Meat Causes Cancer Story. The Good News and the Bad News…

About the most important topic in the history of humanity

Our food choices in the 21st century. Why are they more important than world peace, motherhood, football, baseball or apple pie? Because our future as a species is riding on those food choices. And, my friends, NOTHING is more important to humans than our future as a species.


The story implies that hot dogs, bacon and sausage are the culprits. The truth is that all animal protein, even the protein in milk, helps to feed cancer. See blog about “Stop Feeding Your Cancer” at your left.

When the World Health Association story about meat causing cancer broke earlier this week, I immediately saw a spike in the viewership on my website, particularly the articles I have posted about the relationship between food and cancer over the years.

Here are a few of more than 55 articles:

Now, after four days of listening to the likes of Dr. David Agus (on CBS) talk about the importance of “moderation” and countless people making jokes about the news, I have boiled the overall international takeaway from the story down to three simple statements–the combination of which ensures the same deadly continuation of the status quo when it comes to our food choices:

Just keep eating what you want. Moderation is key. The cancer risk is minimal.

The good news is that the world is hearing at least something about the meat-cancer link for the first time. The bad news is that the overall reaction from the medical community is that it’s not that big of a deal and that you should just get your cancer screenings more often. After all, that’s where the money is, as I pointed out in this October of 2012 blog: Riding the cancer train to fame and fortune. As for the humorous reaction…

Colbert sets the bar for the celebrities who think this story is funny!

As with Bill Clinton, this book will allay the Pope's fears about the quality of a plant-based diet.

Published in 2005. Informing the public of key scientific discoveries going back to the 80’s.

Now, let’s get serious about cancer. In this 2013 blog, I wrote this blog after being asked to speak at a cancer-focused fundraiser. What’s FOOD got to do with cancer? 

In that article, I summarized 7 key points from Dr. T. Colin Campbell about the crucial link between our food choices and cancer. He made the scientific discoveries over 25 years ago and put the following seven points in his best-seller The China Study in 2005–a book that influenced President Clinton to take the meat out of his diet…

until Hillary started running for president. Everyone knows that being associated with a vegan is not good for maximizing your votes from our meat-loving public.

So why haven’t we heard more about Dr. Campbell’s seven points? How many millions of lives could’ve been saved if the medical community had stopped worrying about revenue from screenings and drugs and embraced the truth about food, cancer and other chronic diseases decades ago? Tough questions, these seven excerpts help to explain the answers. Pay particular attention to the money-driven examples in #6 and #7.

1. Despite thirty years of the massively funded War on Cancer, we have made little progress. Contrary to what many believe, cancer is not a natural event.

2. Adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle can prevent the majority of cancers in the United States. Old age can and should be graceful and peaceful.

3. [C]asein (the protein in cow’s milk) and very likely all animal proteins, may be the most relevant cancer-causing substances that we consume.

4. There is enough evidence now that the U.S. government should be discussing the idea that the toxicity of our diet is the single biggest cause of cancer.

5. There is enough evidence now that doctors should be discussing the option of pursuing dietary change as a potential path to cancer prevention and treatment.

6. Our institutions and information providers are failing us. Even cancer organizations, at both the national and local level, are reluctant to discuss or even believe this evidence.

7. Food as a key to health represents a powerful challenge to conventional medicine, which is fundamentally built on drugs and surgery.

What is more important than cancer? I mentioned it earlier and I will mention it again–sustainability of our ecosystem that supports our civilization and our very existence as a species. Yesterday, I posted a blog about the significance of 350 parts per million of CO2 in our atmosphere.

That article is all about climate change and the simple fact that the number one driver (that we can control) is the out-of-control consumption of meat, dairy, eggs and fish by the human race.

AZ jpg Book AdThe Bottom Line. The world urgently needs to hear the complete truth about what we choose to eat. Sadly, most of our leaders, scientists and physicians are the victims of “locked brain syndrome,” when it comes to the necessity for animal protein in our diets. We cover that myth succinctly in Chapter 29 of our new book. Then, in Chapter 31, we summarize the singular importance of sustainability. Next, we cover the Profound lessons from Easter Island in Chapter 32.

Finally, the good news in Chapter 36, New world of harmony. A look at how our world might look after we have made the necessary steps to get us back into living in harmony with nature. The main point is that we will NEVER be able to live in harmony with nature again without making radical changes in the way we feed ourselves.

What can you do? Give a copy of our book to everyone you know. It covers all of the issues related to what we eat, including cancer. And it can be understood by 8th graders, congresspeople, ministers and world leaders.

A few relevant articles on the “big picture” topic of sustainability:

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

  1. 4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health, powerful new book by Kerry Graff, MD and yours truly
  2. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (my first book)
  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. Primary cause of cancer is not bad luck. Stop Feeding Your Cancer, by John Kelly, MD
  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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