About Dr. Mercola

Meet Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola
Dr. Joseph Mercola — Internationally Recognized Natural Health Expert and Activist

It has always been my goal to proactively help preserve and enhance the health of our global community. My team and I have continuously worked hard to promote our efforts through Mercola.com and our daily newsletter.

The purpose of our website is to provide you with valuable information and give you the knowledge you need to take control of your health. You’ll notice that we partner with like-minded organizations that are as concerned about your health as you are, and push for initiatives that can improve your health all while creating a sustainable world for you and your family.

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:

  1. Providing the most up-to-date natural health information and resources that will most benefit you.
  2. Exposing corporate, government, and mass media hype that diverts you away from what is truly best for your health.
  3. Offering only the highest quality, premium products that meet my stringent criteria.

When I offer or recommend products, I do so because my research team or I have actively tested and scrutinized each and every item. In addition, I only have products created that I know I will use, and that I would highly recommend to my family and friends.

Charitable Donations

A portion of the profits generated from the sale of the products I recommend goes 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
  • Grassroots Health
  • Alliance for Natural Health

All of these organizations are working towards preserving your health rights and to keep you informed.

About Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola

I was born and raised in the inner city of Chicago, IL. I had an active childhood, and it was during my school years that I truly took an interest in health and wellness.

I attended the University of Illinois at Chicago in the early to mid-seventies and went on to study osteopathic medicine at Midwestern University.

In my early twenties, I worked as a pharmacy technician at a physician’s office. I then worked at the Illinois Eye Bank to harvest donated eyes to be used for cornea transplants. I also worked at the Kidney Bank where the mission is to improve the health and well-being of people at risk for or affected by kidney disease through prevention, education, and empowerment.

Since 1968, I was an active runner; I completed the Chicago Marathon in just over three hours, among other accomplishments.

In 1985, I first began seeing patients at my private wellness clinic in Schaumburg, IL, where I was the sole practitioner. It was 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.

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.

I have always had a strong interest in technology and the Internet that goes back to the birth of the web. The founding of Mercola.com is where my interests of natural health and technology were married.

However, my ultimate passion and goal is to transform the traditional medical paradigm in the United States and around the globe. That’s why I’m so proud to run one of the most highly visited natural health websites in the world.


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, we 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) co-author 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.

  • 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


  • Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy (2017) – Amazon #1 Bestseller
  • Fat For Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook by Dr. Mercola and Pete Evans
  • Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself (2015) - New York Times Bestseller
  • The Great Bird Flu Hoax: The Truth They Don’t Want You to Know About the ‘Next Big Pandemic’ (2006, with Pam Killeen) - New York Times Bestseller
  • The No Grain Diet: Conquer Carbohydrate Addiction and Stay Slim for Life (2003, with Alison Rose Levy) - New York Times Bestseller
  • 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)


Sharing my insights on a variety of healthcare issues, I have been interviewed on national and local news, including:

  • Today Show
  • CNN
  • 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

In addition, my Effortless Healing program has been seen by many on PBS.


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 non-profit 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

Whether you’re looking for the latest health news or the most cutting-edge, effective healthy lifestyle products, you’ve come to the best place to take control of your health.