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.

 

LIVE and Let DIEt: Taking Stock of the Ketogenic Kalamity

There is always some popular diet du jour; that, it seems, is how we roll. Atkins; The Zone; South Beach; Sonoma…and so on. No matter how many times weight loss pixie dust has been sprinkled on us before, only to fail, it remains a seller’s market. And somehow, we seem forever inclined to tell ourselves: THIS popular diet is different; this is the ONE.

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Breast Cancer Screening: of Chances, and Choices

A sardonic insight by Bertrand Russell deftly, if disturbingly, conveys much of what is wrong in the realm of modern health promotion, particularly where diet is concerned: “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” Ordinarily, I would follow the ramifications of that observation for nutrition to all the dubious places they take us, as I have before. But today, I am on a different mission; today’s topic is breast cancer screening.

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Wearable Health Tech: Inventing Necessity?

Throughout the long, punctuated ascent of humanity to the pinnacle of planetary power (for better or worse), necessity has, proverbially, been the mother of invention. We needed mastery of fire, and invented the means. In the fullness of time, we needed a wheel, and invented one, along with defense against redundancies in the appended and well-known admonition about reinvention.

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Need, Greed, and GMOs: Genuflection in All the Wrong Directions

Images of scientists inserting eye-of-newt genes into escarole, or wool-of-bat genes into watercress stalk the nightmares of pure food proponents, and up to a point- rightly so. Even if the intentions of those tinkering with foods are good- such as putting antifreeze genes from amphibians into oranges so they are not destroyed by an early frost- the law of unintended consequences pertains. There is ample reason, in principle, to be wary of Frankenfoods.

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Sugar and Saturated Fat: Feeding the Parasites of Science

First things first: science does not deal in absolutes (I suppose “absolute zero” may be an exception, but frankly, probably not). Famously, everything is relative. Even relativity. Einstein’s groundbreaking theory has been subject to on-going revisions in the minds and machinations of his successors ever since he passed the baton.

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