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Me Natural Healing through —— Macrobiotics by Michio Kushi Foreword by Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D. Edited by Edward Esko with Mare van Cauwenberghe, M.D. 7 | APAN PUBLICATIONS, INC. —t 1 Foreword Michio Kushi has done it again! Following closely upon his landmark publication, The Book of Macrobiotics, he has now issued a powerful challenge to conventional American medicine in this new book, Natural Healing through Macrobiotics. This volume appears just in time! ‘The past few decades have witnessed a widespread and justifiable decline of public confidence in conventional American medicine. Indeed, much of what is called “modern medicine” is now suspect of not existing at all. If one scrutinizes the six major specialties, it-becomes difficult to identify, once the camouflage is removed, how much residual reality is left. Pediatrics, my own specialty, had no more than a few thousand practitioners in the first four decades of this century, and grew hardly at all until the “Rosie the Riverters” went to work in the armament factories in World War Ll, providing a shot-in-the-arm to the infant formula industry. Since then, pediatricians have in- creased at least tenfold and infant formula sales many times that number. Without pediatric sanction, there is no way that the milk of cows and the juice of soybeans could have replaced the milk of human mothers so quickly and completely. Ina major midwestern state university serving mostly the poor, the incidence of breast feeding mothers dropped from 99% to 1% ina ten year period. And why not, when pediatricians and their fellow travelers, nurses and social workers, handed out free commercial formula to every mother who delivered a'baby. This “gift” was ac- companied by the sweet lies of the physician, seducing women already pushed to work either through economic necessity or the propaganda of “fulfillment.” The false assurances of these specialties lulled at least two generations of mothers into a dream world of security, enabling them to unthinkingly, but ever so trustingly expose their tender infants to the nightmare of diseases practically never found in breast fed babies (acrodermatitis enteropathica, hypocalcemic tetany, neonatal hypo- thyroidism, E. coli meningitis, necrotizing enterecolitis, and sudden infant death), and to insure that these infants would in later years manifest a high incidence of gastroenteritis, pneumonia, eczema, hayfever, asthma, obesity, hypertension and arteriosclerosis. Of course, pediatricians operated with the purest of motives, but they cannot claim ignorance as an excuse. They knew the truth, since scientific studies, almost without exception, repeatedly showed the higher rates of death and illness associated with formula feedings. Then, why did they do it? Why did they tell mothers—and fathers—in honeyed words that formulas were an acceptable substitute for human milk? Why did they lead mothers and babies down the primrose path leading to such a macabre end? The reasons are probably multiple, including greed (pediatricians and pediatrics probably could not exist without the formula manufacturers), stupidity (physicians as a group throughout history have not been noted for independence of intellect). (s} 8] FOREWORD and severe pneumonia, becomes counter-productive when prescribed for the common cold. Cortisone, originally used for Addison's disease, becomes nightmarish when prescribed for sunburn, and I see as much hope of reversing this trend as of any other historical efforts to put the genii back in the bottle. While the 5% exceptions must be noted, it remains crucial to generalize (although doctors are taught, with good reason for their own protection, not to make general- izations) since only by generalizing can learning and wisdom be attained. And the generalization is that the golden age of American medicine is over. Indeed, the only way in which modern medi asa reli systems. cine can be understood is by regarding it n—the religion of a secular society that has rejected its traditional value Modern medicine has at least ten of the essential components of a religion: 1. A belief system, modern medical science, which can no more be validated than the proofs of other churches of the existence of God. 2. A’priestly class—the M.D.’s. 3. Temples—the hospitals 4, Acolytes and vestal maidens—nurses, so workers and para-professionals. 5. Vestments refiecting hierarchical status—the color and length of M.D.’s gowns signify their rank. 6. Arich princely class supporting the church—drug companiés, insurance com- panies and formula houses. 7. Acconfessional—the history must be given truthfully to the physician. 8. An absolution—the reassuring pat on the back—“you’re fine, come back next year.”” 9. Selling of indulgences—the outrageous fees, likely to bring down this modern church just as it did the medieval church. 10. Similarity of language—I have confidence in my plumber, but “I have faith in my doctor; the doctor-patient relationship is “sacred.” Once medicine is regarded as no more thari—and no jess than religious system, it can then be treated as such, and compared with other religious healing systems. Unfortunately, the religion of modern medicine proves to be worship of a god who fails to answer, who is powerless and who, in fact, deceives. This, of course, is the definition of idolatry, and in this context all-of modern medicine becomes under- standable. ‘The false god of modern medicine even goes so far as to require, like his pre- decessor gods of heathen religions thousands of years ago, child sacrifices. The ancient Moloch of those idolatries demanded that parents, in order to insure success- ful crops, pass their children through physical fire. The modern Moloch similarly demands that parents pass chemical fire (heat-sterilized formula) through their children. The purpose is similar—infant formula insures that mothers and fathers can both go to work to achieve sustenance and success. Scientific studies as well as historical evidence clearly prove the sacrifice of life’ and health resulting from infant formula compared to breast milk, and only the approval of the physician-priest enables mothers and fathers to equate cows’ milk to human milk. Indeed, were physicians to behave according to the standards of science and honesty, formula feeding a baby would doubtless be considered child abuse. ‘A large part of the reason for the failure of the religion of modern medicine lies