The Study

Five women and three men of which seven came from the Macrobiotic Institute at Kiental, Switzerland, between 20 and 35 years of age, and one member of the trial staff, a 61 year old male, participated in the study for the trial period of two months – August And September 1989. During this time all test persons voluntarily agreed to abide a strict protocol. They also agreed to avoid any unnecessary stress and to appear each test morning in a relaxed and harmonious condition.

On each testing day only one food variant was administered. Either 400 ml milk or 400 grams vegetables (200 grams of each kind) were ingested on an empty stomach.

The first drawing of blood samples took place on an empty stomach at 7:45 a.m. The second drawing of blood took place 15 minutes after the food intake, and the third drawing two hours later.

From each sample 50 milliliters were used for the chemistry and five ml for the hematology and the luminescence. The hematological examinations followed immediately after drawing the samples. Erythrocytes, hemoglobin, mean hemoglobin concentration (MCHC), mean hemoglobin content (MHC), leukocytes and lymphocytes were measured.

The chemical analyses consisted of iron, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Furthermore, a bioluminescence method by Dr. Lange, Zurich was put to use. The luminous power of luminescent bacteria was measured after exposing the bacteria to food variants and to the serum of test persons. Method: Dilutions of milk vegetable juice as well as fresh serum after natural sedimentation was added to a standardized suspension of luminescent bacteria. Any stimulation or inhibition of the luminous power was measured. Electronic data processing of all statistical calculations are based on the “Rank” system.




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