Welcome to my Home Page

This site is ALL about promoting health…

Poster at Holy Cross College advertising my speech on 3-19-14.

Poster at Holy Cross College advertising my speech on 3-19-14.

For Humans AND for our Ecosystem

Things that we value most—family, health, freedom, happiness, peace and wealth—do not exist without sustainability. In other words, if we don’t quickly learn how to live in harmony with nature, life will be nothing more than a hell on Earth for those few of us who survive. — J. Morris Hicks

Our ecosystem is in BIG trouble! In a nutshell, the primary problem is our global feeding model—we’re eating the wrong food. And it’s taking a huge toll on our own health and, more importantly, the health of the ecosystem that sustains us as a species.

Not only are our food choices of meat, dairy, eggs and/or fish at almost every meal driving our out- of-control cost of healthcare— they’re also the primary cause of climate change. Incredibly, they’re also the leading drivers of water scarcity, soil erosion, species extinction, ocean pollution, deforestation & world hunger.

10-day Health Immersion in November with Campbell, Esselstyn and others. Details: Dominican Republic–J. Morris Hicks speaking

Complex Problems—Refreshingly Simple Solution. When enough humans simply choose to eat mostly whole, plant-based foods, it will be the biggest Win-Win in the history of the world. No less than our future as species hangs in the balance.

J. Morris Hicks, promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

J. Morris Hicks, promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

SUSTAINABILITY is Topic #1. I write about it in my blogs, I talk about it in interviews and it is featured prominently in my public speaking. In my role as a sustainability activist, my favorite speech title is: Food. Health. Planet. Our Future as a Species. For more information, visit my Speaking page.

URGENT. TEN recent SUSTAINABILITY blogs featured below. They are among almost 900 blogs related to the “big picture” consequences of our food choices. For the fifty most recent blogs, scroll down in the right hand column >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  1. NOTHING is more Important than Sustainability! By comparison, all else shrinks to insignificance. 1-25-14.
  2. The ONLY viable pathway to SUSTAINABILITY It will be impossible for us to EVER live in harmony with nature—without radically changing our food choices. 8-4-14.
  3. Food Choices. The primary cause of global warming? Dedicated to the memory of the great climate specialist Dr. Robert Goodland. 2-4-14.
  4. Cancer. Heart disease. Global warming. Water scarcity. Warning, this one may make you angry. 2-6-14.
  5. SUSTAINABILITY. Our generation’s responsibility. We created the mess; now we must FIX it. And to do so, we must know the TRUTH. 2-13-14.
  6. “Living in Harmony with Nature” by Ted Turner. Perhaps the world’s last chance to save us all from the horrors of global warming. 2-26-14.
  7. “Not-so-funny” cartoon series. Saving our ecosystem. There is no FUN way to describe what we’re doing to our planet. This is VERY serious stuff. 3-3-14.
  8. Now that I am officially an activist…This post features my Bill & Melinda letter and was inspired by someone telling me to “persevere.” 4-9-14.
  9. Sharpened focus on SUSTAINABILITY at my home page. This blog features one of my comments on Bill Gates’ blog-site. 4-14-14.
  10. They say that Nero fiddled while Rome burned…Most humans think that life has never been better on this planet. Reminds me of Easter Island. 4-19-14.

Printer-Friendly One-Pagers. As a former engineer and corporate executive, I know the importance of being able to make your case and describe a course of action on a single sheet of paper. That’s exactly what I have done here:

  1. My “story” on one page. How I progressed from engineer, to business executive, to corporate headhunter to sustainability activist. My one-page story
  2. Searching for Leadership. Here’s where I leverage all three stages of my career in searching for that one powerful leader who is so urgently needed to execute my One-Page Recipe for Saving our Ecosystem
  3. Promoting The Plantrician Project. We’ll never see a massive shift to plant-based eating until we get the physicians onboard. And we need your help to hasten the arrival of the “future of medicine.” One-pager for Plantrician—Promoting the future of medicine
  4. Wellness Consulting for Corporations. Our flexible consulting approach for promoting health—and slashing the cost of health care in all kinds of organizations. 4Leaf Corporate Wellness one-pager. For more details on corporate wellness, click here.

Survey Poster 24Leaf—bot necessarily vegan or vegetarian. We promote a diet that consists of mostly whole, plant-based foods. We call it 4Leaf for Life, a concept built on maximizing the percentage of calories from whole plants—the healthiest food for humans.

How healthy are you eating? Take our 4Leaf Survey in two minutes to find out. See forms & instructions:

The 4Leaf focus is on what we DO eat—-not what we avoid. A few typical questions: Do vegans ever get cancer? and Why do some vegetarians get fat?

Kaiser SquareProminent Medical Doctors now recommending Plant-Based for ALL Patients! Says Kaiser Permanente (America’s largest health provider). For a PDF of the powerful plant-based article in KP’s Spring 2013 Journal, Click Here. It’s really a HUGE deal when our largest health provider is advising its 17,000 physicians to:

“[C]onsider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients…encouraging whole, plant-based foods and discouraging meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods.”

J. Morris Hicks, the “big picture guy” when it comes to the consequences of our food choices—on our health, our environment and ultimately, our very existence as a species.

Our Book. Check out the drop-down list under the BOOK tab above—Foreword by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; endorsed on the cover by Dr. Dean Ornish. Now available in paperback, Kindle, CD and audio for iPhone—also in ibooks. Order on Amazon

Check out the tabs. Particularly the “MD Help” tab and the drop-down list under the “Diseases” tab. For some great tasting, health-promoting food, check out the “Recipes” tab.

Take a look around the site and, if you have any questions, let us hear from you. Check out the drop-down list of over sixty categories of daily posts in the right column.

Prefer watching to reading?  Take a look at the drop-down list under the VideoTab where you can see movies, CNN specials, and videos featuring Dr. T. Colin Campbell, President Bill Clinton and others.

4-Minute Video. The “4Leaf Solution” The blinding flash of the obvious simple solution to the food problem that is wrecking our health and our environment—ultimately threatening our very existence as a species.

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe ”big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Want to talk about any of the above? Call me at 917-399-9700 or email me at jmorrishicks@me.com.

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

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30 Responses to Welcome to my Home Page

  1. James T Burke says:

    Jim,

    I just saw the Seattle premier of the new environmental movie “Cowspiracy”. It was done very well. I think you need to see it as soon as you can. It did an amazing job of showing how consumption of animal products is the leading cause of climate change. After seeing it you may want to consider putting it on your list of recommendations.

    Thanks for all the wonderful work you are doing. I have given many copies of your book to my friends and relatives. I always look forward to reading your next blog. Keep up the good work.

    Jim Burke

  2. Joanne Irwin says:

    Hi, Jim,
    It is so wonderful to read the many comments on this blog. Folks are waking up and taking charge of their health. The myths we’ve been fed for the past decades are being dispelled, and it’s folks like you, and all of us in the whole foods, plant based family (WFPB), who are sounding the clarion call.
    Just this morning on NPR discussion involved declined in beef consumption due to higher beef prices as a result of the drought. Wonderful!
    Did you see Cameron’s documentary, “Years of Living Dangerously”? I’m hoping it moves to Netflix at some point. We don’t get Showtime. The documentary looks astounding, well researched!
    Once again, you continue to make a difference. All the best!!

  3. Dick Willis says:

    I had to laugh when you said in your talk that if President Clinton had come out as vegan while he was president he would have been impeached. The reason for my mirth was based on my own experience this August when I said to my high school biology classes that they shouldn’t drink milk. Holy cow! I can talk about evolution and global climate change and not get the same response that I got from that comment. I have had more parent complaints this year than in the previous 15 years of my teaching. I have finally found a way to engage my students (9th graders) in meaningful conversation about the age old question “When an I ever going to use this after I graduate?” While the complaints continue, many more students are starting to wonder aloud why our culture continues to promote things when they seem to be unhealthy. I believe that this is the first step toward meaningful change. Thanks for providing the facts and resources to back up the claims of the benefits of a whole foods, plant based diet.

    • Leo S. says:

      “Cows’ milk” is probably what should not be consumed by humans. Human milk from a healthy mother during their infancy would be best for them. Watch “Udderly Amazing” from the following link (5 videos) to get a better idea about dairy products and disease. Also watch “Sitting on Time Bomb” to get ideas about what might be considered safe foods to consume after infancy. Many individuals have their tonsils, adenoids, uvula and other tissues removed and/or altered from their mouths because of the swelling caused by tonsils due to consumption of dairy products. Stop consuming those products and the swelling of the lymph glands and surrounding tissues will most likely go back to normal. Removing tonsils will not solve the problem but will cause other lymph glands to have to do the work and pain and swelling in other parts of the body may be experienced.

      http://amazingdiscoveries.tv/c/7/Life_at_its_Best_-_English/

  4. Leo S. says:

    What difference does it make if one uses an internal combustion engine-powered car, a hybrid or an electric vehicle (EV) to go to the grocery, restaurant, or fast food establishment if the fuel they buy for their primary conveyance, their body, is not the best fuel to provide energy for the cells which make up the body and allow it to function at its best.

    Your website, articles and life story are great and should be seen by all. The following link is from your website. Musk, like you, can make a change for the future, if only people knew you both existed.

    Musk and all his employees might benefit from your life. But as his employee states “his time is taken on many projects and can’t get into anything new, no matter how important it is,” or words similar to that effect. There is really nothing more important than life, because without it, all else is irrelevant. It is hoped others can enjoy the story of Musk and his endeavors and accomplishments. He may yet have a profound effect on climate warming and the use of fossil fuels and pollution. Enjoy.

    http://hpjmh.com/2013/05/25/elon-musk-mission-motivated-leadership-in-action/

    Wishing you and all you touch the very best in health and happiness.

  5. DMc says:

    Hi Jim, A few years back I read Michael Pollan’s books but things really didn’t hit home for me until I read the China Study. That was a year ago and my life has forever changed. I believe education is the key and was excited to find your audiobook at Audible.com. I have read every book on nutrition I can get my hands on this past year and have read all the authors you mention in your book but what you brought to the table that others didn’t is the environmental impact of an animal based diet vs a plant strong diet. The numbers you present are most startling. Thank you for being a part of my new healthy, humane, environmentally friendly life style. God bless you too.

    • Dick Willis says:

      I agree with the emphasis on environmental impact from the wfpb lifestyle. This connections sustains my commitment to continue to eat properly and to talk courageously about my eating regimen with just about anyone who will stand still long enough.

  6. Jennifer S. says:

    Thank you for writing your book! I was only halfway through the book when I decided that my family’s (two little boys and an amazing husband) diet was going to drastically change. And it did, literally overnight! One day we were eating a mostly vegetarian diet that included ALOT of eggs and dairy, and the next day we were ‘vegan’, eating ALOT of raw fruits and vegetables! My boys have been troopers! It was very trying at first, I had no idea how to plan meals, but we have adapted well. It has been over a year now and we are committed to eating as healthy as possible. I have now gone back to school for nutritional science and feel great! Your book was an inspiration, thank you again!

  7. Hi Jim,
    It was a pleasure meeting you at the nyc vegetarian food festival. You had a standing room only event so I’d say it was well received. Sorry about your friends not getting in. My advice would be to purchase a VIP ticket and eliminate the wait next year but who knows how they’ll set it up.

    I’ve started reading your book. I have a question, not that a billion here or a billion there really matters but I’ve heard estimates of the number of animals raised/and or caught for food was 3 billion, 9 billion, 30 billion and now you mention a new high of 60 billion. How do we come up with these stats?

    Marty

    • J. Morris Hicks says:

      Marty,

      Thanks for your comment, it was nice meeting you as well.

      I got a lot of my numbers about animals from Jonathan Foer’s very well-researched book, Eating Animals. As for the number in the USA, it’s pretty widely known to be around ten billion, with over 9 billion being chickens. The global number is in the neighborhood of 60 billion.

      If you add in seafood on a global basis, the number is closer to 100 billion, hence the 2 billion per week number that was quoted by Philip Wollen in his famous ten-minute speech from down under. In case you haven’t seen it; I have had a link on the home page of my website since early 2012.

      Whatever the exact numbers are; they are way too high, they’re destroying our eco-system and they’re grossly unsustainable. Here is a direct link to that Philip Wollen speech. http://hpjmh.com/2012/06/29/a-helluva-rant-for-plant-based-eating-from-australia/

      Be well, Jim

  8. caspersfarm says:

    Hi Jim, we’re hosting some retreats this summer, stop by, take a break and relax, my compliments…

    http://caspersfarm.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/body-mind-restoration-retreats-ithaca-ny-summer-2013-2/

    Warm regards, Michael

  9. Edith says:

    Hi there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward
    to new posts.

  10. Laura Barone says:

    It was my sincere pleasure to meet you today at CT Veg Fest. I cannot put your book down! Thank you for sharing your wisdom. Blessings to you!

  11. Ian Welch says:

    Evening Jim,

    I just found your blog and look forward to exploring it. Coincidentally my wife is staring Colin Campbell’s Plant Based Nutrition course on the 28th.

    I am a survivor and finding my voice now, I feel it my time to share my experiences.

    Again thank you for our site and creating a community for all of us.

    Ian Welch
    http://www.wholefed.wordpress.com

  12. Tammy says:

    What a great resource!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. @Ann: I highly recommend juicing Moringa leaves. As far as my research is concern, you can get 7 times the vitamin C in oranges + 4 times the calcium in milk + 2 times the protein in milk + 3 times the potassium in bananas in consuming Moringa leaves.

    I recommend you to process it using a juicer or blender. Just be careful of the leaves flying away. :)

  14. Linda Dale says:

    Until the subsidies given to meat manufacturers end or are greatly reduced, getting more people to eat whole food plant foods is going to be very difficult indeed. Most people aren’t interested in changing the way they eat because they can’t imagine not having cooked flesh every day, and the cost of eating nothing but whole plant foods gives them another excuse. Because of subsidies, beef sells for an average of around $4.00 per pound and turkey this year averaged 45 CENTS per pound! Meanwhile, I’m paying $4.99 per pound for mushrooms, $5.99 per pound for red peppers and $7.00 a pound for kale and collard greens.

    • Stacie Shelton says:

      Amen Linda,
      I’ve been a Rawfoodist for the past three years and although I’m thrilled for the money I’ve saved over those years by not buying meat, dairy and all the other crap I used to buy. But 5.99 for a tub of spinach is ridiculous. I feel so vibrant and have no more pain, I will NEVER go back to eating flesh meat again.

  15. Stacie Shelton-Wittman says:

    Jim,
    I’ve been eating Raw for three years now. I believe it’s close to your 4 Leaf Program. I’ve adapted this way of eathing because of pain and depression I was dealing with. I’m now pain free! I no longer deal with depression as I knew it! I love your blog and enjoy reading it. I too have an incredible passion to share this information with others. Thank you for your information and an opportunity to share.

  16. Jim – My “Ideas” to Clinton – per your pointing us there. I gave $20.
    <<
    Make this your #1 priority: Focus even more on promoting the plant-strong nutrition that you have implemented.

    I agree with J. Morris Hicks on dispelling the protein myth – change our nutrition to a plant-strong diet, minimize/eliminate all animal foods! He gave you the many reasons in his letter yesterday.

    This is not new. "The Diet for All Reasons" (Vegan) was presented by Dr. Michael Klaper in a booklet and a video in '87 – '92. Dr. Klaper is at "True North" clinic in Santa Rosa now, and had conducted research for years on the benefits and cautions regarding plant-based nutrition. Add him to your support team. Of course, John Robbins "Diet for a New America" book and video identified all the problems and all the solutions back then, too. He is still around and can help you.

    Add Dr. John McDougall to the big support effort in teaching "Total Health Solution." He and his nurse wife Mary have ~ 35 years of teaching healthy lifestyle medicine. This is about much more than food! His website drmcdougall.com provides free health education. Have Dr. McDougall update his 2001 pamphlet "Transform Your Health in 12 Days" and get that available to the public. In ten pages he provides the education and implementation material. In the last 10 pages he covers many of the chronic diseases that are treated – without medical treatments! (My family of four participated in his clinic 9 years ago and have been very healthy on a vegan diet. I conduct free "Healthy Lifestyle Education, Application and Support" meetings to help others learn in my area — such education is not offered by the "Sickness" industries!)

    Get Dr. Esselstyn's new DVD on "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease"! to go viral on the Internet!!! He has over 25 years of success in helping seriously ill heart patients survive and thrive on a strict plant-based diet, emphasizing consuming much more of the leafy greens to heal the blood circulation system.

    In summary, take actions to teach Healthy Lifestyle to the world – especially our sickly citizens! Sincerely, Bill Kleinbauer
    (http://web.me.com/maule5662h/Bill_Kleinbauer

  17. Bill Kranker says:

    J. Morris,

    I like your website. You have a lot of great info and news. Keep up the good work.

    Bill K.
    Low Fat Raw Vegan -7 years

    • Stacie Shelton says:

      Rawfoodist for 3.2 years! 44 years old, pain free, feel like a 20 year old. Praise God and thank you for your enthusiasum in sharing and using your resources and name to spread the most important word out there, besides the word of salvation. I see your business as top priority to this nation’s health and well being. I became a certified health coach last year and the more people I talk too, they are sick and tired of being sick and tired. We have our work cut out for us. Thank you for being a catulist for this movement. I will spend the rest of my life sharing, caring and spreading the word to help people understand the importance of you are what you eat!.

  18. Victor C Soares says:

    Jim,

    Vegsource.com brought me to yr site…impressed by your passion and informative blog…just switched
    to a whole plant diet after being inspired by “Eat to Live” n following up with the “China Study” etc
    A neighbor just north of u in Pawtucket RI..love Stonington had family there..We”re in this fight together!!!
    Thanks, Vic

  19. J Morris Hicks,

    As you know, I attended the 10 day McDougall Health Spa in Santa Rosa, California.

    Dr McDougall is an inspirational teacher. He truly believes his message.

    Jeffery Novick and Doug Lisle are wonderful speakers and Jeffery in particular had a powerful impact on the audience because his message was delivered in a fun style.

    I did not like the food because it had a strong Mexican flavor. The Flamingo hotel was attractive and efficient. The weather was marginal with plenty of rain.

    I mentioned you to Dr McDougall and he remembers you. I spoke to every guest about you and the book so your name should be more recognizable.

    Salvatore Liggieri

  20. I have always been a big fan of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, and now there is someone who is promoting his principles of sound whole plant nutrition and prosperous living. We need to get the word out to all of the healthcare professionals who will listen and apply this data into their practice and in the lives of their patients. This will be true healthcare reform.

  21. Marlene Dopp says:

    When I signed up for your blog you asked me to let you know how I found out about it. It was through my VegSource newsletter. I am constantly reading about healthy eating so I thought this would add to my knowledge.
    Thank you

  22. David Melina says:

    Hi JM,

    It’s great to have another strong proponent of plant based diets and your posts on vegsource.

    David Melina
    Registered Dental Hygienist, Humanist/Atheist fan of Charles Darwin and vegan since 1980.

  23. dc says:

    Jim, Congrats on your new program. Your pic shows you have all your hair and it’s not grey. THAT’S what I want to know about although it may be to late for me. Best!!! dc

  24. JIM!!!

    Extraordinary, exciting and – very compelling. Thank you for sharing your blog, thinking, recipes and knowledge. Wow. Erica

    • jmorrishicks says:

      Thanks Erica,

      You will ALWAYS have the honor of being the very first person to post a comment on my brand new blog at hpjmh.com. God bless you. I look forward to working with you and Thomas in the years ahead. Best, Jim

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