via The Healing Kitchen.
This is a privilege to be part of the Blog for the Healing Kitchen. My name is Susan Gross. My husband Bob and I are part of the initial investment to get the TV show off the ground. I want to let you know that our monetary pledge to the project has been matched. We have the funds for the two pilot shows. I want to thank all of you who have been part of that effort. We can move forward!
Macrobiotics and the macrobiotic community have really helped us. We would like others to be helped as well so we would like to share a little bit about our experience with macrobiotics.
Susan and Bob Gross
Our best story is Bob’s story. About four years ago, the condition of his health was representative of an American male in his fifties. He had been on medication to control his blood pressure, cholesterol, and reflux. He was overweight. In addition to these typical conditions, he had also developed recurring cancerous bladder polyps. We started on a Whole Food Plant Based diet. You may have seen the video Forks Over Knives. If you haven’t, you definitely should!
This did wonders for weight loss bringing Bob’s weight easily down from 240 to 190 pounds over a few month period. He looked and felt great. We found, though, over time, that he still needed medicine to control the cholesterol, blood pressure and reflux conditions. We seemed to return to a few daily habits such multiple cups of coffee each day (with cream and sugar) and giving into sweet cravings.
About a year ago, the polyps were recurring more frequently. This got us looking for alternatives. We followed the path that Meg Wolff laid out for her readers in her book Becoming Whole about her recovery from breast cancer through macrobiotics. This was after she had already lost her leg to bone cancer eight years earlier.
Lisa Silverman was the first person we met on our macrobiotic journey. We started going to class at her Five Seasons Cooking School. Of course, she taught us how to make grains and miso soup. But what she really did for us was open us up to healing. She brought us into a healing community, a healing mind, and mostly, a healing heart.
Next, again as Meg had done in her book, we had a consultation with Warren Kramer, a macrobiotics counselor. We decided we wanted to know from the expert what was best for Bob and his condition. That proved to be a very worthwhile investment. After two months of practicing macrobiotics according to Warren’s recommendations, Bob’s weight dropped to 165, his doctor took him off all medications, and he feels great. His body is balanced enough that he has broken the coffee and sugar habit. He is still monitoring the bladder health.
To summarize Bob’s story, he took medication for 20 years to curb disease that was forming in his body. At the end of the twenty years, he was no better off than he was when he started the medicine. In fact, he was worse, because the body has had to deal with the medicines for all those years. What are some of the effects of that?? And how much money was spent on prescription drugs and the blood tests required and the follow-up appointments. After two months following a macrobiotic diet, he experienced healing. Two months.
We are grateful for our journey into and in macrobiotics. Warren told us that people who do well with macrobiotics have community support. For us, Lisa is the beginning and the hub of this community. What a great idea to bring her into people’s homes on community television.
Just to be clear, it is our privilege to share in your story, Susan and Bob. You have been instrumental in getting this project rolling. I have been humbled again and again by your commitment and your support. This is gonna be GREAT! Thank you, A.