Preventive Medicine Column Dr. David L. Katz Historically, doctors have either neglected the topic of weight management, or wagged an admonishing finger. That admonishing finger is useless only at best. At worst, it is overtly harmful. I have long joked, ruefully, that a judgmental approach to obesity by doctors has done nothing to help with [...]
Preventive Medicine Column Dr. David L. Katz US News & World Report is out with their Best Diets 2014 report. I was privileged to serve as one of the judges this year, as I have for the past several years. USNWR does an excellent and thorough job of making the evaluation process transparent. There is [...]
Preventive Medicine Column Dr. David L. Katz A recent issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine featured three studies about multivitamin/mineral supplements. An accompanying editorial was entitled “Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements”- which would seem to indicate the flagrantly negative findings of the studies. The New York Times recently [...]
Preventive Medicine Column Dr. David L. Katz If you have tropical fish and you don’t feed them, it isn’t long before they are, well, feeding the fish, if you know what I mean. Creatures eat, or they die. So presumably, we know what to feed tropical fish. Those remarkable zookeepers seem to know what to [...]
Preventive Medicine Column Dr. David L. Katz When LinkedIN decided to create a blog platform for what they called INfluencers, I was very privileged to be in the rarefied company of the 149 other original invitees, including the likes of Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and Barack Obama. I have been writing on-line columns for LinkedIN [...]
Preventive Medicine Column Dr. David L. Katz As you likely know, a new set of guidelines for the use of lipid-lowering drugs to prevent heart disease was issued recently with considerable fanfare, and then set off a firestorm of controversy. The old approach relied heavily on levels of LDL cholesterol, while the new approach relies [...]
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as Food Stamps, has of late been much in the news. Competing views of SNAP figure prominently in the Farm Bill quagmire; the harsh economy over recent years has landed fully one in seven American families on its rolls;
Collusion might reasonably be defined as meeting the enemy and discovering it is both them, and us. In the case of health- personal wellbeing and public health alike- exactly this sort of thing is going on. It is way past time to take the way past these toxic impasses.
We have long known that sleep is of profound importance to health. Sleep is essential; we must turn off if we are to go on. Unlike many of the factors that affect health profoundly, the impact of sleep is both immediate, and intimate.
A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal suggests that given the opportunity to live to be 120, a majority of people might well decline. The finding was derived from a Pew Research Center survey of a nationally representative population.