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PCRM (People's Committee for Responsible Medicine)

Posted by Linda King on May 17, 2010 at 2:27 AM Comments comments (0)

Editor's Note: The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

warns consumers that poultry and ham are often contaminated with

disease-causing organisms-as well as being high in artery-clogging fat

and cholesterol. Vegetarian holiday fare includes traditional favorites

such as sweet potatoes, cranberries and pecans, together with turkey

alternatives that are low in fat and do not place party-goers at risk for

food poisoning. Numerous studies have shown that the high fat and

cholesterol content of turkey and ham is linked to heart disease and

certain cancers. With 8 grams of fat and 70 milligrams of cholesterol in

a 3-ounce serving-nearly as much as a 3-ounce serving of ground

beef-turkey cannot be considered a heart-healthy food.

 

Kushi Institute in the News

Posted by Linda King on May 17, 2010 at 1:44 AM Comments comments (0)

Education For Planetary and Health

Kushi Institute (Major Leader and Pioneer of Macrobiotics) Where Linda King completed all her studies as a Macrobiotic Educator and Consultant

In This Issue:

FEATURE STORY

GOVERNMENT PANEL ON CANCER RECOMMENDS FUNDING GRANT FOR KUSHIINSTITUTE

OTHER STORIES

MICHIO KUSHI CHARTS NEW PATH

FOR THE KUSHI INSTITUTE

NIKKEN WALKS FOR THE KUSHI

INSTITUTE & WORLD PEACE

The Kushi Institute is a federally approved 501(c)(3)non-profit educational organization.

Government Panel on Cancer Recommends Funding Grant for Kushi Institute Continued on page 2 In order to have a fair evaluation of themodality being reviewed, the CAPCAM is split among members who come fromconventional and alternative viewpoints. The panelists rigorously reviewed the medical and macrobiotic evidence presented by the Kushi Institute, in order to determine if macrobiotics may have been the critical factor in the survival of these patients, thereby warranting governmental funding for research.

All of the six persons whose cases were reviewed had been diagnosed with 5th stage metastasized cancer. All claim their seemingly miraculous full recoveries were the result of following a macrobiotic practice, which they all still do to this day. The CAPCAM review included viewing patient slides and records, hearing expert testimony from a radiologist and pathologist and listening to an explanation on macrobiotic theory and practice from Phiya Kushi, Executive Director of the Kushi Institute. In addition, three of the six persons whose cases were being reviewed were on hand to give personal testimony and to answer questions from the panelists. At the end of a day-long rigorous review the panel of 15 physicians and scientists agreed that the evidence presented was impressive and proved that macrobiotics as a Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapy is worthy of further study. Furthermore, the panel voted unanimously to recommend to the NCI that governmental funding should be provided to the Kushi Institute for a prospective and full clinical study on macrobiotics and cancer! This is a landmark event as there has never been a unanimous agreement by the CAPCAM such as in the Kushi Institute review.

This review was the first stage of the Kushi Institute’ssubmission in the Best Case Series, an ongoing project of the NCI in its efforts to evaluate and support promising Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. (CAM) practices. And well it should --studies show that over half of the United States’ population uses CAM therapies, yet less than half of one-percent of the over twenty billion dollars.

The CAPCAM recommendation is wonderful news. For the past fifty years, macrobiotics has been a grass-roots movement.

Its constant growth has been due to the ever-growing number of testimonials from people the world over whose illnesses have been reversed through macrobiotics.

Many people, however will not consider macrobiotics without scientific verification. This strong acknowledgment by a governmental agency could lead not only to governmental funding but also might create new direction from private donors. This past February the Cancer Advisory Panel on Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAPCAM) studied the cases of six cancer patients presented by the Kushi Institute to the National Cancer Institute(NCI). The meeting was held on February 25, 2002 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to which CAPCAM belongs. NCI is a division of NIH and is the U.S.Government’s main agency for research and information about cancer. The NCI states it will support rigorous scientific investigation of approaches with positive Best Case Series reviews. The outcome of this historic event is overwhelmingly positive for the Kushi Institute and the macrobiotic movement in general.

Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. a medical journalist and CAPCA Mmember praised the Kushi Institute following its Best Case Series presentationto the NCI. In his nationally published Moss Reports Newsletter, (Feb 27,2002), he writes: “The members of the panel (i.e. CAPCAM) have displayed an extraordinary degree of expertise in their respective fields…cancer treatment, diagnostic radiology, tumor pathology and statistics. For the last few years,NCI has been asking alternative practitioners to submit their best cases for evaluation…yet surprisingly few alternative practitioners have taken up this challenge.

“At this week’s session, one group did. This was macrobiotics promoted by the Kushi Institute of Becket, Mass. The session brought forth strong testimony that sometimes the adoption of a macrobiotic diet is followed by the dramatic regression of advanced cancers. A nurse told how in 1995, she was diagnosed with lung cancer that had spread all over her body. She received no effective conventional therapy and reluctantly went on the macrobiotic diet…What makes this case so extraordinary is that her progress was monitored weekly by a sympathetic physician colleague. The shrinkage and finally the disappearance of her tumors were documented millimeter by millimeter! She has now been disease-free for over five years…

“After this week’s meeting I could definitely say there is real gold in macrobiotics.

But whether these merit a genuine strike, a Sutter’s Mill or just a few stray nuggets, I cannot say. What is needed now is a serious clinical study in patients, using all the resources the NIH can muster.The Kushi Institute deserves credit for having taken these first steps towards documenting its methods and results. An influential governmental panel is at last listening.” And just last month, in the September, 2002 issue of The Moss Reports Newsletter, Dr. Moss once again referred to the Kushi Institute study:I n further commenting upon the January, 2002 CAPCAM meeting, he says: “My colleagues and I were impressed by the rigor with which they [i.e. the Kushi Institute] documented several remissions from cancer that could only have come about by the patients’ strict adherence to the macrobiotic diet.” Noted Ph.D. Reports on theCAPCAM Meeting.

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We who want to support studies on macrobiotics and nutritional approaches for cancer recovery; inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, Crohns disease; cardiovascular diseases; and metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

Macrobiotics is a natural and safe approach that has been effective in supporting recovery from all of these illnesses and studies will make macrobiotic education and information available on a broader scale. Although considered a CAM therapy by the medical and scientific establishments, according to Kushi Institute Executive Director Phiya Kushi, macrobiotics should not be considered an alternative and placed in the same category as herbs, supplements, acupuncture and other therapies which, like Western Medicine can be helpful but address illness in a more symptomatic fashion. Mr.Kushi states, “Macrobiotics is the art and science of health and longevity through the study and understanding of the relation and interactions between ourselves, the foods we eat, the lifestyles we choose to lead, and the environments in which we live"…. The macrobiotic approach to health recovery can be used along with conventional and alternative medical treatment and intervention and is compatible with and adaptable to all forms of religious and traditional cultural practices.” For the past fifty years, the Kushi Institute has been quietly transforming people’s health and quality of life. When there commendations of the CAPCAM become a reality, macrobiotics will become more widely known. The greatest benefit of all from what happened on February 25th, will be that more people facing cancer will be able to find out about the natural macrobiotic approach to cancer recovery and like the six cases reviewed will have new choices and the possibility of regaining a long and cancer-free life.

The Stories That Made the Experts Listen!

With macrobiotics–and with family and friends supporting her in the preparation of meals, she recovered full, cancer-free health. She is currently still in excellant health–seven years after a prognosis of certain death.

JUDY MACKENNEY • NOKOMIS, FLORIDA

Judy MacKenney was also present to give personal testimony to the CAPCAM panel. She was diagnosed in 1991 with metastaticnon-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and informed by her doctors that this type of cancer was inoperable and incurable. She underwent chemotherapy, which put her into what the doctors considered temporary remission, but which left her extremely weak and with many painful symptoms from chemotherapy side-effects. She then began a macrobiotic practice and within two weeks all her symptoms began to regress.She remains cancer-free, eleven years later at this point. Her case showed that the effect of macrobiotics is fairly quick in somecases.

ELAINE NUSSBAUM • WEST ORANGE, NEW JERSEY

After ovarian cancer progressed to 5th stage and spread to bones in the spine, leaving her in a wheel chair with back braces, Elaine Nussbaum’s doctors thought that she would not recover from cancer, let alone ever walk again. Yet twenty years later, with her macrobiotic practice she wa sable to regain her health and all other abilities formerly lost during her bout with cancer. Her case showed all visceral fat was gone as well as her tumor. Here are the “shining stars” of the CAPCAM review – the six courageous people, who, when they were told there was no chance of their survival from metastatic cancer, all chose to positively take action with macrobiotics. Without their willingness to participate in the NCI’sBest Case Series, the CAPCAM review of macrobiotic success cases would never have been able to happen.

JANET VITT, R.N., B.S.N.

• SAGAMORE, OHIO

Janet Vitt is the nurse who was discussed in The Moss Reports Newsletter: Noted Ph.D. Reports on CAPCAM Meeting). In1995, Janet was diagnosed with small cell adenoidal carcinoma of the lung, metastasized to the liver, pancreas, abdomen and lymph. Despite medical efforts her condition severely declined to the point where she was bed ridden and on oxygen. Hospice had been called in and she met with her family to sign the“do-not-resuscitate” papers. At this point, her primary care physician did something for which Janet says she will forever be thankful–he suggested she try Macrobiotics. We have some wonderful people to thank, whose help made it possible for The Kushi Institute to successfully submit cancer cases to the NCI’s Short Best Case Series.

LAWRENCE H. KUSHI, Sc.D., Associate Director for Etiology and Prevention Research, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente in Oakland,California.

Dr. Kushi also held the positions of Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia

University and Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public

Health. We would not have been able to present these cases were it not for Dr. Kushi’s work in obtaining an initial grant. That grant of $30,000 went to a joint effort between the University of Minnesota and the Kushi Institute and funded the efforts of locating people who had been diagnosed with cancer, had used macrobiotics to support their recovery and were willing to take part in a study on macrobiotics and cancer. Though hundreds of people responded, not all cases fit the strict requirements that must be met for submission to the NCI’s

Short Best Case Series. It was from these original files that we were able to abstract the six cases reviewed by the CAPCAM on February 25. Dr. Kushi was also present and spoke at the CAPCAM review. CHRISTINE AKBAR, an assistant of Michio Kushi, spent countless hours obtaining the medical documentation on each case and together with Dr. George W. Yu, did the monumental projects of completing the application and arrangement of all the file records.

GEORGE W. YU, M.D., is Clinical Professor

of Urology at George Washington University

Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

As a surgeon, he noticed the dismal survival of his patients with invasive bladder cancer. To this day, the best chemotherapy resultsin a 50% partial response and a 10 to 15% complete response. On a broader scale, he was investigating other modalities of therapy that could increase survival. His investigations led him to the Kushi Institute and since that time he has been sending patients to the Kushi Institute’s Way to Health program. It was Dr. Yu who encouraged us to submit our cases to the NCI’s Short Best Case Series, guided us through the application process and helped us to put all the medical files in order with a systematized presentation format. On February 25th, Dr. Yu performed the critically important task of presenting all the cancer patient files to the CAPCAM Panel. After the CAPCAM review, Dr. Yu commented:

“The lesson we have learned from this experience is that testimonials are powerful, but are insufficient to convince the broader community that supports the patients who wish to come to the Kushi Institute.

“Therefore, it is important for all macrobiotic counselors to proactively document and collect the health data necessary to validate any form of nutritional or medical treatment. “It behooves us to take the extra time, both for the client and practitioner  to cooperate in assembling this kind of validated information, which is timeless and universal.”

Kushi, Yu and Akbar Lead Research Effort

Dr. George Yu Judy MacKenney Dr. Lawrence Kushi

Elaine Nussbaum Janet Vittt Phiya Kushi

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Two of the people whose cancer cases were reviewed have written autobiographies documenting their stories: Recovery from Cancer by Elaine Nussbaum and When Hope Never Dies by Marlene McKenna are available through the Kushi Institute Store by calling 1-800-645-8744.

Copies of shorter testimonials of all the cases reviewed are available at

no charge by calling the Kushi Institu from other illnesses on our web site

www.macrobiotics.org in the library section. Free subscriptions to the online

version of the Moss Reports Newsletter are available at www.cancerdecisions.com. The particular Moss Reports Newsletter Archives from which we excerpted can be found at www.cancerdecisions.com/022702.html.

Information on the NIH, NCI, and other governmental health agencies can be found at www.nih.gov

PLANNING is underway for the creation of NEW KUSHIINSTITUTE offerings. We are currently RESEARCHING various PROGRAM and VACATION possibilities for inclusion in our 2003 and 2004 schedule such as:

• Tour Japan with Michio Kushi

• A Childrens’ Summer Camp

• Fall Cruises to the Caribbean

• Three-day seminars in Florida

• Ski Weekends

AND a new location for the Annual Summer Conference in August.

Check out for more upcoming information.

MARLENE MCKENNA

• RIVERSIDE, RHODE ISLAND

Though Marlene McKenna arrived at the CAPCAM meeting in the afternoon too late to give personal testimony, according to Dr. Yu, “Her case was the most important, with some fortune on our side.” The importance of Ms. McKenna’s case is that it is virtually unheard of for a patient with malignant melanoma to survive. Her case was severe, spread to the abdomen and nodes. After an operation in which two feet of her intestines were removed, Ms. McKenna was told she had at the most six months to live and that there was a large amount of melanoma left in he abdomen. She then declined all further treatment and turned to macrobiotics. Ms. McKenna recovered fully and is still cancer-free today, sixteen years later. It was a lucky coincidence that the critiquing pathologist who was at the CAPCAM to give expert discussion on the cases had been the same pathologist reviewing her case in 1986. He remarkably remembered it clearly and told the panel that the diagnosed McKenna had recovered fully and was still alive. He stated that this was the most profound case of his life and would like to publish her story. (As Dr. Yu  reminds us, “Fortune in life comes as surprises and the coincidence perhaps was not an accident.”;)

In addition, Ms. McKenna had become friends with her surgeon, Dr. Benedict Cosimi, who is one of the prominent transplant surgeon sat on the board of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Harvard School of Medicine. There would be no disputing Dr. Cosimi’s diagnosis in her case, and Ms. McKenna called Dr. Cosimi the night before the CAPCAM review to verify his finding of metastatic disease, which he confirmed.

NORMAN ARNOLD

• COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA

In 1982, while undergoing a routine gallbladder surgery, it was found that Norman Arnold had a large primary cancer at the head of his pancreas, a smaller tumor in a lymph node, and three cancerous lesions on his liver. The biopsy showed a diagnosis of adenocarcinoma, a highly aggressive form of cancer. He was told by his doctors that there was no cure and no hopeof recovery.

Even to this day, patients with pancreatic cancer are not expected to live long following diagnosis. He underwent chemotherapy but with devastating side effects and the doctors could not say that the chemotherapy would even prolong his life.

He commenced a macrobiotic practice and soon noticed improvement in how he felt on many levels, physically and mentally. Nine months after his diagnosis a CT scan showed clear indication of tumor reduction. Six months later there was no trace of cancer. On his sixtieth birthday in January1990, Norman climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He remains in excellent health 20 years after being diagnosed with a terminal disease.

CHRISTINE AKBAR

• BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS

Christine Akbar, (who is also noted in this article for compiling the case records) was diagnosed in 1985 with inflammatory breast cancer with extensive intramuscular and infiltrating duct carcinoma, severe chronic inflammation and extensive lymphatic invasion. Chris was told by her doctors that she might have only two to three months to live even with medical treatment. She started chemotherapy and continued until it was deemed her white blood count was so low it was dangerous to proceed. When her twin sister then gave her an autobiographical book detailing a doctor’s use of macrobiotics to support his own recovery from prostate cancer, the reasoning she heard in this book made sense to her. She started macrobiotics, attended a seminar at the Kushi Institute and after two months following the diet her cancer symptoms as well the symptoms created by chemotherapy, disappeared.

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Your World A Macrobiotic Perspective

Posted by Linda King on May 16, 2010 at 11:22 PM Comments comments (0)

Our Oceans

Posted on December 4th, 2008 by admin

According to an editorial in yesterday’s New York Times*, per capita meat consumption more than doubled in the last fifty years. It is expected to double again by 2050. To nourish farmed fish, pigs and poultry, small fish like sardines and menhaden are taken from the ocean. This upsets the food chain. Aquatic species depend on the small fish to live. Also, it takes three pounds of fish to produce one pound of farmed salmon. The author calls this unsustainable and a threat to the foundation of oceanic life. He concludes that “the real answers are support for sustainable agriculture in the developing world and encouraging healthy, less meat-based eating habits as a true sign of affluence everywhere.”

Strengthening Health  macrobiotics offers a sensible answer. A meal is a grain and aseparate vegetable dish. The standard American model of a meal is pizza or a hamburger. By practicing Strengthening Health  Macrobiotics, we can improve conditions from heart disease to cancer and at the same time take care of our oceans and world.

* “New York Times editorial, The Protein Pyramid, November 10, 2008.”

 

When we live in a temperate climatic zone, it is best to choose daily foods that originate in the same or a similar climatic zone. For example, although potatoes and tomatoes are grown in North America, they originated in the Andes Mountains, in a tropical environment. Tropical foods are used more selectively than temperate foods.

Most perishable foods, those with a high water content that lose their freshness quickly, such as fruits and vegetables are best grown or gathered as close to home as possible. Foods that can be stored for longer periods of time,such as sea salt, sea vegetables, well-aged pickles and fermented foods, grainsand beans can be chosen from further away. When we require foods that originate further from home, we choose those from east or west of where we are living, not from north or south where climatic differences are more dramatic. If we live in the Northern Hemisphere, it is important not to choose foods from the Southern Hemisphere. The magnetic charge which creates the basic structure of food is opposite in both hemispheres.

When we eat food from where we live or from places with similar climates our lives come more into order. We feel more aligned and connected to our local environment. Many common diseases ranging from allergies and skin problems to heart disease and cancer can be improved by this and other simple practices.Strengthening Health Macrobiotics also brings more order to our lives. In these ways we can improve our health and the health of our world. Self and Global Renewal Posted on October 14th, 2008 by admin www.strengtheninghealthinstitute.com

Our body renews itself and changes in many ways. The first way is with our blood plasma, the liquid portion ofblood, which renews itself every ten days. Our white blood cells renew themselves every two or three weeks. Then we have our red blood cells which typically renew themselves every 28 days. Finally, our entire body renews itself every seven to eight years depending on whether you are a man or woman(seven for women and eight for men). Women have the ability to renew their bodies more quickly than men do.

Although our skin renews itself every twenty-eight days and can only be twenty-eight days old, why do people get dry skin, blemishes, roughness, cracks and wrinkles? If the skin is aging, the reason that our skin cannot renew itself properly is because it is clogged by fat and then moisture and oils cannot pass through to renourish it. Therefore it starts to age.

This is why one of the Seven Steps of Strengthening Health Macrobiotics is to do the body rub, every day, first thing in the morning, last thing at night, or both. The body rub is done with a hot wet towel, separate from the bath or shower. A cotton cloth is dipped into a sink full of hot water and then the entire surface of the skin is gently rubbed (with the weight of your hand) for about ten minutes. This opens up our pores so that our skin can do its job. Our skin is our body’s largest organ. When our skin is unclogged our circulation improves and many kinds of health problems, from cancer to heart problems to obesity can be improved.

As we improve our own circulation and health, we can strengthen the health of the planet. Please do a body rub today.

Macrobiotics as a Spiritual Path and Social Act

Posted on August 29th, 2008 by admin

Macrobiotics has the reputation in some circles as being about food or health or curing cancer. In fact, it is not so much a diet or a cure as a spiritual path with practical applications.

Macrobiotics is really the teaching of Jesus, as expressed in the Gospel of Thomas and of Buddha. Buddhism and Taoism and Macrobiotics are actually the same.

The founder of modern Macrobiotics,George Ohsawa, fashioned macrobiotic education on Lao-Tzu’s school. Lao-Tzu’s school had four parts:

1. Self Mastery: spiritual, physical and mental health, using the principles of yin and yang or expansion and contraction as a compass.

2. Order, peace and happiness in the family.

3. The creation of an orderly society. A social awareness that is not one-sided.

4. The formation of One Peaceful World.

George Ohsawa was interested in One Peaceful World, became a World Federalist and tried very hard to stop WWII. His favorite student was the first to use the word “ecology,” Ohsawa having used it in French.

Although Macrobiotics in general and Strengthening Health Macrobiotics in particular have had much success healing cancer, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and many other health problems and is associated with the inception of the natural foods movement in America,the origins and spirit of macrobiotics are in the spirituality of Jesus, Lao-Tzu and Buddha and also have a long history of social and political involvement. In addition to being a powerful way to heal the self and family, Macrobiotics aims to heal society and the world.

Macrobiotics as a Spiritual Path and Social Act

Posted on August 29th, 2008 by admin

A Brief History of Food

Posted on June 17th, 2008 by admin

Food is our nourishment and is necessary for life, but it is also much more. It is an integral part of our society and culture. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, the New year,religious, cultural and historic events with food.

The meal is our time for receiving life. It is the counter balance to work, exercise and creative expression. It is a time when we realign with Nature, exchange ideas and share socially, a time for receiving rather than giving.

However, the way we view and relate to food has changed dramatically over our 12,000 years of recorded history.These changes are guided by modern science, technology and industry and in many cases have made us feel separated from each other and Nature.

Let’s start at the retreat of the last ice age in northern Europe, about 12,000 years ago. At that time food was scarce. Agriculture was not discovered yet and we had a hunting and food gathering economy.

There were two noteworthy developments then— the cultivation of foods began and boats were invented. These two events made development towards modern society possible.

This period when northern Europe waslargely covered by ice and snow created the myth that our ancestors primarily ate meat. Cold temperatures in Europe made food cultivation difficult beforeand necessitated eating more animal products.

This pattern of eating animal foods changed with the warming climate and the ability to cultivate foods. Advancesin the arts of building also aided this process of civilization. The first villages appeared about 9,000 years ago. This was a time when modern grain crops, barley and wheat, began to be cultivated. Animals were domesticated and bred and pottery and weaving also developed.

The cultivation and consumption of cereal grains as human food led to development of modern societies as we knowt hem today. If we follow the history of food we get an interesting perspectiveon the development of our modern civilization. The diet throughout the world was generally stable for thousands of years. Unrefined grains were the staple foods in all major civilizations in temperate climatic regions.

The various cereals were used as whole grains, cracked grains, breads and pastas and over time grains became synonymous with cultures. Rice in the Orient; bulgur, couscous, pita and chapatti in the middle East; bread in Europe; buckwheat, millet and rye bread in Eastern Europe; oats in Britain and corn in the Americas.

Animal and dairy foods were used mainly as supplements to grains, beans and vegetables. Animal foods were often used for holidays and celebrations. Dairy products had their place in more extreme climates and mountainous regions. They were often used the way miso and shoyu, fermented soybean products, were used in the Orient.

This dietary pattern continued until the time of ancient Greece and Rome. They introduced cuisine’s from far away places and the diet in temperate western climates became mixed with tropical foods, sweets and spices.

These tropical foods cause our blood to become more acidic than any other foods. We loose minerals and other nutrients in trying to neutralize the acidity. Depleted nutrition then lowers our resistance to infectious illnesses. Though the diet was mainly natura quality and unrefined, the mixing of temperate and tropical foods changed disease patterns throughout the western world more than two thousand years ago!

The 15th and 16th centuries, when trading and conquering were abundant, brought the next important changes. Foods that were once local became more widely distributed and diets became more confused. Tropical fruits and vegetables became abundant and began to be cultivated in Europe.

The potato, which was indigenous to Chile and the Andes, was introduced to Europe by the Spanish. It widely gained acceptance over the next two hundred years and began to replace cereal grains in many cultures. With the tomato, these two foods conquered Europe more than any other foods.

There are five foods that are harder to give up than any other: potatoes, tomatoes, oranges, bananas and sugar. They are all tropical and highly acidifying to our blood.

The Industrial Revolution in the18th and 19th centuries was the period that had the greatest effect on changing the modern diet other than World War II. During this period Britain, Europe and then America began changing from agrarian to industrialized societies.

This was the beginning of modern technology.The technology was not only used to improve the quality of life but it was alsoused in agriculture and food refining. For thousands of years foods were grown on a small scale and consumed in their natural state.

Technology made refined foods, especially refined grains, available on a wide scale. There were some refined grains suchas sifted flour used before, but it is difficult to do this at home by hand.

Refined foods caused imbalanced nutrition. Nutrition is a fine balance, one nutrient is needed to absorb and utilize another. Once the natural balance it altered is easy to build up excesses of certain nutrients and deficiencies of others.

Many refined foods also make our blood more acidic. Minerals create a buffer action to neutralize the acidity. Refined grains lack minerals. The greatest stores of minerals are in the bran that has been removed in the refining process.

Refined grains also create the need for the increased use of animal and dairy foods. We crave to supplement th enutrition lost in refining. Increased animal and dairy foods in turn increase our cravings for sweets.

These changes eventually led to the cycle that is the trademark of the modern diet, a diet high in refined foods, animal and dairy fats and sweets. It was also the beginning of the development toward modern degenerative diseases.These diseases have had their greatest increases around the beginning of the20th century and again following W.W.II.

Technology also changed farming. Farming started to become mechanized and many people lost their work. They had to look for work in the newly industrialized cities.

The discovery of the steam engine made this possible. Transportation and communication were easier than ever. However, the change from rural to city life began changing peoples’ eating habits and dietary proportions.

Life no longer followed a natural order according to the sun, moon and seasons. Life began to conform to a business week with its mechanical regularity throughout the weeks, months and years.

Nutrition became even more imbalanced. With the new pressures of modern industrialized life, slowly physical and mental degenerative diseases began to increase.

World War II brought two more devastating changes to our food. The chemical industry developed for the war was also used in food preservation and agriculture after the war.

Before W.W.II, relatively natural quality foods were still available commercially. You could still find whole grain breads, locally grown vegetables cultivated with little or no chemicals, natural pickles and animals raised without hormones and antibiotics.

Modern food preservation is a result of W.W.II. They tried to make foods that would last indefinitely for over-sea ssoldiers. This may be practical for war but cannot sustain health in the long term. Chemical preservatives essentially take the life out of foods. They make dead foods that cannot sustain health.

Living foods are changing. Traditional methods of food preservation, dried, pickled and cold storage, maintained or sometimes improved the us able nutrition. They preserved the natural quality of the food.

For example, sun or smoke drying increases vitamin D. Natural pickling and fermentation produces digestive aiding enzymes and vitamin B-12. These foods are still living and are slowly undergoing subtle changes. But modern preservation destroys the nutrition and food quality.

Frozen fruits and vegetables also increased during this period after the war. Analytically these foods may be similar to fresh produce but our bodies cannot be fooled. Nutrition is more than can be measured in a laboratory.

Chemicals were used in agriculture also. Petroleum based fertilizers began their widespread use after W.W.II. Slowly the soil changed from living matter, teaming with life, to inert matter.

The excessive use of these fertilizers has destroyed any living matter in the soil and has transformed it to the inert material of petroleum. The soil in commercial farms is more closely related to plastic than soil. This type of soil can only produce lifeless foods.

The loss of minerals, micro-organisms and other life forms including worms produces weak crops tha tneed pest and weed killers. These additional chemical further weaken the crops and our immune systems with it.

It is interesting that crops losses have increased year by year since the late1940’s. This loss is proportionate to the increased use of chemical inagriculture. The soil is not very different from our own immune systems. Our immunity has decreased with the excessive use of antibiotics.

We have truly entered the era of modern degenerative illness. We now expect to die of a degenerative illness,especially heart disease, cancer or diabetes if an accident does not claim us first.

The diet and food quality in the west slowly deteriorated until fast foods were introduced in the early 1960’s. Complete meals could simply be heated at home in the oven in a few minutes. The original fast food restaurants began spreading throughout the United States and England.

This coincided with the birth of the hippie and the break from traditional values of society. Hundreds and thousands of years of tradition disintegrated overnight.

Slowly the family meal began to disappear with the new ease of getting quicker and seemingly more efficient meals. It fit in perfectly with the modern technological lifestyle.

Cooking on electricity began to increase and the microwave oven was introduced. Both helped to lessen our sensitivity to food and cooking. The microwave was especially convenient for quick cooking.

The family meal is the ‘glue’ of society, it provides a sense of belonging and stability in life. The dinner meal is very important because it gives us a chance to reunite and share our experiences with the food. It keeps the lines of communication open and clear. Now that the family meal has dissolved order in society has begun to change. Families are breaking down and crime is increasing steadily in all industrialized nations.

This is the completion of a cycle. Food that was once natural and shared for proper physical and emotional nourishment and social enjoyment has deteriorated to an almost mechanical process.

The meal does not fit into a busy schedule. The demands of modern business are great and do not even allow us time to stop work to eat. We have lost touch with nature and our ability to respond to the changing seasons. Our true human feelings are getting lost and confused. We can no longer enjoy and be guided by the natural rhythms of life.

It is time to reflect on where science, medicine and technology are taking us, on the nature of food and the value of sharing a meal and breaking bread together. Food is our connection to life and can carry our dreams and memories from generation to generation. It is again time to enjoy food as our celebration and appreciation of life.

 


The Power of Healing

Posted by Linda King on May 16, 2010 at 11:02 PM Comments comments (0)

"I believe the true power of healing always comes from within,  I see my role in the capacity of giving my clients a clear understanding of the dynamics of their present condition and their inborn strengths (iridology reading).  Everyone possesses these hidden resources.  I recommend food and plant energies, and other physical and emotional  approaches to help someone recover and utilize that wellspring of hidden power and potential.  I am well aware in times of  sickness, distress and frustration, we feel weak, frighten and angry.  These emotions are all devitalizing and diminish the clarity needed for achieving our goals in life.  As long as we live we are changing, while our conscious mind resists change, our higher consciousness is always leading us toward health.  My Purpose is to help people use the totality of their resources in this process, thus giving them more insight about themselves, their bodies and lifestyles. This is how I healed my own cancer." Linda King


Everyday more & more evidence accumulates showing that the food you eat is a major factor determining the quality and length of your life.  “The US Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health (1987) asserts that more than half of all deaths in the US can be attributed to poor eating habits. This includes eating foods which contain toxic elements, and foods with little or no nutritional value.”  Heart Disease claims one of every two American lives.”  “Cancer claims one of every three.”  “It is the leading cause of death for children under fourteen years of age. 4500 people a day die of cancer.”   ref. (American Cancer Society) (1999)

 

"Serious illness can happen to anyone!  20 years ago I heard this shocking news myself, and was devastated to know my doctor’s only recourse were drugs and surgery.  I begin my search for Alternative Medicine and found,     Mac-ro-bi-ot-ics  “the art/philosophy/science of healing and happiness by living in harmony with the order of the universe, and applying the laws of nature especially in the preparation and consumption of our daily food..”  Each day while studying and practicing these principles I felt my body, mind & spirit, revitalized, renewed and healing itself.  Pursuing this way of life without drugs and surgery was the best decision of my life. Macrobiotics is not a type of diet, it is a lifestyle based on freedom.  After a few years of healing my body I was finally able to conceive my son at the age of 37, after waiting so long to have a child." Linda King


In Western medicine, the definition of health is the apparent absence of symptoms and disease. In macrobiotics, there is a positive image of what it means to be a vibrant healthy person. Also, health and disease are not considered to be static entities. Each is a direction, and we can either move in the direction towards health or in the direction towards illness. Whether you consider yourself to be healthy or have a degenerative or even life-threatening illness, you can begin to move in the direction of health. When we live in alignment with nature and our environment, we are in balance and can live our lives fully. When we are out of balance, our bodies gently alert us with symptoms. If we ignore them, eventually a disease state evolves. These signs and symptoms should not be viewed as enemies invading our bodies, which need to be suppressed or eradicated. Rather, they are part of us, arising from within. They are there to urge us to make the proper adjustments in our diet and lifestyle so that we may bring ourselves back into a balanced, healthy state. This is true freedom!!!


www.macrobreastcancersurvivors.com

(Macrobiotic resource web site for cancer survivors)

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

The Power of Healing

Posted by Linda King on May 16, 2010 at 11:02 PM Comments comments (0)

I believe the true power of healing always comes from within,  I see my role in the capacity of giving my clients a clear understanding of the dynamics of their present condition and their inborn strengths (iridology reading).  Everyone possesses these hidden resources.  I recommend food and plant energies, and other physical and emotional  approaches to help someone recover and utilize that wellspring of hidden power and potential.  I am well aware in times of  sickness, distress and frustration, we feel weak, frighten and angry.  These emotions are all devitalizing and diminish the clarity needed for achieving our goals in life.  As long as we live we are changing, while our conscious mind resists change, our higher consciousness is always leading us toward health.  My Purpose is to help people use the totality of their resources in this process, thus giving them more insight about themselves, their bodies and lifestyles. This is how I healed my own cancer.


Everyday more & more evidence accumulates showing that the food you eat is a major factor determining the quality and length of your life.  “The US Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health (1987) asserts that more than half of all deaths in the US can be attributed to poor eating habits. This includes eating foods which contain toxic elements, and foods with little or no nutritional value.”  Heart Disease claims one of every two American lives.”  “Cancer claims one of every three.”  “It is the leading cause of death for children under fourteen years of age. 4500 people a day die of cancer.”   ref. (American Cancer Society) (1999)

 

Serious illness can happen to anyone!  20 years ago I heard this shocking news myself, and was devastated to know my doctor’s only recourse were drugs and surgery.  I begin my search for Alternative Medicine and found,     Mac-ro-bi-ot-ics  “the art/philosophy/science of healing and happiness by living in harmony with the order of the universe, and applying the laws of nature especially in the preparation and consumption of our daily food..”  Each day while studying and practicing these principles I felt my body, mind & spirit, revitalized, renewed and healing itself.  Pursuing this way of life without drugs and surgery was the best decision of my life. Macrobiotics is not a type of diet, it is a lifestyle based on freedom.  After a few years of healing my body I was finally able to conceive my son at the age of 37, after waiting so long to have a child.


In Western medicine, the definition of health is the apparent absence of symptoms and disease. In macrobiotics, there is a positive image of what it means to be a vibrant healthy person. Also, health and disease are not considered to be static entities. Each is a direction, and we can either move in the direction towards health, or in the direction towards illness. Whether you consider yourself to be healthy, or have a degenerative or even life-threatening illness, you can begin to move in the direction of health. When we live in alignment with nature and our environment, we are in balance and can live our lives fully. When we are out of balance, our bodies gently alert us with symptoms. If we ignore them, eventually a disease state evolves. These signs and symptoms should not be viewed as enemies invading our bodies, which need to be suppressed or eradicated. Rather, they are part of us, arising from within. They are there to urge us to make the proper adjustments in our diet and lifestyle so that we may bring ourselves back into a balanced, healthy state. This is true freedom!!!


www.macrobreastcancersurvivors.com

(Macrobiotic resource web site for cancer survivors)

 

 


 

 

 


 

 


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