Founding member and resident skeptic William Harris, M.D. starts off with some skydiving and trampoline stunts and then enters the controversial realm of the raw vegan diet, discussing six common claims of raw fooders and accepting five of them.He has a few words about the anti-oxidants in raw pigmented fruits and vegetables, as age’s last defense. He has some skeptical words about the metaphysics of George Ohzawa, founder of Macrobiotics showing how his “yin/yang” symbol morphed from solid but ancient scientific observation into a seriously flawed and unscientific approach to nutrition. A vegan for more than 40 years, William Harris, M.D., is a founding and current director of the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. Prior to his retirement he was an emergency physician and the director of the Kaiser Permanente Vegetarian Lifestyle Clinic. He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and is the author of The Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism. Retirement has allowed Dr. Harris to maintain and even increase his physical activity. He swims and does other aerobic exercise daily and continues to hone his trampoline skills. He’s been an active pilot for many years and a skydiver with more than 1290 jumps.
Filming and editing by Dr William Harris M.D. on October 11, 2003 at
McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu, Hawaii
Sponsored by: Vegetarian Society of Hawaii http://www.vsh.org