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 [...]
It has been my observation that recently more and more vegans have been having bone problems including hip fractures and replacements. In the past, hip fractures were considered to be a sign of old age and impending death. This may not the case today.
In macrobiotics, we recommend using barley or brown rice miso that has been aged two to three years. Certain preparations of miso provide the most benefit. Miso soup can be enjoyed often or daily, and even two to three times a week will start to improve your health. In my experience, the two best preparations are miso soup and miso-tahini spread.
I am not a medical professional or a medical researcher. I am a macrobiotic professional with more than forty years of experience guiding many thousands of my clients on diet and lifestyle to recover and maintain their health. I have observed the power and benefits of the regular consumption of brown rice on the young and old over these forty years.
In 2005, The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and his son, Dr. Thomas Campbell became the highest selling health book –– with over a million copies sold. Even though the findings have been criticized, The China Study still presents five important takeaways about plant-based diet, nutrition, and chronic illness.
Being on a macrobiotic diet and lifestyle improves movement, digestion, and flexibility. Quickly, making a difference on physical limitations, health issues and joint pain. Read on to learn how you can combat arthritis, how to avoid inflammatory foods and remedy physical limitations.
In macrobiotics, health is constantly moving and changing. If we stay stagnant then we are moving towards illness instead of health. At SHI Macrobiotics, a macrobiotic institute, we teach students about the five transformations to help them be able to adjust to the changes of energy in the seasons, environment and balance yin yang. [...]
All food has protein. Under normal circumstances, it is impossible to have protein deficiency. If we eat a diet based mostly on white sugar and other refined foods, it may be possible to have a protein deficiency. Similarly, with a damaged digestive system caused by certain illnesses or excessive medical treatments, we may require [...]
This question of arsenic and brown rice has been an ongoing topic. ---Cereal grains been the mainstay of the world’s civilizations for at least 10-12,000 years. ---They have the ideal balance of minerals to proteins to carbohydrates. The only other food that has a similar balance and ratio is mother’s milk. This makes cereal [...]
I’m not a doctor or a scientist. My perspective comes from 45 years as a macrobiotic counselor guiding people with a range of health problems, including fertility. I experience great joy and satisfaction from successfully counseling many couples back to fertility, and watching them raise healthy children. My insights are based on an understanding of [...]
Forest Bathing It has been striking for me to compare the way spending time alone has changed over the course of my lifetime. It has become increasingly difficult for people today to give undivided attention to a daily activity. With so much media attention focusing on presence and mindfulness, being at peace with [...]
I'd like to again thank Dr. Neal Barnard for posting a guest blog with practical and informative information on gut health. When you have healthy gut bacteria, there is not much room for the unhealthy ones to thrive. Conversely, if you do not have enough healthy gut bacteria, the unhealthy ones can take over. A [...]
I'd like to thank Dr. Neal Barnard for so much practical advice in his recent blog on sleep. I'd like to add a few tips that you may also find helpful. Our sleep is regulated by our eating habits, diet, and activity. Sleep problems are the result of an imbalance in diet and activity. It's [...]
Are you an apple or a pear? It turns out that our body shape is a more important indicator of our overall health than body weight alone. A recent article discussed how the body types of apples and pears relate to being overweight or obese. I find it amazing that about 2/3 of all [...]
I just saw this amazing TEDTalk by Dr. Sandrine Thuret called "You Can Grow New Brain Cells. Here's How." In the video, Dr. Thuret describes the process of brain cell growth and how diet, and lifestyle affect our ability to grow new brain cells. I was struck by how similar her recommendations for growing [...]
This article was recently published in the autumn issue of Macrobiotics Today as a contribution to the ongoing discussion about the need for animal and dairy foods in macrobiotic practice. Evolving Macrobiotics The Spirit of Gratitude Is there a need for animal and dairy foods in macrobiotic practice? Macrobiotics is not a traditional way of [...]
CNN recently published a study about the benefits of decreasing sugar for ten days in children. I found this interesting because what we eat today goes into our blood plasma by tomorrow. Plasma, the liquid portion of our blood, renews itself every ten days. Avoiding foods produces short term effects, and adding healthy foods provides [...]
A recent article from BBC News issued a report on a study done in New Zealand that measured the rates of aging within a group of subjects (between 26 and 38). They measured age through observing 18 different traits which included brain function, kidney function, gum health, and weight. Some aged regularly, that is [...]