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“AN ALL-INCLUSIVE VIEW OF MACROBIOTICS–from diet to medicine to lifestyle . . . An excellent resource.”
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"Food is the chief of all things, the universal medicine. . . . Food transmutes directly into body, mind, and spirit . . . creates our day-to-day health and happiness."
--from "The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health
Even in medical schools, alternative medicine is blossoming. Two thirds of them now offer courses in complementary healing practices, including nutrition. At the heart of this revolution is macrobiotics, a simple, elegant, and delicious way of eating whose health benefits are being confirmed at an impressive rate by researchers around the world.
Macrobiotics is based on the laws of yin and yang--the complementary energies that flow throughout the universe and quicken every cell of our bodies and every morsel of the food we eat. Michio Kushi and Alex Jack, distinguished educators of the macrobiotic way, believe that almost every human ailment from the common cold to cancer can be helped, and often cured, by balancing the flow of energy (the "ki) inside us. The most effective way to do this is to eat the right foods, according to our individual day-to-day needs. Now in this marvelous guide, they give us the basics of macrobiotic eating and living, and explain how to use this powerful source of healing to become healthier and happier, to prevent or relieve more than two hundred ailments, conditions, or disorders--both physical and psychological.
This encyclopedic compendium of macrobiotic fundamentals, remedies, menus, and recipes takes into account the newest thinking and evolving practices within the macrobiotic community. The authors integrate all the information into a remarkable A to Z guide to macrobiotic healing--from AIDS, allergies, and arthritis, tocancer, diabetes, and heart disease. They also clearly explain what we need to know to start eating a true macrobiotic diet that will provide us with a complete balance of energy and nutrients.
Living as we all do in environmental and climactic circumstances that are largely outside our personal control, it is vital that we follow a healthy lifestyle, including a flexible diet that we can adjust to meet our own individual needs. "The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health gives us precisely the tools and the understanding we need to achieve this goal. Use it to build a strong, active body and a cheerful, resourceful mind.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (November 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345439813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345439819
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To those who understand its significance, this is a profound and revelatory book.

Like all living things, food has energy in it. Macrobiotics is eating according to the energy in food, which allows us unprecedented control over our health.

The "vague" quality the previous reviewer objects to is inherent in Chinese medicine and is in fact one of its greatest strengths, permitting a view of health and disease based on concepts rather than data. (And in fact, the book isn't vague at all--this is just a reflection of her unfamiliarity with the ideas.)

Nor do the authors "mention all types of alternative therapies." For each category of illness, they outline the conventional medical treatment, provide references to medical studies (for those who feel the need for this sort of thing), and then discuss the macrobiotic approach.

The same goes for the comment that "a more specific macrobiotic way of eating would have been nice." This is a highly specific book on how to use macrobiotics to treat over 200 health problems without recourse to the toxic, invasive, and expensive techniques of conventional medicine. Nevertheless, the authors devote over 100 pages to macrobiotic philosophy and practice and another 20 or so to recipes. Anyone who feels the need for more information should investigate the numerous books on the subject by Michio Kushi and others.

As for repetitiveness, this is inevitable in a book intended even for those with no exposure to macrobiotics, because each condition requires modifications of the diet. Rather than giving the basic diet in one place and requiring readers to flip back and forth through the book and put it all together themselves, they've quite reasonably done so for us.
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This is the most comprehensive and most helpful book that I've ever come across with. I have used it for myself, my son, my husband in our day-to-day health conditions (dizzines, fever, cough, cold, poor memory, skin irritations, etc). I was able to use it literally everyday from the day I got it. It gives easy and simple remedies using ingredients that are usually found in one's kitchen - how can you beat that? You don't even have to run to the pharmacy to get well! And you will not have the poisonous side effects of drugs!
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Anytime Michio Kushi and Alex Jack team up and talk about macrobiotics and our health, we would do well to listen. Both authors have been at the forefront of the macrobiotic community worldwide, both are pioneers, both are wise beyond their years. The book is sectioned out with reference to common diseases and ailments, and takes a wholistic approach to getting healthy and on the right track to maintain that health. Diseases are listed in one section, then dietary basics and guidelines are mentioned, then recipes are given and a typical diet in fall, spring, summer,winter. Nice. Trouble is, with some of us, the discipline one needs to undertake the macrobiotic diet appears to be tough. Perhaps not so tough in the East and Left Coast, where macrobiotic communities are abundant. However, in the flatlands of the Midwest where I am from, it is difficult at best to follow the regimen, even though I know that this food and subsequent diet is some of the best dietary health anyone will ever see, period. Interestingly, when one gets back to this diet and eats its simple foods, after a few days, one nearly always feels much better. Basically: a daily soup with veggies, some seaweed and some miso in it, a grain of some kind at every meal, a veggie of some kind, and a bean product on occasion and fish on occasion, and you have it figured out. Don't forget to walk 30 minutes a day. That's it in a nutshell. Be especially sure to read the section where they talk about the wonder drug/aid: the effable umeboshi plum. Amazing what this little power house veggie can do for you. In the foreword, Alex talks about doing a follow-up book with other diseases and conditions not explored in this current book. That was mentioned about 5 years ago. It is possible another volume will come out, but perhaps not anytime soon.Read more ›
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This book is well edited and laid out, fairly easy to read through (except I had trouble finding recommendations for Type II Diabetes--and they don't discuss some major cancers.) But the problem is, Kushi and Jack's recommendations for nearly every disease are close to identical--basically the macrobiotic diet--but rather than just saying so, they break the book down into disease-by-disease discussions and recommendations, with maybe minor tweaks for this disease or that one. It doesn't really break any new ground--the books smacks of $$$ motivation. Also, they will mention items, and then not put them in the index or describe them--"amacha" is one such example--mentioned once, but nowhere else to be found, especially not in the index. They also seriously propose that HIV and AIDS are not related, which is lunatic fringe pseudoscience at the very best, speaking as one who has lost many friends to AIDS, when they were first diagnosed HIV+. Also, in another book, I noticed Mr. Jack used macrobiotic principles to "prove" that Shakespeare didn't write Shakespeare's plays--maybe fun for Mr. Jack but highly shaky at best, given that serious historians credit Shakespeare with writing his own work, as the Bard's contemporaries attest. Better to go with simpler books on this subject that don't get into muddy waters, by fine writers like Kristina Turner, Keith Michell, Craig Sams, and others. I'd also recommend Denny Waxman's Great Life Diet, but his claim to fame is that he helped heal Dr. Anthony Satillaro of cancer, when Dr. Satillaro died of this same disease later on.
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