Rising Obesity

Obesity, Rising The June 7, 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association devotes much of its rarefied real estate to the current state of the obesity epidemic in the United States, and the news is not good. One paper, by Flegal and col …

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Where’s The Beef

Where’s the Beef? I was privileged to speak this week at the 2016 Chef Culinary Conference at UMass in Amherst. The conference is a fabulous gathering of experts in food science, nutrition, public health, and the environment- as well as the art, and bu …

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How Salt Science Shakes Out

  How Salt Shakes Out In quick succession of late, the FDA has made headlines for updating food labels, revisiting the definition of “healthy,” and now, shaking up the salty status quo. Specifically, the FDA has issued “draft voluntary targets for …

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Fountain of Youth

  The Fountain of Youth, Where No One Drinks I was privileged to deliver a keynote address recently at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) World Congress in Hollywood, Florida. The conferences are a big draw to health professionals a …

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Marketing Food Like No Tomorrow

  Marketing Food Like There’s No Tomorrow One of the regional supermarket chains in this part of the world, in fact the very one my family shops most often, routinely markets pizza in their TV commercials. This particular pizza, and the marketing …

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KIND and Healthy Update

KIND and Healthy Food Label Update By The FDA Just over a year ago, KIND, a company I have long admired, with products my family has long enjoyed, received a reprimand of sorts from the FDA. The company was informed in a warning letter that their use o …

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Weight Losers, Gainers, Spectators, and Profiteers

  6Weight: Of Losers, Gainers, Spectators, and Profiteers A recent feature article in the New York Times chronicles the unfortunate fate of participants in The Biggest Loser after the spotlights dim, the TV cameras stop speeding, and some time goe …

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Nutrient Supplements and Law of Unintended Consequences

Supplements, Science, and Silence In principle, the law that constrains the marketing of nutrient supplements in the U.S. is “DSHEA,” or, the Dietary Supplement Health And Education Act (of 1994). In practice, the law of unintended consequences may exe …

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Health, United, and Citizens

  United, health, and citizens United Health Care is withdrawing its involvement in the state exchanges of the Affordable Care Act, a.ka., Obamacare, due to the high costs of participation. The citizens in states where United was an important play …

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Don’t Eat The Headlines

Don’t Eat The Headlines I can say with reasonable authority that the recent spate of wildly gyrating nutrition headlines did not cause (m)any of the world’s leading nutrition experts to change what they eat. To the best of my knowledge, none of my vege …

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The Moon in Hand

The Moon in Our Hands My editors at LinkedIN asked me to contribute to a series of articles offering “advice” to the next President of the United States, whomever that may prove to be. Here, slightly abbreviated, is my offering. Dear Mme./Mr. President …

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Diets Divide Us

How Diets Divide Us In a momentous, seminal paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, colleagues at Oxford, University modeled the impact of human dietary patterns between now and 2050 on health outcomes, the climate, the environment …

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Place for Health Promotion in Health Care

The Place for Health in Health Care Despite the haze of perennial sleep deprivation that characterizes medical residency training, I noticed during mine that 8 out of 10 hospital beds were filled by miserably sick people that never needed to be so sick …

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Paleo Meat Meets Modern Reality

Paleo Meat Meets Modern Reality The Oldways Common Ground nutrition conference I was privileged to co-chair with Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard last November had no shortage of riveting moments, as the recent posting of conference videos reminds me (see …

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Truth about Saturated Fat

Truth about Saturated Fat We have known for a long time- many years- that all saturated fat is not created equal with regard to health effects. The details of a discussion encompassing, for instance, just stearic acid, lauric acid, palmitic acid, and m …

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