David Katz Science Guru

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM, is the Founding Director (1998) of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, and current President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He has published roughly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and 15 books to date, including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both preventive medicine, and nutrition. He has made important contributions in the areas of lifestyle interventions for health promotion; nutrient profiling; behavior modification; holistic care; and evidence-based medicine. David earned his BA degree from Dartmouth College (1984); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). He completed sequential residency training in Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health. He is a two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health. He has received two Honorary Doctorates.

 

What Health is For

All too readily in my world, health can masquerade as a moral imperative- the admonishment attached to a wagging finger and reproaching scowl. While there may be responsibilities wound up with health- for ourselves and one another- the main reason to pursue it is far more enticing. Other things being equal, healthy people have more fun. Health is for pleasure. This is perhaps especially noteworthy as the holiday season, with its inevitable blend of temptation, indulgence, and guilt- closes in on us.

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Trauma Today, Pathology Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow... of Children, Forests, and Fire

Much of my clinical career was devoted to integrative medicine. This is not the time and place to wrestle under control every nuance of an often-fraught definition for such practice, but I can readily characterize the why, what, and how as I experienced them. 

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Diet with a Dose of Discipline

Steve Jobs famously wore the same outfit (clean versions of it, no doubt) daily, establishing for himself the sartorial uniformity of…a veritable uniform. Perhaps you had not previously thought of that link between “uniform” and “uniformity,” but that’s the idea: sameness. More often than not, the uniformity of uniforms directs our attention to sameness among members of a population, such as the military. But it encompasses sameness over time, too.

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Conflict, Confluence, and Cultivated Confusion: Information versus Innuendo in the Age of Internet Trolls

In the proud company of a diverse, global, venerable field of leading nutrition and health experts, I called out the recent junk science about eating processed meat for being…junk science. In defense of public health and public understanding, sticking out our necks was simply the right thing to do.

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Martin Luther King: His Place In The Modern Universe

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.

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