Drive to Dismantle Obamacare

  The Dysfunctional Drive to Dismantle the ACA I believe there are still things left to say about the assault on the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” and surprisingly perhaps, at a very fundamental level. The number of lives affected, the doll …

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Talking with Telomeres

  Listen to Your Telomeres One of the reasons cardiology tends to advance so rapidly compared to other medical disciplines- with very noteworthy benefits, such as marked declines in both premature death and disability related to heart disease- is …

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Terror of Chronic Disease

  Combating The Terror of Chronic Disease, and Vice Versa Listening to President Obama say his official goodbye made me reflect on the space where my professional purview, and my anxieties as a citizen in the modern world converge. Terrorism is li …

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Diet of Alternative Facts

  A Diet of Alternative Facts Nutrition has been mired in a post-truth era in the U.S. since long before anyone in our country had thought to coin the term. More than half a century ago, Ancel Keys did indeed note an association between variations …

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Them in Us

  The Them In Us My native inclination this time each year is to turn my attention from matters purely medical, and dwell somewhat preferentially on the humanistic: peace on earth, good will toward men (and women), and all that. I turn this year t …

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Dietary Propaganda

Dietary Propaganda As a physician, and a specialist in disease prevention and health promotion, I have long been nothing less than sickened by the unending flow of misinformation about food. My job is protecting the health of people, and misinformation …

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Of Bullets and Baloney

  What We KNOW About Diet Imagine that, heaven forbid, you or a loved one is the victim of a gunshot wound to the abdomen or chest, be it the product of a bullet gone astray, or one willfully targeted. There are far too many of both flying around …

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Endless Echoes

  Endless Echoes Why all the real news about all the “fake news” had to wait until the fake news had done its job is unclear to me, and something the responsible media outlets are examining now. I certainly encourage their scrutiny and soul-search …

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Hearts and Minds

  Hearts and Minds According to a study published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine, rates of dementia in the United States appear to be declining. The investigators used standard, validated measures of cognitive function and dementia in two grou …

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Thanks Anyway

  Thanks, Anyway We are called upon to gather, reflect, and give thanks mere days from now, as we do every year at this time. And yet, this year it falls in a season of historic discontent. How are we to manage? To begin, let’s be clear that the p …

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Of Dinner and Democracy

  Of Dinner and Democracy In my customary purview- nutrition, public health, disease prevention- I have had cause to lament periodically the apparent hegemony of Newton’s third law. For every silly action we’ve taken over recent decades to address …

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The Politics of Prevention

  The Politics of Prevention Those of you who read this column routinely can reliably predict my vote, so no need for me to say what it will be. There are reasons, however, directly related to my purview here- preventive medicine- to say why it wi …

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Diet for the Planet

  Diet for The Planet I was privileged to preside one final time as President last week over the annual meeting of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, held at a lovely venue in Naples, Florida. The area around Naples, with leadership from …

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Unified Dietitians

  Dietitians and the Power of Unity I was honored to take the stage recently at FNCE 2016 (the annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, for those who don’t know the lingo) in Boston with Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard, and Kathleen …

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Excess Sugar

  Too Much Sugar Sugar seems to be everywhere these days, and I don’t just mean in the copiously over-sweetened standard American diet (“SAD”). I mean in the news about diet, too. Partly, this is as it should be. Sugar is one of the principal liab …

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