In his interview on “60 minutes” last night, Walter Isaacson said that Steve Jobs tried various alternative ways of healing cancer, including “spiritually and macrobiotically.” While he was discussing Steve Jobs and his battle with cancer, a photo of Steve Jobs was shown. In the photo, his right eyebrow was slanted upward and the hair was darker than in his left eyebrow. I’ve seen pictures of eyebrows like that before. But where?
Oh yes, now I remember: In the book entitled “The Book of Macrobiotics” by Michio Kushi, on page 144, there are two sketches: one of a normal healthy face and one of the face of a person who has not been eating macrobiotically. The description of the unhealthy face shown on that page includes this sentence: “raised and shortened eyebrows (tight nervous system and shorter digestive vessels from excessive animal food). In other words, the photo of Steve Jobs showed that he was not on a macrobiotic diet.
Steve Jobs was allegedly on a vegan diet which means a vegetarian diet with no animal food at all. So how did he get the raised and shortened eyebrow of a person who has been eating excessive animal food?
In a previous blog post, I questioned whether Isaacson was using the term macrobiotically to mean a macrobiotic diet. Maybe Steve Jobs tried a macrobiotic diet for awhile, but was then convinced by Western doctors to eat animal food. In all of the news coverage, the term “special macrobiotic diet” was used. It would be helpful to know how this “special macrobiotic diet” differed from the standard macrobiotic diet.
Michio Kushi’s wife, Aveline, who allegedly followed a macrobiotic diet all her life, died at the age of 78 after a 9-year battle with cancer. She didn’t rely on a macrobiotic diet to cure her cancer; she had radiation, but that didn’t cure her. Her daughter Lilly also died of cancer and Michio Kushi himself developed cancer at the age of 81 after supposedly following his own diet recommendations all his life. In 2004, Michio Kushi had a tumor removed surgically from his intestines. I’m not sure if he is still alive.
I suspect that Michio and his family were cheating on their macrobiotic diet. They were not practicing what they preached. I also suspect that Steve Jobs was cheating on his vegan diet.
Michio Kushi wrote another book, which is about macrobiotics and cancer. I have not read it, but you can get it on Amazon.com here.