April 06, 2016

Part 2 – Sanae Suzuki – How Macrobiotics Cured My Ovarian Cancer & My Destructive Lifestyle that Caused It!

SHOW NOTES – Podcast #10
Sanae Suzuki

Title: How Macrobiotics Cured My Terminal Ovarian Cancer & The Story of My Destructive Lifestyle that Caused It! – Part 2

Description of Show
Part 2 – In this episode, Sanae Suzuki speaks much more about the details of the macrobiotic healing diet.  You will learn how macrobiotics individualize the diet according to the nature of the person and the specific disease.  In other words some foods are healing for one condition but are not beneficial in another.  Learn why!  Also Sanae speaks about how macrobiotic is a lifestyle and a philosophy not just a diet.  It is based on yin and yang which include eating foods in their proper season. Macrobiotics has long been known as a healing diet for cancer & many other chronic diseases. Sanae explains how are there are 3 levels of the macrobiotic diet and the one that is used to heal with is called the healing macrobiotic diet.  She discusses the details of each and how she used the macrobiotic lifestyle & healing diet to heal herself from stage 4 ovarian cancer.  You will find hope when you hear her story & learn that no matter how far you have pushed your body there is always hope we can turn that process around with natural methods that stimulate the body’s own immune response to heal.  Listen & learn more about this very old system that is healed thousands of people & learn why it is considered by those that practice it much more a lifestyle than a diet.

Remember the healing is in plants!

Be healthy
Be Free


Please review in iTunes.

Todays show will talk more about the specifics & details of the macrobiotic principals & diet.  You will learn a few good recipes or remedies from Sanae that are powerful healing remedies in the macrobiotic diet & lifestyle. You will learn the basics of macrobiotics & how many of the principals behind this diet is actually based on the philosophy of universal balance like YIN & YANG.  YANG is the energy of gathering and going down and YIN is more relaxed and expanded and going up! You will learn how some foods are yin and are only good if you have a condition that needs a yin food & same for yang foods.  In macrobiotics a food can be healthy but if it is not being indicated in your current condition then it will not help you.  Therefore macrobiotic diet is very much individualized to the person & their condition.  Listen & learn about a diet that has cured many diseases including cancer for hundreds of years.  Sanae is the living example of the power of macrobiotics.

Just a reminder to please still leave a review in iTunes because doing allows you to help me keep moving up in the New & Noteworthy category!  We are climbing up the ladder folks thanks to you all!  Last I checked the vidalSPEAKS podcast was #72 and that is out of 2000 new podcasts!  So Yeah everyone a lot of this is because of you!  Let’s keep climbing!  The review links are in the show notes.
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Thanks to all of your for your great feedback.  Keep that and your questions coming!  Now a little reminder about Sanae Suzuki

Bio of Sanae Suzuki
Sanae is a whole health macrobiotic counselor & educator, a flower essence practitioner, & a certified massage therapist for people and pets. She is also author of several macrobiotic cookbooks and her latest is on dogs and is called Healthy Happy Pooch. She is co-owner of the organic, vegan macrobiotic cafe in Venice, CA called Seed Kitchen.  She has studied with Michio Kushi, world leader of macrobiotic education and found of the Kushi Institute in Becker, MA, which is world renowned. She holds a certificate of recognition from the Kushi Institute International for macrobiotic teaching.

She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1993, which inspired her to learn about natural healing and macrobiotics.  8 years later, she suffered a near fatal car accident in the Arizona desert where she had an out of body experience where she sustained serious injuries.  She overcame these difficult life challenges through practicing and embracing the philosophy of macrobiotics, the 12 step program, and Vipassana meditation.

Sanae has taught and cooked extensively in the US, Japan, the Caribbean, UK and Europe.  It is her desire to help plant a seed of physical, intellectual, and spiritual happiness that will flourish wishing herself and each person she meets.  She is originally from Japan and resides in Santa Monica, CA with her husband Eric Lechasseur, her golden retrievers and alley cats!

Be sure to check out the show notes of Part 1 last week so you can learn more about Sanae and about Macrobiotics.  Without further a due let’s get on with Part 2 of the interview.

Okay so let’s get on with the show.
Here we go…

Well you guys, I hope you like this one.  I know I have had already many guests with lots of different accents which makes me realize how just how many worldly my reach is in this health circle I am in.  One of my next guest will be Canadian & then I want to get my dad on the show & he has a fast Puerto Rican accent so hang in there.. it is only by chance but these are all very special people with so much to share with all of us & I want you to hear from experts whenever possible.

I hope you learned & maybe macrobiotics will be something you want to explore.  Don’t forget to check out the books I listed in the show notes that will be a good starting point for you to begin your journey.  There is a great book which is a true story and it is called:
Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy: A True Story of Discovery, Acting, Health, Illness, Recovery, and Life by Dirk Benedict.  You know he is the actor that was in the A Team series and other movies.  It is an AMAZING story with many details of his healing journey on a macrobiotic journey!  Lloyd read it and was in such amazement he gave that book to about 10 people to read after he read it.  So if you are interested in a good read check it out.  I put the name of it in my show notes.

Well you guys, you know what time it is…
Time to say goodbye.  Thanks for listening

I hope vidalSPEAKS made your day and your brain a little brighter!

Peace & Remember you heal by eating plants!

Be healthy
Be Free

A Reminder About Macrobiotics
(According to Oshawaat) http://www.ohsawamacrobiotics.com/macrobiotics/what-is-macrobiotics

Macrobiotics is the result of the tireless work and vision of George Ohsawa (1893-1966). Ohsawa developed tuberculosis at the age of fifteen. By the time he was eighteen, his mother, younger brother, and younger sister had all died of the same disease. His own illness had progressed to the point that the doctors had given up all hope for him. Determined to overcome his condition, Ohsawa began searching for alternative theories of health. He based his theory and practice of macrobiotics on Sagen Ishizuka’s (1850-1910) theory of balancing mineral salts, the early heaven’s sequence of the I-Ching, yin and yang, and other ancient Eastern concepts. He lived to the age of 73, devoting his life to teaching macrobiotic theory and writing on science, ethics, religion, and philosophy from a macrobiotic point of view.

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. And since the body is always adjusting to changes in the environment and in its own aging process, its needs will always change as well. The idea is to balance the effects of foods eaten with other influences on the body, largely through diet, and to adjust to changes in a controlled and peaceful manner.

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. Every thing has both yin and yang energies, but with either yin or yang in excess. Most of the foods that make up the standard American diet have very strong yin or yang characters and also tend to be acid-forming. In contrast, macrobiotic practice emphasizes the two food groups—grains and vegetables—that have the least pronounced yin and yang qualities, making it easier to achieve a more balanced condition within the natural order of life. Living within the natural order means eating only what is necessary for one’s condition and desires, and learning to adjust in a peaceful way to life’s changes. Learning the effects of different foods allows one to consciously counteract other influences and maintain a dynamically balanced state. The resulting freedom from fear and the new sense of control are two of the most important benefits of a macrobiotic practice.

A macrobiotic practice encourages the body’s natural ability to heal itself. If the body is not burdened by toxins and excesses, it can function better and thus heal any illness that does occur. Anybody who begins a macrobiotic diet goes through a period of healing, beginning with the elimination of accumulated toxins and excesses. Those who are already following a macrobiotic diet may also have periodic health problems, and can adjust their diets accordingly. Of course, there are factors other than diet that affect health; true macrobiotic practice emphasizes balancing extremes in all areas. Finally, the goal of macrobiotics is not to avoid death, which is part of the cycle of life. Rather, it seeks to ensure that each person’s life is long, healthy, and enjoyable.

The conventional nutritional approach holds that each individual needs certain amounts of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals each day, based on a statistical average of everybody’s needs. This makes the recommended daily allowances easy to comprehend, but does not allow for the uniqueness of each individual’s changing needs. It eventually leads to stagnant thinking. The macrobiotic approach maintains that what works for one person will not necessarily work for another, and that what works one day may not work the next. Therefore, using macrobiotic principles means to determine the foods best suited to us based on our current condition and what we want to become. In other words, a macrobiotic approach requires a change in thinking from a static view of life to a dynamic and flexible one. This leads to real freedom. The first and most important step is to change from a diet based on meat and sugar to one based on grains and vegetables.

Very few people can make such a radical shift overnight. Instead, most people learn macrobiotics in stages.


About Macrobiotics

Kushi Institute is the leading macrobiotic educational center in the world. Here students from around the globe attend residential-style programs on the macrobiotic approach to health and healing.

About Mr. Kushi
A well known teacher and spokesperson, Mr. Kushi is also known for his dedication to the cause of world peace, and is the founder of The One Peaceful World Society. A prolific writer, Mr. Kushi is the author of several dozen books, including The Macrobiotic Way, The Cancer Prevention Diet, The Book of Macrobiotics, and One Peaceful World. Among his many recognitions, he has received the Award of Excellence from the United Nations Society of Writers. Mr. Kushi was honored for his work in June, 1999, when the Smithsonian Institution announced the acquisition of his collected work as part of their permanent collection. That same month, Mr. Kushi was asked to speak before the United States Congress during a hearing on the role of diet in relationship to breast cancer.

Books  – (You can find on products page at vidalSPEAKS.com)

  • Healthy, Happy Pooch by Sanae Suzuki
  • The Hip Chic’s Guide to Macrobiotics by Jessica Porter
  • Macrobiotic Home Remedies by Michio Kushi
  • Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy: A True Story of Discovery, Acting, Health, Illness, Recovery, and Life by Dirk Benedict


Well…. you know what time it is…
Time to say goodbye

Thanks for listening.
Hope you enjoyed the show!

Remember…. the healing power is in PLANTS!

  • Be Healthy
  • Be Free
  • Thanks for listening!

Deborah VIDAL