(Note from Erin: To read the unintended series of holistic doctor deaths, now at 80, you can click here. We've included a timeline, photos, sources, stories, and links. Many were friends or colleagues of Dr Mercola and mine, and we both miss them terribly.)
Second update: According to the obituary I read, Dr Winer did not have a wife or kids- although he did have cats (who I hope are adopted). I have also had some family write me and those updates are in the story.
It is with a heavy heart that I bring you the sad news of the death of self-described holistic doctor, author, speaker, radio show host, James Winer, of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (just minutes from where I used to live).
He was not just a legend in Pennsylvania, but far beyond, and known throughout the world as his friend says below in the video. I've had patients write me from college age to the elderly (maybe more than any other death). He was loved by all.
Initially, Dr James Winer's office staff would not say publicly how or where he died, at least not that we could see. They stated they didn't want people calling the office asking questions, and, understandably, they'd update folks later.
But then our story came out 11 hours after their announcement (I wanted to give some time) and other sites followed suit.
Within hours of our story, I'm told the staff was inundated with so many more inquiries that they had to respond: Dr Winerhad died of cardiac arrest, in Florida.
He was visiting the sunshine state, a place where we've already lost so many holistic doctors in recent months.
I have talked to someone I am 99% sure is a relative and they explain Dr Winer was found on a sidewalk. He didn't have an ID on him at the time. So he was brought in as a John Doe and they say he had a heart attack. He was missing for days alive, but they didn't know where. It appears he never regained consciousness, but local relatives were able to get there before he died and hold his hand when he passed just days ago.
They said that the medical examiner said there was no need for an autopsy.
We are also looking for clarification about the peculiar comment by a female patient who told us she was recently waiting to see him speak in PA. When he didn't show up they were told he was stuck in traffic, then the event was canceled. However, it seems he may have already been dead. We will update you on that when we have more info.
We have many cases of our own close friends whose prominent spouses or immediate family died. One example would be the famous best selling Manhattan author and holistic MD, Nick Gonzalez (see recap either #8 or #9 - we had 2 on the same day). They initially stated it was a heart attack with Dr Nick, but then, since there had been many deaths I'd written about, even his own wife (now our friend), decided to do an autopsy.
Despite initial belief, they said it was not a heart attack after all with Dr Nick.
I have met celebrity doctor Nick Gonzalez' wife Mary Beth Gonzalez, on several occasions and in multiple states around the US. I've even had dinner with her a few times and just had the pleasure of sitting next to her at an award ceremony last month in Florida where she was accepting an award on her late husband's behalf for his great work (I was shocked to receive one as well that night).
We are truly sorry for the loss of a great life.
Two of the last posts Dr Winer ever made were about the doctor deaths I have written about. Sadly, it wasn't my site where I have spent two and a half years putting the timeline together day by day as more die. It was some site just sharing my story and selling something with an infommercial video which is really awful. It's in very poor taste and the families of the doctors and I are sad and even angry to see those ads still up by whoever is behind them. We wish he'd seen my stories instead with 78 doctors at the time, then 79 last week, and now, 80.
Dr Winer also shared a story from my other half (going on nine years) Dr Mercola, ironically about heart health:
We realize it's a lot for a staff to handle, but we have droves of patients writing us saying that they just want the story since there are an odd set of circumstances surrounding his death.
Dr Winer literally had thousands of fans on his Facebook page alone and thousands of daily listeners to his radio show in multiple states.
While Dr Winer was 70 years old he looked much younger. His patients have told us he was a vegetarian for several decades and yet another just wrote me to say he was super healthy and they'd been a patient of his since they were 8 years old. They said, like many others, they do not think he died naturally. I understand folks are skeptical. I just wish there were an autopsy just to rule anything out 100% and put everyone's mind at rest.We are sending thoughts and prayers to his loved ones.
His biography reads as follows:
Dr. James Winer is one of the leading pioneers in the natural health field.
For over forty-five years he has been on the cutting edge of the alternative health movement, serving in a wide variety of capacities.
Editor of the "Journal of Energy Medicine"
Associate Director of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Research Foundation (a prestigious Foundation founded by two giants in the nutrition field, Dr. Weston Price, DDS and Dr. Francis Pottenger, Jr., MD)
Education Director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in San Diego (a residential health center founded by Dr. Ann Wigmore)
Director of the National Health Project
Convention Director of the National Health Federation
He is also the author of books, audio, and videotapes, and articles on natural health, instructor of nutrition at a university, fitness instructor at an undergraduate college, and currently the founder and director of the Winer Wellness Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Winer has traveled throughout the world studying and teaching natural health principles. While living in France, he attended the University of Paris.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University and graduated valedictorian of his class at Life University, where he received his doctorate summa cum laude.
In addition to teaching and lecturing across the United States, Dr. Winer has appeared on thousands of radio and television programs in Pittsburgh, PA and across the country.
Dr Winer currently hosts over thirty-one weekly radio shows in the western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, and eastern Ohio tri-state area.
He is dedicated to sharing his wealth of knowledge, understanding, insight, diagnostic methods and abilities with his patients and all who are open to helping themselves with the latest advances in natural healing.
There are few, if any, in the field of Alternative Medicine in this country with his vast knowledge, experience, aptitude or with his sincere and ethical commitment to helping others.