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Newsletter February 2013..

Thriving After Stomach Cancer
$50 Discount on the MINII Way to Health Program
What People Are Saying ...
Making a Difference
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Thriving After Stomach Cancer
Kit Kitatani

Kit Kitatani -
Living the Great Life

"macro"= Great  "bios" = Life

Recently we received an inquiry from someone diagnosed with stomach cancer, wondering if there were people who had recovered from this condition with the support of macrobiotics.

I immediately thought of long-time macrobiotic and Kushi Institute supporter Kit Kitatani, who in 1983 was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer and told he had only six months to two years left to live. Kit credits his successful full recovery to macrobiotics. 

Born in Japan, Kim was 51 and working for the United Nations in New York when he started having health issues, including trouble sleeping, feeling lethargic, waning appetite, and a persistent sore on his tongue. Seeking medical help, he was diagnosed with a peptic ulcer, but medications did not relieve any of the symptoms.

In 1983 during an endoscopy, doctors discovered a huge ulcer with a tumor in its center. Within days an operation was performed and three quarters of Kit's stomach was removed. The tumor had not penetrated the stomach wall, which led the doctors to feel optimistic for Kit's full recovery. After spending some time in the hospital recovering from the operation, right before his discharge date biopsy results showed the cancer had metastasized throughout his lymph system. His doctors now considered his condition terminal.

Returning home Kit started chemotherapy, but this soon had to be discontinued because his white blood cell count stayed at a very low level. His oncologist determined that Kit's bone marrow had stopped producing blood, which he said was very unusual under Kit's circumstances.There was no other treatment the doctors could offer.

During this trying period, Kit and his wife Akiko attended a social event, where he encountered Joyce, a former colleague from the UN. Joyce had been struggling with cancer the last time he had seen her. "She looked like a ghost then, her hair was gone, and we thought for sure we would be losing her shortly," Kit recalls. Yet she now looked radiant and wonderful, prompting Kit's curiosity. Joyce explained how macrobiotics had helped her recover.

Inspired by Joyce's story, Kit purchased books on macrobiotics and found a macrobiotic counselor who periodically came to New York. A few months later Kit and Akiko went to Boston for a consultation for Kit with Michio Kushi, during which they were astounded when Michio turned to Akiko and, without any prior knowledge of Akiko's condition, accurately described health issues she was having. After the consultation Michio and Kit spent some time discussing the United Nations and their favorite topic: world peace. That was the start of their long friendship.  

Following Michio's advice Kit started improving, and within three years Kit's doctor announced Kit had been totally free of cancer long enough that the doctor considered him cured, and Kit no longer needed to come back for follow-up visits.

With fully returned health Kit went back to work for the UN, first choosing a field assignment in Burma as a UN Resident Representative. His work for the UN culminated with serving as UNDP Resident Representative in Myanmar (1986-1990) and Assistant Secretary-General/Deputy Executive Director, UN Population Fund (1990-1993). In 1993 he retired from the UN, and from that time until 2000 Kit served as Senior Advisor to UNDP.

In 1994, Kit established "2050," an NGO (non-governmental organization) dedicated to making the world a better place by promoting awareness among the Japanese public of such global issues as the environment, population and poverty. 2050 also focuses on enhancing the status of women in developing countries through education and revenue producing activities.

Kit is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Foundation for Global Environment and Peace. He actively participates in international meetings and delivers speeches on global issues all over Japan as well as countries across the world.

From the time Kit recovered from cancer he has actively shared his story of the role macrobiotics played in his recovery, and how it continues to support his good health. While working for the UN he established a United Nations Macrobiotic Society, where health-oriented people working at the UN can regularly meet and discuss macrobiotic principles and practice.

Kit and Akiko own a home in Becket near Kushi Institute, and when they visit I am always amazed at how they have the same strong vitality and abundant happiness as when I first met them decades ago. Truly examples of a Great Life, they are inspirations to us all.

Mirea Ellis
Mirea Ellis is the Kushi Institute's Assistant Director
as well as being on the teaching faculty, and has
known Kit and his family since the mid 1980's

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What you gain can bring positive benefits  
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to transform your health

February Discount
$50 OFF
MINI Way to Health
February 14 to 17, 2013

Regular program fee: $475
After discount only $425

This low fee included the

full program and all meals

Economical housing options start at $75
($25 per night for the 3 nights)

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"Everyone was wonderful, each complimenting the others with his/her unique perspective and knowledge, providing a coherent program. There is also a sense of caring about each participant that is very genuine. I feel a sense of calm and feel much more positive with respect to dealing with my lymphoma."   


        Laura Mosso     


To read inspiring stories from people who reached their health and healing goals after attending Kushi Institute programs click here 

Programs and Events Calendar




Kushi Institute programs are
a life-changing experience!


Click on a program name below  

for more information 




Free Open House  

Mini classes, snacks, tour and more.   

Offered twice a year.

Upcoming Dates: 

May 18

November 2


Way to Health 

7 days  - Sunday to Saturday


The best program for those facing health challenges, or
those that want to optimize their already good health.

Offered every month!

Upcoming dates:

February 17 - 23

March 17 - 23

April 28 - May 4


7 days- Sunday to Saturday 

Our most hands-on cooking program.You can also
combine with the Way to Health program for a 2-week stay.

Offered every month!

Upcoming dates:

February 24- March 2

March 24 - March 30

May 5 - 11

4 days - Thursday to Sunday


Selected classes from Way to Health. A great introduction
to macrobiotics, or for those who need a shorter program.

Offered most months!

Upcoming dates:

February 14-17

March 14 - 17

April 25 - 28 


3 days - Friday to Sunday
or 1 day - attend only Saturday

A unique body immersion workshop. Gain greater flexibility,
grace, and coordination. Designed for all ages, and fitness levels.
Upcoming date:
February 7 - 10

8-Day Healthy Weight Loss

8 days - Sunday to Sunday


Release emotional eating patterns and gain tools and tips for
health improvement and melting those pounds away!

Offered two times per year 

Upcoming dates:

March 31 - April 7  

September 29 - October 6 


Women's Retreat 

7 days - Sunday to Saturday 


Designed by and for women, this is a week of extraordinary
renewal and rejuvenation. 

Offered two times per year 

Upcoming dates: 

April 7 - 13
August 4 - 10   


Macrobiotic Leadership Certificate  
Program (Levels)

Choose your time frame - between one week and three months


The most in-depth and comprehensive macrobiotic
program available!

Upcoming Dates:
The next full series of Levels starts on April 14.

Early Payment Discount - Save $398 when you
register for Level 1 and pay in full by March 14.

4 days - Thursday to Sunday


Over 400 attendees and an international faculty of experts
make this the most exciting macrobiotic event of the year! 

Upcoming Date: 

August 1 - 4


Click HERE to see the full calendar  
Help Make A Real Difference
In Someone's Life
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Each year Kushi Institute provides a significant number of people with scholarships for the Way to Health and Way To Health PLUS programs program, where they learn how to use the macrobiotic approach to health and healing to improve their health.


Most often, these individuals have had a drastic decline in income due to loss of health, and cannot attend these life-altering programs without Kushi Institute sponsorship with reduced-fee assistance.


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Choose one method below to make you our tax-deductible donation and help someone live a better, healthier life!

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Winners of Kushi Institute's Annual Drive Raffle:
Lorelei McMorrow - The Book of Macrobiotics by Michio Kushi 


Dorothy Ford - $50 Kushi Store Gift Certificate 


Rita Haas - R&R for 2 for 2 nights 


Tara Moghadam - Way to Health PLUS   

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