Panel on Cancer Recommends Funding Grant for Kushi Institute
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. Governments 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.
order to have a fair evaluation of the modality being reviewed, the CAPCAM is
split among members who come from conventional 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
All of the six persons whose cases were reviewed had been diagnosed
with IVth 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.
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!
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 Institutes submission 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 dollar budget of the NIH is appropriated
to study and research of CAM methods.
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
Many people, however, will not consider macrobiotics
without scientific verification. This strong acknowledgement by a governmental
agency could lead not only to governmental funding, but also might create new
direction from private donors who want to support studies on macrobiotics and
nutritional approaches for cancer recovery; inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid
arthritis, colitis, and 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,
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 peoples health and quality
of life. When the recommendations of the CAPCAM become a reality, macrobiotics
will become more widely known. The greatest benefit of all from what happened
on February 25, 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
Ph.D. Reports on the CAPCAM Meeting
W. Moss, Ph.D. a medical journalist and CAPCAM member, praised the Kushi Institute
following its Best Case Series presentation to 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
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.
this weeks 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 macrobiotics 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 was documented millimeter
by millimeter! She has now been disease-free for over five years
After this weeks
meeting I could definitely say there is real gold in macrobiotics. But whether
these herald a genuine strike, a Sutters 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: In 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.
Stories That Made the Experts Listen!
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 NCIs
Best Case Series, the CAPCAM review of macrobiotic
success cases would never have been able to happen.
VITT, R.N., B.S.N.
Vitt is the nurse who was discussed in The Moss Reports Newsletter (see sidebar:
Noted Ph.D. Reports on CAPCAM Meeting). In 1995, Janet was diagnosed with small
cell adenocarcenoma of the lung, metastasized to the liver, pancreas, abdomen
and lymph. Despite medical efforts her condition severely declined to the point
where she was bedridden 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 thankfulhe suggested she try macrobioticsand with family and friends
supporting her in the preparation of meals, she recovered full, cancer-free health.
She is currently still in excellent healthseven years after a prognosis
of certain death.
MacKenney was also present to give personal testimony to the CAPCAM panel. She
was diagnosed in 1991 with metastatic non-Hodgkins 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
After ovarian cancer progressed
stage and spread to bones in the spine, leaving her in a wheel chair
with back braces, Elaine Nussbaums doctors thought that she would not recover
from cancer, let alone ever walk again. Yet twenty years later, walk she did to
the CAPCAM table in order to describe how after a short time on a macrobiotic
practice she was able 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.
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. McKennas 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 her
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 diagnosis was absolutely correct. He was shocked to see that Ms. 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 sagely 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 surgeons at Massachusetts
General Hospital in Boston and Harvard School of Medicine. There would be no disputing
Dr. Cosimis diagnosis in her case, and Ms. McKenna called Dr. Cosimi the
night before the CAPCAM review to verify his finding of metastatic disease, which
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 hope of recovery. Even to this day, patients with pancreatic cancer are not
expected to live long following diagnosis. He underwent chemotherapy, but with
devastating 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.
later, there was no trace of cancer. On his sixtieth birthday in January 1990,
Norman climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He remains in excellent health 20 years after
being diagnosed with a terminal disease.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer
Akbar, (who is also noted in this article for compiling the case records) was
diagnosed in 1985 with inflammatory breast cancer, with extensive intraductal
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 doctors
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.
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
of shorter testimonials of all the cases reviewed are available at no charge by
calling the Kushi Institute at 1-800-975-8744. There are also many testimonials
on recovery from other illnesses on our web sitewww.macrobiotics.org in the library
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
on the NIH, NCI, and other governmental health agencies can be found at www.nih.gov