Questions and Answers

Here are some articles by Carl Ferré that answer frequently asked questions. Questions may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Starting Off Right?

To me, the principles are much more valuable than a diet. Following a macrobiotic diet such as the so-called Standard Macrobiotic Diet is a steppingstone used while one is studying and learning the principles and their applications.....

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How Can I Do Better?

So, my first suggestion would be to work on “change” and developing your judgment.
In other words, rather than trying to fit yourself into the mold of standard advice, use macrobiotic principles for your own condition and purposes.
So, my first suggestion would be to work on “change” and developing your judgment. In other words, rather than trying to fit yourself into the mold of standard advice, use macrobiotic principles for your own condition and purposes.....

 

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Myths About Meat?

I do agree that those new to macrobiotics be advised to avoid animal products until they have studied the principles long enough to understand their proper use and quantity...What I would ask of everyone is to be more tolerant of what it means to be practicing macrobiotics. The more inclusive all people can be the better....

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Acid/Alkaline, Calcium, Sweet Cravings, and Healing Diet

Basically, the modern typical diet of meat and sugar is very acid forming ... Vegetables are alkaline-forming and thus of some help, but most people don’t or can’t eat enough to fully balance an ex-cessive meat and sugar intake....

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The Power of God's Love

One of Ohsawa’s greatest teachings is the unifying principle by which every-thing that can be viewed as antagonistic is also seen as complementary ... Viewing things from the perspective of Oneness (the Infinite World), we begin to understand Satan is necessary for us to know God....

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What to Do About Milk?

When a child begins a macrobiotic practice, es-pecially those kindergarten age or younger, it is us-ually because the parents have decided it is best for the child. In this case, the parents have the addition-al responsibility for the child’s choices and health. In my opinion, it is also the parent’s responsibility to be open and honest with the child or children....

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Which Miso to Use?

There are many varieties available both from Japan and from domestic companies. Assuming the miso is traditionally made, the main macrobiotic consideration is the yin or yang quality of the miso in question. Chemically-processed misos are not recommended of course....

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Liver Virus and B12 Risk

In all cases the best approach is to determine the underlying cause. It is true that macrobiotic literature refers to the liver as a more yang organ and a rapidly growing virus would appear to be a more yin symptom. However,...

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More on Coconut Oil

Ohsawa taught non-credo—do not believe—try it and determine for yourself the proper use and quantity. ... Each person needs to decide for herself or himself if and how much coconut oil is appropriate and the best ways to use it in his or her own practice.... 

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Richet's Returns?

Macrobiotics, like life, is not stagnant. A truly macrobiotic diet is one that changes daily as one’s condition, needs, and purpose changes. ... In other words, we must not confuse a diet de-signed for temporary use by a sick person with one that should be eaten by healthy persons....

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