Ten Reasons Why Running is Hazardous to Your Health

Since the late 1960’s, running and jogging have been considered to be the gold standard for fitness by the exercise physiology community and misguided medical professionals. Science and research indicate otherwise.

Long-distance runners are much more likely to develop:

Cardiovascular disease

  • G. Whyte, “Is Exercise-Induced Myocardial Injury Self-Abating” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 33, no. 5 (May 2001): 850-51
  • W. L. Knez et al., “Ultra-Endurance Exercise and Oxidative Damage: Implications for Cardiovascular Health,” Sports Medicine 36, no. 5 (2006): 636-42
  • J. E. Sherman et al., “Endurance Exercise, Plasma Oxidation and Cardiovascular Risk,”Acta Cariologica 59, no. 6 (December 2004): 636-42
  • R. Shern-Brewer et al., “Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease: A New Perspective,” Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 18, no. 7 (July 1998): 1181-87

Atrial Fibrillation

  • D. R. Swanson, “Atrial Fibrillation in Athletes: Implicit Literature-Based Connection Suggests That Overtraining and Subsequent Inflammation May Be a Contributing Mechanism.” Medical Hypotheses 66, no. 6 (2006): 1085-92


  • M. Deichmannet, A. Benner, N. Kuner, J. Wacker, V. Waldman, and H. Naher, “Are Responses to Therapy of Metastasized Malignant Melanoma Reflected by Decreasing Serum Values of S100β or Melanoma Inhibitory Activity (MIA)?” Melanoma Research 11, no. 3 (June 2001): 291-96
  • R. T. V. Santos, R. A. Bassit, E. C. Caperuto, and L. F. B. P. Costa Rosa, “The Effect of Creatine Supplementation upon Inflammatory and Muscle Soreness Markers After a 30km Race,” Life Science 75, no. 16 (September15, 2004): 1917-24

Liver and Gall Bladder Disorders

  • H. J. WU, K. T. Chen, B. W. Shee, H. C. Chang, Y. J. Huang, and R. S. Yang, “Effects of 24 H Ultra-Marathon on Biochemical and Hematological Parameters.” World Journal of Gastroenterology 10, no. 18 (September 15, 2004): 2711-14

Muscle Damage

  • M. J. Warhol, A. J. Seigel, W. J. Evans, and L. M. Silverman, “Skeletal Muscle Injury and Repair in Marathon Runners After Competition,” American Journal of Pathology 118, no. 2 (February 1985): 331-39
  • Kidney dysfunction (renal abnormalities)
  • J. A. Neviackas and J. H. Bauer, “Renal Function Abnormalities Induced by Marathon Running,” Southern Medical Journal 74, no 12 (December 1981): 1457-60
  • Acute Microthrombosis in the Vascular System
  • M. K. Fagerhol, H. G. Neilson, A. Vetlesen, K. Sandvik, and T. Lybert, “Increase in Plasma Cal Protectin During Long Distance Running,” Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation 65, no 3 (2005): 211-20

Brain Damage

  • N. Marchi, P. Rasmussen, M. Kapural, V. Fazio, K. Kight, A. Kanner, B. Ayumar, B. Albensi, M. Cavaglia, And D. Janigro, “Peripheral Markers of Brain Damage and Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction,” Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience 21, no. 3-4 (2003): 109-21
  • A. J. Saenz, E. Lee-Lewandrowski, M. J. Wood, T. G. Neilan, A. J. Seigel, J. L. Januzzi, and K. B. Lewandrowski, “Measurement of a Plasma Stroke Biomarker Panel and Cardiac Troponin T in Marathon Runners Before and After the 2005 Boston Marathon,” American Journal of Clinical Pathology 126, no. 2 (2006): 185-89

Spinal Degeneration

  • H. Schmitt, C. Friebe, S. Schneider, and D. Sabo, “Bone Mineral Density and Degenerative Changes of the Lumbar Spine in Formal Elite Athletes,” International Journal of Sports Medicine 26, no. 6 (July 2005): 457-63

Germ Cell Cancers

  • A. Srivastava, and N. Kreiger, “Relation of Physical Activity to Risk of Testicular Cancer,” American Journal of Epidemiology 151, no. 1:78-87

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