The Future of Medicine Starts Here—Canandaigua, NY

Where true “health-care” is replacing “sick-care” in the field of medicine

Future of MedicineContrary to popular opinion, the future of medicine does not lie in the next generation of wonder drugs or gene therapy. It lies in something far more powerful, far less expensive and incredibly simple. Universally accessible to ALL humans—rich or poor—the future of medicine begins with helping ALL patients learn to enjoy the food that nature had in mind for our species.

And that process is flourishing on the banks of beautiful Canandaigua Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. After a decade in traditional medicine, where she saw twenty-five patients a day and primarily wrote prescriptions for a sick and desperate public, Dr. Kerry Graff decided to launch Lake Country Family Medicine—where she’s creating her own blueprint for promoting health instead of managing disease.

Not a Cialis commercial, this is Canandaigua Lake, where the "future of medicine" has begun.

Not a Cialis commercial, this is Canandaigua Lake, where the “future of medicine” has begun.

And she has chosen our own 4Leaf for Life concept as a way to help her patients move quickly in the direction of a whole food, plant-based diet—a diet that can easily reverse heart disease, diabetes, obesity and so much more. And it’s working. In her own words, so far “it’s been a HUGE FREAKEN SUCCESS.”

Yesterday, I met Kerry for the first time. After enjoying a healthy 4Leaf lunch at the beautiful New York Wine and Culinary Center, we proceeded to the local Unitarian Church, where a host of her enthusiastic patients were assembling to eat healthy food and learn more about the 4Leaf for Life approach to taking charge of their health.

Later that evening, I delivered the first of two presentations and both are provided here for your convenience. (Please allow a little time for downloading as they are both fairly large files.)

Oct 3:  What Humans Should Be Eating—The Story of 4Leaf for Life

4L Circle R For Life jpegFollowing the above presentation, numerous people came up to tell me how Dr. Kerry had changed their lives with the 4Leaf for Life approach; empowering them to replace meat, dairy, egg, fish and processed foods calories with the healthiest of foods—whole plants. Refreshingly, each exuded the confidence and enthusiasm for this powerful way of eating— and the gratitude they all feel for Dr. Kerry for sharing it with them.

Making a living. So how can a doctor make a living if all her patients take charge of their own health and don’t need her services anymore? I asked Kerry that question last night. She doesn’t know the answer yet, but she does know that she’s committed to making it work. As she says, “It’s hard to put a dollar amount on the joy a physician feels when she’s providing such a tremendous service for so many loyal and appreciative patients.”

The cost of global depletion is a tough lesson to learn.

The cost of global depletion is a tough lesson to learn.

The Environmental Bonus. There’s much more to this story and Dr. Kerry is also sharing it with her patients. That story is simply this:  What humans choose to eat is the most important issue in the history of humanity.

That’s because our food choices determine how the entire planet is used and will ultimately determine the longterm viability of our civilization and our very species.

And that’s the story I will tell her audience tonight at that same Unitarian church. Once again, I am sharing my entire presentation with you here.

Oct 4:  Food. Health. Planet. Our Future as a Species.

"The milk from Cornell cows are used in the processing plant to supply all of the products that are served in the dining halls. The Cornell Dairy Bar is just one example of Cornell’s growing sustainability." From a Cornell online food blog.

“The milk from Cornell cows are used in the processing plant to supply all of the products that are served in the dining halls. The Cornell Dairy Bar is just one example of Cornell’s growing sustainability.” From a Cornell online food blog.

Cornell University and the Dairy Industry. More on this topic later, but I just wanted to mention it today. That’s because of the irony of two concurrent events taking place in the great state of New York.

Dr. Kerry Graff is “living” the future of medicine while right down the road in Ithaca, Cornell University is helping the dairy industry promote one of the most powerful carcinogens ever discovered—casein, the protein in good old cow’s milk. (Per T. Colin Campbell)

On my way to Canandaigua this week, I had the privilege of visiting with the team at our Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in Ithaca. And just before dinner, Colin insisted on driving me by the new “Cornell Monument to the Dairy Industry”—shown here.

The fact that NONE of our nation’s premier schools of nutrition are endorsing a human dietary regimen that truly promotes health is a travesty. On the contrary, like Cornell, they’re all heavily supported by the meat and dairy industries and are doing their best to keep that money rolling in. This is a horrible situation that must not be allowed to continue for much longer. The public deserves to hear the TRUTH about food.

Stay tuned! Colin and I are working on a plan. Have a nice weekend. —- J. Morris Hicks

At the Unitarian Church in Canandaigua, an enthusiastic Friday night crowd packed the house by the time my presentation began.

At the Unitarian Church in Canandaigua, an enthusiastic Friday night crowd packed the house by the time my presentation began.

One more thing. Just learned this on my final day in Canandaigua. Dr. Graff now has 800 patients in her one-doctor practice and is only accepting new patients who have a sincere interest in taking charge of their own health. If you’re not interested in 4Leaf for Life, she’s not interested in having you as a patient—as she has waved goodbye to the sick-care business. Her office phone is (585) 394-1875. If you tell her J. Morris Hicks sent you, it may increase your chances of being accepted into her “health-care” practice.

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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10-Day Health Immersion—Dominican Republic

Join us in November and/or tell a friend who might enjoy getting healthy. 

Organized by Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s daughter LeAnne Campbell, PhD., and Canadian cardiologist Dr. Shane Williams—this great event features Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Campbell, Dr. Antonia Demas, yours truly and others. Click here for online PDF to share.

For more details, visit Dominican Health Summit or call 705-637-0239. Also feel free to reach out to me directly at 917-399-9700.

Dominican

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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Meat consumption down? “Renewables” surging?

Things must be getting better.—Not so fast my friend!

CBS NewsThe Evening News. Red meat consumption going down, great news about renewable sources of energy, less disease and fewer hungry people in the world than ever before. That’s what we hear on the news—so things must be getting better, right? WRONG!

Meat Consumption Data. I just ran the numbers from a census.gov report (see link below) comparing the global consumption of all kinds of meat: beef, veal, pork and chicken. My findings, comparing the data for 2010 to the previous year.

  1. Total meat consumption in the USA went down by 36,000 metric tons (2009-2010)
  2. That is ALL the good news there is on this page!
  3. Total meat consumption in Europe went UP by 224,000 metric tons.
  4. Total meat consumption in CHINA went UP just over 2 million metric tons.
  5. Total net WORLD meat consumption went UP 6.5 million metric tons.
  6. That’s equal to an INCREASE of over 14 billion pounds—in just ONE YEAR.

Red meatOur modest reductions in the USA are being wiped out by HUGE increases in the developing world. And there is no end in sight.

  • Total world meat appetite: 237 million metric tons = 521 BILLION pounds.
  • That works out to over 72 pounds for each of our 7.2B people; a number that’s certain to keep climbing as billions of people in the developing world start eating meat for the first time.

My conclusion. After some analysis and extrapolation of the above data for an upcoming speech, here’s what I concluded:

Things are not getting better! For every American who is eating less meat, there are about 100 people in the developing world headed in the other direction. — J. Morris Hicks

Overfishing the bookWhat about fish? Per the same report, the total world catch in 2008 was over 142 million tons. Up 46% from the 1990 number of 98 million tons.

Total global flesh (meat & fish) consumption was roughly 379 million tons in 2010 and is almost certainly much higher today.

Dr. Stephen Emmott reported in his 2013 TEN BILLION that we’ll need to double our production of food in the next 4o years. That will put us close to ONE BILLION TONS of animal/fish flesh by mid-century.

By then, we’ll be torturing 200 billion land animals per year, will have seriously disrupted practically all of the world’s fisheries and will have wiped out what is left of our rainforest to provide land for growing and or feeding those 200 billion innocent animals. When does the madness end?J. Morris Hicks

Will renewables save us from global warming? What about our progress with renewables replacing the consumption of fossil fuel? Even with all the great news about solar, wind and geothermal energy, this graph paints a scoreboard that the average 3rd grader could easily understand. Steady growth since 1950.

world-fossil-fuel-consumption

The Bottom Line. When you look at the “big picture” of the most important indicators in the world—there is NO GOOD NEWS! As our population, consumption of STUFF, and burning of fossil fuels all continue to escalate—the ONLY solution to saving our ecosystem AND our civilization—is to influence billions of people to begin urgently replacing most of their meat-based calories with healthier, 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 answer? Three things. Leadership. Leadership. Leadership.

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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Easier to change what we eat—than our global economy

But, ultimately, the rules of our global economy must change!

ClimateMarchNewYorkChanging what we eat may buy us the time needed to transform our running-roughshod economy into one that operates in harmony with nature. But changing what we eat will never happen in a big way until we get some powerful, mainstream leaders behind it. And that simply ain’t happening.

In the aftermath of the big Climate Convergence conference at the U.N. and the massive 300,000-person march—I didn’t hear a single mainstream person mention the need to address our food choices. NO ONE! Not the nation’s #1 climate activist, Bill McKibben, no one.

But author Naomi Klein got it right about one thing. “It’s easier to imagine turning down the temperature of the sun,” Ms. Klein said, “than changing the rules governing our economy.” But “these are the choices that we have before us, this is why climate change changes everything,” Ms. Klein said. Further, from the 9-23-14 New York Times (see link below):

In her book, Ms. Klein argues that the root cause of climate change is capitalism, emphasizing that if no profound and radical changes to the system are made, a climate catastrophe is inevitable. “The bottom line is what matters here: Our economic system and our planetary system are now at war,” Ms. Klein writes. “Only one of these sets of rules can be changed, and it’s not the laws of nature.”

And right she is. For the past six months, I have been writing, speaking and blogging about the fact that the rules of our global economy must eventually change. We cannot continue to pursue unlimited consumption of STUFF in a finite world much longer—particularly when we add over 230,000 new people everyday.

We hear a lot about the “green” progress that is being made with wind and solar energy around the world. But when you look at the “big picture” trends regarding the burning of fossil fuels, the stark reality comes into focus. Yesterday, while preparing for an upcoming presentation, I found this simple chart:

world-fossil-fuel-consumption

No matter what progress we’ve made in renewable sources of energy, there have been no savings on the bottom line. In fact, it continues to get worse every year. That’s because while we’re adding windmills and solar panels, we’re also adding more people, consuming more stuff and more people are beginning to eat animal-based foods for the first time. The way I see it, we must find systemic fixes for four critical problems:

  1. Overpopulation and the way we live (still going up about seven million a month)
  2. Overconsumption of STUFF made from finite resources (also steadily rising)
  3. Our dependence on fossil fuels (primarily driven by the first two)
  4. We’re eating the wrong food! (for human health and the health of our ecosystem)

First the Bad News. The first three problems will take many decades, if not centuries to fix.

Leveraging the simple concept of maximizing the percent of your calories derived from whole plants

Leveraging the simple concept of maximizing the percent of your calories derived from whole plants

Now for the GOOD NEWS! Changing what we eat can be done relatively easily, quickly, and inexpensively. By replacing most of our meat, dairy, egg and fish calories with healthier, plant-based options—we address the leading cause of global warming along with almost every other environmental disaster we face.

We also promote human health worldwide and slash trillions out of the global cost of healthcare. From my “one-pager” referenced below:

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

GREEN” Economy? What does a truly “green” economy look like? How do eight or nine billion people ever learn to live “comfortably” in harmony with nature on a planet of this size? And how do we figure that out before our civilization collapses?

I’m not sure how we get all that done, but unless we significantly change our food choices in the next ten years, our civilization is probably doomed—as predicted by Stephen Emmott in TEN BILLION. FYI, (when we met in October of 2013) he agreed with my plan, but doesn’t think we’ll be able to execute it soon enough.

But I disagree. All we need is the right leadership. And we need it soon; I explain in my One-Page Recipe for Saving our Ecosystem

A Glimpse into the future—Today in Stamford, CT

Dense living with public transportation will be integral parts of the "green" economy of the future.

Dense living with public transportation will be integral parts of the “green” economy of the future.

This is my home. I took the photo above earlier this month—during one of my sunrise walks around the neighborhood. The outdoor deck of my residence and office is just above the light pole in the photo.

Living on the sixth floor in 724 square feet, I look out over the Stamford skyline and the Fairway Market, shown here. (arguably, the finest supermarket in the world.) There are currently two restaurants in my building and a new Le Pain Quotidien across the street. And my bank, dentist, package store and dry cleaners are just steps away.

My new Harbor Point neighborhood in Stamford, CT. You can see I-95 and the trains from my office.

My new Harbor Point neighborhood in Stamford, CT. You can see I-95 and the trains from my office.

In the newly developed Harbor Point neighborhood of Stamford’s south side, I have a six-minute walk to express trains to Manhattan or Boston. My annual heating bill is less than $50 and my practically new Fiat 500 (parked in the basement) is hardly ever used. Just think about the environmental economies of this way of living.

Since hearing Andres Duany speak in Atlanta in 1999, I have been a big fan of dense, mixed-use, neighborhoods with work, transportation, shopping, dining and entertainment nearby. In that speech, he led off by saying: “Congratulations Atlanta! You have one of the highest standards of living in the world. The problem is that you have a fairly low quality of life.”

My new car is also a 4Leaf-er. A "green" Fiat 500 that gets over 40 mpg.

My “green” Fiat 500 that gets over 40 mpg.

He went on to say that the average Italian office clerk enjoys a richer quality of life than the six-figure executive living in Atlanta.

After all, what good is a 3,000 square foot home in the sprawling suburbs if you have to spend three hours a day commuting and must get into your car to do almost anything? As a man who’s owned multiple homes in the past, I agree with Mr. Duany as I am now enjoying the richest overall quality of life—EVER.

How quickly can the developed world move in this direction? Not soon enough to make much of a difference. We’re going to need many decades to solve our incredibly wasteful, suburban sprawl mess—which is why we must buy some time by urgently changing what we eat 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. 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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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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