Olaf Fischer
Kushi Institute

    center for natural healing

Kushi Store
Recovery Testimonial
A Message From Our Director
Recipe: Apple Filet with Aduki Glaze
Help Us Help Others

Olaf Fischer
 Kushi Store
Your online source for the highest quality macrobiotic food, books, cookware and more

Book of the Month:
Love, Sanae
by Sanae Suzuki

Love, Sanae
 Stunningly beautiful
 photographs and
 delicious healthy 
 recipes make
this a
addition to
 everyone's cookbook

 With a forward by
 Michio Kushi, this is
the third cookbook in the "Love" series of vegan macrobiotic books by Sanae and
her husband Eric Lechasseur.

The 120 recipes in the book were chosen
by Sanae from those she used to heal
herself from cancer and a near-fatal car
accident, an inspiring story of despair,
strength, hope and miraculous recovery
she shares in Love, Sanae.

See below for one of Sanae's delicious recipes from the book, a perfect dessert for the season - Apple Filet with Aduki Glaze.


Call 800-645-8744

    clapping    Kushi Institute programs are
a life-changing

And a special BIG discount on
December programs!

A wonderful gift for someone you love!

Click on a title below for more information

Thanksgiving Dinner
and optional holiday weekend workshops
November 25, 26, and 27

Way to Health every month!

Nov 7-13
Dec 5-11 Two for one discount! *
Jan 23-29
Feb 20-26

Way to Health PLUSU
Jan 30-Feb 5
Feb 27-Mar 5

MINI Way to Health
Nov 18-21
Dec 2 - 5 Two for one discount! *
Jan 6-9
Feb 10-13

Macrobiotic Leadership Certificate

Level 1 starts
Jan 9-Feb 5
Level 2: Feb 6-Mar 5

*Special December Discounts
2 for the price of 1

Sign up 1 person for Way to Health or
MINI Way to Health in December and
bring along a 2nd person at NO CHARGE for the full program and meals.

Join Our Mailing List

An Amazing Story
Macrobiotics literally translates as "great" or "long" (macro) and "life" (biotic), or great, long life, which is certainly what we'd all like to achieve. While most Americans consider growing older comes along with unavoidable health decline, Catherine L. Albanese, describes below how macrobiotics helped her overcome health issues and achieve the good health it takes to lead a dynamic and fulfilling life - at 70!

Achieving Great Health and Vitality -
Midlife and Beyond
Catherine L. Albaneseyoga

A few months ago, I had a significant birthday. My vegan birthday cake read, "With gratitude for 70 years." The Kushi Institute and macrobiotics are a large part of what I am grateful for, since I have now been macrobiotic for 24 years. 

Along the way, I successfully eliminated a kidney stone naturally and without pain using Kushi recommendations. I also eliminated a long-standing yeast infection in my digestive tract. When menopause came and went, it was a nonevent in my life-no hot flashes, no mood swings, no anything except skipped and then disappeared cycles.
Now in 2010, at 70, I practice Iyengar yoga (including 10-minute headstands), Pilates (with 2 different instructors), and taiji (including 3 long movement forms and 8 sword and saber forms).  For the last 5 years until my recent partial retirement, I chaired a world-class department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I sing in the Santa Barbara Master Chorale and another local chorus. I have only a touch of gray in my hair, which has actually darkened with continued sea-vegetable use.

The only glasses I wear are a pair of reading glasses from the drugstore (125 or 150, depending on which pair I have on).

Unlike others in my family, I have no sign of arthritis or osteoporosis. I am free and flexible and deeply enjoying life.  And now I hope to become a macrobiotic counselor.  Truly, it has been a great life!

Cooking Class Right SpaceBringing Science to

In February of 2002, as part of an NIH (National  Institutes of Health) research project studying alternative approaches to cancer recovery, the Kushi Institute presented medically documented cases of individuals who had used  macrobiotics to support their successful recovery from cancer.

The NIH project, called The Best Case Series, was structured as a review panel of cancer experts, medical professionals and research scientists. The goal was to do a preliminary assessment of each alternative method studied, and if the method seemed valid, to look at how else validating the effectiveness of the alternative might be supported by the federal government. All the cases presented by Kushi Institute had been metastatic late stage cancers, the type of cancers medical establishments rarely see recovery, such as pancreatic or malignant melanoma metastasized throughout the abdomen and in the colon.

During the review panel members noted from the medical evidence that they would not have expected these individuals to have survived their cancers. The panel was quite impressed by the results and deemed macrobiotics warranted further study.
For more on the CAPCAM panel and their study of Kushi Institute cases go to http://www.kushiinstitute.org/html/government.html.
As a sequel to this major step forward, we are now ready to continue to bring science to macrobiotics and build increased credibility with the science community.

We are very excited to announce that the medical doctor who presented our cases at the Best Case Series, George W. Yu, M.D., has approached us to take part in a new study.

During the Best Case Series review of our cases it was noted by panel members that in all individuals reviewed there was a significant loss of internal visceral body fat which coincided with tumor regression. They attributed the visceral fat loss due to a lower calorie intake. Low calorie diets, also known as Calorie Restricted (CR) diets have been studied for over 70 years showing reduced risk of aging and disease.
A common feature of a macrobiotic diet and lifestyle is healthy weight loss, and though reasons for the visceral fat loss noted by the CAPCAM panel may be multiple (such as specific types of foods consumed, or not consumed, in the macrobiotic diet) it is the caloric restriction aspect of macrobiotics which Dr. Yu is specifically interested in, and is now developing a research project looking at the effects of macrobiotics and caloric restriction on people with melanoma or breast cancer with residual skin lesions of disease.

Participants of the study will need to meet certain requirements, including:

  1. Be newly diagnosed and have had no previous treatment and do not elect conventional treatment.
  2. All of the traditional treatment such as chemo therapy, radiation, and surgery have failed and they are not currently on medical treatment.
  3. Must be active and have good performance measurements.
We will be part of this small but very important study, for which three participants will be selected. Research will include looking at gene expression changes before and after a 6 months period in which participants will follow a macrobiotic plan designed for them by Kushi Institute counselors. After an initial study period at Kushi Institute, where they will learn how to follow the counselor's recommendations at home, they will be monitored by Kushi Institute and research staff to support compliance to their diet, which is necessary to make this study worthwhile.

This will not be the first human study of this kind. CR studies began at Washington University in St. Louis in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Spindler of University of California Riverside  UCR CA and are ongoing at present. This is a very exciting opportunity for us, and part of our long-held goal of showing the world that what we see every day at Kushi Institute can be verified by science.
We will keep you informed as preparations for the study move forward.

Health and Peace,

Olaf Fischer
Executive Director
Kushi Institute

Apple Filet with Aduki Glaze
by Sanae Suzuki
from her book
Love, Sanae
apple filet

For the apples:
4 c purified water
1-2 organic red apples
1 pinch sea salt
Azuki Glaze

To make the apples:
In a large pot, bring the water to a boil.
In the meantime, slice the apples in half and remove the cores.

Slice apples again from top to bottom into half-moon wedges, about 1/4 inch thick. Set aside.

Add sea salt to the boiling water and sliced apples. Cook for 2 minutes.

Drain off the water and allow the apples to cool off.

Transfer slices to serving plates and drizzle with Azuki Glaze.

For the glaze:
1 c azuki beans
purified water
1-inch piece of kombu
pinch of sea salt
2 tablespoons rice syrup

To make the glaze:
Wash and sort the azuki beans.Place kombu on the bottom of the pot, layer washed beans on top and add enough water to cover the beans.

Bring to a boil over medium-high flame. Place a flame deflector under the pot, and add
1 1/2 c of additional water (to help soften the beans faster).

Bring to a boil again and add another 1 1/2 c of water. You can repeat this process one more time. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until beans are soft and still have their shape.

Add sea salt and simmer another 1 1/2 hour.

Add the rice syrup to sweeten. Cook off the remaining liquid until the desired thickness is achieved. Serve drizzled over the Apple Filet.

This delicious glaze can be eaten by itself or served with amazake cream or pan fried mochi.

Help Us Help Others
Scholarship Fund Needs Your Support

Each year Kushi Institute provides a significant number of
people with scholarships for the Way to Health program,
where they learn how to use the macrobiotic approach to
health and healing to improve their health.

Those who receive scholarships are facing a serious illness and have
very limited funds. Most often, these individuals have had a drastic
decline in income due to loss of health, and cannot attend
the Way to Health program without a scholarship.

We never turn anyone away!
Your support can save lives!

Your donation is tax deductible

We appreciate any size donations!
Choose one method below to make a donation to Kushi Institute and
help someone have a better, healthier life!
  • Click HERE to make a secure credit card donation online.
  • Call us at 1-800-975-8744 and use your credit card.
  • Send a check, payable to Kushi Institute, and mail to:  Kushi Institute Donations, 198 Leland Road, Becket, MA 01223
Top of page

PLEASE NOTE: we are in the process of changing over to a Facebook fan page. If you are currently a 'friend' and want to continue receiving communications from us, click below. It will take you to the new Kushi Institute page. Once there, Click on 'LIKE'.
Find us on Facebook

Want to know about special events and offers, and receive free recipes and articles?
Join Our Mailing List
Kushi Institute is a federally approved 501-C-3 non-profit educational organization. Discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability is contrary to the principles and policies of Kushi Institute