Michio Kushi

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Michio Kushi
Born(1926-05-17)May 17, 1926
DiedDecember 28, 2014(2014-12-28) (aged 88)
EducationPolitical Science
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo
Occupation(s)Author, Lecturer
Known forintroducing macrobiotics to the West & establishing wholefood industry
(m. 1954; died 2001)
Midori Kushi
(after 2001)

Michio Kushi (久司 道夫, Kushi Michio) (May 17, 1926 – December 28, 2014) was a Japanese educator who helped to introduce modern macrobiotics to the United States in the early 1950s. He lectured all over the world at conferences and seminars about philosophy, spiritual development, health, food, and diseases.


After World War II, Kushi studied in Japan with macrobiotic educator, George Ohsawa. After coming to America in 1949, Michio Kushi and Aveline Kushi, his wife, founded Erewhon Natural Foods, the East West Journal, the East West Foundation, the Kushi Foundation, One Peaceful World, and the Kushi Institute. They wrote over 70 books.

Kushi studied law and international relations at the University of Tokyo, and after coming to America, he continued his studies at Columbia University in New York City. Aveline preceded him in death (2001), as did their daughter (1995). Michio Kushi lived in Brookline, Massachusetts. He died of pancreatic cancer on December 28, 2014, at the age of 88.[1]


Former Kushi Institute building at 17 Station Street in Brookline Village, in background, adjacent to Brookline, MA MBTA D-Train stop
Kushi Institute, Becket, Massachusetts, 1996
Kushi Institute, Becket, Massachusetts, 1996

Michio and his first wife Aveline were founders of The Kushi Institute, located in Becket, Massachusetts through 2016, but formerly in a converted factory building in Brookline Village, Massachusetts, adjacent to Mission Hill, Boston.

He and his first wife were awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award for their "extraordinary contribution to diet, health, and world peace, and for serving as powerful examples of conscious living", on October 14, 2000.[4]


Nutritionists have criticized Kushi's claim that a macrobiotic diet can cure cancer. Elizabeth Whelan and Frederick J. Stare have noted that:

Kushi's claim that cancer is largely due to his own versions of improper diet, thinking, and lifestyle is entirely without foundation. In his books, Kushi has recounted numerous case histories of persons whose cancer allegedly disappeared after following a macrobiotic diet. There are no available statistics on the outcome for all of these patients, but it is documented that at least some of them succumbed to their disease within a relatively short period. Reported testimonials of remission often uncovered the fact that the patients were also receiving conventional medical treatment at the same time.[5]


  • 1976: Introduction to Oriental Diagnosis. Red Moon Publications. ISBN 9780906111000
  • 1977: The book of Macrobiotics. Japan Publications ISBN 9780870403811
  • 1979: The book of Do-In. Japan publications. ISBN 9780870403828
  • 1979: Natural Healing Through Macrobiotics. Japan Publications; (December 1979) ISBN 9780870404573
  • 1980: How to See Your Health: Book of Oriental Diagnosis. Japan Publications (USA) (December 1980) ISBN 9780870404672
  • 1982: Cancer and heart disease : the macrobiotic approach to degenerative disorders Japan publications. ISBN 9780870405150
  • 1983: Your Face Never Lies. Wayne; (May 1, 1983) ISBN 9780895292148
  • 1983: Macrobiotic pregnancy and care of the newborn. Japan publications. ISBN 9780870405310
  • 1983: The Cancer Prevention Diet. St Martin's Press. ISBN 9780722515402
  • 1985: Macrobiotic diet. Japan publications. ISBN 9780870405358
  • 1985: Diabetes and hypoglycaemia : a natural approach. Japan publications. ISBN 9780870406157
  • 1986: Macrobiotic child care and family health. Japan publications. 1986. ISBN 9780870406126
  • 1986: On the Greater View: Collected Thoughts and Ideas on Macrobiotics and Humanity. Wayne NJ. ISBN 9780895292698
  • 1990: AIDS, Macrobiotics and Natural Immunity. Japan Publications. ISBN 978-0870406805
  • 1990: The Gentle Art of Making Love. Avery Pub Group (May 1990) ISBN 9780895294357
  • 1991: The macrobiotic approach to cancer. Garden City Park. ISBN 9780895294869
  • 1991: Macrobiotics and Oriental medicine. Japan publications ISBN 9780870406591
  • 1992: The gospel of peace : Jesus's teachings of eternal truth. Japan publications. ISBN 9780870407970[6]


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