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SN: Especially among ladies, there are many people who eat sweets as a daily habit as if it's a virtue. People who have a bad condition chronically can suspect that they have hypoglycemia. Of course the influence of the sweets may or may not be obvious depending on the individual. But when one drinks too much, eventually the liver gets damaged. I think the same thing can be said about eating sweets.

TB: It's an ear-aching story for women. So, as you said that you made a firm resolution to study about health, how did you start specifically?

SN: At first I started to learn about 'taking' the nutrition I was lacking after reading "Earl Mindell's Vitamin Bible". I read it literally as a bible, and memorized the whole book. After a while, I became aware of "Nishi Shiki Koda Ryoho" by Dr. Mitsuo Koda.

Then my view on health shifted from 'taking' nutrition to 'not taking' nutrition which is the method of the Nishi Health System. I presently practice this method.

TB: "Nishi Shiki Koda Ryoho" is the method known for fasting and eating small amounts. I'm really into trying diets, but as soon as I read the book about Nishi Shiki Koda Ryoho, I immediately thought "I can't do this!" and gave up on trying. I think Nishi Shiki Koda Ryoho is a very challenging diet for ordinary people. What made you think to try it?

SN: At the time, I was reading several books on health including Yuriko Tojo. Among all the books I read, I was most inspired by Dr. Koda's "Shoshoku-ga Kenko-no Genten (The Starting Point of Health is The Light Eating)". Until then, I had this fixed idea that the cause of a disease is the lack of nutritions. But in his book, he argues that overeating causes problems. The scales had fallen from my eyes and I was convinced by almost everything he said in the book, so I decided to try it.

TB: With the diet of Nishi Shiki Koda Ryoho, especially the old method, you eat a thick green juice made with only leafy green vegetables using a pestle and mortar. Just imagining it makes me lose my appetite. Wasn't it hard for you to change your diet from Korean BBQs to thick green juice with brown rice and vegetables, and even fasting and light eating?

SN: No, it wasn't so hard. In fact, I was already a vegetarian since I was 33 years old. I became vegetarian because I started to get diarrhea when I ate meat. I guess I ate enough for one life-time's worth (laugh). Regarding fasting, I started from 'half-day fasting' with which you just skip breakfasts.

TB: I see. By the way, I heard that you had a period of time when you were only eating brown rice flour!

SN: Yes. Now I'm mainly eating Nagaoka-shiki Koso Genmai, so I don't eat rice flour any more. But certainly I used to make rice flour with a German millstone which I purchased from Catalog House, and I was eating that home made flour.

The oxidization of brown rice begins as soon as it gets milled, so I thought fresher flour is better. I ate brown rice flour according to the Nishi Shiki diet. In those days, I was having no breakfast, only brown rice flour for lunch, and brown rice and vegetables at night.

TB: Wow! How stoic could you be? It sounds like a monk on austerities (laugh).

SN: You're right. People around me said that I wouldn't have the pleasure of eating. But then, I was having the pleasure of feeling like "How cool am I to keep on doing this? I'm amazing!" (laugh). It's a little weird (laugh).

TB: Are you still drinking the thick green juice?


SN: I'm drinking green juice made with a juicer, not pestle and mortar. Of course I'm using the slow speed juicer (laugh). I've been sleeping on the wood board bed with wooden pillow, and having the hot and cold baths as recommended by Nishi Shiki.

TB: I followed your example and started to sleep on a wood board bed. But I can't use the wooden pillow, because it hurts (laugh). And the hot and cold baths are so challenging since the dipping in hot bath and cold bath has to be repeated seven times, and it is too cold in winter.

SN: Everyone says that. But it is worth the effort. In my case, after doing the hot and cold baths for 3 months, I recovered from poor blood circulation. After eating the Nishi Shiki diet for 4 months, I lost 20 kilograms and my condition became much better. If you bare using the the wooden pillow for a month, you'll get used to it and start to feel good (laugh).

TB: I see. If my master says so, I should try again… (laugh). By the way, you just mentioned Nagaoka-shiki Koso Genmai(Fermented brown rice. Koso=Enzyme, Genmai=Brown rice). This is also a famous method among health conscious people. How did you start it?

SN: Some time ago, I went to hear Minori Okamoto*'s speech. She was over 90 years old but she was so vigorous. I was shocked by her appearance and every audience felt the same way. So at the Q&A time at the end, we all asked her "How are you looking so well!?" (laugh). And her secret of health was the Nagaoka-shiki Koso Genmai. She told us that she was so weak that she couldn't walk by herself. But she found out about such brown rice in her 80s and now she's in her 90s and becoming healthier.

Her words and appearance persuaded me to think "I must try this", since I knew its reputation. I went to "Taiyo-no Kai" and attended a lecture on how to make Nagaoka-shiki Koso Genmai. Then I purchased the special cooking utensil and started to eat it. I've been doing this for five to six years now. It's tasty, and it's satisfying mentally.

TB: I see. I've attended the lecture once. It is tasty and its texture is like the sticky rice, and I was told how it improves the condition by some people who were eating it for a long time. So I wanted to try as well, but I was hesitating because the color and the largeness of the thermal jar was far from good looking. Then I missed the timing. Also I thought that I'm too hasty to follow such a procedure of cooking which is like a ritual.

SN: However, if you cook once, you don't have to do it for another 10 days or so. This could be helping rather than being a hustle for housewives (laugh). About Nishi Shiki diet, the number of meals become twice or one and a half. This would help financially, and save time for thinking what to cook. It's the most appropriate diet for busy housewives (laugh). Moreover, it's good for your health. It is a wonder to me why nobody's doing it.

TB: Well, that makes sense (laugh). Perhaps it's worth keeping that enormous jar, even in a small kitchen.

SN: I'd like to add an explanation about Koso Genmai(Fermented brown rice). It's said that you can eat as much as you want, so you can get satisfaction. Even when you eat a lot, it has Koso (enzymes) to help digestion so it will not be a burden on the digestive system. Therefore, it's said that it is ok to be eaten by old people with no teeth, or small children. Actually, there are different Koso Genmai to Nagaoka-shiki and they are becoming popular.

TB: You mean the one made with a certain rice cooker. I am doing Caye's diet so I don't eat rice mainly. But we have a rice cooker called "Amaterasu" which makes Koso Genmai, so I sometimes eat that with some staffs. Though it only cooks four cups of rice, so we eat up before it ferments (laugh).

*"Amaterasu" is currently not sold, but similar products are available. They can be found on the internet.


SN: I heard that with "Amaterasu", you have a setting for sprouted rice. Nagaoka-shiki doesn't sprout rice. They make the same Koso Genmai but their methods are different whether sprouting rice or not. Some people say sprouting rice increases GABA, so it's better for health. The others say it's not good to sprout because sprouting reduces the energy of grains. I'm still researching this subject.

TB: It's like a march between me who's an easy "rice-cooker" user and you who's a proper "Nagaoka-shiki" user (laugh). After eating for five to six years, how do you feel physically?

SN: I feel really good. I'm getting healthier year after year and not only from eating "Nagaoka-shiki Koso Genmai". I'm certain that every method I'm doing now is good.


*Nagaoka-shiki Koso Genmai: Cook brown rice with some azuki (red bean) and salt with a Nagaoka-shiki pressure cooker, then place the cooked rice in the 3.6 liter thermal jar to ferment it. They say it's better to eat the rice which was stored for longer than 3 days than the freshly cooked rice. Eating this fermented rice supplies the lacking enzymes to our body and it is supposed to improve our physical condition.

Unlike normal brown rice, it is highly digestible so you don't have to worry about chewing so much. Yet you can intake the good nutrition of brown rice, so it is a very popular method among health conscious people. In order to cook this "Nagaoka-shiki Koso Genmai" properly, it is necessary to attend lectures by its organization "Taiyo-no Kai" (lectures are for free of charge). http://www.n-kousogenmai.co.jp/

*Minori Okamoto: The wife of Tenmei Okamoto who psychically received "Hitsuki Shinji" (spiritual messages).


TB: Yes, I can see that (laugh). By the way, you have studied homeopathy thoroughly and received a diploma.

SN: Yes, I studied with Greek homeopath Mr. George Vithoulkas* who is one of the best two homeopaths in classical homeopathy at the present age. But I didn't study directly with him in Greece, I studied with his close German apprentice who was visiting Japan. I studied with him for four years and passed the test for an approval by Mr. George Vothoulkas.

*George Vithoulkas: He is one of the most well known homeopaths. He lives in Alonisos, Greece. He runs the International Academy of Classical Homeophathy. More than a hundred homeopaths from over ten countries attend his lecture which is held annually in June. (Reference from Japan Homeopathy Foundation website, http://nihon-homeopathy.net/index.html )

TB: For four years! That must have been so hard to manage, making time between your busy schedule. How come you wanted to study homeopathy so much?

by legacyofcayce | 2012-07-30 16:40 | Interview