by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

April 2012, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


This short article is a stern warning to anyone who even dreams about training for or running marathons.  They are one of the fastest ways to kill yourself, or harm your health permanently.  Please strictly avoid long-distance running at all costs, and please listen.

I know that marathon running is popular.  However, the bodies today are not strong enough for this type of exercise, and it depletes nutrients far too fast to replace them adequately with food and even vitamin supplements.  The longer you train and run, the worse off you will be.  If you are smart, stop at once.  There is no need for intense exercise of any kind, and while it gives one a high, it is a false feeling of well-being and it is addictive.  For more on the addictive nature of vigorous exercise, please read Exercising Healthfully on this site.




The worst possible combination for your health is to combine your running with a vegetarian, semi-vegetarian or semi-vegan diet.  This is horrendous.  The running depletes nutrients, and the diet does not provide anywhere near enough nutrients to replace those lost due to all the exercise.  For much more information about the problems with vegetarian diets read Vegetarian Diets and The China Study-Book Review on this site.




This is also horrible, and can be worse than vegetarian and semi-vegetarian diets.  Please do not eat raw food diets ever, and never combine them a lot of exercise.  For more on raw foods, and why avoid them, read Raw Foods on this website.


I will probably expand this article in the future, but am placing it on the website in its present form due to emergencies that are occurring with those who run marathons and do long-distance running.


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