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J Morris Hicks

J Morris Hicks

Posted August 25, 2014

Published in Green, Health

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Ice Buckets, E-Cigs, & lack of focus on the "vital few"

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Perennial lack of clarity and the never-ending bombardment of confusion

That's my definition of the NEWS and just about every other form of human activity. And that's why we never solve our most serious problems, because all of our attention is focused elsewhere.

Remembering Pareto. In college, I studied Industrial Engineering and the most powerful thing that I learned was this:

When examining ANY system or problem, the identification of the "vital few" is of paramount importance. For there is always a "vital few" twenty percent of the items that will account for a disproportionately large portion of the total. And that is where you must focus your attention. --- The J. Morris Hicks definition of Pareto's Law, better known as the 80-20 rule.

So what are the vital few when it comes to human health, environmental health and sustainability? Conveniently, for all concerned, the vital few in this case is ONE---what we choose to eat. And it drives practically everything:

  1. It determines how the entire planet is used---most of its land and water.
  2. It is the single most important thing when it comes to human health.
  3. It is the primary driver of every environmental problem that we have today.
  4. "Getting it right" is crucial to the sustainability of our ecosystem, our civilization and the longterm survival of our species.

"We're eating the wrong food!" That was my conclusion in 2003 after researching the optimal diet for humans for six months. So why are our mainstream scientists, physicians, government officials, medical schools and schools of nutrition not teaching every human the complete truth about the single most important thing that we do? The short answer is money. There is more money to be made by keeping the public confused and sick. Two recent examples:

The Ice Bucket Challenge. The only way you would not know about this phenomenon is if you were in a coma for the past few weeks. God bless them for raising awareness and funding for this worthy cause---but let's take a look as some facts and put things in perspective.

According to the ALS website, some 30,000 Americans have ALS. That is less than 1/100th of one percent of our population. Further, 93% of those who have it are caucasian. So that means that more than 99.99% of the US population do NOT have it and almost ZERO African Americans have it.

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Fantastic piece!!! This is so good I'm copying it to pass on. You have absolutely nailed it. The entire "ice bucket" "challenge" is beyond comprehension due to your points, but the majority is blind to all the issues that are really overwhelming us. E-cigs will be the next BIG lawsuit landslide I'm sure (but in another 30 or so years) My sister in law is hooked on them (she resides in a Nursing Home, that's right, and uses traditional cigarettes as well as E-cigs). I worked as a Nurse for a long time and eventually left the profession due to the hypocritical veil of "care" thinly disguised as strictly for profit. If I breathed a word about plant based diets, more fruits and veggies etc. nurses and doctors would shut me down with all manner of threats. And there we have it. The 80-20 rule in force and at work.


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