Charles Platkin, Ph.D., JD, MPH is a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College, City University of New York (Emeritus) in New York City, and the former Executive Director of the Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Food As Medicine ( Additionally, Dr. Platkin is a nutrition and public health advocate, whose syndicated health, nutrition, and fitness column, the Diet Detective appeared in more than 100 daily newspapers and media outlets. He is also the founder of, which offers more than 700 articles and interviews on nutrition, food, and fitness.

Dr. Platkin was the founder of Integrated Wellness Solutions (IWS). IWS worked to develop corporate wellness initiatives including sophisticated online health tools, algorithm-based diet and fitness programs, as well as print-related content to market health behavior change. IWS also worked with pharmaceutical companies (including Roche and Pfizer) creating digital strategies and tools to assist with patient behavior change. These programs included the first-ever Registered Dietitian nutritional counseling via email program with more than 100,000 patients.

Dr. Platkin was the president and founder of Marinex, a forerunner in health consulting and media relations. Additionally, he was the General Counsel and Vice-President of News Communications, Inc., a publicly traded newspaper and magazine company based in Manhattan that published The Hill in Washington, and Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons, among others.

Dr. Platkin is the author of seven books. His first book, “Breaking the Pattern,” was a bestseller in hardcover; it has been used by addiction clinics to assist patients with resolving drug and alcohol-related issues and by more than 20 universities around the country as a text to teach behavioral change techniques to nutrition and dietetic counseling interns. His latest books are “The Diet Detective’s Count Down” (Simon and Schuster, 2007), “The Diet Detective’s Calorie Bargain Bible” (Simon and Schuster, 2008), “The Diet Detective’s Diet Starter Kit” (Diversion, 2011), and “The Diet Detective’s All American Diet” (Rodale, 2012). Dr. Platkin’s new book, “Cheat Death” will be published in 2025. His latest venture is MedicalBx, focusing on micro-hospitals in under-resourced countries to minimize human suffering and enhance health equity and social justice.

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