The Macrobiotic diet prevents radiation sickness amongst atomic bomb survivors in Japan.
With the beginning of the atomic age in 1945, nuclear energy became a major personal and planetary health issue. Atmospheric atomic and hydrogen bomb testing as well as nuclear accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl in the 1970s and 1980s released radioactive particles into the environment that have been associated with causing leukemia, lymphoma, and other cancers; birth defects; anemia, and other diseases. Several foods, especially miso and sea vegetables, have a strong neutralizing effect on radioactivity and can help the body release Strontium-90 and other particles from the body.
In August 1945, at the time of the atomic bombing of Japan, Tatsuichiro Akizuki, M.D. , was director of the Department of Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Nagasaki. Most patients in the hospital, located one mile from the centre of the blast, survived the initial effects of the bomb, but soon after came down with symptoms of radiation sickness from the fallout that had been released. Dr. Akizuki fed his staff and patients a strict macrobiotic diet of brown rice, miso soup, wakame, kombu seaweed and other sea vegetables, Hokkaido pumpkin, and sea salt and prohibited the consumption of sugar and sweets. As a result, he saved everyone in his hospital while many other survivors in the city perished from the radiation sickness.
“I gave the cooks and staff strict orders that they should make unpolished wholegrain brown rice balls, add salt to them, prepare strong miso soup for each meal, and never use sugar. Sugar will destroy your blood!...
“This dietary method made it possible for me to remain alive and go on working vigorously as a doctor. The radioactivity may not have been a fatal dose, but thanks to this method. Brother Iwanaga, Reverend Noguchi, Chief nurse Miss Murai, other staff members and in-patients as well as myself, all kept on living in the lethal ashes of the bombed ruins. It is thanks to the Macrobiotic diet that all of us can work for people day after day, overcoming fatigue or symptoms of atomic disease and survive the disaster free from severe symptoms of radioactivity.
Sources: Tatsuichiro Akizuki, M.D. Nagasaki 1945 (Lodon, Quarter Books, 1981); Tatsuichiro Akizuki, “How we survived Nagasaki,” East West Journal, December 1980; “Let Food be Thy medicine”, Alex Jack 1999.
Other scientific findings on the benefits of miso:
Types of unpasteurized miso available and distributed by Unsui Macrobiotics in Malaysia are:
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