Dr. Steven Gundry, M.D., went from heart surgeon to selling supplements. You’ve probably seen him on your favorite podcast. Or been interrupted by one of his infomercial-style ads.
He believes inflammatory plant proteins called lectins are the cause of many modern diseases. His supplements are designed to prevent or even reverse this internal damage.
While his medical background is certainly legit, you have to wonder if Dr. Gundry sold out. Like, does he really believe in this whole plant paradox thing? Or is it a convenient way to promote modern-day snake oil? And how many millions of dollars has he made peddling pills and potions? Read on.
Customer reviews of Doctor Gundry’s products
Regarding the Gundry MD Total Restore Gut Lining Support Blend capsules, one Amazon user wrote: “If I could give this a -100 stars, I would.”
“I took it for two weeks and had actually made an appointment with the doctor to see why I was so sick. The muscles in my legs were on fire with pain and every day I woke up with nausea,” they continued.
“It finally dawned on me it might be this supplement. Two days after stopping, I started feeling better. By the end of the week, I was back to riding my horse. I [felt] obligated to let people know possible side effects,” they added.
But one Yelp user begged to differ: “I have read some of these negative reviews and can hardly believe it,” they began.
“Dr. Gundry has been a Godsend. I have been a patient of his for almost 20 years now. He has always had nothing but the patient’s best interest at heart.”
“He is a pioneer, a trailblazer, and has developed a series of products (many of which I use) which have brought health and vitality to those who take them. I commend you to his products (try MCT and Vital Reds to start) and you will feel better!” they said.
Over on the Better Business Bureau, Dr. Gundry had a staggering 280 complaints (at the time of writing this). While most were billing related, a few of them claimed they were shorted or their supplements arrived damaged.
For example, one person said: “One bottle of 24 Strain Probiotic should contain 30 capsules; I opened one this morning and it had only 13 capsules.”
Another person was upset they didn’t honor their money-back guarantee: “After watching a YouTube video, I knew the Total Restore product was likely bogus (it was similar to taking a sugar pill), but hey, they repeatedly stated (vocally and also in writing on the website) that there is a 90-day no questions asked, money-back guarantee, so I decided to give it a shot,” they explained.
“I took the full 30-day regimen as directed and found no effect whatsoever. Although disappointed, I waited a few days (to see if any effect manifested) and then asked for a refund.”
“I was then told that the 90-day refund only applies to an unopened bottle, to which I say: ‘How are you supposed to know if you like something unless you actually consume it?!'”
“I alerted my credit card company of this and am unconcerned since they will reject the payment, but I just wanted to warn others that they do not honor the 90-day money-back guarantee,” they wrote.
I should note that Doctor Gundry’s staff had responded to each complaint; which probably explains how he’s still got an A+ rating (don’t even get me started on how crooked the BBB is).
Anyways, you can skim the (many) grievances yourself. But after going through ’em, I personally wouldn’t spend a dime on anything this man sells.
How rich is Steven R. Gundry?
He made good money as a doctor, but Steven Gundry is absolutely killing it selling supplements. We estimate his net worth is in the neighborhood of $8 million dollars.