Ben Franklin, Creativity and Macrobiotics

What good shall I do today?

Order and structure fosters health, vitality, and creativity. We can see from the recent Huffington Post article that various types of creative geniuses across cultures had specific routines for mealtimes, sleep, and work. Could it be that the structure of their lives was the key to their creativity?

Ben Franklin’s routine […]

By |April 9th, 2014|Macrobiotic Philosophy|0 Comments

Setting One Record Straight

An elderly client of mine who is having some issues recently received this e-mail from a well-meaning friend. I would like to comment on this misleading and potentially harmful advice. Below is a snippet from the e-mail:


How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going […]

By |March 26th, 2014|Macrobiotics|5 Comments

Cravings, A Search For Balance

I’d like to offer a physiological perspective on cravings and how to work with them. Cravings are a way our body communicates with us. They are a way we seek balance and align with nature. For example, warm, dry weather makes us thirsty.

There are two main types of cravings.

1)  Intense cravings. Unsatisfied intense cravings tend […]

By |March 12th, 2014|Adjusting Your Diet|6 Comments

Confused About Protein? Don’t be!


Article from the Telegraph UK: “High-Protein Diet ‘as bad for health as smoking'”

To paraphrase T. Colin Campbell, epigenetics controls genetics and food controls epigenetics, or how our genes are turned on or off and express themselves. According to Neal Barnard, M.D. genes are merely a suggestion. This gets to the root of many things, which […]

By |March 5th, 2014|Articles and Research, Cancer|2 Comments

Mona Schwartz Memorial

Mona Schwartz passed on Jan 2, 2014. She was 78 and had spent the last 30 years of her life in Derha Dun, India where she was known as “Mona Organic Schwartz”, a local hero. She was one of those people who was truly larger than life.


Mona was my first true counseling client. She wandered […]

By |February 18th, 2014|Uncategorized|16 Comments

Photo Tour of L.A.

Susan and I just returned from a week in Santa Monica and Venice Beach to do some counseling and be with family. We spent our time going to all of the macrobiotic restaurants and other neat venues, but we never got a chance to contact all of our L.A. friends! Next time. In the meantime, […]

By |February 11th, 2014|Events|0 Comments

Can Food and Learning Be Separate?

I’ve recently come upon a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition published in November 2013. The article discusses the results of a survey conducted in four European countries concerning the effect that food has on learning and mental performance in primary school children. The survey participants were all parents. The results of the […]

By |January 28th, 2014|Articles and Research|4 Comments

Nature’s View of the Night Shift


The BBC recently published an article about the effects on the body as a result of working the night shift. It is no surprise that the overall conclusion was that it is not good for us, but one result of the research was that the “speed and severity of damage caused by being awake at […]

By |January 21st, 2014|Adjusting Your Diet, Articles and Research|0 Comments

A Second New Year; Get Ready for Spring!

If you didn’t get a chance to make your resolutions stick since January 1st, you have another chance! And this new year also follows the course of nature. This new year, February 4th, is celebrated in Asia and traces of its western roots are in the celebration of Groundhog’s Day. Groundhog’s Day is a token […]

By |January 15th, 2014|Adjusting Your Diet, Events|0 Comments

Wishing You…

In the photo here, Susan and I are getting into the holiday spirit. Meet Ichi, who is probably dreaming of sardines (his favorite food).

Susan and I would like to thank our families, friends and all of life’s challenges.

We would also like to thank those of you for your continued support of us and SHI. It […]

By |December 24th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Portrait of the Spreading of Joy & Health in 2014

The portrait of health has been painted over and over again. People say that in order to look like the portrait that’s painted, you need to follow sets of procedures in order to be healthy and happy. You are probably familiar with those procedures: Eat well in this way, exercise in this way.

Achieving health shouldn’t […]

By |December 18th, 2013|Adjusting Your Diet, Mental Health, Weight loss|2 Comments

Al Gore Goes Vegan-It’s Not Stopping Meat, It’s How You Stop It

Food choices, diets and our relationship to the production of food are becoming more and more prevalent in national discussions. People are becoming more openly aware of food personally, socially and environmentally.  A recent article in The Washington Post about Al Gore’s choice to become vegan came out a couple of weeks ago. Eliminating meat […]

By |December 11th, 2013|Articles and Research|0 Comments

An Unobstructed, Natural Flow of Emotion

A few weeks ago, I posted about a guiding image of health I refer to when considering a healthy body and mind and I touched lightly on emotions. In this post, I’d like to talk a bit more about how emotions are inseparable from our health.


Emotions specifically depend on liquids. Without liquid, we would have […]

By |December 3rd, 2013|Macrobiotic Philosophy, Mental Health|0 Comments

Healthy Holiday Survival Guide

The holiday season is one in which we express our appreciation with our friends and loved ones, with a time to experience real joy and togetherness. It’s easy to get caught up in the commercialization of these holidays. This year, I hope we can be more aware of what these times are supposed to impart, […]

By |November 27th, 2013|Adjusting Your Diet|0 Comments

Bill Clinton’s Invitation to Macrobiotics

A recent article in AARP The Magazine: “Bill Clinton Explains Why He Became A Vegan” caught my attention. The article explains President Clinton’s mostly vegan diet, and gives readers a glimpse of what he may eat on any given day. I have been in practice as a macrobiotic educator, seminar leader and counselor since the […]

By |November 20th, 2013|Articles and Research, Macrobiotics|1 Comment

Macrobiotics from the Heart

I’d like to share with you this report from the Macrobiotic Teachers and Practitioners Conference recently in Lisbon.

Macro Meeting Lisbon Report

By |October 31st, 2013|Macrobiotic Philosophy|0 Comments

The Image of Health

Nature continually seeks balance. We can look to the natural world as a model for our health as we ourselves are a part of nature, inseparable from it even. An image I follow in my macrobiotic counseling practice to guide others to return to health is that of a mountain stream.

In this mountain stream, water […]