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Dietary Guidance: Sustainability or Stupidity?

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

We only really have a choice between sensible guidelines that address sustainability, and senseless guidelines that dismiss the obvious. We only really have a choice between protecting our kids' food and water, and consuming it all. We only really have a choice between addressing a clear and present danger, and the shortsighted stupidity of ignoring it.

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 Family Dinner

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The forests that produce our oxygen are in turn dependent on animal species that are sustained by them, and pay it back in various ways, such as by dispersing seeds. The vast interdependence of life is a bedrock principle of biology, from bees to buffalo to banyan trees. As glaciers melt and sea levels rise, our fellow species and we will sink or swim together.

Meals With Mephistopheles

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I don't appreciate the whole free will thing, but I am stuck with it. If you want to play let's make a deal, I'm ready any time. The future's on the menu, and I can really cook. So dinner is at my place, and I'll save you a seat at the table. As for saving anything else -- well, I guess that all depends upon your appetite.

Graduates: Rage Now!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The righteous rage is all within you, and the roads along which to spend that rage to be the difference you hope to see in the world -- are all before you. And you are young, and foolish enough to believe in the possible.

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...

Oz, to Ozymandias: Science, Soundbites, Symptoms and Systemic Disease

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Enough already about Dr. Oz. Whichever side you happen to be on, we might collectively acknowledge that much of the noise being made about what is, at...

Dietary Guidelines for Which Americans?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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.

Is the FDA unKIND?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Chances are, if you have ever ventured just about anywhere outside of your own house, that you are familiar with the increasingly ubiquitous KIND bars...

Exercise: the Luminous, Latent Potential of a Little Action

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.10.2015 | 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.

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

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2015 | 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.

Breast Cancer Screening: Where Are We Now?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.02.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Among the more important medical studies reported in recent weeks, even resulting in that rarefied "front page, above the crease" coverage by the New York Times, was a paper in JAMA indicating that the interpretation of breast biopsies is not the infallible gold standard we had hoped.

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

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.30.2015 | 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.

Appreciation for Brian Wansink, Run Amok

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.23.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As hoped, Brian and I see eye to eye. The factors that influence what people choose to do with food matter, but so too do the foods chosen, and what they do to the people. We need not choose to focus on one of these, and neglect the other.

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.

Pi and Science, Sense and Cake

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

When the beverage industry, for instance, helpfully points out that no long-term, randomized trial has specifically implicated their sugary concoction in epidemic childhood obesity, we might consider that no such trial has ever implicated any given snowflake in an avalanche fatality, either. Perhaps avalanches are actually innocuous.

An Apple a Day?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We already have evidence of declining levels of empathy in the population at large, with frequent recourse to technological interfaces rather than direct eye contact one of the reasons invoked. The doctor-patient relationship has degraded too much already in my opinion. I would hate to see it technologized out of existence.

Dear Colleagues: We SUCK!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I'm not saying we are wrong. In fact, we may all be right, about everything. But we are all right about disparate and seemingly-competing bits of the same, whole truth. The result is that nobody can see that whole truth.

Your Syndrome's Missing Benefit

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.06.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Doctors don't much care for conditions we don't understand well, can't treat effectively, and can't even confirm with a blood test. The frustration that results often translates into one of medicine's more common, and most regrettable missteps: blaming the victim. Patients with syndromes are often overtly, or at least covertly, blamed for their symptoms and engender an "it's all in his/her head" attitude in their doctor.

What Part of a Complete Breakfast?

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

When dietary worry was all directed at excess fat intake, pseudo-fruit and multicolored marshmallows were able to fly under the radar. A widening array of worries has cost them that cover.

Avoiding Indictment by Innuendo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.02.2015 | Media
David Katz, M.D.

When you go public with your opinions, you are apt at times to ruffle some feathers, intentionally or otherwise. I have dealt with this -- on television, on Twitter, and elsewhere -- many times. I have some suggestions for how best to dodge these bullets should you ever find yourself in similar crosshairs.

My Milk Manifesto

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We can take milk, or leave it. Take milk fat, or leave that. Either way, we can have a good diet of wholesome foods in sensible combinations -- or not. But either way, we need to take seriously the reverberations of our dietary choices across the landscape of a shrinking planet, and the legacy of kindness or cruelty by which history will be invited to judge us.

Isaac Newton's Nutrient Supplements

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The transcribed conversation in The Atlantic, starting with that headline, is rather the opposite of measured, taking the measure of prevailing sentiment, and apparently concluding that prevailing faith in nutrient supplements warranted some additional throttling. If enthusiasm for supplements is the action of concern here, this piece has opted to highlight the opposing reaction.

Enough Distractions: Let's Address the Real Causes of Diet-Related Diseases

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

Placing the blame on carbohydrates does nothing but add confusion to an environment already saturated with mixed nutrition messages, and distracts us from addressing the real cause of the obesity epidemic: modern-day environments.