Macrobiotics is 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
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 as yin and yang.
Sometimes they are called male and female or positive and
negative. Call them what you like, so long as you
understand them. It is mentioned in the Hindu scripture:
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 expansion and yang is contraction. These
two complementary forces create 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 (inhaling is
expansion=yin and exhaling is contraction=yang). Even when we
walk, our movement is due to the synchronized contraction and
expansion of our varied muscles
(study the moving arm
and other examples
to the left).
Why do some
foods propagate an infection and others stop it?
Yang foods, kill bacteria and
prevent an infection from spreading while yin foods increase and
enhance infections. This is a simple scientific example of
macrobiotics. My experience with my own diet and with
of patients who have visited our macrobiotics consultation office (and via
the internet) over the last few years from more than 45 different
countries has shown time and time again that yang foods are
the best natural antibiotics in the world. They are better that any
antibiotic chemicals man has ever invented.
Read more about natural antibiotics.
Many patients with diseases that
were difficult to cure like
Chlamydia & candida,
hepatitis B have been cured using the
proper selection of foods.
The macrobiotic movement has become increasingly popular during the past
decades due to the
many shortfalls in traditional western
medicine and due also to various
astonishing recoveries of
terminally ill patients who followed the right diet.
Modern medicine and
2500 years ago,
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.
your best medicine. No matter what the illness and no matter
what you call this approach.
Dr. Henry G. Bieler, M.D. says:
... 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
down. 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
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
the two natural forces at work in the human body. Take for
example two GI tract disturbances,
contractive and the result of consuming too much yang foods
(contractive=yang) like red meat.
Diarrhea is the result of consuming too much yin foods
(expansive=yin) like sugars and fruit. Therefore, diarrhea is a
yin illness and can be cured by yang foods.
If we start thinking in these
terms, everything becomes crystal clear and the road to health
will no longer be a mystery. And there will be