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Tribute to one of our best commentators

It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of Stanley Becker, one of our top commentators and a longstanding icon on Mercola.com. Since joining the site on November 12, 2012, Stanley has contributed 14,724 posts, made many friends, and earned devoted followers.

Averaging four posts a day, the millions of supportive words Stanley shared with the Mercola.com community, whose members described him as “a light” and “a treasure.” His contributions to the community will be greatly missed, but not forgotten.

An avid reader and student of life

Joining the site in 2012, Stanley’s short autobiography details his love of reading and thirst for learning as he tried different eating methods in pursuit of good health and wellness:

“I am currently reading Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time – this difficult book has stared me from my bookshelf on 39 years of grim and guilty profession since 1973 – I’ve tried to read it before, but the style was impenetrable – but now after a lifetime of hard reading it seems rather droll in a vaguely abstract way – food wise –

I’ve followed many health pioneers like Nathan Pritikin in the late 1970s, early 1980s – he wore an introductory imprimatur of Dr. Dennis Burkitt, who was influential [owing to my admiration of his science]in my decision to commit to the Pritikin diet –

like most devotees, the constant hunger for a fat-free regimen became untenable, but Pritikin was a great educator and many of the nutritional ideas that prevail today come from him –

years later I studied Barry Sears “zone” Diet and then I moved on to the Okinawan theory of nutrition – today I’m interested in the Paleo theories – that pretty much sums it up – my understanding of food is that I like air and water tied to the sun for whom I exist – my understanding of this existence is limited by the possibilities my survival offers –

I do my best to stay alert to the possibilities as they arise by maximizing what consciousness enters my being and presents itself to me – ultimately this state of being is religious and humble in its closest approach to describing it to others.

In a 2015 update, Stanley wrote, “I’ve read many more books since this date and, most importantly, am three years older — possibly wiser and hopefully healthier.” A “final note” posted in 2016 describes his continued dedication to the Mercola.com community, which continued for years afterwards:

“Last NOTE: — I joined the Mercola site on November 12, 2012 — I contributed 5000 posts over a period of 3 years and 9 months — 45 months — 1350 days — an average of 4 posts per day — more than a half million words – all my words were in support of Dr Mercola and his site – today is Wednesday 3rd July in the year 2016 –

Greetings to all the friends and collaborators I have made by contributing to this site – thank you all – and thank you Dr Mercola.”

In honor and memoriam of Stanley Becker

May 24, 2022, member Poiesis first shared the news of Stanley’s passing, writing:1

“Dear Mercolans ~ I am sorry to inform you that beloved Stanley Becker passed away over the weekend; he was an avid follower of JM and thoroughly enjoyed applying his magnificent mind knowledge humor insight + anger to this site… may his soul be free, beautiful + happy ~ please say kaddish for him x amen x.”

Many were already beginning to wonder about his absence from comment, and the tributes poured in after the announcement. Otis101 said: “I’ve always found Stan to be someone with intellectual wisdom, learned in the classics, common sense and a fighter for what he believed in. Stan and I always came into harmony fighting Monsanto and their CRAAP. Chemically Reprocessed Animals and plants Fly soft and high Stan.”

Rrealrose added: “I felt something happened when Stan… never missed a chance to comment! … Stan was almost always on target. A real treasure…’ and Brianallen1 said, ‘I’m definitely going to miss Stanley’s insight and humor.’ Sitewide it was clear that Stanley had left a mark on many people’s lives through his regular contributions, and the tributes continue:

de7360 — “Stanley Becker passed. He will certainly be missed. I always enjoyed reading what he had to say. He certainly inspired me to explore more and take a closer look at things. I will definitely miss him and hope his family can handle it. My prayers go out to his family. I really liked him.”

Ttwdem — “Thank you for letting us know. Condolences to his loved ones. Although I never met him, I really enjoyed his comments and lately wondered if he was okay. I will really miss him. He performed countless put a smile on my face.”

Brodiebrock12 – “Oh no… not Stan. Such a light he was and IS! Thoughts and prayers. God speed Stan, you are indeed FREE!”

Pruning unit — “Stanley was one of my favorite old posters. Very sad to hear this.”

42ndigma — “Never had direct contact with Stanley, but thoroughly enjoyed his intelligent, insightful, even argumentative comments. Always transfer knowledge. He will be greatly missed.”

lens — “Stan was a big music fan and we exchanged a message or two on the subject. He occasionally sent me links to songs that had inspired him and said he enjoyed my “lyrical abstractions” or the occasional fantasies in my posts.

He was a gentle soul at heart and will be greatly missed. If only this world had more personalities like him. Strange how you can pick up character traces even through words on a page: – ‘You appreciate the finer things in life, Stan. Somehow I doubt this will be a feature of New World Order life.

Thanks for Hendrix’s song that raises hopes that the globalist agenda built on lies and false foundations, like castles on shifting sands, will slip into the sea in the next tidal wave.” The ‘philosopher of song’ he admired was Jimi Hendrix, whose poem ‘Castles in the Sand’ was a fitting example – ideas based on false foundations will eventually slip into the sea… A bright light is to a better place gone.’

Cbr3583 — “That is terrible news. Stanley’s comments were the only comments I always read after reading a JM article. Reading the JM articles will never be as enlightening or entertaining as with Stanley. Thank you Stanley for your contribution to our lives.”

getsmarts — “Oh no; I’m so sad to hear this news! Thank you so much, poiesis, for sharing this sad news with us so we’ll know why he’s not leaving comments anymore; we’ve always enjoyed reading his comments here on Dr. Mercola’s website for so many years!”

Jharris2020 — “This is absolutely terrible news!!!! I thought it was strange that Stan hasn’t commented lately. This is a sad day for all of us, but especially for his family. He was a great guy and will be missed by all of us I’m sure.”

Jdrose199 — “I’m so sorry to see Stanley passed away. He will be in greener fields. My thoughts and prayers for his family.”

Thank you, Stanley, for your many years of contributions and friendship. Your words will not be forgotten.

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