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August 15, 1980

Statement by Nathan Pritikin

Author Affiliations

Longevity Center Santa Barbara, Calif

JAMA. 1980;244(7):660. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310070014011

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To the Editor.—  On Jan 4, 1980, there appeared in the QUESTION AND ANSWER column (243:67, 1980) an inquiry from a physician asking of the merits of the program described in the book entitled The Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise.Therese Mondeika, RD, answered the questions by not discussing the merits of the program since she is not familiar with the program and has never inquired into the effects of the program on over 4,000 patients at the Longevity Center. Instead, she argued over quality of proteins and detailed food arguments not related to the merits of the program in restoring health. She has never requested our scientific data that documented patients who no longer require medication for angina, diabetes, and hypertension, and have returned to normal function. One study that will shortly be submitted to medical journals discusses all of the patients scheduled or recommended for coronary bypass surgery