Does any one know Dr. Julian Whitaker?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2016-06-27 19:51:45 -0500
Started 2009-04-18 15:30:31 -0500

My mom got a piece of mail from "Health and Healing" on Diabetes Fact vs. Fiction. "The latest breakthroughs from America's #1 Diabetes Doctor" (Really? I have not heard of him, but I am still fairly new to all of this)

It is to sell his book(s) 3-week Diabetes Miracle, Ultimate Non-Diet for Diabetes, Dictionary of Drug Alternatives and Most Astonishing Speed Cures.
I do believe that we are over medicated and need to seek more natural ways of controlling our diabetes, but this sounds a little like snake oil. I was wondering if any of you have heard of him, his books or his methods.

41 replies

MiSueZQue 2014-10-02 15:04:09 -0500 Report

I Googled "Dr Whitaker Review" and this is one of the first links to show up (Good tag job!!) I'm an RN and have been doing research into natural/nutritional ways to treat diabetes. I have people come up to me and ask "You're a nurse, right?" and then proceed to ask for advise, or pull me into the bathroom to show me a rash or wound. I find that both amusing and somewhat alarming, but mostly amusing. It shows a level of trust they have in me.
I have read through the thread. Like a few, I was skeptical of Dr Whitaker. Like jyram1, I ,too, pray and read God's word. I am taught, in church, not to take anyone's word for it (even our pastor's) but to search things out for myself. Which is why I Googled Dr Whitaker in the first place.His advise, in and of itself, I find valuable. When I come across something new, in anyone's writings, I highlight the word or phrase, right click in the highlighted area and scroll down to "Search Google". I have about 20 tabs open as I write this.
Regarding one of the Anonymous statements about VANADYL SULFATE. Yes, it can cause "green tongue" which is an indication of toxicity. However, large quantities would have to be consumed. Most, if not all, of the green tongued people worked in the mine and inhaled toxic levels of vanadyl sulfate. It was mined because it is an ingredient in making steel.
I haven't bought any of Dr Whitacker's products, nor do I plan on it. I either go to Vitamin Shoppe or iHerb. iHerb has the better price most of the time. It also has information about the supplement and reviews. I read the ones in the different languages by copying and pasting into Google Translate. And, no, I do not represent Dr Whitaker, Vitamin Shoppe, iHerb or Google.
With all of that said, Dr Whitaker really does have a lot of good advise. I wouldn't discount him because he's trying to make a buck or two. This is the USA, we're still allowed to do that. I don't think he's swindling any money or is a schister. Nor would I call his products snake oil. I haven't researched his products thoroughly enough to base an opinion one way or the other. The market dictates what is snake oil and what is good.
My bottom line is, research his ingredients and make your own decision. Do your own research. Research is like going to the fish market, or going fishing. When one buys, or catches, a whole fish, one doesn't eat the whole fish (usually) We keep what is good and throw the scales and bones away. Hold on to the good information and discard the rest.

GabbyPA 2014-10-02 19:17:46 -0500 Report

I like your fish analogy, that is very good.
Thank you for your input and I too love iHerb. Good people!
This is a very old post and I had kind of forgotten about him. It's good it has come back up...always good to review things.

Anonymous 2014-03-29 10:01:34 -0500 Report

I bought Dr Whitaker's book when I was first diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I followed his instructions about diet and exersize. At the time my A1C was 11.0% and my glucose reading for that day was 300. I changed my diet and walked about 3 or 4 days a week. I brought my A1C down to 6.7% and lost 32 lbs. He makes perfect sense. I am reading his book again "Reversing Diabetes" because I "fell off the wagon" so to speak. My primary Dr wants to put me on diabetic meds and I am hesitant to go on it. My brother and also a friend are both on medication for Diabetes and find it no easier to control their Diabetes. So I am going to seriously watch my diet and starting my regime of walking. I stopped walking because of a knee problem so gained a bit of weight back and my numbers when up. I bought a walker and am walking again. Where there's a will there's a way!!!

Tipe2Gal 2016-06-27 19:51:45 -0500 Report

Thanks for this comment! I ordered the book and will read it—and follow the advice. I'm determined to stop this now. By the way, I use "muellers" on my knees (thin bands lightly wrapped just below the knee) and they really stabilize the knees walking (or doing any repetitive knee movement). Just google them, they are cheap. Thanks, again!

Anonymous 2013-11-23 09:10:14 -0600 Report

If oncologists told their patients how much they make on chemotherapy which they buy wholesale and make a huge profit margin on, people would call that snake oil. At least once, they would be right. Too bad Dr. Whitaker gets accused of selling products that don't work just because he is up front about it. Do some research - take the product and google it with the word diabetes next to it. Skip most of the mainstream stuff on google page one and go to later pages. The first pages of Google are taken up with boilerplate information - you won't get anything of value there. After page one you will start getting data points - basic science research, people's experiences, MD blogs, etc. Decision analysis is the technique of using many data points to decide upon a course of action. My dad left his private practice and teaching post at an Ivy Med because the system was co-opted by systemic fraud in pharmaceutical companies (as well as being run by insurance companies). I had a stats prof in grad school at Stanford that has us deconstruct medical journals for fraudulent stat practices. Learn how to do that and you will see where the real snake oil salesmen are - drug companies.

nana2fou 2014-03-29 10:12:26 -0500 Report

I didn't even take Dr Whitaker's products. Just took his advice on what to eat and had really good results. Drs love to write perscriptions! The less meds you are on the better. I am a carb freak but I cut out the bad carbs. I even eat pasta but cook it very al dente. I would rather change my diet than get on those meds (I know some people need them). His book on Reversing Diabetes make perfect sense.

Caroltoo 2013-10-10 13:07:42 -0500 Report

I used much of the information in his book, Reversing Diabetes, to get mine under control. I had a doc who didn't seem to know much besides telling me to start with insulin, which I didn't want to do, and so I went searching the local libraries and bookstores for information.

I am very interested and have studied a lot about nutrition, but felt he went further into that area than I wanted to. I choose some of his basic nutrition and environment suggestions and started with them. I'm doing very well after over 10 years, so I think that speaks positively for the process.

He also has a clinic in California. I agree his ads look like the pop-junk we all pull from our mailboxes almost daily and I wish he wouldn't advertise that way cause it adds to the "snake oil image", but his practice and research seem pretty sound to me.

GabbyPA 2013-10-14 13:23:40 -0500 Report

Thank you. I had forgotten about this post and I think I will look a little more into it. I am finding the folks on here who have had success in different ways and seeing what they do that can help me be more successful in my diabetes management.

Joanlf 2013-10-10 06:03:22 -0500 Report

I can personally confirm Dr Whitaker is not a fraud and in fact helps to facilitate what I would refer to as miracles. He and his staff at his clinic truly care about helping patients take control of their own health. I have been a patient for about 12 years and the support I have received has changed my life! Reversing Diabetes is a great place to start to understand and gain control of diabetes. My A1c was 13 when I bought his book and began following his direction. My blood test 4 months later was 4.9… I consider that to be remarkable! I attended his clinic for one week and was completely impressed! I have gone back for general tune ups two other times. His clinic is a first class operation and it is amazing to be there and see the progress and hope from other patients as they see improvement in their condition. Dr Whitaker does not claim to be the answer to all medical conditions but the ones he says he can help with … He does! Of course he has to charge for his services… How else could he continue to provide them! I found them to be well within the line of affordable. How much is your good health returned to you worth?
So, I guess what I'm saying to you is anyone who finds fault with what he does simply doesn't understand what he does! I will be eternally grateful for what he has done for me!!

DAYOFREST 2015-04-02 00:39:48 -0500 Report

I love DR. Whitaker i do get all my vitamins from him , his information is so valuable .. no snake oil here. i had no problem with Vanadyl Sulfate or Chromium

DAYOFREST 2015-04-02 00:36:56 -0500 Report

I love DR. Whitaker i do get all my vitamins from him , his information is so valuable .. no snake oil here.

Anonymous 2013-08-09 19:13:49 -0500 Report

Dr Julian Whitaker has recommended and put in his Glucose Essentials 300 mg of VANADYL SULFATE which causes side effects of green tongue and Stomach pain and is toxic. Here is the scientific study hyperlink
Vanderbilt University
Hyperlink: Sulfateļæ½s Impact on

I tried his product and got very ill with stomach cramps
This may stop diabetes but at a 50% DEATH RATE! Who would want a cure at that price.
I studied the ingredients and only purslane and banaba were effective in lowering blood sugar without deadly side effects like vanadyl and chromium.

Anonymous 2013-10-15 02:31:45 -0500 Report

Well, most of us are neither extreme weight lifters, nor lab rats. The studies you referred to are 12 years old and site those populations, not diabetics who would be using at a much lower dosage.

Don't think your general conclusion is valid, but I'm sorry your developed a stomach ache which you attribute to Vanadyl Sulfate. I've used it with none of those bad results you had; have also use GTF chromium which was quite successful. Everyone is a little different. We each have to find our own way through the hype to locate what works for us.

pablo2u2 2015-10-27 01:43:48 -0500 Report

I am new to this Dr. Julian Whitaker and I am taking all the supplements ,less Purslane and Banaba [which I have yet to get] he suggested and also Cinnamon and Coconut Oil. I started because my blood suger level went from 6.5 to 7.1 and there was this funny thing happening with under my toes or the ball of the foot like a lump or something , but over the past few weeks that lumpy feeling has gone away for the most part and I have increased my exercise time from one or two times a week to 4 or more times now and I feel really good , cannot wait till I can order some of those other supplements. I figure my health is worth more than being sick and bed ridden , not that it'll get to that , but , if I do not pay attention the skies the limit on how sick a person can get or feel. I just ordered more Vanadyl also and that Chromium is a plus .You have to be consistent is the deal ,no wavering off the path of health. Oh and I'm taking the fish oil also .

Caroltoo 2012-03-11 03:43:59 -0500 Report

When first diagnosed in 2003, I bought Dr. Whittaker's book entitled Reversing Diabetes. It went further in terms of vitamin therapy than I was willing to go, but I used many of his principles to formulate my own treatment plan. I read many books during the three months before I saw a diabetic educator, but his was by far the most complete and helpful volume that I read.

I had blood glucose of 400 when first diagnosed. Using his suggestions for diet, exercise, and a modified version of his recommended supplements, my BGs were at 140 by the time I saw the educator. I have continued to modify my treatment plan over the years as my needs have changed, but his recommendations remain the bedrock of the plan. My doctor is ecstatic with the progress I have made where most of her clients are just hanging on.

My BG today ranged from 95-120 and I am free of medication. I continue to take vitamins, but my main two at the moment are: 1. Whittaker's Complete Neuro-Vascular Support (Benfotiamine, B6, B12, and Alpha Lipoic Acid) and Pure's ADR formula (adrenal cortex and selected Ayurvedic herbs) to address the stress/carbohydrate metabolism/diabetes/adrenal fatigue connection.

I would agree that much of his online and mail order advertising sounds bizarre, but, let's face it, its designed to tickle the interest of people who haven't responded to more mainline forms of information.

jyram1 2012-03-11 03:13:58 -0500 Report

I'd like to comment on Dr Julian Whitaker and his newsletter, books, supplements and his cookbook. But before I continue I'd like to point out that we have all heard the saying 'all things in moderation'. With that said, I was a diabetic whose A1C used to be 13.76, way above the supposedly correct levels for a diabetic Type 2 individual. The reason for the high A1C is because my blood sugars were as high as 524 and never below 364. The insulin doses just kept going higher and higher to the point that neuropathy had set in on both legs, was prescribed a wheelchair and ultimately told in order to get rid of the excruciating pain I would have to become an amputee. I would loose both legs. In desperation God heard my prayers and I discovered Dr Julian Whitaker. It was through his newsletters that I myself decided to research what was slowly killing me. If I was going to die I wanted to know my 'killer' first hand and the method that 'it' was using to kill me slowly but surely. God says in his Word, my people suffer from lack of knowledge. For the most part I like every diabetic I've known or spoken with expects to have a 'perfect' formula that is easy to do. Something that doesn't take away from other things we sem to deem more important in life. Well, I found out for myself that there is no such thing. There's no diet, no exact amount of food that you can prepare all the time, every time in the perfect portions that will keep your blood sugars in check. There is however formulas that are based on what you eat that if properly balanced will keep your blood sugars in a specific range. Let's face it I have had blood sugars in the 140 range and if I see my kids eating chocolate cake and I crave it its going to make my blood sugars go up. And after I discovered Dr Julian Whitakers books, supplements and newsletters it was up to me to put this info to the test, and test them I did and still do. His cookbook alone was enough to motivate me into doing something that would keep me alive. I had two choices, one I could live ot two I could die. Either choice I made I was going to be the driver not the passenger. I no longer take insulin, this was my choice not Dr Whitakers advice. I was tired of taking insulin then plummeting into lows in the 40's then taking a glucose tablet going up and eating and going higher, then taking another shot because I was over 200 in my readings. I felt like a yo-yo and I hated poking my stomach. As far as supplements I take them, again not on his advise but because I've educated myself on the minerals and vitamins we lose with age (I'm 54) more so when you take an assortment of prescriptions in general. I take a Neuropathy Formula put out by The Neuropathy Treatment Group. This formula gave me back the use of my legs. I can actually run with my grandkids because of it And no Dr whitaker doesn't provide this formula, he has one similar to it but I like what I'm taking, it works for me. A person that is quick to say it doesn't work is for certain the one person who has not even tried it for themselves to see if it really works.

Anonymous 2011-10-29 11:59:51 -0500 Report

My mother had read all of Dr. Whitaker's info he had sent her. She is 71 years and has CHF. She refused to take any doctor prescribed medications after being influenced by his information. I am sitting here looking at his magazine where she had circled many different areas. On one page she has circled, "If you're counting on mainstream medicine to save you from CHF, think again." There is so much more I can say, but the main point I want to put through is: My mom starting reading his magazine's, she refused to go to the doctor or take medication, she ordered his vitamins instead, and now I am taking care of her 24 hours a day because she had a stroke. If she took medication and went to the doctor she would be able to still walk, go to the bathroom herself, have use of her right side, and it would be wonderful to hear her voice again. Please be careful to watch what your friends and family are reading.

Kacey64 2016-04-10 23:33:59 -0500 Report

Caution is always in order, of course, and I'm sorry to hear about your mother. In all fairness, because she refused to go to the doctor is not Dr. Whitaker's fault. Nor is it an ironclad cause and effect that her failure to go to the doctor or take medicines is the cause of her stroke. I have been a newsletter subscriber since the early 1990s, and what Dr. W. says often makes a great deal of sense. Blessings on you and your family.

azdutchman 2011-08-30 13:06:23 -0500 Report

I have heard of Dr. Whitaker and I did subscribe to his newsletters for a year. He claims to be able to cure Type II Diabetes and he has a program including recipes to cut your BG levels and carb intake. It all sounds legitimate. He does not recommend anything that sounds crazy. In fact, he recommends some of the same things you can find right here at Diabetes Connect. I don't know about his claims to get one off drugs and insulin. I have been a little nervous about trying his program. He also has a clinic and he, of course, encourages people to check into his clinic and also to buy his books. As I have discovered so far, just buying his books won't cure me. Perhaps, some day, I will actually try his program. He is careful to advise anyone to talk to their doctor first.

Kacey64 2016-04-10 23:38:48 -0500 Report

You're right - his approach is sensible, and he usually describes why he says this or that. I have subscribed to his newsletter since the early 1990s. Not sure if he claims to cure diabetes, but he does believe that with dietary and lifestyle changes, many times it can be reversed (if not Type 1, of course). Do read up on what he says about Berberine to lower A1c. I brought mine down 0.4 of a point with it, and my husband's came down a whole point. For us, these were better results with no side effects, compared to when we took metformin. Whitaker describes what the mechanism of action is with Berberine and why it works. You can find similar info. about it in a public online database of natural medicines from Kaiser's website. It states that it may help lower blood sugar. KP is certainly mainstream. But don't expect your own Dr. to know about this, they probably don't (yet).

Joanlf 2013-10-10 06:11:05 -0500 Report

You should try to attend his Back to health program at his clinic. It is truly amazing and has changed my life. The program is well organized and you will leave there feeling like a different person.

azdutchman 2013-10-14 15:55:06 -0500 Report

I am glad some people have had positive experiences with Dr. Whitaker. If anyone can attain relief from the effects of diabetes II I am very happy for them. I am still skeptical, however, of his (as others have described it) "snake oil" salesman approach. The most debilitating effect of my diabetes is neuropathy. At Arrowhead hospital, here in Arizona, they have a program that promises relief. I am considering checking into it. Their ads say the treatment is covered by Medicare. My Endocrinologist says it is not and it is very expensive, but acknowledge they have had some success. Dr. Whitaker's clinic is also very expensive and not covered by Medicare. So an old, retired bus driver cannot afford to lay out the funds for expensive and uncovered treatment.

GabbyPA 2013-10-14 20:03:33 -0500 Report

That is generally the case. It kind of sucks. I know that people should be paid for their services, but it seems if you had a "cure" or at least a really good program it would make you just as much money to help more people and make it affordable instead of make it unfordable and help only a few. Just sayin'

berrykins0 2011-08-30 13:18:44 -0500 Report

your right about talking to your doctor first before trying anything new i would if i was going too.

Kacey64 2016-04-10 23:47:44 -0500 Report

It's good to talk to your own doc, but be prepared for them to not know what you are talking about sometimes. Consider their medical training: They are taught drugs and surgery, for the most part. Drug co. reps visit them regularly to pitch their drugs. Most do not have the mindset to think outside the box a bit, and try to do things that help the body heal itself by following natural laws, such as exercise, rest, pure water, sunshine, fruits & vegetables (very healthy diet). Sometimes it is helpful to use natural substances that are not chemically altered by the drug companies so they can patent them. Just research anything you are considering taking carefully first, and learn all you can.

Type1Lou 2011-03-05 12:39:02 -0600 Report

Dear Gabby,
I haven't heard of Dr/Mr Whitaker but can recommend reading two books that I thought offered some informed approaches to dealing with Diabetes. Dr Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution" got me turned around more than 5 years ago. If I recall, he was/is an engineer with Type 1 diabetes who returned to school, obtained his medical degree (and I believe is board-certified in endocrinology) and started touting a low-carb approach long before it was accepted by the main-stream diabetic community. Most recently, Registered Pharmacist, Suzy Cohen's, "Diabetes Without Drugs" offers some valuable insights and approaches, particularly helpful to Type 2 diabetics. She is an advocate of natural foods and supplements and warns about the harmful effects of chemically altered foods and products that may be contributing to the Diabetes epidemic. Both of these books are available through your local lending library if you don't want to invest in purchasing them.

doubleaa 2010-04-17 15:37:04 -0500 Report

I am new here and only found you because I was researching this guy. Look at this page and see what you think.
While I was excited when I read the email I received from him, I have to say, I think he's a quack…only interested in getting desperate folks like me to send him money. I knew it sounded too good to be true.

Joanlf 2013-10-10 06:16:07 -0500 Report

He really us not a quack and if you fully investigate you'll find that out. Call his clinic and talk to them…ask for phone numbers of people who have personal experience with him and his clinic. They will provide you with names and numbers you can call to find out about their experiences. He is a wonderful doctor and is helping lots of people who had given up hope.

azdutchman 2013-10-14 16:03:30 -0500 Report

I won't label his as a quack. I'm just very skeptical. I have seen his publications. My wife gets them. But much of what he says is really standard information I get from my Endocrinologist. And when I follow her advice, my BG levels hold pretty well. When I don't, they go up.

nana2fou 2014-03-29 12:00:28 -0500 Report

Dr Whitaker, at least in the book I have, just recommends for the most part to adjust your diet and move your body. I did just that after reading his book and brought my numbers way down. I don't take any exotic vitamins. If folks would just do that they would probably be successful. This is not the answer for everyone. Some people do need meds. I am trying to hold off. This works for me. I definitely do not think he is a quack. He seems to say just what the nutritionist told me when I first was diagnosed. Only he doesn't suggest getting on meds. Not everyone can stick to the diet but I found I can eat more foods than I thought. Legumes are very good. Dreamfields puts out a pasta with 5 grams digestable carbs per serving. I cook it al dente and it doesn't spike my bg.

mamaoak 2009-04-18 18:03:55 -0500 Report

i have herd of him as well but i think he is a gimmic.

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-04-18 18:07:44 -0500 Report

Actually his does offer some good info, etc., but I think the thrust of his efforts is to sell and make a buck or two. I may be wrong. Look at his site and determine for yourself.

kdroberts 2009-04-18 19:38:33 -0500 Report

As far as I know he is not board certified in any medical specialty and never has been. He claims to be board certified from a place that doesn't certify people in a specialty that isn't a certifiable specialty. He is out to sell, he sells a subscription to his newsletter, his supplements plus a number of other things. The biggest problem I have with him is he sells hope and sensationalism rather than reality. Some of the things he says will work to a limited degree for a small number of people but he sells them like they are guaranteed to work for everybody.

freddyg2u 2009-04-18 16:55:16 -0500 Report

Yes, i have and his input on health for diabetics is outstanding. I once subscribed to his newsletter and it was free back in 2004, I cannot say if it still is or not now.
Just go to his website and click on the links, your answeres will be there. Hope this helps you. Freddyg

2009-04-18 16:17:48 -0500 Report

I have never heard of him. Sounds like some of the others have, and isn't well liked. You might try googling him and see what, if anything, you can find out.

kdroberts 2009-04-18 15:38:25 -0500 Report

Yes, I have heard of him. America's #1 (self proclaimed) diabetes doctor. I have a very, very low opinion of him, his marketing techniques, his treatment and his knowledge of diabetes. I will leave it at that.

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