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CONSPIRACY-PSEUDOSCIENCE

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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.

Detailed Report

Bias Rating: PSEUDOSCIENCE
Factual Reporting: LOW
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY

History

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, which has been labeled pseudoscience by scientists’ consensus. In general, they frequently promote pseudoscience and make false claims.

Failed Fact Checks (a small sampling of dozens)

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 09/22/2020)

Source: https://www.mercola.com/

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