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From: Anonymous (136.152.142.156)
Subject:         Doug Graham's response
Date: October 30, 2014 at 9:34 pm PST

In Reply to: Doug Graham, VegSource, Threats of Lawsuits posted by Jeff on August 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm:

In regard to Doug's response, I think on the whole it was too little, too late, and didn't involve him giving a direct apology to her in any sense. He simply gave a statement in his defence, and didn't bow down to accepting that he put her life in jeopardy.
I think it was dangerous to use the approach, "It's always her decision [as to] how long did she wish to fast".
There is no way she would have been in her right mind to decide just how long she wanted to fast - I think she was under Doug's spell.
As far as Leah has said on her youtube videos, she hasn't recovered fully from the fast.
I don't think fasting in and of itself is "bad" or harmful. I think it can produce significant benefits for certain people, but I don't feel confident enough in myself to know whether a person should fast or not, for how long, with juice or water, etc.
As the video goes on, I became more wary of his message because he hasn't changed his opinion on the matter. He presents his fasting event in a way that I would call "selling". Nor am I convinced of his sincerity in regards to what he says about WFF.
I don't like that there's an ego here. If fasting is beneficial, it needs to be acknowledged as a science and not as an idea some guy promotes. Same as the low-fat, raw vegan diet. His video comes out too much to me as something an egomaniac would say. He is too stubborn to acknowledge that a philosophy (read:his) doesn't have all the answers to health, and that ideas and concepts that laypeople can easily understand (basically what he sells) are not without their flaws or exceptions. I think there is tremendous room for scientific rigour and analysis of case studies, evidence, medically oriented monitoring, etc. for fasters and for the diet he recommends. Whatever happens when a person applies Doug's recommendations needs to be properly scrutinized and understood. If it can't hold up to the scrutiny, what's it worth? I'm not convinced that his message is perfect. He encourages the learning of more information, but doesn't encourage scientific research for what he promotes (just says that the physiology books have all the answers).
I'm not surprised that when I viewed it, there were more thumbs down for the video than thumbs up. Nor am I surprised by the other video that went up in which he talks about happiness, which has some special effects put in. His script hasn't changed, and it's just a business to him, in my opinion. I'm getting that it's easy to have this kind of personality and code of ethics in a country so prominently built on capitalism and consumerism.

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