Herman Aihara, 77, pioneer in macrobiotic health programs. Aihara moved to California from Japan in the 1970s to work with macrobiotic advocate George Oshawa and later operated the Vega Study Center in Oroville. He lectured widely about using nutrition to heal illness, improve health and prolong life. Aihara also wrote several books about macrobiotic nutrition and natural healing, including "Acid and Alkaline," "Basic Macrobiotics" and, incorporating his fishing hobby, "Learning From Salmon." With his wife, Cornellia, he also wrote "Natural Healing From Head to Toe." On Feb. 25 in Oroville of a heart attack.