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1 Understanding Macrobiotics ©2005 Phiya Kushi

2 Presentation Objectives 1.To introduce the logic and science of macrobiotics 2.To compare conventional and alternative medical vs. macrobiotic models of disease and illness 3.To clarify macrobiotic perspectives of disease 4.To introduce the Yin/Yang logic behind the macrobiotic approach to health and healing

3 1.Food As Medicine 2.Longevity 3.Yin and Yang 4.Social and Spiritual Development Towards Peace The Four Distinct Objectives of Modern Macrobiotics

4 Five Paradigms of Logical Scientific Reasoning

5 5 Systems of Logic 1.Intentional Manifestation 2.Deductive Reasoning 3.Statistical Probability 4.Functional Analysis 5.Historical Determination – Adapted and modified by Phiya Kushi from “The Structure of Science” by Peter Nagel

6 1. Intentional Manifestation Logic of religion Everything has a “purpose” or reason Every occurrence has a purpose or reason Presupposes a divine intention Danger of self-justification of motives: –It is the way it is because it was intended to be

7 2. Deductive Reasoning Aristotle, Pythagoras, etc Used in solving problems that deal with infinity and infinite possibilities Used in Math and Physics and Sherlock Holmes Precise Evidence and Proof “After eliminating the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth…”

8 3. Statistical Probability Useful in solving problems that deal with finite yet un-countable sets Used in epidemiology, chemistry, economics and gambling Most PROBABLE evidence and proof

9 4. Functional Analysis Atomic view of the universe (Democritus and Friends) Study of Static Systems Used in medicine and engineering Generates Structural Innovation Clinical or Closed System Evidence

10 5. Historical Determination Study of Dynamic Systems Used in history, weather, and ecology Generates evidence based on cause and effect; stimulus/response in an open system Foundation of Chaos Theory Also known as Yin/Yang logic: “Everything Changes” Evidenced based on trial and error

11 You ask: Where’s the evidence? I reply: What system of logic are you using?

12 Comparing Logical Paradigms #1: Is Cow’s Milk Good For You?

13 Conflicting Paradigms: Is Cow’s Milk Good For You? Functional Analysis says “yes” based on increased bone mass during adolescent growth Statistical Probability would say “no” based on overall negative effects on populations that consume milk Intentional Manifestation would say “no” since cow’s milk is for baby cows and not for humans Historical Determination would say “sometimes” depending on circumstance and situation Deductive Reasoning would say “good” and “you” are subjective and relative; the question needs clarification

14 In Other Words: Different Logical Systems Produce Different Evidence

15 For Your Consideration: What happens when you combine two or more logical system? It would seem that THE “TRUTH” is that which is true under all logical systems… …does anything fit that criteria?

16 A Comparison Of Approaches To Cancer An Illustration Of Different Paradigms

17 Conventional Approach To Cancer Paradigm of Crisis, Emergency and War In 1971, President Nixon declared “War on cancer” Cancer became “the enemy”and fighting tactics include…

18 Conventional Approach To Cancer Paradigm of Crisis, Emergency and War SURGICAL STRIKES

19 Conventional Approach To Cancer Paradigm of Crisis, Emergency and War CHEMICAL WARFARE

20 Conventional Approach To Cancer Paradigm of Crisis, Emergency and War RADIATION

21 Result: Eliminate the enemy and hope the patient still lives

22 Preventive Approach To Cancer Paradigm of Defense Tactics include…

23 Pre-emptive removal of sites susceptible to cancer: The ideal cancer- free body – a machine with only essential biological parts

24 Defensive eating

25 Result: Living in fear

26 Alternative Approach To Cancer Paradigm of Ignorance and Faith Tactics include…

27 Trying anything and everything that doesn’t kill before the cancer does

28 Result: Increasing the odds and praying that at least one of them will work

29 Macrobiotic Approach To Cancer Paradigm of Education And Awareness “Win without fighting…” – Lao Tzu Tactics include…

30 “The medical art must consider every disease as an evil which cannot be too soon expelled; the macrobiotic, on the other hand, shows that many diseases may be the means of prolonging life.” - Dr. C. W. Hufeland, 1797 Education – Cancer as “a friend”

31 Education Cause And Effect – Addressing Causes Of Cancer “Modern civilization is the disease, cancer is the ‘cure’…we must recover our traditional ways of thinking, eating and living” - Michio Kushi

32 Result: Through learning and addressing causes (environment, lifestyle, diet) the cancer leaves the body without a struggle. “Winning without fighting” strategy

33 Step 3: As a last resort, change diet and lifestyle habits Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Alternative Therapies Preventive and Step 2: If step one doesn’t work then proceed to step two, Alternative approaches The Conventional Approach (Opposite To The Macrobiotic Approach) Crisis Intervention: Destroy The Enemy ASAP Surgery, Radiation, Chemotherapy Step 1: Crisis Intervention If one is sick then:

34 Step 3: As a last resort Use crisis intervention Crisis Intervention Surgery, Radiation, Chemo Alternative Therapies Preventive and Step 2: If step one doesn’t work then proceed to step two, Alternative approaches The Macrobiotic Approach Begins With Diet And Lifestyle – Because Sickness Is An Indication That Your Life Is Headed In The Wrong Direction Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Step 1: Change diet And lifestyle first If one is sick then:

35 In other words, if you can’t manage the healing process yourself, then the method is not “macrobiotic” Note: The macrobiotic approach is “self- managed” while Alternative, Preventive and Conventional approaches require the assistance of an “expert.”

36 What is the macrobiotic approach to cancer?

37 The Kushi Institute Definition of “Macrobiotics” 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.

38 The Primary Causes of Cancer: according to macrobiotics 1. Diet 2. Lifestyle 3. Environment

39 Diet

40 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1985 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

41 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1986 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

42 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1987 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

43 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1988 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

44 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1989 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

45 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1990 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

46 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1991 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

47 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1992 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

48 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1993 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

49 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1994 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

50 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1995 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

51 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1996 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

52 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1997 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

53 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1998 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

54 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1999 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

55 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 2000 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

56 Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 2001 Source: Mokdad A H, et al. J Am Med Assoc 1999;282:16, 2001;286:10.

57 Lifestyle

58 Environment

59 Kushi Macrobiotic Approach To Cancer Prevention and Recovery Cancer is a dynamic open system and falls under the logic and principles of change, namely, Yin/Yang. Treatment approach begins by correlating and adjusting diet and lifestyle with the corresponding Yin/Yang attributes of the disease

60 Basic Yin/Yang Classifications Yang attributes Yin attributes Active Passive Inward Outward Downward Upward Contractive Expansive

61 Yin/Yang Food Classifications Vegetable Source Upward and outward growing (leafy greens) Less cooked More watery Animal Source Downward and inward growing (roots) More Cooked More dry YangYin

62 General Yin/Yang Cancer Classifications Yin Outer, upper Examples: skin brain Breast Yang Interior, lower Examples: pancreas prostate colon cervix Mixed Interior & upper, or outer & lower Examples: lung uterus bladder

63 Yin/Yang Foods and Cancer Causes Yin Excessive intake of Yin foods such as: Sugar, Chocolate, Ice Cream, Pastries Lighter dairy products e.g. cream, milk and milk products Yang Excessive intake of Yang foods such as: Red meat, eggs, chicken Heavier dairy products e.g. cheese Overly salted, baked foods

64 Simplified Yin/Yang Dietary Adjustments for Cancers Yin Cancers Temporarily reduce some fruits, oily foods, raw foods, other yin type foods Yang Cancers Temporarily reduce salt, baked foods, heavy greasy foods, other yang type foods Follow general macrobiotic dietary guidelines, reducing or eliminating sugar, dairy and meat intake, plus:

65 General Dietary Guidelines Selection – Whole, natural and organically grown ingredients Preparation – Expertly prepared according to Yin/Yang principles Proportion –Whole grains as a major portion (see next slide) with variation according to individual circumstance

66 The Great Life Pyramid Macrobiotic Proportional Dietary Guidelines for a Temperate Climate

67 Additional Suggestions LIFESTYLE: Maintain an active and orderly lifestyle, keeping your personal effects and home clean, bright and fresh. ENVIRONMENT: Examine environmental conditions and make appropriate changes, if necessary. Maintain a clean water and air supply and enhance natural environmental influences.

68 Summary 1.The logic behind Macrobiotics and Yin and Yang is the same found in sciences that are based on Historical Determination 2.Sickness is viewed as a “friendly” reminder to change the direction of one’s life including daily diet and lifestyle 3.Primary causes of sickness include: environment, lifestyle and diet 4.Proper diet is the biological foundation of the macrobiotic approach. 5.Macrobiotic recommendations are primarily based on correlating Yin/Yang aspects of diseases with diet

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