Optimizing Your Vegan Diet for Better Health





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Published on Jun 7, 2011

A presentation by William Harris, M.D.

Founding VSH board member and resident skeptic William Harris, M.D. mentions a few free downloads he has put online including the latest USDA Nutrient Database in Excel format, and then reiterates his opinion that a vegan diet and regular exercise are the prime determinants of health, all therapeutic options being secondary. He has a few choice words for the recent food scares that blame plant foods for E. coli and Salmonellosis when those microbes can${q}t be grown in plant media, and argues that it${q}s contamination from nearby animal agriculture that brings on these news bites. Never a big fan of the high carb, low fat mantra, Bill suggests that the fat phobia goes againsta primal fat requirement in order forlife to even exist, although he does point out that all foods with fat but no fiber are threats to health. He backs up the dictum "If Man Made it Don${q}t Eat it," explaining how the U.S. food industry, with government financial backing and deceptive advertising and labeling, has destroyed American health in its pursuit of profit.

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${q}s been an active pilot for many years and a skydiver with more than 800 jumps.

Filming and editing by Dr William Harris M.D. on July 8, 2008 at Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse, Honolulu, Hawaii
Sponsored by: Vegetarian Society of Hawaii http://www.vsh.org


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