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Entries by David Katz, M.D. from 03/2012

Medicine, Museums and Spoons Full of Sugar

| Posted 03.05.2012 | Healthy Living

We need to know that we consume too much sugar and that it does us harm because, ostensibly, knowledge is power. In that spirit, we in public health have cause to welcome some important new allies to the mission of advancing health through better nutrition: museums.

What If Health Were More Like Wealth?

| Posted 03.09.2012 | Healthy Living

We routinely squander and neglect something we would hate to have taken from us, and would surely fight to prevent someone taking from our loved ones. It's certainly wisdom, it's just not yet conventional to acknowledge that health is wealth. Making it conventional is up to us.

Dads, Dudes, Diabetes and Duty

| Posted 03.14.2012 | Healthy Living

Gentlemen: You are role models for your children. Like it or not, you are playing follow the leader -- and you are the leader (or one of them). Lead toward health, your children will follow you there. Lead elsewhere, they will follow you elsewhere. They will do as you do.

Separation of Church and Plate

| Posted 03.20.2012 | Healthy Living

The religious overlay that nutrition has taken on is neither holy nor wholesome. It precludes us from breaking bread together. It forestalls the public health progress that could occur if we could all find a seat at a common table.

The Calorie: Excess Heat, Too Little Light

| Posted 03.22.2012 | Healthy Living

We are wasting our energy debating the nature of the calorie -- which is, simply, and incontrovertibly, a measure of energy.

Measles: Back to the Future of Public Health?

| Posted 03.24.2012 | Healthy Living

If measles does make a meaningful comeback, it would imply public health is sliding back as we head into the future. We don't want to go there.

What Health Care is Like: Seeking Supreme Analogies

| Posted 03.28.2012 | Healthy Living

Health care is nothing like cell phones, or any of the other things that "might" come in handy during some future emergency: a bulletproof vest, a car, a ladder, a fire extinguisher, a helicopter, a Hazmat suit, a gas mask, a tank, etc. Truly, about the worst analogy I've ever heard.