MACROBIOTICS, AND MODIFICATIONS FOR A DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© May 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
WHAT IS MACROBIOTICS?
Macrobiotics is an ancient Japanese science of life. It focuses heavily on the role of food and diet for improved health and longevity. It also makes use of some herbs and other traditional Japanese food items.
Macrobiotics includes an understanding of the importance of the principles of complementary opposite forces. These are sometimes called warming and cooling, or yin and yang. These are physics principles. The author learned about them from Michio Kushi (1926-2014), a leading teacher of macrobiotics.
Macrobiotics classifies food according to its yang or yin qualities. Then this science recommends that one eat mainly the balanced foods that are in the middle between yang and yin. These are whole grains, dried beans and cooked vegetables, including sea vegetables. They also recommend staying away or eating much less of foods that are more yang (red meat and eggs) or more yin (sugar, fruit, alcohol and drugs).
DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND MACROBIOTICS
We believe that macrobiotics is or was a development science. That is, it aims to cause the expansion of the human energy field. This is important! However, it is geared to the bodies that existed 5000 to perhaps 10,000 years ago. For details about development, read Introduction To Development.
We use hair mineral testing and we find out many things, as a result. The bodies are in much worse shape today, to begin with, and the needs are somewhat unusual. So we have modified macrobiotics in a number of ways to accommodate these needs.
Classifying foods. We believe that the macrobiotic classification of foods is very accurate. We believe it is better than the classification of foods according to traditional Chinese medicine, which is similar but not the same.
Yang and yin. We also find the concept of yang and yin very helpful to understand health and disease, nutritional supplementation, lifestyle factors for healing, and much more! It is a very important concept in development science. It was not part of Dr. EckÕs mineral balancing programs.
MODIFYING THE MACROBIOTIC DIET
The macrobiotic diet, as taught by Michio Kushi and his students, centers around large amounts of rice and other whole grains, including wheat. It also includes a lot of cooked, dried beans or legumes, some cooked vegetables, sea vegetables, and some fish and meat.
Based on our research, this diet is not best today for most people. It may have been very good several thousands of years ago when it was set up, but it is not adequate today. The changes we suggest to the macrobiotic diet are:
1. Everyone needs many more cooked vegetables. We suggest 6-9 cups of cooked vegetables daily, or about 2-3 cups per meal of the cooked, not raw vegetables. This means that cooked vegetables will be about 70-80% of the daily diet.
This is a significant departure from the macrobiotic diet. People seem to need this much cooked vegetables for their alkaline reserve mineral content, phytonutrients and other things in the cooked vegetables. The food is all quite mineral deficient today and this is part of the reason.
We know this makes the diet more yin, but it seems to be absolutely necessary.
For the details about the development diet, please read Food For Daily Use
2. Blue corn, not other grains. Macrobiotics suggests that whole, unrefined cereal grains, particularly brown rice, should be the main focus of the diet.
We find that rice is okay, but for development one needs to eat organic blue corn tortilla chips. They contain selenium and other compounds the bodies need today. Blue corn cereal does not work as well. For details, read Blue Corn.
3. Avoid all wheat and spelt. Wheat, in particular, we find to be a poor quality food today, even organic whole wheat. It has been severely hybridized or genetically modified. The protein content is lower, the starch content is higher, it contains too much glutamic acid, and the zinc content much lower.
Other trace element levels are lower as well. As a result, wheat in any form, especially refined wheat but also whole wheat products, are less healthful today and best avoided completely. It is now an inflammatory food for many people that causes a myriad of subtle inflammatory reactions and, for this reason, irritates the intestines. Spelt is very close to wheat and best avoided, also.
Some people must also avoid all gluten-containing grains for a while such as oats, barley and rye. As the intestines heal with a development program, often gluten will be tolerated again.
4. Legumes. Macrobiotics recommends a lot of legumes or dried beans in the diet. However, we find that dried beans do not contain enough of the chemicals the bodies need today for development.
Instead, for protein we recommend more meats such as small portions of lamb, dark meat chicken, a little goat yogurt and some eggs.
5. Problems with sea vegetables. We would love to recommend a lot of sea vegetables. However, unlike thousands of years ago, all sea vegetables are sadly high in mercury and perhaps other toxic metals. This shows up on the hair tests of anyone who eats a lot of nori, hijiki, wakame or other sea vegetables.
As a result, we only recommend kelp or kombu. This has some mercury. However, it is high in alginates that bind up and remove most of the mercury. We use it in capsules, which is more yin, but much easier to eat and it seems to work well.
6. Fish and sea food are all contaminated today. Fish is an important food in macrobiotics, and in all Oriental cuisine. It is a very nutritious food. However, today most fish are very contaminated with mercury, in particular, and some contain other toxic metals, as well.
As a result, we suggest limiting fish intake to very small fish such as sardines, up to 3-4 cans weekly. We find that anyone who eats any amount of larger fish, even wild caught salmon, for example, begins to show high levels of mercury on hair mineral analyses.
Sardines are so small they do not have time to accumulate much mercury, although they contain some. Do not eat more than 3-4 cans per week for an adult, however, unless the sardines are skinless and boneless. These have less mercury because the mercury concentrates in the spinal cord of the sardine, which is removed in boneless sardines.
The macrobiotic diet also allows seafood such as shrimp, oysters, lobster, clams, scallops, crab and eel. These foods are even more contaminated with toxic metals today because they usually come from coastal waters. They are filthy foods today.
As a result, we do not recommend any of them at any time, no matter where they come from.
7. Goat yogurt. Macrobiotics does not recommend dairy products at all. It is true that most dairy products today are not of good quality because they are cooked, pasteurized and homogenized, among other types of processing. Also, avoiding dairy products is an ancient Japanese food pattern.
However, we are finding benefit from eating about 8 ounces a week of organic goat yogurt. For details, read Dairy Products.
8. Eggs. Macrobiotics does not recommend many eggs, as they are a more yang food. However, we find they contain chemicals needed for development. They must be cooked soft, with the yolk runny, and women can only eat up to 6 per week while men can eat only up to 8 eggs weekly. For details, read Eggs.
9. Avoid vegetarian diets. Some macrobiotic practitioners and their followers suggest vegetarian diets. That was not the teaching of Michio Kushi, however!
Reasons for eating meats are that most people are too yin, and because animal products provide vital nutrients that are not found in vegetable foods in large enough quantities such as zinc, carnitine, taurine, sulfur amino acids, and others.
We find that ALL strict vegetarian regimens cause serious difficulties that are subtle and hard to detect. They include low zinc levels, high copper levels, protein imbalances and others. Vegetarian diets, especially vegan diets, tend to shorten oneÕs lifespan and cause severe illnesses, particularly brain problems in children such as ADD. For more, read Vegetarian Diets.
10. The use of fats and oils. Macrobiotics does not recommend a lot of fat in the diet at all, other than some sesame oil or other used in cooking. We find that to balance a fast oxidation rate (very uncommon in Japanese people but common in Westerners) requires more fat or oil in the diet. Fast oxidizers also do not do well on grains, beans and other starches. For details, read The Oxidation Types.
11. Eating red meat and avoiding all pig products. Red meat is not recommended much in macrobiotics because it is more yang. However, I find that most adults are so yin they benefit from a little – twice a week in most cases – especially lamb.
Macrobiotics may allow some pig products, but we find they can be contaminated with trichina worm cysts, even if well-cooked, so we suggest strictly avoiding all of them. The only exception is that porcine pancreas used as a digestive aid appears to be safe.
12. Avoid fruits, sugars, alcohol and drugs. These are concepts shared between macrobiotics and development.
13. Traditional herbal remedies and Western supplementary nutrients. Macrobiotics uses some traditional Oriental herbs as medicines, and shuns modern, synthetic vitamins and minerals.
Dr. Paul Eck and others found, however, that:
- Herbs today are not as pure, no matter how they are grown. Most contain some toxic metals, which is not helpful.
- Herbs are not as useful to balance the body chemistry as is the judicious use of certain mineral supplements. This was difficult for me to accept, but experience has shown it to be true.
As a result, at this time, development seems to require a few synthesized food supplements. We think this is simply because the bodies today are so ill.
When given in the correct way, they act as placeholders, a vital concept in development science. For details, read The Placeholder Concept.
Among the most important food supplements needed today are omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, zinc, a digestive aid, trimethylglycine, and mineral supplements such as kelp and sea salt. Some of these can be obtained from food, but some need to be supplemented for fastest development and optimum health. For details, read Why Use Food Supplements.
14. The need for detoxification and development procedures. Macrobiotics does not include the use of Coffee Enemas and Red Heat Lamp Saunas. We find that most people are so ill today that they need these procedures or development is slow. The procedures can speed up detoxification of toxic metals and toxic chemicals often 100-fold.
The other development procedures are also excellent, such as the Pulling Down Exercise and Foot Reflexology, which is mentioned sometimes in macrobiotic literature. The Spinal Twists, the Neck Pull, Down Sex and other Accelerators are also excellent for development and overall health.
Without these procedures, many people simply will not get fully well, probably because they are so ill today.
15. The need for more drinking water. Macrobiotics teaches not to drink much water, since water is more yin. However, we donÕt find this to be good advice. Reasons that about 100 ounces of water daily are needed are:
- The level of toxins in the bodies today is enormous
- A development program removes them quickly and they must be removed from the body. Enough water helps them move through the blood and the kidneys easily. Otherwise, one can have kidney pain, leg cramps, restless leg syndrome and other problems.
- Grains break down in the body to water. However, we do not recommend the large amount of grains that many macrobiotic practitioners would recommend. Therefore, water intake must be higher.
- Eating more meat adds some toxins that may require more drinking water.
For details about what kind and how much water to drink, please read Water For Drinking.
16. Oriental diagnosis is not as accurate today because everyone is so ill. Mr. Kushi taught Oriental face, pulse and tongue diagnosis to assess yin and yang qualities. However, we find that all bodies today are quite yin. We believer that people today are so deficient and toxic that the older Oriental diagnostic methods are not as accurate.
For example, most everyone today has been exposed to ionizing radiation, electromagnetic stress from cell phone towers, and thousands of times the amount of toxic metals and toxic chemicals as in the past. Everyone is born this way. Most of these toxins are very yin.
17. The role of women. Macrobiotics suggests that women are more fit than men to prepare food due to the womenÕs more sensitive nature and for other reasons.
We agree that women are more sensitive and that they are best staying at home for this reason and for their safety. We love this teaching, in fact.
However, many women, unfortunately, are very out of touch with their feminine nature and with reality. Their minds and bodies are very weak and toxic. Most womenÕs bodies are very yin for this reason.
Also, most women experience rape – up to 80 to 90%. Very few rapes are reported, so the statistics are skewed and wrong! Rape further damages womenÕs bodies and minds, and this needs to be understood and taught widely. This website is dedicated to women for these reasons.
18. Pressure cooking. We do not recall whether Michio Kushi suggested pressure cooking vegetables, but we donÕt think so. It is a more modern cooking method that is more yang and much faster than traditional cooking. We recommend it highly. Do not pressure cook beef and be careful because it is easy to overcook food in a pressure cooker. For details, read Pressure Cooking and Food For Daily Use.
In summary, development programs are geared to the needs of 21st century people who are so nutritionally depleted it is truly sad and shocking. We believe that the older sciences such as macrobiotics and acupuncture need adjusting for this reason.
However, we are eternally grateful to Michio Kushi for his help in understanding food, its effects on the body, and for many other insights about health, disease and life, in general.
The Teachings Of Michio Kushi, The Order Of The Universe Compiled Edition, Volume I, Tao Books And Publications, Inc., 1972.