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
Adam has offered to share with us at
The Macrobiotic Guide a helpful summary
of the information contained in their
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.
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
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
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!
theme of balance, harmony and connection,
this system involved:
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.
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
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.
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
3. an active lifestyle, which
includes work and physical and breathing
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
are the symptoms of diabetes?
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
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
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
the disease is not curable, that
it is a burden or cross we must
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
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
10. That physical exercise
has little effect on diabetic symptoms.
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