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MSNBC Report says intense exercise may have played a role in Michael Jackson’s death.

Posted Jun 30 2009 5:52pm

MSNBC posted an article that implies that Michael Jackson’s death may be due to his “intense” exercise regimen. As I said in my email to JoNel Aleccia, the reporter who wrote the story, with all due respect to Michael Jackson, I highly doubt he was doing anything close to intense exercise considering the frail and fragile mental and physical state he was in. Michael Jackson was a prescription drug addict who had no business exercising at all in the perilous state he lived in. He needed to get clean, gain weight and then begin a program. I doubt his handlers considered such an approach. The reporter made no mention that intense exercise has saved millions of lives. She made no mention that intense exercise can halt and reverse diabetes and heart disease.  If you’re 50 or older, you can get into the best shape of your life by exercising intensely and eating a Mediterranean Diet.

Here’s the article and below the email I sent to the reporter. I highly doubt I will get a response from her. Generally that is the case when a member of the mainstream media is called to account for irresponsible reporting.

Dear Ms. Aleccia,

Your article today concerning fitness after 50 did a great disservice to those who are exercising very intensely not just at 50 but for many years past. I am a personal trainer in NYC and several of my clients are in their late 50’s-early 70’s and they exercise at a level that would make many 35 year olds quit.

With all due respect to Mr. Jackson, to slot him into a group of able bodied 50 year old’s is irresponsible. He was far from that. He was a prescription pill addict who should have been told not to attempt any form of exercise until he gained weight through proper eating and quit his addiction to pills prescribed to him by a litany of “Dr. Feelgoods.”  Your article was nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to get people to go to their doctor, to get a prescription written and filled and to enter themselves into the Big Medicine Machine.

I would like to offer you a complementary workout session with me in Central Park to show you how people should exercise.

Ray Salomone

Ray Salomone   Personal Trainer and Wellness Activist


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