Dr. Mercola finished his family practice residency in 1985. Because he was trained under the conventional medical model, he treated patients using prescription drugs during his first years of private practice and was actually a paid speaker for drug companies. But as he began to experience the failures of the conventional model in his practice, he embraced natural medicine and found great success with time-tested holistic approaches. He founded The Natural Health Center (formerly The Optimal Wellness Center), which became well-known for its whole-body approach to medicine. In 1997, Dr. Mercola integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the Internet. He founded the website Mercola. com to share his own health experiences and spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health. Mercola.com is now the world’s most visited natural health website, averaging 14 million visitors monthly and with over 1 million subscribers. Dr. Mercola aims to ignite a transformation of the fatally flawed health care system in the United States, and to inspire people to take control of their health. He has made significant milestones in his mission to bring safe and practical solutions to people’s health problems. He has authored two New York Times bestsellers, The Great Bird Flu Hoax and The No-Grain Diet. He has been featured in Time magazine, CNN, Fox News, ABC News with Peter Jennings, The Today Show, CBS’s Washington Unplugged with Sharyl Attkisson and in many other major media.
Recorded at the 2014 Acres U.S.A. Conference, Columbus, Ohio, Friday, December 5, 2014.