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Means, at the Ends of Ethics

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

The language of the Second Amendment, however it is interpreted, is about means. Some manner of access to guns for some portion of the citizenry is the means, and something like defense against tyranny and protection of liberty the presumably intended ends.

Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
David Katz, M.D.

Knowledge could be power. A way to health -- for us, and our kids -- could be allied to the will we have for it. But only if we come together, and do something.

Terrorists Are Morons

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Crime
David Katz, M.D.

To the extent terrorism is about advancing some agenda other than adding to the world's supply of misery and hatred, it is a total failure. It absolutely never works.

Actually, No You're NOT A Nutrition Expert

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.12.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have created a seething stew of opinion about everything to do with nutrition, including, presumably, stew. That leaves us with far too many cooks, many lacking credentials to be in the kitchen in the first place.

Media, Message, and Motive: Why 'Why' Matters

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

These are the facts. The video is a public health offering, pure and simple. No one makes money from it. And it features several tweens and teens who are themselves beneficiaries of healthy living, who donated time and effort and talent to paying it forward.

Money, Medicine and Myopia

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I can't say, on the basis of evidence, that NIH is misdirecting vast fortunes from where they could do the most good within our lifetimes. But I certainly do believe it. What I can say is that biomedical research dollars are subject to the same myopia that tends to dominate our personal lives.

Ruminations on Aspartame and Milk

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Little rumination is required to reach this conclusion: Cows don't make aspartame. But they don't make strawberry flavoring, either. This is relevant to a debate that involves a petition by the dairy industry to the FDA to change what qualifies as milk.

What Is Processed Food Doing To You?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Anyone living and eating in the modern world, and paying even a little attention, knows that we are a very long way from eating food, not too much, mostly plants. Not only does our food come mostly in bags, boxes, bottles, jars and cans -- but mostly, it isn't really food.

Our Comfortable Affliction

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The heroes of our flavor-of-the-day news cycles are not those who prove to be right or actually know what they are talking about. The heroes on any given day are the iconoclasts, conspiracy theorists, and -- just plain wing nuts. Affliction is the plat du jour, and these -- its master chefs.

My Colonoscopy

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Take good care of yourself, and you will be taking good care of your GI tract. Take good care of your GI tract, and it will very probably take good care of you. But it is working hard every day, and may well suffer effects of wear and tear as a result, much like your skin.

On Vulnerability, and Opportunity: Is Forewarned Forearmed?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

With the help of a cameo appearance by a friend you are likely to know, a preventionist reflects on vulnerability -- and the opportunity to take arms against a sea of troubles imperiling our children, and by opposing -- end them!

Qatar's Cultural Crisis: Wealth, Health, Wisdom, and Opportunity

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Qatar is the richest country in the world. As such, it provides a vivid demonstration that money can't buy you health any more than it can buy you love. The converse, in fact, appears to be true: The wealth of Qatar is being purchased at the cost of its people's health.

Handling, and Swallowing, the Truth About Food

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.11.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I care deeply about the truth about food, because this particular truth could set us substantially free from the threat of chronic disease and premature death. Chewing and swallowing the truth about food could add years to our lives, and lives to our years.

Fruits, Nuts, and Friends Like These

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The statement that fructose is toxic is, simply, false. Fruit contains fructose. Honey, which has been part of the human diet since the Stone Age, contains more fructose than glucose. Saying that fructose is toxic but fruit is not is like saying that democracy is evil, but the United States is fine.

Sweet Nothings, Bitter Truth

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.02.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I have great respect and appreciation for the Times, and a fair portion of both for the insights of foodie/journalist Mark Bittman. But I have just about none of either for the combination of the two represented in an editorial by Mr. Bittman in the Times this week declaring sugar toxic.

My Conversation With Michael Moss: Bullies, Bodies, and the Body Politic

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The food industry brings in serious muscle to bully us into eating too much of all the wrong things, while someone counts the cash. Any conversation about personal responsibility or public policy that fails to acknowledge this reality is either disingenuous, or uninformed.

Better Diet? Bigger Picture!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Those who want today's news to be that the Mediterranean diet has been proven superior to other truly good diets will need to wait until tomorrow, or longer. We had previously lacked any good head-to-head comparisons of "best diet" candidates, and we still do.

The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles, Part 5: Science, Sense, and Sandbags

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Epidemic obesity and chronic disease is, like a perfect storm, the product of massive and protean forces. It is an emergency in slow motion, but an emergency just the same. Like any other storm, these threats call for a brisk and well-coordinated crisis response that has yet to materialize fully.

Why Everyone Is Right -- And Wrong -- About Obesity

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

No one thing is wrong with the prevailing American diet, and no one-nutrient-at-a-time remedy will right it any more than a single part represents the whole elephant in the room. We need to see that elephant -- and develop a better recipe.

The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles, Part 4: Polar Bears in the Sahara

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have a natural environment. And a world of fast-food drive-through restaurants, fax machines, escalators and email is not it. The nutritional environment we live in is toxic to us. The effects of that toxicity are rampant chronic disease and epidemic obesity.

Unfettering the Second Amendment

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

I am now for a Second Amendment with no interpretation whatsoever. Let's completely and utterly unfetter the Second Amendment from the outlandish suggestions of the type I've made until just now. The Second Amendment, unfettered, makes no exclusion for incarcerated felons. And so, neither should we.

Two-Faced Freedom

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

The Founding Fathers allowed for the right to bear arms to be limited to the arms the majority want among us. They did not obligate us to tolerate arms in the hands of lunatics, arms designed for maximal carnage. But the NRA does.

The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles, Part 3: Then and Now

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Only by knowing Mik-tal's endowment to us can we hope to meet the challenges of the modern world. Our efforts to find our way home begin by knowing where home is, and where we are now. Our efforts to achieve dietary health begin by knowing ourselves.

The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles, Part 2: The Way We Are

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.11.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This particular morning in mid-April was quite chilly, although clear. In fact, the early suffusion of sunlight was promising a day of great beauty. Not that Michelle was listening to such promises. Far too busy. And besides, the climate inside was always perfect.

The Case For Prevention: Saving More Dollars By Making More Sense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If we got down to the bedrock of true prevention -- lifestyle as preventive medicine -- we could add years to life, add life to years, and save a whole lot of money by putting to use the science and sense long at our disposal.