Dr. David Katz in Vail

katz2Last night we were privileged to have Dr. David Katz present his “Sense, Science and Supplementation” talk here in Vail, Colorado.

We heard a similar talk at our last Juice Plus+ Conference in Orlando, but somehow in a smaller room – more intimate, to an over-packed room – his message was even more powerful.

David L. Katz, M.D. is a forward-thinking doctor, who specializes in the areas of food, diet and nutrition. He is a renowned expert on the power of lifestyle medicine and is considered the poet laureate of medical doctors. His oratory, though, only elevates the substantive content of his passion, which is America’s collective health and individual enduring vitality.

Dr. Katz has a big heart: he is dedicated turning the tide of obesity, especially in children; to helping people better understand nutrition, and his method hits home thanks to universal analogies and a true passion for improving health across all segments of society.

“Realistically, we must invoke both environmental reform and personal responsibility to promote health,” Katz said. “After all, if in our enthusiasm for environmental determinism we renounce personal responsibility altogether, we risk both ineffectiveness and irrelevance for failing to consider that you can lead people to carrot juice but you can’t make them drink, any more than you can make them use stairs instead of elevators, rakes instead of leaf blowers or soccer balls rather than video games.”

Dr. Katz told us: “The blend of science and sense is fundamentally important to the future of mankind and to the solvency of our nation.” There are Inevitable gaps in science; these need to be filled with good sense.

“Mostly plant-based diets add years to your life and life to your years.” He quoted Michael Pollen: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

He asked “How do we get from here to there?”

Katz_Vail“Here” is a place of sickness. We cannot stay “Here”: we are on path to destruction and our health-care system is doing nothing to change that. Some examples are these:

  • 1½% of us eat the daily recommended fruits and vegetables each day (9-13 servings for adults).
  • More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese.
  • More than one third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.
  • There are 27 million diabetics  in the US today. It is predicted that 1 in 3 will be diabetic by the middle of the century, that is 100 million people!
  • There has been a 35% increase of strokes in 11-14 year olds.

I could keep going, but you already get the picture.

We all need to work together to get from “Here” to “There” – a place of real health. There are practical, hands-on ways to get there; they can even reverse your genetic destiny; “DNA is not your destiny … dinner is your destiny.”

“You can reshuffle the genetic deck in your favor with healthful behaviors — enough to reduce the likelihood of a bad outcome by 80%. No medicine or medical intervention can even come close to delivering results like that. Not even close.”

The changes needed are ones we can all make:

  • eat well
  • be physically active
  • stop smoking (if you do)
  • maintain a healthy weight

disease proofWith some very simple lifestyle changes we CAN make a difference in our health and our longevity. In his new book, DISEASE PROOF, Dr. Katz shows that 80% of disease can be prevented; he shares the very skill set on which he and his family rely, to enjoy lifestyle as medicine.

Dr. Katz is a strong advocate for whole food supplementation. He stressed that Juice Plus+ can make a big difference;  “Juice Plus+ is a blend of good science and good sense.  It’s like a (good) gateway drug to a healthier lifestyle!” He added that the

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Founding Director of Yale University’s Preventative Cancer Center and Associate Professor (adjunct) at the Yale University School of Medicine, David Katz, M.D. is a two-time diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is board-certified in Preventative Medicine/Public Health. Dr. Katz is a clinical instructor on medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, editor-in-Chief of the journal Childhood Obesity and President Elect of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He is also Founder and President of the non-profit, Turning the Tide Foundation, and Medical Director for the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital. Dr. Katz has published over 150 scientific articles, 1,000 newspaper articles and authored or co-authored 15 books. He has also worked with media outlets such as ABC News, Good Morning America, The New York Times, O the Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post, and US News and World Report. Dr. Katz and his wife Catherine live in CT; they have 5 children.