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People and Arms, Rights and Reason

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Scientists at the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC just published a research letter in JAMA, reporting on a comparison of life expecta...

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.

How Zika Reveals Our Vulnerability To Many Diseases

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.29.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Like everyone else who has heard the news about it, I find the rapid spread of the Zika virus extremely alarming. The newly recognized capacity of thi...

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...

Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Place in the Modern Universe

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many will opine on the right way to recall and celebrate Dr. King's place in the universe. My modest contribution is to suggest we recall and celebrate the universe in which Dr. King, and all the rest of us, have found a place -- and the means by which we know it.

The Case for Calling the Dietary Guidelines What They Really Are

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.13.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Call me crazy. Or Ishmael, for that matter. I think "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" should be something vaguely like, well, oh I don't know, maybe:...

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...

2015 Dietary Guidelines: A Plate Full of Politics

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.07.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I won't mince words: In my opinion, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, just released today, are a national embarrassment. They are a betrayal ...

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...

Terrorism as Cancer and Vice Versa: Of Waving Fists and Forgotten Gloves

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.30.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Terrorism is commonly, and aptly, I think, compared to cancer. Generally, however, those making the association fail to follow where the logic of it l...

Space Past Failure: The Musk of Zero

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Until this week, it was space 3, Elon Musk, zero. One Falcon 9 Rocket exploded shortly after takeoff, and two that flew as hoped failed to land as int...

DNA Is Not Destiny? Well, Duh

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A high profile paper just published in the highly prestigious journal Nature suggests that overwhelmingly, cancer results from "extrinsic factors," na...

According the Future Its Due

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

'Tis, as the saying goes, the season. As I write this, if not necessarily as you read it, 'tis the season of rhetorical flourish, soaring aspirations....

Fishy Claims About Best Diets

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.11.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have all heard that eating fish is good for us, and the proposition is valid both empirically, and epidemiologically. But it begs a vital question ...

How Experts Agree While Looking Like They Don't

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I have been gratified by, and fascinated with, the extensive media coverage since the recent, groundbreaking Oldways Common Ground conference on healt...

Walnuts, Doughnuts and Wingnuts

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Amazingly, Thanksgiving Day has already come and gone. As I write this, then, the somewhat euphemistic "holiday season" has begun. In a bizarre testam...

Are Our Plates Too Full? A Nation Confronts Addiction

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Yesterday evening, thanks largely to the influence and convening power of Mehmet Oz, the nation was invited to talk about addiction. Among those weigh...

Cleaning the House of Medicine

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A recent report in JAMA Internal Medicine highlights prevailing medical practices that should be "reconsidered" in 2015 based on the weight of evidenc...

Junk Food: From Confusion to Clear and Simple Truth

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I was somewhat startled, and quite concerned, to learn directly from the source while sipping coffee together, that my wife was confused by the latest...

What's Delicious? Nipping Misperceptions in the Bud

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.04.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I don't know if this qualifies me for any kind of a medal -- you can decide -- but there are two double-entendres in my title, making it, arguably, a ...

Science and Medicine, Fools and Fanatics: The 'Fluidity' of Woo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.30.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The American College of Preventive Medicine recently completed a project, with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration, to advan...

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...

National Nutrition Policy, Imperiled By Bullies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.24.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The nation's official position for the next five years on diet for health is on the line, imperiled by bullies. I am speaking out simply because we don't know how many others, encountering the same forces, have decided doing so is not worth the abuse. I am speaking out because: it is.

Hormone Replacement's "AHAH" Moment

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.24.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It has long been clear that effects of hormone replacement are best when treatment begins early rather than late after menopause. The data showed such distinctions, but they too were obscured by a rush to summary judgment.

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...