My 3rd letter to VP Joe Biden in ten days

This one will be delivered by the USPS

White HouseEarlier this week, a friend recommended that I also send my White House letters the old-fashioned way–so I am doing that now. My third letter (below) combines the best of my first two-letters in a compact format on two pages. In case you would also like to send a snail-mail letter, I have provided you with a printer-friendly version at this link: My 3rd letter to VP Joe Biden

You may wish to print that letter, add a hand-written cover note and drop it in the mail to the formal White House address provided.

January 26, 2016

Dear Vice President Biden,

I am writing to you about your “moonshot” cancer initiative, which by definition suggests that it is an ambitious, exploratory and ground-breaking type of project. If your initiative really is all of those things, hopefully you will step outside the “cancer industry” during your initial exploration and will consider possible courses of action that could spell the end of cancer as we know it and, along with it, the trillion dollar industry that benefits from its existence.

First, I would like to share a little information that may have never made it to your desk. In early 2005, some alarming scientific findings linking the consumption of animal protein with cancer were published in a best-selling book called The China Study. Bill Clinton credits that book as a major reason for his switch to a plant-based diet in 2010.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell (author) reported that he was able to turn cancer “on” and “off” in laboratory animals (decades earlier) at Cornell simply by adjusting the amount of casein (milk protein) in their diet. Knowing that his work would create big problems with the meat and dairy industries (who heavily fund Cornell research), the administration there has done their best to marginalize Campbell’s work ever since.

Nine years later, a general practitioner in Ireland (John Kelly, MD) published human results (that strongly reinforced the validity of Dr. Campbell’s findings) in his 2014 book entitled, Stop Feeding Your Cancer. As he said in that book, “The failure of The China Study to translate research momentum into efficient, globally coordinated empirical testing was to my mind a tragedy.”

But now, sir, you have a rare opportunity to revisit that tragedy, a crucial step that may prove to be the most important step ever taken in the 45-year-old war against cancer. All you have to do is ask the right questions to people like Dr. Francis Collins, who heads up the National Institutes of Health. For example, you might want to consider asking this question first:

“In the eleven years since The China Study was published in 2005, why hasn’t the NIH (or any other cancer research organization) conducted a single human study aimed at determining if Dr. Campbell’s lab findings were transferable to human cancer patients?”

We now know from Dr. Kelly’s informal findings in Ireland that they most probably are transferable. And if they are , how many lives could have been saved if our “cancer industry” had urgently begun those formal studies eleven years ago?

Now that I think about it, you should ask that same question to the CEO of the American Cancer Society and all of the other cancer organizations around the world about why none of them have insisted that Campbell’s alarming scientific findings be tested in humans. They certainly have the funds to do so.

According to Charity Navigator, at least three executives of the American Cancer Society each earned well over one million dollars per year in 2013 and the organization’s total revenue that year was just under one billion dollars. Surely, if they desired, they could devote $50 million or so to either confirm or disprove Campbell’s findings. You might also ask the same question to Modern Health’s list of the top 100 most-influential people in healthcare for 2015. Except for the government employees on that list (like President Obama), those people are averaging well over $3 million/year in compensation.

What next? Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. John Kelly and I respectfully request a meeting with you in Washington at your earliest convenience to discuss this crucial topic. I wrote a longer letter to you on January 17. It can be found at the top of my personal website at So far, there has been no response to that letter.

In closing, I want you to know that I have great admiration for you, the president and your families. Indeed, in 2008, when I cast my vote for you and President Obama, it was the first time I had ever voted for a Democratic candidate—and I have not been disappointed.

I would like to add that while you would have made a fine president, you can do far more for all of the world’s citizens, and for Beau’s legacy, by tackling this horrendous disease once and for all. I truly believe that you are in the right place at the right time to be that globally recognized leader who can help all the world’s citizens learn about the crucial relationship between our food choices and not only cancer, but most other chronic diseases as well–along with a host of environmental issues that will prove to be far more important than human health in the long run.

Hoping to be able to join your “moonshot” cancer initiative on a fulltime basis for your final eleven months in office and beyond.

Sincerely, J. Morris (Jim) Hicks

Board member, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, Ithaca, New York

Copies: T. Colin Campbell, PhD and John Kelly, MD

The following six books 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. 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.

Want to find out how healthy you are eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes about two minutes. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course.

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J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf Program website, which is now being used by an ever-growing army of enlightened medical doctors who are fed up with “disease care” and want to promote true health for their patients.

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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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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