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Health Site Rankings


Below is a routinely updated ranking of the Internet's most visited health sites, grouped into 1) natural health sites, and 2) all medical/health sites. That stands so high on these lists - and our visit patterns show only a continuing surge - is, at first glance, astounding. On deeper reflection, though, it also makes perfect sense. Why?

There are thousands, even tens of thousands, of Websites pertaining, in part or whole, to human health. Some raised directly or discreetly by mega-corporations, others by small to large medical and university organizations, and many more the project of health care practitioners or entrepreneurs. Sometimes their aims have been altruistic or at least forthright, but far too often, and reflecting trends in the traditional healthcare establishment at large, their goal has been to dazzle and deceive, to continue inventing medical agendas and need through glitzy and smooth-talking sites, toward their usual underlying motive: greed. Not profit. Greed.

Some may call the rise of astounding because it has been funded entirely by Dr. Mercola, and maintained by him and his very small team. No venture capital, no paid advertisements, no silent partners. No outside "interests," in other words, pounding on a board table and demanding we skew the facts to make a few extra bucks. Also astounding because, while we're escalating our efforts to make the site more efficient and intuitive, ours is not a carnival experience: no flashing lights, funhouse mirrors, or dancing clowns. Just Dr. Mercola's expert insight on human diet and health and his advice on how to improve yourself through optimal foods and life habits, presented in a straightforward, honest manner... and without those outside "interests" whose interests really have nothing to do with your well-being.

For those reasons, the rise of is astounding. But they're exactly why our success in these rankings also makes sense. You want knowledge that can improve your health - unadorned by excess bells and whistles and unafraid to offer advice that might offend the medical establishment, but also highly reputable and presented in a way that makes sense to the real world. That is Numbers don't always tell the whole story, but our continued climb up these charts certainly suggests that the word is getting out - is about substance. It makes perfect sense.

Most Visited Natural Health Content Sites Nov 5, 2002
  Name URL Rank
1 Dr. Atkins 4,568
2 Dr. Mercola 5,105
3 Dr. Weil 8,317
4 Health World Online 8,709
5 Life Extension Foundation 11,412
6 Dr. Stoll 12,367
7 Cure Zone 14,725
8 Prevention Magazine 19,696
9 Chet Day 37,261
10 Gary Craig's EFT 41,562
11 Chiro Web 43,173
12 Dr. Whitaker 43,414
13 Dr. David Williams 46,745
14 RedFlagsWeekly 49,133
15 Dr. Mirkin 53,551
16 La Leche League 56,173
17 Holistic Healing 61,838
18 Alternative Medicine 62,295
19 Dr. D'Adamo 62,889
20 Weston A. Price Foundation 66,459
21 Dr. Grisanti 69,784
22 Environmental Working Group 80,356
23 Gary Null's Natural Living 80,707
24 Dr. Chopra 85,466
25 Mothering 99,157

Most Visited Health Content Sites Nov 5, 2002
  Name URL Rank
1 National Institutes of Health 286
2 WebMD 518
3 Medscape 1,910
4 AMA 2,953
5 Mayo Clinic 4,123
6 Dr. Atkins 4,568
7 Health Scout 4,794
8 Dr. Mercola 5,105
9 New England Journal of Medicine 5,345
10 Doctor's Guide 6,969
11 British Medical Journal 7,311
12 7,315
13 Harvard's Health Site 7,713
14 Dr. Weil 8,317
15 American Psychological Association


These rankings are provided by, an independent Website that provides similar rankings for all sectors of the Internet. Websites such as CNN and MSNBC that offer health information among many other subject areas are not included in the rankings here, as traffic to these specific areas of their sites cannot be separated from traffic to their entire site. If you believe any medical or health Website has been overlooked, please check their name at or contact us.

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