Article from EMC, by Donna Quartermain
Forget the notion that it’s a hippie trend of the 60’s emerging into the ever-progressive 90’s society.
Instead, Macrobiotics has awakened the medical field and the public to the fact that eating healthy can sustain us with a long, healthy life.
“It’s about moving people towards whole foods, especially whole grain products, and away from meat and dairy products – these foods become minor options in the new way of looking at food,” says Blakeney resident Wayne Diotte, founder of Macrobiotics Canada.
Introduced to the East in the ’40s by Japanese born teacher and writer George Oshawa, Macrobiotics can be researched to ancient Greek and biblical times.
Substitute the over-processed store-bought food, which Mr. Diotte says pumps an average of nine extra pounds of chemicals into your body each year, for beans, grains, and vegetables and one has incorporated the main components of the Macrobiotic diet.
The preferred sweeteners are complex carbohydrates, such as barley malts and high-quality rice syrups, which are more readily digested than the refined sugar we eat. Mr. Diotte suggests that if people choose to eat meat, it should be small portions of good quality cuts.
“We emphasize how to make grains, beans, and vegetables the mainstay of diet – how to choose and cook them,” says Mr. Diotte, a former social worker and government administrator who delved into the world of Macrobiotics when he was only 22 years old and “not feeling great.”
He came to the realization that modern science, including doctors, didn’t have all the answers and discovered information was available documenting the fact that “we don’t need to eat massive amounts of sugar and meat.”
He formed Macrobiotics Canada in 1979 and has stepped into the forefront of educating, not only laymen, but doctorsand professionals on how to eat to feel great.
He teaches seminars throughout North America and recently returned from a one week tenure in Boston. His clientele includes a wide array of professionals, including doctors, lawyers, chiropractors, but adds that more than 50 per cent of the people he works with are ” people like you and me.”
He was recently hired by a group of professionals in Michigan State whose purpose is to “retrain the leadership of America.”
Mr. Diotte says their target is the chief executive officers of all large corporations throughout North America.
Several years ago, Mr. Diotte was hired by the RCMP to teach a course. He also hosts a one week summer conference each year at his home in Blakeney which draws people from across North America, with some travelling from as far as Costa Rica.
“The basic issue we are involved in is education and most people still assume the best quality of information relating to their health is available through the public health system.” Explains Mr. Diotte, who provides private counseling for people suffering from a wide range of illnesses including lupus, colitis and even obesity.
“But that’s not a true assumption, but it’s not to say we have all the answers either. Personal responsibility is necessary and that is why Macrobiotics is more popular in the United States.”
He says Canadians have a tendency to go for so-called free advice, whereas Americans don’t have the advantage of Medicare so they seek out other alternatives to health.
Mr. Diotte says there is a Macrobiotic approach to most degenerative diseases including heart disease, cancer, kidney disease and diabetes.
In order to comprehend the mechanism of macrobiotics, Mr. Diotte says it is necessary to reflect back 1,000 years to all traditional cultures, East and West.
Our founding father of medicine, Hypocrites, once said “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
“This common sense principle is at the heart of Macrobiotic understanding.” says Mr. Diotte.
“It’s not that we are against doctors – a lot of doctors are ready to move with this,” he explains.
“And it’s not about a bad dairy industry – it’s about a total lifestyle shift. Daily human food needs to be delicious and the overly processed food are considered to be detrimental to our health.”
When given the proper energy, the body has the capability to heal itself, Mr. Diotte explains, and we are teaching through our ways of approaching health.