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Macrobiotic Healing Redefined

June 19, 2010

Macrobiotic Healing is not limited to diet and lifestyle.  Macrobiotic Healing is also not an “Alternative Therapy” nor is it against or opposed to Conventional Medicine.   Indeed, Conventional Medicine is a part and is a subset of Macrobiotic Healing.  These statements may confuse many, especially those familiar with macrobiotics.  Let me explain further.

The full scope of Macrobiotic Healing not only includes diet and lifestyle but also all healing modalities including Alternative Therapies and Conventional Medicine.  The confusion that Macrobiotic Healing is limited to only diet and lifestyle exists because that is the domain of service and advice offered by Macrobiotic Counselors. Macrobiotic Counselors, unless they are practicing physicians, do not give out medical advice simply because that is not their domain and area of expertise.  It is the domain of Medical Doctors.  The difference between Macrobiotic Healing and Macrobiotic Counselors as well as Conventional Medicine  is  illustrated in the diagram below.

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The full scope of Macrobiotic Healing ranges from, at one end, complete intervention (on the right of the diagram), which is the domain conventional medicine to, at the other end, zero intervention (on the left) thereby allowing the body to heal itself.   At the center is our normal daily life and routines, which includes our meals and our daily activities.  Macrobiotic Counselors offer guidance to their clients to address and adjust the area covered by the central region on the diagram.  In the direction toward “Complete Intervention” a Macrobiotic Counselor will recommend food-based home remedies and may even recommend some supplementation as well as some type bodywork or energy work.  For more “intervention” beyond the scope of Macrobiotic Counseling, a client might see an acupuncturist, herbologist, chiropractor or Naturopathic Doctor for guidance.  And, when “Complete Intervention” is necessary then a client may see a physician, surgeon, radiologist or other similar qualified expert.  In moving toward “Complete Intervention” there is an increasing reliance upon others to assist in the healing journey.

Moving toward less intervention, a Macrobiotic Counselor may suggest reducing stress in one’s life like going for walks and eating less.  They may even offer some emotional and psychological counseling to help clients release any tension that prevents them from completely relaxing.  But beyond the guidance of Macrobiotic Counselors, the clients themselves must address their own personal needs to find the inner peace and calm necessary to allow their bodies to heal themselves.  This could include meditation, prayer and fasting that the client may choose to undertake on their own with the ultimate goal of being completely self-reliant for one’s own healing journey.

In the course of the Macrobiotic Healing journey of an ill patient, he or she may need surgery and the full assistance of medical professionals.  The goal for the patient, however, is to move toward complete self-reliance in taking care of one’s own health which includes addressing diet and lifestyle matters and, if absent, incorporating meditative or other similar practices that allows one to be at peace with one’s self.  This is the full scope of Macrobiotic Healing.

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  1. Caryn Niedringhaus permalink
    June 19, 2010 7:44 am

    Dear Phiya, Thank you for this recent post. This information is so valuable. I have been reading your blog and listening in to Monday’s Macrobiotic Miracle and I believe you are providing a much needed and valuable service to the community at large. In addition to your work I also think it would be valuable in addition to all this to have a working list of medical practicioners that includes their expertise and comments by the macrobiotic community. It can be a daunting task to find a doctor to work with when you are trying to heal your body naturally but may need medical informatioin and / or intervention. Thank you again, Caryn

  2. lynn Chittick permalink
    June 19, 2010 8:53 am

    Great= This has needed to be said. As we advise, make recommendations, and heal our selves as teachers that have found the gift of living the lifestyle, we share in searching and reaching into ourselves for more and more. The love that we must develop for ourselves has to be at the core of giving advice to others. We must share the inner life with our higher power and develop a strong intuitive life that can share the light with others. As we move to the twenty-first century- I love the words of your mom- lets all go over the high mountain together-
    Modern medicine- and all its wheels of motion is one more form. Wonderful technology has given life to successful surgical procedures that will only get more advanced. Some of it will hurt others. As a trained nurse- now debating to become a Nurse Practioner, I try to reach in and see what drives me. There is a call, a sincere moment that when we follow this, we give it away. We all hope that we share this journey that goes up over the high mountain together. May we share in this day- with peace. I am so glad to walk it with those that care to do this and your mom and dad were at the top of my life line that shared with the many- They both manifest this love, this union, this light with the universe and they both experienced the fraility of this human life as well.

  3. Peter Doggen permalink
    June 19, 2010 2:44 pm

    Very nice approach

  4. claire fitzgerald pound daring permalink
    June 19, 2010 2:49 pm

    Phyia I really think that the food your father and mother got us all to eat, is now bearing fruit, our thoughts see more clearly each step to help ourselves over the pain of discovery, yep Michio we are beginning to get it and your son is leading the way. Claire.

  5. June 19, 2010 2:53 pm

    “On June 10, 2010, while public attention was diverted toward the Gulf oil spill, Barack Obama passed an executive order mandating that all preventive health measure, even those outside government purview, be brought into alignment with science-based guidelines developed by the Centers for Drug Control and Prevention (CDC). This is in effect a way to bring in Codex Alimentarius, the globalist project to outlaw all alternative therapies, except those proposed by the government.

    Per this order, you will no longer be able to take whatever herbs or pills you want”.

    http://mindbodypolitic.com/2010/06/18/obama-decrees-codex-alimenatarius-in-us-through-national-health-council/#more-12298

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