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A Macrobiotic Approach to Type II Diabetes
by Adam Newhouse -

Mother and Son's Victory over Diabetes through the Secrets of Old Japan

ourteen years of 4 daily injections of insulin is more than anybody should go through! After seeing the damage diabetes did to his mother, the author of Sayonara Diabetes, Adam Newhouse - a long-term resident of Japan - realized that the real challenge was in understanding the true causes of the disease. The author's interest in Japanese healing arts became useful at this point. Together with his mother, he did enormous research in search of better answers. "Understand Your Healing" became their motto.

A breakthrough soon followed. Searching for the secrets of Japanese healing methods, they discovered a way to eliminate diabetic symptoms. Within 8 months of starting the program, which included a macrobiotic diet, a series of physical and breathing exercises, positive thinking and assimilation of philosophies of health, the author's mother's blood sugar level returned to a healthy level, allowing her to put aside her insulin. She lost 44 pounds. The resulting book Sayonara Diabetes, The Three Samurai Health Maintenance System explains, step by step, how they achieved their success.

Adam has offered to share with us at The Macrobiotic Guide a helpful summary of the information contained in their E-book to offer those of you or your loved ones suffering from Type 2 Diabetes real hope in overcoming it.

Discovery of Macrobiotics

I developed my interest in macrobiotics when I had to take care of my mother after my father's death. Until then I never realized how much she was suffering from her Type 2 diabetes. Each of her days during the previous 14 years had been regimented by 4 painful shots of insulin. Although I tried to encourage her to take steps to improve her condition, she was too far advanced in her belief in modern drugs and medicine. She also held fast to the current negative interpretation of the disease. As she could no longer help herself, I began earnestly to search for ways to better her condition. I simply could not understand what my mother was telling me about the so-called incurable diseases. One reason for that was that by then I had been separated from my mother for more than 20 years, and my way of thinking seemed to evolve quite differently. In a word, I do not believe in impossible things.

Then, after intensive research, I discovered that macrobiotics, as advocated by George Ohsawa, offered a perfect solution. My mother would either adopt a strict dietary regimen based on brown rice, miso and cooked vegetables or continue in her misery. If she did give macrobiotics a chance and if Ohsawa's promise held true, the new diet would rebalance her entire body and an entirely new consciousness and way of thinking would set in. Reluctantly my mother agreed to give macrobiotics a try, and indeed her condition began to improve very quickly.

In my macrobiotic research, I read probably all of the books published by George Ohsawa, Michio Kushi and Herman Aihara. The expanse of macrobiotic knowledge is overwhelming and I am nothing but a beginner. There is so much to learn that I would like to study all the time. I have noted my observations on my mother's approach to dealing with diabetes in the e-book Sayonara Diabetes.

The True Causes of Diabetes

Sayonara Diabetes is about how to control symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, as successfully done by my mother. The book identifies a "diabetic mindset" as the true cause responsible for the outbreak of the disease in case of my mother. We called this mindset the Rich-but-Poor-Syndrome, or RBPS. Emphasizing that our bodies reflect what and how we think, the book teaches that a healthy non-diabetic mind holds the keys to a symptom-free life.

Sayonara Diabetes then follows up on the causes of the disease by describing a comprehensive healing system my mother followed to transform her diabetic consciousness and to enjoy healthy diabetes-free thoughts and emotions. As a result, she regained a healthy mind and body and reclaimed the lost virtues of self-responsibility, courage, optimism and laughter.

Blueprint for Eliminating the Symptoms of Diabetes

Sayonara Diabetes introduces a three-fold system my mother successfully applied to

a) regain a healthy blood sugar level,
b) put aside her insulin,
c) lose 44 lbs. of her weight, and
d) regain health consciousness - all of this in only 8 months!

Based the theme of balance, harmony and connection, this system involved:

1. Eating a healthy macrobiotic diet balanced according to the principles of Yin and Yang, and Acids and Alkali;
2. Cultivating a healthy, positive and balanced mind and relationships (which included reading macrobiotic and other holistic medicine books, as well as other books conveying positive messages); and
3. Exercising, including doing meridian (or energy channel) stretches; breathing and relaxation exercises, including the groundbreaking method of breathing from our feet; and Zazen meditation.
Philosophy of Health Recovery System
Sayonara Diabetes Philosophy of Health Recovery is based on 2 crowning principles: The Principle of Balance and the Principle of Connection. In short, we achieve health if we find and maintain a good balance of energies within ourselves and a strong and consistent connection with other people and our surroundings.

The Principles of Balance and Connection embodied in the system have 5 embodiments:

1. First, balancing of what comes in and out of our minds with the aim of achieving our mental recovery;
2. Second, balancing of our bodies with a goal to achieve a healthy balance of energies in every cell of our body;
3. Third, unifying of our minds and bodies, resulting in a state of mind where an achievement of any desire becomes possible;
4. Forth, balancing, harmonizing with, and finding connection with other people; and
5. Fifth, balancing our lives with our environment and surroundings in order to reconnect with Nature.

Health Maintenance System

Based on the success of our method to control diabetes, together with my mother, we developed a three-fold system designed for the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. Central to this system is.

1. a carefully balanced diet,
2. a pure, positive and creative mind and
3. an active lifestyle, which includes work and physical and breathing exercises.

Each of the three components is vital to maintain good health. Fortunately, each component is a mere reflection of the others. The e-book describes the whole system in its final part.

Questions & Answers

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Adam: Diabetes is a sustained energetic imbalance within our mind and body manifesting itself: a) on the mental and emotional level, by the diabetic mentality and the emotional responses making up the Rich-but-Poor Syndrome ("RBPS"), and b) on the physical level, initially, by the malfunction of the body's natural ability to digest and assimilate sugars as well as other endocrinal disorders, and progressively spreading to other parts of our body (these symptoms may include inordinate and excessive thirst and appetite; loss of weight due to the inability of the body to reach the supply lines of glucose - the physical fuel for the body; frequent urination and sugar in urine; frequent sense of fatigue, drowsiness, lethargy and heavy breathing; stupor or unconsciousness; blurred vision or sudden vision changes; infections of the gums or urinary tract; tingling sensation in hands and feet; itching of the skin and genitals; and difficulties in healing of the skin, wounds or sores).

Who gets diabetes and what causes it?

Adam: Diabetes can be looked at as a sickness of the mind, which then works its way - primarily through thinking - onto the body (the mind moves first and the body follows). If our diabetic thoughts repeated over and over tend to manifest themselves in a diabetic condition of our bodies, the question then boils down to "what makes our thoughts diabetic?" While everything may affect our thinking (for example, we tend to can have the most profound impact on how and what we think. If we ate and drank too much Yin food and drinks over a period of time, we would then have a good chance of inducing diabetic symptoms.

How are our bad eating habits related to diabetes?

Adam: Our eating habits directly affect our thinking. Depending on the balance of the food we eat, we will be attuned or will attract different thoughts. That is why people who eat the same food (e.g., in families eating together), often understand each other without words, being able to read each other's thoughts intuitively. If we eat a well-balanced diet, then our minds and bodies will be well-balanced and full of health. On the other hand, a Yin-heavy diet may trigger a diabetic thought pattern over a period of time, which in turn may trigger diabetic symptoms in our bodies.

The quickest way to modify our thinking and eliminate physical symptoms of diabetes with almost no side effects is by macrobiotic balancing of our diet. This includes a Yin and Yang as well as Alkali/Acid balancing. Such a diet will produce a good overall balance of energies in every cell of our bodies, allowing us to receive or formulate balanced thoughts and eventually regain health consciousness.

What are the Diabetes myths people have?

1. That the disease is not curable, that it is a burden or cross we must patiently
carry for the rest of our lives.
2. That diabetes is genetic.
3. That the real causes of diabetes are yet unknown or that the causes exist outside of us.
4. Similarly, that the cure can be found outside of us.
5. That the stories of recoveries are at best stories of miracles with no relevance to our own lives.
6. That our diet has little to do with increasing the risk of getting diabetes.
7. That there is not much we can do to improve our health condition after diagnosis - at least nothing until "they" come up with the real "cure."
8. That nobody as yet has been cured of diabetes.
9. That injected insulin has little or no detrimental side effects.
10. That physical exercise has little effect on diabetic symptoms.

Adam Newhouse, a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Cornell University and New York University, is an avid student of oriental medicine and foreign cultures. He has lived in Japan for 10 years, after leaving his favorite city, San Francisco. He had already been introduced to the healing arts and philosophies of the Orient before he took upon himself the responsibility of his ailing mother, a Type 2 diabetic suffering also from a host of related complications.

With a 33-year study of the Japanese martial arts, including Judo, Aikido, Kendo and Karate, supplemented by classes and seminars on the healing powers of Ki energy, yoga, zazen and breathing techniques, Adam Newhouse was in a unique position to see what others could not – how to help his diabetic mother eliminate and control symptoms of her disease. Gradually, the reach of his interests expanded to include acupuncture, shiatsu and meridian stretches, oriental breathing techniques, and the healing energy of color, words and music.

Adam Newhouse is a charter member of the Tokyo Diabetes Club, a support group for persons with diabetes in Tokyo. His current research is wide-ranging, and includes the healing aspects of herbs and the contrasting treatment of diabetes by different ethnic groups and traditions and the effect of aerobics on diabetes. Sayonara Diabetes by Adam Newhouse



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