Lessons from the Pandemic

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Season 1, Episode 9 Guests: Jay Bhattacharya and David Katz

How did the US and the world handle the COVID-19 crisis? In this episode of True Health Revealed we invite two nationally prominent physicians to look at lessons learned from the pandemic. They take a look with hindsight, if not 20/20, into our national and global pandemic management.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University and co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration that strongly advocated for focused population protection, particularly of the elderly, in order to avoid total population lockdown measures from harming the population, including strong advocacy for keeping schools open. Dr. Bhattacharya has been a prominent expert figure throughout the pandemic, often sacrificing his own personal interests in favor of his integrity and sincere concern for the welfare of the US and world population.

Dr. David Katz, our hybrid guest/cohost was the founding director of the Yale Griffin Prevention Research Center and a past president of American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He is also the founding president of the non-profit True Health Initiative that supports the True Health Revealed podcast. Like Dr. Bhattacharya, Dr. Katz, from the beginning of the pandemic (March 13, 2020), recommended a public policy approach that would focus on total harm minimization, called DCISEV (pronounced decisive): Directing Crisis Intervention Services to the Especially Vulnerable, including intensive focus of protecting the elderly in nursing homes.

In this episode they discuss:

How the US and world may have looked if the Great Barrington Declaration and DCISEV were the basis for pandemic management policies

The worldwide ramifications of the pandemic lockdown policies that did take place in lieu of the Great Barrington Declaration and DCISEV 

The mental and physical damage from fear-based media reporting

What would have happened if nutrition and lifestyle based public policies (including produce trucks delivering healthy food into food deserts) were implemented from early on in the pandemic, as recommended in the American Journal of Health Promotion, June 2020

The sad degradation of respect for the previously highly regarded US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Which countries Drs. Bhattacharya and Katz believe best managed the pandemic

Misinterpretations of the vaccine adverse event reporting system (VAERS)

How the Federal CARES Act played a role in hospitals’ recording COVID associated deaths

Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis’ call to Dr. Jay Bhattacharya in September 2020 to help the state guide pandemic management in Florida

Dr. Rifai’s perspective on how history will judge public policies both for and against long term lockdowns, and risk-stratified protection of those at highest risk for severe COVID and death

David L Katz MD headshot Dr. David L. Katz

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM is a specialist in Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and Lifestyle Medicine, with particular expertise in nutrition.

He earned his BA at Dartmouth College (1984); his MD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993).  He completed sequential residency training and board certification in Internal Medicine (1991) and Preventive Medicine/Public Health (1993). 

Katz is the founder and former director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (1998-2019) where he secured and managed roughly $40M in research funding; Past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; President and Founder of the non-profit True Health Initiative; and Founder and CEO of Diet ID, Inc. He is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine; the American College of Physicians; the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; and Morse College, Yale University. Read Dr. Katz’ full bio here.

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Dr. Jay Bhattacharya

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya is a Professor at Stanford University Medical School and a senior fellow at the Academy of Science & Freedom. Dr. Bhattacharya cowrote the Great Barrington Declaration, a focused protection alternative to lockdowns.

Dr. Bhattacharya researches the health & well-being of vulnerable populations. His work is published in many top peer-reviewed journals in medicine, epidemiology, health policy, and public health. He holds an M.D. and Ph.D. in economics, earned at Stanford University.

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