Michio Kushi

The Kushi Institute

Michio Kushi was born into a family of educators in Japan on May 17, 1926. As a boy, he lived for a time in Hiroshima, where his father was professor of Western history at the university, specializing in the Renaissance. His mother taught at the Catholic Women's Holy Ghost High School in Akita city and later served as a judge in the family court in Tokyo.

During World War II, Mr. Kushi studied political science and law at Tokyo University. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki made a deep impression on him, and he decided to devote his life to world peace and harmony. After the war, he continued graduate studies in Tokyo in international law. He came to the United States in 1949 to pursue his studies of global peace. In New York, he continued graduate studies at Columbia University.

While still in Japan, Mr. Kushi studied briefly with George Ohsawa at the Student World Government Association in Hiyoshi, near Tokyo. Ohsawa taught that food was the key to health and that health was the key to peace. By returning to a traditional diet of whole, natural foods, he believed that humanity would regain its physical and mental balance and become more peaceful. Then while living in New York, he experienced positive changes in his own health and consciousness after changing his way of eating. Over the next ten years, with the support of his wife, Aveline, Mr. Kushi began to study traditional and modern approaches to diet and health and natural order and to teach macrobiotics (the Greek term for "Great Life" or "Long Life," first used by Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine).

In the early 1960's, Mr. Kushi and his family moved to Boston and founded Erewhon, the nation's pioneer natural foods distributor, to make organically grown whole foods and naturally processed foods available. Erewhon Trading Company was sold in 1983.

During the last twenty-five years, Mr. Kushi has lectured in the United States and around the world on diet, health consciousness, and the peaceful meeting of East and West. In 1971 his students founded the East West Journal, and in the following year the East West Foundation was started to spread macrobiotic education and research. In 1978, Michio and Aveline founded the Kushi Institute, and educational organization for the training of future leaders of society, including macrobiotic teachers, counselors, and cooks, with affiliates around the world. As a further means toward addressing problems of world health and world peace, Mr. Kushi established Macrobiotic Congresses which met periodically in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, drawing delegates from many states and nation.

Over the years, Michio Kushi's life and teachings have been profiled in the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, Life Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, Paris-Match, Interview Magazine, and many other publications. He has been a guest speaker at the American Holistic Medical Association, the International Physicians Conference on Cancer, The Worldwide Congress on Human Rights, Le Linge Blue, and the World Symposium of Humanity. In 1985, he was named General President of the World Federation of Natural Alternative Medicine, an association of 300 natural medical health care organizations with international headquarters in Madrid. He has met with government and social leaders at the United Nations, the World Health Organization, UNESCO, the White House, and in many foreign countries. His seminars and lectures on the relation of diet and degenerative disease and the reconstruction of modern humanity have attracted thousands of doctors, nurses, nutritionists, and other health care professionals. Medical researchers at Harvard Medical School, the Framingham Heart Study, Boston University, Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, and other universities, hospitals, and clinics have reported on the benefits of the macrobiotic diet in The New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and other professional journals.

Michio Kushi has written several dozen books including The Book of Macrobiotics, The Cancer-Prevention Diet, Diet for a Strong Heart, One Peaceful World and AIDS, Macrobiotics, and Natural Immunity. He and his wife have five children and thirteen grandchildren.

For more information, visit http://www.michiokushi.org.

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