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What People Say About Macrobiotics:
Questions and Answers with Steven Acuff

 Q 

How did you start with macrobiotics?

 
Attended a lecture and meal offered in my hometown in Jan.1971 by a couple from San Francisco, who were living in a log cabin built on the back of a small truck. They travelled around, doing odd jobs and teaching MB. They stayed around a few weeks after I met them and showed me how to do it and put me in touch with the Aiharas in California.

 Q 
What problems do you have with macrobiotics?
 A 

Its rigid interpretation as a vegan or near-vegan way of eating. The lack of knowledge of some basic nutritional facts by many Mb people and thus the loss of its relevance in the future discussion of nutrition and health.. The fixation on Kushi as the only valid teacher to show the way among many Mb people. The lack of NON CREDO spirit in the conservative circles.

The sweeping-under-the-rug of nutritional disasters among children who were fed a "macrobiotic diet", thus inviting the next disaster. The overly intellectual aspects of the general philosophical framework, which is accepted by many as Mb.

 Q 
How has macrobiotics helped you?
 A 

It has given me increased physical health and mental balance, even though I was quite robust when I started at the age of 25, and was not looking for a cure. It has given me insight into my calling in life, my "dharma" as it is known in Buddhism, as I have worked with it for several decades.

 Q 
What is your vision for macrobiotics?
 A 

That we use it as a valuable tool to guide ourselves through life as we seek the balance of yin and yang. Also as a means of better understanding how to put all the massive information about nutrition into a practical, working system.

 Q 

What do you offer and specialise in?

 
I lecture on a wide range of subjects, especially those that have to do with the practical application, as this decides whether it will be of long-term value or a flop to those who get into it. I also teach practical facial and body diagnosis, which often leads sceptics into the subject of nutrition. I travel a lot through the world. I also offer individual health counselling. A book is forthcoming

 Q 
What one piece of advice would you give to someone trying macrobiotics for the first time?
 A 
Don't confuse vegetarianism and macrobiotics. Don't trust the experts and keep the spirit of NON CREDO (I don't believe) in the foreground. Read widely on the subject of nutrition and remember that one standard approach cannot fit everyone.


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Steven Acuff e-mail: stacuff@hotmail.com
 

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