Causes and Treatments of Allergies

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We hear about allergies often:  casual conversation, the media, and conversation with our doctors.  Although many people are aware of the wide variety of allergies, we still have a misunderstanding as to why they occur.

What is our body trying to tell us?

While allergies are often thought of as something we can not change about ourselves, they are really the body’s attempt to move in the direction of health. Allergies signify a chronic imbalance in our diet and activity level. When our bodies become too overloaded, we can not detoxify or eliminate the excess waste.

In macrobiotics, allergies are considered a blood related issue. What this means is that if our blood chemistry is compromised, we then become more susceptible to experiencing allergies. From my time as a counselor, people with exaggerated emotional sensitivities tend to become more prone to allergies as well. This concept can be linked to the Chinese association that water represents emotion. As blood is mostly aqueous, blood is ruled by water and in turn, affected by our emotional behaviors(and consequently our eating habits as our emotions affect them). A problem with our flow of emotion could in turn cause a a compromise in our blood chemistry.  In order to promote health and prevent allergies, we need an ongoing way to monitor our body’s responses and inputs to somehow create more helathful responses to our food and environment.


Allergies are results of imbalances, but what is it about our environment and food that have made our bodies so vulnerable? A major contributing factor is our modern diets. The underlying cause of almost all allergies is an influx of dairy product and fructose. Since the 1980’s nearly all manufactured food has switched from containing natural sugars to the cheaper alternative of high fructose corn syrup. Other leading causes include a diet high in animal-based foods and also the increase of GMO’s, or genetically modified organisms. Other common food allergies include yeast, gluten and soy.  A person that suffers from allergies knows that when we lose the ability to connect with the environment, we lose the ability to properly nourish ourselves.  Our life becomes limited.


If you develop a systematic approach, you can overcome allergies. To start, practice a macrobiotic diet that reintroduces natural food so that you can keep track of the irritants.  Begin on a strictly grain and plant-based diet, and as other foods are added one at a time, monitor your body’s reaction.  This requires writing it down.  If you have a strong symptom, chances are you should eliminate the food and try again after a month of eating as a macrobiotic.


In order to strengthen the lymph system and digestive organs, replace unhealthy food with these choices:


Miso soup (every day!)

Saute vegetables with sesame or olive oil

Quick steamed greens (every day!)

Unpasteurized sauerkraut and other naturally fermented foods


Another helpful strategy for allergy relief is through the skin and importantly, through the feet.  These parts of us help to flush toxins if you do the right things:

Make a habit of using hot water with a handful of table salt mixed in to soak the feet for 5 to 10 minutes before you go to bed

Rub your body with a wet wash cloth every day, outside of the shower or bath


Allergies are warning signs. The same substances and behaviors causing allergies can lead to the development of a more serious degenerative disease.

Please, monitor your allergies and practice these suggestions to improve your relationship with the body’s natural response mechanisms.

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Our Trip to Taiwan

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Susan and I are on our way to Taipei, Taiwan at the invitation of our client. We will be there for about a week to support her on her journey back to health.

We are also going to explore new foods and cooking styles. This will help us to further understand the application of our macrobiotic principles in tropical environments. So many of the vegetables and other foods she has described are so different from the ones we are using to here.

Over the years I had the chance to offer seminars and counseling in many countries, both east and west, north and south. These travels and experiences helped me develop my understanding of the best practice of macrobiotics in each of these regions. Now this opportunity to visit Taiwan will further help Susan and I make our approach to macrobiotics truly international.

We look forward to reporting on our new adventure after we return. Please also check out Susan’s latest travel blog.

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Breast Cancer Risk Factors

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I’ve written two blogs about breast cancer, both describing what things to do in order to greatly decrease your risk of developing it.  In Shining Light on Breast Cancer Prevention, I explained what lifestyle habits to practice, and in Pertinent Info. about your Health and Breast Cancer, I correlated the spiritual, emotional, and physical factors that contribute to the start of breast cancer.  Today I am giving you the Top 5 Risk Factors in conclusion.  Now you have more concrete tools in working towards avoiding breast cancer:

Top Five Risk Factors:

1) Irregular Menstruation & Constipation or Irregular Bowel Movements

Most women with breast cancer have either or both of these issues.  When the body cannot eliminate excess and detoxify through the kidneys, intestines or reproductive organs, this accumulation may try to eliminate through the lungs or breast.  This can set the stage for the development of cancer. Cancer can be developed through deficiency as well as excess.  To be safe from breast cancer, keep your cycles in your ovaries and bowels on a healthy schedule.

2) Eating Dairy Foods (especially with refined sugar)

Eating diary, and I’m emphasizing yogurt because I see that many people overeat yogurt.  According to Colin Campbell, casein, which is dairy protein, is one of the most potent carcinogens on the planet.

3) Excessive Emotions

The heart chakra regulates energy metabolism and circulation in the chest region.  Excessive emotion creates a pathway for inflammation.  This inflammation can be manifested in the development of cancer.

4) Lack of Emotional Expression

Since the heart chakra regulates energy, when someone shuts down due to grief, loss, and depression allows stagnation to build up in the area.  A person cannot express how they feel, therefore they cannot renew the energy locked up in their chest region.

5) Not walking outside regularly

Walking helps because it settles strengthens digestion, calms the nervous system and rebalances the body on many levels.

If you show signs of these risks factors and harbor deep concern about developing breast cancer, I can help.  Please set up a consultation with me so that I can show you how to dampen your fear of this disease.

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Some Photos of our trip. Enjoy :)

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Photo Credits to my vibrant wife: Susan Waxman.

Again, we appreciate the chance to meet and work with all of you this past month.  Please keep in touch and we hope to see you soon at SHI.

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Sharing the good news of Macrobiotics!

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Susan and I just returned from a trip to San Diego and Seattle. It was my first time in both cities. People have told me that San Diego has a similar relationship to LA as Philadelphia to New York.  I was totally able to relate to this analogy, well except for the beaches and weather of course.


In San Diego we got a chance to visit and stay with our two daughters who live there, Natasha and Madeline and our future son-in-law Ivan. That was actually our inspiration for planning our first West coast teaching and counseling tour in years. We had a number of meals and held our classes and counseling at the San Diego Casa de Luz, a macrobiotic restaurant and educational center. We had been to the original Casa de Luz in Austin in the past and it was fun to see their expansion.  A big THANK YOU! goes to Kathy Swasey for her generosity, kindness, and friendship in helping Susan and me.  The trip would not have been the success it was without you.


We also had a chance meet and renew some friendships. Gordon Saxe, M.D. is a long-time friend from Baltimore originally. He heads an Integrative Medical Center at UCSD. They have great plans for spreading macrobiotic education and practice. Gordon’s project is truly groundbreaking. As far as I know it is the only hospital based Integrative Medical center based on macrobiotic principles. I was very happy to learn from Gordon the effect that I and macrobiotics had on his medical career. It was also good to reminisce about the Mid-Atlantic Summer Camp that ended in the mid eighty’s.


We also had a chance to meet with Jean Richardson, the owner of Gold Mine Natural Foods. It was great to see that she and her business are doing well. Jean also sponsored nine of her employees to attend my lectures and Susan cooking classes. It was rewarding to see a business owner sponsor macrobiotic education for her employees. Jennie, Jean’s daughter assisted Susan in her cooking class and took extensive photos.


Our next stop was Seattle, a truly beautiful city. We were totally inspired by the natural beauty within and around Seattle. They told us not to tell anyone that we didn’t see a drop of rain while we were there. I came back with a tan! We were sponsored by our good friends Sophie and Pavel Dolezel in three lectures, two cooking classes, and a packed counseling schedule. We also had a chance to reconnect with some old friends.


This was an amazing trip for us to see new cities, make many new friends, and to spread our open and adaptable style of macrobiotic practice. I am excited to see many new people at our seminars at the Strengthening Health Institute.

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Pertinent Info about your Health and Breast Cancer

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In my last post, I was trying to help others understand about Macrobiotics and disease.  The recent news of Angelina Jolie’s preventive double mastectomy concerned me because women look to her and could repeat this procedure.  I hope that someday everyone can understand that there is another way to prevent disease, especially breast cancer.  I see illness as direction, rather than a static state.  Diet and lifestyle lead us towards health or sickness, and as we can see, the modern diet and lifestyle together lead the majority of our population towards sickness.  Breast cancer is becoming an epidemic and effecting younger and younger women, and the same is true for diabetes.  I believe the answer is our open and flexible approach to Macrobiotics, as a lifestyle, not just a dietary change.

Most people who develop serious illness have already made an attempt to improve their diet and lifestyle, which makes it even more shocking that they end up with disease.  I often have the opposite opinion as the mainstream on how behaviors and food contribute to health, and how to prevent problems.  Just about all cancer relates to our diet.  Cancer may lie in our DNA, but it will not activate or express itself unless we tell it to with our diet and lifestyle.  We have the power to increase health IF we know what to do.

Breast cancer is another result of deteriorating health.  From my research and experience, I have listed below what factors contribute to illness in the breast.

Physical Factors:

Irregular menstruation and digestive issues including irregular bowels, indigestion, constipation, and irregular periods.  When we have a healthy hormonal balance, we will eliminate effectively through urination and our bowel movements, and women through menstruation.  In oriental medicine, our body is seen as complimentary systems.  The intestines are complimentary to the lungs (and the breasts).  This is the connection between bowel health and breast cancer.  Making sure that these two systems eliminate excess promotes a positive direction for breast health.

Emotional and Spiritual Factors:

The heart chakra is our center of emotion.  We give and receive feelings from a passionate center in our chest.  Too much passion can be dangerous as well as the lack of emotion and the inability to create expression.  Both can create stagnation and difficulty connecting to emotions.  Many people, especially women, perform their lives under high stress because they do not live a lifestyle that allows for healthy limits of passion.  When we operate on stress, we move in the direction of disease, which can manifest in our body as breast cancer.  When I think about this spiritually, I think of breast cancer as a disease of excess located in the fourth chakra.  Since this is our center of passion, I don’t find it difficult to draw the connection that most of my breast cancer clients tend to over nurture others.

 OK- What can we do about it?

Regular meals are crucial to maintain regularity in the body.  Try to sit down and eat at regular times.  Please stop what you’re doing to allow space for self-reflection.  Eating can help us to readjust our minds in the same way that meditation allows us to create space and become more open.  Also of immense importance: WALK OUTSIDE.  It settles the energy down, balancing both sides of our body, and creating healing vibration through the reproductive and digestive organs.  Spiritually, a steady and comfortable walk allows us to eliminate any energy imbalance we harbor inside.

Other tips: Try rolling a ball on the bottom of your foot and walking barefoot through the grass.  If you can, take a stroll at the edge of the ocean just where the sand and ocean meet.  These habits further allow us to settle our energy down and eliminate what we don’t use.

 *Please remember that if you do the right things for health, your body will naturally respond with health.  This is where a practical understanding of diet, lifestyle, and health becomes important.  Regular meals and walking needs to be an active member is your team of healthcare modalities.

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Upcoming Trips! San Diego & Seattle

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Susan and I will be visiting San Diego and Seattle next week to spread the word on our unique approach to macrobiotics. In teaching about the openness of macrobiotics, we are giving people the best tools to use to maintain healthy bodies and emotions.

I’m also very excited to visit two of my daughters who live in San Diego and see two good friends in Seattle.

In San Diego, I will be at Casa de Luz in at 2920 University Ave on June 4-6, offering two lectures:

Tuesday, June 4th at 6-7:30pm on my book The Great Life Diet (FREE)

Wednesday, June 5th from 6-9pm on Hypoglycemia. This lecture includes a cooking class by Susan from 6-8 on how to make Delicious Summer Salads ($75).

Casa de Luz is an awesome organization, and I’m proud to be working with them. They emphasize macrobiotics and teaching about health.

We’re then moving north to Seattle from June 7-9, hosted by Sophie and Pavel Dolezel. The schedule for Seattle has the same lectures, but with one addition to include health and families.

Friday, June 7th at 6pm on The Great Life Diet at Lake Hills Library in Bellevue, WA. (FREE)

Saturday, June 8th on Hypoglycemia at 10:30am to 3pmat 21 Acres in Woodinville, WA. This lectures includes a catered lunch and a cooking class by Susan on balanced everyday dishes ($70).

Sunday, June 10:30am to 3pm on Family, Health, and Vibrant Children at 21 Acres. This class includes a cooking class on quick family dishes ($70).

We’re looking forward to the travel, but most importantly eager to share our findings and approach to macrobiotics with interested people.

Please Contact me at if you’re in the area and would like to schedule a consultation.


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Shining Light on Breast Cancer Prevention

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Dr. John McDougall recently posted a blog about Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy.  Immediately after reading, I was so inspired to elaborate on some of his ideas.  I admire Dr. McDougall because he presents research in understandable terms, but in experience with my clients I have seen that there are other necessary dietary recommendations that he failed to elaborate upon.  He is rightfully one of the medical superstars in our popular culture.

I am aligned with him in thinking that although problems such as breast cancer are large and terrifying, and the solution can be far less difficult and far more enjoyable than it seems.  My experience, through my business as a healthcare practitioner, is that health is natural.  The body wants to be healthy.  We need good food, good activity, and a good attitude, but people don’t know what this means.  Too much information and too much unqualified instruction exists.  I went back and found a testimonial from a client and remembered how much impact concise and correct information can do.  After consulting with me about/for her diagnosis of breast cancer, her medical records now conclude she has had an unexplainable disappearance of cancer.  This is why Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy concerns me.  Woman make these types of decisions to drastically alter their body in order to prevent cancer.  But according to the ground breaking research by T. Collin Campbell, there is another option.  He proved that nutrition controls the nature of our health.

Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, proves that nutrition controls the way that genes express themselves by demonstrating that diet activates gene markers.  In essence, we turn on the cancer genes by eating unhealthful foods.  He even discovered an upper limit for animal and dairy protein as well, which is ten percent of the diet.  When less than ten percent of the protein in our diet is animal and dairy based, we turn off our cancer genes.  The confusion lies in, “What is healthy?”  Most people think they are eating well, but they’re not practicing the right behavior to cultivate health.

Some of the foods that most consider harmful, are actually helpful.  Traditional soy products such as miso, tofu and tempeh protect against harmful estrogen.  Japanese woman have the one of the lowest rates of breast cancer in the world…What do they eat regularly?  Tofu and miso soup.

The main culprit that turns on the genes necessary for breast cancer: cow’s dairy.  This includes milk, cheese, butter, ice cream and especially yogurt which is so popular theses days. As infants we need our mother’s milk to promote growth, but as adults we’re not trying to grow at a rapid rate.  Dairy confuses our system.  From your own experience, you can probably relate to how dairy contributes to the severity of skin problems and allergies.  When you stop eating dairy within a short time, you feel better.

In macrobiotics, we discuss emotional health as it parallels to nutrition.  In my practice, the breast cancer victims have a commonality in that their underlying philosophy is to over nurture others at their own expense. Cancer is a disease of overdevelopment, not deficiency.  So, this makes sense that the breast, an organ used for nurturing, would house cancer in over nurturing people.  Alarm bells go off in my head when I hear parents say, “I need to do this for my children.”  I help them to understand that the most lovable thing they can do it nurture themselves too.  I tell them to put on their own oxygen mask FIRST.

People who take the time to nurture themselves through food and lifestyle become happier.  I think this is because they experience control over their health.

So here are my suggestions on how gain some control back in preventing and recovering from breast cancer:

  1. Eat at regular times without skipping meals.  Regular meals regulate all the body’s function, including the hormonal system.
  2. Center your diet on whole grain products, beans, vegetables, soups and other plant based foods.  They nourish our body and mind properly on all levels.  Humanity evolved through eating grains and plant based foods, why stop now?
  3. Lastly, eat local foods.  Turn off your cancer genes by embracing your natural environment.  If you live in a temperate climatic zone, then eat fruits that originate in this zone.  For example: apples, peaches, pears, berries and melons.

One sidenote: If you are worried about developing breast cancer, avoid night shades like potatoes and tomatoes because they are highly acidifying.  Acid weakens our blood, lymph system, and our ability to absorb nutrients.

Other foods and activity that are particularly helpful:

Eat our two most important grains: brown rice and millet.  Try quickly steamed greens like kale, broccoli, and bok choy served with a squeeze of fresh lemon.  Eat miso soup every day (even instant miso soup is great if you can’t find real miso easily).  And be sure to walk outside.  Walking is great for helping the body eradicate upper body complications. All natural and life-related exercise is helpful including gardening, cleaning and yoga. Begin this practice everyday: Rub the wrist, hands and fingers; feet, ankles and toes; face and neck. Use a warm cloth to activate the circulation and improve the movement of lymph.  Peripheral stimulation activates lymph, so gently do this on your skin for at least ten minutes a day.

I’ve helped woman gain their health back after breast cancer.  If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at  In the subject write

Your Name: Nutrition to Yield breast health.

Please also check out Susan Waxman’s blog for recipes and more information on breast health.

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Dead Food

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I just watched an alarming video about a hamburger that is older than some people’s pets.  It hasn’t changed shape, grown mold, or even rotted after ten years.  This is just an example of how our modern food industry doesn’t prepare food because change should be a property of food.  Age can enhance the quality of foods; think about cheese, wine, and miso.  Also, the way in which food is prepared can provide different nourishment.  Sauerkraut is more than just cabbage and sea salt because fermentation magnifies the bioavailabilty of the nutrients to our bodies.  Pickling, sun drying, cold storage, smoking are other examples of processes that bring a unique aspect to the food we eat.

Modern food processing, which was developed during WWII, takes away the enhanced quality that food could contain.  During WWII, we tried to create foods that would last indefinitely for soldiers overseas, but now we have a problem because we’ve continued on dead-food-track.  Modern food creation destroys enzymes, bacteria, oxidation, or other changes that should naturally occur within food.  To take it a step farther, the fast food industry has mastered this art of food preservation, as shown in the video, to create food that may outlive cockroaches.

In complete food, we have three types of nourishment: physical, energetic, and spiritual.

1. Physical nourishment is the gross nutrients: minerals, protein, carbs, vitamins, fats, etc.

2. Energetic nourishment is the quality of the soil and seed, how it was grown, how it was harvested, processed, stored, and prepared.

3. Spiritual nourishment means the health, attitude, and care of the person preparing the food.

All three types of nourishment are linked of course.  You cannot ingest nutrients without combining other aspects such as how the food grew, and how you received it.  When our manufactured food is created from genetically modified organisms (GMO), in unnatural soil, and prepared by a person that does not like his or her job, we are not properly nourishing ourselves.  Even though on paper the gross nutrients of our food may be the same as a meal prepared with our family, it is not the same.

Ask yourself which type of nourishment gives you the greatest satisfaction through food.


Most people respond knowing that spiritual nourishment leaves them most satisfied.


 This is real food, prepared by my lovely, hardworking, and brilliant wife: Susan Waxman.

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Metabolism Basics

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This article in the Huffington Post struck my interest.  The time is now for macrobiotics because as this articles explains, people are exposed to obesity for longer periods of time. Simply stated, westerners are becoming fatter, earlier in life.

My definition of metabolism is the ability to digest food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate waste.  Two factors control metabolism: what we eat and when we eat it.  What we eat is obviously important, but when?  Why is that a key factor?

The digestive system, contrary to most beliefs, is not “on call” for all hours of the day and night.  It has highest capabilities in the mornings between 5am and 8am, 11am to 1pm, and in the evenings between 5pm and 7:30pm.  These are meal times:  breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  If you eat the right foods at the right times, it activates your metabolism.  Remember that one component of metabolism is elimination of waste.  If you give yourself nutrition at these meal times, you can most effectively get rid of what you don’t need.  If you eat the right foods at the right time, your body processes what you will use and then can detox the rest.  Weight cannot build up on the body.

Think of it like this: In a three bedroom house, you have ten people and everyone must leave.  People grab their stuff and go out the door easily.  Bump that number to 100 people, and it gets tougher to leave the house.  And then, what about 500 people?  If you’re in the back, you’ll be waiting a long time until you see the door.

Obese people have a slow metabolism and experience this sort of back up with their food intake.  But there is hope because everyone, even the morbidly obese, has the ability to improve their metabolism.  The health of the western world concerns me greatly, and I’ve been thinking about what caused this epidemic of obesity in the first place.  Generally speaking, the contributing factors that changed are food quality, adherence to meal times, and activities that connect us to our natural surroundings.

Through the industrial revolution and the aftermath of World War II, our food quality diminished with pesticides and modern food preservation.  Fast food restaurants, two working-parent households, children uneducated in proper nutrition, and many more factors have lead to what is now an eradication of regular meal times.  Lastly, activities that connect us to our natural surroundings are not mainstream either.  Working on a computer and staying seated all day can not be undone through scheduled exercise.  Higher levels of outside activity would prevent this obesity problem for the majority of people that suffer from this condition.

Here are my simple rules to activate metabolism:

  1. Eat exclusively when you sit down.  Pay attention to the food that you put in your body.  Make sure you’re not doing anything else because you won’t remember you ate and will want to eat again.
  2. Never skip breakfast or lunch.  It will be answered with weight gain.  Within these time frames, your metabolism can be activated, so you don’t want to miss it.
  3. Eat a comfortable amount of grains and vegetables and a variety of other plant-based foods at your meals.  Hold no restrictions to how much healthy food you want to eat.


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