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David Kessler

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.

4 Solutions for Holiday Grief: Breakups, Divorce and Death

David Kessler | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
David Kessler

As a grief expert who has spent decades working with those who have lost loved ones, I can tell you it's so much more than one season and then you're "done" grieving.

Save Your Life: Get ICE

David Kessler | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
David Kessler

ICE stands for "in case of emergency." All hospital, police, firemen and paramedics know what ICE means. If something happens to you or someone you love, emergency personnel will search your phone for a contact called ICE.

Jane Fonda Sits Shiva

David Kessler | Posted 11.19.2014 | Entertainment
David Kessler

This weekend an A-List cast stars in the hilarious and touching movie, This Is Where I Leave You. It's based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Tropper about Shiva.

Melissa Rivers' Courageous Decision

David Kessler | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
David Kessler

I've helped thousands of people with end-of-life decisions and I can tell you that the process is beyond stressful. It's extremely confusing and it's racked with guilt. As we mourn the death of Joan Rivers, here is what we can learn from her daughter's brave decision.

The Extraordinary Ordinary Life and Death of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

David Kessler | Posted 10.25.2014 | Good News
David Kessler

Ten years ago this month, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross died. She was the world's foremost expert on death and grief, yet she was the most alive person I've ever met. She was my mentor, my co-author of two books and my friend.

Grief at the Grocery Store

David Kessler | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
David Kessler

Public grief is a powerful growth opportunity to enhance our own life. Grief is awful no matter what, but it's a part of life. Let's learn to do it better for ourselves and for the people we love. It's a little known key to peace and happiness.

Suicide Is Closer Than You Think

David Kessler | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
David Kessler

There is so much stigma around suicide, you would be surprised how often it occurs and to whom. We typically think of the teen suicide or the younger adult, but those who are older complete suicide also. It's just more often covered up.

Where Is the Respect?

David Kessler | Posted 09.21.2014 | World
David Kessler

We honor loss by individualizing it. That's what we need to do for each of the 298 souls lost. These events are reminders of how important peace is to us. These bodies remind us of the importance of life.

A Conscious Look at Conscious Uncoupling: 4 Steps to a Successful Separation

David Kessler | Posted 05.27.2014 | Divorce
David Kessler

We are hearing a lot about a new term related to the separation of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin: conscious uncoupling. While some may dismiss this new terminology as woo woo, divorce is a reality and worth discussing.

You're Doing It Right, Brooke Burke-Charvet!

David Kessler | Posted 04.27.2014 | Entertainment
David Kessler

Brooke Burke-Charvet's enthusiasm was infectious. Now we all are getting a front row seat to how that same enthusiastic person handles getting fired from a job. As it turns out, there's a lot we all can learn from watching.

A Girl Scout Cookie Gets "Healthwashed:" Musings on Nutritionism and Our Kids

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 03.24.2013 | Home
Bettina Elias Siegel

You can easily see how a less food-savvy parent might conclude that feeding a child Mango Cremes is actually a net positive -- the same as offering fruit, when of course a Mango Creme is, in the end, a highly processed, white flour cookie.

The Salted Caramel Ice Cream of Sex

Ethlie Ann Vare | Posted 12.22.2012 | Women
Ethlie Ann Vare

Internet pornography is the junk food of sex and love addiction.

Schools Ban Flamin' Hot Cheetos, But Why Stop There?

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 10.19.2012 | Home
Bettina Elias Siegel

Various schools around the country are banning Flamin' Hot Cheetos. But what makes Flamin' Hot Cheetos so different from other junk food that it deserves its own special ban in schools? And why are schools in the business of selling this stuff?

David Kessler, Former FDA Commissioner, On Tobacco: 'It Was A Battle Royal'

AP | By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 10.05.2011 | Healthy Living

RICHMOND, Va. -- More than 15 years have passed since David Kessler first worked to regulate the tobacco industry as a Food and Drug Administration co...

A Visit to My Kitchen: Dr. David Kessler, Author of The End of Overeating

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Maria Rodale

David A. Kessler, MD, served as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Learning to Eat Less: How Understanding Your Brain Can Make You Healthier

Darya Pino, Ph.D | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darya Pino, Ph.D

To break the cycle of conditioned hypereating we must redirect our automatic response to the kinds of foods that cause us to overeat.

What's Wrong With Real Time with Bill Maher?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marshall Fine

Here's what drives me crazy about Bill Maher and his Real Time show: The guy couldn't do an interesting interview if his life depended on it.

Why Self-Help Can't Solve It All

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alison Rose Levy

The rest of us have to subsidize food industry profits through covering the health care costs of the resulting health problems.

Planet Earth: Difficult Times, Insatiable Appetites ... Doomed?

Janice Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Janice Taylor

We human beings are pretty crude creatures. We want more, more, more. We have insatiable appetites. We do everything in excess, in both our personal and collective lives.

Why Are Chocolate Chip Cookies Irresistable?

nytimes.com | Tara Parker-Pope | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

As head of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. David A. Kessler served two presidents and battled Congress and Big Tobacco. But the Harvard-educated...

Dr. David Kessler, author of The End of Overeating, On Why We Can't Stop Eating

Louise McCready Hart | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Louise McCready Hart

In The End of Overeating, Dr. Kessler explains how humans, much like Pavlov's dogs, become hardwired to anticipate foods with fat, sugar, and salt. So, how can we change the way we think about food?

Our Brains on Food & Other Tales of Modern Life

Moira Gunn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Moira Gunn

Whether it's food or drugs or stress or being treated unfairly or even information overload, we need to figure out exactly what is driving us.