Viktoras Kulvinskas, the "Father of the raw foods movement," sent out
an email with information about an interview he did on Friday with
John Stossel of ABC's 20/20. The interview, Victoras thought, was to
be about the raw foods movement. Apparenyly, instead, it was John's
way of exploring the varieties of people with orthorexia, some of
whom turned to raw foods and their disease worsened, "as a result."
The letter is below, in case you want to share your experience or
opinion with 20/20.
Viktoras' email below:
"Dear Raw Food Friends,
On Saturday, September 5th, Viktoras appeared on national
television on ABC's "20/20" where he was interviewed by journalist
Unbeknownst to Viktoras, it was Mr. Stosell's intent to discredit the
raw foods diet and to challenge the time honored principles of health
which Viktoras has established over the forty years of his renowned
healing ministry. In a very real sense Mr. Stosell appeared to be
blaming the raw diet for the eating disorders which sometimes occur
in various individuals.
The content of the show highlighted people who are suffering from
what is now being described by physicians as "orthorexia". Many of
the people suffering from this disease turned to the raw foods diet
in an attempt to alleviate the symptoms of their severe emotional
and physical ailment. Many of them were not successful in
implementing the health principles which Viktoras has worked so hard
The interview demonstrated Mr. Stosell's negative bias against and
one-sided approach toward the raw foods diet and the health
technologies established by Viktoras and the late Dr. Ann Wigmore .
Indeed, we do not think it an exaggeration or overstatement to say
that Mr. Stosell "ambushed" Viktoras in a national venue. Further,
this hard-core journalist did stoop to a rather underhanded personal
attack on the Viktoras who we love and who has inspired and helped us
all for so long.
As we all know, these principles are widely and successfully
practiced at many leading natural health institutes worldwide. When
rightly practiced, Viktoras' principles have cured cancer, diabetes,
HIV/Aids, and many of the other diseases which plague humankind. They
have been a boon to the lives of so many many. Mr. Stosell's
interview with Viktoras did not elaborate at all on these positive
points which we know to be true. It was apparent that he wanted to
discredit Viktoras and the health choices which so many of us have
made to our benefit.
We would like to request that you review the blog which ABC has
established for commentary on this interview. We would like to
suggest specifically that you share there your positive experiences
with the Raw Foods Health Principles. Here is the web address:
Additionally, we request that you contact the editors at ABC to urge
them to broadcast the evidence of the positive experiences and cures
associated with Viktoras' health knowledge and also to complain about
their public treatment of Viktoras and his teachings. Here is the web
If possible, please forward this edition of our RAW ENEWSLETTER to
interested persons on your email list who may wish to participate in
this write-in campaign to ABC News in defense of Viktoras and the
truths about health and healing which he has so successfully shared
with us over many decades.
Your friends at Raw Enewsletter"