Imagine being able to live for years without
once getting a cold or missing one day of work.
Imagine being able to spend your pregnancy and
nursing months without getting tired and without
the fear of having diabetes or varicose veins
and without taking a single pill.
Imagine being able to stay slim and active without
having to count calories.
Macrobiotics teaches you how.
What is macrobiotics?
Macrobiotics is deeply founded on the principle
of oriental medicine. It teaches the laws of nature
and how to live harmoniously within them. It is
not just a diet, but a holistic approach to living
that takes into account all aspects of life. It
stresses the importance of a balanced diet because
diet is the foundation for a healthy, hence happy,
and harmonious life.
It calls for living a balanced life based on the
two complementary, but opposite, natural forces
of contraction and expansion. These forces are
often referred to by their well-known and convenient
oriental names of yin and yang. Sometimes they
are called male and female or positive and negative,
and you can call them what you like so long as
you understand them.
It is mentioned in some of the ancient literature:
The truth is one. The sages speak of it by many
The philosophy of yin-yang in macrobiotics shows
in simple terms how the universe works. Many phenomena
that are ambiguous become crystal clear.
Yin is the force of expansion and yang is the
force of contraction. These two complementary
forces rule everything in this world. Think of
a beating heart. Heart beats are actually nothing
more that an oscillation between the two forces
of contraction (yang) and expansion (yin). So
are our breathing lungs. Even when we walk, our
movement is due to the synchronized contraction
and expansion of our varied muscles.
Why do some foods propagate
an infection and others stop it?
Sodium and calcium are yang while potassium and
magnesium are yin. Yang elements, being contractive,
prevent and constrain bacteria from multiplying,
while yin elements, being expansive, promote and
enhance bacterial multiplication.
Therefore, foods rich in sodium and calcium, kill
bacteria and stop an infection while foods that
are rich in potassium and magnesium, increase
the infection. This is a simple scientific example
My experience with my own diet and with thousands
of patients who have visited my consultation office
over the last few years from 32 different countries
has shown me time and time again that sodium-rich
and calcium-rich vegetables are the best antibiotics
in the world. They are better that any antibiotic
chemicals man has ever invented.
They also have several
advantages over chemical antibiotics:
Bacteria can not develop resistance to these
foods like they do to chemical antibiotics
They have no side effects
They are always effective unlike some chemical
antibiotics that fail o eliminate an infection
even after repeated doses.
Many patients with diseases that were difficult
to cure like tuberculosis, gangrene, Chlamydia and
countless forms of infections have been cured using
the proper selection of foods.
The macrobiotic movement has become
increasingly popular during the past decade due
to the many shortfalls in traditional western medicine
and due also to various astonishing recoveries of
terminally ill patients who used a carefully designed
medicine and macrobiotics
2500 years ago, the Greek Hippocrates, the father
of modern western medicine, admonished his students
in one of his precise aphorisms "Thy food shall
be thy remedy". Modern medicine and macrobiotics
do agree. Food is your best medicine. No matter
what the illness and no matter what you call this
Let us listen to what the world renowned Dr. Henry
G. Bieler, M.D has to say about this: "I began
to suspect the close relationship between health
and proper eating habits when, early in my career
as an overworked young doctor, my own health broke
I have always been a man of great
curiosity and as I investigated deeply the chemistry
of food along new lines, I came to the conclusion
that I, personally must give up the use of drugs
and henceforth rely solely on food as medicine.
It was not long until, after repeated verified results,
I discarded drugs in treating my patients. My colleagues,
at the time, thought I had lost my mind. But time
has only strengthened my belief."
As a person's understanding of the
macrobiotics principles deepens, it will eventually
become clear that all diseases are the result of
a long term disturbance of these two forces at work
in the human body. Let us take for example two GI
tract disturbances, constipation and diarrhea. Constipation
is the result of consuming too much yang foods (contractive)
like red meat.
Therefore, constipation is a yang illness and can
be cured by yin foods like cauliflower and celery.
Diarrhea is the result of consuming too much yin
foods (expansive) like sugars and fruit. Therefore,
diarrhea is a yin illness and can be cured by yang
foods like buckwheat leeks and carrots.
If we start thinking in these terms,
everything becomes crystal clear and the road to
health will no longer be a mystery. And if you know
which foods to select for patients with these illnesses,
there will be no need for chemical medicine. Food
really is your best medicine.
The standard macrobiotic diet developed
over the years is general and not for everyone.
Your own health condition, especially if it is a
serious condition, might require you to do more
research into what foods are currently right for
you, which means digging deep into the macrobiotic
concepts of yin and yang and balance. It would also
mean experimenting for a long time with foods to
see how each affects your body.
Macrobiotics philosophy originated in the orient
and the main teachers who carried macrobiotics from
the far-east to the west and other places were Japanese.
So it was natural for them to teach people eating
balanced Japanese macrobiotic foods. However, we
must not forget that in a broad sense macrobiotics
calls for understanding the world around us and
applying its principles of balance in our daily
lives including our eating habits.
One of the fundamentals of macrobiotics is that
one should eat locally grown food. This means that
applying macrobiotics principles in south-Africa,
one has to select south-African balanced foods,
and applying macrobiotic principles in south-America,
one has to eat balanced south-American foods, and
the calcium in macrobiotics foods?
One of the questions I get asked the most by patients
is: "No Dairy products! Where is the calcium
in my diet?"
A common misconception is that the macrobiotic diet
does not provide enough calcium because it does
not include milk and dairy foods.
This diet is actually very rich in calcium as it
includes: sesame seeds, seaweeds, leafy greens and
root vegetables and green tea which are all rich
sources of calcium. The body can assimilate calcium
in these foods more readily than milk calcium.
Plus, these foods do not create problems normally
associated with milk and dairy foods such as bloating,
mucous and ovarian cysts among women and respiratory
problems like asthma and allergies.
About the author,
Raed Tolaymat is a nutrition consultant in Dubai
and throughout the middle east. He also lectures
on health and nutrition. He has authored two books
(food is medicine, your kitchen is your pharmacy)
and about 10 articles on this subject and has
made numerous TV appearances on 4 satellite channels
and was recently featured in a 13-part television
program called food is medicine. www.tolaymat.com