Last updated on: 5/19/2011 | Author:

Joseph Mercola, DO Biography

Physician at the Natural Health Center
NC to the question "Should People Become Vegetarian?"

“Many people choose to avoid eating animals for spiritual reasons and one can never argue with this type of decision…

There are certainly justifications for choosing to be a vegetarian, but using science to argue that vegetarianism is the correct diet for everyone is fatally flawed…

About ten years ago I was exposed to concepts that helped me get a deeper understanding of the enormous level of biochemical and genetic individuality that essentially guarantees that there is no perfect food plan that will work for everyone.

It is sad to see that many staunch vegans and vegetarians fail to even acknowledge that anyone is designed to have animal protein.”

“Why 1/3 of the Population Gets Sick by Restricting This Vital Food Group,”, Jan. 8, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • State of Illinois Licensed Physician and Surgeon
  • Advisory Board, Nutrition for Optimal Health Association, Price-Pottinger Nutrition Foundation, Weston A. Price Foundation
  • Founder and owner of, a website about health and nutrition, 1997-present
  • Chairman of Family Medicine, St. Alexius Medical Center, 1988-1993
  • Osteopathic family medicine physician, practicing traditional and natural medicine, 1985-present
  • Member, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
  • DO, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1982
  • BA, University of Illinois, 1978
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