Government issued guidance on everything from butter, eggs, red meat, alcoholic beverages, salt, certain preservatives and color additives, and even on if pregnant women should eat fish have been proven false, reversed, or disregarded entirely by their former government champions. This has left Americans confused and distrustful. More importantly, it has robbed them of guiltlessly enjoying many delicious foods and prevented them from developing healthy habits that can extend their lifespans.This panel will examine the damage that has been done by the public health sector, the problems changing the culture at the FDA and what free market solutions can improve public health.
SALLY SATEL, M.D., practicing psychiatrist and lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine, examines mental health policy as well as political trends in medicine. Her publications include PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine (Basic Books, 2001); The Health Disparities Myth(AEI Press, 2006); When Altruism Isn’t Enough: The Case for Compensating Organ Donors (AEI Press, 2009); and One Nation under Therapy (St. Martin’s Press, 2005), coauthored with Christina Hoff Sommers. Her recent book, Brainwashed – The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience (Basic, 2013) with Scott Lilienfeld, was a 2014 finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science.
MICHELLE MINTON is the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s fellow specializing in consumer policy, covering regulatory issues that include gambling, alcohol, and food.
Minton has coauthored numerous studies, including topics like the effectiveness and unintended consequences of sin taxes and history of gambling regulation. Her analyses have been published and cited by nationally respected news outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today as well as industry blogs and publications. She regularly appears on news media to discuss the effects regulation has on individual’s health and economic well-being and to propose more effective means of achieving public health goals while protecting the rights of individuals. In addition to her work at CEI, Minton is also a visiting fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute.
Ms. Minton holds a B.A. in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University and is currently working toward an M.S. in Applied Nutrition at the University of New England.
KEVIN KOSAE, PH.D is vice president of policy for the R Street Institute, where he oversees all of the institute’s research across its commercial freedom, criminal justice, energy and environment, financial markets, governance, income mobility, innovation policy, insurance and public health policy programs.
Kevin joined R Street in October 2014 from the Congressional Research Service, where he served as analyst and research manager. Earlier in his career, he was lecturer in policy and public administration at New York University and Metropolitan College of New York.
Kevin is the author of three books: Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education, published in 2005; Whiskey: A Global History, published in 2010; and Moonshine: A Global History, published in 2017.
He has been a Presidential Management Fellow and won the Academy of Wine Communications’ wine writer award.
Kevin received his doctorate in politics from New York University and his bachelor’s from Ohio State University. He lives in Washington.
CARRIE LUKAS is the president of Independent Women’s Forum. Lukas is the co-author of Liberty Is No War on Women, and the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism, which was published by Regnery Publishing. She is also a contributor to National Review, Forbes.com, and Acculturated; and the vice president for policy and economics at Independent Women’s Voice.
Lukas has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The New York Post. Carrie has testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security.
Before joining IWF in 2003, she worked on Capitol Hill as the senior domestic policy analyst for the House Republican Policy Committee and at the Cato Institute. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She lives with her husband and five children in Virginia.
JULIE GUNLOCK is a senior fellow at Independent Women’s Forum and leads the organization’s Culture of Alarmism Project. She is the author of the book From Cupcakes to Chemicals: How the Culture of Alarmism Makes Us Afraid of Everything and How to Fight Back.