Dr. Joseph Mercola is an osteopathic physician (DO) based in Chicago, Illinois. Like MDs, he completed four years of training and study in the basic and clinical sciences, and also passed licensing examinations successfully. He completed his family practice residency in 1985.
Dr. Mercola’s primary passion is transforming the conventional medical paradigm in the United States. He believes that the American health care system is flawed and has been corrupted by the pharmaceutical industry, which is why people are now receiving poor quality healthcare and are still quite far from real solutions to their health woes. He became exposed to this reality during his first few years of private practice, where he followed the conventional medical model and recommended prescription drugs to his patients.