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Melanie Patricia Farkash

In 1985 I was introduced to the macrobiotic or brown rice diet. I will take you on the adventure and show you its amazing healing power.

I started on it as an overweight, 38-year-old woman. My health to say the least was not good at all. My teeth had numerous cavities, crowns and missing teeth. My hair was thin. My eyesight was so bad that I wore bifocals for my myopia and a stigmatism. I also had very little night vision, so I never drove after dark. I also have a variety of hemophilia. My doctors tested the blood for years and said I apparently had everything there in terms of plasma and platelets, but the blood just would not coagulate.

I had varicose veins so bad that an aunt of mine said I need my veins stripped, as she had done. I shuddered to think of what that would be like.

macrobiotic-diet-beans.s600x600My boss’ husband, Henry, told me about his brother who had lung cancer. He went on this diet, and after a year they gave him an MRI. His lungs were completely clear. Henry himself went on the diet and soon was playing two hours of tennis every day and swimming 100 laps in the pool. He said he felt like a million bucks at the age of 72.

I figured I would give it a try. What did I have to lose?

After nine months of being and reading all the literature I could get my hands on the results were amazing.

First the curative powers:

  • My eyesight has gotten continually better. I no longer have a stigmatism. My last two eye exams have shown continued improvement of the myopia (this is a degenerative condition). My night vision is back and I can drive again.
  • My varicose veins have disappeared completely.
  • I have not had a cavity since 1985. I lost a crown and took it to the dentist to have it repaired. He said the tooth grew back and I didn’t need the crown anymore. Other than cleanings I have had no work done on my teeth over the past three decades.
  • Best of all, in 1992 I had a hysterectomy and the doctor said I had no bleeding. This was fantastic news.
  • In 2011, I heard that my brother had quadruple bypass heart surgery. My mother had a bypass in 1981 and my father had the surgery the next year and again in 1987. I visited a cardiologist to see if I, too, was a candidate. He performed multiple tests and said my heart was clear and healthy.
  • Then, in 2004 a colonoscopy and endoscopy were clear.

Not bad for a 67 year-old lady.

The Bottom Line:macrobiotic-diet-breakdown

You should not go on this diet indefinitely, but once you do it will forever change your thinking about what you eat. The diet is all about balancing your food intake: That’s why it’s called the Yin and Yang of dieting. At one end of the spectrum is fish and on the other end organic vegetables. In between are nuts, fruits beans, tofu, miso and especially organic whole grains, that latter of which should make up about half of your overall diet. Meats are a no-no, and dairy products including eggs are discouraged, as are spicy foods, soda, coffee and alcohol.

There are many plants that have healing power; such has seaweed, bancha (green) tea and brown rice. But you learn that you shouldn’t eat asparagus, eggplant, spinach, tomatoes or zucchini. Also, food should be eaten at room temperature instead of hot or cold. Each meal should also contain sweet and sour, pickles and brown rice.

I could go on and on but now it is the time to start your own adventure into macrobiotics.

Aveline Kushi



    prior said:
    September 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    while this diet obviously worked well for this lady – and I know they said it should be short-term – which I am glad because I have come to realize that we need more protein – good protein that is, and all diets should be aligned with someone’s blood type – and not that they have to test their blood and do all this genetic testing – they just have to consider what their ancestors ate – what their family likely enjoyed – and most important – they need to listen to their body – because if they are hungry all the time – which a high grain diet often leads to non-stop cravings or a feeling of not being satiated – well it may mean they need more protein – or it may mean they need an internal cleanse – and too often people think that a certain diet it their elixir when actually it is just keeping the internal toxins down because they have failed to consider cleaning out their gut – which everyone needs to do on and off.

    anyhow, again – enjoyed your little pick me up blog post!! 🙂 gracias

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    lilpickmeup said:
    September 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Thank you so much for reading. I haven’t tried it. I am not sure I don’t have the discipline.


    DanaB said:
    September 4, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    I have done a lot of research on Macrobiotics so this is right up my alley. The macrobiotic approach to diet emphasizes whole grains and fresh vegetables. For the most part it avoids meat, dairy foods, and processed foods. The goal is to provide the body with essential nutrients so that it can function efficiently without loading it with toxins or excesses that must be eliminated or stored.

    A basic tenet of macrobiotic thinking is that all things—our bodies, foods, and everything else—are composed of yin and yang energies. Yin energies are outward moving, yang energies are inward.

    There are a lot of benefits of Macrobiotics once you are at the advanced stage and you are able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want and no food is forbidden.

    The food we eat affects the way we feel, think, and act. Learning to use macrobiotic principles is much easier after a transitional time of using a basic macrobiotic dietary approach. I use Macrobiotics and have for years and you would be surprised it doesn’t require as much discipline as you think 🙂


    Marta Gordón said:
    May 29, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    If it works so well…why not being on this diet always? Its scientifically proven to give you all nutrients and vitamins anyone need and it has healed even cancer and other serious illnesses…


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