LaLanne, like many who challenge prevailing societal beliefs, was at first dismissed by the so-called experts, as recounted in his obituary that appeared in The New York Times.
“‘People thought I was a charlatan and a nut,’ he remembered. ‘The doctors were against me — they said that working out with weights would give people heart attacks and they would lose their sex drive.’”LaLanne’s nutritional beliefs were also quite prescient, evidenced in this clip from his television show. While the 1950’s production qualities are nothing but quaint, realize that LaLanne’s indictment of white sugar rings even truer now than it did a half century ago.
Listen to LaLanne’s passionate words: