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Factual Reporting: LOW
County: USA
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180

History, is an alternative medicine website, Founded in 1998, by Joseph Michael Mercola, who is an osteopathic physician, and web entrepreneur, who markets a variety of controversial dietary supplements and medical devices through this website.

Funded by / Ownership

The Mercola website is owned by Dr. Joseph Mercola and funded through advertising and questionable supplements/products on an online store.

Analysis / Bias

In review, Mercola and colleagues advocate a number of unproven alternative health notions including homeopathy, while promoting anti-vaccine positions. Further, in 2011, Joseph Mercola donated 1 million dollars to an organization that opposes vaccinations. Mercola also claims increased cancer risks from mobile devices, which has been labeled pseudoscience by the consensus of scientist. 

A factual search reveals that Joseph Mercola has a very long list of failed fact checks and misleading claims that rivals Alex Jones in scope.

Overall, we rate a Quackery level pseudoscience website that advocates for sometimes dangerous, inaction or action, to serious health issues. (8/22/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 11/24/2018)







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