Memorial for Denny

by  Bill Tara

  

 

 

Memorial for Denny

by  Bill Tara

DENNY WAXMAN MACROBIOTIC PIONEER

It saddened me greatly to hear that Denny Waxman had passed away.

If a pioneer is willing to explore new territory and move on facing the unknown, then Denny qualified. In the late 1960’s when America was deep in social conflict, and few were talking about health, Denny began his work as a truth teller about diet and disease.

A life-long student of Michio Kushi he began the task of providing the kind of food that would nourish dietary reform. Denny and eventually his brother Howard set up one of the handful of stores on the East Coast of America, Essene. It was based on an ethic of consumer education and integrity. They were serving a new consumer interested in health and ecological sustainability long before these ideas were fashionable.

Denny started to share what he was learning almost immediately. He developed his ability to communicate the principles and practice of macrobiotics to anyone who would listen and soon established himself as a leader in the movement both as a teacher and a counsellor.

Many may think of Denny in relationship to the cancer story of Dr Tony Sattillaro but that can blur the fact that he helped hundreds of people with serious illness reclaim their health who were less famous and inspired thousands of students to take control of their well-being. Together with Murray Snyder he developed the first successful macrobiotic summer gatherings which continued for many years.

When I was returning to America from the CHF and Kushi Institute in London, Michio asked me to list people who I thought could take over. There was no list, Denny was the natural choice. He expanded his teaching in Europe and became a favourite teacher in Portugal and Spain.

Denny’s contributions were many and he was always studying and steadfast in his commitment to the principles of macrobiotics. I am only sorry that we never got to write a cookbook we planned one weekend. We would call it the Macro Men’s Cookbook and it would be 100 Soba recipes. He will be much missed by me and all who knew him.