(August 29, 1915-February 21, 1985)
Born in Chicago, Illinois
Developed a low-fat high-carbohydrate diet
Wrote 'Live Longer Now' (1974), 'The Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise' (1979) and 'The Pritikin Permanent Weight-Loss Manual' (1981)
Established the Pritikin Longevity Center (1976)
Committed suicide following a recurrence of leukemia
Why he might be annoying
He held a long-running media feud with high-fat low-carb diet promoter Robert Atkins.
His diet was so restrictive, 'L.A. Weekly' called it 'a dietary version of a Hanoi re-education camp.'
He was criticized for making exaggerated claims, such as 'The human lifespan would be 100 to 120 if people would stay on the diet.'
Why he might not be annoying
He made a fortune from inventions in electronics.
He developed his diet after suffering severe angina in his 40s, and successfully reversed his heart disease.
In several studies, his diet was found to be effective in treating diabetes and hypertension.
The doctor who performed his autopsy said he had 'the arteries of a pre-adolescent boy.'
Credit: C. Fishel
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