Betty Hoen was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, a slow form of blood cancer. She was told by her oncologist that she would live maybe ten years. Her condition worsened when she was diagnosed with Lymphoma and, shortly thereafter, a huge mass was detected near one of her kidneys along with a dangerously enlarged spleen.


In January 2007, Hoen spotted an ad in Natural Awakenings for “Holistic Holiday at Sea”— a seven-day Macrobiotic-focused cruise. Figuring she had nothing to lose, she went, ate Macrobiotic food and attended seminars on how to live a Macrobiotic life.

Less than three months after the trip and keeping a Macrobiotic diet, Hoen visited her primary doctor. The news was shocking: “Your count is so low we can’t detect any cancer in your body.” Hoen’s doctor sent the report to her oncologist with a note: “How is this possible?” He ordered a complete body scan. The results were definitive: the mass by her kidney was gone, her spleen was almost back to normal, and there was no more cancer.

It’s hard not to see what happened as a miracle, but if that’s the case, it’s a miracle brought on by following the Macrobiotic diet to a healthy life. See ad page 5.