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Goodbye, Jack Lalanne, and thanks for all the healthy smiles (and pushups)

Monday, January 24, 2011
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: Jack LaLanne, fitness, health news

Jack LaLanne

(NaturalNews) Today NaturalNews honors Jack Lalanne, the fitness guru who motivated America to get off its lazy tush and start moving. Lalanne passed away last night at the age of 96, probably with a barbell in his hands.

In an age where celebrities are now dying in their 40s, 50s and 60s, for a man to live to the age of 96 is something of a rarity, it seems. It also indicates he was probably doing something right with his physical health. Lalanne was an avid exerciser, of course, but he also followed a relatively healthy diet composed primarily of unrefined, non-processed fresh food ingredients.

Jack Lalanne's television show was a morning broadcast hit from the 1950s through the 1970s. People all across America would wake up to take part in his exercise routines that usually required no special equipment and worked the body using body weight, a chair and a towel. At age 43, Lalanne performed more than 1,000 pushups in 23 minutes on live television.

LaLanne helped revolutionize the concept of weight training in America. Before his time, athletes were strictly forbidden from using weight machines to build strength -- it was believed that large muscles would "slow them down" and hurt athletic performance. Today, of course, strength training is a serious part of every athletic training program. For that, we have Jack Lalanne to thank in large part.

Lalanne was a follower of the dietary principles of Paul Bragg, a vegetarian diet advocate and fasting enthusiast. Paul Bragg, of course, was the founder of the Bragg's line of nutritional products available on store shelves today. Patricia Bragg remains a regular visitor to raw food events and health expos. Paul Bragg was a philosophical father to many of the raw foods enthusiasts actively speaking and teaching today.

NaturalNews wishes Jack LaLanne a loving journey and thanks him for all his valuable contributions to the world of health and fitness. The world is a better place because of Jack LaLanne's influence. May he rest in peace.

And if you hear thumping in the sky tonight, that's just Jack LaLanne doing pushups in heaven.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

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