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- Overall, we rate Mercola.com a Quackery level pseudoscience website that advocates for sometimes dangerous, inaction or action, to serious health issues.
Factual Reporting: LOW
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Mercola.com, 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.
Overall, we rate Mercola.com 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)