You might wonder why a doctor who is passionate about health decided to establish his own website and sell products. Like most physicians, I became a doctor because I wanted to help people make informed decisions about their health and avoid needless pain and suffering.
After treating over 25,000 patients over more than 20 years, I witnessed firsthand the positive effects of appropriately prescribed nutrition and exercise plans.
In 1997, I realized I could use the internet to both find and spread the latest health information and research on natural alternatives to drugs and surgery. I started my natural health site, Mercola.com, where I shared articles, and also wrote an e-newsletter so others could benefit from all of this new knowledge.
Through everything, my primary intent never wavered: helping people take control of their health.
When I founded Mercola.com, I was the sole employee and found that launching, running, and maintaining the site the first three years was a costly investment.
It soon became obvious that I needed additional revenue to cover the increasing costs. The easy solution would have been paid advertising or taking on investors; but both of those choices could have compromised my mission of sharing an accurate health message.
A Good Solution
To earn revenue to keep Mercola.com running and continue to help people, I decided to create premium products that promote optimal health. All Mercola products are top quality, made by trusted manufacturers using only the finest ingredients. For every product I sell, there are hundreds of similar products that fail to meet my extremely high standards. Each item is carefully tested and scrutinized by my research team and myself. The total process can take months or even years before my standards are met!
In addition, I only have products created that I know I will use, and that I would highly recommend to my family and friends. In fact, many of the products on Mercola.com are created due to a lack of that product in the marketplace. For instance, I was looking for a high-quality vitamin D and K2 supplement for my mom, but I couldn’t find one that met my standards. I believe it’s very important to take these two nutrients together, and the supplement should contain the highest quality ingredients in the optimal levels. Therefore, we now sell a Vitamin D/K2 supplement on Mercola.com that meets all of my requirements—so that my mom and others have the ideal supplement to help maintain optimal levels of these vital nutrients.
We’re Constantly Giving Back
Like any other business, we must pay necessary business expenses, and take care of the staff, including researchers, editors, IT, lawyers and customer service personnel.
This magnificent, diverse and highly skilled team makes it possible for us to provide the valuable health information you receive free on a daily basis. However, Mercola.com differs from many other business models in that 15 to 20% of income goes to non-profit organizations.
Your Health Freedom
Around 2010, I realized that merely providing information on the website was not going to be enough to change the health care model because there were too many powerful, vested corporate interests involved.
So I became involved in health activism, forming a Health Liberty campaign and aligning with a number of highly effective non-profit organizations that are committed to protecting your health liberties.
The way I am able to be a health activist is to donate a portion of the profits generated from the sale of my products to a variety of non-profit organizations. These organizations are geared towards protecting your health freedom and providing you with valuable information to help you take control of your health! These organizations include:
- National Vaccine Information Center
- Food Democracy Now
- Consumers for Dental Choice
- Fluoride Action Network
- Institute for Responsible Technology
- Organic Consumers Association
- Rabies Challenge Fund
- American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation
- Cornucopia Institute
- Vitamin D Council
- Alliance for Natural Health
Thank you for the privilege of partnering with you in taking control of your health.
Wishing you health and happiness,