The Remarkable Pope Francis—Cuba and Beyond!

My Christmas Prayer for 2014 involves his special leadership.

My special Christmas photo that I snapped last week on December 13, 2014.

Christmas photo that I snapped on December 13, 2014, in Vermont. All that WHITE reminds me of the pope.

In my most recent blogpost a few weeks ago, after hearing of his speech at a U.N. conference about world hunger and the environment, I made an appeal for the pope to get seriously involved in promoting the ONLY pragmatic solution to climate change and sustainability. That appeal was posted on 11-26-14. Pope speaks out regarding FOOD & ENVIRONMENT

Three weeks later, we learn of how Pope Francis helped facilitate the normalization of relations with Cuba—after 53 years. From the NY Times (See link below):

WASHINGTON — The deal that freed an American jailed in Cuba and ended 53 years of diplomatic estrangement between the United States and Cuba was blessed at the highest levels of the Holy See but cut in the shadowy netherworld of espionage.

A personal appeal from Pope Francis, American officials said, was critical in persuading Cuba’s president, Raúl Castro, to agree to a prisoner swap and the freeing of the American aid worker Alan P. Gross. The pope, officials said, acted as a “guarantor” that both sides would live up to the terms of a deal reached in secret.

How can anyone not like this guy?

How can anyone not like this guy?

Just a month earlier (10-23-14), I had mentioned the Pope in my “top ten list” of potential global leaders capable of Tearing down the single biggest roadblock to sustainability.

After fully understanding that longterm sustainability of our ecosystem AND our species is not possible without changing the way we eat—he will know what to do. Here’s what I said near the end of that post:

Circulate this article. Find those leaders. Dispel that protein myth. Unlock the brains of the best, brightest, wealthiest and most powerful leaders on Earth. Who are they? Here’s my top-ten list and someone you know may know how to reach them:

Pope Francis, Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Bloomberg, Prince Charles, Warren Buffett, Joel Osteen, Mark Zuckerberg, and Barack Obama.

Few people took me seriously when I mentioned the pope’s name two months ago in that 10-23 blogpost. Since then, he’s spoken to the U.N. about world hunger and the environment AND he’s helped broker a normalization of relations with Cuba. With a bit of enlightenment about the lunacy of the way we’re eating in the developed world, who knows what an impact he could have in bringing about rapid global change on this most urgent of ALL topics?

Update. There is a Catholic priest in Newfoundland (a new friend of mine) who is currently working on a plan for gaining an audience with Pope Francis to discuss this crucial topic. Stay tuned.

Two more Christmas Photos, the first taken by my son during a recent “dawn patrol” at Wachusett Mountain. He ski-hikes up in the dark and skis down at sunrise. Then he goes to work. The second one is a recent photo of my refrigerator, decorated with Christmas cards featuring the images of ALL six of my grandchildren.

Merry Christmas from Jason Hicks, the co-author of "Healthy Eating, Healthy World."

Merry Christmas from Jason Hicks, the co-author of “Healthy Eating, Healthy World.”

2014 Christmas FridgeFor 2015, pray that we all take some HUGE steps toward SUSTAINABILITY!

In addition to the source document for this blog, I have listed a few of my other 2014 blogs on this topic. Although I began blogging about mostly health in 2011, most of my recent blogs (out of a total of 875) have been focused on activism and leadership aimed at promoting sustainability.

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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Pope speaks out regarding FOOD & ENVIRONMENT

At the United Nations FAO nutrition conference in Rome

Pope at FAO

Pope Francis addresses the FAO conference of the U.N. on November 20 in Rome.

Could he be that rare global leader we so desperately need? When one of the most prominent leaders in the world makes caring, intelligent comments about FOOD and the ENVIRONMENT in the same speech at a U.N. conference, it catches my attention.

Not only is he prominent, Pope Francis may very well be THE single most influential person in the world today. In addition to the 1.2 billion Catholics, he could also influence an additional one or two billion people like me—those who admire and respect him as a person of great integrity and compassion. Excerpts from his speech at the U.N. FAO conference in Rome last week (11-20-14):

God always forgives mankind, but the earth does not…If men continue to be greedy abusing natural resources to make a profit, the earth will eventually take her revenge…Take care of the earth so it does not respond with destruction…Primacy of profit and market priorities have obstructed efforts to fight global hunger and malnutrition.

This is the poolside bar where I met Padre Jerry

This is the poolside bar where I met Padre Jerry

How did I first hear about this speech? From a Catholic priest (my friend, Padre Jerry) who was attending a health conference in the Dominican Republic this week where I was speaking.

After meeting him at the poolside bar the previous evening, he slipped me a handwritten note (about the Pope in the news) the next day, just before I delivered my speech entitled: Food. Health. Planet. The only viable pathway to the longterm sustainability of humanity.

In my speeches on this topic, after describing our almost hopeless environmental dilemma driven by our food choices, I always talk about the desperate need for powerful leadership to WAKE UP the sleeping public before we run out of time. Pope Francis could be that powerful leader we’ve been seeking. He’s definitely well-qualified for the job—according to this corporate headhunter. Check out this resume:

RESUME — His Holiness Pope Francis

  • Name: Jorge Mario Bergoglio
  • Address: The Vatican, Rome, Italy
  • Age: 77, born on December 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Education: Philosophical & Theological Faculty of San Miguel, Univ. of Buenos Aires
  • Job description: Leads church of over 1.2 billion people
  • Compensation package: Room, board, clothing and unlimited international travel
  • One of the top three most recognized people in the world
  • Globally revered for his goodness, kindness, compassion & integrity
  • Understands that unchecked, human greed will destroy the world
  • Knows that human activity is wrecking the environment
  • Arguably the most respected person in the world
As with Bill Clinton, this book will allay the Pope's fears about the quality of a plant-based diet.

As with Bill Clinton, this book will allay the Pope’s fears about the quality of a plant-based diet.

Qualified to lead, all he needs is a little further enlightenment. He simply needs to  learn the following not-so-well-known facts from qualified experts in medicine, science and environmental studies:

  1. Humans can flourish on a whole food, plant-based diet. We don’t “need” to eat ANY animal-based food.
  2. On a per-calorie basis, it takes OVER ten times as much land, water and energy to produce animal based foods as it does for plant-based foods.
  3. Given the above facts, we can easily feed the world’s 7.2 billion people a superior, disease-reversing diet on far less land than we’re now using.
  4. As agricultural land is freed up and returned to nature, our fragile ecosystem can begin to heal.
  5. As a bonus, that superior diet is capable of wiping out most of the world’s chronic disease, curbing global warming, easing the water crisis, and reversing the human destruction of our ecosystem.
  6. Changing what we eat is our ONLY pragmatic option for preventing the collapse of our civilization well before the end of this century.
  7. It is also our ONLY option for bringing all humans back to living in harmony with nature—a prerequisite for our longterm survival as a species.
Stephen Emmott's book will help the pope understand the unprecedented planetary emergency we face.

Stephen Emmott’s book will help the Pope understand the unprecedented planetary emergency we face.

CONCLUSION. Once Pope Francis learns that all of these seven points are true, a man of his courage, integrity and compassion—will know what to do. And he very well may be our ONLY chance.

So how do we further enlighten this great man of God so that he will urgently begin leading the entire world back to living in harmony with nature? The process begins with Padre Jerry and his fellow priests in Newfoundland.

Plan of Action. When I said farewell to the Padre on November 24, I suggested to him that he was most certainly the ONLY one of the world’s 400,000+ Catholic priests who was even thinking about bringing this desperate topic to the attention of the Pope at this time. He agreed that I was probably right and he also agreed to work with me in gaining an audience with His Holiness.

For that all-important enlightenment process, I would invite a carefully-selected group of five people to join me and Padre Jerry for that initial meeting with Pope Francis. In order to allay any doubts he might have about health or science, this stellar group would join us at the table: Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Shane Williams (cardiologist), Dr. Stephen Emmott (author of TEN BILLION) and James Cameron (world-renown environmentalist, explorer and movie director). Rounding out the table of ten would be several of the Pope’s top officials.

For this holiday, please pray for our success in the successful engagement of this rare global leader. No less than our future as a species hangs in the balance. 

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, research officer

Just before posting this blog, I received a message from my scientist friend at the World Bank Group. Jeff Anhang and his now deceased colleague, Robert Goodland, reported in 2009 that at least 51% of ALL human induced GGH is attributable to livestock, Worldwatch 2009.

Today, Jeff is sharing a powerful “Turkey Day”message; one that Pope Francis could use to influence billions of people to heed: How turkey this Thanksgiving might save our world.

We’ve all talked about going cold turkey; how about NO TURKEY?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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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Characters in the movie “Interstellar” ate ONLY plants.

After their civilization had passed the point of no return.

hr_Interstellar_5Note: Reading this blog will NOT spoil the movie for you; no plot details are revealed.

Opening across the USA this weekend was Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey. Opening in July of 2015 is PlantPure Nation, starring Nelson Campbell, oldest son of Dr. T. Colin Campbell—and a good friend of mine.

Ironically, both movies deal with the daunting challenge of feeding humans in the coming decades. This week’s blockbuster deals with a “sci-fi” solution that’s not going to happen; while this summer’s documentary deals with a powerful solution that’s already happening: people taking charge of of their health by simply choosing to eat mostly whole plants.

Yesterday, I saw Interstellar at a theater on the Jersey shore AND I saw the brand new YouTube trailer (below) of PlantPure Nation on my laptop after receiving notice of it from Nelson himself. Let’s begin with that trailer of this summer’s documentary.

PlantPure Nation banner

I don’t know whether or not PPN touches on the environmental benefits of plant-based eating, but I do know that we’ll NEVER be able to live in harmony with nature without eventually taking the animals out of the equation. As Nelson’s father says,

“If we eat the way that promotes the best health for ourselves, we also promote the best health for the planet.” — T. Colin Campbell, PhD

How convenient is that? Since nature ALWAYS wins, the human species will ultimately be the big loser if we don’t start rapidly shifting toward eating mostly plants in the very near future. This powerful movie will tell people exactly why they should do that and how.

Meet Nelson Campbell

Remember the number TEN. It takes over TEN times as much land, water and energy, on a per calorie basis, to produce animal-based foods as compared to plant-based. Also, by moving animals out of the equation, we begin to eliminate the leading cause of global warming. As a bonus, plant-based eating also rewards us with vibrant health. Duh; a 3rd grader could figure out the solution.

Interstellar_ALT_ArtowrkAs for Interstellar, none of this vital information was mentioned. I found it to be a very entertaining movie that sadly missed a golden opportunity to inform the entire world about the most crucial topic in the history of humanity. The characters in the movie were facing a desperate situation as agricultural crops were going extinct all over the world.

While never mentioned in the movie, it appeared that the problems of the day had been caused by global warming, but they never mentioned how any of that could have been prevented.

Interestingly, I noticed that the characters were eating ONLY plants. Also, there wasn’t a single mention of livestock whatsoever and, in the scenes where the characters dined, there was no meat, dairy, eggs or fish on the table.

Apparently, they had been forced by nature to take the animal out of the equation in order to survive, and I guess that they had found out, on their own, that we really don’t NEED to eat animals to be healthy. The problem was that the characters in the movie were past the point of no return and knew that they were about to starve to death and go extinct.

But in the real world of today—we are NOT past the point of no return—YET. But we’re rapidly approaching that point within the next five or ten years, unless we start rapidly replacing most of our meat-based calories with people-healthy and planet-healthy, plant-based alternatives. (See Interstellar trailer at end of this blog.)

The Bottom Line. What if the producers of Interstellar had conveyed that, in the real world, we still have time? We have time to easily feed the world’s future population of TEN BILLION and we can curb global warming simultaneously—by making one simple, painless move.

Promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth

Promoting health, hope & harmony on planet Earth—with the “Save the world” diet.

It’s not a matter of saving the planet; she will be just fine once all the humans are gone. She will revert quickly back to the rich state of natural equilibrium that existed a few thousand years ago.

For us now, It’s a matter of saving the human species by quickly learning how to live in harmony with nature while we still have time to save ourselves. Nature never errs—and we will NEVER learn to live by her rules without rapidly shifting our global feeding model in the direction of eating mostly plants.

Movie Plug. I thought Interstellar was a good movie and I enjoyed seeing it. On the negative side, I thought it was a bit too long and way too loud. Let me know if you see something in the movie suggesting that the characters were eating anything other than plant-based foods.

Interstellar Trailer

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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Tearing down the single biggest roadblock to sustainability…

“The Protein Myth” that has LOCKED the brightest minds in the world

Locked brains lead to the end of our civilization.

Locked brains lead to the end of our civilization.

Exactly what is that myth? The ubiquitous belief in the developed world that we all “NEED” to eat animal protein to be healthy. Nothing could be further from the truth—yet that protein myth is alive and well—and we’re running out of time to dispel it. Here’s the way I see it:

Because of the mistaken, yet almost ubiquitous, belief that we humans actually “need” to eat animal protein to be healthy—incredibly powerful solutions to our sustainability crisis don’t even make it to the table for consideration. For this reason, I consider that “protein myth” to be the most serious obstacle in the history of humanity. For if we cannot take the “animal out of the equation” when it comes to feeding humans, we will never learn to live in harmony with nature; thereby placing the future of our civilization (and even our species) in severe jeopardy.—J. Morris Hicks

Dispelling the Protein Myth for our health & our future

  1. Life on planet Earth began 4 billion years ago. Planet Earth with moon
  2. Since then, millions of species of creatures have lived here and Mother Nature had an eating plan for each one.
  3. All of those millions of species have followed her eating plan to the letter—except for ONE.
  4. HUMANS are the ONLY species that has not only NOT followed her plan—indeed, we have drifted over 90% from it.
  5. That’s right, we now consume less than ten percent of the foods that Nature planned for us to eat—whole, plant-based foods.
  6. How do I know what nature intended for us to eat? Four ways:
    • By looking at what animals in the wild, closest to our DNA, eat. The gorilla eats NOTHING but raw plants.Gorillas
    • By studying healthy cultures around the world who eat mostly whole plants: Tarahumara, Hunza, Abkasians and many others. They live long, healthy lives and have almost NONE of our chronic diseases.
    • Migrant studies from those healthy cultures. When they move to Chicago or Dallas, they start eating the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.)—AND start having the same frequency of chronic diseases as we do.
    • By examining the scientific and clinical evidence, proving in thousands of cases that a simple diet of mostly whole, plant-based foods has the power to reverse heart disease, type 2 diabetes and many other maladies in over 90% of the cases. Former president Bill Clinton was one of those cases.
  7. So why are our schools of nutrition and schools of medicine not teaching the world about this wonderful diet-style that could stop chronic disease in its tracks? Why are the news media and our government not telling us about about this powerful, life-saving information?

    With industry now controlling our schools of nutrition, is academic freedom dead?

    With industry now controlling our schools of nutrition, is academic freedom dead?

  8. The Protein Myth. The almost ubiquitous belief in the developed world that we actually “need” to eat animal protein to be healthy. Almost everyone sincerely believes that myth—including the brightest and best educated people in the world.
  9. It’s a safe bet your own family physician is in that group, and as such, he/she and their families are likely to be eating the S.A.D. (with lots of animal protein) themselves.
  10. Since they don’t teach much about nutrition in our medical schools, your physician probably has no idea that you can get all the protein you need in just the right amount—from whole plants. Almost all plants have protein in them.
  11. Most of what your physician knows about nutrition comes from the same place the general public gets their information: from the daily flow of contradicting, confusing and misleading information on the evening news—much of which is sponsored by the food industry that profits from feeding us that toxic S.A.D.

    Does your doctor know how to reverse heart disease?

    Does your doctor know how to reverse heart disease?

  12. And all of those sources never tell you the big picture about the macro-nutrients that provide us with energy. There are only three of them—and we need to eat all three—carbohydrate, fat and protein.
  13. In nature’s eating plan, we’d get about 80% carbohydrate, and 10% each from fat and protein. But with the S.A.D., we get about 40% from fat, 40% from carbohydrate (mostly processed) and 20% from protein (mostly animal-based).
  14. And guess what? That animal-based protein we’re eating has been shown to promote cancer (T. Colin Campbell, The China Study).
  15. Meanwhile, back to your physician, who is probably not familiar with this little Nutrition 101 lesson. How will he/she react to your quest for better health?
  16. Let’s say you hear about all the disease reversal and vibrant health associated with simply eating mostly whole plants, and you decide to consult with your physician before making those drastic changes in your diet. When you do, the chances are 10 to 1 that you will hear more words of CAUTION than ENCOURAGEMENT. At that point, many patients will lose enthusiasm for their food-driven pursuit of vibrant health.
  17. Sadly, our collective health is just a small part of the big problem caused by the protein myth. That same myth that has locked the brain of your physician has also locked the brain of our brightest scientists, environmentalists, and most of the leaders in the world: religious, political and corporate. 14119137-lock-closed-locked-secrets-mystery-symbol-as-a-side-view-brain-and-mind-head-as-a-concept-of-rigid-i
  18. Since almost all of our world leaders believe the protein myth, their collective brains are LOCKED regarding initiatives that could get us back on track to living in harmony with nature. Hardly any of those leaders are now aware that our food choices are not only driving our out-of-control cost of healthcare, they are also the leading drivers of:
    • Water scarcity
    • Soil erosion
    • Deforestation
    • Water pollution
    • Ocean dead zones
    • Species extinction
    • Climate change—the elephant in the room that exacerbates all the others.
  19. World Bank climate specialists reported in 2009 that the raising of livestock for human consumption is responsible for AT LEAST 51% of ALL human-induced greenhouse gasses. That means that our love affair with eating meat and dairy at almost every meal is BY FAR the leading cause of climate change—indeed, it’s larger than ALL other causes COMBINED. It’s also the ONLY cause that can be addressed and reduced quickly.
  20. Sadly, the minds of our leaders are LOCKED and thereby not capable of accepting, understanding and ACTING on this world-saving information.

    James Cameron, Director of Titanic and Avatar

    James Cameron, Director of Titanic and Avatar

  21. HOW do we UNLOCK those brains? How do we DISPEL that protein myth in time to save our civilization. As James Cameron says, “It’s like we’re all sleepwalking off a cliff.”
  22. We must WAKE-UP that sleepwalking public—before it’s too late.
  23. And for that we must have LEADERSHIP. With climate change tipping points rapidly approaching, we don’t have time to wait for a traditional grassroots dissemination of this world-saving information. That process, which has worked effectively throughout human history, would take decades, if not centuries, to make much of a difference.
  24. But a single POWERFUL leader could make a difference quickly. For this job, we need someone with a global name recognition, deep pockets (financial resources), a reputation for integrity, a passionate understanding of the magnitude of the unprecedented planetary emergency we’re all facing—AND an open mind.
  25. That leader, who fully understands the emergency, will almost certainly make this effort his/her #1 priority for the rest of his/her life. He/she will recruit the support of other powerful leaders and will arrange private funding for the largest–and most URGENT–global awareness campaign in the history of humankind.
  26. The cost of that initiative would be HUGE, but that cost is irrelevant. Even if it cost a trillion dollars, so what? What good is a trillion dollars (of human money) when our global economy and civilization collapse? Isn’t the future of our children and our civilization worth more than a trillion dollars?

    What good is money if there is no food or water? You can't eat or drink this worthless pile of paper.

    What good is money if there is no food or water? You can’t eat or drink this worthless pile of paper.

  27. What can you do? Share this story with every leader you know. When the right leader becomes fully enlightened, things can change quickly. With billions of people now connected through the internet and social media, the time has NEVER been better for disseminating URGENTLY needed information—QUICKLY!!
  28. Circulate this article. Find those leaders. Dispel that protein myth. Unlock the brains of the best, brightest, wealthiest and most powerful leaders on Earth. Who are they? Here’s my top-ten list and someone you know may know how to reach them:
  29. Pope Francis, Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Bloomberg, Prince Charles, Warren Buffett, Joel Osteen, Mark Zuckerberg, and Barack Obama.
  30. Let’s get this right—for the children of the world. Let’s get this right—NOW!

Coincident. As I mentioned earlier, all of the above was written on one Atlanta-bound Delta flight from Colorado in 2014. Notice that it has 30 points. In 2007, I wrote another 30-point article on another Atlanta-bound Delta flight. It was entitled 30 Minutes to Live, documenting my understanding of how we all got into this mess in the first place.

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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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 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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