Letters: An exercise expert has a “change of heart”

An exercise expert has a “change of heart”

“I just wanted to comment on the exercise story in the December Real Health newsletter. An important factor that might not have been mentioned in the studies is that many people who exercise to the extreme, or are addicted to exercise, also believe in carbohydrate loading. I know this will be near and dear to your heart (as it is to mine), since you endorse high-protein, low-carb eating for optimum health.

The total disregard for eating any type of fat and a low-protein intake combined with eating lots of carbs may do even more damage to the cardiovascular system than extreme exercise.

Also, I found out from a man who lives in Dallas that Kenneth Cooper-the doctor who started the aerobics craze in the 1960s-now admits that extreme exercise and always pushing to do better, more, harder can be deadly.

Cooper has a very large, expensive and lavish health club/ spa/physical rehab center in Dallas. My friend told us Cooper and his doctors stopped telling people to push, push, and push themselves when men started dropping dead on the running track! These were healthy men-not out-of-shape wheezers.

Cooper also believes in the ‘more carbs is better’ and ‘low-fat is good’ eating plan. I’m sure you know of Kenneth Cooper, but I wasn’t sure if you knew about their change in policy a few years ago. All of a sudden, it wasn’t so important to make people run harder, faster, longer.

Anyway, just something I thought I’d pass along”
-Name withheld for fear of retaliation by Run or Die! Inc

Thank you for your letter. It’s nice to know that not everyone is enamored with the exercise-till-you-drop theory of perpetual health. Unfortunately, it’s no surprise that news of Cooper’s “change of heart” hasn’t hit the mainstream. There’s nothing the media loves to hate more than a hypocrite, so Cooper will undoubtedly continue to hide behind his treadmills