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Case Histories: The Atkins Diet

Dr. Fuhrman's colleague Dr. Steven Acocella, MS, D.C., DACBN, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist, American College of Lifestyle Physicians, and a Diplomat of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, discusses the Atkins low-carb high-fat diet-style:

The following case histories are presented to explicate some of the many risks associated with a high fat, high animal protein, low carbohydrate Atkins diet style. I have added background and ancillary information as well as an editorial discussion to aid in the understanding of these cases.

Atkins Case History: Kathy Barnett
Kathy was a healthy 16 year old teenage girl. She had no medical problems and was active and thriving. Like many teens, especially girls, she struggled with excess weight and body image. She decided to peruse the Atkins diet to lose weight. She stood 5 feet 8 inches tall was nearly 200 pounds when she began dieting. Based upon the low-carbohydrate strategy, her diet correctly consisted primarily of meat and cheese. She ate with regularity and did not fast.

A few weeks after beginning the diet, this otherwise healthy girl suddenly and unexpectedly collapsed [1]. Paramedics were dispatched to her high school to render care. Upon their arrival Kathy had no pulse and was not breathing. The electrical activity of her heart evaluated by paramedics revealed that she was in ventricular fibrillation, an exceedingly unusual finding in such a young patient. Inexplicitly, Kathy was in cardiac arrest at 16 years of age. Despite their best efforts, including CPR and defibrillation, paramedics were unable to revive her.

Discussion
At autopsy examiners could not find any underlying condition that could contribute to or explain her sudden and tragic death. No genetic or anatomic abnormalities of her heart or other organs were found. Kathy had no history of any heart or respiratory related problems. She had no prior complaints or symptoms that could be attributed to nutritional disturbances such as electrolyte or nutrient imbalances. Kathy was not only a medical tragedy but a medical mystery as well. But that was until Dr. Joseph Tobias and his colleagues at University of Missouri, Department of Child Health studied her case.

In an article appearing in the Southern Medical Journal, Dr. Tobias and his team reported on this case and proffer a cause and effect connection between Kathy's untimely death and her lethal diet. The article, titled Sudden Cardiac Death of an Adolescent During Atkins Dieting, focuses on the potential development of a fatal physiological disturbance inherent in this type of diet [1].

Information provided by Kathy's mother confirmed that her daughter was compliantly on the carbohydrate restricted diet long enough to be in ketosis, the metabolic result of relying on dietary fat to meet the body's energy needs. This is likely where this young girl's fatal medical problem began (Atkins refers to this as the 'induction phase').

Russell and Taegtmeyer demonstrated that active heart muscle relying on ketones for energy lost 50% of contractile function in a matter of hours [2]. Other studies have revealed the development of serious and fatal cardiac arrhythmias resulting from high dietary fat consumption [3, 4].

The most compelling finding in this case may provide the medical smoking gun that clearly implicates the Atkins diet as the cause of Kathy's sudden cardiac death. Electrolytes are micronutrients that are essential for many bodily functions. Critical to normal heart rhythm is the electrolyte potassium. But ketones also use potassium to enter the kidney for excretion. The more profound the state of ketosis the greater the depletion of potassium stores [5]. If there is a concomitant deficit of caloric intake, which leads to further depletion, a serious condition called hypokalemia (critically low levels of potassium) can result. Hypokalemia is directly associated with sudden cardiac death. During resuscitation efforts, when corrected for pH shift, Kathy's serum potassium was 3.8 mEq/L, a critically low level reflective of profound hypokalemia.

While is it difficult to establish an absolute nexus between Kathy's diet regimen and her untimely death a preponderance of all the aspects of the case raises an alarming index of suspicion. This is further supported by literature that reported an increased incidence of sudden cardiac death in patients on high protein diets [6]. The likelihood that the mortality in this case is directly related to this diet style was compelling enough for Dr. Tobias and his collaborators to warn against it in the conclusion of their presentation.

Atkins Case History: Jody Gorran
Jody was an active 50 year old when he decided to do something about his mid-life weight gain.7 He diet shopped and decided on the well advertised Atkins Diet. He liked that it was touted as the "no depravation diet" that excluded hunger, set not limit on the amount of food and included foods so rich that they are not included on any other diet [8]. At the time he had no other health problems other than being moderately overweight. In fact, Jody was compliant at having regular check-ups and screenings. In late December 2000, during a routine colonoscopy Jody also consented to a preventive cardiac CT scan (he had no history, symptoms or complaints of coronary artery or cardiovascular diseases). The results were excellent. Jody's plaque score was 0, no blockage of the coronary arteries. The reports reads, "Normal scan, no identifiable atherosclerosis with very low coronary vascular disease risk." Good news. Furthermore, his cholesterol levels were all well within the safe range at that time, these being - Total Cholesterol 153 mg/dl, HDLc 62 mg/dl, LDLc 81 mg/dl and triglycerides 42 mg/dl. Jody was in great cardiovascular shape with an excellent lipid profile and the CT scan to prove it. But this was all about to dramatically change.

Not long after beginning the Atkins Diet Jody had a repeat blood test. The results showed that he was in ketosis, a metabolic hallmark of one carefully abiding by the Atkins Diet. The lipid profile at that time was reported as: total cholesterol: 230 mg/dl, HDLc 65 mg/dl, LDLc 154 mg/dl and triglycerides 56 mg/dl. Jody had gone from maintaining a safe, low risk lipid profile to a dangerous, elevated risk profile [9]. Concerned about these results he consulted the Atkins Diet book and Atkins Website which addressed and allayed his fears. The Atkins literature reported that a few "fat sensitive" persons may develop a less favorable cholesterol level on a high fat [Atkins] diet. Jody read that, "less than one person in three falls into this [elevated cholesterol] category" And, although Atkins suggests eating leaner cuts of meat and "farmers cheese" as the solution, he states, "But if you're not happy [with these foods] don't bother with it; go back to the regular Atkins diet that you enjoyed more". [8] This is the Atkins advice rendered specifically to those who develop unhealthy cholesterol levels while on his diet. Relived by the supportive information from his nutritional guru, and pleased with the weight loss results thus far, Jody continued following the "stages" of the Atkins diet for another two years. In fact, a large quantity of his diet consisted of food products directly manufactured and marketed by Atkins, Inc.

In early October 2003, Mr. Gorran was not feeling well. For the first time in his life he began experiencing chest pain that was becoming increasingly severe. Jody consulted noted cardiologist Bruce Martin, M.D. in October of 2003. During his examination Jody's stress test was consistent coronary ischemia. The blood supply to his heart had become compromised. Dr. Martin scheduled an emergent cardiac catherization. The results were shocking. In less than three years Jody had gone from excellent cardiac health (zero blockages of the coronary arteries) to a critical 99% stenotic occlusion of the major coronary arteries. About two years after beginning the Atkins diet, according to Dr. Martin, Jody was on the brink of suffering a life threatening cardiac event. Mr. Gorran underwent immediate surgical repair to remove blockages, stent implantation and was prescribed several medications.

Noted in Dr. Martin's medical records is the recommendation to immediately and completely discontinue the Atkins diet. It specifies that, "Mr. Gorran has been advised to stop the Atkins diet because of the dangers of saturated fat allowed on this diet."[8] A few months following Jody's cessation of the Atkins diet his lipid profile returned to normal levels that were; total cholesterol 146 mg/dl, HDLc 53 mg/dl, LDLc 81 mg/dl and triglycerides 65 mg/dl.

Discussion
There is abundant, consistent scientific evidence that links excessive total dietary fat, cholesterol and saturated fat to dyslipidemia and the development of heart disease. The preponderance of an overwhelming amount of irrefutable data confirms that dietary saturated fat is especially atherogenic [9-14]. Because the Atkins Diet derives the majority of it's calories from animal sources the saturated fat content is extraordinary high.

Blood flow studies using myocardial perfusion imaging and echocardiograpy were preformed on subjects before and after starting the Atkins Diet. The study showed that blood flow to the heart diminished by an average of 40% after one year on an Atkins high fat diet. Serial blood studies also showed marked increased of inflammatory markers that predict heart attacks [15]. Another study did an intensive review of the Atkins Diet and concluded that the high fat content resulted in the progression of atherosclerosis [16]. Both studies are clearly consistent with the Atkins Diet and heart disease nexus reported in this case.

Dietary fat content of a typical menu by Robert Atkins, M.D. taken from Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution and a menu presented by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. in Eat to Live, The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss - an exemplary diet consistent with the consensus recommendations of the rational evidence-based scientific community [17-18], are in sharp contrast:

Per DayAtkin's MenuEat to Live Menu
Total Calories25501600
Grams of Total Fat16719
Grams of Saturated602
Total Fat Calories1530171
Saturated Fat Calories54018
% of Calories from Total Fat6010
% of Calories from Saturated Fat211


Clearly the total fat and saturated fat contained in the Atkins diet far exceed the daily intake recommendations cited by every reputable source. It is interesting to note that the fat calories alone for the Atkins Diet are about equal to the total calories for the Eat to Live Diet.

An extensive body of scientific literature supports the conclusion that the quantity of dietary fat consumption encouraged by Dr. Atkins is clearly atherogenic and that his diet is disease promoting. Additional long term prospective and retrospective studies will further evidence the significant dangers of the Atkins Diet.

Author's Comments
This well cited article is about more than the science behind it. These people trusted the promises and guarantees held out to them by a member of the medical nutrition community who continued to ignore the wealth of evidence-based dietary science. The books Kathy and Jody read and the infomercials they watched literally instructed them to disregard the warnings of hundreds of credible health professionals citing the dangers of the Atkins Diet. And these cases are neither anecdotal nor isolated, they're representative. The only conclusion that can be drawn regarding the motivation to promote a diet that thousands of pages of data consistently expose as disease promoting is that it's a pursuit that places profits over people. If a prescription drug is administered to a million patients and it results in the death of a just a few, physicians stop prescribing it and manufacturers stop making it. How many case histories about fatal heart attacks, cancer, kidney failure, stroke and other diseases directly attributable to high fat diets are published before Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution is finally pulled off the shelf? If their camp were smart they would place a black box warning right on the covers of Atkins' books to attenuate the torrent of litigation that they're undoubtedly headed for; but what ever defensive steps they take, my expert opinion will prevail. If I could write directly to Dr. Atkins I would send him at note that simply read: Kathy Barnett: 1985 - 2001.

1. Amy Stevens, MD, D. Paul Robinson, MD, Julie Turpin, RD, Ted Groshong, MD, Joseph D. Tobias, MD. Sudden Cardiac Death of an Adolescent During Atkins Dieting. Southern Medical Journal 95(2002):1047.

2. Russell RR III, Taegtmeyer H: Changes in the citric acid cycle flux and anaplerosis antedate the functional decline in isolated rat hearts. J Clin Invest 1991; 87:384-390.

3. Oliver MF, Yates PA: Induction of ventricular arrhythmias by elevation of arterial free fatty acids in experimental myocardial infarction. Cardiology 1972; 56:359-364.

4. Peyreigne C, Bouix D, Aissa Benhaddad A, et al: Hemorheologic effects of a short-term ketogenic diet. Clin Hemorheol Microcirc 1999; 21:147-153.

5. Zeman FJ, Hansen RJ: Diabetes mellitus, hypoglycemia and other endocrine disorders. Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. Seman FJ (ed). New York, Macmillan Publishing Co, 2nd Ed, 1991, pp 409-410.

6. Surawicz B, Waller BF: The enigma of sudden cardiac death related to diet. Can J Cardiol 1995; 11:228-231.

7. Medical Records cited in the public court pleadings of Jody Gorran v. Robert C. Atkins, et at., Complete case available at: http://www.pcrm.org/news/downloads/health04052_complaint.pdf

8. Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Avon Books 1999, 2002 ISBN 0-06-001203-X.

9. Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III). National Cholesterol Education Program, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. NIH Publication No. 02-5212, September, 2002.

10. Report of a Joint WHO/FAO Expert Consultation. Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases. WHO Technical Report Series 916, 2003.

11. Lichtenstein AH, Ausman LM, Carrasco W, Jenner JL, Ordovas JM, Schaefer EJ. Short-term consumption of a low-fat diet beneficially affects plasma lipid concentrations only when accompanied by weight loss. Arterioscler Thromb. 1994;14:1751-1760.

12. Schaefer EJ, Levy RI, Ernst ND, Van Sant FD, Brewer HB Jr. The effects of low cholesterol, high polyunsaturated fat, and low fat diets on plasma lipid and lipoprotein cholesterol levels in normal and hypercholesterolemic subjects. Am J Clin Nutr. 1981;34:1758-1763.

13. Clevidence BA, Judd JT, Schatzkin A, Meusing RA, Campbell WS, Brown CC, Taylor PR. Plasma lipid and lipoprotein concentrations of men consuming a low-fat, high-fiber diet. Am J Clin Nutr. 1992;55:689-694.

14. Anderson JW and others. Health advantages and disadvantages of weight-reducing diets: a computer analysis and critical review. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 19:578-590, 2000.

15. Fleming RM. The effect of high-protein diets on coronary blood flow. Angiology 2000;51(10):817-826.

16. White PL. A critique of low-carbohydrate ketogenic weight reduction regimens: A review of Dr. Atkins' diet revolution. JAMA 224:1415-1419, 1973.

17. Gale Publications. A review of Eat to Live. Nutritional Review: quarterly publication, winter edition 2002

18. Huberman, M. Eat to Live: A review. Health Science September 9, 2002

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Linda - April 26, 2006 5:36 PM

Atkins style diets are so dangerous. Are there people still following them?! I find that hard to believe!

Dr. Fuhrman, does high-plant protein cause the same issues? I've always wondered, especially, if the fat is low and everything else is okay in the diet (includes fiber, fruit, vegetables) .

Magnus - April 27, 2006 5:40 AM

I've also wondered about the vegetable protein issue. I work out alot (both resistance and cardio) and I probably need a little extra protein to rebuild.
I don't overdo it and I get about 1-1,5 grams of protein per kg of lean weight. So I use a little extra pea protein (easy for me to digest). I already eat 1-3kg of fresh fruits and berries and 1-2kg of veggies per day + beans, a little nuts and seeds.

anet - April 27, 2006 6:29 AM

Geez, I thought the Atkin's Diet was silly, fadish and not grounded in nutritional faces BUT I didn't realize it could have serious conseqences so quickly.
The only comforting thing is that for most folks the Atkin's diet is near impossible to really adhere to.

Dahlia Grossma - April 29, 2006 12:57 PM

I live in a small community where everyone knows each other, so when any of us have a crisis, the whole town feels it.
Recently, our town sheriff, who had been on the Atkins diet on and off for several years, had a heart attack. Although we live 20 miles from town, our local firefighter/paramedics were able to stabilize him and get him to the hospital in time.
I have tried to explain the dangers of the Atkins diet to him, but, like most people, he is brainwashed by the propaganda that says eating a lot of meat is a good thing.
Abut 2 months after the heart attack, he told me he had sinusitus for months. I tried to explain that his body was trying to cleanse itself and that he should not interfere. His reply was "I don't trust my body."
At that point I realized I could not penetrate his belief system.
It is very difficult to watch my friends (and family) suffer through serious illness and not be able to help them.

Linda - April 30, 2006 10:46 AM

Oh, Dahlia how awful.
I just came across a Livin lavida lowcarb blog and it is truly frightening the Atkins believers. It is so tragic, really. All we can do is inform people and tell them the scientific facts as Dr. F. (and others) provides. I guess we all want to believe in the easy way. Funny thing is I find Dr.F.'s plan very easy. I do understand, though, that people coming from a junk diet may have a hard time at first; but, one of the great things about proper nutrition is that you end up loving and desiring the good stuff because your body loves it.

Try not to feel bad, you've done all you can.

Marly - May 14, 2006 5:22 PM

Damning the Atkins way of eating is not a simple matter. I'm a lifelong vegetarian but I read voraciously and I find both the Weston Price and Richard K. Bernstein sites compelling. On Dr. Bernstein's forum, I have met both physicians and scientists, highly intelligent, who believe profoundly in low-carb eating. They honestly attest to major improvements in their health and better control of other health problems eating controlled portions of meat accompanied by low-glycemic vegetables. I believe that Dr. Fuhrman is sincere in his efforts, but how can you dismiss the anecdotal evidence of so many people who are enjoying both their food and their improved health on low-carb programs? I remain a vegan for ethical reasons. I would like to not contribute to the suffering in this world. But from my vast reading, I do not find any convincing evidence that a plant-based diet equals better health than an omnivorous one.

Dr. Steven Acocella - May 16, 2006 6:06 PM

I would like to briefly respond to the points you have very eloquently stated. I do not disagree that eating controlled portions of meat in and of it self does us harm. However, it is a contraction in terms to be on an Atkins or similar diet style and fall into this controlled portion category. By both definition and design these diet styles are far in excess of any sane, responsible level of flesh consumption.

You ask how, "can one dismiss the 'anecdotal evidence' of enjoying food and improving their health on a low carb diet? Don't make the fatal mistake of equating feeling good or feeling better with improved health. Eating rich, fatty and stimulating food can make you feel better for many reasons that have nothing to do with improved health. A drug, like Desoxyn (a prescription amphetamine) makes people feel great, improving energy and elevating mood too but using it over time will result in paying a heavy price in aging poorly and other medical side effects. That's exactly the fate that results from eating these crazy diets. I know this because it is absolute in the science. Evidence that is not anecdotal, not hearsay, not fostered by some snake-oil-Weston Price- profiteering-platform insanity but on real scientific findings that are consistent and reproducible.

It is unethical and morally reprehensible and likely malpractice to promote these diets. In the 1950's some physicians were paid a lot of money to recommend and prescribe cigarette smoking to their patients and the public, even doing television commercials. The nicotine-addicted latched onto these guys like crazy glue on a toilet seat (and yes, this is totally true). Do you know any physicians recommending people start smoking now? So why do these nuts continue to ignore that their diets are no less harmful than recommending cigarette smoking was? Smoking gives a feel good buzz too, by the way so it's an appropriate parallel and several levels.

Lastly, you state, "I do not find any convincing evidence that a plant-based diet equals better health than an omnivorous one." I don't know what you're reading but I suggest that you keep going because your material source is propaganda not nutritional and health science. Every single major study investigating the diet-disease nexus (thousands of them) all conclude and evidence that health and longevity is inversely proportional to saturated fat and animal protein consumption. There are a few counter-claim studies that these irresponsible quacks like to cite but these have been scrutinized and dismissed by the rational, credible scientific community. These pro-fat studies are unreliable because the findings are misinterpreted and skewed. Furthermore, investigation study after study has concluded the findings of the pro-fat studies irreproducible (except for a few obscure studies "funded" by the economic interests that are hurt by the truth) rendering them useless. On this blog site alone there are dozens of citations that offer you the repeated evidence of the scientific truth you seek. The rational behind Eat to Live is based upon and backed by the compelling evidence of over one thousand six hundred studies. Yes, I said one thousand six hundred studies. They're all listed in the book, too

I personally conducted extensive research in nutritional epidemiology. I did exhaustive dietary analysis of populations from 40 countries looking at total calories and the sources of calories, i.e., percentage of fat from animal sources such as dairy, percentage of plant food etc. Then I studied morbidly and mortality statistics of those populations. Using statistical analysis my findings alone are compelling. In a directly linear relation the greater the percentages of calories in the diet from plant food the lower in incidence of heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. Conversely, the higher the percentage of calories from animal sources the higher the incidence of certain disease. My work has been objectively reproduced by others whom have reported the same findings. And my work is only a single page from thousands upon thousands of pages that all support and corroborate these findings.

It's this simple; the consumption of certain foods is directly related to the risk of developing certain diseases in the majority of people. The science is in Technicolor that the etiological cause of heart disease and other diseases is a diet rich in saturated fat and high in animal protein.

Several hundred thousand people will suffer morbidity or die from the 'big three' killer disease this year. Of those, I concede that a small amount of them will meet this fate regardless of their diet style. But the vast majority of these medical tragedies are avoidable by eating a diet style that is health promoting and not disease producing. There are basically 3 types of people that promote a high fat, high animal protein diet: 1. Follow the money…someone once said that there's a lot more money in lies than in truth; and you will not find a professional promoting a high fat diet that isn't profiting from it in some way, and if they deny this then they're just lying to you twice. 2. The addicted, like smokers did with the Doc's that promoted tobacco use, food addicts latch onto these quacks to justify their irresponsible lifestyles (this is the basis for the very existence of #1). 3. The unfortunate average person looking for a way to lose weight or "feel better" and simply bought the snake oil (again, see #1).

Please keep reading, you are obviously very intelligent so by default it's only a matter of time before you understand the science; thank God at least you're eating right, right? Maybe you too can help others live longer, age successfully and avoid disease by sharing the compelling evidence you'll soon find.

Stratman - May 17, 2006 7:55 PM

Marly - this sould help you.

What Are the Health Risks Associated With High Protein, Low Carb Diets?

High protein diets can cause a number of health problems, including.

Kidney failure. Consuming too much protein puts a strain on the kidneys, which can make a person susceptible to kidney disease.

High cholesterol. It is well known that high protein diets (consisting of red meat, whole dairy products, and other high fat foods) are linked to high cholesterol. Studies have linked a high cholesterol level to an increased risk of developing heart disease and cancer.

Osteoporosis and kidney stones. High protein diets have also been shown to cause people to excrete more calcium than normal through their urine. Over a prolonged period of time, this can increase a person's risk of osteoporosis and kidney stones.

Cancer. One of the reasons high protein diets increase the risks of certain health problems is because of the avoidance of carbohydrate-containing foods and the vitamins, minerals, fiber and anti-oxidants they contain. It is therefore important to obtain your protein from a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Not only are your needs for protein being met, but you are also helping to reduce your risk of developing cancer.

Unhealthy metabolic states. Low carb diets can cause your body to go into dangerous metabolic states since your body burns fat instead of glucose for energy. This is known to cause organs to fail and result in gout, kidney stones, or kidney failure.

mrtruth - May 30, 2006 3:29 PM

Here's my case history.

4 years ago I started on the Atkins diet. In the first 6 months, I lost about 40 pounds. My weight has been stable ever since, although I still would like to lose about 15-20. My kidneys have not exploded, my brain still works, my blood test results are spectacular (LDL about the same as before, HDL MUCH better, triglycerides MUCH better, etc.

I eat as much beef (mostly grass-fed), chicken, eggs, cheese, seafood, pork,as my hunger dictates. My skin looks great. My mood is steady and calm (until I read the nonsense on tis site, that is, ha haa). I eat more vegetables than I did before. I eat a small amount of fruit - say, one banana a day.

By the way, these blood results are typical for low carb dieters. Science is slowly coming around to accept the fact that sugar is the problem, not fat and protein.

irlandes - March 27, 2007 11:30 PM

My experience is exactly like MRTRUTH. I note that on other pages it calls the Atkins diet high protein. Here it says high fat. I conclude you guys don't even really know what the Atkins diet is and need a script to keep you on track.

The Atkins diet is both fat and protein. Any one who reads the books knows this.

Also, the Atkins diet, properly done, is not just eating a low carb diet. It is also taking sufficient supplements to avoid loss of electrolytes as you describe with the 16 year old girl.

I have concluded you doctors are so desperate for revenue you will deliberately drive people into a diet which is guaranteed to produce both heart attacks and diabetes.

Look around you. Most people in the US are obediently eating low fat, high carb diets. The US is a nation of extremely unhealthy, FAT people. Yet, we keep hearing anecdotal tales of ONE PERSON who allegedly had problems on the Atkins diet, though it is obvious at a glance they were NOT following the diet; they just cut back on carbs, and did not follow the instructions on supplements, which admittedly is insane.

Also one would conclude the Eskimo people do not exist, since there are no carbs on the ice floes. the Eskimoes did not have heart diseases until they were supplied by white people with flour and sugar. They also did not have gout and all the diseases listed here for low-carb diets.

Dr. Atkins had 60,000 patients and they had blood work-ups every two weeks. If the Atkins diet were like you are claiming, he would have been sued out of existence. But, he wasn't.

Mick Hornbach - January 16, 2008 3:00 PM

Wow, the people who write these articles sure have their minds made. Why are you so desperate to force your biased opinion onto everybody else?

I invite you to stop by the atkins bulletin board and actually get some first hand evidence of the success of the Atkins diet from people who have actually done it right. (not just by eating meat and pork rinds as you falsely state)

http://www.atkinsdietbulletinboard.com/

Cheers.

Jasper Abraxxious - November 27, 2008 11:25 PM

Well, if this is the 'inforced' opinion of the majority of todays medical profession - god help us all.

Anyone with a modicum of intelligence would reason it out very simply. Surely the healthiest diet for a human being would be the diet nature intended for us?

I wonder if our ancient ancestors ate lots of sugary and/or high carb foods? Bread is mad made food (unless there is a bread tree out there I dont know about) as is sugar (Im sure ancient man did not grow crops of sugar cane to refine), so is pasta, flour etc etc.

So I guess the only high carb foods around then were fruits... and Im sure they were not in great abundance. So what was the natural diet for ancient man? Meat. Meat meat meat meat. We hunted it, killed it and ate it, are we werent the pussy wimp, sickly pathetic, tree hugging excuse for a race we are now.

Im sure our ancient ancestors would have been strong and healthy enough to bitch slap a dozen pasty faced vegetarians into oblivion - and thats all I need to know.

I have been on the Atkins diet for 5 years (just over). I am healthy, work out for two hours a day, have heaps of energy, low blood pressure, good cholesterol count... and most importantly - eat like a king!

You can stick your carbs where the sun doesnt shine.

James - April 4, 2010 7:28 PM

Yet Americans continue to get fatter by the minute. They are listening to the reputable sources, and pounding down massive amounts of carbohydrates, mostly from grain.
I think Atkins at least brought light to the fact we eat WAY too many carbs. I personally think his diet is a bit extreme, but it definitely works for getting the body into ketosis, which is a healthy and normal state to be in.

I eat low carb, approx 50-75 grams a day, mostly from vegetables and berries and an apple usually once a day. Zero added sugar, zero grains, and zero dairy, pounds and pounds of vegetables- alot od asparagus and broccoli. The meat I eat is either grass fed beef, pastured chicken/eggs, and wild seafood-all completely organic. Not only are Amercians stuffing their fat, disgusting faces with grains, they are also pumping their food stock full of the poisonous crap as well.

So, keep parroting your reputable sources, while wondering why we have near epidemic amounts of diabetes and just general fatness. The vast majority of the government regulators are bought and paid for by lobbyists, as is our entire congress. You claim a handful of cases is representative of Atkins not having worked for millions. As my example, I give you millions of fatsos listening to the same repetitive BS from people such as you, the most unhealthy population in the entire world.

As a PS note, I had a full bloodwork done by my doctor. Everything was near perfect and right in the middle of the ideal amounts. My cholesterol was 179, despite eating half a dozen eggs every morning for almost a year before the test- yet eggs are supposed to be the most evil thing for your cholesterol.

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