Many years ago I discovered Michio Kushi and the Macrobiotic Movement. Although I was never a “by the book” Macrobiotic follower, I did learn a great deal. My involvement began at the Macrobiotic Center in NYC, going to lectures, food preparation classes, studying shiatsu, and assisting some of the Macrobiotic counselors during their sessions with patients. I learned a great deal, much of it in retrospect.
Primary point learned was that strengthening the quality of our blood is essential in creating better health. There was not such a focus on gut health in terms of probiotics, but fermented foods were part of the plan. Pickled and pressed salads were recommended with meals. The availability for these macrobiotic foods, at that time, was most only in health food stores, . Things have come such a long way and I think the Macro Movement does not get enough credit for all they contributed to educating the world. What we eat creates the quality of our blood is one primary lesson of the Macrobiotic Movement.
Sugar, sweets, very sweet fruits do not strengthen the blood and need to be eaten moderately for the healthy, limited for the less well and balanced by mineral rich foods. Seaweeds, fermented raw sauerkrauts, mineral rich non-refined sea salts are some primary ways of strengthening the blood and diminishing cravings for sweets.
Strengthening the bacteria in the intestines and colon are truly the key to better health. There is an unfathomable amount of toxic substances in our air and water. Forget about the caffeine, alcohol, prescriptive and over the counter drugs that most people ingest that greatly put a daily dent in our protective gut flora / healthy bacteria.
So what to do? Well, to begin with ingesting more mineral rich foods, increasing the amount of high quality fermented foods, and taking a high quality probiotic is a start. When the gut is healthy our blood has a more balanced PH and our health improves. It should not be a secret any longer that our immune systems are rooted in our gut. Poor digestion means imminent, and eventual poor health. Why is this not focused on by most doctors? Well, that is the unspoken deal with many medical professionals and their patients. It goes something like this: Invest in us and you can keep doing what you are doing with a minor warning and slap on the wrist. All that until the major artillery is needed. Surgery, Chemo, serious medications, etcetera.
Every action has a reaction, except in the world of allopathic medicine. Mostly run by large corporations, HMO’s and pharmaceutical companies. Invested in and allowed to run amuck by many of us, society, the powers that be. Many of these same citizens are burdened with life threatening maladies. They are also recipients of these debilitating treatments and drugs. Sadly crazy.
Postscript 12/2013: Donna Pessin has created The Unique Healing Program to address improving the health of the GI tract and overall health. Excellent program. The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin does work. It takes some patience and the desire to heal.