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RE: macrobiotics

by kate2113 on Sat Aug 18, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 2/18/2007 Rusdaughter wrote:

My mom was just diagnosed with stage IV metastatic lung cancer.  She has started on the macrobiotics diet (kushi) 3 weeks ago while we decide about treatment options.  Anyone heard of this or had success with it?  She is also taking Zeolite it is supposed to remove toxins from your body.  Anyone have an opinion on this?

Thanks in advance for your help.


 

RE: macrobiotics

by Grace10290 on Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:00 AM

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If you follow any diet, you have to make sure you are getting the right amount of nutrition. The same is true with macrobiotics. If you are closely following a macrobiotic diet, of course you need to find out exactly what foods you should be eating in order to have the right amount of nutrition in your diet. There is no evidence of people succumbing to malnutrition if the diet is followed carefully and you are eating the right foods. What are the right foods? A macrobiotic diet calls for the elimination of meat, dairy, eggs, sugars, and processed foods. It is a diet that recommends that you eat 50-60% whole grains, 20-30% vegetables, 5-10% soups, 5% beans, and 5% or less of sea vegetables. Meat, dairy, eggs, sugars, and processed foods have been identified as being the causes and contributors to various diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. Therefore natural, organic, and whole foods are recommended. Many people have cured themselves of cancer by adopting a macrobiotic lifestyle. A book that I highly recommend is The Cancer Prevention Diet by Michio Kushi. Not only does Mr. Kushi write about the specific dietary causes of roughly 25 cancers, he also writes about the specific macrobiotic cures and has scientific proof and many testimonies to back up his claims. Macrobiotics is not looked upon kindly by doctors for a variety of reasons, but they are slowly being forced to admit that there are many benefits to adopting a macrobiotic lifestyle. Many will claim that there is little scientific proof to back it up. However, there is definitely a large amount of scientific evidence to back it up (in books that I can recommended for people who are curious). I obviously cannot ask or expect you to have blind faith in my claims. If you are interested in this, you have to do research yourself. I would be more than happy to give anyone a list of books on macrobiotics, both personal stories of recovery as well as books that contain scientific evidence to support all of their stories. If you would like to see the short versions of several recovery stories, I recommend going to youtube and entering "diet saves their lives vol. 1" in the search bar. Other recovery stories are listed on the side of the screen. I personally have not heard of anyone you has strictly followed a macrobiotic diet who has not been helped/ cured by it. It is definitely something worth looking into. I would be happy to try and answer any questions you might have if you are interested, although a macrobiotic counselor would be better equipped to answer your questions than I am. I pray that this gives those interested some hope. My E-mail is --Message edited by CancerCompass staff. For personal protection, email address removed. Consider private reply. Please review CancerCompass Member Guidelines at http://www.cancercompass.com/common/guidelines.html--. Good luck with whatever you decide to do! Grace

RE: macrobiotics

by aleyderm on Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:55 AM

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Hi,

 

Could you please send your food regiment that has been so successful for you.

 

Thanks.

Anna

RE: macrobiotics

by sharnurs on Mon Feb 13, 2012 08:50 PM

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Would love a copy of your regimen! :-)

RE: macrobiotics

by wscebu on Tue Dec 30, 2014 01:52 AM

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On Mar 03, 2007 12:00 AM Dr_Kim wrote:

 

On 2/18/2007 Rusdaughter wrote:

My mom was just diagnosed with stage IV metastatic lung cancer.  She has started on the macrobiotics diet (kushi) 3 weeks ago while we decide about treatment options.  Anyone heard of this or had success with it?  She is also taking Zeolite it is supposed to remove toxins from your body.  Anyone have an opinion on this?

Thanks in advance for your help.


 

Dear Cancer Concerned,

I'm sorry to hear about your mother's diagnosis. As Director of Holistic Nutrition Services for CTCA, I feel compelled to write to you because the macrobiotic diet, while offering healthier alternatives to a processed diet, is often very restrictive. It is estimated that up to 40% of cancer patients succumb from malnutrition-related complications, not their cancer! Following a restricitve diet adds risk to the already precarious situation of someone with a late stage cancer. In my years of experience with thousands of cancer patients, lung cancer patients are particularly susceptible to malnutrition. Why? Because often they tire easily and it takes alot of effort to eat. They also may have tumors that are pressing on the diaphragm or stomach, causing early satiety (feeling of fullness). I recommend your mother begin a therapeutic nutrition program that details a series of "stages" for maximum effectiveness. The first stage I would recommend for your mother would be to ask her medical doctor to evaluate the efficacy and safety of prescription appetite stimulants. You must have a desire to eat before you will eat. Once that is accomplished, the second stage involves review of your mother's digestive capacity. Does she need to eat small, frequent meals? Will digestive enzymes help? Is she becoming intolerant to certain foods? Complains of nausea? All of these symptoms can be addressed with natural medicine. Once you have diminished side effects you can work on the goal of adequate calorie and protein intake. There are several  more stages to nutritional therapy for lung cancer. Please consider consulting with an oncology nutritionist who has specialized training in the complementary medicine field. You may also find additional information about specific dietary strategies for lung cancer on my website.

Best wishes,

Kim Dalzell, PhD, RD, LD Author Challenge Cancer and Win! www.challengecancer.com

Those malnutrition related complications are simply because the person is not able to embrace macrobiotics.It certainly is not because the macrobiotic diet and lifestyle is lacking in any way shape or form.It 's more the difficulty for folks to adjust to the macrobiotic diet after many years of eating the all american diet or diets given to patients by nutirtionist that have a very limited understanding of real health.

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