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An alternative lifestyle and dietary regimen distantly based on the oriental concepts of yin and yang (female and male) forces, astrological signs, the “vibrations” that people emanate, and similar concepts that are outside the mainstream of conventional medical and scientific beliefs. The macrobiotic diet has a high vegetable protein intake; avoids animal fats, canned foods, coffee, tea, and refined sugar; and includes some unconventional ideas, such as avoiding tropical fruits and certain other vegetables. It has dubious claims to improving health.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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