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Joe Mercola, DO

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board and Academy Professor

Dr. Joe Mercola is a USA-trained physician who is the founder-owner of, and primary driving force behind, the largest alternative medicine internet site in the world, He is the author of many articles in many peer-reviewed medical journals which expose the myths about common health practices and he “walks the talk” when it comes to healthy living.


  • University of Illinois at Chicago 1972-1976
  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine 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

 Professional Organizations


  • St. Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates, IL
  • Chairman, Department of Family Practice 1988-1993

 Biographical Info/Interest in Integrative Medicine

I have always been interested in health and started running in 1968 and have been exercising ever since. I went through formal medical school to learn how to become even more healthy. Eventually I networked with physicians from American Academy of Environmental Medicine and American College for the Advancement of Medicine that started me on my integrative medicine educational journey.

My greatest interest in medicine is exposing accepted myths about health practices and promoting integrative forms of medicine to the general public and health professionals. My passion is to facilitate a radical transformation in the way healthcare is practiced, which I am doing through and my participation in IntegraMed Academy. 

The modalities that I primarily use in my practice are nutrition, exercise and emotional healing through energetic means, such as Emotional Freedom Technique.

Using these methods I have had extremely high success in treating diabetics if they comply with my recommendations. I have had much experience and success with rheumatoid arthritis patients having treated over 3000 of them.


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-3's and Childhood Asthma Thorax March 2002:57(3)281

More on Terrorism, Journal 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, Dec 2001

Fluoride and Apoptosis: Trading Dental Caries for Cellular Death? British Medical Journal July 20, 2001

Accuracy of Hair Analysis Journal 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 J Advancement in Medicine 8:107-120, 1995

Cracking Down on "Neck Cracking" Am Family Physician 45:452-459, February 1992 (article to discourage patient's self-manipulation which leads to ligamentous laxity)

Minocycline Trials in Rheumatoid Arhtritis Patient Care January 20, 1992 p.20-21

Calcium Channel Blockers and Dysmenorrhea J 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 Testing 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 J Amer Osteo Assoc 88:313, March 1988

What Physicians Should Know About AIDS Antibody Testing Osteo Med News December 1988

Premarital HIV Test Is Worth the Money Am Med News p.45 September 9, 1988

Pediatrics and AIDS JAMA 258:3119-3120, December 4, 1987

Recent Developments In Smoking Cessation. Osteo Annals 14:31-32, 1987

The New American Diet (Book Review) J Amer Osteo Assoc 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 J Amer Osteo Assoc 85:104-107, 1985

NMR Analysis of Human and Rabbit Lens Experimental Eye Research 34:545-552, 1982

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