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Health Care: Of United, and Citizens

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As for the status quo, United is a business, and has the option of renouncing its high costs. The people paying for business as usual with their lives -- do not.

Chewing the (Dairy) Fat With Dr. Mehmet Oz

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Medicine and the media are in some ways like a celebrity marriage: of widespread, seemingly irresistible interest; and routinely on the brink of disaster. Neither union, nor the prevailing fascination with it, is apt to go away soon.

Musical Diets: You Can Dance if You Want to...

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.18.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We are no strangers to a dizzying array of distorted headlines about diet. But the last couple of weeks took it to a whole new level.

Vegetables, Vegetable Oils and Dairy Fat? Please Don't Eat the Headlines!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.18.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Conventional wisdom is made to be challenged -- that, in fact, is what science is for. Science never rests, and those of us who profess devotion to it are obligated to move with it. But spitting convention in the eye is probably another matter.

Diet, Deafness and the Drums of War

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A commentary just out in JAMA says many reasonable things about diet and health. The author notes that the overall low quality of the prevailing American diet is an anchor on life expectancy itself. Amen to that.

Vegetarianism: Nutrition Science Meets Media Nonsense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.05.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The study does not report that vegetarianism increases the risk of heart disease, cancer, or any other bad outcome. Nothing of the sort. Not even close.

How Diets Divide Us

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Even for someone who spends as much time in the diet war trenches as I do, the barrage of the past week has been noteworthy for its intensity, and its implications -- both exceptionally hopeful, and dire.<

The Health Care System: What's in a Name?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.29.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As the most visible castles on the most prominent hills of what we call, rightly or wrongly, our "health care" system, hospitals are ineluctably caught up in our notions of what both health and care should mean, and do.

Selling Diets or Telling Truths

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We know what to eat; we simply keep refusing, across an expanse of squandered decades, to swallow it.

What If Exercise Were More Like Healthy Eating?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Maybe, at best, we would try the first a few times, find that it involved some effort, and then abandon it, waiting for the next idea to deliver the magic. Guess the results.

Paleo Meat Meets Modern Reality

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Those trying to have their side of beef and eat it, too, often talk about narrowing the gap between modern meat, and the kind of meat we "should" all eat. Pure meat. Ethically raised, free to range, well fed, organic, and all that.

Truth About Saturated Fat

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.11.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The truth about saturated fat is not unsettled. What is unsettled is: Can we handle the truth?

Where Are the Grown-Ups? (Or: Get Your Unicorn!)

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.07.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Eat more fat if you want. Or, eat less fat. Either way, if you miss the big picture, it is unlikely to make you less fat.

Public Health and Citizens, Truly United

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.03.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Public health is all about doing the best we can for actual people, not a statistical and anonymous horde that exists nowhere outside of actuarial tables. That doesn't always align with the greatest profits for some large corporation. In fact, it almost never does, because of the time horizons involved.

Taking Public Health to the Moon

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

By rallying to the mandate of the evidence-based, consensus-based fundamentals of health promoting, sustainable living and eating -- I believe we can accomplish something for public health and the human condition that is, quite simply -- out of this world

Fatness, Affluence, Adaptation and Hope

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.22.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We are a uniquely adaptable species. It has led us into trouble that imperils ourselves, and our planet alike. There are early indications of hope that it could lead us out as well.

Diet Guidance in America: Of, By, And for What People?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.19.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have every reason to expect, and right to demand, that dietary guidelines for health be born of the best available science, be produced by the best experts, and be relevant for all the people.

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 ...