have been practicing macrobiotic diet since 1972. Congential
heart condition. Not expected to live past 4 or earlier
years. I will be 69 in this year. Barb Frey.
main pull towards Macrobiotics for me is that IT MAKES
SENSE and you needn't get involved with any gimmicky
potions or pills. It is what it is and it is just about
how you feel and how to take care of yourself. The answer
to how you feel starts with what you eat. Having incorporated
a Macrobiotic diet and lifestyle for over a year now
I have experienced many milestones to reassure myself
that this is good for me ... my mind clearing up, my
insight improving, my confidence building and the increase
in physical endurance that I experienced this winter,
which is beneficial to my job as a professional ski
Gunars Kazaks - Prof. Ski Instructor
Journey continues.. It was 16 years ago I was diagnosed
with cancer and told that chemo may give me 6 months
to live. I believed that and decided to not take the
drugs but to begin my own natural healing. I was two
months into my "healing" Journey when I
discovered Macrobiotics. I learned a great deal with
the books and self study. I met some good people at
the K.I. (macro center) and their fellowship helped
me along the way. I am still living the great life and
at age 55 feel great still walk an hour a day and still
enjoy the good foods from the earth. I will be leaving
for China in two weeks to travel and learn for the next
three months. Life is Great. I wish you all this Great
Life as well.
In 2001 I was diagnosed with stomach cancer stage
My prognosis was 6 months, the most 12 with chemoradiation.
After two major surgeries, and in the middle of chemoration,
I got a consultation with Mr Kushi, who was the first
human to give me some hope. Well, I followed his recommendations,
and changed my lifestyle overnight.
It worked, I was dismissed from checkups last year,
considered completely cured, though doctors never
admit the power of it, they agree that a healthy lifestyle
gave me life back. I am and will always be to Michio
and to all the people dedicated to macrobiotics, if
one embraces it with trust, the rest is a question
of cause and effect. Good habits generate
good health. Thanks to you all.
ESTELA DE PAOLA DE LERMA - Sculptor and Art
late April 2007 I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer
that had metastized slightly to my left pelvic bone.
I went on a strict "Kushi Prostate Cancer Macrobiotic
Diet". I retained Verne Varona, an "OUTSTANDING"
Macrobiotic counsellor with a strong Macrobiotic background.
After 3 months my PSA dropped from 39.6 to 0.8, and
my testosterone dropped from 426 to 10. ( I also took
Casodex & Zolodex for about 2 months staring 5-1-07
and terminated both 6-1-07) I am now taking no drugs
and am cancer free I also lost 21 pounds from 153 to
132 (height 5'81/2" age 70) and many other positive
changes are too numerous to go into.
Macrobiotics should be a worldwide requirement - however
the profit driven medical establishment is to ingrained
and powerful to allow natural healing to curtail their
Donald J Porter
As a child, I had chronic chest
problems. I suffered from pneumonia at age 7 and had
my tonsils removed at age 8 and was forever getting
bad coughs and colds. When I discovered Macrobiotics
and omitted all dairy products from my diet, it was
nothing short of a miracle. I can honestly say that
I rarely get a cold or cough now and haven't had to
visit a doctor in years. Macrobiotics has taught me
that the cure really is in the kitchen.
Aine McAteer - personal macrobiotic/health
chef to some of Hollywoods top actors, including
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Pierce Brosnan and Robert
has provided me with a sense of purpose in my life,
confidence in my ability to deepen my own health, and
optimism in my ability to help others - friends, family,
and patients - improve their health. It has provided
a fascinating counterpoint to the standard western perspectives
on molecular biology and pathophysiology. And beyond
this, it has helped me to see the unity in all creation
and to understand the process of change.
Gordon Alan Saxe, MD, PhD - Assistant Adjunct
Professor, Family & Preventive Medicine
Cancer Prevention & Control Program
Macrobiotics has been a key part of my life. Macrobiotics
has given me vast energy, the ability to heal, as
well as prevent illness, clarity of mind, and strength
of spirit. Macrobiotic principles and philosophy are
so vital! Macrobiotics continues to serve as a bridge
towards my own self-realization. Andrew Vavrek
On an intellectual level macrobiotics, although assimilating
& using the concepts is sometimes confusing, it
has given me clarity and understanding about the world
in which we live, why things are the way they are,
why things happen the way they do and I find that
comforting. Physically, the improvement to my health
was dramatic, I lost 30lbs in the first two months
of the change and literally felt light and happy,
I was on the way to irritable bowel syndrome and that
miraculously disappeared, my athlete's foot went away
never to return, my PMS and heavy periods - gone!
etc. etc. and I probably am in better shape than I
was when I was a teenager although I am 43. I get
a lot of pleasure when I get an 'aha!', when something
clicks, some smidgeon of understanding as I continue
to broaden my knowledge. I have direction and passion
in my life because of macrobiotics which very importantly
helps me to get up in the morning! Anna Rosenberg
In the beginning, it cleared my skin and eliminated
my chronic fatigue, asI quit eating milk products
and sugar. It also vastly improved my moods,from gloomy
and melancholy to cheerful and energetic. The philosophical
approach was very important to me. Ohsawa's dictum."a
theory without a practice is useless; a practice without
a theory is dangerous," became a major concept
underlying my life and my work.
Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D - The founded of the
Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary
Macrobiotics is a way of eating, thinking, and living
that is intended to help you to become your best self.
The food and way of life provides energy, lightness
of being, clarity of mind, and a broad view of life.
We have to use these gifts in order to better understand
ourselves and others, to have greater compassion,
to have the courage to open our hearts, to speak our
truths, and become ourselves. Doing these simple things
becomes a path to your inner nature, your soul.
This is the real spiritual path. Macrobiotics has
helped me to become more myself. It's helped me accept
myself more completely, to relax ever more deeply
into my being, and to live and speak more fully from
Tom Monte - authors and teachers of natural
healing. He has written more than 30 books and hundreds
of articles on virtually every area of health.
helped me in some expected and unexpected ways. The
understanding about food was initially, meaning the
first seven years, very important to me. But as I grew
more knowledgeable about cooking, I began to discover
a much deeper meaning of macrobiotics, and that has
to do with freedom. It is possible to be attached to
anything, even the best things such as spiritual ideals
or philosophical beliefs.
What I found was that my attachment to the principles
of macrobiotics began to limit me. I had reduced the
freedom of what I understood to be macrobiotics, through
a certain degree of control over life. Life is so
rich and dynamic, and yet the very principles of food
that seemed to have helped me heal, many years earlier,
were now causing unhappiness. I went back, in my mind,
to the Chinese grandmothers, remembering the feeling
that I had when I was with them. It was a very feminine
way of being, and I had somehow left that behind.
I remember having my first dreams around this time.
These dreams showed me that there was a deeper healing
that went beyond food. Also, I had the fortune of
interviewing Herman Aihara for four days at Vega in
Oroville. I wanted to write about the more spiritual
aspect of macrobiotics. Herman, in his humility and
love, showed me something that I knew was the kernel
inside all the outer aspects of macrobiotics.
I knew, not just from Herman, that ones happiness
has more to do with living ones true nature,
which is truly free. Herman was a living example,
for me, of a fluid and alive relationship to life.
The food and the theories were like the tip of the
triangle, but the base and foundation was an understanding
of oneness and the sacredness of life.
My husband was diagnosed with lung cancer at age
40 in 1983. When the tears subsided and the shock
wore off, I started looking for natural methods of
healing cancer. I was at the vet's parking lot when
Mrs. Hohlefelder, mother of twins who were students
of mine, met me in the parking lot.
I'll never forget her words, "Your husband does
not have to die of cancer. Get Life Magazine's excerpt
of Recalled by Life by Dr. Sattilero and Tom Monte.
He followed a macrobiotic diet." That word, MACROBIOTIC,
has altered my life profoundly from that moment to
I went to the library with my dog still in the car.
I was so excited. So on July 19, 1983, I threw out
all white sugar, meat, cheese and bought a pressure
cooker. I tried so hard to be a good cook but I burned
everything. I said to Joe, "If you don't eat
this, you'll die." His response was, "I
know." With great respect for the person who
wishes to go to the spirit world, I let go.
He died in January, 1984. With two children to raise,
I maintained my macrobiotic practice, which I do to
this day. Many incredible doors have opened for me,
since I embarked on my macrobiotic journey. Barb
In 1965, a friend invited me to have dinner with
Michio and Aveline Kushi.
I was already a vegetarian (from birth) but I ate
a lot of sugar and junk food. The diet made sense
to me. I loved the rice and found it to be so satisfying.
I began to attend Michio's lectures and the philosophy
sounded right. It was such a big view; looking at
human life from a single cell to the whole cosmos.
That is big. And now, 38 years later, I still think
that whole grains can be one way to save humanity
and the sanity of the race.
Betsy Polatin -The faculty at the Opera Institute
and Boston University
Macrobiotics has helped me be more of who I am. What
I mean is that is has inspired me to be the absolute
best Bita I can be. It has also always been a force
of positivity, coupled with my own personal philosophy.
I feel it has given me an edge in life. I never feel
alone because I have a strong belief in philosophy
as a whole. To quote Nietzsche, one of my favorite
philosophers: "We are always in our own company."
This quote is tender yet whimsical at the same time.
Food wise, macrobiotics has helped me have more energy
and vigor than anyone I know. The combination of a
macrobiotic diet and an avid love of fitness keeps
me brimming with spunk. I look at people my age and
I can't believe that we're the same age!. I had a
fiesta recently to celebrate my 25th birthday, and
people were just sitting on the couch like slugs,
watching television. I was ready to dance the night
away! Bita Hunt
macrobiotic way of life has been with me for over 16
years now, and the continued changes I have observed
sometimes will astound even me. It takes a few years,
but gradually old paradigms melt away and a new, healthier
and happier way of thinking develops instead. I feel
clearer, more organized, happier and healthier than
I ever could have imagined possible. The macrobiotic
way of life never ceases to amaze me, even to this day.
Macrobiotics helped me heal my B12 deficiency 15
years ago. And many other conditions I did not even
realize I had, until they were gone and I studied
about them.. Christine Stevens
Ive always followed Ohsawas advice to
make your own macrobiotics and while Ive deviated
on natural food, Ive had no medicine, no surgery
and maintained a good level of activiy. Energy, good
sleep and good humour have been pretty constant, (but
the gratitude comes with time). Craig Sams
- Health food pioneer-- top^
Macrobiotics helped me most by giving me the ability
to think for myself and to be mostly free of the dominating
influence, physically and mentally, of the modern
hurry-up culture. It has showed me that I can do whatever
I want to do. All I have to do is to dream it and
then take steps to make it happen. Macrobitoics showed
me that I have no one and nothing to blame for any
illness or misfortune that comes my way. I am freely
choosing to live how I want and to accept everything
that results, good or bad. David Briscoe
Macrobiotics set me free! Free from medical dramas,
psycological mumbo jumbo, and free from falling into
"What happened to me"? I now have great
control over my health and destiny and can step away
from being "run". I can determine how I
want to feel. My kids have never seen a doctor! David
Macrobiotics has helped me in many ways. Day to day
I feel peaceful and emotionally stable. I suffer from
few of the complaints that often accompany aging such
as arthritis, hemorhoids, insomnia, not to mention
the more degenerative conditions such as cancer and
heart disease. I've saved thousands on health insurance
over the years and have almost no medical expenses
and take no prescription drugs. Gale Jack
I was attracted to macrobiotics as a philosophy of
balance, helping to understand the dynamics of life,
society, and the cosmos. Fortunately, I was young
and did not have any major health problems, but I
noticed that my thoughts and emotions stabilized as
I ate more toward the center and avoided extremes.
Over the years, macrobiotics has become an indispensable
tool for deeper understanding and self-development
at many levels. Alex Jack
Macrobiotics saved my life. It's very simple and
yet very profound. I had bought into the "American
Dream" (even though I'm in Canada ) and once
I accomplished all those material goals, discovered
that I felt completely empty and was searching for
deeper meaning in my life. The Spiritual teachings
of macrobiotics, beyond just the food we put in our
mouths, but what we say, think and do, and our intensions,
turned my life around. Karen Heaven
Macrobiotics has helped me in so many ways. First
of all, when I began eating this way, I did have an
ovarian cyst which completely disappeared after a
year of eating fairly well - I was just beginning,
so of course I made many mistakes - and by doing Yoga
every day. Then I had yeast infections and the macrobiotic
diet helped me rid of the yeast infections.
I also began feeling more calm, was able to drop
coffee completely, and found that eating macrobiotically
favored a very spiritual way of life which fit in
with my Yoga life style. I have been following this
way of life since 1969 with, of course, some diversions
from the path, but in general have been eating grains
and vegetables with very little fish for over thirty-five
years. I'm now sixty-two and am never tired, have
tremendous endurance, can teach six to eight hours
a day without ever getting tired, have tremendous
clarity of mind. I run Yoga Macrobiotic vacations
around the world and have the best cooks come and
cook for my guests and have helped many many hundreds
of people with this diet and so am very happy about
that. I find it the most peaceful aesthetic way of
living and it has given me a wonderful life. Karin
has been the catalyst for me to look at food as medicine
in my own life and those that I work with, plus family
and friends. One great gift that macrobiotics has given
me is the ability to broaden my horizons on how foods
around the world affect people differently. Example:
Hot curries in India allow the body to remain cool by
opening up the pores to let heat escape and therefore
are not beneficial in a cold climate in the winter time.
The action of the food is important and one that
I have spent years observing, studying and working
with. As we know all food is macrobiotic it depends
on where you live, what your own environment is like
and how the food around is grown and how you are going
to cook it depending on the season. Karla Walter
Through macrobiotics, I overcame many ailments including
hypoglycemia, systemic candida, mood swings, colitis,
arthritis, endometriosis and fatigue. Most of these
conditions were food related and cleared up within
a year of eating a healing macrobiotic diet.
greatest gifts have been: being healthy and having a
healthy daughter, feeling empowered with the understanding
of expansive and contractive foods and the five elements;
the friends I've made and the experiences I've had teaching;
and the impact it's had on my family's health and well-being.
Macrobiotics has shaped my life for the last 18 years
and I'm very grateful. Linda Wemhoff
Macrobiotics helps me in many ways. It helps me to
have a clear head and to stay in touch with my intuition.
I have stayed clean and sober for 14 years now with
the help of macrobiotics and 12 step programs and
have a lot of energy to pass on what I have learned
to others. Lisa Silverman
Prior to starting macrobiotics, I had followed a
vegetarian-style raw foods diet for over 3 years--lots
of juicing, smoothies and raw salads. I developed
many health problems including candida, chronic fatigue,
low blood sugar, etc. After one year of adjusting
my diet to grains and vegetables, all chronic health
problems disappeared. Energy levels better than ever.
Career-wise, I opened two macrobiotic restaurants
and wrote two cookbooks. Margaret Lawson
On January 1, 2003, my mother found out that she
had breast cancer, I immediately called my aunt. Five
years prior she had been diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma
and given less than 12 months to live. She researched
alternatie treatments and discovered the macrobiotic
diet. Today she is completely healthy and cancer free.
She recommended the same diet to my mother. My mother
had a lumpectomy and radion, but turned down 5 year
of Tamoxifen drug treatment, and also went on the
macrobiotic diet. Today she feels great.
was a dance major and philosophy minor at the University.
The philosophy of macrobiotics gave me appreciation
of relationships in nature. Like earth to water, water
to fire, air and metal etc. I felt an instant understanding
that simple food had power to heal, and then I fell
in love with grain.
My goal became a mission to create healthy children.
Three of the four were home birthed, and all raised
with macrobiotic quality food for most of their young
years. I feel strongly that macrobiotics prepared
my young body to create and maintain a healthy family.
In 1976, I decided to enter the Realm of Yoga and
Vegetarianism. It was Great.....but after 8 years
of that, I was not healthy, and a look at Macrobiotics,
began to tell me why.
I had developed so many allergies, digestive problems,
abdominal pain, and low energy.
The allergies were so bad that it seemed i would have
to move into a bubble to protect myself from the plants,
pollens, dust , mold, animals and chemicals that i
had gotten so sensitive to !
I had been eating a lot of dairy, as a vegetarian
for 8 years....and it seemed that my health had deteriorated...not
improved....Much to my dismay!!! After all, i had
taken these steps to do the opposite!
Almost immediatley, on the Macrobiotic Diet, my digestion
improved, and of course, energy levels as well. Within
6 months, all the allergy symptoms were completely
gone. What a tremendous relief....boy was I convinced!
I ate vegan- Macrobiotic for 4 years and developed
a B-12 deficiency, so I then began eating fish . I
have been fine and very healthy since.
I have a tremendous amount of energy.....I receive
that from healthy food, Yoga, Deep, Breathing, fresh
air, Nature, Spiritual life, a positive attitude,
relaxation........ all the many things that when combined
offer us Harmony and Balance. Julianna Norrie
After my husband suffered major heart attack and
heart triple bypass surgery, we vowed never again
to endure that invasive surgery, and macrobiotic approach
to health made so much sense to both of us.
Fred has actually recovered to full healing of the
heart, from being told he had perhaps 50% heart damage,
to 0 % heart damage now, eleven years later. Fred
looks and feels better than he did 15 years ago. Marsha
gave me physical strength, mental clarity and spiritual
memory. Physically, there was a new endurance. On a
practical level, macrobiotics opened me up to the delicious
appreciation of vegetables. Until then, I ate few vegetables.
On the mental level, I gained improved clarity and curiosity.
Philosophy inspired me and led me to study many of the
great thinkers of the ages. On a spiritual level, I
recognized a direction for my life, to work in the field
Thanks to this macrobiotic stimulus, I soon discovered
acupuncture. Because there were no acupuncture schools
in the US at that time, I went to England to study
and have practiced both macrobiotic counseling and
acupuncture since 1976. My work led me to an interest
in and study of western herbs, then Chinese herbs
and into the realms of psychological and spiritual
dimensions. This is a journey with no end (at least
in this lifetime!).
of macrobiotics & yin-yang showed me in simple terms
how the universe works. Everything became much more
easily understood from this perspective. Many phenomena
that were previously ambiguous became crystal clear.
Raed A. Tolaymat
When I found out that I had Hepitius C several years
ago, I began to search for some alternative way to
battle this incurable disease.
I found a web site that was created by a guy who
had Hepitius C. He had discovered a special macrobiotic
diet that could bring the disease down to a very controllable
level so that your liver enzyme level would come back
into normal range which greatly reduces the HCV's
ability to do any permanent damage to your liver.
This is a very big accomplishment. This special macrobiotic
diet basically gives your liver and entire system
a break from all the non-food ingredients, sugars(including
fruit sugar), alcohol, meats(except for fish), and
the stress of your liver trying to figure out what
to do with this stuff.
Your system can very easily break down and assimilate
the macrobiotic diet with little or no trouble. What
happens is in about 3 month is all the good nutrients
from eating this diet finally is filtered into your
blood stream, and then you are getting the full benefit
of this macrobiotic diet.
Your liver now knows what to do with this healthy
array of nutrients and it gets a big break. Now it
is able to get back to the task at hand of producing
its own powerful interferon's which is how it can
slowly beat down the population of the HCV in your
system which greatly keeps the HCV in check. At this
point your liver is very capable of protecting itself
against the disease and allot of other diseases. With
this diet I have brought my HCV down to a low hum
within a years time.
More so than any of the man made interferon drugs
that I also tried in two 6 month futile attempts with
cost on the average of $2500.00 per month. Plus the
side affects from these drugs are sometimes worse
than the HCV itself.
The man made interferon only has about a 49% cure
rate at best. This special macrobiotic diet is much
more affective at enabling your own liver to bring
this disease down to it's knees. Therefore letting
you to live a healthier and longer live than you would
normally with HCV.
Randy Franklin - Vice President
Great Eastern Sun Trading Co., Inc
I had started with juices and salads and that was
helpful initially. But it led to problems. E.g. one
cold rainy night, I ate a salad for dinner and woke
up later with an asthma attack! I also developed a
skin rash that would not go away for months. Macrobiotics
helped me to understand why all those things happened.
In general, macrobiotics and the idea of yin and
yang help explain a lot of things.
Needless to say, my health improved significantly
although I never followed the dietary recommendations
all that closely.
But I think macrobiotics also made me more adventurous,
more assertive of myself etc. This eventually led
to me and my wife separating - even though we were
a fairly strong couple and we remain friends - and
to lots of other difficulties in life in recent years.
My life went through lots of upheavals in past five
years or so.
Of course it is not just macrobiotics alone, but
I think it played a big part. However, I feel this
is all part of "restoring balance". Overall,
I am glad for all the things that has happened in
my life, in spite of the difficulties.
It has given me increased physical health and mental
balance, even though I was quite robust when I started
at the age of 25, and was not looking for a cure.
It has given me insight into my calling in life, my
"dharma" as it is known in Buddhism, as
I have worked with it for several decades. - Steven
Macrobiotics has helped me to find a way out of disorientation
and week health conditions. I learned by Macrobiotics
to control my state of health on my own.
But the most important is that by the macrobiotic
way of living I was able to escape from my prepeared
structures (carma), to break my limits and to find
out my own personal way to realise myself and to develop
my causalities and talents. Axel Bergdolt
I had chronic fatigue syndrome, terrible headaches
and a rash on my right hand that I could only control
with a steroid cream. I was exhausted all the time
and yet it didn't matter how much sleep I got. I was
still tired. I didn't sleep well. Everything bothered
me. Sometime it's hard to remember how bad I felt.
I still get tired sometimes, but I recover usually
in a day or two.
I very seldom get headaches anymore and if I do I
know how to alleviate them naturally. I no longer
need to use the steroid cream. I haven't taken any
medication for anything, except novacaine for some
dental work. I'm so grateful to be alive and to be
eating this way. Rosemary Traill
Macrobiotics has helped me to become a more patient
person. I have also learned, as I share with others
that the practice goes far beyond just the physical
aspect of the "diet" and learning not to
put the blame elsewhere. It all starts with me getting
my act together, before helping anyone else, you must
first have yourself in order.
My whole outlook on life has changed, how I perceived
life, how I felt about myself, about family, and society.
It gave me a greater appreciation for all things,
patience and discipline. Most of all it made my life
more whole and healthy - physically, emotionally and
spiritually. While on this wonderful path that I had
chosen, I was blessed with eight healthy, beautiful
children, who have been my greatest teachers.
They have taught me far more about life and what is
really important than any book or teacher I've encountered.
I'm still being blessed with wonderful, healthy, macrobiotic
grandchildren! I am forever grateful to them for all
they have given me. Wendy Esko
Macrobiotics gave me hope and direction to learn
how my body works. Through macrobiotics I learned
about the energy of foods and how they effect my body
not only in the nutritional sense but also energetically.
By understanding the importance of keeping my biological
systems balanced, working properly in the most efficient
way , my body can create a regenerating environment
instead of a degenerating environment. I can experience"macro-life"
instead of the limiting "micro-life".
Macrobiotics, yoga and homeopathy sowed the early
seeds of a rich life practice. I know that my intentions
create my thoughts and that affects my actions. I
know that my food choices affect not just my health,
but the health of the entire planet.
I know that healing is physical, mental, emotional,
spiritual and energetic. This knowing is on a cellular
level, and has taken me to other important life studies
which include Pilates, massage therapy and Somatic
Movement. Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle -Director,
Pilates Center of Austin