Attention all scholars who like what the pope is saying

“Why Pope Francis Wants You to Eat Veggies”

At least that was the conclusion of Dr. Nivien Saleh, a friend I met because of our mutual passion for plant-based eating for humans.

AZ jpg Book AdOur new book went on sale on 8-5-15. Contact me directly for special volume discounts. Our largest order so far was for 150 copies–from a doctor who is using it along with the 4Leaf Survey in his practice.

Who is Dr. Nivien Saleh? A former assistant professor at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, here is a portion of her bio there:

Half-Egyptian, half-German, Nivien Saleh received a Master of Arts at the University of Freiburg, one of the oldest universities in Germany. Saleh’s fields of study were politics, Middle East studies, and economics.

At American University in Washington, DC, she earned a Ph.D. in political science, focusing on the dynamics of the Middle East and researching the development of the Internet.

Last week, Dr. Saleh published her incredibly detailed report on her website at sweetonion.net. After reading the executive summary and perusing the other sections, I sent this note to my friend:

Dr. Nivien Saleh

Dr. Nivien Saleh

“Hi Nivien, My initial reaction is that, while we know his heart’s in the right place, he’s going to need to be more explicit to his followers if he expects them to take any meaningful action.

The world’s masses need simple instructions from the leaders they trust. How do you think the Pope would score on our 4Leafsurvey.com?” She wrote back:

Thank you Jim! Catholic leaders are not prone to uttering simple instructions. We can be glad that they are reading the mass in English, not in Latin. So, we have to grab on to what we get, and a pope wanting to stem global warming is very neat.

How would he score on the 4Leaf Survey? I honestly have no idea, but of course I’d like him to score a perfect 4Leaf, because I want him to stick around for a while! There actually is a possibility that he himself never thought about the connection between food and the principles his advances. He therefore may be unaware that a diet that minimizes animal products flows from what he is saying. So maybe, if he reads this post, he will ditch the beef–if he hasn’t already done so.

The great thing about him is that he issued the call for dialogue. He invited others, such as you and me, to figure out how to put his principles in practice. How cool is it that we have a ready way to do so?

So, with no further ado, I introduce you to Dr. Nivien Saleh’s magnificent report,Why Pope Francis Wants You to Eat Veggies. It begins:

How can anyone not like this guy?

How can anyone not like this guy?

On May 24, 2015, Pope Francis published the ambitious encyclical Laudato Si’ (“Praise be to You”), his call to save Earth from environmental calamity. It is especially significant in that it is the first such appeal issued by the leader of a major faith tradition.

SweetOnion.Net examines how whole plant foods contribute to individual and environmental health. That’s why I decided, in the essay to pick through the encyclical, focusing on what it teaches us about the production, sale, and consumption of both food and drink.

This post below summarizes the essay, explaining how to put the pope’s call into practice. For the non-scholars among us, she also provides a link to an Executive Summary. Continue reading.

The following six books 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. 4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health, powerful new book by Kerry Graff, MD and yours truly
  2. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (my first book)
  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. Primary cause of cancer is not bad luck. Stop Feeding Your Cancer, by John Kelly, MD
  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 you are eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes about two minutes. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course.

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 Program website, which is now being used by an ever-growing army of enlightened medical doctors who are fed up with “disease care” and want to promote true health for their patients.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmh@4leafglobal.com

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

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“Main Street Vegan” and “Responsible Eating and Living”

Radio shows for Team 4Leaf–two weeks in a row!

This afternoon at 4 pm, I am appearing on the R.E.A.L. show with Caryn Hartglass. Details for that telecast appear at the end of this article.

Victoria Moran

Victoria Moran

Last Wednesday, Dr. Graff and I were invited to appear on Victoria Moran’s one-hour “Main Street Vegan” radio show that airs “LIVE” at 3 pm Eastern every Wednesday. It was a thrill for me to listen as my co-author described publicly how she has totally re-tooled her 800-patient, family medicine practice since watching Forks Over Knives less than two years ago. She also confessed on “live” radio her own role in the incredible failures of her profession when it comes to promoting health.

Victoria is the author of twelve books, with her most recent being The Good Karma Diet, which contains one chapter written by yours truly. Kerry and I both enjoyed the show very much and thank Victoria for including us.

AZ jpg Book AdAs I said on the show, we feel like our 4Leaf Survey, book and other 4Leaf materials–are great tools for the world’s vegans to employ to gently introduce their carnivorous friends to the world-changing benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet. Benefits that go far beyond their own health. Just ask them to take our 4Leaf Survey at 4leafsurvey.com.

Want to listen to it now? Click here for our 8-12-15 segment. FYI, we appeared in the second half of the show.

It’s been a great two weeks for Team 4Leaf. Our new book was published just one week before we appeared on the Main Street Vegan Show and three days after that, Dr. Graff and I attended Rip Esselstyn’s Engine 2, 4th annual Plant-Stock healthy eating retreat in Eastern New York. Under a big tent, we got to see many of the members of the Plant-Based Hall of Fame; people like Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Howard Lyman, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Neal Barnard, Doug Lisle and many others.

Caryn Hartglass

Caryn Hartglass

Today’s radio show with Caryn Hartglass will air “live” at 4pm eastern. Her organization is called Responsible Eating and Living (REAL) and you can listen to our segment anytime by referring to this blog, where I will post a direct link later today.

Listen LIVE on Progressive Radio TODAY at 4pm Eastern–OR call by phone to listen at 712-432-7231.

Was just thinking this morning about the impact that Caryn Hartglass has had on my plant-based career since I first met her ten years ago in New York. At the time, she was the NYC director of earthsave.org, whose tagline “Healthy People, Healthy Planet” sounds a lot like the title of my first book, Healthy Eating, Healthy World.

Survey Image jpg How HealthySo how did Caryn impact my career? By hosting three separate NYC events in the fall of 2005, she facilitated my meeting Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Since then, I have gotten to know all three of them very well–and all three endorsed my first book. Thank you Caryn, look forward to speaking with you later today.

The following six books 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. 4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health, powerful new book by Kerry Graff, MD and yours truly
  2. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (my first book)
  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. Primary cause of cancer is not bad luck. Stop Feeding Your Cancer, by John Kelly, MD
  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 you are eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes about two minutes. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course.

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 Program website, which is now being used by an ever-growing army of enlightened medical doctors who are fed up with “disease care” and want to promote true health for their patients.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmh@4leafglobal.com

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

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Physician Heal Thyself, Then Others

That’s the title of the first chapter in our new book.

AZ jpg Book AdThat first chapter was written by my co-author, Dr. Kerry Graff, a family physician who discovered after two decades of practicing medicine that “almost everything she had done as a physician for the past twenty years was just plain wrong.” That discovery also resulted in enabling her to take charge of her own health, a process that she chronicles in Chapter 1.

Since she discovered the joy and satisfaction of promoting health instead of just “managing disease” in 2013, she has totally re-engineered her practice to do just that. And now she is putting all of her energy into making good on the “incredible failures of her profession.”

And those efforts are paying off. In just over a year, she has positively touched the lives of hundreds of her patients, and has witnessed almost miraculous results as they followed her enthusiastic endorsement of a whole food, plant-based way of eating. She shares several of those stories in our brand new book, “4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health.” now available for sale worldwide in Kindle and paperback on Amazon or at a “4Leaf 4Dollar”  discount for the paperback  at our eStore, see link above.)

Now that Dr. Graff has the book, she will use it to save valuable time as she shares the secret of vibrant health with ALL of her 800 patients and their families. Guess that’s why she just ordered 300 copies of her own book. 

Dr. Robert Ostfeld is one of those doctors who is

Dr. Robert Ostfeld is one of those doctors who is “enthusiastically” prescribing WFPB. See link to his article below.

Dr. Graff’s practice is one example of what can happen when a whole food, plant-based way of eating is “enthusiastically endorsed” by just one physician. Read about a few more later in this article, like Dr. Ostfeld, pictured here.

If enough of them catch the vision in the next few years, the incredible world-changing benefits will extend far beyond the realm of human health. You see, as we choose the best food for our health, we’re also taking the single most powerful step possible–for promoting the health of our ecosystem that sustains us.

As such, we’re talking about the most important topic in the history of humanity–our food choices in the 21st century. Dr. T. Colin Campbell summed up the crucial significance of  those food choices in WHOLE, when he stated, “No less than our future as a species hangs in the balance.” This leads me to the following two conclusions:

  1. We simply must change our eating habits. For a plethora of health and environmental reasons that we cover in our new book, we simply have no other choice.
  2. We desperately need the world’s MDs onboard for that to happen. The founder of The Plantrician Project and the Executive Director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine explains it this way:

“We can only make so much progress on our own. We simply must find a way to get mainstream medicine onboard when it comes to the incredible, health-promoting power of plant-based nutrition. For, until they embrace the benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet; and, in turn, promote patient adoption, this essential dietary shift on a broad scale will be elusive.” —Susan Benigas (She also wrote the last five pages of our book.)

I took this picture of Susan when she and husband Jon attended our book launch in 2011.

I took this picture of Susan Benigas when she and husband Jon attended our book launch in my seaside village  in 2011.

What can you do to help get those mainstream docs onboard? A lot more than you might think. Right now, fewer than one in ten physicians in the developed world have embraced the whole food, plant-based diet themselves–and have started prescribing it to their patients–enthusiastically!!

The quickest way that you might be able to get your doctor’s  attention is by sharing this powerful, soul-searching letter from Dr. Graff that appears in the final chapter of our book.

Just ask two or three doctors  to read this powerful two-page document and then ask them to tell you their thoughts on this topic. My favorite excerpt from that letter contains the word unconscionable about halfway through:

Imagine if we had a medication available that could prevent, reverse or cure the vast majority of chronic diseases and we didn’t bother to even discuss it with our patients. Just imagine the outcry! Obviously, we would tell all of them about that new wonder drug because not doing so would be unconscionable. Dispensing sound, dietary advice for preventing and reversing disease is no different. Ultimately, the primary access vehicle for hearing the truth about the profound effect of diet on health should be the physician–whether or not that physician is willing to adopt a superior diet-style him or herself.

Here is a link to the entire two-page letter that explains why doctors simply MUST tell their patients these life-saving truths–EVEN if they are unwilling to change their own family’s unhealthy eating habits. To choose NOT to share these truths would be unconscionable. Letter from Dr. Graff 

Meet Dr. Michelle McMacken of New York City

Meet Dr. Michelle McMacken of New York City graciously provided an endorsement for the cover of our book.

The future of medicine has begun. The seeds were planted by courageous pioneering doctors (all covered in our book) for the past forty years–McDougall, Ornish, Esselstyn, Furhman, and Barnard–to name just a few.

But now some of the best and brightest, superbly educated, young mainstream physicians are beginning to do as Susan Benigas suggested–embracing AND promoting a WFPB diet for ALL of their patients.

In addition to my co-author, Dr. Kerry Graff, meet four more of those mainstream doctors who were all recently featured on the Forks Over Knives website:

  • Michelle McMacken, MD. Yale undergrad, Columbia School of Medicine–she is now an Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU and is the Director of the Bellevue Hospital Weight Management Clinic in NYC. Read her profile on the Forks Over Knives website.
  • Robert Ostfeld, MD. Pictured earlier in the article, he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from U. Penn,  earned his MD from Yale and a masters in epidemiology from Harvard. Read his inspiring article on the Forks Over Knives website.
  • James Loomis, MD. A prominent internal medicine physician in St. Louis, read his inspiring story on the Forks Over Knives website.
  • Steven Lawenda, MD. One of Kaiser Permanente’s 17,000 physicians, Dr. Lawenda is a family medicine in California. Read his inspiring story on the Forks Over Knives website.

What else can YOU do? We at 4Leaf Global are focused on doing our part to help you get more of the world’s doctors onboard with the life-saving, whole food, plant-based way of eating. And we have devised a “system” of sorts for helping those newly inspired MDs as they “enthusiastically” promote health with their patients.

Survey Image jpg How HealthyWe call that “system” 4Leaf for Life–based on the simple concept of helping people maximize the percent of their daily calories from whole, plant-based foods. Here are a few of our tools that you and your physician might find helpful.

Please share these tools with those doctors who you think might have an open mind to this type of information:

  • Our 4Leaf Survey is the heart of our 4Leaf model: It is a simple, two-minute, online tool that enables people around the world estimate the percent of their daily calories from whole plant-based foods. Take that survey now at 4leafsurvey.com. It generates a comprehensive custom report that is available by email.
  • Using 4Leaf in Medicine. How can physicians use 4Leaf to efficiently use their time to promote health? This one-pager may give them some ideas.
  • First, do no harm. Your doctor still not onboard with promoting health? Give him/her that letter mentioned earlier. Letter to Your Doctor
  • Give your doctor a book that will save them countless hours in explaining the all-important WHY and HOW information with their patients. 4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health.
  • Share this article your are now reading with your favorite doctor. Then follow up to see if he/she has read it. Physician Heal Thyself, Then Others. Also ask all of your friends and family to share this article with all of their doctors. For more 4Leaf tools, visit 4leafprogram.com.
  • 3rd annual International Plant-Based Healthcare Conference (Sept. 30-Oct 3 in Anaheim, CA). It’s still not too late for your doctor to attend this event and learn from the superstars of WFPB eating: Campbell, Esselstyn, Ornish and others. Check it out at pbnhc.com. Our good friends Susan Benigas, Dr. Scott Stoll and Tom Dunnam conduct this important event every year.

The Bottom Line. Deserved or not, the world’s physicians are the most respected source of dietary advice. We must all do our part to inspire, encourage and support them as they make the all-important transition back to the the simple model espoused by Hippocrates thousands of years ago:

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

The following six books 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. 4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health, powerful new book by Kerry Graff, MD and yours truly
  2. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (my first book)
  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. Primary cause of cancer is not bad luck. Stop Feeding Your Cancer, by John Kelly, MD
  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 you are eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes about two minutes. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course.

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 Program website, which is now being used by an ever-growing army of enlightened medical doctors who are fed up with “disease care” and want to promote true health for their patients.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmh@4leafglobal.com

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

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Our NEW BOOK is in STOCK and ready to ship.

Available NOW on Amazon in paperback and Kindle

My co-author, Dr. Kerry Graff, and I are thrilled to report that our new book, “4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health,” is in stock and ready to help people all over the world “just say NO” to chronic disease — by learning to take charge of their own health. As we say in the tagline: 

Using the Power of Food to Heal Ourselves and Our Planet

AZ jpg Book AdThe book is selling on Amazon in both the Kindle and Paperback formats. Just click on the link at right to visit our Amazon page, where you can “Look Inside” the book and read all of the endorsements. Need more than twelve copies, contact us at jmh@4leafglobal.com for a volume discount?

Preview the book. Visit this page to take a look at the entire INTRODUCTION and other info about the book. Our new book, “4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health”

Praise from around the globe. Appearing on the cover and in the first three pages of the book, you will find endorsements from 15 people, including 8 medical doctors, many of whom have started using our 4Leaf materials in their practices. Praise for the 4Leaf Guide This just in from one of those 8 medical doctors–a cardiologist in Canada.

We’ve put in our first order of 150 books which I suspect will go over really well. Patients are finding the 4 Leaf survey quick and clear helping them identify where their diet might improve so I’m advertising the 4Leaf Guide as a ‘users manual’ / ‘must have’ companion to survey. I can’t wait to start getting them in patients hands.

Letter to “your” doctor from Dr. Graff. This powerful letter appears in the final chapter and provides you with a handy two-page document for your physician–designed to appeal to his/her conscience. This link will take you to a printer-friendly copy that you can hand to your him/her in person. Then, on your following visit, be sure to ask what he/she thought about the power of food to eradicate the vast majority of chronic disease. My favorite excerpt from that letter contains the word unconscionable about halfway through:

Imagine if we had a medication available that could prevent, reverse or cure the vast majority of chronic diseases and we didn’t bother to even discuss it with our patients. Just imagine the outcry! Obviously, we would tell all of them about that new wonder drug because not doing so would be unconscionable. Dispensing sound, dietary advice for preventing and reversing disease is no different. Ultimately, the primary access vehicle for hearing the truth about the profound effect of diet on health should be the physician–whether or not that physician is willing to adopt a superior diet-style him or herself.

Click here for the entire Letter that Dr. Graff writes to her fellow medical providers.

Promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth

A lot more is at stake than our own health–and we cover it all in the 4Leaf Guide.

Chapter 33 — Reading List for Better Understanding. While we cover everything you need to know to get started, we recommend that you do some additional reading on this most crucial of all topics. All of those books can be found in our 4Leaf website bookstore. Four of those books can be found at the end of this blog in my “Six-Pack from Hicks” for health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

Amazon Marketing Synopsis. After reading it themselves, the Amazon marketing folks summarized our book thusly:

“Cowritten by a practicing MD and the author of Healthy Eating, Healthy World, this revolutionary guide to human nutrition fully explains not only why we must change what we’re eating but also exactly how to do it.”

They went on to say that this compact 4Leaf Guide is the ONLY book in the world that does both–in an easy-to-read format that can be understood by the average 8th grader.

Survey Image jpg How HealthyIf you want to tell your friends about our book, just send them to 4leafprogram.com, where they will see it featured prominently. We hope that everyone buys at least two copies and gives some of the extra copies to their doctors. For, as Susan Benigas of Plantrician.org says:

“We can only make so much progress on our own. We simply must find a way to get mainstream medicine onboard when it comes to the incredible, health-promoting power of plant-based nutrition. For, until they embrace the benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet; and, in turn, promote patient adoption, this essential dietary shift on a broad scale will be elusive.”

Order from our eStore for $9.88. Order the book now and use this discount code: LRNTTR8G at the 4Leaf eStore for the “4Leaf 4Dollar” discount off list price.

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The following six books 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. 4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health, powerful new book by Kerry Graff, MD and yours truly
  2. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (my first book)
  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. Primary cause of cancer is not bad luck. Stop Feeding Your Cancer, by John Kelly, MD
  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 you are eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes about two minutes. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course.

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 Program website, which is now being used by an ever-growing army of enlightened medical doctors who are fed up with “disease care” and want to promote true health for their patients.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmh@4leafglobal.com

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

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HELPING without proselytizing: 4 words you should use often

“TAKE–THE–4LEAF–SURVEY!”

Survey Image jpg How HealthyThere are 37 concise chapters in our new book and one of them, Chapter 34, deals with the challenge of helping your friends, family and co-workers learn to benefit from healthy eating without alienating them. It is entitled: Proselytizing NOT Recommended. Here is an excerpt:

My guidelines on proselytizing are similar to my thoughts about selling. No one likes to be “sold” anything. I prefer the word “marketing,” which can be described as a subtle process of cultivating a desire to purchase something. Here’s my list of behavioral guidelines on this delicate subject:

  1. Never offer unsolicited advice to anyone.
  2. Don’t make negative comments about an unhealthy looking meal someone else is eating.
  3. Never talk about health or diet with anyone unless they ask for your opinion.
  4. When people do ask for information, try to keep your initial response to a minimum. If they want to know more, they will ask.
  5. Try to keep delicate discussions one-on-one. If someone asks about your eating philosophy in front of a lot of people, try to offer a concise, courteous response–then offer to continue the conversation later, perhaps over a healthy meal.

So you might be thinking, if we can’t tell people about the powerful truths that we have learned, how can we make a difference?” For starters, we can follow this simple advice from Gandhi:

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Coming this summer to an online bookstore near you

Coming this summer to an online bookstore near you

But what else can you do? Now that we have our 4Leaf Survey up and running online, we want you to use it to help your friends, family and co-workers. Just ask them to “take the 4Leaf Survey” at 4leafsurvey.com to find out if they are eating better than you are. Try to make a lighthearted game out of the process.

We have found that people like to take surveys and see how they score in comparison to others. Our survey consists of twelve multiple choice questions and can be taken in two minutes.

Upon completion of the twelve questions, the individual will immediately see his/her score, of which there are six possibilities–ranging from the “Unhealthful Diet” level with under 10% of daily calories from whole plant-based foods to the “4Leaf” level, with over 80% of daily calories from those healthiest of foods.

After seeing their score and a concise description of their current eating level, they are also given the opportunity to get the FULL report for that level via email. So if your friend has an interest in learning more, they can have that FULL report in front of them in just a few seconds. And that’s when the learning process really begins.

617 jpeg 4Leaf LogoThat’s because we will now have their email addresses and will use them responsibly to gently guide them down the pathway to vibrant health. Here is a link to the FULL report for the “Better Than Most” level, which is the level where most of your more health-conscious friends are probably now eating. Better Than Most level- Survey Results.

We estimate that 25% of the people in the USA are eating at this “better than most” level and that 65% are currently eating at the lowest “Unhealthful Diet” level. That leaves only 10% that are eating at the 1Leaf level or higher.

We think our 4Leaf Survey is a great way for you to play a big part in getting the majority of humans up to at least the 2Leaf level, which would mean that the average person would then be eating almost ten times more whole plants than they are today. The collective positive impact of that significant dietary shift on human health, the cost of health care, the water crisis, climate change and animal suffering would be staggering.

Why is this a good way to help your friends, family and co-workers begin the journey toward plant-based without alienating them?

Here are my “Six from Hicks” reasons:

  1. It’s fun to take surveys and see how you scored compared to others.
  2. 4Leaf eating is not perceived as extreme or “all or nothing,” like vegan or vegetarian.
  3. The 4Leaf formula implies a little “wiggle room.”
  4. Everyone can continue their 4Leaf “self education” process at their own pace.
  5. It’s a way to “lead a horse to water,” then each individual must decide.
  6. The whole process takes “proselytizing” out of the equation; you’re just passing along a cool survey that they might find interesting.
T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell

T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell

One more thing about the survey and the 4Leaf model in general. Recently, I got an unsolicited endorsement in an email from T. Colin Campbell, PhD, the Cornell professor who led the most comprehensive study of human nutrition ever conducted.

He sent me an email while participating in a high level cancer conference featuring fifty of the world’s top cancer researchers. During that conference, in response to my 4Leaf “vital sign” newsletter, he compared our 4Leaf Survey model to the “very comprehensive survey models” that were being presented by the world’s top cancer specialists that week.

“Your 4Leaf model is one-hundredth the complexity but has real value that may exceed any of these.”

The Bottom Line. The 4Leaf Survey is a powerful tool that can be used sort of like a stealth bomber; subtly helping the people who you care about learn to take charge of their health AND do some wonderful things for the environment at the same time.

As Dr. Campbell implies above, our survey is not a gimmick, it is a serious tool–and it just may become the world’s most powerful vehicle for helping people everywhere begin the process of learning what they should be eating. Who knows? The 4Leaf Survey Score might also be  the next “Vital Sign” in the World of Medicine. So, in closing, I ask you to:

Use those “FOUR WORDS” often. We’ll take it from there.

You can lead the horse to water; we’ll try to get her to take a sip.

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. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course. Check it out on your smartphone at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey.

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 Program 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.

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A new “vital sign” in the field of medicine?

Could what we eat be more important to our health than not smoking?

Embed jpg survey u rThe CDC estimates that poor diet is as harmful to health as is smoking. Yet, while smoking status is routinely assessed at every patient visit, evaluation of dietary health is neglected because a quick tool to assess its status has been lacking. Until NOW.

The simple 4Leaf Survey can be completed by patients in less than three minutes. Their 4Leaf score generated serves as a dietary “vital” sign, assessing the healthfulness of each patient’s diet.

Without a doubt, the future of medicine will include a great deal of focus on what we put on our forks. And it has already begun–all over the world. In New York City, Arizona, Australia, Canada, Ireland and in the Finger Lakes Region of New York state–primary care, mainstream physicians who are fed up with “disease management,” are embracing a whole new way of practicing medicine. They are now harnessing the power of food to reverse disease and promote health.

Real doctors embracing the power of food. That’s right, we’re not talking about a bunch of “veggie-loving quacks,” we’re talking about top notch physicians with degrees from places like Yale, Columbia, NYU and Cornell–and practicing medicine at places like Bellevue Hospital in New York and Kaiser Permanente in California. And many of them have begun to use our 4Leaf Survey score as the new “vital sign” of healthful eating that trumps everything else when it comes to promoting health.

“When diet and exercise are not enough…” How many times have you heard this phrase during TV commercials advertising a never-ending stream of drugs?

“When diet and exercise aren’t enough, ask your doctor if our new drug is right for you.”

The problem is that, up until now, medical doctors rarely told patients anything at all about the most important word in that phrase: DIET, let alone what constitutes a healthy one. Like almost everyone else in the developed world, our medical professionals have never been taught what constitutes an optimal diet OR how crucial it is to human health. But that sad fact is about to change.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University---author of The China Study

We used Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s definition of an optimal diet for humans.

Mainstream physicians around the globe are now learning that near optimal diets do indeed promote health– by preventing disease or reversing it if it already exists. So what is the optimal diet?

The healthiest people on Earth, the ones who live the longest and have the least disease, eat diets composed of mostly whole plants. According to Cornell’s Dr. T. Colin Campbell, the researcher who led the most comprehensive study on nutrition ever conducted:

“The closer we get to eating a diet of whole, plant-based foods, the better off we will be.”

The Origin of 4Leaf. The closest we could possibly get to Dr. Campbell’s definition would be to derive 100% of our daily calories from whole plants. As that would be nearly impossible in today’s world, we set the top bar at 80%, and called that the 4Leaf level of eating—the healthiest of six possible levels. The other five are:

  • If eating at the 2Leaf level, one is deriving between 40 and 60% of their daily calories from whole plants.

    If eating at the 2Leaf level, one is deriving between 40 and 60% of their daily calories from whole plants.

    Unhealthful Diet. Fewer than 10% of daily calories from whole plants. This is the Typical Western or the Standard American Diet (SAD).

  • Better than Most. 10% to 19% of daily calories from whole plants.
  • The 1Leaf level. Deriving 20% to 39% from whole plants.
  • The 2Leaf level. Deriving 40% to 59% from whole plants.
  • The 3Leaf level. Deriving 60% to 79% from whole plants.

So, how do the physicians know how well their patients are now eating? It all starts with the 4Leaf Survey. While waiting to see the doctor, the patient takes the one page survey. That’s when the average patient first realizes that he/she is eating nowhere near an optimal diet—with most of them scoring below the 1Leaf level. (Visit 4leafsurvey.com to take our 2-minute online survey now.)

Does your doctor know how to reverse heart disease?

Food is about to become a HUGE part of healthcare.

Reviewing with the provider. The patient then reviews the survey with the medical provider. They are given handouts to explain the various leaf levels and suggestions as to how to improve their score* and, more importantly, their health.

In addition, they are sent home with a daily version of the survey and a tracking form to use to monitor their progress. (All of these forms can be found in the “4Leaf Tool Kit” at 4leafprogram.com)

Engaging the patient in the process. This is the secret behind the use of the 4Leaf Survey. It is a simple tool that gets the patients actively engaged in the process of taking charge of their health. With the survey, they can easily see where they are losing points and can quickly begin replacing some of their “negative” points with “plus” points that accompany the whole, plant-based foods.

More calories from whole plants; less from everything else. How simple is that?

More calories from whole plants; less from everything else. How simple is that?

Next comes meal planning. The key is replacing animal-based and highly processed foods with whole plants. With the handy tools found on 4leafprogram.com, the patient begins by working on transforming all of their “routine” meals to the 4Leaf level.

4Leaf eating works FAST. Whenever someone at the 1Leaf level or lower begins to eat at the 3Leaf or 4Leaf level, he/she can expect to see rapid improvements, including weight loss, more energy and a sharp reduction in the requirement for prescription drugs–a fact that prompted us to include this statement in our book.

CAUTION. Eating the 4Leaf way may quickly decrease your need for medications. You should tell your physician what you’re doing. If he/she is not familiar with, or skeptical of, this eating-style, please direct him or her to plantrician.org and nutritionstudies.org.

Highly efficient. For the health-care professional who is more interested in promoting health than in managing disease, there is no more efficient process to evaluate diet and promote improvement than 4Leaf for Life. Simple + effective + low cost and fast = very high value.

By “prescribing” the 4Leaf Survey, the many helpful tools on the 4Leaf website and 4Leaf JPEG Guide Frontour new book, “4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health,” physicians can facilitate HUGE improvements in the health of their patients with very little expense (or time) expended by the patient or the physician.

Special one-pager for all healthcare practitioners. Containing much of the above content, this special, printer-friendly, one-pager is entitled, “Guiding Your Patients to Vibrant Health.” You may want to share it with your doctor.

Like we said earlier, If your doctor is not familiar with, or skeptical of, this eating-style, please direct him or her to plantrician.org and nutritionstudies.org.

For more printer-friendly copies of 4Leaf Survey forms and other materials, look under the “4Leaf Tool Kit” at 4leafprogram.com.

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For more information, visit our website at 4leafprogram.com and contact us about the use of our 4Leaf materials in your 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. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course. Check it out on your smartphone at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey.

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 Program 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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Is the media waking up to the POWER of our food choices?

Well, maybe a few of them are–here are three encouraging stories.

Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof

1. Let’s lead off with Nicholas Kristof’s column in the New York Times a few days ago–“Our Water-Guzzling Food factory.” He starts out with this question: “Which consumes the most water?” The choices are a ten-minute shower, a handful of 10 almonds, a quarter-pound hamburger patty or one washing machine load. From the article (See link below)

The answer? By far, it’s the hamburger patty. The shower might use 25 gallons. The almonds take up almost a gallon each, or close to 10 gallons for the handful. The washing machine uses about 35 gallons per load. And that beef patty, around 450 gallons.

According to my calculations, not only did the hamburger patty win, but it consumed over six times as much water as all of the other three combined. Later in the article he makes a lame attempt at suggesting we shouldn’t be eating so much meat:

Like most Americans, I eat meat, but it’s worth thinking hard about the inefficiency in that hamburger patty — and the small lake that has dried up to make it possible.

Maybe our industrial agriculture system is beginning to change, for we’re seeing some signs of a food revolution in America, with greater emphasis on organic food and animal rights. Just a week ago, Walmart called on suppliers to stop keeping calves in veal crates and hogs in gestation crates.

Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan

2. The second one is from Timothy Egan, also in the NY Times, “The Arrogance of Jeb Bush.” So what’s so arrogant about Bush? The same thing that is arrogant, or simply ignorant, about most elected Republicans across the nation–their almost universal denial of the role of human activity in driving climate change. Egan writes about Bush:

Bush the youngest believes the Earth is warming. No doubt, he’s willing to go further out on a limb and conclude that heat expands, cold contracts and a dolphin is not a fish.

That’s as far as he’ll go. He says the science is “convoluted,” even though the latest assessment from international climate scientists states with 95 percent confidence that humans are the cause of a sick planet. That obfuscation is also understandable. You simply cannot be a leader of the Republican Party without appearing to know less than a fifth grader about earth science.

The point here is that almost everyone over ten years old knows that human activity is driving climate change. They now need to learn that our food choices are driving more climate change than all other forms of human activity combined. Speaking of food choices, I should also point out that Timothy Egan seems to “getting it” to some extent. Later in the article, he states:

“And for the people to say the science is decided on, this is just really arrogant, to be honest with you,” said Bush. “It’s this intellectual arrogance that now you can’t have a conversation about it even.”

Is it arrogant to say that smoking causes lung cancer? That you shouldn’t text and drive? That the American diet and lifestyle cause Type 2 diabetes, which is killing people? There is some wiggle room in each of those assertions. But you test them at your peril.

Interestingly, he might be the first mainstream columnist to matter-of-factly mention the cause of Type 2 Diabetes.

Beyoncé, according to Forbes, the most powerful celebrity in the world

Beyoncé, according to Forbes, the most powerful celebrity in the world

3. Four of the world’s top five most powerful celebrities are either vegan or leaning that way. Beyoncé (#1) and Ellen DeGeneres (#5) are openly vegan. Dr. Dre (#3) says he “doesn’t eat meat, but occasionally fish.” Finally, Oprah at #4, has spoken many times about the many advantages of plant-based eating. See Forbes article below.

It’s time to leverage the incredible power that these people bring to the world table of SUSTAINABILITY.

The Bottom Line. I have been writing about the need for powerful leadership to step forward and form a global coalition that will invest billions of dollars in enlightening the world about the most important topic in the history of humanity–our food choices in the 21st century. And now is the time. It’s time for a few passionate leaders to leverage the science, the health benefits, the more accepting public opinion and the fact that four of the world’s five most powerful celebrities are aware of the world-changing advantages of plant-based eating.

Promoting health, hope and harmony on planet EarthIt’s time to bring all of that together into a globally-organized effort to urgently begin the process of taking the animal out of the equation when it comes to our food choices.

Less animals + more plants = healthy people and a sustainable ecosystem.

The time for change has never been better–and that is why my #1 priority is doing all that I can to identify, enlighten and influence one or more powerful leaders to accept the challenge. We need powerful leaders who will make this global coalition the single most important thing that they will do for the rest of their lives.

What can you do? You can start by getting the “animal out of the equation” in your own diet. You can also become a part of this discussion. You can ask other people to look at the simple arithmetic that any 3rd grader could understand. You can challenge the “leaders” that you know about the unsustainable nature of our lifestyle. You can ask them why no one in power ANYWHERE is talking about this crucial topic. Finally, you can invite me to speak at your company, church, university or club.

Source articles.

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. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course. Check it out on your smartphone at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey.

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 Program 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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