Bill Tara

For over 40 years, Bill Tara has been at the forefront of macrobiotic education, developing businesses, educational projects and teaching all over the world. He has consistently focused his work on adapting the macrobiotic philosophy to the needs of modern life and culture. His approach is dynamic, simple and comprehensive, untroubled by esoteric jargon and rich with humor. Bill’s teaching addresses the huge gap in our social understanding of how to create health in the individual and in society as a whole.

Eating As If Life Matters

The public fascination with food has slowly grown from an interest to an obsession over the past thirty years.  Every kind of cooking show from ethnic cooking to food porn is featured on TV.  Daily newspaper articles tell us that a new danger has been discovered in what we eat or that a new miracle diet has hit the market.  Every time a celebrity eats a piece of tofu, the news is filled with speculation about the safety of soybeans. Proposals favoring regulation of the food industry or better nutrition in schools are met with screams of “over my dead body” from those who fear government intrusion into their life. Many people either chase the rainbow, buying the latest coconut/gingko/antioxidant-rich kale tonic or simply throw up their hands and order a “Happy Meal.  Read more

Cash, Cancer and Confusion

My first memory of the war on cancer is from the 1950’s. In the school assembly a movie was shown about how cancer was the silent killer. There was one line that stuck. The horror voice on the film said, “Look to the right, now look to the left, one out of three people will die of cancer.” That freaked me out. I cannot remember who I was sitting next to, but I have to say I was hoping it was one of them that got the bad news. Something certainly should be done, no question.  The answer was to put a bounty on its head and kill it dead.  A few years latter Richard Nixon declared the war on cancer. It has turned out to be the medical version of Vietnam.   Read more

Meat, Nutrition, and Tradition – Part 2

When I ask clients to describe their diet, the two most common answers are “I eat a really good diet” (everything is relative) and “I was raised on a traditional diet, I like my meat and potatoes.” The former is usually the female answer and the latter comes mostly from men. Tradition gets used as a reason for a multitude of sins. If it was good enough for grandpa it is good enough for me. Two questions spring to mind – the first question is if our nostalgia for tradition is a reflection of fact; the second is the value of tradition on its own.   Read more

Meat, Nutrition, and Tradition– Part 1

One of the most controversial and curious subjects in modern nutrition is the place of animal protein in a healthy diet. The evidence has been building over the past twenty years that our reliance of meat and dairy foods are a mistake. Most epidemiological studies indicate that excessive consumption of meat and dairy is a primary factor in most degenerative diseases. These studies, coupled with the fact that the economic and environmental damage of the modern meat and dairy industry far outweigh its social and nutritional value, do not seem to shake the public belief that animal fats and protein are essential for a healthy diet. That more and more people reject these foods on ethical grounds related to the animal abuse sets the stage for a food fight of epic proportions.   Read more

Living with Absurdity - by Bill Tara

"Life is a play that does not allow testing. So, sing, cry, dance, laugh and live intensely, before the curtain closes and the piece ends with no applause.”  Charlie Chaplin.

When I was in my teens I was drawn to plays by European authors that were later identified as “Theatre of the Absurd.”  One of these was by the Swiss playwright Max Frisch. I even had the rights to produce his play "The Firebugs" but never got around to staging it - one of life’s’ little disappointments.  Read more

Chocolate and Nuclear Reactors Are Good For You - by Bill Tara

At a recent workshop I gave in Scotland a woman proudly presented me with a newspaper article titled Hurrah! Red Meat is Good for Us After All.  She was very proud of this discovery. Here are some direct quotes from the article:  “A report demolishes the “myths and misconceptions” about meat saying that most people eat healthy amounts that are not linked to greater risk of disease. The author of the paper [and a member of the Meat Advisory Panel], Dr. Ruxton, said, “Many young women were iron deficient and should be eating more red meat. There is no reason to eat less red meat if you enjoy it.  You don’t need to eat meat every day; you can eat fish twice a week.”  Read more

Curmudgeons Unite! - by Bill Tara

I have always liked the word curmudgeon; it has a sort of gritty gravitas to it. Much to my surprise I think I have become one. In fact, I may have been one for years and just didn’t know it. No one ever called me that to my face but I have a feeling that might change. I am definitely becoming a party-pooper. It’s not that I don’t like a party; it’s just that some parties don’t know when to call it quits.   Read more

Living As If Life Mattered - by Bill Tara

Life is precious. We all say that but the evidence often tells a different story. When I started doing health counselling in the early 1970’s one of my first clients was a man who was brought to see me by his wife; this is often the case. She had good results with a program I had given her and wanted the same benefits for her husband. He was overweight and had very high cholesterol levels so we reviewed his history and began the process of creating a health plan for him.  Read more

2009 - The Year Food Came Out of the Closet. - by Bill Tara

Everyone seems interested in food again. Not the stuff in the bright packages; not the fried animal parts; not the quick weight loss formula with 100 times the daily requirement of all known nutrients – just plain old food. Those of us of a certain age can remember our mothers or grandmothers getting food. They would squeeze the fruit, smell the vegetables, shake the eggs, poke the meat - they were serious about food. They knew zip about nutrition but they knew that food was supposed to be fresh and whole if it was to cook well and taste right.  Read more

The Illusion of Health Care - By Bill Tara

The great American health care debate has drifted into so many areas of cultural life that the issue of health has been lost in the shouting. The resulting noise has been instructive in one important way; it has shown how shallow our understanding of the issue is and how difficult it is to ask the really important questions.  Read more


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