T. Colin Campbell and the Nobel Prize

Why he deserves it and the difference it could make

Nobel CoinEarlier this week, I got the green light from Dr. Campbell to include a chapter (in our new book) that promotes his candidacy as a future recipient of the Nobel Prize in the category of Physiology or Medicine for his break-through work in cancer research–work that has gone completely unnoticed by the “cancer industry.”

To be sure, he reluctantly gave me his blessing for that chapter in our book because, as a modest man of great substance and integrity, he is uncomfortable with such personal exposure and would never seek such recognition for personal benefit.

But he understands, as I do, that recognition from the Nobel Committee would put a stake in the ground about the relationship between food and cancer, to the benefit of billions of people around the globe–now and in generations to come. That recognition would also open the pathway to the eventual elimination of all animal-based foods that are so harmful to our health, our ecosystem and even our future as a species.

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Criteria for Nobel Selection. From the nobelprize.org website, the criteria for selection in the category of Physiology or Medicine is stated thusly:

The person who shall have made the most important discovery within the domain of physiology or medicine.

Colin’s “prize-worthy” work in a nutshell. Since 1968, when he first learned of a scientific study (in India) strongly suggesting an association between animal protein in the diet and cancer growth, he has spent the better part of the next 48 years trying first verify if those findings were legitimate and secondly, to understand if those lab findings in animals were applicable to humans. By 1983, he had become quite convinced that they were, telling me two weeks ago:

The evidence for me was abundantly convincing in 1983 that animal protein plays a major role in the growth of cancer in animals, and most-likely in humans.

–T. Colin Campbell, PhD

For the past 48 years, he has gone about his quest, getting funding from NIH and leading many dozens of scientific studies of his own at Virginia Tech and Cornell. Throughout his journey, he has been met with stiff resistance from the “meat & dairy controlled” schools of nutrition who have no interest in hearing that eating animal-based foods could “very likely be associated with cancer growth in humans.”

Why is there such resistance from our top schools of nutrition and from the cancer industry in general? Why are they not thrilled that a possible cure for cancer is within reach? In a word, yet no one wants to say it out loud, it all boils down to MONEY. If the general public were to learn that cancer growth could be slowed, stopped or reversed–simply by choosing the right foods, the cancer industry would be in big trouble.

To be sure, this $200 billion, profit-oriented business could never condone anything that threatened its revenue stream. That disturbing conclusion prompted me to offer up a new definition for “alternative medicine:”

“Any approach to medicine where an ultimate cure, even if it were 100% successful, would not provide much revenue for the medical industry.” —J. Morris Hicks

This 2005 book made Dr. Campbell's scientific findings about cancer available to the public.

This 2005 book made Dr. Campbell’s scientific findings about cancer available to the public.

Recently, I have been asking the same question in all of my letters to VP Biden, in my speeches, in my blogs and in our new book. The question is about why no one in the cancer industry has bothered to conduct the human trials necessary to determine if there really is a simple cure for cancer within reach–and that it’s been right under our noses all along. Here’s that question that no one seems to be able to answer:

“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?”

The Bottom Line. If Colin is correct in his conclusion that animal growth in humans can be stopped by removing animal protein from the diet, and he is highly confident that it can, when the information finally hits the mainstream news, it will likely mean huge financial set-backs for not only the meat, dairy, and egg industries, but also for the huge global pharmaceutical industry, on pace to hit $1.3 trillion by 2018.

Naturally, those huge industries are not real keen on a cure for cancer that might be as simple as choosing broccoli, beans and apples over burgers, omelets and cheese.

But unlike our top schools of nutrition and medicine, the Nobel Committee is not beholden to those industries and may be able to start making things right by awarding their prestigious prize to Dr. T. Colin Campbell–before it’s too late. Colin will turn 83 in March of 2017 and the Nobel Prize is not  presented posthumously. The oldest recipient ever was 87.

What can you do to help?

To raise the global awareness of T. Colin Campbell and his world-changing research, please share this blog-post with everyone you know. It’s time to take control of our health away from the industries who’re more concerned about their profits than they are the health of their patients.

Watch Dr. Campbell talk about his cancer research in this 2016 video, courtesy of Dr. John McDougall.

For more on this topic, visit: What’s FOOD got to do with cancer?

The Nobel Prize Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine and Literature are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, while the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway.

The Nobel Prize Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine and Literature are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, while the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway.

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.

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

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.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmh@4leafglobal.com

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

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A new “generation” of blogs for the digital age

Designed to be read on smartphones or tablets in less than one minute

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June 6, 2016 — the date I posted the first BSB. When I typed that date, it reminded me of what happened on this same date–50 years ago. While driving my 1960 Chevy to work, I happened to glance down at the odometer and saw that it was reading 66,666.6 miles at that precise moment. Later that day, while in a store, the clerk asked me for the date to put on the receipt for my purchase.

This is the model and color of my 60 Chevy in 1966.

Model and color of my 60 Chevy in 1966

That’s when I said “June 6” and he proceeded to write 6-6-66 on the invoice while muttering, “Wow, that’s a lot of sixes.” That’s when I said “Oh, my God” as I remembered my odometer reading earlier that day. I felt at the time that I must’ve been in the “Twilight Zone,” a prominent TV show at the time. I was in college at the time and graduated almost exactly two years later, during the first week of June.

My point here is that I will never forget June 6, 1966 and I hope that my readers will never forget June 6, 2016–the day that I launched this new generation of blogs that I predict will be much more effective than my original version of full-size blogs. As of today, almost 1,000 of them still reside on my website and have been read by millions of people in nearly 200 countries. The first one was posted on 2-10-11 and entitled: Barbara Walters…A Missed Opportunity.

For your convenience, here is a link to the very first BSB, posted on 6-6-16. The Beta test period was highly successful and I will now be posting at least one or two of these new blogs per week.

Now for the All-New Bite-Size Blogs

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iPhone 6SThese “bite-size blogs” under the above image will take you no longer than one minute to read–and are designed to help you heal your body (if it needs healing) while healing your planet at the same time. A win-win for your health and for the future of humanity.

Hopefully, you will find these new “bites” easy to digest on your mobile device. They are easily readable on my iPhone 6S shown here. Let me know if you have trouble.

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Pomp, Circumstance and Beyond–“You’ve got to find what you love.”

But you don’t have to find it today.

Steve Jobs -- "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish" speech. Stanford 2005.

“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” Steve Jobs Stanford University Commencement speech–2005.

In June of 2005, Steve Jobs delivered his famous “You’ve got to find what you love” speech at Stanford University. A video and full text of that speech can be found under the Video tab of this website.

In 2005, Steve was talking about the importance of finding your passion in life. And I am sure that, in the past 11 years, his speech has inspired millions to search for that passion.

But you may be wondering, “What should I do NOW to find that passion?” A few days ago, an article in the New York Times (Graduating and looking for your passion? Just be patient) addressed that question and got me to thinking about how long it took me to find my passion. From the article:

If you’re relying on a commencement speaker to set your compass, you may still be confused at day’s end. In my experience, it’s common to hear “Follow your passion” from the podium. This is great counsel if, in fact, you know what that passion is. But what if you don’t?

At Auburn, I studied industrial engineering, where we're always looking for "the biggest bang for the buck."

At Auburn, I studied industrial engineering, always looking at “the big picture.”

In June of 1968, I graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, during the height of the Vietnam War. And I had no idea what my “passion” was at the time. But it didn’t really matter, because my immediate future was already decided–by the United States government. All I had to decide was in which branch of the military I wanted to serve.

Forty-eight years ago today, I was somewhat happy that I didn’t have to make any huge career decisions. I had already applied to officer programs in the Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard and was almost certain that I would be serving in one of them by year’s end. And I was right–about seven months later, I was a newly-commissioned ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard, on my way to serve my three-year tour in Honolulu.

But what about finding that passion that Jobs talked about? As the Times article points out, that process started long before I graduated from college. As I read the article this morning, I was reminded of the career-forming decisions I had made in high school, in college, in the Coast Guard and in the first few jobs of my business career. The article featured three sections:

  1. Move toward what interests you.
  2. Seek purpose.
  3. Finish strong.
My three years in the Coast Guard were spent at USCG Base Honolulu in the shadows of Aloha Tower.

My three years with the Coast Guard in Honolulu played a huge part in my later career & life.

Looking back on my career, I could never have imagined back in 1968 that my passion would be working on the most important issue in the history of humanity: our food choices in the 21st century. The article inspired me to think about eight steps I have taken on my path to discovering and embracing that passion:

  1. Because I was comfortable with math and solving problems, I took advanced math courses in high school and chose to major in engineering in college.
  2. Because I liked “big picture” stuff more than details, I changed my college major from mechanical to industrial engineering at the end of my sophomore year.
  3. Wanting to broaden my perspective beyond engineering, while based in Honolulu, I earned an MBA at the University of Hawaii.
  4. Knowing that I liked solving problems more than I did sales, I left my first job as a sales engineer with Alcoa to become a consulting engineer with a consumer goods management consulting firm in 1972.
  5. Knowing that I wanted more continuity instead of an endless series of projects in my work, I left the consulting firm after nine years to become one of the division presidents of a Fortune 1,000 corporation in 1981.
  6. Knowing that I was not in love with the fashion industry where I was working, I ended up as an executive search consultant with my own firm in 1999–a career that has provided me with the freedom to explore other interests–for the past 17 years.
  7. Finally, after becoming curious about the optimal diet for humans in 2002, within six months, I realized that I had found my passion in life and that it drew heavily upon my personality, education, personal interests, sense of purpose and career.
  8. In May of 2003, after six months of studying the global feeding model, I had what I call my “blinding flash of the obvious–we’re eating the wrong food.”

Finally, I understood what Steve Jobs was talking about. I had found my passion and set about devoting 10,000 hours to that passion over the next thirteen years. Now, after publishing two books and over 900 articles on my website, the title on my business card reads: Writer. Speaker. Consultant. Activist. with the following tagline:

Promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth

Graduation DayHappy Graduation to all who will be walking to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance as you receive your diplomas this month. Hopefully, some of the information covered here will help you in your quest for finding your passion. For if you’re doing what you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.

One final bit of advice. Adopt a simple life, live within your means and beware of getting trapped by a high salary in a career you don’t enjoy. Keeping things simple now will raise your chances of finding what you love in the future. I didn’t find it until I was 58 years old–and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.

Referenced in this piece:

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.

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

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.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmh@4leafglobal.com

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

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“Alternative” Cancer Remedies

Are not taken seriously by mainstream medicine

Mainstream medicine is focused on the big three  money makers when it comes to cancer: chemo, surgery and radiation.

Mainstream medicine is focused on the big three money makers when it comes to cancer: chemo, surgery and radiation.

And they won’t EVER be taken seriously until there are a sufficient number of credible, peer-reviewed, randomized clinical trials supporting their efficacy for treating cancer.

Even then, it will be a difficult road ahead when it comes to the “establishment” endorsing any treatments that don’t contribute financially to the mainstream medical system.

How widespread are “alternative” cancer remedies? I just googled “alternative” cancer remedies, and there were fifteen million results. “Alternative cancer treatments” yield over 200 million. 

And right there you have 200 million reasons why I have not heard from VP Joe Biden’s office after reaching out to them five times since early January, when President Obama and the VP first announced their “Moonshot Cancer Initiative.” Mr. Biden’s cancer team no doubt perceives that a food-based approach to fighting cancer is just one of millions of alternative medicine approaches that simply do not pass muster with mainstream medicine.

Google’s definition of alternative medicine: “Any of a range of medical therapies that are not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession, such as herbalism, homeopathy, and acupuncture.”

Pile of MoneyMy definition of alternative medicine. “Any approach to medicine whose ultimate cure, even if it were 100% successful, would not provide much revenue for the medical industry.”

Let’s face it, mainstream medicine is big business. In just the United States, it generates almost $3 trillion worth of revenue for millions of medical professionals and organizations–most of whom sincerely believe that they are providing the best possible care for their patients. Those innocent providers are just performing the therapies that have been approved by their industry and that they have been taught.

Okay, I get it. With the entire “cancer industry” in lock-step agreement with the orthodox approach (chemo, radiation, immunotherapy and surgery) to fighting cancer, how can Biden’s team possibly take seriously the thousands of suggestions that, on the surface, appear to fall in the alternative medicine category. But there’s something very different about the plant-based approach that I am asking them to consider–and explore further.

With industry now controlling our schools of nutrition, is academic freedom dead?

After citing Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s professionally researched, thorough and alarming scientific findings about taming cancer in his lab at Cornell University over three decades ago–I included this question in all FIVE of my attempts to reach Mr. Biden:

“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?”

Sadly, I think I know the answer to that question. Although they would never admit it, deep down inside, I don’t think that a single one of the world’s 1,000 most powerful healthcare leaders would be happy to hear that a simple, painless and FREE cure of cancer was now available for everyone. The main problem is the word FREE. We have a clear case of the fox guarding the hen house when it comes to fighting chronic disease. The next paragraph supports this theory.

Dean Ornish, M.D., along with Esselstyn, influenced President Clinton to walk away from meat and dairy, eat whole plants and reverse his heart disease.

Dean Ornish, M.D.

What about heart disease and the most common form of diabetes? Unlike cancer, there have already been many scientific studies conducted on those diseases and we know that they can both be prevented or reversed in over 90% of the cases–simply by having the patient shift to a whole food, plant-based diet.

Dr. Dean Ornish (shown here) led many of those studies and appeared on the cover of Newsweek two decades ago–talking about reversing heart disease. He also worked in the Clinton White House and aboard Air Force One.

Yet, even with high profile success stories like former President Bill Clinton’s heart disease reversal, not a single one of our top healthcare providers are actively promoting the simple, painless and FREE cure to the leading cause of death in the developed world. And those simple, scientifically proven cures are still NOT being featured by ANY of our schools of medicine as the first step in preventing and reversing heart disease or type 2 diabetes. Reason:

There is no money to be made by millions of people learning how to quickly reverse their heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

With cancer, our problem is much worse–because the successes on record are only anecdotal.  Unlike the many scientific studies supporting plant-based cures for heart disease and diabetes, the only data supporting the power of whole, plant-based foods to stop cancer growth is anecdotal. And that is exactly why there is an urgent need for some responsible, truth-seeking, cancer research organization to step up to the plate and launch enough human studies to either reinforce or disprove Dr. Campbell’s findings in the Cornell laboratory.

The Bottom Line. The world deserves to know the truth about cancer. And we’ve got to figure out a way to deliver that truth in a legitimate format that can be enthusiastically endorsed by our government. Do you know someone who knows someone who can get this article in VP Biden’s hands?

A few of my earlier blogs on this sad topic:

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.

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

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.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmh@4leafglobal.com

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

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Hillary describes Bill as “open-minded vegan” to Colbert

To end the confusion about the former president’s diet

Dr. Sanjay Gupta with President Clinton---scene from "The Last Heart Attack."

Dr. Sanjay Gupta with President Clinton—scene from “The Last Heart Attack.”

I never thought that I would hear Secretary Clinton use the word “vegan” to describe the diet of anyone in her family–certainly not until after the election. Because, as I have often said, “She knows that this country is not ready for a vegan in the White House–even if that vegan is the first gentleman.” 

So, on April 18 of this year, I was stunned to hear Mrs. Clinton answering candidly a question posed by Stephen Colbert on the Late Show. Take a look for yourself during the first minute of this 4-minute video:

Stephen Colbert Interviews Hillary Clinton At Carnegie Deli

NY Times LogoBack to my statement about this country not being ready to have a vegan in the White House. Could it be that just the mention of the word vegan by a leading presidential candidate could cause her to lose her polling lead against big time steak merchant, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee?

Maybe so. Consider these statements from a New York Times Op-Ed piece by Thomas Edsall this morning:

In theory, Donald Trump is eminently beatable. His negative ratings are stratospheric. He is reckless, ignorant of rudimentary policy matters and all too ready to speak without forethought or deliberation.

Still, as we near the close of the primary season, Hillary Clinton has somehow succeeded in turning the election into a close contest that she could conceivably lose. She retains key advantages in areas where Trump is vulnerable, but she has also ceded ground to him on the visceral terrain of nativism and anti-immigrant fervor, of a yearning for a return to the days of America’s unquestioned global pre-eminence.

White HouseSo am I planning to vote for Clinton? My answer is that I prefer to keep politics out of this article but will tell you that I am in that majority of Americans who find neither candidate particularly attractive this year. Having said that, when it comes to my quest to promote a world-wide shift to plant-based eating, there are many advantages to having a vegan first gentleman in charge of the kitchen at The White House.

Maybe he will improve on the plant-based initiatives of his predecessor, Michelle Obama and actually promote a diet that reverses heart disease and diabetes–a whole food, plant-based diet. Maybe he will even publish a White House 4Leaf Cookbook, create videos of himself cooking delicious, heart healthy meals–chock full of whole, plant-based foods.

But what about those rumors of late that Bill has drifted away from the healthy way of eating that he learned from Esselstyn, Ornish and Campbell? This fairly recent 5-minute interview with Bill Clinton (December 2015) says otherwise:

Also in the news back in February of this year while he was campaigning in Las Vegas; from the Politico article, more proof that our former president is still practicing an almost vegan lifestyle, admitting that his doctor advises him to eat fish from time to time.

Bill Clinton perusing the vegan menu at the Simply Pure restaurant in Las Vegas

Bill Clinton perusing the vegan menu at the Simply Pure restaurant in Las Vegas

“I am not alone!” Clinton exclaimed with delight as he walked into the vegan eatery. “This is amazing. I love this place.”

Excited to discuss the vegan diet he adopted in the wake of his heart troubles, Clinton said the lifestyle “changed my life. I might not be around if I hadn’t ‘become a vegan. It’s great.”

Back to the advantages of having a “vegan first gentleman.” Just as with Michelle Obama, if someone is living in The White House, he/she wields a great deal of influence around the world, whether they are president or not. Also consider for a moment what would happen if Bill Clinton became fully enlightened to the power of plant-based eating to combat the host of sustainability issues facing our world today.

Love him or hate him, millions of people will listen to what former president Bill Clinton has to say about food choices–and their consequences to our health, our environment and out future as a species. So take your pick:

“Meat-Peddling Donald”

Trump Steaks

OR

“Plant-Eating Bill”

Bill Clinton Vegan AARP

The Choice is Yours–And Mine

Just in case you missed it, here is a 9-minute video (September 2010) of former president Bill Clinton on CNN with Wolf Blitzer, who also interviews Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. Dean Ornish. If the Clinton’s move back to The White House, many millions of people will be seeing this video and others like it. FYI, I love the way Dr. Esselstyn chooses to stress common ground truths with Dr. Ornish instead of turning the interview into a debate.

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.

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

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.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmh@4leafglobal.com

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

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The Most Important Topic in the History of Humanity

The title of my presentation on 5-6-16 at the College of the Holy Cross

Slide01Special handout. At my request, two days prior to my presentation, the students were given the following 4-page document about climate change. The professor sent me a summary of their questions prior to my presentation on May 6. Click here to view that 4-pager.

My presentation in the classroom began by asking those college students five questions:

  1. Do you care about your health, your weight and the way you look and feel?
  2. Do you like saving money on things that you buy?
  3. Do you care about the environment, biodiversity and sustainability?
  4. Do you believe that climate change is primarily driven by human activity?
  5. Do you care about the future of civilization and our future as a species?

Building on Common Ground. After getting a 100% unanimous response to those five questions, for the next twenty minutes, I proceeded to build on that agreement in a way that would help my audience become healthier, save money, add more meaning to their lives and become far better stewards of the planet.Slide04

So during the time remaining, I made it clear why my talk lived up to it’s title; explaining that our food choices are without a doubt the most important topic in the history of humanity–because our future as a species is riding on those choices.

By shortening the formal part of my presentation to twenty minutes, there was lots of time remaining for Q & A and discussion. To get the ball rolling in the Q & A period, I asked them for their opinion regarding my title. Not a single one disagreed, although some of their questions signaled that they weren’t ready to do all that I was advocating. But I do believe that my talk will make a difference for the better in many of their lives. The main part of my presentation included these twenty-two questions:

(Click here to view a pdf of all PPT slides in presentation)

  1. Did you know that, on a per calorie basis, on average, foods made from animals require over ten times as much land, water and energy as do plant-based foods? Consider the implications here in terms of world hunger, water shortage and energy consumption.Slide05
  2. Did you know that it requires about two football fields worth of land to feed just ONE person the S.A.D.?
  3. Did you know that there are only 6 billion football fields of arable land on Earth? So if everyone tried to eat the SAD,  we could only feed 3 billion people–and the other 4 billion would starve to death.
  4. Did you know that FOURTEEN plant-eating people could be fed on those two football fields worth of land? Or we could feed all seven billion of us with just one billion football field, freeing up five billion football fields worth of land for reforestation–almost seven billion acres, an area about the size of the USA lower 48 and China, COMBINED.
  5. Did you know that you don’t need to eat ANY animal protein to be healthy?
  6. Did you know that you can get all the protein (and all other nutrients except B12 and vitamin D) from plant-based foods?
  7. Did you know that you can save up to $5,000/person each year, by replacing most of your animal-based food with plant-based food?Slide09
  8. Did you know that there are now many meat and dairy analog products that are high in protein, cost less money and deliver a taste and texture that most people can’t tell the difference from the environmentally hazardous animal foods that they replace.
  9. Did you know that we have been destroying an average of 30 million acres of rainforest every year since 1970? (THE LUNGS OF THE EARTH)
  10. Did you know that 80% of global deforestation is for the grazing of livestock or to grow feed for livestock?
  11. Did you know that deforestation carries a double whammy when it comes to climate change? Virgin rainforest absorbs VAST amounts of CO2. Destroying that forest eliminates that absorption, while releasing enormous amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere as the forest is burned.
  12. Did you know livestock contributes significantly more to climate change than ALL of the cars, trucks, busses, airplanes, trains and ships in the world?Slide12
  13. Did you know that scientists agree that the tipping point for climate change will happen between 2017 and 2020—if it hasn’t already happened?
  14. Did you know that replacing most of our animal foods with plant-based foods is the ONLY pragmatic way remaining for reversing climate change? What about replacing fossil fuels with renewables, you might ask?
  15. Did you know that it would take at least twenty years and $18 trillion to replace fossil fuels with renewables? Fact: we don’t have the twenty years or the $18 trillion and the process today is nowhere near the pace we’d need.
  16. Did you know that half of the world’s population depends on water in fossil underground aquifers (that cannot be recharged)
  17. Did you know that we can learn to live without oil, coal and natural gas—but we cannot live for more than a few days without water?
  18. Did you know that we’re also approaching tipping points in our oceans (THE HEART AND ARTERIES OF THE EARTH)Slide15
  19. Did you know that the coral reefs are disappearing around the world and that they may ALL be completely gone by 2050?
  20. In addition did you know that our oceans are suffering from acidification, warming, dead zones and rapidly declining biodiversity?
  21. Did you know that most of the problems in our oceans are driven by our animal food choices, including fish and shrimp? Little known fact: for every pound of shrimp harvested from the oceans, there are 26 pounds of by-catch: marine life like dolphin and starfish that are killed and discarded in the process.
  22. Did you know that our food choices are the ONLY primary drivers of all these issues that can be changed quickly? Anyone who chooses to switch to a 100% plant-based diet, can literally do it overnight if he/she chooses.

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Reaction from the class. At the end of my presentation, there were lots of questions and an enthusiastic discussion–and not a single student disagreed about our 21st century food choices being the most important topic in the history of humanity.

Finally, Dr. Axelson made my day when he forwarded me some unsolicited feedback from one of the students:

Hi Professor Axelson, 

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Jim Hicks’s presentation today and that I thought it was really inspiring to see a man with such compassion. He seems like an awesome guy to know. After class, I immediately called my father and told him I am coming home with a power point in efforts of transitioning our family to a WFPBD and to show them “the big picture.” Again, I just wanted to voice that I really appreciated that Jim took his time to come in today, and that this was an awesome class today!

Slide47

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.

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

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.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmh@4leafglobal.com

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

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Human “gas” emissions and climate change

A reader asked this question yesterday…

Dear Mr. Hicks, Since we are also animals, how much of the green house gas problem is caused by the human life cycle. Linda

Dear Linda,

Promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth

Thanks for your message; I have never been asked that question before, but I will take a stab at it.

As I see it, the “human life cycle” in terms of gases that come out both ends of our bodies, is not the problem with humans as far as GHGs are concerned. The problem is the way we CHOOSE to live, beginning with what we eat.

True, gases from our lungs and bowels do contribute to GHG, but probably account for less than 1% of the human induced GHG. The other 99% comes from our lifestyle of high energy consumption, extremely inefficient homes, overconsumption of STUFF, our love affair with traveling by car and airplane—and of course, our grossly unsustainable habit of eating animals.

CO2 concentrations since 1970--from NOAA

CO2 concentrations since 1970–from NOAA. Feb 2015 level was 399.88. Feb 2016 level was 403.28. Obviously, we’re not doing very well.

If all 7.4 billion of us humans were eating a plant-based diet, living in high occupancy, efficient buildings, consuming far less non-recyclable STUFF and primarily traveling by rail instead of air and highway—we would be very close to living in harmony with nature. Having said that, the optimal population level for humans on this planet is probably less than five billion and, of course, we’re on track to reach twice as many by 2050.

As such, we have become the “infestation of planet Earth” as we remain oblivious to the inability of Mother Nature to continue supporting our highly destructive, wasteful and unsustainable lifestyle. In summary, there are many problems associated with how we have chosen to live, and only one of those problems can be changed quickly—our food choices.

J. Morris Hicks, promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth

J. Morris Hicks, promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth

And as I continue to say on a regular basis, if we can cut our animal-food consumption by 80% within five years, then we would likely buy ourselves enough time (at least several decades) to tackle all of those other problems like overpopulation, overconsumption and our dependence on fossil fuels. Hopefully, no one will ask us to stop breathing to help stop climate change.

Linda, I hope this helps. Here are links to a few of my blogs that might help further:

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.

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

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.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmh@4leafglobal.com

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

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