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August 15, 1980

Statement by Nathan Pritikin-Reply

JAMA. 1980;244(7):660. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310070014012

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In Reply.—  The comments under discussion in The Journal did include reference to some aspects of the potential merits of the Pritikin program and did, in fact, point out that the program "may have some beneficial effect." However, it was also pointed out that claims of "spectacular reversals of serious illness" and sparing "symptom-free dieters from developing these diseases" have yet to be established scientifically, and, thus, the Pritikin hypothesis regarding diet and disease must be considered experimental. Having reviewed the book The Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise, I am familiar with the author's description of the program as well as the author's claims for its effectiveness. "The Pritikin diet can spare mankind much of the scourge of degenerative 'aging pathologies.'" My discussions of the quality of proteins, particularly when the kinds and amounts of proteins permitted in the diet are limited, and other related subjects do pertain to