For the last few days of my 737 daily streak, I want to revisit our book, Healthy Eating, Healthy World. While driving to Ithaca this past week to work with Dr. Campbell, I decided to listen to our book on Audio, something I hadn’t done in over a year. While listening to the Foreword, I was thinking: What is missing in our book? What would I add now if I could?
I am going to answer that question on Monday, February 11. But, meanwhile, I am going to share the Foreword with you today. Later this weekend, I will share the Introduction (that I wrote).
Foreword By T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and Nelson Campbell
Most of us live apart from Nature, within artificially constructed environments that bear little resemblance to the mountains, meadows, forests and streams experienced by our ancestors. And living apart from Nature, we too often forget that we are part of an interconnected whole.
No matter how hard we try, however, we cannot escape this fact forever. We can construct our material world and engage in individualistic pursuits, but eventually must face the fact that we do not live on islands. We are connected to one another and to the larger natural world of which we are still a part.
There may be no better illustration of this truth than the way we eat. The decision of what to put at the end of our fork is a private decision and one that seems to have no relevance beyond the edges of our dinner plate. But the truth is this: the effects of what we eat ripple round and round the world . . . and this is the story of “Healthy Eating, Healthy World” by J. Morris Hicks.
When Jim approached us about writing the foreword for this book, we did not hesitate to answer his call. Jim is a good friend, but more than a friend—he is an intelligent man whose life experiences have prepared him well for this moment. Trained as a strategy and process improvement consultant, he has spent much of his professional career helping organizations understand and improve the quality of their operations, services and products. He is trained to see the world from a “big picture” systems perspective, so it was not hard for him to grasp the interconnections between what we eat and our broader world and how we might make changes within this system to improve the quality of our lives.
Too often in a field of study, we rely solely on those people who have established themselves as the inside “experts.” Yet, sometimes the most interesting perspectives are those that come from outside the field. And this is the case here—Jim’s perspective has enabled him to tell a story in Healthy Eating, Healthy World that is informative, engaging, and compelling.
While told from a “systems” perspective, this story also is one of personal empowerment. As it turns out, what is best for the system is also best for our individual health. When we consume a whole food plant-based diet, with minimal additions of fat, salt, sugar and other refined ingredients, we optimize a larger system encompassing economics, politics, and the environment, while also optimizing the internal system that gives us life.
This is a powerful idea with a bright future. The idea that we can control our health largely by what we eat offers a bright light within a seemingly dimly lit world. We often feel out of control, not always because we are out of control, but because the world we live within feels increasingly out of control. So the idea that we can take charge of what is most precious to us, our personal well-being, is a powerful idea indeed.
And many of us are more open to transformative social change than ever before. Population growth, rapid technological development, environmental destruction, and increasing economic and political control in the hands of people who have forgotten the old-fashioned idea of civic virtue, all have propelled us to a point in human history where the acceptable margin for error has become a thin line. There is an urgency that exists today that did not exist in years past, and it is this sense of urgency that will open people to the story of this book.
J. Morris Hicks and his son have put together an interesting tale that will enlighten you while also giving you great hope. The message of plant-based nutrition already has transformed many lives, including the life of this management consultant and former senior corporate executive. Not only has he put himself and his family on a path to optimal health, he has also become so passionate about the idea that he has launched a new career to share this good news with others. That new career features a blend of speaking, blogging, consulting and writing—all beginning with this powerful book that you hold in your hands.
—T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and Nelson Campbell
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of “The China Study,” is the world’s foremost science expert in the field of plant-based nutrition and is working with his son, Nelson, who is coordinating an effort to develop and implement a strategy for promoting the message of plant-based nutrition into the mainstream.
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On Saturday, February 11, I posted the entire Introduction to our book (written by J. Morris Hicks)
After my visit on 2-7-13, Michael was kind enough to re-post an earlier review of our book in his blog. Click here to take a look.
My daily streak will end on February 11 with my 737th consecutive daily blog. But don’t worry—hpjmh.com will NOT be going dark. My plan is that it will be around for a very long time—hopefully long after I am gone. In the meantime, I will continue blogging, updating and adding pages that will focus on my mission of promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.
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Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation