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 Accounts for the Prevalence of Food Allergy?

A recent paper in JAMA on the prevalence of food allergies in the US spawned headlines in opposing directions. Some media outlets emphasized that many fewer people have food allergies than believe they do, and thus implied that the problem has been exaggerated. Others noted that the numbers affected – nearly 11% of the surveyed sample of 40,000 adults intended to reflect the general population - were high just the same.

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Diets for 2019: Best, Better, and Bad

New Year’s 2019 has come and gone, which means some poor souls had a massive amount of terribly soggy confetti to clean up in Times Square; and that US News & World Reportis out with rankings of the best diets for the upcoming year. My condolences to the confetti cleaners, happy New Year wishes to all, and now- let’s talk about those diets.

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Out of the Closet, Together, at Christmas

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, deck the halls, peace on earth, good will toward people, pandas, and puffins, and… so on. I would really love to linger here, because I am a sentimentalist, a traditionalist, a humanist. I love the holiday rituals, and especially gathering with my family. I love pretending for a moment we mean the things we say and sing about peace and love and solidarity, and one great human family of common cause.

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“Best” Exercise in Doubt; Couch Shortage Feared

A nation of potatoes overran (well, shuffled, really) their couches today, and a serious shortage in couch space is feared. The movement- or rather, lack thereof- was characterized by a prevailing “knew it along” expression, and a fervent commitment to be the first to find the remote.

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Of Death, Dust, and Fire

This column is ordinarily about some variant on the theme of my profession, Preventive Medicine. The mission of every preventionist is to do all we can to help the healthy stay entirely well; to help those with risk factors control them and avoid disease; to help those with disease avoid progression, disability, and death. There is almost always something left to prevent.

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