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Many years ago I used to deal a lot with the macrobiotic diet, once introduced by Georges Ohsawa from Japan, who died of a heart attack. The big question is whether it is beneficial for our health. Nowadays a lot of these points turned out to be not so healthy in my opinion. The main points that are at least food for discussion:

  1. Drink less and drink only when you are thirsty <— recent studies show that a lot of people don’t drink enough, elderly in particular, and drinking more (good) water is beneficial in general.
  2. Eat mostly grains <— it turns out that these grains, and particularly wheat, have foodstuffs in them as a defense by nature, to slow down digestion and lots of people have difficulties digesting the gluten in the grains.
  3. Use a lot of sea salt <— sea salt contains much more minerals than “kitchen salt”, but at the same time it is important to keep the work of the kidneys within moderate levels, without too much sea salt.
  4. Every kind of food can be put on a scale of yin and yang and used accordingly <— well, the world appears to be much more complicated than yin and yang. You can’t say this condition or that food is more yin or yang, because they are very complicated combinations and this simplistic yin-yang taxonomy just isn’t enough to be useful.

So after all, we learned a lot about healthy diets and personally dismissed this macrobiotic diet. Judge for yourself though. Nevertheless it’s quite possible that people increased their health with macrobiotics, because if you are living the average way of life with heaps of refined sugar, unhealthy fats, coke, beer, additives, meat, non-organic food, etc., any change in diet will be an improvement.

What are your experiences with macrobiotics? Your comments are much appreciated.

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Japan radiation map

Click for crowd sourced updated radiation map of Japan

This map on the Safecast site is not meant as a replacement for government or nuclear agencies.

Their hope is that data sets from various places can provide additional context to the official statements in these rapidly changing events.

They are open for improvement and for input from anywhere to make their maps more accurate.

We are looking for something similar for the whole world. If you know about a good crowd sourced radiation world map, please let us know in the comments. Thanks.

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Although clicking the map doesn’t seem to work at this time, we couldn’t keep this interesting map of Japan radiation levels from you. Blue circles are bigger for more inhabitants, red is more radiation. Purple is unavailable.

This map is for information only, not for safety measures!

Watch the big version of Japan radiation map in a new window.

Realtime radiation data (but NOT UPDATED regularly! – watch the date!) collected via the System for Prediction of Environment Emergency Dose Information(SPEEDI). These results are maximum values made available by local government on the latest updated date and time.

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Radiation levels chart - click for  full size free download 94KB (public domain)

Radiation levels chart - click for full size free download 94KB (public domain)

Although this interesting chart made for the rest of us, can seem to be complicated at first sight, you should give it a try. It’s actually very easy to understand. Just start reading on top left at the blue squares, then to the greens on top right and then the red ones. It’s giving us a very good idea of how much radiation is coming from everything, from a banana to a nuclear reactor meltdown. Thanks to Randall Munroe & co, this can serve the health of humanity.

This radiation dose chart is for general education use only, not for safety procedures!

The picture is in the public domain, so you can republish it without restriction.

Wishing all the best and strong health to the people of Japan

Please comment if you have any remarks.

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