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Zen Macrobiotic Diets

JAMA. 1971;218(3):397. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190160047009.
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The American Medical Association's Council on Foods and Nutrition is deeply concerned over the increasing popularity, particularly among adolescents, of "Zen Macrobiotics" and its nutritional implications. The Zen Macrobiotic diet was originated by a Japanese, Georges Ohsawa. The philosophy of Zen Macrobiotics is outlined in two of Ohsawa's books, Zen Macrobiotics and the Philosophy of Oriental Medicine.

The Macrobiotic diet represents an extreme example of a general trend toward natural and organic foods. One of the reasons given for the popularity of these unusual diets is that they are considered to be a means of creating a spiritual awakening or rebirth. Some persons have undertaken these diets as a form of protest against the establishment which, in their minds, is represented by the food industry, or even as a means of protest against war or man's inhumanity to man. Regardless of the underlying reasons or motives, however noble and sincere,

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