's such a gentleman..."
- Alex Jones, April 11, 2012 on the live broadcast of the Alex Jones Show
"Mike Adams is one of America's great journalists and freedom fighters. His ability to deliver important leading edge nutrition and healing information is unparalleled in all of journalism. Over the years, not only have I learned to respect and consider Mike Adams' opinion in all areas of nutrition, I have also found the scientific facts he references about his subject matter to be consistently accurate. I am honored to know Mike Adams personally. Every time I get to read his words or see him speak, he makes my day The Best Day Ever! He can do the same for you!"
"I met Mr. Mike Adams face to face at the Anaheim Health Expo. After reading the Natural Health newsletters for so long, I was fascinated to meet the face behind all that wealth of information. It was truly one of the best days of my life to meet a man of such passion and integrity. Mr. Mike Adams has helped millions (perhaps billions) of people worldwide with the valuable information about keeping healthy and not falling pray to the unethical "Big Firms." Best of all, he does this without asking for money. Now that's dedication. I wish that more people would have the level of intensity that Mr. Mike Adams has to get the knowledge in our hands and help us get healthy and stay healthy. I have recommended ALL my friends to sign up for this important newsletter."
- Dr. Jack Singh, founder and president, the Organic Food Bar company (www.OrganicFoodBar.com)
"Worldwide liberty lovers have seized the moment and we are waking up millions and millions of people... but the millions of other activists across the planet are waking up even more people, and one of those activists out there having a huge effect with his weapon the truth is Mike Adams of Natural News."
- Alex Jones, InfoWars Nightly News, March, 2012