By Dr. Mercola
This year we start the 13th year for our website and we have been the most visited natural medicine site in the world for the last seven years.
We are also now in the top ten most visited health sites in the world. You can view all the top sites on our ranking page.
Many of our articles are now getting over a quarter million to a million views, and the entire site has over 20 million page views a month. Overall we are in the top 3,000 most visited sites on the internet, which is quite extraordinary considering that that there are tens of millions of websites.
Many of our readers are recent subscribers, so it seemed appropriate to review our most popular articles of 2009.
New Hope for the Future
Together, we have made enormous strides to improve the health of tens of thousands of people. The swine flu debacle of 2009 was a perfect example of how a grassroots movement can educate a large majority of people, and in so doing, help avoid a potential mass catastrophe.
You don't hear much about swine flu in the media now because they FAILED to achieve their mission. Our site, in partnering with NVIC, was likely the single largest factor for three important victories in this area:
Avoiding the use of squalene in the H1N1 vaccine in the US
Avoiding mandatory H1N1 vaccination
Having the MAJORITY of the people in the US refuse the vaccine despite massive PR media campaigns and the president declaring a public health emergency
This is just a small example of what we can do together in the future to make a difference. Remember that you CAN make a difference and with the advent of the 21st century we have new tools to help you share the message and TRULY make a difference.
New Tool to Help YOU Spread the Message
My top notch software developers have spent the better part of a year to create software that makes it VERY easy for you to invite your friends to receive this vital information, which will help improve their health
It couldn't be easier.
Please watch the video above that I have created, which will walk you through the process of how to send this information to the friends and relatives on your email contact list.
Top 12 Articles of 2009
So let's wrap up the first decade of the 21st Century by revisiting my most popular articles of 2009! You can read each article in its entirety by clicking on the hyperlinks below.
Deadlier than Cocaine, Heroin, and the Swine Flu?
The number one article takes a look at one of the fastest growing problems in the US. A largely unrecognized epidemic, prescription drug misuse causes most of the fatal overdoses each year. Topping the list are opioid painkillers. Partly to blame is the cultural acceptance of prescription drugs, as opposed to illegal street drugs, despite the fact that the former claim far more lives than the latter.
To read more, and learn about the most effective alternative treatment options for pain, please see this link.
How Much Vitamin D Do You Really Need to Take?
As more and more scientific evidence emerged over the past few years, confirming that the currently recommended daily allowances (RDA) of vitamin D are grossly insufficient for young and old alike, many had asked me to clarify the recommended dosages, especially as it pertains to children.
This article addresses these concerns, and provides the latest dosing recommendations for young and old alike. If you missed it, now is your chance to catch up on the latest guidelines, which could make a major difference in your health.
Avoid This if You Want to Keep Your Thyroid Healthy.
Thyroid health is a major topic these days, as the popularity of this article can attest to. Addressing the problem of bromines in the environment and food supply, this article sheds light on a largely hidden group of toxins that are wreaking havoc on thyroids everywhere.
To learn more about how bromines affect your thyroid health, the seven guidelines for how to best avoid them, and one other MAJOR contributor to thyroid dysfunction that many are still not aware of, please read the article in its entirety.
MSG: Is This Silent Killer Lurking in Your Kitchen Cabinets?
MSG is one of the worst food additives on the market and is used in canned soups, crackers, meats, salad dressings, frozen dinners and much more. It's found in your local supermarket and restaurants, in your child's school cafeteria and, amazingly, even in baby food and infant formula.
While MSG's benefits to the food industry are quite clear, this food additive could be slowly and silently doing major damage to your health.
If you suffer from unexplained health problems like tingling, chest pain and nausea, just to name a few, you may want to take a closer look at the foods you eat. To find out more about this hidden health hazard, you won't want to miss this special report.
Super Spice Secrets: Can This Miracle Spice Stop Cancer, Alzheimer's and Arthritis?
For more than 5,000 years, turmeric has been an important part of Eastern cultural traditions, including traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. Valued for its medicinal properties and warm, peppery flavor, this yellow-orange spice has more recently earned a name for itself in Western medicine as well.
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, which is native to Indonesia and southern India, and is widely used as an ingredient in curry dishes and yellow mustard. As research into this powerful spice has increased, it has emerged as one of nature's most powerful potential healers.
This special report delves into the many benefits of this potent spice, and if you haven't added it to your spice rack yet, it may be at the top of your list once you're done reading.
New Study of Splenda Reveals Shocking Information About Potential Harmful Effects
Splenda, best known for its marketing logo, "made from sugar so it tastes like sugar," took the sweetener industry by storm, and has wreaked untold havoc with people's health ever since its introduction more than a decade ago.
This article discusses the gross lack of safety studies and the many health hazards of this popular sweetener. To read the article, and learn about healthier alternatives, please follow this link.
What the Research Really Says About Apple Cider Vinegar
There have been many lofty claims about the miraculous healing powers of apple cider vinegar, and many people do seem to be experiencing some health benefits. However, much of what you read about this product on the Internet is overstated, or simply unfounded.
Dramatic claims aside, this in-depth review examines what is really known about vinegar, based on the scientific studies to date.
This Antioxidant Can Smash Insulin Resistance and Autoimmune Disease
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) has many functions, but it's one of the most effective free radical scavengers, and the only one known to easily get into your brain.
The benefits of ALA can appear near miraculous, but there's plenty of evidence to back the claims of this super antioxidant. To learn the many ways it can benefit your health, especially if you suffer from any kind of autoimmune disease, please read the article in its entirety, and listen to Dr. Burt Berkson's first-hand clinical experience with ALA in the accompanying interview.
Simple Way to Lower Your Blood Pressure -- Just Avoid THIS…
Did you know a diet high in fructose, a form of sugar found in sweetened soft drinks and junk food, could be the cause of your elevated blood pressure? Not many do.
To find out more about how fructose affects your blood pressure, and other ways it can ravage your health, follow this link.
A Kidney Stone's #1 Natural Enemy
Kidney Stones are among the most painful conditions you can have, and based on this article's popularity, they're a common problem.
In this article and accompanying video, I explain the ins and outs of what you need to know in order to treat and prevent them.
Approaching Epidemic: Brain Damage from Mobile Phone Radiation
With the ever-increasing, widespread use of wireless communications, it is imperative to understand the risks inherent in the use of the technology, yet the government has been very slow to respond, no doubt in large part due to industry pressure.
Ever growing scientific research corroborates the suspicion that information-carrying radio waves transmitted by cell phones and other wireless devices can cause a number of significant health problems, including the hardest-to-treat type of brain cancers.
If you missed this article, take a moment to read it now, as this may be one of the most important yet least attended-to aspects of your health, not to mention the health of your children in the years to come.
How to Prevent the Flu -- as Easy as 1, 2, 3...
Colds are a leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from work and school, and this season was no exception. Exposing the number one underlying cause of colds and flu, this article turns old, outdated cold and flu recommendations on its ear.
You'll want to bookmark this article for years to come, for those times when friends and family worry about the upcoming flu season. By incorporating the strategies therein, you'll be able to nip that nasty little virus in the bud--before it can say, "Big Pharma"—every time.
That concludes the Top 12 Mercola articles 2009. Thank you all for tirelessly sharing this information!
May 2010 be a year of many beneficial health changes for you and your entire family!