The international macrobiotic movement was started by a remarkable and widely traveled Japanese, George Ohsawa, who was joined in this work in the late. The George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation is a non-profit, public service organization chartered in to educate the general public about macrobiotics, . Macrobiotics receives its inspiration from George Ohsawa—a Japanese man born in Ohsawa had a difficult childhood; he witnessed his mother and.

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George Ohsawa – Wikipedia

Ohsawa never claimed to be the founder or originator of macrobiotics a term meaning “great life or vitality”. Michio and Herman Aihara were the first two presidents. The couple first spent 18 months in India teaching and studying macrobiotics.

Many factors determined a food’s position on the scale, but a key one was the ratio of potassium to sodium. She began to accompany him on many of his lecture tours teaching macrobiotic cooking. The macrobiotic philosophy divides food into yin and yang categories, and seeks a balance between them. He wondered why the education of Western doctors involved so little study of food and nutrition, why they rarely enquired as to what their patients eat and drink, and why they even tried to block the dietary and lifestyle approach to good health and healing.

Inhe published The Unique Principle, a spiritual-philosophical tract drawing on both Eastern and Western thinking in which Ohsawa laid out his theory of the opposing forces in the universe and their application to a diet, based in part on Zen monastic cooking. Embedded in the macrobiotic philosophy is a critique of a capitalist food culture driven by industrial production for profit and alienated from any genuine notion of health or wellness.


By good fortune he happened to find one of Ishizuka’s books in a library. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

In this book, as in all the books Ohsawa wrote, he devoted considerable space to explaining how macrobiotics can shed light on many social problems as well as the causes of war, and help bring about a world in which war will be seen as an outcome of an error of judgment, and discarded as an effective solution to social conflict.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Get updates Get updates. He felt that Western medical specialists, caught in a maze of details based on fragmented analysis, were unable to view or treat the whole person, holistically.

Once the war began, Ohsawa promoted shoku-yo as a means to achieve victory. Much of our information for the rest of the chapter has come from extensive interviews with leaders of the macrobiotic movement in the U. An Ohsada to Health and Happiness.

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Thus Ohsawa was one of the first health teachers in America to argue convincingly that white sugar was bad for body and mind. More specifically, it emphasized the application of yin-yang to food, health, and medicine, Ohsawa’s three main areas of interest. The Shinto classics such as the Kojiki compiled in A. Miso and natural shoyu quickly became essential ingredients in the diet of most students of macrobiotics in the U.

They enforced the ruling stating that it was illegal to sell food products and information about those products under the same company name. His formal education stopped with a commercial high school, since he was too poor to continue.


It became the first macrobiotic food production and distribution company in the U.

George Ohsawa

Unfortunately, however, these traditional whole-grain staples and Japanese foods were not what most Americans had in mind when they thought of “health foods. He felt that a person’s character and past and future fortunes could be discerned by careful observation of physical characteristics, and that a person could change his inherited longevity through proper diet.

First, though a teacher of healthful living, he was a heavy smoker, having started at about age After returning to Europe, Ohsawa came back to the U. He was the ohsaw Oriental sage, dedicated to the welfare of others, full of the joy of life and of its giving, content with the simplest things, and always with a sense of amusement and good humor. They first began exporting soyfoods miso and natural shoyu into Lima, a macrobiotic food company in Belgium see below.

He noted that there was no basic theory or philosophy behind Western medicine and nutrition, linking them together and to a larger view of the cosmos; they were purely experimental-empirical, derived from scientific reason and analysis to the georgez of intuition and direct personal experience. They also started the East West Foundation to advance education about macrobiotics, and published a journal. That story begins with a poor boy from a samurai family in early 20th century Japan.

Muso played an important role in introducing macrobiotic foods to both Japan and the West.