Obesity…Be Dammed!: What It Will Take to Turn the Tide

In this paper published recently in the Harvard Health Policy Review, Dr. Katz offers his perspective on what it will take to turn the tide of epidemic obesity.

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Personalizing Prostate Screening

Personalizing Prostate Screening Prostate cancer screening by means of PSA testing was officially marshaled into the domain of the personal recently by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Their draft conclusion about the overall utility of …

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Sat Fat Clickbait

Saturated Fat Clickbait The pattern of provocations, proclamations and clickbait innuendo related to saturated fat is fairly clear to anyone who reads past the headlines. It’s entirely clear to anyone who actually reads the studies that are blithely ci …

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Marching for Science

Marching for Science: of Advance, and Retweet While I am proud to be a participant in the March for Science in New Haven, CT, I think in 2017 the argument for science is perhaps best made with fingers, and a tweet, rather than marching feet. I don’t me …

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CT Considers Soda Tax

Connecticut Considers Sticking It to Big Soda The State of Connecticut is currently considering an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. I have now testified twice before committees of the State Legislature in favor of the bill, which would impose a …

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Lean is Healthier

  Is Fatter Better? A new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine tells us that the best weight for human beings is something pretty much like the native weight of human beings who are well fed and normally active. There is no one ideal weight fo …

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Cases for Veganism

  The Case(s) for Veganism As I write this, I am about to leave for Boston to speak at iV, the Ivy League Vegan Conference, at Harvard. Prominent voices will gather there and collectively, one anticipates, make the case for veganism. The timing is …

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Cancer Isn’t Random

  Cancer Isn’t Random Despite the study in one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals, and the high-profile media coverage of it: no, cancer is absolutely NOT mostly random and a product of “bad luck.” It wasn’t true when these same i …

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Standard of Care

  Standard of Care I have recently had a loved one in the hospital. I won’t say which loved one, and only note this is someone very close to me. I won’t say what hospital, or name the condition either. My indictment is of the system at large, so n …

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Diet and Truth

  Diet and Truth In late February, Dr. Salim Yusuf, a prominent cardiologist gave a talk at the Zurich Heart House, circulated on YouTube before it was pulled. Citing observational data of his own, Dr. Yusuf asserted, after noting that he has no e …

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Universal Care for Goodness’ Sake

  Universal Care for Goodness’ Sake We all know, and probably all periodically use the expression: for goodness’ sake! Perhaps it represents well the prevailing cynicisms of modern living that when we say “for goodness’ sake” these days, we don’t …

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Fasting and Furious

  The Fasting and the Furious I have yet to see any installments of the long-running Fast and Furious movie franchise, although my son and I recently agreed we probably should. There is, however, a much longer franchise that I’ve been watching clo …

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Diet Trial Tribulations

Diet Trial Tribulations We do not always need a definitive RCT to know what we know; and I make a living running such trials. Suppose you wanted to know with something nearing certainty what specific dietary pattern was “best” for human health. How wou …

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How, Now

  Faring Well? How, Now All the way back in 1993, just as my career was getting launched, Drs. William Foege and J. Michael McGinnis published what I have come to view as the cornerstone of lifestyle medicine: a paper entitled “Actual Causes of De …

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SciLence

  SciLence I heard from a public health colleague this past week, whose work and time are partly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that the CDC did not want to be acknowledged as a funding source in a research paper address …

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