Nathan Pritikin

"All I'm trying to do is wipe out heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity."

- Nathan Pritikin

After being diagnosed with heart disease in 1957, Pritikin began to research the cause of his illness. He found that cultures with primarily vegetarian diets had almost no history of the disease. He used his inventive mind to create a plant-based diet that was high in unrefined carbohydrates and low in fat. With this diet and a moderate amount of exercise, he astonishingly cured his own heart disease. Afterward, he went on to share his expertise and success through his lectures, writing and clinics. Helping others to cure their own diseases using the same method.


Inventor, author, lecturer and nutritionist.
Founded Pritikin Longevity Center.
Chairman of the Pritikin Research Foundation.


Attended the University of Chicago


The Pritikin Promise: 28 Days to a Longer Healthier Life (1983)
The Pritikin Permanent Weight Loss Manual (1982)
The Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise (1979)
Live Longer Now: The First One Hundred Years of Your Life (1974)

Engineering a Cure
Heart Disease

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