Frustrated reader sounds off on “mainstream” health advice

Eat the right food for our species, promote vibrant health, enjoy effortless weight-loss as a bonus. What could be simpler than that?

Although a little late, my boat goes in the water this week -- and our Wednesday racing series starts next week. No, this is not my boat that I am sailing above -- it's a vintage America's Cup yacht off of Newport.

Just got a message last night from Steven, a blog subscriber in Boston — expressing the very sentiment that led us to write our book, launch our 4-Leaf Program, and begin this blog — all aimed at trying to do our part to build the grassroots movement that will be necessary to make things right.

His frustrations are shared by millions of Americans who are fed up with our “system” of government, food producers, mainstream medicine, academia, pharmaceuticals and the media. Simply stated, his frustration is “Why don’t they focus on the causes of disease and the incredibly simple formula for promoting vibrant health?” From Steven’s message:

Listening to the news on NPR in the car in the past week or two, I heard two news items about food: 1) research to develop a drug that raises good cholesterol. If I recall correctly, they couldn’t understand why a rise in good cholesterol didn’t cause a decrease in bad cholesterol: HDL and LDL – Why not just tell people to modify their diets to include foods, such as nuts, to get good cholesterol and decrease their intake of fatty animal products to decrease the bad cholesterol?  2) Someone, I think in the government, is claiming that potatoes are responsible for making children fat. That’s ridiculous. Maybe it’s all the butter, cheese, and oil people use with potatoes. That’ll do it….Anyway, considering how I’ve raised my consciousness, and gained a little knowledge to back up what I had always believed, it really struck me as bizarre that they’re trying to perfect this drug when people just need to modify their diets. As for the potatoes being fattening, that’s insane, obviously.

Best wishes, Steven (who found my blog while doing a search about tofu; remember that blog)

Dear Steven,

Good to hear from you. Sounds like you’re definitely on the right track in your thinking; just don’t expect much help from our government anytime soon. I tried to explain the “big picture” on that topic in my recent blog on the new MyPlate food guide.

New Food Guide Unveiled — Confusion reigns supreme — Simple clarification needed!

I am completely convinced that the answer is mainstream driven (me and you) coupled with a steep rise in the cost of oil which will FORCE people everywhere back in the direction of a healthier, gentler, more efficient and greener way of eating. It will also force us toward a more “European” way of living: denser communities, smaller homes, more mass transit, more efficient automobiles. It will be a tough transition for many but, in the long run, will deliver an overall much better quality of life. You may have also seen my recent blog on that topic as well:

 NEWS FLASH: Gas and food prices rise sharply — a sign of what lies ahead

Hope my blog, our book and our 4-Leaf Program help you in your quest to be a part of the grassroots revolution that is needed. Our program will definitely help you lose that 30 pounds that you mentioned. We have had great success in helping 4-Leaf clients achieve vibrant health — then the weight-loss is just a bonus.

—Be well, J. Morris Hicks.

J. Morris Hicks, the "big picture guy"

Just got my copy of Time magazine yesterday — with a big picture of Dr. Oz on the cover and a lengthy story about his cancer scare. Given what I have posted on him in the past, I don’t expect to learn anything of value from that article, but I’ll bet you that its contents will provide the inspiration for one of my blogs in the next few days.

If you like what you see here, you may wish to join our periodic mailing list. Also, for help in your own quest to take charge of your health, you might find some useful information at our 4-Leaf page. From the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut – Be well and have a great day.

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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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