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Dr. Joseph Mercola
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Dr. Joseph Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), he treated thousands of patients for over 20 years.

Dr. Mercola finished his family practice residency in 1985. Because he was trained under the conventional medical model, he treated patients using prescription drugs during his first years of private practice and was actually a paid speaker for drug companies.

But as he began to experience the failures of the conventional model in his practice, he embraced natural medicine and found great success with time-tested holistic approaches. He founded The Natural Health Center (formerly The Optimal Wellness Center), which became well-known for its whole-body approach to medicine.

In 1997, Dr. Mercola integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the Internet. He founded the website to share his own health experiences and spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health. is now the world’s most visited natural health website, averaging 14 million visitors monthly and with over one million subscribers.

Dr. Mercola aims to ignite a transformation of the fatally flawed health care system in the United States, and to inspire people to take control of their health. He has made significant milestones in his mission to bring safe and practical solutions to people’s health problems.

Dr. Mercola authored two New York Times Bestsellers, The Great Bird Flu Hoax and The No-Grain Diet. He was also voted the 2009 Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post, and has been featured in TIME magazine, LA Times, CNN, Fox News, ABC News with Peter Jennings, Today Show, CBS’s Washington Unplugged with Sharyl Attkisson, and other major media resources.

Stay connected with Dr. Mercola by following him on Twitter. You can also check out his Facebook page for more timely natural health updates.

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Not-So-Safe Foods You Should Avoid

(20) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 6:14 PM

Some foods have been promoted as "healthy" when they're exactly the opposite. Clean Plates founder Jared Koch shared nine examples. Here's an expansion on his observations:

1. Canned Tomatoes

Many canned foods contain BPA, a toxic chemical linked to reproductive and neurological abnormalities, such as breast and prostate...

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Decreasing Post-Exertion Muscle Soreness: What's the Best Way?

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 12:23 PM

Muscle soreness following a vigorous workout is sometimes managed by stretching, practicing yoga, soaking in a hot bath and simply suffering through. But who wants to suffer?

Luckily, there's a remedy for delayed onset muscle soreness, aka DOMS. A new study in the Journal of Strength and...

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Women Beware: Most Feminine Hygiene Products Contain Toxic Ingredients

(12) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 9:13 AM

The issue of safe feminine hygiene product options is rarely discussed, but it's a vitally important topic for roughly a third of the population.

Why? Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and also the thinnest. Less than one-tenth of an inch separates your body...

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Never Mind 'Don't Pick Your Nose' -- Boogers May Be Good for You

(39) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 12:21 PM

If you catch a child with a finger up his nose, you probably discourage it. But could the "nasty" habit of nose-picking -- and eating it -- be more sanitary and even health-beneficial than we've been taught?

A biochemist from the University of Saskatchewan has theorized that nasal...

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Common Household Chemicals Linked to Human Disease

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 10:39 AM

A typical American comes in regular contact with some 6,000 chemicals and an untold number of potentially toxic substances on a less frequent basis. There are about 75,000 chemicals regularly manufactured and imported by U.S. industries, so you could be exposed to any number...

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Sugary Drinks Linked to Over 180,000 Deaths Worldwide

(6) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 10:15 AM

Half of the U.S. population over the age of 2 consumes sugary drinks on a daily basis, and this figure does not even include 100 percent fruit juices, flavored milk or sweetened teas, all of which are sugary too, which means the figure is actually even higher.


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Aspartame Pathway

(43) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 6:23 PM

The Coca-Cola Company Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness (an oxymoron if I've ever heard one), has released an "aspartame safety" page that is described as a "resource for professionals." Aspartame is used in more than 6,000 products worldwide, including Diet Coke products, which may contain up to...

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The Many Health Benefits of Avocado

(7) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 11:38 AM

You probably know that avocados are an excellent source of healthful fats, but this whole food may also have other unique health benefits. To learn more, the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is supporting clinical research to investigate various health effects of avocado consumption, particularly its benefits for cardiovascular disease, weight...

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Eating This Could Turn Your Gut Into a Living Pesticide Factory

(30) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 10:30 AM

A new generation of insect larvae is eating the roots of genetically-engineered corn intended to be resistant to such pests. The failure of Monsanto's genetically-modified Bt corn could be the most serious threat ever to a genetically-modified crop in the U.S.

And the economic impact could be huge....

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Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children's IQ

(344) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 10:20 AM

A recently-published Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has concluded that children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have "significantly lower" IQ scores than those who live in low fluoride areas.

In a 32-page report that can be...

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6 Ways to Shrink Your Belly (And 5 Don't Include Exercise!)

(4) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 9:26 AM

If you're looking to shrink and tone your belly, there's a better way to do it than trying to do crunches. In fact, research has indicated that doing abdominal exercises alone -- even when performed five days a week for six weeks -- has no effect...

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The Health Dangers of Soy

(127) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 7:53 AM

Who hasn't heard of the marvels of soy? The marketing bandwagon has touted soy as the perfect health food for decades. But could something that sounds so healthful actually be dangerous?

If you take the time to look into the actual science, then the answer is yes. Thousands of studies...

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Something Historic Is About to Happen

(57) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 10:00 PM

I'm pleased to announce that the Money Bomb Against Monsanto has been officially launched!

Yes, it is official. Volunteers and staff from the California Right to Know Campaign are submitting nearly 1 million signed petitions from registered voters across the state of California to county officials, to place the Right...

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Rethinking Food Budgets -- "High Value" Nutritious Foods

(9) Comments | Posted July 4, 2011 | 4:19 PM

When it comes to the price of food, I think it's extremely important to remember that a food cannot be judged by its sticker price alone. Whether or not you're actually getting any nutrition from it is far more important. This will be a progressively increasing concern as we are...

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4 Dangerous Myths About Hand Washing

(7) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 6:00 AM

Did you know that antibacterial soaps are tied to a public health crisis? It's true. The fervent use of antibacterial soaps and other antimicrobial products may be contributing to a growing scourge: antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Antibiotic-resistant infections now claim more lives each year than the "modern plague" of AIDS, and cost...

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Cinnamon for Diabetes? A Half Teaspoon A Day Could Help Control Cholesterol

(123) Comments | Posted April 3, 2011 | 9:49 AM

Researchers have been investigating a number of powerful natural agents that can help you stabilize your blood sugar, and once again, cinnamon has proven itself as a viable contender in the fight against diabetes, as the study in Diabetic Medicine reveals.(1)

One of cinnamon's most impressive health benefits...

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When Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Toxins

(110) Comments | Posted March 12, 2011 | 10:56 AM

Jenna Woginrich was a vegetarian for most of her adult life until she became aware of the horrors of conventional American livestock farming. She now owns and operates a small environmentally friendly farm where she raises chicken, pork, lamb, rabbit, turkey and eggs.

In AlterNet,

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Coconut Oil Benefits: When Fat Is Good For You

(231) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 7:43 AM

You've no doubt noticed that for about the last 60 years, the majority of health care officials and the media have been telling you saturated fats are bad for your health and lead to a host of negative consequences, including high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease.


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Vegetable Diet: The Best and Worst Vegetables to Eat

(246) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 7:11 AM

If the phrase "eat your vegetables" echoes from your childhood memories of suppers gone by, then rest assured your mother was right. One of the best ways to improve your health is to eat plenty of high quality vegetables -- ideally raw, locally grown and organic.

It sounds like a...

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What's in Fast Food? What's in the Non-Chicken Half of the McNugget

(327) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 7:35 AM

Do you put dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent made of silicone, in your chicken dishes? How about tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a chemical preservative so deadly just five grams can kill you?

These are just two of the ingredients in a McDonald's Chicken McNugget. Only 50 percent of a McNugget is actually...

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