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Michio and Aveline Kushi Got Cancer -Roger Mason

The macrobiotic whole grain diet is the only way to cure cancer and other “incurable” diseases naturally. The Kushis wrote books on Japanese macrobiotics all the way back in the 1960’s. They have been at the forefront of the macrobiotic movement for decades. They have done a lot of good in the world, and positively influenced and inspired countless people. However, they just were not good real life examples of natural health. Aveline died of cervical cancer at the young age of 78. Japanese men live to 80 and women to 86 on the average, and are renowned for their good health and longevity, so 78 is terrible. She got surgery, radiation, and other medical treatments, instead of treating her illness naturally. There is just no excuse for this. Michio then came down with colon cancer at 81. He got the same full array of allopathic medical treatments as well. He smoked cigarettes for many years, and admitted he went off his proper diet. Even their daughter came down with cancer! Obviously, they are not good role models for natural health as, 1) They came down with cancer, and 2) they treated it with symptomatic medical means. This must be addressed openly, and not swept under the rug. This causes some people to say, “macrobiotics doesn’t work”. Macrobiotics does work, and works better than any other dietary regimen.  The Kushis failed, not the whole grain dietary philosophy. Please read the article What's Wrong with Japanese Macrobiotics at our free  library

Japanese macrobiotics is limited, Japan-oriented, uses no supplements, uses no hormones, and doesn’t recommend fasting. It is no secret that Michio smoked cigarettes and drank coffee.  We don’t know what, if any, bad habits Aveline had, because Japanese people are tradition-ally very private, and keep their affairs close to the chest. Even her closest friends may never know if they were under serious stress, or had a rocky marriage. Or not. Divorce is consider-ed “bad form” in Japan. Like Catholics, it is far better to stay together in an unhappy marriage than get divorced. We will never know what really went on- or didn’t go on- in the Kushi household. Aveline is gone, and Michio isn’t talking. They both came down with cancer, and they both sold out, and treated it allopathically. People on a macrobiotic diet should never come down with a serious illness. They should die of natural causes in their elder years. Folks, it is far better to just die naturally, and take morphine the last few months. Die with dignity and quality of life. Not as a breathing vegetable after the doctors get through with you. No, you can’t blame genetics, as identical twin studies show this is less than 5% of the cause.

Tradiitional macrobiotics is too obsessive, limited, uncreative, boring, and just not enough fun! It is completely based on Japanese customs and traditions, and doesn’t translate well into other Asian cultures, much less Western cultures. It only includes Japanese foods and Japanese seasonings. Food should be delicious, well seasoned, creative, and done in a variety of international styles.

This is the reason for writing Macrobiotics for Everyone.  Despite the title, this book is meant for everyone in the world, no matter what race they are, or what country they live in. Japanese macrobiotics claims the ideal regimen is diet #7 with 100% whole grains and nothing else. This is obviously irrational, and would lead to serious nutritional deficiencies. 50% whole grains is a fine ideal. Few green and yellow vegetables are eaten. Even fresh salad is salted and “pressed”. Too much salt is used. Seasonings are limited, for the most part, to soy sauce, ginger, and miso. Bancha tea is full of caffeine. Strange vegetables are used, such as daikon radish, hijiki seaweed, jinjeno potatoes, and aduki beans. It is simply Japan-centric.

Traditional macrobiotics actually warns against taking proven food supplements such as CoQ10, vitamin D, lipoic acid, beta-sitosterol, beta glucan, glucosamine, ALC, PS, and others. Of course, you should not look to supplements to compensate for a poor diet, but proven supplements are one of the “Seven Steps” to natural health. Diet alone is just not enough for ideal health and longevity. Please read the article Seven Steps to Natural Health.

The traditionalists also warn against natural hormone replacement. This is more proof they walk in darkness. As we age, our “good” hormones like DHEA, testosterone, pregnenolone, and melatonin fall. This causes us to age faster, and our quality of life to decline. Maintaining youthful hormone levels is a pillar of life extension and natural health,. This is another of the Seven Steps to Natural Health.

Strangely enough, fasting is not advocated either. Fasting is the most powerful healing meth-od known to man. All the great enlightened religious teachers fasted. All major religions ad-vocated regular fasting as a basic tenet of worship until recently. You should fast one day a week from dinner to dinner. You  can also fast two days every month with us  on the Young Again International Fast. Please read the article Fasting is Powerful and Will You Fast with Us? A week long fast will produce real miracles. Really vigorous regular exercise and weight lifting is minimized. You just never hear these people talking about  running, weights, tennis, swimming, MMA, and other hard aerobic exercise that makes your heart stronger.

Natural health is about diet, supplements, hormones, exercise, fasting, ending bad habits, and no Rx drugs or medical procedures. If you are going to write about natural health you have to be an example and inspiration to people in your personal life. The Kushis made the world a better place, they helped a lot of people, but they failed in their personal  lives.

A lot of other natural health advocates died including Robert Atkins, Robert Crayhon, Shari Leiberman, Phyllis Balch, Larry Clapp, and others. Soon Douglass, Mercola, Rowen, Weill, Cordain, Somers, Whittaker, West, everyone at the Weston Price Foundation, and a host of others will join them.

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