80th Doctor Dead: Holistic, Prominent and Outspoken

Note from Erin: To read the full series on all the doctors who have died, 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 the obituary I read, it mentioned no wife and children which is why it can be so tough to call these decisions like zero autopsy I am told. (he had cats who I hope are adopted).

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 embedded.

Initially, Dr James Winer’s office staff would not say publicly how or where he died, at least that we could see. They stated they didn’t want people calling the office asking questions, and, understandably,  they’d update folks later.

Then our story came out 11 hours after their announcement (I wanted to give some time) and other sites followed suit.

Hours later, after I am told the staff were inundated by many more inquiries, they said he died of cardiac arrest right here in the state of Florida. He was visiting our state where we’ve lost so many holistic doctors in recent months.

Folks who say they are relatives have now shared on our pages and Dr Winer’s. They say he was allegedly exercising, which is why there was no ID, and why they say he was brought in as a John Doe and had to search for him, as he was missing.

They say he left his ID in the car. So we are gathering he wasn’t at a gym exercising as he’d have to have some kind of ID. So we would like to know in what condition he was found and where. Again, we cannot tell you how many times the cases and causes of death have changed in these 80 cases, Dr Winer marking number 80.

This might explain why so many patients tell me he was missing. It sounds like he was.

It would not explain the peculiar comment by a woman who said she was a patient waiting to see him speak recently in PA  and then said it was canceled, after she was told he was stuck in traffic, when in fact he might have already died. I’m looking for clarity on that as well.

We never like to speculate, but we imagine whatever shape this great hero of a doctor was found in, with no ID or wallet (or any identification at all it appears)  he was unable to speak to give his name. I am not  sure if it was the side of the road, sidewalk, if people were around or not, and will wait until we are given the facts…  if we ever are.

We are so sorry he died unexpectedly, but we are so saddened that an autopsy was not done, according to these folks who say they are relatives, and no reason to believe they are not.

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 Dr Nick Gonzalez’ wife  Mary Beth Gonzalez, on several occasions and multiple states around the US. I have had dinner with her a few times,   and just sat next to her at an award ceremony last month here in Florida.  She was accepting an award on her late husband’s  behalf for his great work.  and I was shocked to receive one as well that night.

We like to see autopsies done to rule things out.  Because, so many of these cases (out of 80 now!) have had such sketchy details,  like this doctor coming in as a John Doe and family having to search for him.

We don’t see the harm in an autopsy, and if it were my relative at this point? I would demand it.

My heart truly goes out to them as I said before, but we have so many now who have more questions than answers.

Dr Winer was not the only one who had family with him when he died. Dr Nick Gonzalez’ wife Marty Beth  was also there with him when he died,  like these loved ones say they were (and we believe them), but again, the autopsy did show it was not a heart attack on Dr Nick. They still have NO cause of death.

Two of the last posts Dr Winer ever made were about the doctor deaths I have written about since the start. 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 whomever 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 of my other half going on nine years, Dr Mercola, and I’m sharing both of them here.

The one from Dr Mercola was about heart health, which some might find ironic.

Dr Winer’s post made just days before he died about holistic doctors dying mysteriously another Dr Winer posted days before he died of by Dr Mercola, who I’ve been with over 8 years.

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.

We hope to confirm 100% the rest of the details. I reached out to a relative who posted right in my own comments on my site, and I  asked if she could write me. I only did so since she posted first with a kind message.

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 of a heart attack. I don’t know whether he did or not, but I’m a believer in science and just am shocked every time I see an autopsy skipped and I’m told he’ll be cremated soon, if not already.

We are sending thoughts and prayers to his loved ones.

Here’s a video I made the evening his death was announced (well it was 330am but I couldn’t sleep so I got up and made one).

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.

Rest in Peace Dr Winer.


By Erin Elizabeth

Erin Elizabeth is a long time activist with a passion for the healing arts, working in that arena for a quarter century. Her site HealthNutNews.com is less than 2 years old but has already cracked the top 20 Natural Health sites worldwide. She is an author, public speaker, and has recently done some TV and film programs for some of her original work which have attracted international media coverage. You can get Erin’s free e-book here and also watch a short documentary on how she overcame vaccine injuries, Lyme disease, significant weight gain, and more. Follow Erin on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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