Did He or Didn’t He? Steve Jobs and Macrobiotics

Posted on by Denny Waxman

In a recent 60 Minutes interview, Walter Isaacson claimed that Steve Jobs tried to heal himself through alternative healing practices, including “various ways of doing it macrobiotically.” As a macrobiotic teacher and counselor for 40 years, I was disturbed by the light in which macrobiotics was presented in this segment. Furthermore, it does not seem that Steve Jobs’ diet or lifestyle were reflective of a macrobiotic practice.
Introduced to the United States by George Ohsawa and Michio Kushi, and advanced by people like myself, macrobiotics has its roots in traditional Oriental medicine. It is an ever-evolving orderly approach to diet and lifestyle, which does not preclude the use of Western medicine. Macrobiotics is not opposed to surgery or other medical treatments when necessary. Unfortunately, there are many diets that claim to have the efficacy of macrobiotics, but show a true lack of understanding of macrobiotic principles, and therefore often fail. I disagree with Isaacson’s use of the adjective “macrobiotic” in describing Steve Jobs’ diet, as there is no evidence that Steve Jobs sought macrobiotic counseling or practiced a macrobiotic lifestyle.
It is reported that Dr. Dean Ornish advised Mr. Jobs during his illness. While I applaud Dr. Ornish for his holistic approach to health, which includes a low-fat, mostly vegan diet and regular exercise, his plan is not the same as a macrobiotic approach. Macrobiotics is similar to the Ornish plan in that one eats brown rice and vegetables in both diets. However, there are many differences beyond that.

To properly heal oneself of a terminal illness through macrobiotic practice, one must take responsibility for one’s own health, learn the principles, and adapt one’s diet and lifestyle to allow healing to take place. There are no short cuts and everyone has to discover their own path to health. It is also extremely important to seek the guidance of an experienced macrobiotic counselor who will be able to understand your health condition and make proper recommendations.

Regardless of the path chosen, there are no guarantees, and so for Mr. Isaacson to imply that Mr. Jobs would still be alive had he chosen surgery earlier is pure speculation for which there is little or no basis.

Steve Jobs decided on a course of healing that ultimately failed him. Macrobiotics however, did not, as he neither studied nor practiced it.

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Emotions and Blood Quality

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\In macrobiotics we look at illness as a developmental progression. The first major stage, which is not really an illness itself in many cases, is our blood starting to become imbalanced. Our blood, which has hemoglobin, iron containing protein at the center, is important for maintaining our direction in life. When our blood quality is strong, it is easier to maintain a good direction. When our blood quality starts to become weaker, it is easier to lose our direction. Also, our sensitivity is affected. Once we have a disorder with our blood, which includes allergies and skin diseases, we become much more emotional than we were before and emotional sensitivity starts to change. We start to become more sensitive, overly sensitive, or start to lack sensitivity in certain areas. It can go from one extreme or the other.

From there, illness passes to the next level, emotional disorders. Here, emotional imbalances, which started on a previous level of blood, start to become more fixed or deeper. This then becomes our state of being, where we have free-floating fears or anxieties and become more depressive or angered. Our view of life or our approach to life starts at this point to be affected, in the area of so-called emotional disorders. Finally, from emotional disorders, we develop organ or gland problems. This is the area where most modern problems fall, heart disease as well as diabetes and chronic hypoglycemia. Intermittent hypoglycemia we can classify on the level of blood.

It is not by accident that emotions are between our blood quality and our organs or gland quality. Emotions play a kind of balancing or harmonizing role in our lives. We will look at this more next week.

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Standing Ovation

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Check out Standing Ovation! It was made at the Jersey shore and Susan provided macrobiotic snacks and lunches for the cast and crew.

Through original songs and dance numbers, Standing Ovation delivers an optimistic tale of perseverance and passion that inspires the American dream in all of us. The film showcases a talented cast of kids as they learn the importance of friendship and family on a journey to fulfilling their dreams.

Read more about Susan and Denny Waxman with executive producer James Brolin on the set of the film “Standing Ovation.”

Standing Ovation

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Susan and Denny Waxman with James Brolin

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Denny and Susan Waxman with James BrolinSusan and Denny with James Brolin, (Executive Producer) on the set of the film “Standing Ovation” which was shot in Philly, New York and New Jersey. Susan prepared macrobiotic meals and snacks for the Hollywood cast and crew while they were in the area. The crew of the film, which includes many young rising stars, wanted healthy food and Diane and Susan fulfilled this request with flair and life-giving energy. When you see the movie you’ll know how important that energy was.

Film Producer Diane Kirman and Director Stewart Raffill were knowledgeable about macrobiotics and its health enhancing benefits from Denny and Susan helping their father overcome vocal cord cancer in the past. Susan continues to cater for Diane and her parents in Cape May and Denny still supports them in macrobiotic counseling.

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Tai Ji Quan Classes at SHI

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Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi)

A Five Week Workshop In May Led By Loretta Lombardi and Mujaa

Five Sundays: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Early registration Price is $125 by April 18th
Cost after April 18th is $145
Individual Classes are $35 each
—Please register by April 26 to insure that we meet the minimum number for the class—
Call Garrett to Register @ 215-238-9212
The Strengthening Health Institute
1149 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Look Forward to Reap the Benefits of Tai Chi and Creative Visualization Exercises led by Loretta Lombardi and Mujaa. This Five-Week Workshop Will Help you Improve Your Balance, Posture, Flexibility, and Stamina. Learn New Ways to Clear your Mind and Become Open To New Ideas and Possibilities

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Kushi Institute Summer Conference 2009-Healing Ourselves, Healing the Planet

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Join Denny and Susan Waxman July 9-12, 2009 for a macrobiotic weekend just outside NYC! This year’s Kushi Institute Summer Conference will be located in Palisades, NY just 20 miles from Manhattan. The serene natural setting combined with delicious vegan cuisine, daily movement classes, and over 40 classes to attend, make this the “must attend” event of the summer.

At the annual Summer Conference we bring you leaders, experts, celebrities, and authors in the fields of health, peace and sustainability. These noted educators, doctors, and authors come together to share natural methods of empowering people in improving their health, their lives, and the world.

We hope this winning combination makes Summer Conference 2009 an attractive get-away for you to relax, rejuvenate, and learn. For program information call 1.413.623.5741 x 111 or visit http://www.kushiconference.org

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Holistic Holiday at Sea VI March 1-8, 2009

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Join Denny and Susan Waxman on a cruise for 7 nights aboard the stunning Costa Fortuna, sailing to quaint Key West, exotic Roatan (Honduras), and beautiful Grand Cayman and Cozumel from friendly Ft. Lauderdale. Relax. Refresh. Rejuvenate. Learn. This Holistic Holiday at Sea also includes guest speakers: Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of the best selling China Study; Dr. Neal Barnard, internationally known integrative health researcher, President and Founder of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and author of several best selling books such as Breaking the Food Seduction and Food for Life; and Dr. Christine Horner, nationally recognized surgeon, relentless champion for women’s health, and author of Waking the Warrior Goddess: Dr Christine Horner’s Program to Protect Against and Fight Breast Cancer.

• Enjoy organic and natural vegan cuisine prepared by our own chefs and bakers. (Regular cruise menu is available on request.)
• Over 30 teachers offering holistic lectures, workshops and cooking classes
• Daily Yoga, Meditation, Pilates, Run/Walk Stretch, and Ab Workouts
• Award winning, environmentally-friendly ship
• Continuing Education Credits available
For program information call 1-828-749-9537 or visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.atasteofhealth.org” www.atasteofhealth.org
For reservations call 1-800-496-0989 (within US) or 1-828-749-1959 (outside US).

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