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Dr David L Katz

The Fountain of Youth, Where No One Drinks

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.24.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have been preoccupied with anti-aging perhaps since the very dawn of self-awareness, and the implications of mortality it unveiled. We have, ever since, tethered our fears to faith and fantasy, tangled our aspirations up in fable -- about fountains of youth in particular.

Invincible Food, Vulnerable Father and Son

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Where the likes of this pizza and sandwich, and soda and donuts and French fries are introduced, health is devastated, and in short order. Where just this sort of fare is removed to make way for more vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and water when thirsty, the improvements in health are stunning.

KIND and Healthy Food Label Update by the FDA

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.13.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is more to be done, but the FDA response to KIND, and their commitment to reevaluate the regulatory definition of "healthy" in light of current evidence and understanding, is meaningful progress, and full of promise for more.

Diet Study Outcome? Work It; Flip It; Reverse It!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Conclusions about diet study outcomes that are this precarious, that can be worked just a bit, and flipped -- are utterly useless. They are propaganda.

(Cultural) Implications of Biggest Losers' Unfortunate (re)Gains

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.02.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

What the New York Times tells us today, no surprise to those of us who have worked directly with severely obese patients over the years, is that failure overtakes the show participants, too. Those of us in these trenches have known all along that though challenging, weight loss is rarely the rate-limiting problem.

Nutrient Supplements in the Land of the Law of Unintended Consequences

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many supplements that don't work at all are marketed routinely, and some, very successfully. I have always maintained that this was a domain of both baby, and bathwater -- and that differentiating is essential.

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.

Hormone Replacement Therapy 101

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 04.14.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

To HRT or not to HRT? The debate over hormone replacement therapy is one that has confounded doctors, confused the menopausal, and, ultimately, jeopardized the health of millions of women. Not on my watch!

Organic Food, Health and the Burden of Proof

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Under the halo effect of "natural and organic," Whole Foods shoppers may feel they can't go wrong nutritionally. I beg to differ.

Attention Deficit Disorder: Ritalin Or Recess?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Rambunctiousness in children is normal. And it should be treated with recess, not Ritalin!

Obesity, Demystified

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I believe most people understand that epidemic obesity is overwhelmingly accounted for by too many calories in, too few calories out. But in many quarters, there is surprising resistance to that notion.

Do Government Health Interventions Ruin Personal Liberty?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I realize that's a bumper sticker slogan for the "right to life" movement, but that's not how I mean it -- I choose the lives.