Hipchick's Guide to Macrobiotics


Macrobiotic Counselors:

If you are dealing with a serious health condition, you may want to seek the advice of an experienced macrobiotic counselor. There are a bunch of counselors out there. But because they have no national governing body, you can't always be sure of what you are getting.

Some important questions to ask may be:

  • How long have you been a counselor?
  • Is it your primary profession?
  • Where did you study?
  • Have you worked with someone with this condition before?
  • Most importantly, get the names of at least three people that he or she has worked with and speak to them directly.

The richest resources for counselors are:

  • The International Macrobiotic Directory, produced by Robert Mattson. This is a great resource with local addresses and numbers in all states. To order, email him at intermac@earthlink.net or call 510-601-1763.
  • strengthenhealth.org (Denny Waxman's institute, whose faculty consists of very good counselors)
  • kushiinstitute.org (The Kushi Institute, which has counselors)

Names of counselors who have been around a long time:

  • Michio Kushi (Brookline, MA)
  • Michael Rossoff (Asheville, NC)
  • Marc Van Cauwenberghe (Brookline, MA)
  • William Spear (Litchfield, CT)
  • Lino Stanchich (Asheville, NC)
  • Denny Waxman (Philadelphia, PA)
  • David Briscoe (Oroville, CA)
  • Joshua Rosenthal (New York City)
  • Blake Gould (Morrisville, VT)
  • Verne Varona (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Mina Dobic (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Warren Kramer (Boston, MA)
  • Carry Wolf (Becket, MA)
  • John Kozinski (Becket, MA)
  • Bill Tara (Portugal)
  • Simon Brown (London, England)

Places to Study:

  • The Kushi Institute in Western Massachusetts
  • Strengthening Health Institute in Philadelphia
  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City
  • The Natural Gourmet Cookery School (not 'macrobiotic' per se, but very health supportive and delicious food)
  • The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas

Websites to check out:

Places To Go:

Food Sources:

Great Cookbook Authors:

  • Christina Pirello
  • Anne Marie Colbin
  • Aveline Kushi
  • Meredith McCarty
  • Kristina Turner
  • Joanna Saltzman
  • Marilu Henner
  • Wendy Esko
  • Cornelia Aihara
  • Lima Ohsawa
  • Boy George
  • Aine McAteer
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