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   Bill Harris, M.D. | Q&A

Are meat eaters more aggressive?
Q&A with Bill Harris, M.D.

Q. I would like to know if you are aware of any scientific papers that deal with why meat eaters are so aggressive.

 



A. I don't know of any peer reviewed studies that even confirm that they are more aggressive. Indeed, I have seen meat apologists claim that vegetarians are more aggressive, citing Adolph Hitler and Charles Manson as examples. Hitler, by the way, was not a vegetarian since his favorite meals were liver dumplings and Bavarian sausage, according to the wife of Rudolph Hess. I'm not sure about Manson.

In chapter 13 of my book, the Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism, I correlate animal fat consumption with alcohol consumption, and the frequency of rape, prostitution, divorce, and war. The associations have been ridiculed by critics and I must admit that the evidence is not strong.

My tentative explanation for the associations is the elevating effect of animal fat on testosterone levels. Humans are randy enough au naturale but when they eat meat their hormones go into overdrive.

Sincerely,

-William Harris, M.D.


William Harris MD received a degree in physics from the University of California Berkeley, where he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. He received his degree in medicine from the University of California at San Francisco, and received his postgraduate training at San Diego County Hospital. He holds a Medical License in the State of Hawaii. He has been an Emergency Department physican since 1963, and the Director of the Kaiser Permanente Vegan Lifestyle Clinic on Oahu until his retirement in 1998. Dr. Harris is the author of The Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism.

In addition, he was the 1950 Big Ten Trampoline Champion, is an accomplished hangglider and commercial pilot, and at age 70 became a skydiver with 108 jumps to date. Dr. Harris has been vegetarian since 1950, and vegan since 1963.

 
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