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Dr David Katz

Speaking Freely of Guns

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.04.2015 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

For now, we have an endless litany of tragedies to which we react with collective pathos and impotence, knowing for certain that we await the next. We have a bizarre double-standard, in which the First Amendment is spared the tortured literalism imposed upon the Second by those with ulterior motives.

Sugar and Saturated Fat: Feeding the Parasites of Science

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

But between us and that opportunity are the parasites of science who have no apparent interest in the weight of evidence, and instead feed selectively on studies depending on whether they endorse the opinion they've already decided is true.

An Open Letter to the BMJ Regarding US Dietary Guidance

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.25.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This commentary is not authoritative. It is not a counterweight. It is, at best, a paperweight. I am sorry to say its prominent placement on your editor's desk redounds to your discredit.

Raising Safer Daughters; Raising Better Sons

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There may well be duties in these data for university officials. But there are duties in them for parents, too. The victims are, inescapably, our daughters. The report is shockingly silent on the fact that the perpetrators are, inevitably, our sons.

Doctors, Death and Dignity: The Semantics of 'Suicide'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.18.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Death is the enemy, and it is not. Death is simple and inevitable, and inexplicably complicated.

Breast Cancer Screening: Of Chances and Choices

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A sardonic insight by Bertrand Russell deftly, if disturbingly, conveys much of what is wrong in the realm of modern health promotion, particularly wh...

On and Beyond the Ethics of (Animals) Eating Animals

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

For those committed to meat consumption, eating what they kill may offer various advantages over eating what they find sealed in cellophane. But it is a niche admonition at best, impertinent to the masses of us.

Dietary Fat and the Human Brain: Redefining Food for Thought

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As our kids return to school, it's a perfect opportunity to reflect on the human brain doing what it does uniquely well in all the known animal kingdom: learn. At the very foundation of that remarkable Homo sapien aptitude lies the structural integrity of the brain itself, which proves to be highly dependent on a native, salutary balance of dietary fats.

Healing and Human Touch

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Early this summer, I spent several days in a hospital bed, tethered to an IV, with what proved in retrospect to be anaplasmosis (a nasty bit of tick-b...

Industry-Funded Research: Conflict or Confluence?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The great public health imbroglio disclosed over recent weeks, in which widely, highly-regarded scientists were found to be running on Coca-Cola fundi...

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...

The Smart, Scary Thing About Dummies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.16.2015 | Entertainment
David Katz, M.D.

Those dummies may be hard to abide because they confront us with ourselves. Some of us may prefer to avert our eyes because of what lies within. The dummies are too much like us. Like us, they are but a gesture apart from the darkness.

Why Success Is Always 'Iffy'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Either way, I'm going to do my best to smell the roses along the way, too -- and call it success every time. Those fragrant breezes will come and go and never be safely thus. They are diffident, and iffy, and fleeting- just like success itself. But that's as good as it gets. Maybe knowing that, and really accepting it, is the safest success of all

One Minute Longer

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

One of my favorite books as a child was called, if memory serves, Favorite Dog Stories. I rather doubt the collection had much genuine literary merit....

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 ...

Health Care Rationing: The Roar and the Silence

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

No discussion means no probing, no deep thinking, no careful exchange of ideas. We do, indeed, ration health care in the United States; we just don't talk about it, with the result that we ration it altogether irrationally.

Ending The Big, Fat Debate

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The cap on dietary fat has, indeed, long outlived any utility it ever had. So, too, has a big, fat debate that has diverted us for far too long to nutrients, from the foods that would be a far more constructive, and healthy focus.

Eating in Echo Chambers

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

One thing is for sure: echoes make for a pernicious diet. There is greater opportunity for us all in the lasting, less aggressive truths that ride the prevailing winds, whispering beneath all of our competing noise. There are better meals out there, too.

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.

Health Lunacy and Rocket Science

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We highlight a new celebrity cleanse and fad diet weekly if not daily on the morning shows; and the parade of best-selling quick fixes, each of which maligning all the others, seems never to end. And all the while, we mostly get fatter and sicker...

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.

I Hate Him

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
David Katz, M.D.

I worry that this primacy of hate over love means he and his kind have won something. I worry that my unwillingness to find forgiveness means I am surrendering something. I worry that for evil to prevail in the world it may be enough for bad people to make good people hate.

Big, Fat TRANSgression

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In other words, the best diet for our health depends, as it ever has, not on replacing trans fat with any one oil from any one nut up any one tree; but on seeing the forest.

Overcoming the Overweight We Keep Overlooking

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We can overcome the prevailing threat of obesity, but first, do need to stop overlooking it under our own roofs. We can overcome oblivobesity if we understand the tendency at its origins. When all is said and done, generally more than enough has been said, and not nearly enough has been done.