Nathan Pritikin (1915-1985)

white lineNathan Pritikin was a successful inventor who, when diagnosed with heart disease at the age of 42, adopted a strict diet and exercise program to reverse the disease.  In 1976, he founded the first of his Pritikin Centers which treated heart disease patients with lifestyle changes.  His first book, ”The Pritikin Program for Diet & Exercise,” was published in 1979 and the second, ”The Pritikin Promise,” in 1983. Pritikin took his own life at the age of 69 when his leukemia, which had been in remission, returned and was causing anemia, kidney failure, and impending liver failure.


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