About Dr. Whitaker


Dr. Julian Whitaker is the founder and director of the Whitaker Wellness Institute, where for more than 30 years he has helped treat tens of thousands of people—many with serious, chronic illnesses—who have been failed by conventional medicine.

Motivated by a belief that no patient is too sick to recover their health, Dr. Whitaker combines therapeutic lifestyle changes, targeted nutritional support, and other cutting edge natural therapies to jump-start the body’s innate healing ability. He is widely known for teaching people how to achieve and maintain healthy blood sugar levels, but also routinely sees patients with pain, cardiovascular concerns, and other age-related health issues.

Dr. Whitaker graduated from Dartmouth College and went on to earn his MD from Emory University. He completed his surgical internship at Grady Memorial Hospital and continued at the University of California in San Francisco in orthopedic surgery.

During his residency, an encounter with a young patient inspired Dr. Whitaker to begin researching nutritional supplements and other natural therapies ignored by medical schools. His emerging conviction that natural therapies held more potential for restoring health and preventing disease than did conventional medicine eventually led him to “take the road less traveled,” and redirect his career into alternative medicine.

In 1974, along with four other doctors and two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, Dr. Whitaker founded the California Orthomolecular Medical Society. In 1976, he joined the staff at the Pritikin Longevity Center, and in 1979 he founded the Whitaker Wellness Institute. Today, Whitaker Wellness is the largest alternative medicine clinic in the United States and has served more than 40,000 patients since opening.

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Dr. Whitaker continues to see patients and to advocate for your right to use natural therapies. His nonprofit organization, the Freedom of Health Foundation, is dedicated to these efforts.

Dr. Whitaker has been a member of the Healthy Directions family of experts since 1991. He is editor of Healthy Directions’ flagship newsletter, Health & Healing, in which he shares treatment protocols used with clinic patients. He is also author of 14 books, including The Whitaker DietShed 10 Years in 10 Weeks, and Reversing Diabetes.