The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is, “Who is Dr. Joseph Mercola?”
was born in July 8, 1954 and was raised in inner city Chicago. He was inspired to become health conscious after reading Dr. Kenneth Cooper’s book, Aerobics
, at age 13. This led to a lifelong passion for exercise and fitness
, a passion which continues to this day.
He took up his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) from 1972-1976. While at UIUC, Mercola designed a nationwide system for locating kidney transplant recipients online. This experience gave him a glimpse of the powerful positive impact the Internet could have on medicine.
Mercola studied to become a doctor at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1978-1982. He completed his residency in 1985 at the Chicago Osteopathic Hospital and afterwards, served as the chairman of family medicine for the St. Alexius Medical Center for five years.
While he was able to help many patients during his early years of medical practice, Dr. Mercola was not entirely satisfied with the traditional healing approach and started studying alternative and natural healing methods.
After arming himself with this newfound knowledge and with the belief that he could help more people by empowering them to take control of their own health, Dr. Mercola opened his own clinic, the Natural Health Center (originally known as the Optimal Wellness Center).
At the Natural Health Center, he continued to learn more about natural medicine and started exchanging ideas and patient experiences with other like-minded physicians. In 1997, he launched his website, Mercola.com, as a venue for sharing information with his growing network of health professionals and patients.
In just a little over a decade, Mercola.com has become the world’s most visited natural health website and is among the top 20 most visited health websites.
With thousands of sites hosting health articles and promoting health products, why does Dr. Mercola’s site stand out from the rest?
That’s because Dr. Mercola provides you with simple, hype-free information that you can really use to help you experience optimal health. Dr. Mercola has made it his responsibility to review the hundreds of medical studies from all categories which come out weekly, choose the ones that will be most helpful to you and present them in a straightforward manner, and offer invaluable insight gained from more than two decades of medical practice and constant research.
Dr. Mercola is also the bestselling author of The No-Grain Diet and The Great Bird Flu Hoax. He has been an active runner since 1968 and has joined the Chicago Marathon during his younger years.
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