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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Square One; 2nd Revised edition edition (Feb. 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757002447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757002441
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #581,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[Dobic] has written eloquently about her own natural path to cancer healing."

About the Author

Mina Dobic was born and educated in the former Yugoslavia, where she was a professor of Linguistics and World Literature. In 1987, Mina came to the United States to study macrobiotics at Boston’s Kushi Institute. She is now an acclaimed macrobiotics counselor who lectures throughout the world.

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A scam. Deceiving title. Dangerous advice. Books with titles like this should not be allowed to be published. There are lots of gaps in Mrs. Dobic's story and her bold statements are not supported neither by science nor by truth that is behind the macrobiotic lifestyle. I spoke to her personally and there are so many inconsistencies in what she's trying to portray as her heroic fight against cancer. I am a vegan and exercise daily, so I do believe that leading healthy lifestyle is very important. However, what Mrs. Dobic is trying to say (and is telling her poor and unfortunate clients) is that macrobiotics will cure cancer. Not true!!! She conveniently failed to mention details about the macrobiotic founding family that she praises so much: That the father (of the movement) had colon cancer and underwent surgery, wife died of cancer and so did their young daughter. So much for for the healing power of macrobiotics! Her practice and advice are dangerous.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a183474) out of 5 stars 31 reviews
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a1b000c) out of 5 stars Macrobiotics works! March 15 2008
By Richard A. Myer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book and I am forever changed. I have adopted the macrobiotic lifestyle( for 3 years now) My brain tumor is gone as well as my high blood pressure, High cholesterol. arthritis and I also lost 45 pounds.I am also off of my seizure medication that I took for 17 years and the doctors told me I would never be able to go off of.I have been seizure free for 3 years also!! This way of life has been practiced by the Chinese and Japanese for thousands of years. I think it is about time that the American diet is put under scrutiny so that we can all be healthy. Richard Myer- 61 years old
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a1b0060) out of 5 stars An inspiring story from a person who has changed our lives April 12 2007
By Ivan Pesic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"My Beautiful Life" is the story of a truly extraordinary life. Whatever misgivings one might have about this book - and I agree that it could have been better written and/or edited - to conclude from it that Mina is a quack, as one of the reviewers on Amazon has done, is quite a stretch. From my own experience, nothing could be further away from the truth.

In 1996, after starting to have arthritic pains in the joints of her fingers and shoulders, my wife went for a consultation with Mina who was recommended by a friend. Mina prescribed a "medicinal macrobiotic" diet based mostly on organic grains and vegetables and said that the pains would be gone in about three weeks. I was rather skeptical about this claim, but my wife's arthritic pains did indeed vanish after about four weeks and have not returned since. After about three month of medicinal macrobiotics we started following a little less restrictive diet, still based on macrobiotic principles as delineated by Mina, and Michio Kushi in his books, and we have been on it ever since.

During the last six years I have not had as much as a common cold (my wife had a flu three years ago, but has completely recovered after only three days, and has suffered from a "cold", for two days, last year). For about ten years now we have not been taking any medications (pharmaceuticals), nor vitamins and other dietary supplements. My wife is 60 years old, I am 62 and we never felt so healthy before.

Five month ago, after experiencing blurriness in my vision, I was diagnosed by my ophthalmologist as having a cataract in my left eye. I have consulted Mina, who has told me that most of eye problems derive from liver deficiencies (which has not surprise me since I had Hepatitis B 30 years ago, and my liver was damaged as a result). She advised me to give up on my daily glass of wine and prescribed again a strict medicinal macrobiotic diet, combined with shiatsu massage and ginger compresses. The first thing I noticed after about three weeks of dieting was a surge in energy, and how calm and collected I was feeling. After three weeks, my wife has noticed that the wrinkles between my nose and my month have started flattening, exactly as Mina predicted. After less then a month I started noticing an improvement in my vision, and the blurriness in my left eye has completely disappeared after three month of dieting. Besides I have lost 11 lb. in the process.

We have known Mina for ten years now. All we can say is that she is a dedicated and experienced macrobiotic counselor who has tremendously helped me and my wife, as well as my wife's entire family, and a number of our friends and acquaintances. Both Mina and her husband are the most generous and loving friends, and we are immensely grateful to them for introducing us to macrobiotics and considerably improving our health and the quality of our lives.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a1b0498) out of 5 stars A favorite book! April 28 2014
By DianeB27 - Published on Amazon.com
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I have bought 3 copies of this book, one to gift a friend, one to loan, and one to keep in the house for my own reference. Mina's story is well told and a huge amount of information is woven into the drama of her story. She had stage 4 ovarian cancer, and using macrobiotics all traces of her cancer are gone. She is, in 2014, an energetic leader in macrobiotics in the LA area. Macrobiotic practice is more than what you eat. It includes spiritual practices (meditation, gratitude, positive thinking, prayer, service, etc.), exercises (Do-In and walks outside), careful preparation and eating of delicious natural foods, order in ones home and life, study and ongoing learning, etc. I highly recommend this book to anyone with cancer or with a family member with cancer, and most especially for women with reproductive cancers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a1b0480) out of 5 stars inspiring story! Nov. 6 2012
By Li Zhu - Published on Amazon.com
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I read about this book through another amazon purchase: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. Both are inspiring books -- as a result I have become a vegan trying to follow a macrobiotic path for the past month. As a physician and a daughter of a breast cancer survivor, I'm very concerned about pursuing optimum health for my family's sake and for that of my patients. Although mainstream cancer treatment has made so much progress, especially in the area of childhood cancers, there are definitely things left to be desired. Mina's story really goes to show that the human body has the capacity to heal itself if given the optimum conditions and nourishment, which are, not surprisingly, found a in a way of life that get us back into a deep connection with nature. Mina's optimism, complete confidence in the macrobiotic treatment prescribed for her, and her family's support and devotion all played a role in her healing. In fact, I'm recommending this book to anyone I know who has cancer or other health problems.
The first part of the book was a bit hard to get through -- quite a bit of melodrama, but the book gets better as Mina gets diagnosed with cancer, and even more so as she became cured. Fascinating read.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a1b0840) out of 5 stars Well written and inspiring, but lacking in warning reader Oct. 5 2011
By J. Monaghan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading Mina's book my husband and I were given a shred of understanding that had eluded us for 3.5 years. The warning that should be given is, do not attempt to do this plan without a qualified Macrobiotic teacher. Our do it yourself mentality added more conditions that did not exist before this journey began. We had danced around the edges of macrobiotics and struggled through the diet for his disease found in Michio Kushi's book. However, when it became clear we were in over our heads, we took a chance and called the number in the back of "My Beautiful Life".

After a few weeks dealing with the financial enormity of traveling to Boston and studying for a week-long intensive course there, we realized it would be a matter of 'your money or your life' and our life was becoming the loser. Like the story Mina shared, my husband's family came to his rescue and sent him down there. He found a very vibrant 70 year old woman with a bright smile and confident demeaner. She discovered several conditions that had been overlooked or left as a mystery by the medical establishment. She diagnosed and then sent him home with internal and external remedies, a book of how to make these and a weekly menu to follow.

I highly recommend Mina as the Premier expert of Macrobiotics, with the caveat that you help your patient by simplifying the schedule of drinks and plasters to put on the fridge (DAY, TIME, How Long, etc)and either dictate on recorder or laminate the menu in bullet point form for ease of flow. The menu was not user friendly, especially to a 71 year old man who had never cooked more than a steak in his life and was too ill to decipher the overload of information. It is important that the patient cook for themselves and the support team just hangs on for the ride. If there are questions, read them over, then ask in one phone call as she insists on fostering independence. Be sure to read the complete booklet and recommendations in the beginning so you know what to expect and where to find the impossible to find groceries.

The good news is his condition drastically improved, most notably a tremor that had dogged him for 4 years disappearing in 2 weeks. Also recent blood work confirms that his Prostate Cancer (PSA)numbers are retreating which is also good news. Lastly, he has become more confident and has that feeling of value back that was lacking in retirement.