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New York Soda Ban: Public Hearing Brings Arguments To NYC Health Board (PHOTOS)

New York Soda Ban: Public Hearing Brings Arguments To NYC Health Board (PHOTOS)

Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 11:31:45 in New York

“Related to soda, we continue to dance around the real solution. The message, plain and simple, needs to be:

Drink water.

Mrs. Obama seems to address it with this magnificent quote: “You wouldn’t think of watering a plant with soda.” How profound. Of course, no one would use soda to nourish a plant. So, why in the world would you put it in your body?

When Steve Jobs was recruiting John Sculley (former CEO of PepsiCo), he made this observation: “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugar water to children, or do you want a chance to change the world?”

Come on folks, we can change the world. However, first we must change the message.

These folks seem to know the solution …

Ken Leebow
Nutrition Experts Sound Off On Why It's So Hard For People To Curb Sugary Drinks

Nutrition Experts Sound Off On Why It's So Hard For People To Curb Sugary Drinks

Commented Jul 6, 2012 at 12:51:00 in Healthy Living

“In regard to drinking water, here's the t-shirt I wear ...

sylvabugg2 on Jul 6, 2012 at 15:43:06

“I don't drink water, fish have sex in it.”
Skinny Fat People: Why Being Skinny Doesn't Protect Us Against Diabetes and Death

Skinny Fat People: Why Being Skinny Doesn't Protect Us Against Diabetes and Death

Commented Jun 11, 2012 at 12:56:52 in Healthy Living

“Excellent article ... those of us who have taken back our health understand and agree with most of your information.

Keep up the good work!

Ken Leebow
Soda: Size Does Matter

Soda: Size Does Matter

Commented Jun 7, 2012 at 10:56:04 in Home

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, than this one speaks volumes. How much sugar are you putting in your body if you drink just one 12-ounce soda per day? Take a look ...

This visual should be in the waiting room of every doctor/dentist office. Unfortunately, it is not.”
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Eat More, Move Less: What's Driving the Obesity Epidemic

Commented May 2, 2012 at 11:22:06 in TV

“I cannot imagine that this HBO special will discuss anything that we do not already know. For example, the late Peter Jennings hosted a great documentary that stated most of the issues at hand ... How to Get Fat Without Really Trying -
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What If Health Were More Like Wealth?

Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 15:28:24 in Healthy Living

“It's unfortunate that we do not appreciate it until it is lost. Very sad.

Thank you Dr. Katz for a great article.

My presentation is titled: Health is Your Greatest Wealth. I have already shared your article with many of my attendees.”
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Sugar, on a Slippery Slope

Commented Feb 8, 2012 at 09:17:58 in Healthy Living

“Great article. Unfortunately, we are always seeking the "villain" nutrient.

If we could manage to leave The Main Street Diet - we'll save money and be much healthier.”
Trans Fat:  Hiding in Plain Sight

Trans Fat: Hiding in Plain Sight

Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 10:58:33 in Healthy Living

“Thanks for addressing this issue.

My favorite is Cheetos ... it states on the front of the package: 0 grams of trans fat. Gotta read the ingredients. I call it the trans fat lie. I have created the website Partially Hydrogenated to get the word out ...

And, last year's box of Girl Scout cookies (Thin Mints) had trans fats. Thanks girls!”

neighborhoodmole on Jan 11, 2012 at 13:47:53

“I've stopped buying girl scout cookies for health reasons. Instead, I make a donation every year to the regional organization, which is tax deductible.”
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How Pizza Became A Vegetable Through The Magic Of Influence-Peddling

Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 17:13:10 in Politics

“I guess the patrons at this pizza joint will be very happy ... the pizza is super-sized. Oh yeah, so were many of the patrons ...
Jamie Oliver and Andrew Lansley are Both Right About Obesity (But There's More)

Jamie Oliver and Andrew Lansley are Both Right About Obesity (But There's More)

Commented Oct 14, 2011 at 10:06:16 in UK Lifestyle

“I believe this can be boiled down to two words.

1. Satiety - only two nutrients provide the feeling of satiety without overeating
2. Taste - identify foods with health benefits that taste great

Master those two words and you are well on your way to leading a healthy lifestyle.

Ken Leebow
How Running Changed My Life

How Running Changed My Life

Commented Sep 23, 2011 at 12:03:33 in Healthy Living

“Thanks to your program, way back in 1992, I was able to run and complete the NYC Marathon. One of our training locations was right at the Galloway School ... in Atlanta, of course.

Thank you,

Ken Leebow
Are Cholesterol Medications Really Just A Scam?

Are Cholesterol Medications Really Just A Scam?

Commented Aug 3, 2011 at 11:22:34 in Healthy Living

“An interesting site to refer to is: The Number Needed to Treat.

Here are the stats for statins:

People with no known heart disease ...

People with known heart disease ...
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How We Can Nurse Our Country Back to Good Health

Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 16:02:25 in Healthy Living

“Thanks for the info.

It's great that people with a megaphone like Bittman and Brownell are yelling and screaming. However, "we the people" cannot wait for reform. If your health is important, action must be taken. We cannot wait for public policy to change.

I've learned that it can be very simple. To replace The Main Street Diet (, which presumably tastes great, you need to accomplish two things:

Every time you eat:

1. Satiety - Eat foods that provide the feeling of being full.
2. Taste - Go forth and become a "hunter and gatherer" and identify foods that have health benefits that taste great. There are many ... hundreds, maybe thousands.

If you can accomplish those two things, you are well on your way to moving away from SAD ... the Standard American Diet.

Ken Leebow
Why We Eat When We're Not Hungry

Why We Eat When We're Not Hungry

Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 09:26:34 in Healthy Living

“You use the phrase "Mindless Eating". Unfortunately, we have moved far beyond mindless eating. I call it: Unconscious Consumption.

We have become accustomed to food being everywhere that we're like the chicken who crossed the road ... we overeat ... because we can.

Ken Leebow

signgrrl on Jul 27, 2011 at 10:44:09

“if i don't watch myself, i would nibble / snack constantly. and if i do get something to eat, i just bring a little back to the table. if i want more, i have to get up again. it takes some of the ''mindless" aspect out of the equation.”
Can Television Help Awaken a Healthy World?

Can Television Help Awaken a Healthy World?

Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 09:42:54 in Healthy Living

“Well stated! Thank you.

Ken Leebow
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Curb Your Extremism, Restaurants

Commented Jul 20, 2011 at 13:30:36 in Healthy Living

“While those extreme foods make for good PR, via commercials, we are bombarded with over-the-top food items all day long ... while watching NFL football, I decided to snap some of these "delectable" items:

There is a solution: Identify equally tasty foods that are's not that difficult. You just have to desire health over our cultural norm.

Ken Leebow
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Why We Need To Go Beyond The 'Sound Bite' For Health Information

Commented Jul 19, 2011 at 10:17:59 in Healthy Living

“Dr. Katz,

I've been reading and listening to your information for a while. There's no doubt that behind your words is much knowledge and thought. For that, I thank you.

So, with that in mind, maybe you would consider moving to Washington DC and resolve the mess, the sound bytes, and double-speak that emanates from that part of the world.

Keep up the good work and don't pay too much attention to the squeaky wheels ... they'll drive you batty if you do.

Kindest regards,

Ken Leebow

hp blogger David Katz, M.D. on Jul 21, 2011 at 08:40:17

“Thanks, Ken. I think it's a bit too hot in DC- in every sense of the word! But I appreciate the suggestion.”
Michelle Obama's Shake Shack Burger: Much Ado About Something?

Michelle Obama's Shake Shack Burger: Much Ado About Something?

Commented Jul 12, 2011 at 11:59:42 in Healthy Living

“Ha, that reminds me of this really funny cartoon ...
DIY 100-Calorie Munches

DIY 100-Calorie Munches

Commented Jul 12, 2011 at 08:52:19 in Healthy Living

“While the calories are important - should be between 100 - 200 calories for a snack, the most important aspect for a healthy snack is it needs to provide the feeling of satiety. Two nutrients do that: fiber and protein. Here are some sample snacks that provide the feeling of satiety:

Ken Leebow

Bridget C on Jul 12, 2011 at 14:53:56

“I was thinking about that as I read the list above. Many of those snacks would leave me feeling hungry. The ones at the link you provided would be much more satisfying. (And I love crispy garbanzo beans.)”
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The Paleo Diet: Can We Really Eat Like Our Ancestors Did?

Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 15:48:25 in Healthy Living

“Let's get out of the stone age and fast-forward to today and we will discover:

1. People who get hooked on their type of diet - from vegan to paleo - believe that their way is the only way.
2. Fortunately, we can eat a vast-array of foods and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, the people who reside in these "diet camps" will throw stones (sorry) at the other camp.
3. The diet that is a known to cause disease and death is The Main Street Diet --
4. It's relatively easy to avoid the circle of disease without being an evangelist for vegan, paleo or any other diet camp -

The only thing that steadfastly sticking to a specific diet camp does to the general public is cause confusion. And, that's the last thing we need today because many Americans are dying from the standard American diet (SAD).

Ken Leebow

Fred Butters on Jul 7, 2011 at 16:52:39

“I think you have some great points and from what I can tell you've summed up WHY someone who eats a high fat Paleo diet, and someone who eats a low fat Ornish diet will both see health benefits - it's because both advocate the elimination of processed food and sugar and the inclusion of more vegetables. If a person's diet is making them sick, then switching to any diet that follows those two rules will have big benefits.

Sure, I'd argue that an Ornish diet will save your heart at the expense of your brain, exposing a person to increased risk of cognitive issues later in life due to lack of dietary fat, but what do I know.”
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The Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Commented Jul 4, 2011 at 10:25:49 in Healthy Living

“If you haven't read the book Tomatoland, you might want to listen to an interview with the author ...

For many reasons, industrial tomatoes are disgusting. My recommendation: grow your own and eat them during the Summer months. The store-bought ones have no flavor because they come from industrial farms.”

StephenJK on Jul 8, 2011 at 08:24:49

“I agree. I can't stand supermarket tomatoes. Absolutely devoid of taste and more than likely low on the nutritional totem pole. They all look pale and sickly. We've started growing them out of pots and we live in an apartment on the 2nd floor with not much sunlight (except for mornings and late afternoon). But, our plants are doing great. Already about a pound of produce on each and many blossoms and fruiting going on. It might be our Sulcata Tortoise helping us with some biological material of his own contribution. LOL They're thriving. I never thought these plants would do well. But, they are. :)”
Weight Loss Psychology: Why Your Brain Might be Holding You Back

Weight Loss Psychology: Why Your Brain Might be Holding You Back

Commented Jul 1, 2011 at 15:59:04 in Healthy Living

“There you go ... you have the equation now (Eat Healthier, Exercise Regularly) ... sounds catchy to me. And even more important ... it works.

If you eat healthier, you can eat a lot more. That's why eat less is a fallacy. Of course, people have to identify the foods that are healthy and taste great. That becomes part of the fun. You can become a "hunter and gatherer" as you "hunt" for healthy foods that you enjoy and "gather" them at the grocery store, farmer's market, and hopefully in your own garden.

Happy 4th,

Ken Leebow

As far as exercise, no need to convince me of its value. After all, one of my websites is ... and for free, my readers get a wrist band that says: Every Day is Training Day.

Exercise is incredibly important and you mention a few of the reasons, however, for weight loss ... concentrate on the food side of the equation.”
Weight Loss Psychology: Why Your Brain Might be Holding You Back

Weight Loss Psychology: Why Your Brain Might be Holding You Back

Commented Jul 1, 2011 at 13:14:52 in Healthy Living

“Oh Lordy, after I posted my reply to you, I just read another myth ... Eat Less, Exercise More. That is definitely a prescription for failure.

Almost all nutrition experts will state: Eat Less, Exercise More. There are a few of us that will tell people to Eat More ... of course, more of the "right stuff". As far as the more exercise is concerned, let's just assume you eat the typical fast food meal ... burger, fries, and soda. You've just consumed about 1,300 calories.

Now, here comes the fallacy of exercise more: It will take you about 2-hours to burn that off. Um, we can't get people to exercise for 30 minutes a day. So, in a nutshell, if you are eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) - it's impossible to exercise it off.

So, Eat Less, Exercise More is a myth that most people believe, however, it does not work.

Of course, exercise is very important, but not for weight loss.

Ken Leebow

DrHRankin on Jul 1, 2011 at 14:13:35

“Honestly I don't see how you can say that exercising more is a prescription for failure -- given that most people hardly exercise at all. And given that most people eat way more than they think they are eating, and eating too much, I'm not sure your logic for that either.

And exercising isn't just about caloric burn. It's about a whole variety of benefits that impact eating -- better mood, sleep, self-esteem, metabolic rate, etc.etc.

Eat less, exercise more obviously is a short, general prescription. Some people can eat the same amount and by switching to healthier foods, that will make a difference. And some probably wouldn't benefit from increasing their exercise but as a general prescription it would work for most people. Perhaps Eat Healthier, Exercise Regulalrly would be more accurate -- but not as catchy :)”
Weight Loss Psychology: Why Your Brain Might be Holding You Back

Weight Loss Psychology: Why Your Brain Might be Holding You Back

Commented Jul 1, 2011 at 13:06:23 in Healthy Living

“Dr. Rankin,

I'd love to agree with you, but alas, I can't.

I will agree that self-control is a beautiful thing. However, sadly, in today's very bizarre social environment, self-control is harder than ever before...just ask media-savvy Mark Halpern (but that's another story).

But I'm not talking about self-control. Of course, with your background, you know that all bets are off related to diet and healthy lifestyle because so many people eat based on emotional issues. That's another complex issue.

But back to willpower and deprivation ... the beautiful thing that I have discovered is that if you follow two other simple rules, you can do away with willpower and deprivation, and even the emotional side of eating.

Rather than explain it here, you can visit a private part of my website to see how simple it can be. Note, I said can because most people make this diet, health, and lifestyle concept very difficult ...

But, for those you want to make it simple, it's there for the taking.

Wishing you well,

Ken Leebow
Weight Loss Psychology: Why Your Brain Might be Holding You Back

Weight Loss Psychology: Why Your Brain Might be Holding You Back

Commented Jul 1, 2011 at 10:15:03 in Healthy Living


Nice article. You mention willpower. I believe all diets fail because people use willpower and deprivation. Those two ingredients will only take you so far.

As you know, lifestyle change is the key.

By the way, you wanted me to donate some books, but I never heard back from you.

Kindest regards,

Ken Leebow

DrHRankin on Jul 1, 2011 at 11:41:14

“Actually Ken, I believe that people don't use willpower -- that's why they fail! I agree, it depends on how you think of willpower. I believe that self-control can be developed -- actually it needs to be because you can't just will yourself, you have to be TRAINED, in developing it.The default setting for most people is to give in to the habits they have developed over a lifetime. My original research showed that people could be trained to develop self-control but without training, most are doomed to fail. And self-control isn't about deprivation, it's about empowerment.”
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