Dr. Whitaker Biography
Julian Whitaker, MD, graduated from Dartmouth College and received his medical training at Emory University Medical School. He is a member of the American Medical Association. A popular speaker and lecturer, Dr. Whitaker is the author of 13 best-selling books, including Reversing Heart Disease and Reversing Diabetes, and the author of the widely-read monthly newsletter, Health & Healing. Founder of the Freedom of Health Foundation, Dr. Whitaker is also a tireless crusader against abuses by the FDA and a champion for medical freedom.
Wake-Up Call for a Conventional Physician
As a 35-year practitioner of integrative medicine, I am often asked why I took the “road less traveled” in medicine. I certainly didn’t set out to be unconventional. I graduated from Dartmouth College in 1966, earned my medical degree at Emory University Medical School in Atlanta in 1970, and completed my internship at Grady Memorial Hospital, also in Atlanta. A sound formal medical education is important, and I’m grateful for this basic foundation. However, there was something ahead that was far more important to my career as a physician.
It took place one evening when I was working in the emergency room during my orthopedic surgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco. A young woman came in with a sprained ankle. As I tended to her injury, I was struck by how healthy she was—so healthy, in fact, that her eyes actually sparkled. It suddenly dawned on me that although physicians study disease and its treatment, they never really learn how to help their patients achieve real, optimal health.
I found out that this woman sold nutritional supplements and took them herself and, as a result of this encounter, I personally began taking vitamins. I also started learning all I could about nutrition and natural therapies—subjects I was never taught in medical school. I soon became convinced that these approaches, which drew upon the body’s own healing powers, held far more potential for preventing disease and restoring health than conventional medicine’s blunt tools of prescription drugs and surgery.
My Transition to Wellness Medicine
In 1974, I met with four other doctors in the modest conference room of a Motel 6 to form the California Orthomolecular Medical Society. To my surprise and delight, one of my medical heroes, two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, PhD, showed up to lend support to our fledgling organization.
Dr. Pauling himself had coined the term orthomolecular medicine in 1968, which he defined as “the preservation of good health and the treatment of disease by varying the concentrations in the human body of substances that are normally present in the body and are required for health.” More than any other label—alternative, integrative, nutritional, natural, holistic, or complementary medicine—orthomolecular medicine comes closest to describing what I have believed in and practiced for the last 30-plus years.
In 1976, I worked at the Pritikin Longevity Center under the direction of Nathan Pritikin. Until then, in spite of my years of training in medical school, internship, and residency, I couldn’t recall ever having seen patients get well. True, many got better, but virtually all stayed on “follow-up” prescription medications.
Now, for the first time in my medical career, I saw patients get well, not as a result of dangerous drugs or risky surgical procedures, but through the powerful effects of diet and exercise. And not only did these patients drop their medications, they dropped their diseases.
While my work with Nathan Pritikin convinced me of the therapeutic power of diet and exercise, I believed there was more that could be done to help patients. So, I continued my education in earnest, with the goal of identifying safe and effective solutions to some of our most common health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis.
Opened Whitaker Wellness in 1979
In 1979, I opened the Whitaker Wellness Institute with the goal of helping people who had been failed by conventional medicine and had nowhere else to turn. At the clinic, patients learned the nuts and bolts of lifestyle changes. They were prescribed an intensive program of targeted nutritional supplements. And they were treated with powerful noninvasive therapies not offered by conventional physicians.
Today, following the same model, the Whitaker Wellness Institute is the largest, most comprehensive integrative medical clinic in the United States. I am now privileged to be working with five exceptional physicians and scores of caring, well-trained health care professionals. More than 45,000 patients have come through our doors over the years, and time after time, they’ve proven the medical establishment wrong by improving—and in many cases reversing—”incurable” diseases and achieving newfound health and vitality.
My mission is the same today as it was all those years ago: to help patients restore their health with safe, proven natural therapies that allow them to get off prescription drugs and avoid surgery. Isn’t it about time you found out for yourself what Whitaker Wellness can do for you?
13 Books and Health & Healing Newsletter
In addition to my work at Whitaker Wellness, I am the author of the monthly newsletter, Health & Healing. Since 1991, millions of subscribers have relied on this newsletter for information about safe and effective alternatives to drugs and surgery. To subscribe to Health & Healing, click here.
I’ve written 13 books, including The Whitaker Wellness Weight Loss Program,Reversing Diabetes, Reversing Heart Disease, Reversing Hypertension, Shed 10 Years in 10 Weeks, and Dr. Whitaker’s Guide to Natural Healing. To order my books, click here or call (800) 810-6655.
I am also the founder of the Freedom of Health Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to educating the public and policymakers on safe, effective therapies and freedom of choice in the medical marketplace.
What Can Whitaker Wellness Do for You?
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