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A Year Nearly Donne: Reflections on the Family of Man

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Can we even really imagine a world at peace? Can we even imagine seeing one another past the primitive veil of xenophobia, and perceiving the family resemblance? Can we imagine a world where we pull on the common bond of our humanity, and it never breaks?

What Really Matters Today (And Every Day)

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

What really matters most to me today is not my mission, but my family. Because that's probably true for all of us every day, the mission matters all the more. The mission is to add years to life, and life to years. When the lives and years belong to someone we love, it's the most important thing in the world.

DNA, Dunkin' and Dingbats

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

DNA, with rare exception, is not destiny. Dinner is -- to a far greater extent than most realize, or than our culture seems inclined to put to any good use. Lifestyle can alter gene expression; we can nurture nature.

The Flu Vaccine: of Flubbing and Drubbing

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The bottom line is that anti-vaccine sentiment and associated conspiracy theories are a luxury accessible only to societies largely spared the historical toll of dreadful, vaccine-preventable diseases. If our children were still prone to polio, any anti-vaccine evangelists would be trampled by the mob rushing to the immunization clinic

The Obesity Fix

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If instead, we treated obesity more like drowning, we would tell the truth about food. We would not market multicolored marshmallows to children as part of a complete breakfast. We would not willfully mislead about the perilous currents in the modern food supply. We would not look on passively as an entire population of non-swimmers started wading in over their heads.

Health for the Holidays? Have Fun!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If you eat well and are active generally throughout the year, you will be healthier and leaner than those who are not. If that pattern persists over the holidays, or picks up again after, you will find in it pretty effective immunity against holiday-related health hazards. Build good health year round, and let the good times roll when the holidays roll around.

Want Health? Try the Truth

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We are imprisoned by cultural inanities that favor sales over sense, profits over the promise of adding years to life, and life to years. But we can free ourselves -- with the simple, solid, reliable fundamentals that make up... the truth.

Public Health as Political Prisoner

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

The surgeon general, whatever his or her views on gun control, has no political authority, and will do absolutely nothing about gun control in office. Even if the position did allow for that, why would that unsettle anybody?

Best Diet? Look Beyond the Beauty Pageant

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.13.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

No, looking at the never-ending parade of quick-fix contestants, we cannot say which diet is best -- because none is.

Whole Grains and Half-Witted Notions

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Whole grains have figured prominently in human diets for roughly 15,000 years. They figure prominently in the diets of the healthiest populations alive today. And unlike the mostly extinct choices of our Stone Age ancestors, they are available to us today.

Ebola, the News Cycle, and the Affliction of Short Attention Spans

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Real problems, in the real world, are rarely solved by either the excessively afflicted or the unduly comfortable. Real problems, like Ebola, tend to populate the space between cause for panic and allowance for apathy. Real solutions, whatever the headlines, tend to reside there as well.

Climate on the Menu

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There are innumerable arguments for wholesome foods in sensible combinations, mostly plants. Among them is this: If more of us eat that way, the chances go up that there will be a glass of water left somewhere to wash it down.

Dieting Must Die

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Dieting is a short-term, get-on-then-get-back-off approach to the permanent challenge of losing weight and finding health. It has been tested rather generously, and it does not work. Perpetuating a method proven so robustly to be a massive failure is, at best, foolish.

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.

Softer Care For Harder Cases, Of Ebola And Everything Else

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As for Ebola containment, holistic thinking is clearly essential. Control of an outbreak is not limited to treating the sick, but managing the social network of every index case.

A Taste for Stealth

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Stealth nutrition can work for you or against you. Unfortunately, it has been used against you by the food industry for years. First, we need a defin...

Unscrambling Our Eggs

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The common theme? The risk of crisis portended by warning signs all too often neglected. In the case of wayward biomarkers such as cholesterol, only somebody is harmed by that neglect, although that's small comfort if the somebody is you or anyone you love.

The Nature of Medicine, and the Medicine of Nature

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Over time, the nature of medicine has changed. There is ever less time with patients. There is ever more reliance on technology and drugs. These can offer powerful benefits, but at times there are kinder, gentler modalities to get the same job done.

Design, Intelligent Or Otherwise, In Real Time

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Now that Ebola is here, it has captured the attention it arguably deserved from us long ago. The latest news is that the patient first diagnosed in the U.S. is in critical condition, and receiving experimental therapy. Lapses in our public health system have been acknowledged, and a scramble to contain the damage, and prevent spread, are playing out as we look on, and worry.

Through Ebola's Eyes

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Predictably, this one case diagnosed here in the U.S. has resulted in a media feeding frenzy, rumination, recrimination, and the familiar blend of hyberbole and hysteria that tends to populate those infamous 15 minutes during which any given crisis holds our attention.

Our Health, on Fire: The #UseWhatWeKnow Campaign

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Let the parsing continue, for that competition is healthy if it helps us do something about the residual 20 percent of all chronic disease we don't already know how to prevent. But let us not squander what we do know while working to learn what we don't.

Our Sodas, Stars and Selves: Where the Buck -- and Calories -- Stop

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Big Soda might have said: "We know you are getting fat and sick, and feel we are implicated; but frankly, we don't give a damn as long as you are foolish enough to keep buying what we sell." Actually, that would have been refreshingly honest.

Why Some People Can Fly and Others are Healthy: of Science, Sense and Skillpower

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The route to health should be a path of lesser resistance than it is, free of turbulence and traffic. But it is what it is for now, and we need to rise above it.

Seeking The Sweet Spot, From Mouth To Microbiome

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A study out last week in the top-tier journal Nature told us that non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS) may contribute to glucose intolerance by mucking up our microbiomes. That's a serious indictment, since these products are intended to help defend against glucose intolerance, and other ills related to diabetes risk and weight gain.

Thicker Middles, Skulls to Match

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We may all acknowledge, with the great pride warranted, that fighting childhood obesity and simultaneously marketing multicolored marshmallows and toaster pastries to our children as part of their complete breakfast is an impressive feat of cultural legerdemain.