You are wise to question who you can trust when it comes to maintaining, enhancing or rebuilding your health.
With all websites, newspapers, magazines and other publications offering health advice, with every new multi-million dollar TV ad for another proclaimed miracle drug, with any recommendation offered by traditional and natural physicians, it is essential to answer this question above all others: what is their real motivation?
Only if the answer provides you with a sense of security, move on to the next important question: what are their qualifications? The primary trick of the existing medical establishment is to get you to forget that first question - their real motivation - by dazzling you with what appears to be magnificently trustworthy qualifications.
But clinical trials conducted by heavily biased "researchers," advertisements and news stories carefully scripted to scare you into belief, highly polished corporate offices and corporate websites, and an extreme focus on whatever has the most profit potential - not lifesaving or life-enhancing potential - are not qualifications. They are scams.
Don't fall for them.
My motivation, whether you are a member of the Mercola.com community, or have just heard about me for the first time, is to make you as healthy as you can possibly be. This involves:
- Providing the most up to date natural health information and resources that will most benefit you and,
- Exposing corporate, government and mass media hype that diverts you away from what is truly best for your health and often to a path that leads straight into an early grave.
Mercola.com is not, in other words, a tool to get me a bigger house and car, or to run for Senate. I fund this site, and therefore, am not handcuffed to any advertisers, silent partners or corporate parents.
When I offer or recommend products, I do so because I have actively researched them and find they are the best in that category for your health. I ignore substandard products, and products not directly pertinent to your health, regardless of any potential financial upside.
Profit generated from the sale of the products I recommend goes right back into maintaining and building a better site. A site that, startling as it may be with all the greed-motivated hype out there in health care land, is truly for you.
And so, my qualifications: first and foremost, I am an osteopathic physician, also known as a DO. DOs are licensed physicians who, similar to MDs, can prescribe medication and perform surgery in all 50 states. DOs and MDs have similar training requiring four years of study in the basic and clinical sciences, and the successful completion of licensing exams. But DOs bring something extra to the practice of medicine. Osteopathic physicians practice a "whole person" approach, treating the entire person rather than just symptoms. Focusing on preventive health care, DOs help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don't just fight illness, but help prevent it, too.
I am also board-certified in family medicine and served as the chairman of the family medicine department at St. Alexius Medical Center for five years. I am trained in both traditional and natural medicine.
In addition, I was granted fellowship status by the American College of Nutrition (ACN) in October 2012. In order to obtain fellowship status with the ACN one must meet a minimum of four requirements. Those requirements include: co-author five or more publications relevant to nutrition in referred medical or scientific journals, demonstrate significant experience in patient care, hold a doctoral degree from an institution that is accredited by the Regional Accrediting Organizations and maintain status with the ACN.
In November 2009, I was named the top Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post, an honor that celebrates “100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders in 10 categories who are harnessing the power of new media to reshape their fields and change the world.” HuffPost readers voted me to the top to receive this special award.
For my insight on a variety of healthcare issues, I have been interviewed on national and local news, including:
- Today Show
- ABC's World News Tonight
- The Dr. Oz Show
- The Doctors
- CBS, NBC and ABC local news shows
- Time Magazine
- Forbes Magazine
- Dozens of Nationally Broadcast Radio Shows
I also authored two New York Times Bestsellers, The Great Bird Flu Hoax and The No-Grain Diet.
- University of Illinois at Chicago – (UIC) 1972-1976
- Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine 1978-1982
- Chicago Osteopathic Hospital 1982-1985 Family Practice Residency. Chief resident 1984-1985
- Board Certified American College Osteopathic General Practitioners July 1985
- State of Illinois Licensed Physician and Surgeon
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- Chairman, Department of Family Practice at St. Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates, IL 1988-1993
Aspartame Can Harm Your Health British Medical Journal October 3, 2004
Fish Oil Far More Effective Than Aspirin For Pre-eclampsia British Medical Journal September 12, 2003
Managing Hypertriglyceridemia Canadian Medical Journal April 1, 2003
Nutritional Ignorance Will Sabotage Treatment British Medical Journal September 13, 2002
Dietary Manipulations That Resolve Atopic Dermatitis British Medical Journal June 7, 2002
Myopia Possible Link to Increased Refined Carbohydrate Intake and Hyperinsulinemia British Medical Journal May 17, 2002
Recent Advances in Nutritional Alternative to Parathyroid Hormone for Osteoporosis British Medical Journal February 26, 2002
Omega-3's and Childhood Asthma Thorax March 2002:57(3)281
More on Terrorism, Journal American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) January 2002
Many People are Taking Insulin Like Growth Factor Without Even Knowing It Western Journal of Medicine Vol 175 (6):378, Dec 2001
Fluoride and Apoptosis: Trading Dental Caries for Cellular Death? British Medical Journal July 20, 2001
Accuracy of Hair Analysis Journal American Medical Association (JAMA) 285:1576-77, March 28, 2001
Mercury Toxicity and Systemic Elimination Agents Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine 11:53-62, March 2001
Columnist for The Townsend Letter, a nationally prominent alternative medicine periodical, from October 1997 to June 2001
Recurrent Otitis? Think Allergy Family Practice News page 12-13; October 1, 1996
Natural Progesterone for PMS Patient Care 30:27-28 September 15, 1996
The Basis For Microcurrent Electrical Therapy in Conventional Medical Practice J Advancement in Medicine 8:107-120, 1995
Cracking Down on "Neck Cracking" Am Family Physician 45:452-459, February 1992 (article to discourage patient's self-manipulation which leads to ligamentous laxity)
Minocycline Trials in Rheumatoid Arhtritis Patient Care January 20, 1992 p.20-21
Calcium Channel Blockers and Dysmenorrhea J Adolescent Health 1:1-2, January 1992
Better Sleep For Less Pain in Hand Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient Care December 15, 1991 p. 15
Nutrition Software Helps Monitor Patients' Diets Computer News For Physicians, p. 29-30. June 15, 1990
Premarital HIV Testing JAMA 261:2198, April 21, 1989
Served as editor for HIV Monograph by Abbott Laboratories published in 1989 and distributed to physicians nationally
Private Resources Should Share AIDS Funding Responsibility J Amer Osteo Assoc 88:313, March 1988
What Physicians Should Know About AIDS Antibody Testing Osteo Med News December 1988
Premarital HIV Test Is Worth the Money Am Med News p.45 September 9, 1988
Pediatrics and AIDS JAMA 258:3119-3120, December 4, 1987
Recent Developments In Smoking Cessation. Osteo Annals 14:31-32, 1987
The New American Diet (Book Review) J Amer Osteo Assoc 153:107-108, 1987
Update On Rubella, Hepatitis, and H. flu Vaccines Osteo Med News 3:31-32, 1986
Calcium Supplementation in the Treatment of Hypertension J Amer Osteo Assoc 85:104-107, 1985
NMR Analysis of Human and Rabbit Lens Experimental Eye Research 34:545-552, 1982
My passion is to transform the traditional medical paradigm in the United States, and that consumes most of my free time. Since 1968, though, I have been an active runner; I completed the Chicago Marathon in just over three hours, among other accomplishments. I have also been a computer hobbyist since 1985, with an interest in the Internet that dates back to the early 1990s.
The existing medical establishment is responsible for killing and permanently injuring millions of Americans, but the surging numbers of visitors to Mercola.com since I began the site in 1997 - we are now routinely among the top 10 health sites on the Internet - convinces me that you, too, are fed up with their deception. You want practical health solutions without the hype, and that's what I offer.
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