& Diet FAQ
long as we continue to take in excessive nutrients, chemicals, and other factors
that serve no purpose in the body, they must continue to accumulate somehwere
in order to continue our normal living functions. If we don't allow them to accumulate
in limited areas and form tumors, they will spread throughout the body, resulting
in a total collapse of our vital functions and death by toxemia. Cancer is only
the terminal stage of a long process. Cancer is the body's healthy attempt to
isolate toxins ingested and accumulated through years of eating the modern unnatural
diet and living in an artificial environment." - Michio Kushi, The Cancer
What is the basic macrobiotic approach to cancer?
eating a balanced, diet centered around whole grains and predominantly vegetable-quality
foods, as well as a lifestyle in harmony with the order of nature, cancer can
generally be prevented and sometimes relieved. In addition to dietary guidelines
and way of life suggestions, including proper exercise and self-reflection, some
compresses or other home remedies are sometimes recommended.
How do I begin?
books are available online at The
Kushi Store or from your local bookseller. You will also find the Macrobiotic
Recovery Support Starter Kit which includes 2 books and a selection of macrobiotic
staple foods. You should also consider attending The
Way to Health program (see question 4).
What books can you recommend to get started?
Diet by Michio Kushi and Alex Jack is a useful resource. This comprehensive
book includes theoretical sections, chapters on the 20 most common types of cancer,
case histories, medical research, recipes and menus. Although the title of this
book includes prevention this book primarily addresses the macrobiotic approach
to support recovery from cancer.
For friends or family who you wish to introduce macrobiotics to, we often recommend
Physician Heal Thyself by Dr. Hugh Faulkner, a British doctor who had healed his
own terminal cancer with the help of his wife, a nurse. This small book can be
There are also concise books, The Macrobiotic Approach to Cancer by Michio Kushi
and The Cancer Prevention Cookbook by Aveline Kushi and Wendy Esko.
What seminar, program, or classes do you recommend?
Way to Health
Program is specially designed for cancer patients and their families. It is a
6-day residential seminar at the Kushi Institute in Becket, Mass. and includes
daily cooking classes, as well as theory classes, simple exercise and massage
How do I arrange a consultation?
macrobiotic counseling may be arranged during the Way to Health Program or
at any time at the Kushi Institute.
Should I continue or discontinue my current medical treatment when I start macrobiotics?
is a personal decision and one we cannot make for you. Many times conventional
treatments are unnecessary, costly, and dangerous. However, in any given case,
they may be necessary and beneficial. Thus we encourage you to consult with your
physician and other medical professional to ensure the best possible care.
Is there any scientific evidence that macrobiotics works?
researchers at Tulane University reported that pancreatic cancer patients who
observed a macrobiotic diet lived two to three times longer than usual and experienced
a higher quality of life.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a research
grant to the University of Minnesota to study the macrobiotic approach to
cancer in cooperation with Michio Kushi and the Kushi Institute.
see: Scientific &
Medical Research on Cancer & Diet
Are cooking classes necessary?
matter how well trained you are in another type of food preparation, macrobiotic
cooking is an art that often requires experience. To have a proper standard against
which to judge your own cooking, it is helpful to take introductory cooking classes
and sample the food from other experienced cooks. To receive the full healing
benefits of the food, it is best if the food is prepared properly.
Where do I get the foods I will need to begin?
of the foods used in daily macrobiotic cooking can be obtained at any natural
foods store. Increasingly, shopping markets are offering natural and organic produce.
There are also many mail-order sources, such as the Kushi
Institute Store Catalog, which you can order from directly.
The doctor has said I have only a few months to live. Is it still worthwhile to
have seen many so-called terminal cases completely healed. In other more advanced
individuals, the person began macrobiotics, experienced benefits such as reduced
suffering, prolonged life, and eventually passed peacefully at home.
cannot guarantee that macrobiotics will work for you, but the body has amazing
recuperative powers, and no one can really predict with certainty how long any
of us will live.
Michio Kushi says in The Cancer Prevention Diet, "Medically terminally
is macrobiotically hopeful." By aligning ourselves with nature and trusting
in the order of the universe, there is always a way.