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Expert Dietary Guidance: Gasoline on a Fire?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The flaws in genuinely expert advice about diet are analogous to: this hose vs. that hose; this water pressure vs. that. Spraying gasoline instead of water is a problem at a different level altogether.

The Randomized Trial Fantasy: How We Know What We Know

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I suppose I might be more expert in randomized controlled trials if I had ever had the actual opportunity to fetch a pail of water without one when my...

What's That Smell? That Which We Call 'Dietary Guidelines'...

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Since the release last week of the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and in my case at least, a resulting bout of projectile vomiting, the nut...

The Greatest Diet Myth of All

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.05.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I was rather disheartened to discover that The New York Times decided to start off the year by pretending to dispel diet myths, while actually propaga...

Meat and Cancer: Hammering at the Memo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.27.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

You have doubtless heard that the International Agency on Cancer Research, a subsidiary of the World Health Organization, has concluded that processed...

Fats, Carbs, and What Jane Brody Meant to Say

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Jane Brody published a very sensible reality check about diet in yesterday's New York Times. That it proved sensible was all but inevitable, as her co...

Food Day at Yale

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.16.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Saturday, October 24th is Food Day, and we will be celebrating it at the very heart of the Yale University campus, on the beautiful expanse in front o...

Milking Dietary Discord: Who Holds the Bucket?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.07.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

For now, the cow can be dietary guidelines. In fact, the placement of cows, and milk for that matter, in dietary guidance is at the heart of current discord- and we are all well advised to wonder: who holds the bucket?

Chewing the Fat, Again

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Among my numerous colleagues, friends, and correspondents are more than a few who circulate every abstract, however obscure the source, suggesting tha...

Zeal, Veal and Veganism

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

When my vegan friends and colleagues say that a vegan diet is categorically the best for human health, it is an excess of zeal. We simply do not have ...

How Many People Does It Take to Make a Good Marriage?

Grace de Rond | Posted 07.07.2015 | Weddings
Grace de Rond

Modern society is suffering because we've lost our tribes. Under the tribal system, marriage is as important to the supporters as it is to the couple. The community comes together to confirm that the two people belong together. Then all the people involved are married to each other.

Cancer Mortality News, Between the Lines

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The promise of cancer prevention is far from fully kept, and deserves much more attention. The relevant medicine resides not at the cutting edge of biomedical advance, but in our lifestyle patterns, and the priorities of our culture.

Outrageous Fortune

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In his famously febrile ruminations, Hamlet contemplated suicide as perhaps the one and only way to avoid the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune...

Nutrients, Nutritionism, and Historical Nuttiness

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Recommending for the intake of nuts, but against the fat content of nuts, was always just plain nutty. Failure to learn from the follies of our nutritional history would be even more so.

Newton, Nutrition, and the Tweets of Doom

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

For all his contributions to science, controversial and otherwise, in modern context Sir Isaac Newton is most indelibly associated with one rather suc...

The Pope, the Planet and Public Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As far as I can tell, there seem to be two basic religious attitudes toward the planet. One may be summed up along the lines of: It was made for us, a...

Health Promotion? Here's the Thing...

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is no shortage of health promotion efforts in our world. Everyone hears about them all the time, and those inclined to tune in here to what I ha...

Dietary Guidelines for Which Americans?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

At this point, the lid is off the box, and we know sustainability is a concern. We only have two choices: honor that concern, or dismiss it -- and knowingly eat at the expense of those to follow us.

Optimal Human Nutrition? There, There...

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The Council of Directors of the True Health Coalition is already, only weeks after its formation, home to nearly 150 leading experts from nearly 20 countries, rallying around the same basic principles of healthy eating.

Exercise: the Luminous, Latent Potential of a Little Action

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is an enormous benefit from even a little exercise, more benefit from more, and then a threshold past which returns diminish, but don't decline. The take-away message is that there is enormous potential for even a little bit of action to make our health, and lives, better.

These 5 Cities Might Have The Secret To Longevity

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living

The majority of the United States is approaching the idea of a long, healthy life the wrong way, according to National Geographic writer and explorer ...

Diet? I'll Have What He's Having!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.07.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

For those who don't know, that's really what the whole Blue Zones idea is about: a characterization of the lifestyle, behaviors, culture and environment of those populations around the world that live the longest and the best. They have the most vitality and the least chronic disease.

The Fountain of Youth

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

If you care about aging well, Dan Buettner is your man. For more than a decade, Buettner has been traveling the world in search of the world's longevi...

Do You (Really) Know What's Good for You?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.30.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

That our relationship with food, and its implications for our health, and that of the planet, are rather badly broken is quite clear. The better we can all say exactly how it's broken, the more likely any of us is to live long enough -- to see it fixed.

Dietitians, Food and Truth: Winds of Change?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In nutrition, though, we have long allowed foxes to guard the hen house. The easy access of Kraft to an apparent endorsement by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is only the latest example, and by no means the worst.