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To the Editor.—
We agree with the COMMENTARY by Wynder and Peacock (229:1743, 1974) that disease prevention will become the first line of offense in tomorrow's medical care. Through the American Medical Joggers Association (AMJA), we advocate the vigorous exercise and teetotaling life-style of the Olympic marathon runner for everyone, because immunity to coronary heart disease appears to coexist with the ability to cover 42 km on foot. This has been reported in the Masai warriors (N Engl J Med 284:694, 1971) and the Tarahumara Indians (Am Heart J 81:304, 1971). We postulate that it is also true of marathon runners, even though they may have some of the risk factors peculiar to our Western civilization (Science 183:256, 1974).We are encouraged by the article by Kavanagh et al (229:1602, 1974) that showed that the marathon runner's life-style is suitable for some cardiac patients after they have recovered from myocardial
Bassler TJ, Cardello FP. Jogging and Health. JAMA. 1975;231(1):23. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03240130017006