After two years and two days of blogging—my priorities are shifting.
But make no mistake, the blog will continue, albeit at a more modest pace of five or ten blogs per month. I will also continue to add pages, tools, and helpful information to this site indefinitely. Want to find something I have written on a particular topic? Visit a recent blogpost explaining how.
Simplicity is the key. That is the primary topic in my streak-ending 737th daily blog. In our book, our objective was to take a look at the “big picture” regarding the consequences of our food choices—and to make it real simple for the average 8th grader to understand exactly what we should be eating and why. Our goal was that the mainstream reader would experience her own blinding flash of the obvious moment—and conclude like I did, “Oh my goodness, we’re eating the wrong food.”
As for the “saving the planet” message in our book, I have changed my thinking a bit. Rather than saving the planet, we should do all that that we can to to preserve her ability to sustain our species and all the other elements of our interconnected ecosystem.
We must strive to repair the damage to that fragile harmony of nature that is so crucial to our longterm sustainability as a species. The planet is going to be just fine; she has experienced a number of mass extinctions in the past four billion years—and she will be just fine. It is our future as a species that is in jeopardy.
A blink of history. Another discovery that I made recently is just how insignificant we humans truly are—when compared to the history of the planet. While preparing last month for a presentation to a 6th grade class in New London, CT, I did a little math on that topic.
- The planet has supported life for about four billion years.
- Human beings have been around for about 200,000 years.
- So we’ve been here for about 5/1000th of one percent of the time that the planet has been in the business of supporting life.
But that number is hard for a 6th grader to get their arms around—to be sure, it’s hard for almost anyone to get their arms around. So, I continued running the numbers until I came up with an analogy that makes it crystal clear for us adults—and for the 6th graders.
My analogy. Imagine that the four billion years the Earth has been supporting life was shrunk to just one year. Guess how much of that hypothetical single year we humans have been here? Would you believe the last 26 minutes of that year? But that’s not all.
According to Time.com, the human population at the time of Christ was 200 million, less than 3% of today’s population of seven billion. Let’s summarize this big picture using the one year analogy:
1. The Earth has supported life for one year.
2. Humans have been here just the last 26 minutes of that year.
3. Since the time of Christ, the human population has grown from 200 million to seven billion in just twenty seconds
4. In just the most recent two seconds (200 years), we added the last six billion of our current population of seven billion.
5. Finally, in the last one-half of one second (50 years), we humans have inflicted more damage on the fragile harmony of nature than all humans combined for the last 200,000 years (26 minutes).
How do we get back on the right track? For the human species to survive indefinitely, we must quickly start moving much closer to living in harmony with nature. And our food choices are the key to everything—along with stabilizing our population.
Since what we choose to eat determines how the entire Earth is used, the answer to a giant step in the direction of harmony with nature—is incredibly simple. It boils down to just two words—whole plants. We’ve got to start eating much more whole plants—and far less animal products and processed foods. In so doing, we’ll use 90% less land, 90% less water and 90% less energy to produce the same number of calories. We’ll eliminate world hunger forever and we’ll get on track to start repairing the ecological damage that we’ve inflicted over the past few hundred years.
Back to the overall theme of today’s blog—simplicity. From the dictionary:
Simplicity—the quality of being easy to understand or do
What could be easier to understand than Whole Plants as the solution? And what could be more important? I said in the Introduction to our book that “nothing has ever been more important in the history of the world.” Dr. Campbell agrees, stating in his new book, WHOLE, “No less than our future as a species hangs in the balance.”
Unfortunately, learning to stabilize our exploding population is not quite so simple. Nevertheless, it must also be done.
On a related topic, I wish to share one more super-simple idea with you today. The solution to our cost of healthcare in the United States. It was presented at a congressional prayer breakfast last week by the legendary Baltimore neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson, who stated:
Here’s my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed — pretax — from the time you’re born ’til the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, so that when you’re 85 years old and you got six diseases, you’re not trying to spend up everything. You’re happy to pass it on and there’s nobody talking about death panels.
In my opinion, this is an excellent example of employing simplicity to solve our biggest problems. Although it will take a long time to implement the above, the simplicity of his proposed solution is beautiful. Of course, a far better solution to the cost of healthcare (“disease care”) is to eliminate most diseases with a near optimal, whole foods, plant-based diet for humans. Perhaps the Carson Plan and the Hicks 4Leaf Plan can become companion solutions to take care of taming that healthcare monster once and for all.
As for those shifting priorities mentioned earlier, my efforts will be channeled more into health-promotion consulting, public speaking and a new 4Leaf business model that is currently in development. As with with our book and this blog, all of our efforts will continue to be aimed at promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth:
- Health for the people
- Hope for the future of our species, which is dependent on…
- Harmony for all living things that share our HOME
A few more blogs on my favorite new topic—the longterm sustainability of the human race.
- Drought, famine and the sustainability of the human race
- Forget “saving the planet.” Think great grandchildren.
My daily streak ends today with this 737th consecutive daily blog. But don’t worry—hpjmh.com is NOT 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