Steven Acuff was born in 1945 in Idaho, USA. He received a Bachelor of Arts diploma from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon in 1967, and then continued with a year of graduate studies on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Bonn, Germany.
He began eating natural food in 1971 with his discovery of macrobiotic food. At different times between 1980 and 1987 he studied with macrobiotic author and lecturer Michio Kushi in Boston, Massachusetts to further his understanding of macrobiotic food therapy and oriental body diagnosis.
From 1988-1993 he worked as a nutrition consultant for patients at the Habichtswald Clinic in Kassel, Germany, which had departments of internal, psychosomatic and cancer medicine.
In 1989 he published a Macrobi\iotic Health book in German which sold nine editions. The book was published in Swedish in .
In 1993 Steven Acuff met Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions who introduced him to the book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration and the work of the great pioneer Weston A. Price which added to his understanding of healthy food. Also in 1993 he met Dr. Renate Collier in Germany who worked with acid-alkaline balance and digestive health. Dr. Collier developed a unique massage technique for the abdomen and to break down acidosis (over-acidity) in the connective tissue which he learned during his association with her.
Steven has also taught many international seminars, including joint seminars with Shizuko Yamamoto, a world-renowned master of shiatsu massage. These courses furthered his knowledge of this Japanese style of massage and his understanding of the energy flow within the body and its importance for healing.
Steven was co-director of a macrobiotic study house in Sweden from 1987-98. The program offered intensive seminars on healing with food, including practical cooking instruction and shiatsu massage to guests from around the world. The staff also organized international summer camps with hundreds of participants.
Steven also teaches intensive courses in traditional Oriental facial and body diagnosis combined with German naturopathic health evaluation.
He has lectured in 27 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Israel, the Bahamas, Iceland and many European counties. From 1992 until 1998 he was a regular guest at health fairs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, taking part in panel discussions with medical doctors and professors of nutritional science. He has been interviewed on the radio in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Ecuador and Singapore. He has been on TV in the U.S., Norway and Ecuador.
Some of his highlights include lecturing in 1991 at a conference for alternative cancer therapies in Berlin, Germany, an appearance in 1993 on Norwegian TV2 to discuss food for cancer patients, a seminar in 2001 for the staff of the Ministry of Health of the Thai government in Bangkok and lecturing in 2005 before the Chamber of Commerce in Linz, Austria. Steven Acuff is listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in America for his work with food and health.