What is a Macrobiotic Cancer Diet?

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  • Last Modified Date: 16 July 2019
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The macrobiotic cancer diet is a nutritional approach designed to improve overall health and lessen the risk of various diseases, including cancer. It is a vegetarian approach to eating that generally encourages people to eat grains above all other kinds of food. It also goes hand in hand with an entire holistic lifestyle and various spiritual implications, although many people try the diet without applying any of these other aspects.

This diet was developed in Japan by a man named George Ohsawa in the early 1930s. His idea was basically to combine Buddhism with an entire approach to living, including an approach to dieting. He started promoting the diet around the world during the 1930s. In its purest form, his macrobiotic cancer diet is also a way of living and goes much further than just eating.

There are many different levels of the macrobiotic cancer diet. In general, it is a very restrictive approach to eating, but the extent of that can change depending on the variation of the diet a person is following. One of the most extreme approaches to the diet was to eat only rice and water, but that method was eventually deemed unhealthy. Many people following the macrobiotic cancer diet use a vegan approach, and they may even leave off certain vegetables because they are considered toxic. Others may include some amount of fish in their diet and use less overall restriction.


Some people following the macrobiotic cancer diet have had some nutritional issues. The main problem is that they may not get enough protein, which can lead to things like anemia. Some variations of the diet can lead to more problems than others, and some people may take supplements to overcome these issues.

Another aspect of the macrobiotic cancer diet is a heavy focus on avoiding toxins. This can extend into the person's lifestyle as well. For example, followers of this diet may avoid using any kind of chemical agents to clean their houses or control household pests.

Some experts suggest that there is very little evidence for the effectiveness of the diet. There haven't been very many actual studies of the diet, so there is generally not absolute proof either way. Some studies do show that grains may help prevent some kinds of cancer, including colon cancer, and this could be considered supporting evidence for certain aspects of the diet. There is also evidence that cutting back on fat intake may help with various circulatory diseases, and the macrobiotic cancer diet is a very low-fat eating approach.



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