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Dr David Katz

The Urgencies of Care: Here, There and Everywhere

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.11.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Access to care is an important element in the quality of both health care, and the overall public health. All too often small problems neglected for a while turn into larger problems. Barriers to care propagate just such costly misfortune.

Knowing What to Eat, Refusing to Swallow It

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The argument for an emphasis on actual foods rather than manufactured ingestibles masquerading as such garners little opposition from entities not directly involved in selling the latter. Such entities, however, have access to the best marketing talent money can buy.

More Health Care vs. More Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We may at times think too much. There is no shortage of very intelligent, highly educated people in my academic world. But perhaps there is something seductive about the pursuit of data that causes some in this domain to think that the pursuit of data is itself the objective. It shouldn't be. What most people want is for the data we derive to be applied to some

The Fate of Front-of-Pack Labeling That Actually Works

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

News came in the past week that the front-of-pack nutrition guidance program offered by Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation, presented as a seal of approval in the form of a check mark, was being decommissioned. With all due respect to my friends at the Foundation, and the good intentions that brought the system into existence -- good riddance to it.

Study: Saturated Fat as Bad as Sugar!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Folks, when it comes to food, and food for thought alike, it is mostly stupidity that is killing us. Stupidity is worse for us than either sugar or saturated fat.

Fat: Ending the War That Nobody Started

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The evidence continues to accrue -- with almost surprising frequency -- that we should, indeed, eat less meat, butter, and cheese (before we even factor in the environmental considerations, which frankly we should do). We just shouldn't replace them with donuts, Snackwells and soda.

Research Funding: When Is the Money Dirty?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.13.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

All research starts with biased funders and researchers -- because in the absence of such bias, it would be research no one would bother doing. I don't think anyone runs studies in the absence of hopes and preferences pertaining to the outcomes.

Newtonian Nutrition

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.12.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Arguments against the fundamental utility of the calorie to human energy balance, and weight control, really do devolve to arguments against Newton and this basic law.

Will Procrastinate for Pastrami

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Go ahead, eat more meat, butter and cheese. Let me know how it turns out for you. I certainly won't be joining you, despite the current popularity of the proposition.

Debunking Breakfast

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.06.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Personally, I have long thought that whatever the particular merits of breakfast, hieratic zeal as the main course was in fact a rather dubious way to start the day. So it is that I welcomed a new study that purportedly was about debunking breakfast, but was really about debunking dogma for breakfast.

Body Parts and Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Those of us hoping for health need our kids as much as they need us. In unity there is strength, after all. A family that eats well together has no junk food in the house in the first place.

Our Diets and Our Doom

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

For most of us, it's time to stop rolling our eyes at non-existent conspiracies, and actually attempt to eat well and be active. It means there is no scapegoat to blame for all our ills, and no silver bullet to save us.

New Study: Diet Soda meets Straw Man

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.30.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A new study in the journal Obesity, comparing diet soda to water for weight loss, has resulted in extensive and worldwide media coverage -- some of it, to my surprise, directly involving me. My involvement derives from my published opinions about diet soda and artificial sweeteners, which thus far remain unchanged after reading the study in question.

Bullets, Ballots and Bullies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

If there is anyone who would still advocate for unimpeded access to guns for all on the basis of ideology despite such an extreme (and admittedly absurd) epidemiology, there are names for it. The kinder designation is fanaticism.

Fewer Words About Sex, Food and Documentaries

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.28.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If we can't trust any prior experts, why on earth should we trust this batch? The message that experts can't be trusted does exactly what it is intended to do: It cultivates distrust.

Fed Up, Confused and Still Eating

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

By all means, see the film Fed Up, if you haven't. If you aren't yet fed up with the toxic quagmire that is the typical American diet, there's a good chance it will get you there.

You Can Chew It. You Can Swallow It. But Is It Food?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Despite thinking at first that warning labels might go too far, I wound up realizing they wouldn't go nearly far enough. Junk should never have been glorified as a food group in the first place.

The Well-Chewed Calorie: Rumination or Ruin?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many of you have doubtless already seen the commentary in the New York Times by my friend and colleague, Dr. David Ludwig, entitled: "Always Hungry? Here's Why." If you have not read the piece, I commend it to you.

Moronic Morsels Du Jour: Where Does the Line Form?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.15.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I guess I only know this. The vendors keep dishing dietary epiphanies in bite-sized, moronic morsels almost every day. We never seem to see the elephant in the room and most of us can't seem to wait to get in line.

After the 'Guffaw' -- The Serious Face of Visible Trauma

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Some of you correctly noted that there really is nothing funny about trauma to the face and head. There was a tangential point to make about our societal idiocy when it comes to quick-fix-weight-loss-by-any-means, and I made it. But then what? What comes after the... "guffaw"?

The (Revolutionary) Get-Hit-in-the-Face-With-a-Horse Diet!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A couple of weeks ago, my sister got hit in the face with a horse, and the pounds have been dropping off ever since. It seemed unfair to keep this revolutionary weight loss breakthrough to ourselves, so I am writing to share it.

Dietary Immunity Or How to Guard Your Underwear

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In a rare demonstration that there is intelligent life down here, we have recognized that if this is what millions of years of evolutionary biology came up with, we were unlikely to do better. From whence, the answer to the sleepaway camp dilemma: Put your initials in your underwear! If you identify your own, you don't have to recognize everyone else's.

The Greatest Dietary Guidance? If It Gets Cold, Reheat It!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A column entitled "The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease" appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday. To spare you any guessing about where this is headed, I'll tell you right away: the column itself was pretty darn questionable.

A Holistic View of Evidence-Based Medicine: of Horse, Cart and Whip

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Integrative Medicine is not an invitation to supplant evidence with wishful thinking. It is an invitation to a wider array of treatment options, and the prospect of effectively addressing patient need more of the time. Realizing such potential benefits -- at the Cleveland Clinic, or anywhere else -- requires both open mindedness and careful skepticism.

Food (For Thought) on Earth Day

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

My point today, on Earth Day, is that it doesn't matter if meat-based eating is good or even best for human health. It doesn't work in modern context. We can't have our population in excess of 7 billion, and eat our daily side of beef, too.