Arthritis, MS, Lupus & more…a total of 81 success stories

Got a health problem? The right diet for our species just might fix it.

Last week, I heard from a good friend who was asking about a specific medical condition from which she was suffering. Since that time, I have spoken with three Massachusetts-based instructors for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine ( While searching for information on one of those instructors (the one on Cape Cod), I found “her story” that had been posted on Dr. McDougall’s website in 2007.

The PCRM Food for Life Program features four primary food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes.

And now I have much more information to share with people who solicit advice from me about certain conditions. When I found her story amidst 80 other success stories on that website, I decided to share the entire list in this blogpost. As you may know, Dr. McDougall and his fellow plant-based medical doctors (Barnard, Fuhrman, Esselstyn & Ornish) disagree on a few things, but they all agree on this statement by Dr. Colin Campbell:

“The closer we get to eating a diet of whole, plant-based foods, the better off we will be.”

All five of those doctors recommend a diet that fits within our definition of 4Leaf; a diet that derives over 80% of its calories from whole, plant-based foods. And all of those doctors have had great success with the vast array of maladies covered below in the following list.

I attended an Advanced Study Weekend at Dr. McDougall’s California facility in 2007—the same site where Whole Foods CEO John Mackey brought a large group of his associates.

Scan the list of Dr. McDougall “Success Stories.”  (Not in any particular order)

  1. Cures arthritis & hypertension and saves money
  2. Winning Battle with Breast Cancer
  3. Looking and feeling great in Alaska
  4. 18 Year-old Cures Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  5. Beyond Veganism
  6. Loses 150 pounds
  7. From Crippled to Running
  8. Recovered, Severe Ulcerative Colitis
  9. Running Marathons, Rheumatoid Arthritis
  10. Stopping a lifetime of weight loss and gain
  11. Overcoming Obesity for Good
  12. Formerly Dying from Heart Disease
  13. Finally winning the weight battle
  14. Conquering my weight issues after 40 years
  15. Standing up to the osteoporosis hype
  16. Goodbye to Migraines!
  17. Learning to Love Myself Again
  18. The path to permanent weight-loss
  19. Woman loses over 100 pounds
  20. Reduces Cholesterol, Cures Arthritis, Helps Others
  21. Listen to your body’s wake up calls
  22. Choosing diet over drugs after a heart attack
  23. Doctor saves self & wife, changing to a vegetarian diet
  24. Beating the Genetic Odds
  25. Diagnosed with MS; food became my medicine
  26. Peter Rogers, MD Heals Self
  27. Elderly, Angina, Reverses Heart Disease
  28. Diabetes, Overweight, High Cholesterol
  29. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  30. Weight Loss, Sleep Apnea
  31. Heart Disease, Cholesterol, Hypertension
  32. Stops Multiple Sclerosis
  33. Cured Endometriosis
  34. Hypertension, Atrial Fibrillation, Overweight
  35. Lost Over 70 Pounds
  36. Compulsive Overeating, Obesity
  37. Hypertension, Marathon Runner
  38. Dermatitis, Arthritis, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Iritis
  39. IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  40. Vegan Family
  41. Depression, Hypertension, GERD, Obesity
  42. Overweight, Athlete
  43. Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease
  44. Cures Morbid Obesity
  45. Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension
  46. Cured Type-2 Diabetes and Obesity
  47. Reversing Heart Disease
  48. Physician, Cholesterol, Overweight
  49. Depression, Heart Disease, Overweight
  50. Model: No Longer Overweight
  51. Cures Morbid Obesity
  52. Lost 135 Pounds: Cures Morbid Obesity
  53. Overweight, Cholesterol
  54. Almost Lost to Lupus
  55. Elderly Recover with Diet
  56. Cures Rheumatoid Arthritis
  57. Heart Disease
  58. Weight Problems
  59. Singer, Overweight
  60. Cures Hypertension
  61. Type-2 Diabetes, Obesity
  62. Obesity, Type-2 Diabetes, Hypertension
  63. Hypertension, Diabetes
  64. Lupus Nephritis
  65. Better Health, Overweight
  66. Hiatal Hernia, GERD, Indigestion
  67. Sheds 90 Pounds, Cures Obesity
  68. Cures Rheumatoid Arthritis
  69. Defeats Cancer and Osteoporosis, Breast Cancer
  70. Cured Relapsing Polychondritis
  71. Cures Obesity: 450 pounds down to 185 pounds
  72. Elderly Recover with Diet
  73. Cures Obesity, Weightlifter
  74. Cures Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  75. Breast Cancer Treated with Diet
  76. Painful Arthritis, Cholesterol
  77. Cures Obesity, Arthritis
  78. Permanently Cures Obesity
  79. Overweight, Cholesterol
  80. Overweight, High Blood Pressure
  81. Overweight, Cholesterol

Regarding the friend who called me last week; she inspired me to write the blog that was posted on 10-12-12. No medical advice here — just life-saving referrals. As for my new friend on Cape Cod, you can find Joanne’s story in the #20 position on the list above. For her own PCRM page, click here. Send her an email and tell her J. Morris Hicks sent you.

My own Diseases tab. In the row of tab across the top of every page, you will find a drop-down list of common chronic diseases that can be prevented, slowed, stopped or reversed with a whole foods, plant-based diet. I created a separate page for each of those diseases. Take a look and take charge of your health today.

As for our own 4Leaf Success Stories, we’ve covered many of them in this blog and may set up a special page for them sometime soon. In the meantime, we love getting emails from all over the world from people who credit our book, blog and 4Leaf Program for “saving their lives.”

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

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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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4 Responses to Arthritis, MS, Lupus & more…a total of 81 success stories

  1. Joanne Irwin says:

    You’re a dear, Jim. Thanks so much for the PR. You’re doing great work. And when you least expect it, the doors will crack wide open. Rays of sunshine are already peeking through. Blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours on our special N0-Turkey Day! Oh, and as I meditate on ‘gratitude’ and blessings in my life, I’ll count you and countless other plant based sojourners in the fold!

  2. Great, Jim, that you gave the links for all 81! Here is the webpage for the linked list on the McD website. It was hard to find!
    I picked
    Reduces Cholesterol, Cures Arthritis & Then Helps Others
    Elderly Recover with Diet
    to look at and to read Dr. McD’s comments and to paste that and your list in the Atkins Diet book review by Dr. Campbell on Amazon.

  3. Leo S. says:

    Another great post. You made it easy for people to pick out a particular subject. They should all be viewed so that you can learn of conditions that others might have and can refer them to the list. People must learn that a good diet helps many different conditions and is not just to be used for a particular problem. Dr. McDougall’s “Star McDougallers” are listed on a sheet which I have handed out/sent to people so they might see stories of real people who made lifestyle changes and the results they obtained. One that might interest most people, especially runners and those with or trying to prevent cancer, is the one by Dr. Ruth Heidrich (# 69).

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