Dr.Mercola Dr.Mercola

Dr. Mercola is 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 clinical sciences and the successful completion of licensing exams. However, DOs bring something extra to the practice of medicine. Osteopathic physicians practice a “whole person” approach, treating the entire person rather than just symptoms. They help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don’t just fight illness but help prevent it, too.

Also board-certified in family medicine, Dr. Mercola served as the chairman of the family medicine department at St. Alexius Medical Center for five years. He is trained in both traditional and natural medicine.


He also has written over 30 scientific studies and reports published in medical journals and publications, with topics ranging from the dangers of aspartame to mercury toxicity. He was granted fellowship status by the American College of Nutrition in October 2012, which requires a minimum of four requirements:

  1. Co-write 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
  4. Maintain status with the ACN


  • University of Illinois at Chicago, 1972-1976
  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, 1978-1982
  • Chicago Osteopathic Hospital Family Practice Residency, 1982-1985
  • Chicago Osteopathic Hospital Chief Resident, 1984-1985
  • Board Certified American College Osteopathic General Practitioners, July 1985
  • State of Illinois Licensed Physician and Surgeon
Dr. Mercola's License


Dr. Mercola has paved the way for revolutionary changes in the field of natural health. He is always ahead of the curve when it comes to innovative health information, breaking beyond the confines of conventional medicine to bring trustworthy health advice to his audiences. Listed below are some examples of Dr. Mercola being ahead of the curve.

  • 1999
    Reported about the dangers of the NSAID Vioxx. In 2004, the drug was withdrawn by Merck from the market due to its potential to cause adverse cardiovascular effects.
  • 2000
    Advised against the cultivation and consumption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In 2015, the National Geographic published an article calling GMOs "the biggest fraud in the history of science."
  • 2000
    Promoted lack of vitamin D as "far more important to health" than concerns over calcium. In 2015, Science Daily promoted sunlight and vitamin D to be necessary for public health.
  • 2001
    Warned against the use of mercury in dentistry, which was revealed to have close links to the development of Alzheimer's disease. In 2017, the Minamata Convention on Mercury became effective, banning the manufacture, import and export of products that contain mercury, including dental amalgam.
  • 2002
    Advised against water fluoridation, as fluoride is an endocrine disruptor that can do body-wide problems. In 2015, the U.S. lowered its fluoride levels in water, finding that it damages the teeth.
  • 2006
    Advised against aspartame due to its connection to leukemia and 90 other different related adverse reactions. In 2015, The Washington Post published an article about on the real dangers of fake sweeteners.
  • 2012
    Supported the California Ballot Proposition 37 (Yes on 37) which would require GMO foods to be labeled. Prop. 37 paved the way for other state initiatives, such as in Oregon, where a bill was passed in 2014 officially banning genetically engineered crops from being grown in Jackson County.
  • 2014
    Supported the regenerative agriculture movement, which aims to promote biodynamic farming to rebuild topsoil, protect biodiversity and prevent global disaster.
  • 2014
    Visited Mexico and partnered with Caminos de Agua (formerly CATIS-Mexico) to support rural communities by helping develop low-tech fluoride removal and rain water catchment mechanism for non-contaminated water.

Published Books & Written Contributions

Dr. Mercola has written a total of 15 books, three of which have been included in The New York Times Best Sellers list, namely "Effortless Healing," "The No-Grain Diet" and "The Great Bird Flu Hoax." His most recent books, which have also been hailed as best sellers in the health category, are "Fat for Fuel," "Ketofast," "EMF*D" and "The Truth About COVID-19."

The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing the Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the New Normal (2021, with Ronnie Cummins)

Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy (2017)

Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself (2015)

The No Grain Diet: Conquer Carbohydrate Addiction and Stay Slim for Life" (2003, with Alison Rose Levy)

The Great Bird Flu Hoax: The Truth They Don’t Want You to Know About the ‘Next Big Pandemic’ (2006, with Pam Killeen)

EMF*D: 5G, Wi-Fi and Cell Phones: Hidden Harms and How to Protect Yourself (2020)

KetoFast: Rejuvenate Your Health With a Step-by-Step Guide to Timing Your Ketogenic Meals (2019)

Generation XL: Raising Healthy, Intelligent Kids in a High-Tech, Junk-Food World" (2007, with Ben Lerner)

KetoFast Cookbook: Recipes for Intermittent Fasting and Timed Ketogenic Meals From a World-Class Doctor and an Internationally Renowned Chef (2019, with Pete Evans)

Healthy Recipes for Your Nutritional Type : (2007, with Kendra Degen Pearsall)

Superfuel: Ketogenic Keys to Unlock the Secrets of Good Fats, Bad Fats, and Great Health (2018, with Dr. James DiNicolantonio)

Take Control of Your Health: (2007, with Kendra Degen Pearsall)

The Fat for Fuel Cookbook: Recipes and Ketogenic Keys to Health from a World-Class Doctor and Chef (2017, with Pete Evans)

Sweet Deception: Why Splenda®, NutraSweet®, and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health (2006, with Kendra Degen Pearsall)

Dark Deception: Discover the Truth About the Benefits of Sunlight Exposure" (2008, with Jeffry Herman)

Upgrade Your Immunity with Herbs: Herbal Tonics, Broths, Brews, and Elixirs to Supercharge Your Immune System (2021)

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)

Medical Publications

  • "Evidence Regarding Vitamin D and Risk of COVID-19 and Its Severity"
    Nutrients, October 31, 2020
  • "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 ing"
      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 ing"
      Osteo Med News December 1988
    • "Premarital HIV Is Worth the Money"
      Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 261:2198, April 21, 1989
    • "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

Media Appearances

Dr. Mercola has been invited to appear in local and international news programs to share his reliable and cutting-edge insights on various health issues.

Dr. Mercola Media Appearances
Dr. Mercola Media Appearances

In addition, his Effortless Healing program has been seen by many on PBS. Dr. Mercola has also been interviewed as a guest on various health and current events podcast channels, such as Ben Greenfield Fitness, Siim Land Podcast and The Mikhaila Peterson Podcast.

Achievements & RECOGNITION

Due to his tireless efforts in disseminating important health information to the public, Dr. Mercola has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In 2009, he was named the top Ultimate Wellness Game Changer, which awards "100 innovators, visionaries and leaders in 10 categories who are harnessing the power of new media to reshape their fields and change the world."

He also has received prestigious awards from Emord and Associates P.C. for his contributions to holistic medicine, including the Sacred Fire of Liberty Award, Excellence in Health Journalism Award and the Freedom of Informed Choice Award.


  • Distinguished Entrepreneur Award Finalist 2021
    Florida SBDC
  • NVIC Lifetime Achievement Award 2020
    Fifth International Public Conference on VaccinationMindshare Summit
  • Pinnacle Award Lifetime Achievement Award 2019
    Mindshare Summit
  • Future of Medicine Award 2017
    American Comprehensive Integrative Medicine
  • Activist Award 2011
    Weston Price Foundation
  • Philanthropist for Justice 2011
    Consumers for Dental Choice
  • Vision and Charity Award 2009
    National Vaccine Information Center
  • Wellness Revolution Hall of Fame Parker Chiropractic 2007


Dr. Mercola’s Early Days

Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola was born and raised in the inner city of Chicago and was a very active child. He was always fascinated by health, wellness and technology, and these inherent interests led him to medical school. He attributes Midwestern University, where he studied osteopathic medicine, as the place where he learned how to truly learn and never stopped since.

With a drive to gain further knowledge and experience, Dr. Mercola worked as a pharmacy technician at a physician’s office and later at the Illinois Eye Bank, harvesting donated eyes for cornea transplants. He later went on to work at the Kidney Bank after he was inspired by the mission to improve the health and well-being of people at risk for, or affected by, kidney disease, through preventative methods.

His active lifestyle continued into adulthood, when he competed in the Chicago Marathon, finishing in just over three hours. He could clearly see the positive impacts taking care of his body had on his overall health.

In 1985, he began seeing patients as the sole practitioner at a private wellness clinic in Schaumburg, Illinois. His days were filled with routine checkups, school physical exams and seeing chronically ill patients.

“I was prescribing medications but realized that they were not working in many cases.”

Dr. Mercola

Determined to find better answers, he began exploring the world of natural medicine in the early 1990s, and slowly started to integrate healthy diet and exercise into his patients’ lives. After observing that these methods were working, compared to prescribing prescription drugs, he completely switched his focus to preventative care using a holistic approach, and that was the start of it all.

Founding Mercola.com

Dr. Mercola founded Mercola.com in 1997 as a portal for natural health information and resources. It is one of the first health websites established to cater to readers who are interested in holistic medicine. Mercola.com is now routinely among the top 10 natural health websites on the internet, boasting over a million newsletter subscribers, and garnering more than 10 million page views per month.

Mercola.com aims to provide up-to-date natural health information and data that will most benefit its readers and subscribers, helping them achieve peak health and adopt better lifestyles. It also strives to expose corporate, government and mass media hype that diverts people from what is truly best for their health and often toward a path that leads straight into an early grave.

Mercola.com provides a harmonious community for educated and open-minded individuals who are determined to change the modern health paradigm. Subscribers and readers belong to a variety of populations, from homemakers to health care experts, all seeking to improve and maintain their state of health.

Originally based in Hoffman Estates near Chicago, Illinois, Mercola.com now operates out of Cape Coral, Florida, and has a remote office in Manila, Philippines.

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Organizations & Partnerships

As a means of upholding health freedom, Dr. Joseph Mercola has partnered with various organizations to support their operations and keep important information available to the public. A percentage of the proceeds from the Mercola site directly goes to the funding of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation (AHVMF), the Consumers for Dental Choice, the Organic Consumers Association and other organizations that promote the freedom of choice in health and wellness.

He also is a member of professional organizations, serving on the advisory boards of the following associations and institutions: Functional Medicine University, American Nutrition Association, Price-Pottinger Nutrition Foundation and Bio-Solar Proto.

  • Wellness Revolution Hall of Fame Parker Chiropractic 2007
  • Vision and Charity Award 2009 National Vaccine Information Center
  • Philanthropist for Justice 2011 Consumers for Dental Choice
  • Activist Award 2011 Weston Price Foundation
  • Future of Medicine Award 2017 American Comprehensive Integrative Medicine
  • Pinnacle Award Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 Mindshare Summit
  • NVIC Lifetime Achievement Award, Fifth International Public Conference on Vaccination 2020 Mindshare Summit
  • Distinguished Entrepreneur Award Finalist | Florida SBDC 2021
  • Caminos de Agua
  • Organic and Natural
  • American Botanical Council
  • IFOAM - Organics International
  • Companion Animal Nutrition and Wellness Institute
  • MRSA Survivors Network
  • National Vaccine Information Center
  • Fluoride Action Network
  • Institute for Responsible Technology
  • Organic Consumers Association
  • Rabies Challenge Fund
  • American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation
  • Cornucopia Institute
  • Grassroots Health Nutrient Research Institute
  • Alliance for Natural Health USA
  • Mercury-Free Dentistry
  • Regeneration International
  • Center for Nutrition Advocacy
  • American Botanical Council

Mercola Editorial Team

  • Dr. Mercola, Writer, Researcher, Editor, 1997
  • Steve Rye, CEO, 2008
  • Janet Selvig, Chief Editor, 2006
  • Ann-Mari Ahlstedt, Researcher, Writing Assistant, Editor, 2007
  • Ann Margarette Talon, 2017
  • Cindy Bevington Olmstead, Researcher, Editor, Writing Assistant, 2009
  • Elaine Catherine Ferrer, 2010
  • Gail Morris, Researcher, Writing Assistant, 2015
  • Heidi Saliba, Writing Assistant, Editor, 2019
  • Julie Wilson, Researcher, Writing Assistant, 2016
  • Martha Rosenberg, Researcher, Writing Assistant, 2016
  • Matthew Bellissimo, Writing Assistant, Editor, 2020
  • Rachael Bieschke, Researcher, Writing Assistant, Editor, 2002
  • Thomas Nico Sagun, 2016
  • Viv Sade, Writing Assistant 2019