Sal asks, “What progress, if any, have you made?”

Sal Liggieri is a good friend who’s followed my work for years.

A candid shot of Sal Liggieri, as he ponders the extensive and exceptionally healthy menu at the Candle Cafe

A candid shot of Sal Liggieri, as he ponders the extensive and exceptionally healthy menu at the Candle Cafe

Now in his late eighties, he’s been commenting on my blogs longer than anyone and we have had several lively discussions over lunch in New York. A 25-year vegan himself, he has repeatedly told me that he’s never been able to influence a single individual to make a permanent change in their diet.

Convinced that the human race only has a few more decades to survive, he’s always asking why I am going to the trouble of doing what I do. Yesterday, he posted a comment on my blog—-inspiring me to reply. He wrote:

Hey Jim, how about updating us on what changes you see and what progress, if any, you have made?

From my part of the world, I see more fat and obese people, supermarkets are still bustling, restaurants are still feeding SAD . . . and the people are still lapping it up.

Change, how sweet the sound, but don’t worry America – your time will come – and then you will pay the piper. — Sal Liggieri

My reply. Hi Sal, Always good to hear from you—my good friend who’s probably read more of my blogs than anyone. So what progress have I made, you ask? Without meaning to toot my own horn, here’s my latest Top Ten List:

1. top 10 list 2010-resized-600.jpgSince launching this blog in 2011, I have heard directly from hundreds of people, many of them crediting me for saving their lives. Would you agree that saving just one life would justify the ten thousand hours I have devoted to my work since 2002?

2. Two of my most-viewed blogs are about health coaching: the first about the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and the other about the difficulty of making a living as a health coach. Each has been viewed thousands of times and has probably led many to choose Dr. Campbell’s eCornell course in plant-based nutrition over the IIN two-year health coaching program. What impact will that have? That’s what I call “unknowable” data at this point—but it could only be good, as almost half of the students are MDs or other medical practitioners, earning CME credits.

3. My two visits with James Cameron last year influenced him to launch a global awareness campaign promoting plant-based eating for health AND environmental reasons. My influence may also be seen in a few powerful SUSTAINABILITY messages within the three upcoming Avatar sequels—all of which will be seen by hundreds of millions of people. He also gave out 234 copies of our book to his closest friends and family last December. Who knows what positive impact that may have had?

Dr. Kerry Graff

Dr. Kerry Graff

4. One medical doctor in Canandaigua, NY (Finger Lakes) has printed hundreds of copies of my 4Leaf Survey and has given out over fifty copies of my book. Dr. Kerry Graff says that her use of the content on my website has been a “huge freaking success” with her patients.

5. I got a call yesterday from a medical doctor in Canada who’d found my material and wants to use my 4Leaf content in his transition from “sick-care” to true healthcare in his practice.

6. The eCornell plant-based online course is now using my 4Leaf Survey for ALL of the thousands of people who take that course every year. You can find it at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey.

7. Just got an email this morning from someone who wants to advertise on my site. That tells me that my traffic is still growing. It will also enable me to continue making a living in a field of work that doesn’t pay very well.

8. Speaking of earning a living, I currently have four speaking gigs on my schedule during the next two months—the most ever. From a medical practice in New York, to a 22,000-student college in Colorado, to 220 middle-school students in Connecticut—-and finally, to a 10-day immersion retreat (220 people) in the Dominican Republic.

Focused on maximizing the percent of our calories from whole, plant-based foods.

Focused on maximizing the percent of our calories from whole, plant-based foods.

9. I have been instrumental in the launch of The Plantrician Project (plantrician.org), which is hosting the second annual international plant-based healthcare conference (for medical practitioners) in San Diego this week. Much of the content on their site originated in my blogs. This week, their conference is drawing over 400 people from 14 countries.

10. I recently met with THE leading First Amendment attorney in the country regarding an issue that could make a huge difference in the widespread distribution of the real truth about nutrition in this country—and abroad.

What progress, if any? Without my relentless blogging, writing, speaking and activism—none of the above would have happened.

  • Has it been worth my time? ABSOLUTELY!!
  • Has progress been slower that I would have liked? YES!
  • Do I get depressed from time to time? YES
  • Do I plan to stop what I am doing? NEVER!

    My six grandchildren. Peyton, Colin, Andrew, Cooper, Violet and Evvy

    My six grandchildren. clockwise from Peyton on left: Evvy, Viotet, Andrew, Cooper and Collin

Will my efforts and the efforts of many others be enough to save our civilization? That remains to be seen—and we won’t be around to find out.

But my six grandchildren (and their children) will be. And, regardless what happens, they will all know that their GranBuddy gave it his best shot.

Let’s have lunch in New York soon. Your friend, Jim

PS: What changes do I see? Not nearly enough, but more and more people are talking about the importance of food choices—and we’ll eventually reach a critical mass. Remember, the percent of the population needed to start a revolution is a lot closer to 10% than it is to 50%.

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.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course. Check it out on your smartphone at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey. Send feedback to 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.

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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3,650 articles a year on global warming. ZERO clarity.

And not ONE mention of the single biggest cause—food choices

GoogleMy Google account is programmed to send me ten new articles about global warming everyday.  A total of 3,650 articles a year—with most of them contradicting all the others. Many of the articles are skeptical that global warming even exists and none of them ever mention the #1 cause.

Why is that? Money! There are trillions of dollars riding on maintaining the status quo with regards to how we live, reproduce, consume, travel and EAT. The problem is that the future of our ecosystem is riding on kicking that status quo to the ditch—and making some HUGE changes fast. Of course, the easiest, quickest and least expensive change we can make is to replace most of our animal-based food calories with health-promoting, whole, plant-based foods.

As for global warming, listed below are eight of the ten articles that I received yesterday—with one paragraph from each. You can click on each of the links if you want to see more. These articles remind me of the evening news and all the contradictory information you hear everyday about healthcare. In both cases, our news media is failing us—not telling us what we really need to do to promote our own health—and the health of the ecosystem that sustains us.

An almost carbon-free way to breathe fresh air, enjoy the beauty of nature and think about ways to wake up the mainstream masses  who're sleepwalking off a cliff when it comes to the future of our species.

An almost carbon-free way to breathe fresh air, enjoy the beauty of nature and think about ways to wake up the mainstream masses who’re sleepwalking off a cliff when it comes to the future of our species.—J. Morris Hicks

Eight Global Warming Articles

  1. The Oceans Ate Global Warming? (Skeptical) People who are well-informed know that the global warming superstition is based exclusively on computer models. Those models are essentially video games, like virtual reality. You may have heard the saying “garbage in, garbage out.” Speculation put on a computer is still speculation
  2. Fix for global warming is not either/or. (Rational) One of the strongest arguments levied against serious remedies is that we must choose between the environment and our economy. If we move away from fossil fuels and strengthen our commitment to renewable energy sources, we will impede economic growth, hurt business and hamper job creation. That argument — that it’s either/or — is now being refuted by some powerful voices in the economic sphere.
  3. Sorry, Steve Running, Wildfires Are Decreasing with Global Warming (Skeptical) A Billings Gazette article last week quoted University of Montana global warming activist Steve Running claiming major wildfires have quadrupled since 1986, but the facts show wildfires are actually declining.
  4. Honeywell’s Low-Global-Warming Material Insulates Net-Zero Energy Home (Product Promo) Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent — an ultra low-global-warming-potential foam blowing agent — has been used to help insulate a net-zero energy home project at Purdue University, the company says.
  5. Global Economies Must Decrease CO2 Emissions By 5 Times Current Levels (Rational) Global economies must cut their energy-related carbon emissions for every dollar of GDP by 6.2 percent — more than five times the rate currently achieved — every year from now to 2100 in order to to limit global warming to 2°C, according to a new report by PwC. Scientists agree 2°C of warming is the limit needed to ensure the serious risks of climate change impacts are avoided worldwide.
  6. Windmills at seaSun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind (NY Times)  Germans will soon be getting 30 percent of their power from renewable energy sources. Many smaller countries are beating that, but Germany is by far the largest industrial power to reach that level in the modern era. It is more than twice the percentage in the United States.
  7. Rich philanthropists urged to invest in ‘saving civilisation’ by putting money into fighting global warming. (Rational) “Climate change has the capacity to overwhelm all efforts in other areas such as poverty and biodiversity. Anyone concerned about improving quality of life or protecting natural areas should know that unless they also act on climate, they are likely to waste their efforts,” said Paul Gilding, an Australian environmentalist. The call to action comes a week before world leaders  are due to attend a UN climate summit in New York.
  8. Fixing Climate Change May Add No Costs, Report Says (NY Times)When the secondary benefits of greener policies — like lower fuel costs, fewer premature deaths from air pollution and reduced medical bills — are taken into account, the changes might wind up saving money, according to the findings of the group, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

Ready for some CLARITY about climate change?

Only one PRAGMATIC way to stop climate change! (My blog of 9-12-14)

Food Choices. The primary cause of global warming? (My blog of 2-4-14)

Ready for some CLARITY about healthcare?

Medicine is not healthcare — Food is healthcare.
Medicine is sick-care — Let’s all get this straight for a change. — Anonymous

The real beauty of this desperate situation is that if we eat the right foods to stop global warming, we’ll also promote the best health for ourselves; thereby slashing the global healthcare bill by trillions of dollars. — J. Morris Hicks

The Isle of Wight -- home of my friend Frances

The Isle of Wight — home of my friend Frances

The Bottom Line. One of my blog readers on the Isle of Wight told me in 2011 that my daily blog was like a relentless drumbeat—a never ending repackaging of the same message.

She was right, and while I no longer publish a blog every single day, my relentless message is now more focused on the single most important issue in the history of humanity—SUSTAINABILITY of our ecosystem and our species. NOTHING is more Important than Sustainability!

Sometimes, all of this can be depressing—especially, when no one in the mainstream is listening; prompting me to publish this blog last month. Relentless Tenacity. Except for occasional bouts of depression

One more thing. I also get ten new articles everyday about water scarcity and world hunger—two more desperate situations that share the same primary cause as global warming and human health issues. WE’RE EATING THE WRONG FOOD! (This is my 866th blog-post since launching this website in February of 2011.)

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.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course. Check it out on your smartphone at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey. Send feedback to 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.

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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Only one PRAGMATIC way to stop climate change!

According to the late Dr. Robert Goodland, World Bank Climate Specialist

Jeff Anhang, environmental specialist and research officer. He advises on managing environmental and social risks and opportunities in investments by the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Jeff Anhang, environmental specialist and research officer. He advises on managing environmental and social risks and opportunities in investments by the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC).

My friend Jeff Anhang of the World Bank Group was Dr. Goodland’s co-author for most of his work on climate change; he was kind enough to share this recently “edited” version of his last public presentation before his untimely death in December of 2013.

I have provided the complete document below, complete with all the links, but wanted to start out by stating a few compelling bits of information relating to the piece:

  • Since the Kyoto Protocol (to stop climate change) was drafted in 1990, global greenhouse gas emissions have risen 61%.
  • It may be too late already. The CO2 levels in our atmosphere have risen well above the safe level of 350 ppm—passing the 400 ppm level in April of 2014.
  • Since Kyoto, the UN’s International Panel on Climate (IPCC) has held it’s annual Conference of the Parties in different cities around the world. Lots of political rhetoric, but not nearly enough action and ZERO positive results.
  • Running out of time; Dr. Goodland reported, ” The International Energy Agency has warned that major action by 2017 may be the last real chance to reverse climate change before it’s too late.”
  • The problem is that there has been ZERO international emphasis on altering the way we eat—and that’s the only major contributor to GHG in our atmosphere that can be changed quickly, easily and inexpensively.
  • As you can see below, Goodland and Anhang have estimated that the raising of livestock causes more human-induced GHG than ALL other causes combined.
  • There’s no way you can solve ANY problem without addressing the #1 cause.
  • In the article below, Dr. Goodland outlines what he calls the ONLY pragmatic way to stop climate change.
Dr. Robert Goodland. During his time there, he was frequently described as the "conscience" of the World Bank

Dr. Robert Goodland. During his time there, he was frequently described as the “conscience” of the World Bank

Pragmatic. dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.—Webster

The key words in the above definition are sensibly and realistically—not the kinds of descriptors typically associated with political leaders–or corporate leaders who stand to lose money by doing the right thing for the future of humanity.J. Morris Hicks

Please share Dr. Goodland’s concise paper below with everyone who might be able to make a difference. Sooner or later, our world leaders have got to start getting serious about what’s important.

How to Reverse Climate Change Before It’s Too Late

by Robert Goodland (1939-2013) —- World Bank Climate Specialist

Dr. Robert Goodland (1939 to 2013)---climate specialist with World Bank for 23 years.

Dr. Robert Goodland (1939 to 2013)—climate specialist with World Bank for 23 years.

September 4, 2014, published in full at http://meatonomics.com (excerpted and edited from the last public presentation made by Dr. Goodland in September 2013)

Climatic change is fearsome.  The National Academy of Sciences published a study in 2013 explaining how 1,700 American cities -– including New York, Boston, and Miami –- will become locked into some amount of submersion from rising sea levels unless expensive new dykes and levees can hold back the rising waters.  In fact, the International Energy Agency has warned that major action by 2017 may be the last real chance to reverse climate change before it’s too late.

Elsewhere, the last chance for major action is said to be 2020.  Even with that more generous timeframe, it’s too late to reverse climate change by replacing fossil fuel infrastructure with renewable energy infrastructure.  That’s because doing so is estimated to require at least 20 years to implement at the necessary scale.  Indeed, large-scale implementation of renewable energy infrastructure was the general basis for the Kyoto Protocol when it was drafted in 1990.  But the Kyoto Protocol did not yield a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as intended;  to the contrary, global greenhouse gas emissions have risen shockingly by 61% from 1990 to 2013.

Now, there seems to be only one remaining pragmatic way to reverse climate change before it’s too late -– and that’s by taking quick and large-scale actions in food, agriculture, and forestry.  When Jeff Anhang and I estimated in 2009 that at least 51% of human-induced greenhouse gas is attributable to livestock, we calculated that replacing 25% of today’s livestock products with better alternatives could almost fully achieve the objective of the Kyoto Protocol.

However, as greenhouse gas emissions and atmospheric carbon have continued to rise, now almost 50% of today’s livestock products must be replaced with better alternatives by 2020 at the latest in order to achieve the objective of the Kyoto Protocol and avert catastrophic climate change.  No other pragmatic worldwide action to reverse climate change has been proposed by anyone…

In fact, the average global concentration of atmospheric carbon continues to increase after it recently rose above 400 parts per million, far above the safe level of 350 parts per million.  The only known way to draw down atmospheric carbon on a large scale in a relatively short timeframe is by growing more trees, which is uniquely possible through our recommendations.  That’s because replacing a substantial amount of today’s livestock products with better alternatives will free up a vast amount of land to permit large-scale reforestation and greenhouse gas sequestration –- at the same time as it will massively reduce greenhouse gas emissions attributable to livestock production.

The dual benefits of reducing emissions and absorbing atmospheric carbon on a large scale at the same time are the key aspect of what makes our recommendations the only pragmatic way to reverse climate change before it’s too late.

To be clear about what we mean by “better alternatives” to livestock products:  We mean everything from grain-based meats to soy milk, nut butters, as well as whole grains and legumes.  This is because any food that comes directly from a plant rather than from livestock will generally be responsible for a much lower level of greenhouse gas emissions than are livestock products…

There is surely no more compelling motivation to act than the knowledge that replacing livestock products with better alternatives may be the only pragmatic way to stop catastrophic climate change from imperiling much of life on earth.

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

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

Canandaigua–My next speaking engagement

Speaking in the Dominican late November

Related blogs from J. Morris Hicks:

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.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. After taking the survey, please give me your feedback as it will be helpful in the development of our future 4Leaf app for smartphones. Send feedback to 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.

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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Victims, challenges and hope for the future of our species

We must get the world talking about what’s most important.

33 Starving 4BThe food choices of roughly two billion people in the world are responsible for causing horrendous problems for themselves, the other five billion less fortunate people, the other creatures who inhabit our planet and for the ecosystem that sustains us all.

In this blog, I have provided a top ten list of those problems. The issues listed below are the combined effect of a horribly inefficient diet-style that is also very unhealthy for all who eat it. On a per calorie basis, animal-based foods require more than ten times as much land, water and energy than plant-based calories.

As a result of this grossly unsustainable diet-style, we’re rapidly using up our natural resources which will ultimately result in the collapse of our civilization. Meanwhile, we’ve created a tremendous amount of suffering along the way—My top ten list of victims.

Who are the Victims of the Typical Western Diet?

Water CrisisOne. World Hunger. Almost one billion people go to bed hungry every night and forty million children starve to death every year. (Not enough land to grow food for everyone)

Two. Water Scarcity. 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. (Most of our water being used to grow food for animals that we eat.)

Three. Heart Disease. Approximately four million people suffer and die of heart disease each year—a disease that is 95% reversible with a whole food, plant-based diet.

Four. Type 2 Diabetes. Approximately 200 million people suffer from type 2 diabetes—disease that is 95% reversible with a whole food, plant-based diet.

One of the smartest animals, pigs get a bad rap -- most live their complete lives in horrid conditions until they reach their ultimate destiny as part of your breakfast, your pizza topping or your barbecue sandwich.

One of the smartest animals, pigs get a bad rap — most live their complete lives in horrid conditions until they reach their ultimate destiny as part of your breakfast, your pizza topping or your barbecue sandwich.

Five. Animal Suffering. Annually, some 100 billion land animals live their entire lives in horrible conditions until they are brutally killed so that we can eat their flesh.

Six. Oceans in Peril. Over one trillion sea creatures are taken from our oceans each year; some for humans to eat, even more killed by accident (by-kill), and others to feed to other fish in fish farms.

Seven. The World’s Rainforest. Over 30 million acres of rainforest have been destroyed each year since 1970—primarily to use for grazing of farm animals or to grow feed for them to be shipped elsewhere.

Eight. Other Species. The normal rate of species extinction is less than five per year. Scientists estimate that the current rate exceeds 5,000 per year—the dramatic increase driven by human activity; primarily our food choices.

Global warming could be the single biggest problem ever faced by the human species.

Climate change could be the single biggest problem ever faced by the human species.

Nine. Climate Change. Our harmful diet-style is damaging every part of our ecosystem that controls climate: atmosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. We’re not even coming close to the international goals and conditions get worse every year—a looming global disaster for everyone.

Ten. Our Children’s Future. Our harmful and wasteful food choices are negatively impacting all 7.2 billion humans alive today AND all future humans—as we accelerate the race to destroy the precious ecosystem that sustains us.

When does the madness end? As our population surges toward ten billion—driving the need to double our food production in the next 40 years, things are only going to get worse. When do ANY of our prominent leaders start URGENTLY addressing the most important issues in the history of humanity?

A few weeks ago, it seemed that everyone in the USA (maybe  the world) was talking about a rare disease that affects 1/100th of one percent of the population of the United States. But NO ONE is talking about the above list of crises that will ultimately affect every single human—including the 30,000 in the USA who have ALS.

I think it’s time for a SERIOUS global “challenge” to help get things moving in the right direction for ALL of us and for ALL of our future children. A challenge to learn how a mostly-plant-based diet can do wonders for your health, your children’s health and for the health of the ecosystem that sustains us.

Take the 4Leaf-4Week Challenge?

The "4Leaf level" means getting over 80% of my total calories from whole plants.

The “4Leaf level” means getting over 80% of my total calories from whole plants.

What is it? Commit yourself to 4 weeks of consuming mostly whole, plant-based foods. At the 4Leaf level of eating, that means deriving over 80% of your calories from those healthiest of foods.

Getting started. Take the 4Leaf Survey at eCornell’s website eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey  Find out your current level of eating. Read a few books from my store, check out the 4Leaf section of my website, and make a plan. (A printer friendly one-pager of the 4Leaf Survey)

Check out Lisa’s recipes. There are currently two dozen tasty and easy recipes that will help get you started. Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen.

Why 4 weeks? That gives you enough time to enjoy the many benefits of this way of eating. If you commit for 4 weeks, you will not want to return to your old way of eating. You will have begun a lifelong healthy habit that will do more to save our civilization than ALL other steps that you could possibly take.

Forget Meatless Mondays. That’s just an exercise in deprivation that will rarely lead to a truly healthy diet—for you or for the planet.

Sadly, this powerful book of truth has not been read by nearly enough people.

Sadly, this powerful book of truth has not been read by nearly enough people.

Not sure you can do this? Take another look at that list of TEN disasters above and think about the future of your children. Also, take just one hour to read TEN BILLION. Although he doesn’t say it in the book, the author agrees with me that changing what we eat is the single most powerful step we could take to avoid the disasters he predicts.

“Call out” your friends and relatives. After you’ve gotten started on your 4 weeks, send this blog to others who you think might have the courage to follow your lead. It’s not as easy as dumping a bucket of ice on your head—but if enough people do it, this simple step will save our ecosystem and our civilization.

The Bottom Line. There are four primary, human-driven issues that threaten the future of our civilization. They are: Over-population, Over-consumption of STUFF, Dependence on Fossil Fuels and Eating the Wrong Food.

Conveniently, the last one is not only the easiest, quickest and least expensive to address—doing so will deliver, by far, the most health AND environmental benefit in the shortest amount of time.

Eventually, we must also deal with over-population, over-consumption and the excessive burning of fossil fuels—but those tasks will take many decades, if not centuries. Taking URGENT action NOW with our food choices can buy us the time we need to address them all.

List of sources. Extrapolation was used to estimate global numbers when only USA numbers were available.

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.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. After taking the survey, please give me your feedback as it will be helpful in the development of our future 4Leaf app for smartphones. Send feedback to 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.

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen. Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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ESPN — “Essential Saving of the Planet NOW”

Came up with that tagline while watching college football this weekend.

My son and I both went to Auburn. We watched our game on Saturday with my three grandsons. Auburn 45, Arkansas 21. War Eagle!

My son and I both graduated from Auburn University. We watched our opening game on Saturday with my three grandsons. Final Score: Auburn 45, Arkansas 21. War Eagle!

In an earlier post, I commented about how we humans tend to focus on the “trivial many” instead of the “vital few.” And I was guilty this weekend as I took time out to play golf in Vermont and watch my Auburn Tigers on ESPN.

Earlier in the week, I managed to waste even more time as I familiarized myself with ESPN’s brand new SEC Network cable channel.

But now it’s past Labor Day and time to get down to the business of relentlessly addressing the “vital few” that affect our own health AND, more importantly, the health of the ecosystem that sustains us. More importantly? Yes, without a healthy ecosystem, what difference will it make how healthy we are when we all run out of food and water?

The NIH is using our tax dollars to fund studies that conclude that we should be eating this.

The NIH is using our tax dollars to fund studies that conclude that we should be eating this.

As for saving the planet’s ecosystem, things continue to get more difficult. Just this week a new study was reported by the New York Times on 9-1-14. Entitled A Call for a Low-Carb Diet, (see link below), it led off thusly:

People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows.

Who paid for it? The new study was financed by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. It included a racially diverse group of 150 men and women — a rarity in clinical nutrition studies — who were assigned to follow diets for one year that limited either the amount of carbs or fat that they could eat, but not overall calories.

There were only two pictures in the article. What's the implied message in this picture?

There were only two pictures in the article. What’s the implied message in this picture?

Misleading and Misinformation. Just another example of a lack of clarity in reporting. First of all, the pictures in the article implied that it was healthier to eat sirloin than Swiss Chard. Secondly, none of these studies ever test a genuine health-promoting diet—one where the majority of calories come from whole, plant-based foods and containing less than 20% fat.

I would bet that the average person in the “low fat” group was deriving over 30% of their calories from fat and scored no higher than 1Leaf on our 4Leaf Survey. NOT a health-promoting diet.

And what about the health of the planet? Our tax dollars at the NIH are helping to convince people to eat more meat, dairy, eggs and fish—even though it’s grossly unsustainable—comprised of the very products that are the leading cause of global warming, water scarcity, deforestation and species extinction.

The Bottom Line. What if the animal-rich, low-carb diet was indeed the healthiest diet for humans? It really doesn’t matter, because it’s grossly unsustainable for very much longer. Thankfully, we know what is truly the healthiest for humans and, conveniently, it’s also the healthiest diet for the planet—mostly whole plants.

As for ESPN, now while watching football, I am also thinking about ways to spread that good news around the world in time. Think of it this way, “If I hadn’t watched football this weekend, you wouldn’t be reading this blog now.” Maybe we can get ESPN (The Worldwide Leader in Sports)  to add a second tagline for the good of the planet—Essential Saving of the Planet NOW! 

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.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. After taking the survey, please give me your feedback as it will be helpful in the development of our future 4Leaf app for smartphones. Send feedback to 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.

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen. Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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Urgent need for leaders to REALLY promote sustainability

By addressing the #1 driver of our most serious environmental issues

Dr. Stephen Emmott

Dr. Stephen Emmott published this “wake up call for leaders” in September of 2013.

Prior to reading Dr. Stephen Emmott’s TEN BILLION last September, my 800 blogs up to that point had been spread among more than 50 categories relating to consequences of our food choices.

Since reading TEN BILLION, almost ALL of my next 75 blogs have been about one: Leadership, Activism and Sustainability. For, compared to sustainability, everything else shrinks to insignificance.

For my summertime reading, I have been re-reading TEN BILLION about once a week. Because, every time I do, something else catches my attention—something worthwhile that must eventually be recognized & embraced by powerful, mainstream leaders.

In his information-packed “one-hour read,” Emmott describes why he has concluded that we have almost ZERO chance to save our civilization. He describes many reasons, but the elephant in the room—our most serious of all problems, are all about FOOD and WATER.

My Ten-Point Summary of Emmott’s Conclusion

There's nowhere near enough arable land for many more people to adopt the highly inefficient Western diet.

There’s nowhere near enough arable land for many more people to adopt the highly inefficient Western diet.

One. It took us 200,000 years to hit the one billion population mark. To add the succeeding “billions” took 130 years, 30 years, 20 years, 10 years, 10 years and 12 years respectively.

Two. Now we’re sitting with 7.2 Billion people and still adding almost one million to that number every four days. In the next forty years, our population will surge to 9 Billion and we’ll need to double our food production. As Emmott says, “in the next forty years, we’ll need to produce more than all the food that has been produced for the last 10,000 years.

Three. By 2050, many more people will be eating meat which is problematic because, on a per calorie basis, it requires over ten times as much land and water to produce as do plant-based foods. We’re already using 45% of the Earth’s surface to produce those animal-based foods and the only land left is the rainforest, where we’ve been destroying 30 million acres per year since 1970.

As more people adopt the wasteful Western diet every day, the problems of water shortage and pollution continue to get worse.

One billion people are already facing extreme water shortages—and it’s about to get a lot worse.

Four. Today, one billion people are already facing extreme water shortages, yet a staggering 70% of the planet’s freshwater is used for the irrigation of agriculture. Our underground aquifers are being pumped dry right about the time we begin the task of doubling our food production worldwide.

Five. Our rate of consumption of fuel and STUFF continues to gather steam like a runaway freight train. Two examples. Airline passenger miles: In 1960, we flew 62 billion; In 1980, we flew 620 billion. This year, we’ll fly 4 trillion miles. Since 1900, we’ve produced 2 billion motor vehicles; we’re now on track to produce 4 billion in the next 40 years.

Six. All of the above, feeding a population of 9 billion, flying goods and people around the world and producing billions of new motor vehicles—is taking a huge toll on the environment; affecting all four components that control the world’s climate: atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and the biosphere. All of the above will drive our climate well past the 2 degree Centigrade limit long before 2050.

Burning trees in the Amazon to feed pigs in China---an environmental disaster

Burning trees in the Amazon to feed pigs in China—an environmental disaster

Seven. We’re rapidly destroying the lungs of the Earth (our trees), the heart & arteries (the oceans) and the biodiversity that makes our planet habitable for all concerned. In terms of the latter, we’re now losing species at a rate of up to 1,000 times faster than we would expect from natural processes.

Eight. We’ve already had our “green revolution” in the last half of of the 20th century. That’s when we used chemicals in the form of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer in combination with an overall industrialization of the food production system. That revolution came at a huge cost in loss of habitat, pollution and overfishing.

Nine. All of the above requires more energy; indeed, it is projected that our energy needs will triple by the end of this century. That means we’ll keep burning coal, oil and natural gas at record levels—since no one will want to leave those riches in the ground.

TEN. In this one-hour read, Dr. Emmott describes an “unprecedented planetary emergency” that deserves top priority attention from every government, business, university and leader in the world. But the “big picture” that I have described here is not being communicated to the public—and NO prominent leaders have grasped the dire situation that we’re in. That’s why Emmott concluded that there is no hope for our civilization to survive until 2100.

That doom and gloom is exactly why his book is not selling very well—no one likes to read about bad news. But I disagree with him. I believe that there is a plant-based pathway out of this mess, but we have to get started soon and we’ll need lots of powerful leadership to get it moving. — J. Morris Hicks

My Conclusion. We have four major problems.

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

“I sincerely believe that there is a plant-based pathway out of this unprecedented planetary emergency.” — J. Morris Hicks.

The first three will take decades, if not centuries to address—and we simply don’t have that much time. But the 4th one can be changed relatively quickly, easily and inexpensively—maybe even buying us enough time to address the other three. Here are the four problems:

  1. Overpopulation
  2. Over-consumtion (an economy built on the maximum consumption of STUFF in a finite world)
  3. Excessive burning of fossil fuels
  4. We’re eating the wrong food!

How can we fix #4? We desperately need a privately funded, globally-coordinated, MASSIVE awareness campaign led by a well-respected global leader. As people everywhere begin to learn the whole truth about their food choices, millions will start replacing most, if not all, of their animal-based calories with healthier and “greener,” plant-based alternatives.

As we begin working on the “demand” side of the equation, markets will quickly respond, people will begin getting healthier, the cost of healthcare will plummet, water will become more plentiful, trees can be planted on the freed-up land and our fragile ecosystem will begin to heal.

Eventually, we must also deal with overpopulation, over-consumption and the excessive burning of fossil fuels—but those tasks will take many decades, if not centuries. Taking URGENT action NOW with our food choices can buy us the time we need to address them all. — J. Morris Hicks

The Bottom Line. Addressing Problem #4 quickly enough to make a difference will take powerful leadership. I have been searching for that kind of leadership for the past year, but so far I have found NO ONE who is willing to make addressing this unprecedented planetary emergency his/her #1 priority. Everyone seems to just want to keep moving along with “business as usual.”

My Appeal. Please send this blog to the top three leaders that you know and ask them to give me a call. 917-399-9700. I want to talk to those leaders about what’s at stake here:

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

PS: I met with Dr. Emmott in October of 2013 in London. He actually agrees with my conclusion but doubts that we’ll be able to make it happen in time. Let’s prove him wrong.

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.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. After taking the survey, please give me your feedback as it will be helpful in the development of our future 4Leaf app for smartphones. Send feedback to 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.

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen. Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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Treating cancer without surgery, chemo or radiation

Dr. Brian Clement, Director of the Hippocrates Institute, explains how.

Last month, I visited with my friend Jackie Campisi (and husband Greg) in Stonington, CT. While enjoying a delicious and super-healthy, raw-vegan lunch on their patio, Jackie told me how she’d recently followed the Ann Wigmore, Hippocrates Institute approach in recovering from stage 4 metastatic cancer in her spine. Click here for Jackie’s story in the New London Day.

Dr. Brian Clement and wife Anna Marie

Dr. Brian Clement and wife Anna Marie

Hear Dr. Clement in Mystic, CT, on Sept. 9. Click here to view the flyer and to purchase your early-bird ticket for $20. The event will be held at the Mystic Marriott, beginning at 7 pm. I am unable to attend but donated a stack of signed copies of my book that will be used as door prizes.

Also, Jackie has already printed 300 copies of my 4Leaf Survey (now used by eCornell) and will offer them to anyone who’d like to estimate the percent of their daily calories from whole, plant-based foods.

Dr. Clement will speak on the topic “Power of Live Food to heal Diseases and Conquer Aging.”  In this lecture, he will address the half-century of work on disease and longevity conducted at the renowned Hippocrates Institute. These lifestyle protocols enabled Jackie to decrease inflammation & strengthen her immune system.

Dr. Max Gerson developed a cancer-treatment therapy that is similar to the one developed by Ann Wigmore.

Dr. Max Gerson developed a cancer-treatment therapy that is similar to the one developed by Ann Wigmore.

Reversing or Curing Cancer. Fact or Fiction? Unlike heart disease and type 2 diabetes—which are both almost totally reversible with a whole food, plant-based diet—curing cancer with food is a different story. The problem is that cancer may be growing in your body for 15 or 20 years before it can even be detected. And, oftentimes, it’s simply too late.

So the real name of the game is PREVENTION. You may have heard the phrase, “Your genes load the gun, but lifestyle choices (particularly our diet) pull the trigger.” As Dr. T. Colin Campbell (Cornell) has found in his fifty-year career in nutritional science, the cancer gene can be “turned on—AND off” with the introduction and removal of animal protein. (See video below).

In other words, you may have all the genes necessary for breast cancer to grow, but if you never turn those genes on, the cancer never begins. Take a few minutes to view this 10-minute video of Dr. Campbell, speaking last year on this subject.

No hard data on humans. Unfortunately, there are no studies on humans that prove the above. My “dream study” would be to put 1,000 people on a whole food, plant-based diet at birth and then monitor them for life. I would wager that NONE of them would die of cancer.

And because I believe that, I decided (at age 58) to eat a whole food, plant-based diet for the rest of my life. If there are some un-detected tumors in my body, then I am confident that my 4Leaf diet-style will either slow, stop or reverse them. Want to find out if you’re eating at the 4Leaf level? Print out a one-pager here and take our 4Leaf Survey

President Richard Nixon signs the National Cancer Act on December 23, 1971.

President Richard Nixon signs the National Cancer Act on December 23, 1971.

Our nation’s “War on Cancer” began 43 years ago and is, by far, the longest running war in the history of the United States. In fact, it’s longer than all of our military wars combined.

Over fifty of my nearly 900 blogposts have been on the subject of cancer. Here are a few of the more popular ones:

Meet Dr. Clement in Mystic, CT, on Sept. 9Click here to view the flyer for the event and to purchase your early-bird ticket for $20.

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.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. After taking the survey, please give me your feedback as it will be helpful in the development of our future 4Leaf app for smartphones. Send feedback to 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.

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen. Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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