Discovering the macrobiotic diet for cancer

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The macrobiotic diet for cancer consists mainly of organic whole grains, vegetables, sea vegetables, beans and other nutritious whole foods. It can be a cure for skin cancer and help sustain a better quality of life.



I first learned about it in 1967 when I was working in Boston, MA.

A small grocery store called Erewhon opened up directly across the street from where I worked. They sold organic grains and vegetables and it was here that I had my first encounter with what is a macrobiotic diet for cancer or any disease.

The store was opened by Michio Kushi who later founded the Kushi Institute, with his wife Aveline Kushi, located in Becket, MA in the Berkshire mountains. Michio and Aveline were students of George Oshawa and responsible for introducing the macrobiotic diet to the United States and other countries throughout the world.

Because of certain minor health problems, I started frequenting Erewhon. I bought a book, which may have been the only one available at that time, called Zen Macrobiotics by George Oshawa. George Oshawa developed tuberculosis at the age of 15 and it progressed to the point that his doctors gave up on him. He began searching for an alternative cure, which he found.

He managed to live to the age of 73.


Since reading about his experience, macrobiotics has always stayed in my mind.

 A short while later, a macrobiotic restaurant opened up down the street, so it became easier to follow the diet …for a while, but in time, …life changed for me and I drifted away.

I did, however, become convinced that I had stumbled on to a true understanding of the healing powers of whole foods. I was definitely impressed.

I tucked it away in the back of my mind and thought that if I ever became seriously ill, this macrobiotic diet was the way I was going to go.

I found it easy to drift away during those early years because the impression of many was that it was pretty much all about eating brown rice and miso soup and that's mostly what I was doing. 

Thankfully, that began to evolve here in the United States and became a delicious, enjoyable experience; at the same time, preventing and healing disease.


23 years later, I remember the macrobiotic diet for cancer

My cancer first appeared in 1990, shortly after remarrying, having a newborn baby girl and a 12 year old new son.

The ugly intruder entered my life.   It was squamous cell carcinoma and referred to as 'head and neck cancer' or 'tonsil cancer'

It was then, the macrobiotic diet for cancer resurfaced in my mind.

My dilemma was that it was too late to prevent this ugly cancer.

My hope now was to cure it and that’s what I set out to do.


Now I knew I had to be serious about learning more about macrobiotics and exactly what I should be eating for a cure.

My first step was to buy the book, The Cancer Prevention Diet by Michio Kushi.

My wife and I both read it and started learning a lot. She was very supportive of me, to the point where she did it right along with me. In time, we both benefited.

I couldn’t ask for a more supportive wife.


So I decided to go to Boston and have a consultation with Michio Kushi. After that, I spent a week at the Kushi Institute in the Berkshires.

It was there that I learned a lot more about what is a macrobiotic diet and how it varies with each unique individual.

I learned it was all about balance between acidity and alkalinity and the particular condition of that one person.

I learned what I needed to be eating and what I needed to avoid. I learned what foods I needed daily and how often or seldom to eat other foods.

 I learned that the guidelines change as the condition of the persons health changes. The stronger and healthier you are, the bigger variety of foods you can enjoy. Those with chronic illness have much narrower guidelines, in order to overcome and heal.

 After returning home to Tennessee I started having regular consultations with counselors in my area. 
I joined up with a macrobiotic support group and once a month we had macrobiotic potlucks at someone's house. It was a night of enjoyment.


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One counselor explained to me how it could get worse before it gets better.

That’s exactly what happened to me and, believe me, I WAS SCARED!

So I can’t stand here and say that the macrobiotic diet cured my skin cancer,  but it has given me a better quality of life in my survival.

All I can tell you is my experience in hopes it will help someone else.

There are many who can tell you that it did CURE their cancer.

I do know that some doctors have told me, even recently, that’s it’s amazing that I’m here today. They told me that some patients do not survive the operation I had.

When it was all said and done my doctor said that I have from 5 to 10 years.

Since 1990, I'm still here and at least two doctors have called me the miracle man.

I don't think they would have given me 5 to 10 years, if I hadn't made such a healthy lifestyle change and survived the treatments, as I did.

The macrobiotic diet for cancer did help me to survive everything I went through, back then and for many years after.

So to anyone facing such decisions, whether you decide to undergo the conventional treatments or not, it is well worth your while to change to a healthy lifestyle.

I most definitely recommend this macrobiotic lifestyle change to anyone for any chronic illness.

Starting a macrobiotic diet may be a little tough in the beginning, but no matter what condition your health is presently in, it is well worth it.

Macro means GREAT and Biotic means LIFE.

If the macrobiotic diet is for you, then seek a qualified macrobiotic counselor in your area for guidance in the curing and healing process.

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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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Scared to Death!!! - by Shelly

Our Cancer Stories are so similar, mine and Gary's! - by Valerie  

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The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion  and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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