Macrobiotic practice and cooking were originally based on island-style cooking from Japan. Island-style cooking has a powerful ability to concentrate and strengthen energy and vitality. Over time, this style alone may become too restrictive for many. Also, many people live on a continent and in many cases, the conditions of modern life create a need […]
The most important thing in the world today is peace: inner peace, family peace, peace in our country, and peace in the world. The most productive way to use our energy is to come together, combine, and create change for personal, animal, and environmental health. Unfortunately, most people are doing the opposite– blaming, complaining, and […]
SHI and Carl Ferre of GOMF are currently endeavoring to create a comprehensive definition of macrobiotics that experienced practitioners can agree on. It is our hope that this definition is broad enough to encompass all of the practice, and allows everyone to expound on the definition with their particular expression, interpretation, and focus.
Our goal is […]
It doesn’t matter if global warming is a natural cycle or due to human efforts or a combination. That’s not the point. The point is that debating the issue is not going to help us move into a healthy, happy, prosperous future for ourselves and the planet. Earth is living and it doesn’t make sense […]
Macrobiotics, or the “great life”, is an orderly approach to all aspects of life. Through macrobiotic practice we learn how to make wise choices in our diet and lifestyle. This leads us to lasting health. Health is the basis of an active, adventurous, creative and fulfilling life. George Ohsawa and Michio Kushi have been the […]
I am not a medical doctor, but this is my experience and observation as a macrobiotic counselor. I have practiced as a counselor for 45 years, which includes counseling for a broad range of health problems from severe brain injury to mild learning disorders. I have used the same approach applied in unique ways with […]
On the healthy side, we need prebiotics and probiotics, which were a common feature of the world’s long standing civilizations. A strong immunity comes from an interaction with the natural environment and developing a sense of self-reliance. A sign of strong immunity is that we have a high enough percentage of beneficial microbes that naturally […]
The overall emphasis of the courses at SHI is on personal and family health. This is because a doctor does not need to be healthy to be a doctor. They offer protocol. In macrobiotics however, we offer health. We guide people to change their condition, balance, and overall health. Macrobiotic counselors must have the ability […]
9 Ki is a way of observing social phenomena from an energetic perspective based on Nature’s growing cycle. Last year, I shared an interpretation for 2016 from a 9 Star Ki perspective, which you can read and compare here. This year, we are moving into a 1 White Water year.
The 2 Black Soil year that […]
I am excited to announce our latest project. We are in the process of creating a handbook to adapt macrobiotic practice for the busy-ness of the 21st century. We are using the seven steps of the Strengthening Health Approach to Macrobiotic Practice and applying them to four common lifestyles of people today. We will be […]
An Open Letter to President Donald Trump
By: Denny Waxman; Founder & President of the Strengthening Health Institute, Acclaimed Author, Wellness Educator, and Esteemed Health Counselor.
Making America great again is more than strengthening the economy. America’s true greatness stems from the people who inhabit this continent. Although prosperity and world leadership are important, it is personal […]
Change often makes us uncomfortable. Maybe there is a bright side to the unexpected changes that we experienced in 2016. From my observation, there are three things that I believe people did not expect. The first two are global and the last within the global macrobiotic community. First, the British exit from the European Union, […]
In guiding people through macrobiotic practice, there is a big leap to go from offering guidance for the most common widespread problems to guiding those with cancer, advanced cardiovascular problems, HIV, Lyme disease, serious psychological, addiction or nervous system problems, and other immune issues. It is possible however, to learn how to guide people with […]
Others have been promising to train macrobiotic counselors within a year or even as soon as four months. From my experience, I do not see how this is possible. In this blog entry I talk about the steps I followed to feel qualified to guide people with a full range of health problems. Later, I […]
This list makes good points about just how beneficial farmer’s markets and CSAs are for communities, local economies, and the environment. I would like to add a few more points, with some insight about farmer’s markets and CSAs from a health perspective.
The greatest benefit of visiting these markets is discovering when foods are available. We […]
On November 6th, at the International House in Philadelphia, Susan and I will be joining with Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen to lead a day in the complementary practices of mindfulness meditation and macrobiotics.
I believe this event is the first step in returning to some of the original guiding principles of macrobiotic practice. Macrobiotics was introduced […]