Cancer Letter to Bob Woodward of The Washington Post

Mounted on an 18″ by 24″ foam poster board

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward, Associate Editor, The Washington Post. Co-uthor, with Carl Bernstein of “All the President’s Men”

On Monday, I sent my 4th letter to VP Joe Biden. All four letters were in regards to his recently announced “Moonshot” Cancer Initiative. After no response from the first three letters, the last one was printed on an 18″ by 24″ poster board that will be delivered to The White House on February 5.

Today, I decided to try to increase the chances that VP Biden might ever see ANY of my letters–by reaching out to the legendary Washington Post reporter, Bob Woodward, who broke the Watergate story in 1972. One excerpt near the end of the letter that follows:

“I truly believe that you could be the catalyst for influencing the most powerful office in the world to begin tackling the most important issue in the history of humanity—our food choices in the 21st century.”

Knowing that Woodward, the vice president and the president all live in DC and probably know each other, I felt that Mr. Woodward would be the ideal person to do a little “investigative reporting” to raise the chances that Mr. Biden’s team would discover the truth about our food choices and cancer. Mr. Woodward’s letter includes a copy of my 4th letter to Mr. Biden and will be delivered on February 9–also printed on an 18″ by 24″ poster board. Here is the letter to Mr. Woodward in its entirety.

Washington PostFebruary 3, 2016

  • Mr. Bob Woodward
  • The Washington Post
  • 1150 15th Street NW
  • Washington DC 20071

Subject: VP Biden’s “Moonshot” Cancer Initiative

Dear Mr. Woodward,

Included with this letter to you is a letter that I mailed to Vice President Joe Biden two days ago. It too was printed on a large poster—in an effort to raise the chances that he would actually see the letter. But even if he sees the letter, what are the chances that he will actually decide to follow up on the recommendations? Probably slim to none.

That’s where you come in. That’s because you have made a name for yourself as a man who likes to tackle the biggest, most important stories in the world. Unfortunately, the most important story in the history of humanity has never been covered—and it has to do with the relationship between our food choices, chronic disease and the long-term health of our ecosystem that sustains our civilization.

The reasons that story has never been told are many, but now we have a golden opportunity to tell that story as it relates to Mr. Biden’s cancer project. In the letter that follows, you will understand what I mean. The timing is perfect for Mr. Biden and Mr. Obama to tackle this highly-controversial problem: They are both internationally recognized, they have less than eleven months left in public office and neither of them will ever have to worry about being elected again.

Please read the following letter carefully and give me a call to discuss. I truly believe that you could be the catalyst for influencing the most powerful office in the world to begin tackling the most important issue in the history of humanity—our food choices in the 21st century.

Sincerely, J. Morris (Jim) Hicks 917-399-9700

PS: When we talk, perhaps we can arrange for a meeting in Washington with Dr. Campbell and Dr. Kelly mentioned in the following letter:


White HouseFebruary 1, 2016

The Honorable Joseph Biden, Vice President of the United States

Subject: “Moonshot” Cancer Initiative

Dear Vice President Biden,

This is the 4th letter I have sent to you in two weeks. This one is a condensed version of my January 26 letter that was sent via USPS. The first two were sent via email. Today, I received an emailed update from The White House on the cancer project. Thank you for that, although I seriously doubt that you have seen my first three letters. Maybe this one will actually make it to your office.

By definition, your “Moonshot” initiative 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 lead to the end of cancer as we know it—and the trillion dollar industry that benefits from its existence. Please Mr. Vice President, just consider the following information as soon as possible.

First, I would like to share some data that may have never made it to your or the president’s desk. In 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.

Colin Campbell, PhD (Professor Emeritus, Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University), reported in that book 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 Dr. Campbell’s work ever since.

Nine years later, a general practitioner in Ireland (John Kelly, MD) published human trials (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 the right people—beginning with Dr. Francis Collins at the NIH. 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 in the world) conducted a single formal human study aimed at determining if Dr. Campbell’s lab findings were transferable to human cancer patients?”

We 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.

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. Copies of my first three letters can be found at the top of my personal website at So far, there has been no response to any of them.

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 the right person, 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, I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely, J. Morris (Jim) Hicks

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

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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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2 Responses to Cancer Letter to Bob Woodward of The Washington Post

  1. Mrs Janine Goodrum says:

    I wish you the best of luck, but I have failed to convince my own husband that his gout, kidney stones and other problems are to do with diet. He wants the traditional western diet, but now has to cook it for himself – I offer him only 3-4leaf meals that he sometimes eats, a small breakthrough.
    But it has put strains on our relationship.

  2. One of these days – a big door will open. Of that I’m sure.

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