Blog | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

No taste for truth?

This will be brief, blunt, and—forgive me—perhaps a bit brutal.

I find it incredible that a culture embracing “junk“ not only as a food group, but one of its largest; and the junkiest of such junk as the preferential food for its children, keeps looking for something to blame for rampant obesity and chronic disease other than its own blend of naïve nincompoopery (we, the people); pecuniary propaganda(marketing, media); and predatory hypocrisy (industry). Rather than supporting the health of our bodies, our body politic is feeding off their willfully devised decay.

I imagine this may stick in some craws. What can I say? The truth does that sometimes.

Think it really matters if we fixate on sugar or fructose, meat or wheat, saturated fat or omega-6? I don’t:
No One Thing
Why Holistic Nutrition Is the Best Approach
Scapegoats, Saints, and Saturated Fats: Old Mistakes in New Directions
Fructose, and the Follies of History

Think we are actually clueless about the basic care and feeding of Homo sapiens? I don’t:
Feeding Homo sapiens: Are We Truly as Clueless as We Seem?
Diet, Weight, and Health: Confused Only If You Want to Be!
Knowing What to Eat, Refusing to Swallow It

Think any of the “my diet is THE best diet” claims are valid? I don’t:
Judging the Judging of Diets
Science Compared Every Diet, and the Winner Is Real Food
Can We Say What Diet Is “Best”?

Think Ancel Keys is the anti-Christ? I don’t:
Living (and Dying) on a Diet of Unintended Consequences
In defense of U research: The Ancel Keys legacy

Think we don’t know what dietary pattern is best for health? I think we do!
Can We Say What Diet Is Best for Health?
Prevention and management of type 2 diabetes: dietary components and nutritional strategies

David L. Katz, MD, FACP, MPH, FACPM, is an internationally renowned authority on nutrition, weight management, and the prevention of chronic disease, and an internationally recognized leader in integrative medicine and patient-centered care. He is a board certified specialist in both Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and Associate Professor (adjunct) in Public Health Practice at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is the Director and founder (1998) of Yale University's Prevention Research Center; Director and founder of the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital (2000) in Derby, Conn.; founder and president of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation; and formerly the Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine for eight years. This post originally appeared on his blog at The Huffington Post.