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Publisher — BenBella Books –who also published The China Study and Whole

In a nutshell, this book is all about the single most powerful move that we humans can make to promote health, reduce obesity, lower the cost of health care, nurture our fragile environment, conserve our energy resources, feed the world’s steadily growing population and greatly reduce the suffering of animals in factory farms all over the world.

Dean Ornish, M.D.

Dr. Ornish and Dr. Campbell on the cover, Providing powerful endorsement and foreword respectively. One of the world’s most famous and most respected physicians, Dr. Ornish was the first doctor to successfully reverse heart disease with diet and lifestyle changes. He was also one of President Bill Clinton’s consulting physicians since 1993 and influenced him to go all plant-based in 2010. Here’s what he had to say about our book:

What’s good for you is also good for our planet. Although heart disease and diabetes kill more people worldwide than all other diseases combined, these are completely preventable and often reversible for at least 95% of the people today by changing our diet and lifestyle. This book shows you how.”

–Dean Ornish, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, UC San Francisco; author, The Spectrum and Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease.

For a post featuring all ten endorsements, click here.

After reading a few chapters, it’s like a blinding flash of the obvious as we realize that everything is connected in this world and what we eat has an enormous impact on much more than just our health.  The combined impact has reached a crucial stage and is now threatening the future of life on this planet as we know it.  But there’s good news; the solution is refreshingly simple yet incredibly powerful — it’s right under our noses.

Foreword by Dr. Campbell (an excerpt)

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of “The China Study”

Most of us live apart from Nature, within artificially constructed environments that bear little resemblance to the mountains, meadows, forests and streams experienced by our ancestors. And living apart from Nature, we too often forget that we are part of an interconnected whole.

No matter how hard we try however; we cannot escape this fact forever.  We can construct our material world and engage in individualistic pursuits but eventually must face the fact that we do not live on islands. We are connected to one another and to the larger, natural world of which we are still a part.

There may be no better illustration of this truth than the way we eat. The decision of what to put at the end of our fork is a private decision and one that seems to have no relevance beyond the edges of our dinner plate. But the truth is this: the effects of what we eat ripple round and round the world, and this is the story of Healthy Eating, Healthy World.

J. Morris Hicks and his son have put together an interesting tale that will enlighten you while also giving you great hope. The message of plant-based nutrition already has transformed many lives, including the life of this management consultant and former senior corporate executive. Not only has he put himself and his family on a path to optimal health, he has also become so passionate about the idea that he has launched a new career to share this good news with others. That new career features a blend of speaking, blogging, consulting and writing – all beginning with this powerful book that you hold in your hands.

–T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and Nelson Campbell

Dr. Campbell of Cornell University is the author of “The China Study” and is the world’s foremost science expert in the field of plant-based nutrition.

Introduction (an excerpt)

Millions of creatures have evolved throughout the ages on our planet and, until recently, they have all lived in harmony with nature. But during the past few hundred years—a mere blink of the eye in history—one of those species has unknowingly thrown the natural scheme out of balance. That species is us—the human race.  While meaning no harm for ourselves, for the planet or for the other creatures, we have drifted far away from the natural diet for our species. We have started eating the wrong food—in great quantities.  That evolving dietary choice has set in motion a series of chain reactions that has negatively impacted the planet in many ways.

Only recently has our craving for the rich western diet accelerated to the point whereby we have almost totally abandoned the type of fuel that nature intended for us to burn.  Whereas animals in the wild with DNA’s closest to ours consume almost 100% raw plants, the humans of the western world of today are consuming virtually none.  We now consume generous portions of meat, dairy, or eggs three meals a day and are deriving far less than 10% of our calories from whole plant foods. And much of the plants that we do eat are French fries, which derive over 40% of their calories from the fat in the oil in which they are prepared.  This love affair with a very unhealthy diet has begun taking its toll—in myriad ways—both within our bodies and without, affecting the entire world….

…In a nutshell, this book is all about the single most powerful move that we humans can make to promote our own health, reduce obesity, lower the cost of health care, nurture our fragile environment, conserve our energy resources, feed the world’s steadily growing population and greatly reduce the suffering of animals in factory farms all over the world.  Like a blinding flash of the obvious, the single most viable solution to all these issues is an aggressive move in the direction of consuming much more whole, plant-based foods—not necessarily becoming a vegetarian or a vegan…

…My primary objective in writing this book was to outline in simple everyday terms the extent of the problems we face along with an explanation of how this all happened— and what each of us can do to make things better.  Fortunately, despite the incredible complexity of our current dilemma, the solution is refreshingly simple.  All we have to do is educate ourselves, start making better choices in what we eat — then share all that we have learned with everyone that we care about.  I am convinced that there has never been anything more important in the history of the world.

A Return to Harmony (final chapter excerpt)

The world’s scientists have recorded over 50,000 vertebrate species on planet Earth, including some 15,000 species of mammals. Other vertebrates include fish, reptiles, birds, and amphibians.  Beyond the vertebrates are about one million named species of insects, and scientists estimate that millions more have yet to be discovered.  For eons, all of those species lived in harmony with each other and their natural environment—until recently.  Over the past century, the human species has distinguished itself as the only one that is not living in harmony with the rest of the planet…

…In the final analysis, your decision is a simple matter of health, hope and harmony.  As each of us begins to take charge of our own health, we simultaneously plant the seeds of hope—accelerating the pace with which the human race can return to its rightful place of living in harmony with nature.  Since we consider ourselves smarter than all the other creatures, we should be able to figure out how to make our world a better place.  The time for that action is now.

You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing, there will be no result.

—Mahatma Gandhi

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

Book Organization

The complete book contains about 50,000 words in an easy-to-read-and-comprehend 200 pages.

Part OneYou Are What You Eat

The first three chapters focus on our own health and the power of whole, plant-based foods to promote optimal health. The third chapter specifically addresses the arguments against such a diet.


Part Two What You Eat Affects Far More Than Just Your Health.  Going beyond our own health, these four chapters address critical global issues that are greatly affected by what we choose to eat:  the environment, the energy crisis, world hunger and the global suffering of animals.

Part ThreeTaking Action; What Can We Do?  Begins with Chapter 8 which addresses the all-important question:  “Why haven’t you heard this before?” The next two chapters deal with choosing a commitment level and getting started in the process of taking charge of your health.  The final chapter is somewhat of a call to action — being a part of a grassroots revolution to change the world — simply by changing what we choose to eat.

If you’d like purchase our book on Amazon, visit our online store now.

Contact J. Morris (Jim) Hicks at —  917-399-9700

A peek inside the cover

The first two pages are reserved for the comments of a few prominent people who have read the book. Their sincere comments provide the necessary credibility, legitimacy and authenticity required in order for people to accept information that they may not have heard before. Scroll down to take a look.

7 Responses to Book Preview

  1. Clark Seydel says:

    Just shared your blog with my sister, Rosina.

  2. Becca Rose says:

    Congratulations, Jim! This looks fantastic! I’m so looking forward to having you for the book signing in my shop. The graphic design on the cover was done beautifully. The foreword is tactful and filled with purpose. Thank you for your wonderful efforts in awareness and presence.

  3. Kelly Hicks says:

    Congratulations Jim! I look forward to reading your book and sharing with family, friends and clients!!
    Best wishes and be well!!

  4. Dan Liese says:

    Hello Jim;
    As you and I have previously discussed you are certainly on the right track, and following in the footsteps and teachings of Campbell and Esselstyn lends tremendous credit and validity to what you are saying. Offering it up as “The Big Picture Guy” for those who want to obtain a grasp on not just creating a healthier lifestyle for themselves but also the positive impact it will create for our world environment. As you know I have ordered your book in advance and will certainly have you sign it as recognition of our new found friendship. I look forward our future discussions on healthy living.
    From the Ocean Front Community of Westerly, RI
    Dan Liese

  5. I like this site. I’ve already shared it on my digg account.

  6. Greg Hoch says:

    can’t wait for the book. Getting really excited to see change on the horizon. Looking forward to seeing “Forks Over Knives” too.

  7. I just found your postings via vegsource email today. I’ll pass on your website links to my ~400 on-line contacts focused on “Healthy Lifestyle Education” for the last eight years, after taking Dr. McDougall’s 10-day Total Health Solution Clinic for my family of four in Jan. 2003.
    My gathered materials are at
    A retired family physician and I have been conducting healthy lifestyle education sessions for free here in Santa Maria CA for the last three years. We have met Dr. Campbell and keep in touch with him.
    I’ll add you as a good source of guidance, too.
    Bill Kleinbauer 805/938-1405

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