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- Overall, we rate Mercola.com a Quackery-level pseudoscience website that sometimes advocates for dangerous, inaction or action, to serious health issues.
Bias Rating: PSEUDOSCIENCE
Factual Reporting: LOW
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Mercola.com is an alternative medicine website, Founded in 1998 by Joseph Michael Mercola, an osteopathic physician and web entrepreneur who markets various controversial dietary supplements and medical devices through this website.
Funded by / Ownership
Dr. Joseph Mercola owns the website, and it is funded through advertising and questionable supplements/products on an online store.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Mercola and colleagues advocate many 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. They also claim increased cancer risks from mobile devices, labeled pseudoscience by scientists’ consensus. In general, they frequently promote pseudoscience and make false claims.
Failed Fact Checks (a small sampling of dozens)
- The effectiveness of homeopathy confirmed daily – Unsupported
- Vitamin D is more effective than [the] flu vaccine – Inaccurate
- Studies have repeatedly linked fluoride to reduced IQ and brain damage – Misleading
- The CDC urged Americans not to get the flu shot this year. – False
- Medical research has established a causative link between root canals and cancer mortality. – False
- The U.S. government plans to make vaccinations mandatory for all adults. – False
- Financier George Soros owns the lab in Wuhan, China” – False
- The FDA has ruled that homeopathic drugs are now illegal. – False
- The government is about to approve an Emeryville, California company’s implantable “chip” that will create “transhumans” and allow government to spy on our health and other data? – False
- “COVID Deaths Have Been Vastly Overcounted” – Inaccurate
- “Pfizer Knew About Immunosuppression”; “Fully Vaxxed Are More Likely to Die From COVID” – Inaccurate
Overall, we rate Mercola.com a Quackery-level pseudoscience website that sometimes advocates for dangerous, inaction or action, to serious health issues. (8/22/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 04/22/2022)
Last Updated on April 22, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check