Dr. Mercola was born and raised in the inner city of Chicago, IL. He had a normal childhood, and it was in his school years that he truly took an interest in health and wellness. In his early twenties, he worked as a pharm tech at a physician's office. He worked at the Illinois Eye Bank to harvest donated eyes to be used for cornea transplant. He also worked at the Kidney Bank.
He first began seeing patients at his private wellness clinic in Schaumburg, IL, in 1985. He was a sole practitioner. It was filled with routine checkups, school physical exams, and seeing chronically ill patients. He was prescribing drugs, but realized that they were not working. He began exploring the world of natural medicine in the early 1990s. After seeing drastic improvements when his patients modified their diet and became more physically active, he changed the way he practiced medicine.
His passion is to transform the traditional medical paradigm in the United States, and that consumes most of his free time. For 40 years since 1968, he was an active runner; He completed the Chicago Marathon in just over three hours, among other accomplishments. He has also been a computer hobbyist since 1985, with an interest in the Internet that dates back to the early '90s.
The existing medical establishment is responsible for killing and permanently injuring millions of Americans, but the surging numbers of visitors to Mercola.com since he began the site in 1997 - they are now routinely among the top 10 health sites on the Internet - convinces him that you, too, are fed up with their deception. You want practical health solutions without the hype, and that's what he offers.