American Hangnail “Association.” Do we need one?

No. And we may not need one for heart disease very much longer…

If you missed the CNN Special “The Last Heart Attack” this past Sunday, you will have several opportunities to see it — described later in this post. Among other things, that “special” got me to thinking about all of the huge organizations that have been created for the diseases driven by our toxic Western diet: the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the American Diabetes Association to name just a few. We’re talking about huge organizations with thousands of employees and billions of dollars.

American Heart Association

Ever wondered what would happen to all of those organizations if each of their specialty “diseases” simply disappeared. Dr. Esselstyn says that heart disease (our number 1 killer) is a “toothless paper tiger that need never exist.” And he knows how to get rid of it quickly if it does exist — without the use of stents, statins and bypass surgery. By simply returning to the natural diet for our species, we can eliminate an estimated 80% of all diseases and their trillions of dollars of cost.

Thanks to Dr. Gupta and CNN this past Sunday, now millions more people know how to make themselves “heart attack proof.” And with no heart disease, there would be no more reason to have an American Heart Association than it would be to have an American Hangnail Association. Sounds ludicrous, but it’s true. Clearly, there is no need for a “hangnail association,” nor would there be much need for any specialty organizations focusing on diseases that no longer existed.

As one insurance rep put it, "We get a piece of the pie -- the bigger the pie, the more we get. if everyone gets healthy, we're out of business."

Then there’s the medical insurance business. When we all start eating the right foods and 80% of our cost of health care disappears, what will happen to the insurance business? Once again, there would be no need for insurance to cover screening for heart disease and colon cancer for example — if they didn’t exist. As with any insurance, when risk approaches zero, there is no need for insurance. And if there were, it would be very cheap — reducing the giant medical insurance business to a mere fraction of its former size. The same goes for big pharma and all of the other pieces of that vast system — there is just not much money to be made by people getting healthy.

As with heart disease, Dr. Dean Ornish states on the cover of our book, type 2 diabetes is almost completely reversible with an optimal diet.

Don’t think it will ever happen? Well, think again. Just this past Sunday, Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN let the cat out of the bag with his powerful “Last Heart Attack” special, starring a former president of the United States. Now, he’s doing follow-up interviews, which will lead to more interviews, more specials, more networks picking up the story, and more people challenging the vast inter-connected “system” that brought us the toxic Western diet and is dedicated to maintaining the status quo.

It would appear that Dr. Sanjay Gupta is now a man on a mission to promote a plant-based diet as an effective cure and prevention of heart disease. In this 4-minute CNN promo video, Dr. Gupta re-affirms research showing that people who followed Dr. Esselstyn’s diet became heart attack proof, while people who dropped out of his program and went back to the standard American diet — died of or got sicker with heart disease. A plant-based diet works, says Dr. Gupta. Good food heals, bad food kills. It’s really that simple.

Now, there is another CNN video with Dr. Gupta talking specifically about Bill Clinton’s success with a plant-based diet to reverse his heart disease. He also responds to the question that we all hear about a hundred times a week, “Where do you get your protein?” Dr. Gupta calls that argument a “fallacy.” Want to see the full “special,” see end of next paragraph.

Click here to view the short CNN video featuring President Clinton – begins with short ad

Now that we have a mainstream news organization sharing this amazing story without reservations, our grassroots revolution has just picked up a huge ally. CNN also will be airing “The Last Heart Attack” special again this Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. Or you can watch it on video now, near the bottom of my review of that show.

Not meaning to step on any toes, there is actually a federation of nail technicians -- but no GIANT organization searching for the "cure."

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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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1 Response to American Hangnail “Association.” Do we need one?

  1. Dan Liese says:

    great article and i would have to say only one thing i believe is not true in your article…
    When ever there is change “New Things Happen” like new jobs created by loss of others. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have said to a class of Columbia University grad students that there are jobs being created in the near future that none of us in this room can fathom and there will be jobs we thought we could depend on that will be lost. “So get use to it”. So when the medical field and insurance business decrease to almost nothing new businesses will arise to replace them. Like maybe aquaculture for fresh fruits and veggies grown in any climate year round on your local street corner or health practicioners that actually teach how to treat the cause of pain and bad health. Anyway you get my point, i for one am not worried about change because it brings with it a fresh breath of hope and in this case happiness for millions of people. Keep up the great articles and research.
    Your friend from the Westerly Sea Side
    Dan Liese

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