Citizens United for Public Health

  Citizens United for Public Health There was a brilliant, in my opinion, recent column in the New York Times entitled The Conservative Case for Campaign Finance Reform. The author, Richard Painter, whom I do not know, is a law professor at the Un …

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If Not Us

If Not Us, Who? I was privileged this past week to join luminaries such as Dr. Richard Carmona, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. David Satcher, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and many other notables on the stage at the Lake Nona Impact Forum in Florida. My message, however, de …

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Diet Guidance in America

Diet Guidance in America I was delighted to learn that the USDA was holding a “listening session” about the Dietary Guidelines- process and product- on Friday afternoon (2/19/16) in Washington, DC. I was even more delighted to be invited to offer sever …

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Guns, Rights, Responsibilities

People and Arms, Rights and Responsibilities Scientists at the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC recently published a research letter in JAMA, reporting on a comparison of life expectancy at birth in the U.S. to peer countries, mostly in …

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Diet Advice We Never Followed

  Expert Dietary Guidance We Never Followed No, Americans are not fatter and sicker because we followed flawed expert advice. I am not saying there were no flaws in expert advice; there were, are, and always will be. Humans don’t do perfection; no …

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On Beyond Zika

On Beyond Zika Like everyone else who has heard the news about it, I find the rapid spread of the Zika virus extremely alarming. The newly recognized capacity of this virus, which historically has caused mild, self-limited infections in adults, to indu …

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Randomized Trial Fantasies

Chewing on The Randomized Trial Fantasy There is a fantasy taking over the world of nutrition, especially acute in the aftermath of the contentious Dietary Guidelines release, that nobody really knows anything. The arguments are made at times by seemin …

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Justice and Truth

Justice and Truth Martin Luther told us, famously, that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. There is a lot of meaning, explicit and implicit, in those dozen words. Dr. King was expressing optimism and hope, clearly. At a …

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Dietary Guidelines 2015

2015 Dietary Guidelines The 2015 Dietary Guidelines were released on 1/7/16. Where these DGs are good, and there aren’t many places in the lengthy document, it’s where they preserved key components of the stellar 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Commit …

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Cancer and Terrorism

Cancer and Terrorism Terrorism is commonly, and aptly, I think, compared to cancer. I recognize that neither cancer nor terrorism may seem opportune grist for the New Year mill- unless fervent wishes to see a lot less of both in 2016 qualify. But I bel …

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