Healthy Eating Healthy World
J. Morris Hicks is a man after my own heart.
As you may know, this blog is currently my platform for reading and reviewing 100 books about plant-based eating. J. Morris Hicks already accomplished something similar.
In 2002, the former military officer and successful businessman began researching the optimal human diet. It didn’t take him long to realize the connection between animal-based eating and the imminent environmental dangers facing our planet.
Over the next decade, Hicks devoured hundreds of books on diet. In 2012, he published Healthy Eating, Healthy World: Unleashing the Power of Plant-Based Nutrition. It’s the eye-opening account of everything he learned.
The foreword was penned by none other than plant-based authority and glitterati T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. The China-Cornell-Oxford Project director’s book Whole also had high praise for Healthy Eating, Healthy World.
In Chapter Eight, Why Did No One Tell You This Before, Hicks exposes the forces aligned to discourage us from plant-based eating:
“In a single word, it all begins with money… you probably have heard very little about the health-promoting power of a whole-food, plant-based diet. Why is that?
This is a story of confusion that develops when an enormouly complicated and interconnected group of organizations in a free market environment has zero financial incentive to promote the highest possible level of health.
… no organization within the entire system has a financial incentive to make us healthy [but] virtually all of them have an incentive to make the system bigger by producing greater sales, earning bigger profits, and creating more jobs.”
His conclusion? Our doctors would love to see us in perfect health. But the only tools they have are profit-making prescription medications and surgical procedures.
If their mission were focused on teaching us to heal ourselves with whole, plant-based foods, the enormous meat, dairy, processed-food and health-care conglomerate would be out of business!
That said, Healthy Eating, Healthy Planet’s ultimate message is one of hope. By following the lead of plant-based pioneers such as Dr. Campbell, Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Dean Ornish, he says, we can force a “tipping point.”
“This will set off a positive domino effect whereby people become healthier, the cost of health-care goes down, the damage to the environment is lessened, we consume fewer fossil fuels… we feed many more people… and we end the suffering of animals in factory farms.”
Sounds reasonable to me. What do you think?