Examining Dr. Atkins' Death--UPDATED
This post is part of an on-going review of the recommendations of celebrity doctor Joseph Mercola, D.O. For an overview, check out Monday's post.
As I was going through Dr. Mercola's website, I found that he attacks the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine. That group, he claims, "horribly distorted the facts behind the death of Dr. Robert Atkins, one of Dr. Mercola's mentors."
I happen to know something about this, and am compelled to add my thoughts.
It is Dr. Mercola who is distorting the facts. Before Dr. Atkins was hospitalized near the end of his life, he weighed about 200 pounds. Atkins' medical record showed he had atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, had suffered from a previous heart attack, and had high blood pressure. However, many would have you believe he was merely a healthy guy who died after slipping on a patch of ice.
Of interest is that one of my patients, who had severe coronary artery disease which he developed on the Atkins diet, who now has reversed his heart condition under my care, was friends with Dr. Atkins and they used the same cardiologist. This successful man had no motive to make up this story. He told me that after Atkins died his cardiologist (who was Dr. Atkins' doctor too) mentioned to him that Atkins had a heart attack, that is why he fell--he did not slip.
Dr. Atkins' wife quickly switched cardiologists to find one who would aid in the cover-up. The only point to be made here is these guys advocating a high meat diet are unfortunately hurting themselves too, not just their followers, but it is a shame that people have to suffer and even die needlessly from the advice of these high-meat advocates.
UPDATE: TheSmokingGun.com has a wealth of information regarding the death of Dr. Atkins, including a leaked copy of his actual death certificate. The
autopsy report medical examiner's report shows a 77 year old white male with a medical history of myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, and hypertension. The hand writing reads of these three conditions. Also check out Snopes.com for more information.
Tomorrow we will examine healthy ways to integrate meat into your diet.