A midnight message from Karen inspires a new look at cancer research.
At 12:08 EDT, while I was sound asleep at my home in Stonington, Connecticut; an email message arrived from a reader in Arizona. A super healthy, bike-racing grandmother of eight—Karen Barnes—wants to know if our T. Colin Campbell Foundation has a plan for telling the world that the cure for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and stroke has already been found.
I read that message at 4:50 a.m. EDT and was inspired to answer her question with a simple analogy that may change the world. But, first the message from Karen, a 50-year young entrepreneur who asks some great questions:
I scored a 36 on your 4Leaf Survey. I follow a whole foods, plant-based diet as outlined by The China Study, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease and the documentary Forks Over Knives. I started this last September. I feel so fantastic now! I feel so good after every meal! I ride a road bike and I am so much faster riding up hills and riding in races! I’m a 50 year old grandmother of 8 and everyone tells me how young I look! I think because I now weigh what I did in high school! I could never go back to eating the old way.
Jim, how can we educate America? Do you people at the T. Colin Campbell Foundation have a plan? I feel so helpless. I feel like I’ve stumbled upon a huge secret to excellent health and permanent weight loss and hardly anyone is willing to listen. What can be done? Do organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation turn a deaf ear when presented with these facts as found in The China Study? Do the other organizations dealing with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, etc. turn a deaf ear also?
Why don’t they pounce on this research as the answer that they’ve been looking for? I mean, are they not truly looking for the cures for these diseases?
Best regards, Karen
My response: 0600 from the Mystic Starbucks—Mystic, CT—May 17
I absolutely love your letter. Thank you so much for taking the time to write and share your story. The short answer to your question is yes; we do have a plan. But, until sufficient funds are available to go big-time with that plan—we’ll continue with our grassroots revolution that is fueled by the books you mentioned, the Forks Over Knives documentary, this daily blog, and messages like the one you sent me this morning.
While showering, getting dressed and driving from Stonington to Mystic, I was thinking about a simple analogy that might turn into a plan that could go viral—a message that could clarify for all concerned that the answer to our health problems has been right under our noses all along. It’s what we put in our mouths every day.
So why is that simple concept not getting any real traction? Even with a former President of the United States among the converts? And, as you said in your note, “Do organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation turn a deaf ear when presented with these facts as found in The China Study? Why is the truth about nutrition and health not circulating more rapidly?
It’s because Americans, and other consumers of the toxic Western diet are looking for a quick fix for their bad habits. Maybe a simple analogy inspired by your message will go viral and open a few million minds to the potential of what we put at the end of our forks. As we know, most people put far more thought into what kind of fuel they put in their car than what kind of fuel they put in their own bodies.
You ask, “Why don’t people pounce on this powerful information?”
It’s because their light hasn’t come on yet. Like me, I read over forty books in the spring of 2003 before I had my blinding flash of the obvious and concluded, “Oh my God, we’re eating the wrong food.” Maybe this automobile analogy will do the trick for a few people—an absurd example to be sure—but no more absurd than the way we’re eating ourselves to death.
2012 Mercedes SL550 Roadster. Like all automobiles, your brand new Mercedes needs fuel, coolant, motor oil, and air in order to run. The air takes care of itself, but you have to decide how to handle the other three. But, instead of using the kinds of products recommended by the manufacturer, you want to be different.
For fuel. Instead of premium gasoline, you choose a mixture of regular gasoline, kerosene, turpentine and paint thinner.
For coolant. You choose a mixture of Gator Aid and cow’s milk.
For motor oil. Instead of the high tech synthetic recommended by MB, you buy a few cases of 10 w 30 at Sam’s Club and decide that you’ll make it last longer by adding only 4 quarts of it to your engine instead of the recommended five.
How to make your car very sick. You also decide that you don’t have time for routine maintenance and simply proceed to drive the heck out of your new car. After a few weeks, you begin to notice some strange noises, smells and emissions, but you just keep on driving. As 2013 approaches and your new car nears the 30,000 mile mark, you begin to notice some serious problems. Finally, one day, your car simply refuses to start. Not it’s time to “search for the cure.”
“Searching for the cure.” After having it towed to the MB dealer, you ask the service manager about what can be done to fix your automobile. After examining your engine, his service team cannot believe what they’re seeing. Your engine is destroyed—and you are told that there is no way to fix it. You are angry. You want a cure. You ask, “Why isn’t there something you can pour into my engine that will cure it?” The service manager looks at you and says….
Are you crazy? There is no cure, lady. You need a complete new engine.
Similarly, there is no simple cure for cancer—and likely never will be. Unlike automobiles, there is no such thing as a complete new engine for human beings. Our manufacturer decided long ago that the policy would be “only one body per customer.” But there is a natural and simple lifestyle regimen that will give you the very best chance of never developing this horrible disease in the first place—despite how much family history you have.
What about cures for other chronic diseases? The good news is that there is a simple cure for some 95% of the cases of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and many other maladies that are driven by what we eat. And there are even some cancers that can be slowed, stopped in their tracks or even reversed. The primary answer to most of our health issues is simple. The choice is yours.
- Eat what Nature intended for you to eat (whole plants)
- Get plenty of exercise, rest, fresh air and sunshine.
- Find your passion for living and enjoy your time on this planet.
The Bottom Line. This analogy illustrates an incredibly simple point. All we have to do is feed our bodies the right fuel and Nature will take care of the rest. Let’s start by eliminating the leading cause of cancer—not searching for a miracle to “cure” a grossly mistreated body. Some day, doctors of the future may react the same as the MB service manager did, “Are you crazy? There is no cure for what you’ve done to your body and there never will be. Let’s start by showing you how to choose the right food.”
For help with all of this, you might want to spend $36, less than the cost of one dinner for two…
Handy 3-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Our book: Healthy Eating, Healthy World by yours truly & son
- An essential nutrition resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
Another part of our plan. I call it the Harmony Project and it begins with dispelling the “protein myth” that pervades the Western world. With two or three billion dollars, we could make some serious headway in getting this done. And that’s far less than half the net worth of the 20 or 30 wealthiest people in the world. If “the light goes on” for just one of them, we could be well on our way.
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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation