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My Colonoscopy

As I write this, I am just back from my colonoscopy. All went well, but I am still shrugging off the lingering tendrils of my sedation. So let’s chalk up any grammatical snafus to that, shall we?

By | March 22nd, 2013|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Wealth, Health, and Wisdom

As I write this, I am flying back to the U.S. from Qatar - the richest country in the world. As such, it provides a vivid demonstration that money can’t buy you health any more than it can buy you love.

By | March 15th, 2013|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

The Truth about Food, for Those Who Can Handle (and Swallow) It

In that riveting courtroom scene we all know from the movie, A Few Good Men, Jack Nicholson’s character famously tells us: we can’t handle the truth. That often seems the case with regard to food.

By | March 8th, 2013|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Addictive by Design

I almost joined Michael Moss, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist whose work on addictive junk food recently graced the cover of the paper’s magazine, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program last week.

By | March 1st, 2013|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Science, Sense, and Sandbags

We might, I suppose, hold all victims of Hurricane Sandy, or our recent blizzard here in New England, or Hurricane Katrina personally responsible for the various ills that befell them.

By | February 22nd, 2013|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Prevention, Dollars, and Sense

Since an iron lung costs quite a few dollars, the prevention of polio cannot make sense. Right? If that one has you scratching your head, with a ‘say what?’

By | February 8th, 2013|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

The Right Dose of Worry

Brominated vegetable oil is the ingredient a teenage girl noticed in her Gatorade. Her investigation revealed potential health risks associated with BVO, and she started an on-line petition to get this apparently alarming ingredient out of her sports drink.

By | February 1st, 2013|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Bearing with Coke

Predictably, the collective response of my friends and colleagues in public health to a new television ad about obesity by the Coca-Cola Company has been less than warm and bubbly.

By | January 25th, 2013|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Guns and Numbers

There are, of course, some valid concerns and challenges raised by those who oppose gun control. I don’t mind admitting that. For one thing, nothing worthwhile- as having fewer gun-related deaths in the U.S. is worthwhile- is ever easy.

By | January 11th, 2013|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Perils of Ping-Pong Science

According to a recent NY Times Op-Ed by Paul Campos, a law professor at the University of Colorado, our “fear” of fat- namely epidemic obesity- is, in a word, absurd. Prof. Campos, the author of a book entitled “The Obesity Myth,”

By | January 4th, 2013|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments