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Healing Through Food

Healing Through Food

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Published by: AnonymousFarmer on May 13, 2011
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 Promoting Health and Healing Through Food: ContrastingMacrobiotics and Conventional Orthodox Perspectives
MSc in Health Education and Health PromotionBy:Sayeeda Ihsan Walker
This dissertation is submitted in part fulfilment of the requirements for theaward of MSc in Health Education and Health Promotion at the Department of Educational and Professional StudiesKing’s College LondonSeptember 2004
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “Whoever is not thankful to peoplewill not be thankful to God” (Yusuf, 2004: 38).I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to everyone who has lent the slightesteffort in accomplishing this work. In specific, I would like to thank the many peoplewho shared their priceless time, experiences, and insights with me and everyone whoreads this work. I thank you all for contributing to help in the spread of knowledgeand awareness. I would also like to express my gratitude to my instructors for their support, encouragement, and assistance.Last but not least I would like to thank the many great people that played key roles ininspiring me to understand, experience, and share my knowledge with others.A grand thanks to my mother Amina Roma, and my father Saliem Walker. I hope mygratitude have manifested itself through my actions.2
This dissertation explores and analyses individuals adopting the macrobiotic philosophy or ‘way of life’ experiences, beliefs, and attitudes concerning their health.It explores the relationship between this diet and their health. The question of thisstudy is
can health and healing be promoted through diet 
? If so how effective is it?Chapter one briefly introduces my incentive behind this study, and my personalexperience with this diet. Chapter two sets the background and is divided into fivemain points of discussion: a holistic account of health and healing is discussed;macrobiotic as a holistic approach; a brief account of nutrition and its development;two views of how food affects us; and theories on understanding change. Chapter three presents the methodological structure used to conduct this study. I have adopteda phenomenological approach to justify the reason why I shared my personalexperiences, and the important role it plays in me being able to interpret andunderstand the experiences of my interviewees, as well as addressing the ethicalissues concerning this study.In chapter four I analyse and discuss the findings of this study, where six individualsare interviewed. This results in the emergence of six broad themes: diversity indefining macrobiotics and its principles; the impact of food on health; reflecting onconcepts supported by the empowerment and salutogenic models of health; why thisdiet? Challenges in adapting to new ways; and is this diet suitable for everyone?Furthermore, the relationships between these themes are discussed. Evidence from thedata obtained indicates the need for further research concerning the selection of averity, in relations to individual’s ethnic origins, culture, statues, and periodical stageof practicing this diet.3

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