“Common ground” wisdom of 5 pioneering M.D.s (videos)

Chapter 1 of our book features five pioneering medical doctors who promote chronic disease prevention and reversal with a simple shift to a whole foods, plant-based diet. While some of them may disagree with some of the others on a few minor points, they all share common ground agreement with this statement by Dr. T. Colin Campbell:

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

Dr. T. Colin Campbell and J. Morris Hicks review the manuscript of "Healthy Eating - Healthy World" after eating a "4-Leaf" meal next to the Cornell campus in December of 2010

Dr. T. Colin Campbell and J. Morris Hicks review the manuscript of “Healthy Eating – Healthy World” after eating a “4-Leaf” meal next to the Cornell campus in December of 2010

How simple is that? But most people are not aware of that simple fact—and that includes most medical doctors. Like almost everyone else, most medical doctors truly believe that we “need” to eat animal protein to be healthy.

But these five pioneering physicians have proven that “protein myth” to be just that. In fact, all of them have reversed chronic disease in their patients by harnessing the power of the whole foods, plant-based diet.

In addition to Dr. Campbell, four of these five have also endorsed our book. I have met all but one of these great men and have become good friends with a few of them. Here they are—my five medical heroes of plant-based eating, listed in alphabetical order—with a short video of each one:

Neal Barnard, MD. I’ve followed his work for many years but didn’t meet him in person until 11-20-12. In this 2-minute video, he takes a few minutes to talk about reversing diabetes with a whole foods, plant-based diet.

Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. After meeting Ann and Ess in 2005, they have become good friends. In this 3-minute video, he reviews his landmark heart disease study at The Cleveland Clinic where he successfully reversed heart disease in all 17 of his terminal patients.

Joel Fuhrman, MD. I know this pioneering physician very well and know that he has reversed all kinds of chronic disease in thousands of patients. Further, in his book, Eat to Live, he has reached millions more. In this video, he talks about something that we don’t hear very often, but it’s very important. He talks about the natural “detox” that will begin taking place when one moves quickly from the toxic western diet to a health-promoting, whole foods, plant-based diet. A quick Google search will locate many other videos of Dr. Fuhrman.

John McDougall, MD. After studying John’s work for many years, I finally met him in 2007 when I attended one of his Advanced Study Weekends in Santa Rosa, CA.In this 2.5 minute video from the Forks Over Knives movie, he discusses the health-promoting, disease-reversing, whole foods, plant-based diet style.

Dean Ornish, MD. Dean is the only one of this esteemed five that I have not met in person. But, as the “most famous” real doctor in America, I am delighted to have his endorsement on the front cover of our book. In this 3.5 minute video (TED Talks), he provides a concise summary of how most of our chronic diseases are preventable and reversible in 95% of the cases—with simple diet and lifestyle changes.

My 671st consecutive daily blog

My 671st consecutive daily blog

This post also appears as a stand-alone page under the Video tab. I wanted to make it real easy for everyone to find. Just hover over the Video tab (from any of the 700 pages on this site). Also, in alphabetical order, I have featured all of these trail-blazing physicians in earlier blogposts:

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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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3 Responses to “Common ground” wisdom of 5 pioneering M.D.s (videos)


    How to discuss much of anything with those nearly totally innocent of the area of inquiry? This remains a very frustrating rhetorical question. None of us are free from “confirmation bias” (tendency to favor information confirming our beliefs or hypotheses.). This topic is nicely treated in a recent book by Michael Shermer: “The Believing Brain: How We Construct beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths.” How to overcome automatic uncritical recycling of old beliefs? For starters, it’s a good idea to be “up on what we may be down on” and as Lisa writes, DO YOUR HOMEWORK – so as to be open to new ideas.

    Diane’s questions suggest minuscule homework. Did her dog eat her homework? One wonders.

    The resources arranged on Jim’s web site serve as a valuable summary of optimal nutrition

    The search for truth continues.

  2. Lisa says:

    It would have been nice if Diane Sawyer actually did some research before she asked her questions like ‘can someone actually stick with a vegan diet?’ If she even bothered to try it herself for a month, she might find that not only that it’s very doable but that she will most likely feel the best she’s ever felt in her life and that is huge motivation in itself to stick with it. And once you do the research, how on earth could you not? She used the word dramatic repeatedly when describing a vegan diet, but she didn’t even know what that consisted of! Come on Diane Sawyer, show us you have some intelligence! Give us all the courtesy and respect that you want of yourself and do your homework before you discuss plant-based eating on national television. For me, this interview adds to the confusion, not clarity for people who aren’t aware.

    • J. Morris Hicks says:

      Thank you Lisa. You make a good point about the confusion of the Diane Sawyer interview; so I just replaced it with a 3.5 video of Dr. Ornish that provides much more clarity. Be well, Jim

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