Dr. Mercola is an alternative medicine proponent, osteopathic physician, and Web entrepreneur, who markets a variety of dietary supplements and medical devices through his website, Mercola.com. Mercola is a 1976 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and a 1982 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (now Midwestern University).

“The good news is that you don’t need to spend hours moving each day. The key is to frequently interrupt your sitting — it’s as simple as remembering to stand up. Going from a sitting position to a standing position changes your body’s relationship to gravity. And that’s what stimulates your muscles to stay strong, your circulation to keep moving, and your overall physiology to remain responsive. In addition, frequently moving and shifting position when you’re sitting down will also reap the benefits of changing your relationship to gravity.”

“The simplest way to get grounded is to be barefoot outside with your feet directly on the Earth — whether it’s dirt, sand, rock, or even an unpainted concrete sidewalk. You really start to see benefits, such as stress reduction and lessened pain, after spending thirty minutes in direct connection to the ground — but any amount of time is better than none at all. The more compromised your health is, the more time you should spend grounding.”

“Regardless of how you do it, the most important step you can take to improve your health is stop all criticism of yourself. To make forward and lasting progress, you must stop criticizing yourself now and forever. Your thoughts create and contribute to all your experiences in life, especially as related to health issues. When you criticize yourself, you reinforce negative physiological changes. But when you approve of yourself, you facilitate positive changes throughout your life and your body.”