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The Book of Macrobiotics: The Universal Way of Health, Happiness & Peace by Michio Kushi

The Book of Macrobiotics is a passport to a world of infinite understanding and adventure. It has been read, reread, studied, and treasured by hundreds of thousands of people who seek a clear, comprehesive approach to the problem of living in a world of endless change.

Now after two decades, The Book of Macrobiotics has been completely revised and expanded to reflect refinements in Michio Kushi's teachings, as well as many developments in the modern practice of macrobiotics. During this time, the standard macrobiotic diet has been simplified and broadened. Macrobiotic approaches to cancer, heart disease, and other degenerative disorders have evolved and expanded, as have basic home care and lifestyle recommendations.

This revised edition of The Book of Macrobiotics also includes a new chapter on the Spiritual World; new material on Yin and Yang and the Five Transformations, Man/Woman Relations, and Humanity's Origin and Destiny; and an annotated East West Reading List. Many new illustrations have been furnished, and the Food Composition tables have been expanded to include nutritional information on dozens of additional foods, including tempeh, seitan, rice cakes, and amazake. Here, for a new generation, is a beautifully revised and updated version of a macrobiotic classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757003424
Publisher: Square One Publishers
Publication date: 04/15/2012
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 552,424
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Michio Kushi came to the United States shortly after World War II upon completing studies at Tokyo University. Since then, he has lectured on macrobiotics; the meeting of East and West; traditional Asian medicine, philosphy, and culture; and the realization of world peace and planetary harmony. Mr. Kushi is the founder and president of the East West Foundation, Kushi Institute, Kushi Foundation, and Macrobiotics International. He is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Your Body Never Lies, The Cancer Prevention Diet, and The Book of Macrobiotics. As the leading voice in macrobiotics, Mr. Kushi continues to speak throughout the world on this topic. He currently resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Alex Jack has written several books with Michio, including The Cancer Prevention Diet, Diet for a Strong Heart, Amber Waves of Grain, and One Peaceful World. A former editor-in-chief of East West Journal, he travels and teaches in the United States and abroad.

Table of Contents

Foreword Michio Kushi xii

Preface Alex Jack xix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Patterns of Change and Harmony

1 The Order of the Universe 5

Life is Vanity 5

The Principles and Laws of the Universe 7

Macrobiotics in Eastern Thought 11

Macrobiotics in Western Thought 19

Modern Macrobiotics 23

2 Spirals of Everlasting Change 27

The Spiral: The Universal Pattern 27

The Spiral of Life 32

The Spiral of Consciousness 33

The Spiral of Evolution 36

The Galactic Spiral 42

The Spiral of the Northern Sky 44

The Spiral of History 48

Humanity at the Crossroads 54

Part 2 Dietary Principles

3 Food and the Human Constitution 61

Centripetal and Centrifugal Force 61

Ki, the Energy Centers, and Meridians 63

Human Beings Can Eat Anything 70

Food of Embryo and Infant 73

Food for Human Beings 76

The Natural Order of Eating 79

4 Dietary Principles for Humanity 83

Standard Macrobiotic Dietary Approach 83

Standard Dietary Recommendations 84

Yin and Yang in Daily Food 94

Environmental Modifications and Personal Adjustments 104

Principles of Cooking 112

Modern Nutrition 115

Part 3 Applying the Principles

5 The Way of Life for Humanity 135

Practicing a Natural Way of Life 135

Respect for Ancestors and Love for Offspring 142

Man and Woman 147

Love and Marriage 152

Sex and Relationships 153

Society and Nature 155

The Spirit of Macrobiotics 158

6 Human Diseases: Cause and Recovery 163

Cause of Difficulties 163

Origin and Development of Sickness 167

The Progressive Development of Disease 169

What is Natural Immunity? 172

Kinds of Human Death 174

Yin and Yang in Physical and Mental Disorders 177

Approach to Disease and Disorder 177

Transition and Discharge 184

Medicinal Use of Common Food 188

The Mandala of Healing 189

The Five Stages of Transformation 192

Mental Disorders: Cause and Approach 195

Understanding Dreams 201

The Progressive Development of Mental Disorders and Emotional Disorders 202

7 Medical and Scientific Studies 205

Humanity's Origin and Development 205

Traditional Dietary Sources 207

Modern Nutritional Studies 209

Infant and Childhood Nutrition 214

Heart Disease 216

Cancer 220

Radiation and Fallout 229

Obesity 231

Arthritis 231

Diabetes 231

AIDS 233

Infectious Disease 234

Migraine Headache 234

Environmental Illness 235

Mental and Psychological Illness 236

Crime, War, and Antisocial Behavior 238

Chewing 240

Agriculture and Energy 241

Microwave Cooking 243

Genetically Modified Foods 244

Pet Care 245

Sugar 246

Plant Sources of Vitamin B12 246

Schools, Universities, and Hotels Serve Macrobiotic Food 247

Transmutation of Elements 249

Exercise and Sports 251

Part 4 Personal and Planetary Transformation

8 One Peaceful World 253

The Biological and Spiritual Revolution of Humanity 253

Reorientation of the Individual 255

Reorientation of the Family and Community 258

World Federation 262

The Future World Community 266

World Public Service 268

Natural Agriculture 269

Principles of Natural Economy 272

Transformation of Society 274

9 Realizing Our Endless Dream 277

The World of Vibration 277

Life in the Spiritual World 280

Our Spiritual Journey 282

Meditation and Prayer 287

Spirit and Destiny 288

Afterword 291

Further Resources 293


A Global Macrobiotic Dietary Guidelines 295

B Medical Statements on Macrobiotics 319

C Guidelines on Agriculture and Climate Change 321

D Food Classification Tables 325

E Listing of Conditions, Symptoms, and Diseases 352

F Guidelines for Use of Supplements 371

East West Reading and Viewing List 373

Macrobiotic Resources 393

About the Authors 397

Index 399


Introduction: The Regeneration of Modern Humanity

Unknown time has elapsed since our galaxy was formed by whirlpool motion in the infinite ocean of space. As the earth developed to its present condition, more than 4 billion years have passed. Biological life has existed on this planet for more than 3 billion years, and human beings have developed physically and spiritually for probably over 20 million years. Although it is uncertain how the ancestors of our present human species lived and adapted to their environment, during our recent development as homo sapiens, especially within the span of recorded history, we have seen the rise and fall of more than twenty civilizations.

During these constant changes, humanity has experienced health and sickness, stability and chaos, peace and war, prosperity and poverty, happiness and unhappiness, as if we have been riding upon waves. Our present world civilization and this modern age are not exempt from these fluctuations.

Our modern civilization offers material wealth and technological conveniences to the majority of the world's population, together with rapid communication and the dissemination of knowledge. At present we are seeing the blossoming of such benefits: worldwide distribution of food for everyone's survival and enjoyment; transportation that enables us to be on the opposite sides of the globe within the same day; communications systems through which we can know instantaneously know what has happened on other continents; well-organized religious and education programs; universal control of governmental administration; and an impressive degree of scientific and technological development. It is no longer only a daydream that we may colonize other planets. From the far depths of the ocean to the uncharted polar regions, from impenetrable equatorial rain forests to the frontiers of space, our explorations are advancing everywhere. From the microscopic world of atoms and subatomic particles to the macroscopic world of galaxies and constellations, our understanding is expanding. It appears that we are approaching the realization of the Golden Age envisioned by poets and artists, prophets and utopian thinkers, throughout history.

However, when we examine our surroundings more carefully, we find that increasingly there is sickness instead of health, chaos instead of stability, war instead of peace, poverty instead of prosperity, unhappiness instead of happiness. The huge expenditures of major governmental and public programs are not being applied for the creative development of human potential but rather are being used up simply in defensive measures against perceived threats to the modern way of life. The negative aspects of modern civilization include:

[D]Constant Expansion of the Defense System: While we are enjoying world trade and exchange as well as global travel, every nation is constantly manufacturing weapons and strengthening its military forces to prepare to destroy other nations. The potential power of destruction possessed by modern nations can destroy the entire earth within a few hours.

[D]Constant Expansion of Medical Care: At the same time that we are making great advances in medical research and emergency care and relief of pain, we see more people suffering from disease--physical, mental, and spiritual. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, mental illness, sexual and reproductive disorders, and other degenerative conditions have reached epidemic levels in the industrialized countries and are on the rise in developing areas.HIV/AIDS, though on a decrease in the West, continues to spread through much of the world. Medical error has become a leading cause of death, and one in twenty patients contracts an unrelated viral or bacterial infection whenever they visit the hospital or medical center. Prescription drugs are available over the Internet with virtually no oversight.

[D]Constant Expansion of the Insurance and Welfare Systems: While life expectancy has been prolonged due to the control of infant mortality and infectious diseases and while social security for the elderly has been almost assured, various insurance systems are expanding to offset rising losses from sickness, accident, injury, unemployment, fire, theft, property damage, and death. Nearly every modern person has two or three insurance policies on the average. Meanwhile, public welfare, pension, and support payments for the sick, the disabled, the retired, and others continue to increase, making it more difficult for ordinary families to maintain their households and pay their taxes.

[D]Constant Expansion of the Legal, Judicial, and Police Systems: Despite the spread of modern education, violence, greed, selfishness, and crime prevail, requiring more and more powerful judicial and police control to regulate undesirable behavior and conduct. Violence and distrust are particularly widespread within the school system itself. Though most basic labor benefits have been secured, relations between employees and management are often disharmonious. Health conditions and medical benefits are a rising source of friction in the workplace. Personal injury lawsuits are soaring, especially those by patients against their doctors. Moreover, community and organizational loyalty has all but vanished, as business executives, authors, athletes, entertainers, and others commonly retain lawyers to negotiate new contracts on the basis of the highest financial gain.

[D]Constant Increase of Family Decomposition: While worldwide communication systems are developing in modern society, understanding among family members is becoming increasingly difficult. Only half a century ago, separation and divorce of married couples was uncommon. Today, one out of every two marriages meets with divorce and separation. Relations between spouses, between parents and children, between grandparents and families, and among other family relations are generally declining. With modern society's increased mobility and opportunities to relocate, family members typically live long distances from each other, further contributing to a loss of family tradition and rootlessness.

[D]Constant Sexual and Reproductive Disorders: Despite reduced societal restrictions on sexual orientation and behavior, harmonious sexual relations are declining, and men and women are losing basic connection with the natural order. Harmful birth control practices, including vasectomy and tubal ligation, as well as the artificial birth control pill are on the rise. This includes sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, prostate and ovarian tumors, and other reproductive and sexual disorders. Male sperm counts have fallen dramatically over the last several decades, and as a result of cardiovascular disease or diabetes, many men are impotent. By age sixty-one, half of American women have had their uteruses surgically removed. To offset this wave of voluntary and involuntary sterilization, artificial birth procedures such as test-tube babies, sperm bank fathers, and surrogate mothers have been introduced, contributing to the further decline of natural family relations.

[D]Constant Decline of Traditional Values: Religious traditions that have inspired people's consciences for many centuries have declined, and churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples have lost their attraction for many people. Schools, colleges, universities, and other educational institutions that have guided social awareness in the past have lost their influence, and their function has changed to one of primarily dispensing information and promoting competition among themselves. Family and community heritage---the traditional soil that has nourished the human spirit for endless generations--has all but disappeared.

Despite modern society's unparalleled material prosperity and advantages, most people today are full of fear and anxiety, seeking vainly for happiness and fulfillment, doubtful whether there will be a world for their children to inherit. What mistakes have we made in the process of building modern civilization that we should come to this sorrowful end? For what we are confronting is the biological, psychological, and spiritual degeneration of humanity. If present trends continue, modern civilization will be destroyed by 1) gradual extinction as the result of heart disease, cancer, mental illness, AIDS, and other degenerative disorders, 2) a reproductive crisis, and falling, unsustainable birth rates, 3) nuclear accident, bioterrorism, or cyberwar, 4) climate change, including global warming, desertification, and loss of biodiversity, and/or 5) artificial electromagnetic radiation from mobile networks, satellites, and other advanced communications systems.Everyone in the modern world---and all future generations to come through us---face destruction through universal fire, in the form of global warming, thermonuclear war, or industrial pollution; through universal flood, or through unnatural food, contaminated water, polluted air, and artificial electromagnetic waves and vibrations. In the ancient world during the time of universal catastrophes, salvation was achieved by building an Ark. Where can we find the Ark to save our lives and those of posterity? Today salvation lies within our own physical, mental, and spiritual constitutions. We need to self-reflect deeply to discover our mistakes, and we need a biological revolution so that we may change our own constitutions, reverse the trend toward degeneration of our species, prevent world war, and create a new planetary order based on love and trust. This peaceful revolution will not be accomplished by the work of the government; it is not the mission of the church or temple; and it is not the duty of the school. This revolution arises out of our own personal effort to change the quality of our blood and bodily fluids, improving every one of the billions of cells in our body and brain, and developing our physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual awareness.

The self-revolution to reestablish our biological, psychological, and spiritual health and well-being rests on two foundations: 1) an understanding of what humanity is, what life is--our origin and our destiny--and as a whole, the understanding of the Order of the Universe, and 2) the biological, psychological, spiritual, and social application of the Order of the Universe, commencing with proper dietary practices according to everchanging environmental and personal conditions.

This revolution is the most peaceful and effective way to restore the earth. Through it we are able to save ourselves and our families and friends from the vast current of degeneration sweeping the globe. We are even able to turn the general trend of modern civilization in a healthier, constructive direction. And, ultimately, we are able to enter the gateway of the new world, the Era of Humanity, with health and peace, justice and freedom, leading toward the unlimited happiness of all humanity for endless generations to come.

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