THI Responds to COVID-19 Threat

THI Responds to COVID-19 Threat

As part of THI’s work to provide you with accurate information around health issues, THI president David L. Katz, MD, MPH, and our Council members with expertise in this area, are providing links to trusted articles and resources on COVID-19. THI is working tirelessly to bring truth about the Coronavirus to the media, our partners, and the public realm. Please consider making a donation to support our work so we can continue to strategize, mobilize, and analyze information to optimize both public and personal health.

Global Association of Obesity and COVID-19 Death Rates

Objective: To examine the possible impact of obesity on COVID-19 death rates.

Importance: COVID-19 was responsible for an enormous global death toll with large variation among countries.
Design: Measure associations between obesity rates in 2016 and COVID-19 deaths/million
population through 2/25/2021, across countries.
Setting: Global.

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#TotalHarmMinimization Policy Suggestions in a Return to Work Context

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Last week I expressed my doubts that “everybody boost, and boost, and boost some more” in defense against COVID is a valid constituent of “follow the science.” That there is a paucity of science, if any, to justify that approach, and that “follow the science” all too readily devolves into “follow the dogma” are concerns I have seen widely shared by leading medical experts in recent days.

As a card-carrying member of the public health community (OK, there is no actual membership card, but you get the idea)- I am loathe to oppose official public health policy pertaining to COVID, or any topic for that matter, for fear of aggravating an established distrust. Be that as it may, I write to share misgivings about the prevailing approach to boosters, which seems composed in equal parts of “more is better” and “one size fits all.”

Interviews / Videos / Podcasts

COVID Reality Check Series, YouTube, Ongoing Series by Dr. Katz to offer current assessments of where we are with Covid19

U.S. News and World Report, U.S. News Reveals Best Diet Rankings for 2021, 1/04/21

6 Ways to Boost Your Immune System, Mo Perry interview with Dr. Katz, Jan/Feb 2021

ZDOGG MD Interview: Science and Sense in Our Covid Response with Dr. David Katz, 12/30/20

Lifestyle Medicine 2020 Keynote Address, David L. Katz, MD, 10/22/20

Dr. Katz responds to Great Barrington Declaration critics in a Medscape interview for the article: “Critics Blast Controversial Declaration in Favor of Herd Immunity,” 10/14/20

Dr. David Katz and over 9,000 doctors and scientists have signed “The Great Barrington Declaration,” calling for a more risk-stratified approach to COVID lockdown, 10/8/20

In an interview on his YouTube channel, The Healthy Skeptic, Dr. Michael Hochman, MD, MPH asks Dr. Katz: Could there be a faster way out of the COVID shutdown than waiting for a vaccine?, 9/18/20

Why Aren’t We Talking More About Nutrition Amid COVID-19? Mind Body Green Food interview with Dr. David L. Katz, 9/13/20

Covid-19 Science and Policy Symposium Webinar, 8/17/20. Symposium begins 11:17 minutes into the video. Dr. Katz is the first interviewee.

Dr. Katz answers the question: Are millions of people partially immune to Covid? on CNN‘s Smerconish, 8/8/20

Dr. Katz explains why there is a 10-fold increase in Covid cases in the US than we had documented before, on Main Street Vegan Podcast with Victoria Moran. Interview begins 28:00 minutes into the podcast, 7/22/20

The Civil Discourse with Paula Marantz Cohen, 7/16/20

Simon Hill sits down with Dr. Katz to see how a pandemic can help us take chronic illness more seriously, The Plant Proof Podcast, 7/15/20

Dan Loney of Wharton Business Daily asks Dr. Katz about the state of the pandemic and how we can best move forward, 7/13/20

WHYY The Pulse host Maiken Scott asks Dr. Katz about his vertical interdiction plan. Interview begins at 33:40 minutes into the podcast, 7/10/20

Dr. Katz discusses with Yahoo Finance’s Kristin Myers that nearly half of U.S. is “natively resistant” to COVID-19 , 7/10/20

COVID Reality Check1, YouTube, 7/9/20

Together During Covid19 with JBS‘s Mark S. Golub, 7/7/20

Be Healthistic’s Dr. Drew Sinatra and Dr. Stephen Sinatra interview: “On the Front Lines of Health with Dr. David Katz,” 7/1/20  

Mind Body Green Health’s Founder and Co-CEO Jason Wachob interview: “We Need A COVID Reality Check: An MD Shares His 5 Reasons Why,” 6/30/20  

Dr. Bradford Cooper of Catalyst Coaching Institute interview: “A Different Perspective on Covid-19,” 6/29/20 

Dr. David Katz joins Yahoo Finance’s Heidi Chung to discuss concerns over a second wave of the coronavirus and a timeline on a vaccine, 6/13/20

United States Amateur Baseball League’s “Clubhouse Report” host Mike Kolesar discusses the re-opening of baseball with Dr. Katz, 6/04/20

Bottom Line Inc’s Sarah Hiner discusses re-entering a germ-filled society with Dr. David Katz. Watch on YouTube or listen to the podcast, 6/1/20

Spencer Bailey and Andrew Zuckerman of At a Distance podcast interview Dr. Katz on Understanding Covid-19 in a Big-Picture Context, 5/21/20. Also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher

Michael Moynihan Asks Dr. Katz: Is Our Cure Causing Another Disease? on Showtime’s VICE, 5/17/20

Seana Smith, Anchor, Yahoo Finance, Discusses Newly-Released CDC Guidelines for Reopening with Dr. David Katz, 5/15/20

Dr. Oz Interviews Dr. Katz on the Effects of Vitamin D on #COVID19, 5/07/20

The Choreography of Contagion Interdiction, Rich Roll Podcast, 5/07/20

Roundtable – COVID-19: How New Information Should Drive Policy. U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, 5/05/20

Illinois coronavirus: Possible permanent changes to work, school and travel after the COVID-19 lockdown, ABC 7 Eyewitness News, 5/4/20

Working Smarter, not Harder, Michael Smerconish, CNN, 5/01/20

Keynote address, Pandemic Elective, USC Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science & Innovation, 4/29/20

Dr. Katz collaborates with Thomas L. Friedman in a New York Times opinion piece, 4/25/20

Dr. Katz explains #TotalHarmMinimization on Real Time with Bill Maher, 4/24/20

Dr. Katz joins Mark Levin on Life, Liberty & Levin, 4/20/20: Part 1

Dr. Katz on Life, Liberty and Levin, Part 2

What We Are Learning From Global Data on COVID-19 So Far, 4/16/20

Perspectives on the Pandemic: #TotalHarmMinimization. Interview with John Kirby of Journeyman Pictures, 4/14/20

What You Need to Know About The Virus Pandemic & Your Health: Dr. Katz Talks with NaturallySavvy, 4/10/20

Octavian Report: Dr. David L. Katz on What We’re Getting Wrong, 4/3/20

Dr. David L. Katz On A Targeted Response To Coronavirus Pandemic, 3/30/20

Dr. Katz’ interview on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS: “Can we limit the economic cost of COVID-19?” Part 1, 3/29/20

Fareed Zakaria GPS Part 2

CNN’s Smerconish: Should virus shutdown be modified to prevent other fallout?, 3/28/20

KTLA 5 Morning News: Dr. Katz discusses his New York Times op ed, ‘Is our fight against coronavirus worse than the disease?’ 3/27/20

PBS News Hour: On balancing medical risk and economic pain, 3/24/20

Anderson Cooper 360: Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Katz discuss his proposed framework for risk-based interdiction of Coronavirus, 3/23/20

Catalyst Health, Wellness and Performance Podcast: Corona Virus Perspective, 3/18/20

Food Talk Podcast with Dr. Katz: Being Healthy Isn’t a Fad (especially in the face of COVID-19), 3/18/20 podcast: Dr. David L. Katz Interview, 3/17/20

Guidance from THI Partners & Council Members

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