Introducing Dr. John McDonough — Harvard Faculty

Statesman, author, doctor of public health AND — like me, holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation

Dr. John McDonough of the Harvard University Department of Public Health

Dr. Mcdonough served seven terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, has consulted with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health Care Reform and is currently on the faculty of the Department of Public Health at Harvard University. He got the U.S. Senate gig through his good friend, Senator Ted Kennedy. An amazing man, Dr. Campbell was kind enough to introduce us and we recently met for lunch in Boston.

Since meeting John, I have learned that he is a regular blogger for the Boston Globe and, like me, he is working daily to promote whole foods, plant-based nutrition as the ONLY viable solution to our out-of-control health care mess. In one of his recent blogs, he mentioned a host of famous Americans who have declared themselves vegan. Among them are Alec Baldwin, Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Ford (Chairman Ford Motors), Brad Pitt, Coretta Scott King, and many others. In his very first blog (11-7-11), he described some of his health care views…

He calls his blog “Health Stew,”

I pay close attention to issues relating to health care access, costs, quality, and inequities, not necessarily in that order. My interests include health policy in Greater Boston, in Massachusetts, across the US of A, and around the world especially when “around the world” holds lessons for us Americans.

I care about health as much as health care, and public health in particular. Most of what ails us, individually and as a society, is more about our behavior and lifestyle and far less about medical care, even though we spend so much time focused on the care part.

In that same blog, he penned the following quote, which convinced me that he may be one of the few prominent health policy officials who truly “gets it” when it comes to what’s wrong with our health care system…

I am convinced we will never “fix” health care in the U.S. until we first fix food.

Since meeting in November, John and I have been communicating about our Harmony project and he has been reading our book — somehow squeezing it into his extremely busy life. We are meeting again tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Click here for Dr. McDonough’s blog home page, which provides a list of all of his blogs, beginning with the most recent. He blogs about twice a week, his most recent posted January 6, 2012. To view his first blog back in November, scroll down below my signature.

J. Morris Hicks, author and activist. Working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

One for thing, click here for the most recent independent review of our book by Erica Settino. This is her last line…

So, not only does Hicks’s book and websites tell us what we need to know and do, they tell us how to do it. No more excuses. Our lives, and the lives of all beings depend upon it.

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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at

Click here for Dr. McDonough’s first blog post 11-7-11

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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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2 Responses to Introducing Dr. John McDonough — Harvard Faculty

  1. Another voice, another hope! Seven billion to go.


  2. rick says:

    “I am convinced we will never “fix” health care in the U.S. until we first fix food.”

    No doubt.

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