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Aajonus Vonderplanitz

Aajonus Vonderplanitz (born Richard Swigart[1] in 1947, died 28 August 2013) was an American nutritionist and activist, based in Malibu, California, and in Thailand, who developed the Primal Diet. Vonderplanitz claimed that in his 20s, he was diagnosed with multiple, terminal cancers resistant to conventional treatments but reversed through raw diets, especially once he included raw meat. Increasingly popular,[2] the Primal Diet is principally raw meat, raw eggs, raw dairy, raw bland fruit, and unheated honey.[3][4] Vonderplanitz operated the non-profit organization Right to Choose Healthy Food, and spearheaded the abolition of California's ban on the sale of raw milk in stores.[5] He is author of two books: We Want To Live (1997/2005) as well as The Recipe for Living Without Disease (2002).


Aajonus fell from his second-story balcony at his home in Thailand when it gave way. He suffered a broken spine and internal bleeding and was taken to the hospital where he died.[6][7]


  1. ^ In Death As In Life, Controversy Follows Aajonus Vonderplanitz on
  2. ^ Burkhard Bilger, "Nature's spoils", in Tim Folger, ed, The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011: The Best American Series (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011), p 30-31
  3. ^ Rensen, Edwin (14 May 2009). "Nieuws: 'Rauw vlees eten is juist gezond' - Vleesmagazine". Vlees Magazine (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Gilbert, Sarah (20 July 2010). "The War Over Raw Milk: A Battle Heats Up". DailyFinance. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Ron Schmid, The Untold Story of Milk: Green Pastures, Contented Cows and Raw Dairy Products (Baltimore MD: New Trends Publishing, 2003), p 273
  6. ^ "Aajonus Vonderplanitz just died from an accidental fall in Thailand"

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