Questions have come up from patients about Macrobiotic Diets and Cancer Treatment.

According to the American Cancer Society, a MACROBIOTIC DIET is a generally vegetarian and consists largely of whole grains, cereals, and cooked vegetables. More extreme versions of the diet that consist solely of cooked whole grains but are no longer promoted.

A diet consisting mostly of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains is associated with general health benefits and lower risk for several diseases, and a macrobiotic diet, by virtue of its main components, can also achieve these benefits.

As the standard macrobiotic diet contains 50 to 60% whole grains, 20 – 25% fruits and vegetables and the remaining percentage “others”,  it is important to ensure that proper nutritional balance is achieved to ensure a full balance of nutrients is being consumer. You may want to consult your doctor or nutritionist.

An important goal of a macrobiotic diet is to balance the yin and yang- the two elementary and complementary energy forms that, according to ancient Asian spiritual traditions, are present within all people, foods, and objects. These two forces must be balanced in order to achieve health and vitality. Overall a macrobiotic diet is considered to be a way of life not just a diet.

Although available scientific evidence does not support claims that a macrobiotic diet is effective in treating cancer there continues to be much research in this area. Before making the decision to try this style of eating, it is recommended that you consult your physician or nutritionist.