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Peace for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:48+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Mental Health|

The most important thing in the world today is peace: inner peace, family peace, peace in our country, and peace in the world. The most productive way to use our energy is to come together, combine, and create change for personal, animal, and environmental health. Unfortunately, most people are doing the opposite-- blaming, complaining, and [...]

Things You Didn’t Know About Autism

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:48+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Mental Health|

I am not a medical doctor, but this is my experience and observation as a macrobiotic counselor. I have practiced as a counselor for 45 years, which includes counseling for a broad range of health problems from severe brain injury to mild learning disorders. I have used the same approach applied in unique ways with [...]

Wake Up the Mind with the Microbiome

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:48+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Mental Health|

On the healthy side, we need prebiotics and probiotics, which were a common feature of the world’s long standing civilizations. A strong immunity comes from an interaction with the natural environment and developing a sense of self-reliance. A sign of strong immunity is that we have a high enough percentage of beneficial microbes that naturally [...]

The Importance of Sunlight in the Morning

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:58+00:00 April 22nd, 2014|Articles and Research, Macrobiotics, Mental Health|

There was a slideshow from called “7 Signs You Need More Sunlight-- and Don’t Know It.” The morning sun helps many emotional and physical discomforts.   We have the greatest ability to release unneeded excess in the early morning hours close to sunrise. It happens as soon as our feet literally hit the ground. [...]

Coffee: another addiction

By | 2017-09-10T06:02:03+00:00 March 15th, 2012|Adjusting Your Diet, Macrobiotics, Mental Health|

I started drinking coffee in 1969, shortly after starting my macrobiotic practice. Michio Kushi, in his attempt to make macrobiotics more relaxed and approachable, introduced his coffee-flavored style of macrobiotic practice. Around this same time, I also heard that coffee shops were referred to as “penny universities” in the colonial days. I always liked the sound of this [...]

What’s So Great About Brown Rice Anyway?

By | 2017-09-10T06:02:04+00:00 February 16th, 2012|Adjusting Your Diet, Macrobiotic Diet, Macrobiotic Philosophy, Macrobiotics, Mental Health|

I started to eat brown rice in 1967 after years of indulgence in an almost exclusively junk food diet. Interestingly enough, one of the few foods that I liked in my junk food incarnation was kasha and bow ties, a typical Russian dish, which my mother made on a regular basis. Kasha or buckwheat is [...]

Walking: Exercise for the Body and Mind

By | 2017-09-10T06:02:04+00:00 February 8th, 2012|7 Steps, Exercise, Macrobiotic Philosophy, Macrobiotics, Macrobiotics and Medicine, Mental Health, Weight loss|

Walking helps all aspects of our body, emotions, and mind in children and adults alike. Walking aids our digestion and improves circulation. It harmonizes the left and right sides of our body including the intestines, liver and spleen, kidneys, lungs, two chambers of our heart, left and right sides of our brain, and two branches [...]

Learning From Isaiah: The forgotten step

By | 2017-09-10T06:02:04+00:00 February 2nd, 2012|7 Steps, Macrobiotic Philosophy, Macrobiotics, Mental Health|

Recently my wife Susan published a blog on the importance of expressing gratitude, illustrated by a photo of our grandson Isaiah. Her blog got me thinking about the practice of giving thanks before every meal. It is something that I adopted in 1969 when I began practicing macrobiotics. It is something that I do whether [...]

Ben Franklin’s Mistake?

By | 2012-01-24T03:35:52+00:00 January 24th, 2012|7 Steps, Adjusting Your Diet, Articles and Research, Macrobiotic Philosophy, Mental Health|

I have endless admiration for Ben Franklin’s accomplishments and the way he lived his life. It is a marvel that one man could have left us with so many wonderful things. At the same time, whenever I think about daylight savings time, I wonder if Ben Franklin made one mistake. All of life moves according [...]

Regulating Thyroid Issues Naturally

By | 2017-09-10T06:02:04+00:00 December 15th, 2011|Adjusting Your Diet, Articles and Research, Exercise, Macrobiotic Philosophy, Macrobiotics, Mental Health|

A recent article in the New York Times discusses a link between psychiatric troubles and imbalances in thyroid hormones. Quite often subtle imbalances in thyroid hormones can create depression, anxiety and other psychiatric problems. From a macrobiotic or energetic point of view, the thyroid is the balancing point between the pituitary and adrenal glands or, [...]