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Viruses, Vaccines, and Macrobiotics – a webinar with Lawrence Haruo Kushi, ScD

February 7, 2022

February 7, 2022

Greetings Friends —

You, and especially those practicing, promoting and teaching macrobiotics, are invited to an event that we think will be of interest to you and your friends. As we experience the second anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to host a seminar and discussion on this topic with Haruo (Larry) Kushi.

Viruses, Vaccines, and Macrobiotics
SARS-CoV-2, the COVID-19 pandemic, and Macrobiotics


Lawrence Haruo Kushi, ScD

Zoom webinar
moderated by
Leonard Jacobs

Sunday, February 27, 2022
5:00 to 6:30 pm GMT, 12:00 to 1:30 pm ET
No Cost

You can register for the event by visiting our registration page. We’ll then send you the link to join via Zoom.

Haruo (Larry) Kushi, the second son of Michio and Aveline Kushi, has been macrobiotic from birth and is an epidemiologist and researcher with Kaiser Permanente Northern California, where he has been for the past 20 years. Haruo has a Doctor of Science degree in nutrition from the Harvard School of Public Health and has been able to integrate his lifelong involvement in macrobiotics with his professional skills and insights as a scientist. Additional information about him and his background involving SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 appear below.

There is no cost to attend this seminar. We also plan to record it and make it available afterward on a platform such as YouTube or Vimeo. A link to the recording will be sent to all seminar attendees. A full report will also appear in the next issue of “Macrobiotics Today” by Carl Ferre of the George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation (GOMF).

So that we can provide useful and relevant content to you and address the general concerns of the macrobiotic community regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we invite you respond to the attached survey. We know this topic is a controversial one, and that there are countless points of view surrounding this issue. Your responses will help us better understand your thoughts and concerns to be addressed in this seminar. Completing and submitting the survey is entirely optional and answers can be provided anonymously. Please respond to the survey by Sunday, February 20, one week before the seminar.

Please fill in and submit the survey linked here:

Once again, please register for the seminar by visiting our registration page also by Sunday, February 20. We’ll then send you a link to the Zoom event, and you can share it with your friends.

With warm regards,

Phiya Kushi and Lenny Jacobs

Haruo (Larry) Kushi

Haruo (Larry) Kushi

Prior to joining the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Haruo Kushi was on the faculty of Columbia University and the University of Minnesota and worked at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. Over the years, he has been involved in numerous research projects, most funded by the US National Institutes of Health, primarily the National Cancer Institute. Among the projects he currently leads are the Pathways Study, a longstanding prospective cohort study of women with breast cancer, examining the effects of multiple factors on recurrence, survival, and other outcomes; a study investigating reasons for racial disparities in ovarian cancer treatment and outcomes; and a program of research examining health care utilization and long-term outcomes in adolescents and young adults who are diagnosed with cancer. He also co-leads an NCI-funded study that is examining various aspects of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 outcomes in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California population of over 4 million individuals.

Lenny Jacobs

Lenny Jacobs

Lenny Jacobs has been involved with macrobiotics since the late 1960s when he discovered the writings of Georges Ohsawa, and the value of whole grain brown rice, miso soup, and sea vegetables — while in his senior year at the University of Chicago. Lenny moved to Brookline, Massachusetts in 1969, soon to become the cook and lead chef at Sanae restaurant and eventually the Seventh Inn. Lenny’s enthusiasm for communicating the value of macrobiotic principles in all aspects of social and cultural domains led him to become the publisher of East West Journal, long the primary print medium for macrobiotic news and information. Lenny continued his work in print and eventually digital media as the associate publisher of the book company, Shambhala Publications for almost 20 years. He is now living in Asheville, North Carolina with his partner Becky Cannon. Together they are leading the company Becky founded: Green Sprouts, a manufacturer and distributor of healthful and innovative baby products.

Phiya Kushi

Phiya Kushi

Third son of Michio and Aveline Kushi, Phiya Kushi worked closely helping his parents in various capacities including at Erewhon Natural Foods, as General Manager of the East West Foundation, and twice as Director of the Kushi Institute. He developed and organized many programs and conferences that helped spread macrobiotics across the country and the world. In 2002, he presented the Kushi Institute’s Macrobiotic Best Case Cancer Studies (initiated by Haruo Kushi) to the National Cancer Institute which was positively received. Since 2010 he retreated from macrobiotic educational activities opting, instead, for a simpler life with occasionally traveling to give presentations when invited to do so. In the past two years, seeing how the pandemic has created widespread confusion, division, misinformation, and fear in the world, Phiya has become interested in bringing together and harmonizing opposing views and opinions toward creating a unified macrobiotic science-based effort that transcends all differences for the future benefit and development of humanity.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul Jones permalink
    February 7, 2022 10:46 pm

    Thank you.

  2. ian madge permalink
    February 7, 2022 11:04 pm

    I would have registered,and had begun filling out the registration page. But found it far to demanding of personal information clearly designed to use for future sales junk mail. For me that makes it not worth the price of admission.  SAD !

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

    • Phiya Kushi permalink*
      February 7, 2022 11:06 pm

      Your information won’t be used for anything else but to inform the presenter of what the audience is interested in knowing. Also, completing the survey is optional and can be done anonymously. You can attend the event without filling out the survey.

  3. emilie hamilton permalink
    February 7, 2022 11:37 pm

    thank you for sending this out to us. I am definitely interested. blessings, em hamilt

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