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Health habits, favorite books, super powers & more; Dr. Mercola answers 25 rapid-fire questions about life.
Dr. Joseph Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) and family physician, he performed routine checkups, school physicals and treated chronic illnesses, seeing more than 20,000 patients over 20 years. Because he was trained under the conventional medical model, Dr. Mercola treated patients using prescription drugs during his first years of private practice and was actually a paid speaker for drug companies.
As he began experiencing the failures of the conventional model in his practice, he started exploring natural medicine and found great success with preventative, holistic approaches.
Dr. Mercola founded Mercola.com in 1997 to share his own health experiences, spread vital health information and promote natural ways to achieve optimal health. He aims to ignite a transformation of the fatally flawed health care system in the U.S., and to empower people to take control of their health with regenerative practices and informed consent principles.
Today, Mercola.com is a leading source for trusted natural health information worldwide, while the Mercola Market brand has developed over 1,000 premium-quality products for your health, home and pet, including supplements, personal care and Demeter Certified Biodynamic foods sourced from regenerative farms.
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.
In addition, he 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:
Distinguished Entrepreneur Award Finalist | Florida SBDC
Pinnacle Award Lifetime Achievement Award | Mindshare Summit
Future of Medicine Award | American Comprehensive Integrative Medicine
Excellence in Health Journalism Award | Emord & Associates P.C.
Excellence in Integrative Medicine Award | Emord & Associates P.C.
Freedom of Informed Choice Award | Emord & Associates P.C.
Sacred Fire of Liberty Award | Emord & Associates P.C.
Activist Award | Weston A. Price Foundation
Philanthropist for Justice | Consumers for Dental Choice
Ultimate Wellness Game Changer | Huffington Post
Vision and Charity Award | National Vaccine Information Center
Wellness Revolution Hall of Fame | Parker Chiropractic
Amazon #1 Bestseller The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing the Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the New Normal (2021)
EMF*D: 5G, Wi-Fi & 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)
KetoFast Cookbook: Recipes for Intermittent Fasting and Timed Ketogenic Meals from a World-Class Doctor and an Internationally Renewed Chef (with Pete Evans, 2019)
Superfuel: Ketogenic Keys to Unlock the Secrets of Good Fats, Bad Fats, and Great Health (with Dr. James DiNicolantonio, 2018)
Amazon #1 BestsellerFat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy (2017)
Amazon #1 Bestseller Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook: Recipes for Intermittent Fasting and Timed Ketogenic Meals from a World-Class Doctor and an Internationally Renewed Chef (with Pete Evans, 2017)
New York Times Bestseller Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself (2015)
Dark Deception: Discover the Truth About the Benefits of Sunlight Exposure (with Jeffry Herman, 2008)
Healthy Recipes for Your Nutritional Type (with Kendra Degen Pearsall, 2007)
New York Times Bestseller The Great Bird Flu Hoax: The Truth They Don’t Want You to Know About the ‘Next Big Pandemic’ (with Pam Killeen, 2006)
New York Times Bestseller The No-Grain Diet: Conquer Carbohydrate Addiction and Stay Slim for Life (with Alison Rose Levy, 2003)
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, IL. 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, Dr. Mercola completely switched his focus to preventative care using a holistic approach, and that was the start of it all.
Dr. Mercola founded Mercola.com in 1997 to share his own health experiences, spread vital health information and promote natural ways to achieve optimal health.
His readers trusted him for his extensive knowledge and high standards, and looked for his approval on products they were taking.
“In the mid-1990s, I started to notice a shift, as my newsletter readers started to inquire rather frequently as to where they could find trusted, quality products that they could apply to the health regimens they were reading about in the information I provided. It was at that time, I realized I didn’t have many recommendations. I was setting some pretty high standards when it came to evaluating natural health supplements and products because I knew just how important the right ingredients and sustainability was.” – Dr. Mercola
When he was unable to approve of the formulas and effectiveness of these popular products claiming to increase overall health, he decided to create his own, leaving his family medicine practice to focus more on Mercola.com, as he could reach more people this way. Since 1997, the company has come a long way from a small website to share the latest developments in natural health.
The Mercola campus houses over 950 solar panels, between its rooftop and carport, that fulfill most of the company’s energy needs. It remains one the largest companies in Cape Coral that’s powered by solar energy.
After extensive research, Dr. Mercola began working with top manufacturers to develop his own line of premium supplements and healthy lifestyle products. He formed a small team in Hoffman Estates, IL, that was as dedicated to quality, innovation, education and sustainability as he was. This team grew, and in 2017, the company moved its headquarters to Cape Coral, FL. Now known as the Mercola Market, the company has developed more than 1,000 premium-quality products for your health, home, pantry and pet, including supplements, personal care and biodynamic foods sourced from Demeter Certified Biodynamic® regenerative farms.
“The Mercola Market offers items that are extensively researched, developed and vetted by myself and my team based on decades of personal scientific findings. Plus, they lack the potentially harmful fillers and additives that you’ll find in many supplements on the market today, and I see to that personally.” – Dr. Mercola
Dr. Mercola has always been passionate about empowering people to take control of their health with regenerative practices and informed consent principles, and now, through the Mercola Market and his daily newsletter, he is able to help people worldwide do exactly that.
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 these efforts through the premium products we offer in the Mercola Market and the valuable information we provide in our daily newsletter.
Our purpose is to empower you to Take Control of Your Health through regenerative practices and informed consent principles. 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.
I’m motivated every day to do what I can to help make you as healthy as possible. That’s why my team and I strive to:
When I offer or recommend products, I do so because my research team or I have actively tested and scrutinized each and every item and ingredient. I only ever have products created that I know I will use and that I would highly recommend to my family and friends.
I’m proud to be the most trusted source for natural health information and passionate about the legacy we have created to promote sustainability and transparency for our global community.
I hope you take advantage of these unique resources, and use them to help you Take Control of Your Health.