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Lifestyle Medicine

Guns, Butter, and The Burden of Proof

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In all of biomedicine, spanning clinical care, medical research, and public health practice, we subscribe to the "precautionary principle." Basically,...

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.

Mechanics of Metabolism Maintenance: Cars, Keys, and Karelia

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The cottage industry in revisionist dietary history -- and make no mistake, it is an industry -- would have us believe that absurd misapplications of advice can be blamed on the advice itself. The dots, and decades, connecting Keys to Karelia, however, paint a very different picture.

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.

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.<

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....

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 ...

Do We Need a New Pill Drill?

Kristen Lee | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristen Lee

This is the pill drill that needs to be revisited and dismantled. This drill involves a lack of access to preventative, alternative and/or complementary approaches, and resorts to swift prescribing without exploring additional means to understand and treat mental health and stress-related issues.

A Clean Bill of Health Can Be Deadly: The Power of S.M.A.R.T. Thinking

Carol J. Scott, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Carol J. Scott, M.D.

High reliability organizations take action every day towards achieving the benchmark goal of zero preventable harmful events. They constantly weigh the cumulative impact of daily choices and actions.

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...

9 Small Lifestyle Changes That Can Make A Big Impact on Your Health

Quora | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Quora

Some 80 percent of health problems today are caused by lifestyle. Yep, that's right, can't blame your DNA, other people or outside forces. It's all about how you go about your daily life and the choices you make. Yet, nutrition, exercise and behavior change are not commonly taught in today's medical schools.

Cancer Mortality News, Between the Lines

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2016 | 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 07.01.2016 | 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 06.29.2016 | 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...

Doctors Have a Moral Responsibility to Discuss Alternatives to Conventional Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 05.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

A growing number of scientific studies underscore the need for more training in and, by extension, dialogue about alternatives to conventional medicin...

The Pope, the Planet and Public Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2016 | 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...

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

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.07.2015 | 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.

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.

The Case for a True Health Coalition: Who Hears Whom?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

With the strength of unity, a signal of what we truly do know can rise above the din and discord.

Modern Medicine, Mired at the Line of Scrimmage

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

What if football were more like modern medicine? Perhaps the only way to advance down the field would be to renounce all progress to date and start again each time at the 20-yard line. You never get to build on your prior gains. That seems a dubious game to me.

Who Are We? Of DNA, Drugs and Dinner

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It says something about who we are if we neglect the means already at our disposal to eradicate 80 percent of all chronic disease while holding out for some wonder drug. What it says is none too flattering. It's that time of year. It's time for us all to decide who we are.

Paradoxically, Slow Medicine Is the Best Quick Fix for Your Health

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mark Hyman, M.D. -- a leading functional medicine doctor and author of numerous books, including The Bloo...

Lifestyle: Medicine That Inspires

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It is medicine that is safe, generally inexpensive, pleasurable, stunningly powerful, and potentially accessible to all. It is suitable for children and octogenarians alike; it is safe during pregnancy. It is medicine that can do more to advance the human condition than any other.