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.
He also has written over 30 scientific studies and reports published in medical journals and publications, with topics ranging from the dangers of aspartame to mercury toxicity. He was granted fellowship status by the American College of Nutrition in October 2012, which requires a minimum of four requirements:
1. Co-write five or more publications relevant to nutrition in referred medical or scientific journals
2. Demonstrate significant experience in patient care
3. Hold a doctoral degree from an institution that is accredited by the Regional Accrediting Organizations
4. Maintain status with the ACN
University of Illinois at Chicago, 1972-1976
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, 1978-1982
Chicago Osteopathic Hospital Family Practice Residency, 1982-1985
Chicago Osteopathic Hospital Chief Resident, 1984-1985
Board Certified American College Osteopathic General Practitioners, July 1985
State of Illinois Licensed Physician and Surgeon
AHEAD OF THE CURVE
Dr. Mercola has paved the way for revolutionary changes in the field of natural health. He is always ahead of the curve when it comes to innovative health information, breaking beyond the confines of conventional medicine to bring trustworthy health advice to his audiences. Listed below are some examples of Dr. Mercola being ahead of the curve.