- University of Illinois at Chicago — UIC 1972-1976
- Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine — Midwestern University 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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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 multimillion-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.
- 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.
A portion of the profits generated from the sale of the products I recommend goes to a variety of nonprofit organizations. These organizations are geared toward 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
- Grassroots Health
- Alliance for Natural Health
All of these organizations are working toward preserving your health rights and to keep you informed. Please visit Mercola.org for more details!
And so, my qualifications: First and foremost, I am an osteopathic physician, also known as a D.O. D.O.s are licensed physicians who, similar to M.D.s, can prescribe medication and perform surgery in all 50 states. D.O.s and M.D.s 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: (1) coauthor five or more publications relevant to nutrition in referred medical or scientific journals, (2) demonstrate significant experience in patient care, (3) hold a doctoral degree from an institution that is accredited by the Regional Accrediting Organizations, and (4) maintain status with the ACN.
For my insight on a variety of health care 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
- Chicago Tonight
- Dozens of Nationally Broadcast Radio Shows
I also wrote three New York Times Best Sellers: “The Great Bird Flu Hoax;” “The No-Grain Diet;” and “Effortless Healing.”
“Superfuel: Ketogenic Keys to Unlock the Secrets of Good Fats, Bad Fats, and Great Health,” (2018, with Dr. James DiNicolantonio)
“The Fat for Fuel Cookbook: Recipes and Ketogenic Keys to Health from a World-Class Doctor and Chef” (2017, with Pete Evans)
"Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy"(2017) — USA Today Best Seller
"Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself " (2015) — The New York Times Best Seller
"The Great Bird Flu Hoax: The Truth They Don’t Want You to Know About the ‘Next Big Pandemic’" (2006, with Pam Killeen) — The New York Times Best Seller
"The No Grain Diet: Conquer Carbohydrate Addiction and Stay Slim for Life" (2003, with Alison Rose Levy) — The New York Times Best Seller
"Dark Deception: Discover the Truth About the Benefits of Sunlight Exposure" (2008, with Jeffry Herman)
"Generation XL: Raising Healthy, Intelligent Kids in a High-Tech, Junk-Food World" (2007, with Ben Lerner)
"Healthy Recipes for Your Nutritional Type" (2007, with Kendra Degen Pearsall)
"Take Control of Your Health" (2007, with Kendra Degen Pearsall)
"Sweet Deception: Why Splenda®, NutraSweet®, and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health" (2006, with Kendra Degen Pearsall)
"Dr. Mercola’s Total Health Program: The Proven Plan to Prevent Disease and Premature Aging, Optimize Weight and Live Longer!" (2004, with Brian Vaszily, Kendra Degen Pearsall, Nancy Lee Bentley)
"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-3s and Childhood Asthma," Thorax, March 2002:57(3)281
More on Terrorism," Journal of the 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, December 2001
"Fluoride and Apoptosis: Trading Dental Caries for Cellular Death?" British Medical Journal, July 20, 2001
"Accuracy of Hair Analysis," Journal of the 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," Journal of Advancement in Medicine 8:107-120, 1995
"Cracking Down on 'Neck Cracking,'" American Family Physician 45:452-459, February 1992 (article to discourage patient's self-manipulation which leads to ligamentous laxity)
"Minocycline Trials in Rheumatoid Arthritis," Patient Care January 20, 1992 p.20-21
"Calcium Channel Blockers and Dysmenorrhea," Journal of 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," Journal of the American Medical Association (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," Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) 88:313, March 1988
"What Physicians Should Know About AIDS Antibody Testing," Osteo Med News December 1988
"Premarital HIV Test Is Worth the Money," American Medical News p.45 September 9, 1988
"Pediatrics and AIDS," Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 258:3119-3120, December 4, 1987
"Recent Developments In Smoking Cessation," Osteo Annals 14:31-32, 1987
"The New American Diet (Book Review)," Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA)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" Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) 85:104-107, 1985
"NMR Analysis of Human and Rabbit Lens," Experimental Eye Research 34:545-552, 1982
Game Changer in Health:
In 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.
Emord & Associates P.C., a constitutional and administrative law firm that has represented integrative physicians, food and dietary supplement manufacturers, and nonprofit groups, recognized my contributions to holistic medicine and health journalism at the 2014 Sacred Fire of Liberty Gala. They honored me with the:
- Sacred Fire of Liberty Award — For consistent philanthropic and intellectual support for the cause of health freedom, thereby upholding that trust given the American people at the Founding of the Republic: to preserve "the sacred fire of liberty" and to ensure "the destiny of the Republican form of Government." (President George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789)
- Excellence in Integrative Medicine Award — For pioneering achievements in the field of integrative medicine that have lessened suffering, cured disease and prolonged life in ways not achievable with traditional modalities and treatments
- Excellence in Health Journalism Award — For incisive and thorough reporting on health markets, law, and policy
- Freedom of Informed Choice Award — For successfully breaking down government barriers that deny consumers access to promising therapies and health information, and for thwarting efforts at industry capture of government
I was born and raised in the inner city of Chicago, Illinois. I had a normal childhood, and it was in my school years that I truly took an interest in health and wellness. In my early 20s, I worked as a pharm tech at a physician’s office. I worked at the Illinois Eye Bank to harvest donated eyes to be used for cornea transplant. I also worked at the Kidney Bank.
I first began seeing patients at my private wellness clinic in Schaumburg, Illinois, in 1985. I was a sole practitioner. It was filled with routine checkups, school physical exams, and seeing chronically ill patients. I was prescribing drugs, but realized that they were not working.
I began exploring the world of natural medicine in the early 1990s. After seeing drastic improvements when my patients modified their diet and became more physically active, I changed the way I practiced medicine.
My passion is to transform the traditional medical paradigm in the United States, and that consumes most of my free time. For 40 years since 1968, I was 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 ‘90s.
Stay updated on the latest news and health information through my other social media channels.
- Facebook: Nearly 2 million followers
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I also invite you to subscribe to my FREE daily newsletter, which has roughly one million subscribers worldwide.
The Mercola Community:
My primary audience consists of people who are seeking to improve or maintain their state of health: homemakers, professionals, students, health care experts and anyone struggling with a health issue who is seeking alternatives to conventional health methods.
Through Mercola.com, I aim to create a harmonious community of educated and open-minded individuals who, like me, are determined to change the modern health paradigm. Hence, I work with a well-trained editorial team to ensure that Mercola.com only provides unbiased and groundbreaking content that is evidence-based and free of external influence.
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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- Dr. Mercola, Founder, 1997
- Steve Rye, CEO, 2008
- Janet Selvig, Chief Editor, 2006
- Ann-Mari Ahlstedt, 2007
- Ann Margarette Talon, 2017
- Cindy Olmstead, 2008
- Donna Rose Santiago, 2016
- Elaine Catherine Ferrer, 2010
- Gail Morris, 2015
- Julie Wilson, 2016
- Ma. Josephine Unas, 2015
- Martha Rosenberg, 2016
- Rachael Bieschke, 2002
- Shirley Harm, 2014
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Last Update: March 7, 2019