Fitness Legend Jack LaLanne dies at 96. Taken at such a young age.


Bob McCauley, CNC, MH

I interviewed Jack LaLanne in 2004 and again in 2005 on my radio show, Achieving Great Health, which was the first radio show ever to talk exclusively about the raw food lifestyle.  I interviewed anyone and everyone who was a raw foodist and willing to come on.  Since then a whole slew of radio and TV shows have popped up, which makes me happy to see. It took me some time to get Jack to come on the show, but when he saw that I was a health enthusiast like himself  he agreed to come on with me.  I was shocked that he was willing to come on with me.  He was quite gracious on the air with me.  His wife joined him Jack said some nice things to me during the interview.

Many will say that Jack lived to the “ripe old age of 96” and that he lived a healthy lifestyle.  He told me himself that “there are 650 muscles in the body and exercise each and every one of them each day.” I’m sure it is what kept Jack healthy for so many years, plus the fact that he was on a 70% raw food diet, consuming only uncooked fruits and vegetables.  The last 30% of Jack’s diet was comprised of fish, lean meat, grains and potatoes, and it was this last 30% that killed Jack before he turned 100.

If you exercise regularly and live primarily on a diet of raw fruits and vegetables, you can easily live into your eighties and nineties, and be relatively healthy!  People do it all the time while living on a cooked food diet.  Imagine if these same people were to live on a raw food diet?  And even if you do live into your 90’s living on a cooked food diet, how healthy do you expect you will be?  My health protocol is more about quality of life rather than longevity, although it addresses both.

No one wants to live to be 100 years old because everyone they see who is 100+ is decrepit.  However, if you woke up on your 100th birthday and felt great, jumped out of bed and said “I’ve got lots to do today so I better get moving” you would relish the thought of living to 100+ years.”

The question is that Peter Ragnar asked me was, “If you can live to 100 years old, why not 200?  If 200, why not 500 years or 1000?” Another words “Does the human body have a time limit to it?”   I don’t think it does, however keeping ourselves young at any age is not easy.  We need to keep hydrated, alkalized and detoxified.  We do that by drinking ionized water, consuming spirulina and chlorella, eating raw foods, taking probiotics, staying mineralized with Angstrom minerals, exercising and keeping a positive mental attitude.  Two other keys to longevity I will discuss in greater detail in a future blog when I discuss the passing of the world’s oldest woman January 31, 2011.  Just because you live a long time doesn’t mean you are healthy.  And just because you exercise each and every day doesn’t mean you will be healthy, even if you live on a 70% raw food diet.  If Jack had gone the rest of the way and included other key ingredients in his diet we wouldn’t be talking about his demise.

Here is the Complete Interview with Jack, one of the greats.

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About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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2 Responses to Fitness Legend Jack LaLanne dies at 96. Taken at such a young age.

  1. Pingback: Oldest Woman in the World Dies at 115 – Just Because You’re Old . . . | Bob McCauley's Blog

  2. James Joseph says:

    Hello Bob,

    I want to start off with saying that I do believe in your regiment and have been taking my chlorella for many years at this point and I continue to work towards a completely raw diet. That being said, I did take offense to your blog above about Jack Lalanne. For someone like you, who is in their 50’s, to speak so matter of factly about living to be 100+ and make statements about why someone else didn’t, is not right. If you are so sure that your regiment will keep you around and healthy until you are 100+ then you should guarantee it on the front page of your website!! With the disclaimer that if I don’t make it to 100+ disease free and healthy, future company profits will go to charity!! All I’m saying is, if your statements truly mirror your belief (aren’t profit driven) and you are so sure you will make it to 100+, put your money where your mouth is.


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