Pfizer scientist sees the light with “Forks Over Knives.”

Every once in awhile I receive a note from someone I have never met—who has recently read our book. To hear about how our work is changing the lives of others is a special thrill for us. I received one of those spontaneous notes last week and wanted to share it with you.

The letter came from a 63-year old Pfizer scientist who, like most people, thought that his family was eating a healthy diet already. As he said below, he and his wife have always avoided red meat and have tried to include lots of fruits and vegetables in their diet. But, now in the twinkling of an eye, that’s all changed for John and his wife of thirty years. Perhaps you know people who could benefit from this compelling story. He writes:

Hi Jim,

This powerful movie has been changing the lives of millions since 2011. See link below to order from Amazon.

A friend gave me the DVD Forks Over Knives. My wife is 54 and I am 63. Some years back, as the Curator of the Mystic Aquarium, I did quite a bit of research on fish nutrition and published a couple of diets that changes the way fish are fed in public aquariums. You would think I knew something about nutrition!

My wife and I didn’t eat red meat and tried to include lots of vegetables and fruits in our diet. However, after watching FOK, we simultaneously looked at each other and I said, I’m doing it! She agreed.

I have a pretty good background in biology, so it didn’t take too many charts, graphs and stats to convince me that “something’s fishy” with the food industry. I am used to dealing in things “statistically significant” which is like saying if you look hard enough in the grass, someday you may come across a four leaf clover. Incidentally, I still work with fish—zebrafish in research. Fascinating work, but all irrelevant for more reasons than the obvious ones (like, who needs drugs when you can eat away disease!).

A colleague of mine who also is now working with the zebrafish is an acquaintance of yours and she gave me a copy of your book. As an author in my spare time (5 books published and more to come), I was impressed with the clarity of your writing as well as the excellent research. There was so much where I said. I knew that, but it never came into focus.

I have been on the diet 10 days and lost 9 pounds and bursting with energy. I also had two serious operations on my neck and currently have four of my vertebrae fused. I am usually in at least some pain ameliorated to some extent with massage therapy and acupuncture. At least I got off all of my meds for pain which wasn’t going to happen with the pain specialist I was seeing. However, with the diet, my neck feels almost normal and a bum knee that was operated on some 50 years ago, feels much better, a pain I learned to live with.

We just received the “Forks Over Knives” book and waiting for the recipe book. Saw your recipe section and we will be visiting it often. Also looking forward to visiting Stonington Village and trying out the restaurant you recommended. After all, we only live 15 minutes away, tops! Maybe we will run into you one of these days.

Thanks again for the excellent book and your blog. Both of us will be looking for it every day. So don’t get sick! John

I look forward to meeting John and his wife real soon. You may be wondering, “How does a seasoned Pfizer scientist make such a quick decision to take charge of his health with whole plants instead of drugs?”

He simply is exposed to some compelling facts about nutrition—for the first time in his life. The three sources listed below would be a good place to start for anyone. Posted here for your convenience—direct links to Amazon, where all three combined will cost less than $36:

Sailing on the Ideal 18, one of six in the SHYC fleet.

One more thing. There’s another Pfizer scientist who has made some big changes in his diet lately. A yacht club buddy of  mine, he’s 29 years old and only had to read about half of our book to know that it made complete sense to him. Like his colleague John at Pfizer, he knows that drugs are not the pathway to health—they’re simply helpful for very sick people who need some relief.

Without even trying to lose weight, Tim has lost about 20% of his total body weight and he’s only eating at the 2Leaf level on our 4Leaf scale. His father (in his fifties) just underwent some very invasive surgery for cancer—a procedure that Tim is confident could have been avoided had he learned the truth about nutrition early enough in his life to make a difference.

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J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

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 Pfizer scientist sees the light with “Forks Over Knives.”

  1. darcy says:

    It is so rewarding to see the changes that are happening….slowly, but surely.
    I have recommended your book, The China Study, Forks Over Knives, over and over again.
    One of the Cardiologists that works in our office that specializes in cardiac interventions (stents) recommends that patients just google “Mediterranean Diet” and try to stick to that. So frustrating!
    Just yesterday I commented to a patient that he needed to start eating plants….after a few moments he asked me about my diet. “Dont you need calcium, sodium, fats?” “Here, take this reading list and read.” I told him.
    I must walk a fine line…but I intent to keep spreading the word. Thank you for your efforts!
    Oh, and John… husband and I met up with Jim in the Borough. Very enjoyable, great conversation, great food! Who would have thought veggies could be so good???
    Perhaps we could all get together for a 4leaf meal!
    Best, Darcy

  2. Leo S. says:

    If people are interested in learning about the foods they eat they should watch the five videos in the following link. Many give up red meat in an attempt to improve health and continue to consume other animal products. See how foods are produced/raised in “Sitting on a Time Bomb” and learn more about dairy products in “Udderly Amazing.” That should give one the incentive to see the other videos. Take the time to make notes of the topics and the time they appear during the lecture. You’ll be surprised how many times you want to go back and see a certain topic again or will be able to pass it along to someone else.

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