Last updated on: 3/31/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Joseph Mercola, DO Biography

Title:
Physician
Position:
Con to the question "Should Prescription Drugs Be Advertised Directly to Consumers?"
Reasoning:

“I think it is high time the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reevaluates their policy of allowing drugs to be advertised on TV at all…

U.S. pharmaceutical companies spend about $5 billion on these types of consumer marketing campaigns, so you can bet they’re getting a hefty portion of this expense back in the form of increased profits.

Aside from their inherently misleading nature, direct-to-consumer drug ads like those on TV often plant a seed in your mind that you may be sick. Drug companies are masters at disease mongering – inventing non-existent diseases and exaggerating minor ones, with the end result making you rush to your doctor to request their drug solutions.”

“Beware of Tricks in Drug Ads,” mercola.com, June 18, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, MPHs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to pharmaceutical drugs and public health. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to pharmaceutical drugs and public health.
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, Mercola.com, 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
Education:
  • DO, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1982
  • BA, University of Illinois, 1978
Other:
  • None found