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Group Says Atkins Diet May Be Dangerous
Yahoo! News ^ | Nov 20, 2003 | Maggie Fox

Posted on 11/21/2003 6:55:10 AM PST by traumer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A nutrition advocacy group warned on Thursday that the popular Atkins diet may cause heart disease and could have killed a teen-age dieter.

It urged the U.S. government to monitor the high-fat weight loss approach to see if it indeed causes heart disease.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine stressed it could not prove the diet had hurt or killed anyone. But one dieter said he believed the approach clogged his arteries and the parents of a teen-ager who died while on the diet also blamed her meat-heavy regimen.

The PCRM called on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (news - web sites) to monitor diets and check for signs that the Atkins and other high-fat, high-protein diets may be harming people's health.

"You can never say this diet caused this death," PCRM director Dr. Neal Barnard cautioned. He said the CDC should monitor large groups over time to see if there was an association.

The CDC had no immediate comment. Two federal health officials who asked not to be named said it might be possible to incorporate the information into existing surveys on diet, lifestyle and health.

Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. said its diet was safe.

"There is no logic and no science to support any association between these individuals and the ANA (Atkins Nutritional Approach)," said Colette Heimowitz, vice president of education and research for the company.

EAT MEAT

The Atkins diet has made headlines around the world with an approach that flies in the face of most medical advice. It is based on a theory developed by Dr. Robert Atkins, who died in April after a fall, that carbohydrates make people fat.

It encourages dieters to shun bread, pasta, fruit and many vegetables in favor of meat, butter and other fatty food.

"What I contend is that the Atkins diet gave me heart disease," Jody Gorran, a 53-year-old Florida businessman, said at a news conference organized by PCRM. He said his arteries clogged and cholesterol shot up while on the diet.

Paul and Lisa Huskey of Columbia, Missouri, say their 16-year-old daughter, Rachel, died of a heart arrhythmia in 2000 while on the diet. Dr. Paul Robinson, a pediatrician at the hospital where Rachel died, said the diet could have caused her death by leaching calcium and potassium from her body.

Many doctors and the American Heart Association (news - web sites) have warned that the diet could be dangerous. The Heart Association advocates a diet based on whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

It warned that over time the Atkins diet and similar approaches could raise cholesterol. Other experts have said the diet might also increase the risk of kidney disease and the PCRM adds osteoporosis and colon cancer to the list of risks.

The PCRM, which advocates a strict vegetarian diet, has set up an online registry at www.atkinsdietalert.org for people to offer complaints about the diet.

Doctors say anyone who loses weight will lower cholesterol in the short term.

More than 60 percent of American adults ore overweight or obese so the need for effective diets is clear.

"The skinniest people on the planet are vegetarians and Asians," Barnard said.


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So, now what ?
1 posted on 11/21/2003 6:55:11 AM PST by traumer
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To: traumer
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine are simply stooges for the grain and fruit industry, is my guess.

I'd check where they get their funding, first.
2 posted on 11/21/2003 6:56:52 AM PST by JohnGalt (Attn Psuedocons: Wilsonianrepublic.com is still available)
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To: JohnGalt
Yep. Pure BS, funded/encouraged/prayed-for by the carb industry.
3 posted on 11/21/2003 6:57:46 AM PST by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh
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To: traumer
PCRM = PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has used a tax-exempt affiliate called the Foundation to Support Animal Protection (FSAP) to funnel at least $592,000 to PCRM. This foundation, whose letterhead now shows that it is doing business as “The PETA Foundation,” has the same mailing address as PETA, and PETA owns its website address. Newkirk and Barnard are two of FSAP’s three directors.

And PETA itself directly gave PCRM over $265,000 between 1988 and 1999.

Barnard is PETA’s “medical advisor” and regularly writes for PETA’s publications. He admitted in a sworn deposition (International Primate Protection League v. Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, 1992) that PCRM has been housed at PETA headquarters in the past. He also acknowledged requesting and receiving money from PETA, and using a PETA-owned car to drive back and forth from work. According to Barnard’s deposition, PETA even paid the salaries of some of PCRM’s staffers.

Citing an unnamed, former PETA employee, a 1989 article in Washingtonian magazine reads:
PETA funds were used, he says, to finance membership campaigns and activities of two anti-vivisectionist organizations, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and the National Association of Nurses Against Vivisection (NANAV). Both organizations were housed, rent-free, in PETA’s headquarters, he says, and the respective heads of the groups, Neal Barnard and Susan Brebner, were introduced to him as PETA staff members. "
http://www.consumerfreedom.com/activistcash/org_motivation.cfm?ORG_ID=23
4 posted on 11/21/2003 6:58:42 AM PST by Varda
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To: traumer
The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine is a radical animal rights vegetarian group. Do a Google on them.
5 posted on 11/21/2003 6:58:43 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: JohnGalt
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Just by the sound of those droning "highminded,"self-important words, it sounds like a first cousin to Center for Science in the Public Interest.

6 posted on 11/21/2003 7:02:00 AM PST by maryz
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To: traumer
The PCRM, which advocates a strict vegetarian diet, has set up an online registry at www.atkinsdietalert.org for people to offer complaints about the diet.

A group of strict vegetarians have put up a web site for people to complain about a meat heavy diet, which they claim will kill you? Well, I don't see any cause to doubt the veracity of their claims. /sarcasm

7 posted on 11/21/2003 7:02:52 AM PST by T.Smith
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To: traumer
The PCRM called on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...to monitor diets and check for signs that the Atkins...

The reason they are asking for this is because they have no scientific research supporting their fear-mongering! This group has been hyping a move toward vegetarianism from some time and the Atkins plan just "feels bad" to them.

My experience with the Atkins plan is simple, I dropped 50 pounds and dropped 60 points off of my cholosterol (well below 200 for the first time ever). That was 2 years ago, except for 3 months of travel this year that allowed restaurant food to put 10 pounds back on (I am losing that via Atkins) I have kept it off.

Atkins ultimate plan is a simple one: eat fewer calories, eat a balanced diet, avoid white sugar and simple carbs, and exercise. Oh yeah, that sounds dangerous!

8 posted on 11/21/2003 7:03:14 AM PST by FormerLib
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To: traumer
"The skinniest people on the planet are vegetarians and Asians," Barnard said.

Of course, most of us have access to things to eat besides grass and reeds, and some of us are not Asians, so this comment strikes me as a little silly.

Note that PCRM advocates a vegetarian diet. Rather than beards for the Fanjuel/Andreas axis, they're most likely a bunch of bunny-hugging hippies.

9 posted on 11/21/2003 7:03:59 AM PST by big gray tabby
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To: traumer
PCRM Website

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Why doesn't Yahoo News label this group for what it is?

10 posted on 11/21/2003 7:04:43 AM PST by TankerKC (Member since before you! I win!)
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To: traumer
"A nutrition advocacy group (sponsored by Krispy Kreme, McDonald's, Frito-Lay, Mars Candy and Wonder Bread) warned on Thursday that the popular Atkins diet may cause heart disease and could have killed a teen-age dieter."
11 posted on 11/21/2003 7:12:40 AM PST by Hatteras (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: TankerKC
Okay, so what are they going to do? Pass a law that says no one can be on the Atkins Diet? I just started it and love it!!
12 posted on 11/21/2003 7:13:28 AM PST by Mfkmmof4
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To: traumer
the diet could have caused her death
13 posted on 11/21/2003 7:15:41 AM PST by shiva
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To: JohnGalt
They are hard core Vegetarians. I just found out I am diabetic and was told I could control it with diet and not medicine. The nutritionist gave me a diet that was alot like the Atkins. Carbos are even deadlier to diabetics than sugar. I have been on this diet for 3 weeks and I have more energy and feel so much better than I ever felt before. Theses people are like the walking dead!
14 posted on 11/21/2003 7:15:48 AM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: All
I know! I know! These people are just shills and front men for all the Big Bread and Big Doughnut interests.

Hah! And they didn't think we would see through their ploy....
15 posted on 11/21/2003 7:15:53 AM PST by alloysteel
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To: FormerLib
Very True...

My fiance's girlfriend went around saying that she was on Atkins, but all she did was eat meat. She never once read the book.

Its not about NOT eating carbs...its about CONTROLLING your carb intake. Its also NOT a license to eat all you want either...

I lost 17 pounds on Atkins...Now, I'm no longer on the diet, but I do watch my carb intake. I excercise and eat less than I did before. I've kept the pounds off now for mor ethan 6 months...
16 posted on 11/21/2003 7:15:58 AM PST by Portnoy (Fahrenheit 451...Today's Temperature is hotter than you think...)
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To: Mfkmmof4
"...I just started it and love it!!"

Makes breakfast fun again, huh?!

17 posted on 11/21/2003 7:17:34 AM PST by Hatteras (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: traumer
The skinniest people on the planet are vegetarians and Asians," Barnard said.

Next time PBS puts the documentary on about the construction of Hoover Dam during the DEPRESSION and compare that work force today that at any of todays construction site

Years ago the Super Market lots had only ONE place to return carts but people gradually just left them all over the place

Now they have many sites for return and people STILL leave them all over the place cause they are too damn lazy and we wonder why people are obese
18 posted on 11/21/2003 7:19:44 AM PST by uncbob
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To: Hatteras
Yes, it does!! And I feel satisfied. I have cut out breads, starches, pasta and rice. Will I miss them? Sure but will cheat from time to time :)
19 posted on 11/21/2003 7:19:46 AM PST by Mfkmmof4
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To: areafiftyone
You should have put that post in bold.

Cheers to a long life,
20 posted on 11/21/2003 7:20:27 AM PST by JohnGalt (Attn Psuedocons: Wilsonianrepublic.com is still available)
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To: JohnGalt
Why does this have a PETA smell to it?
21 posted on 11/21/2003 7:21:33 AM PST by TaxRelief (My advise? Always keep a can opener in the emergency shelter.)
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To: TaxRelief
The animals have filed a class action suit :)
22 posted on 11/21/2003 7:22:42 AM PST by Mfkmmof4
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To: Hatteras
"A nutrition advocacy group (sponsored by Krispy Kreme, McDonald's, Frito-Lay, Mars Candy and Wonder Bread

Actually those items contain a hell of FAT and would ALSO be eliminated in a LOW FAT complex carb diet
23 posted on 11/21/2003 7:23:03 AM PST by uncbob
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To: FormerLib
My dad has lost over 100lbs w/ Atkins. He eats more veggies than bacon and keeps the weight off. You're right; Atkins is stay away from sugar and simple carbs.
24 posted on 11/21/2003 7:23:27 AM PST by jjm2111
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To: traumer
Driving through my rural area the other day...I have never seen so many people raising beef
Anybody with a couple acres has herefords and angus...
Most amazing thing I've seen around here in years...
I might have to get me a couple to raise...
Go Atkins...the price of beef is through the roof...
25 posted on 11/21/2003 7:25:40 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: JohnGalt
Thanks. :-)
26 posted on 11/21/2003 7:26:19 AM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: traumer
Well, I say the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine may be a haven for child molesters. When does my baseless, uninformed allegation get printed by Reuters?
27 posted on 11/21/2003 7:27:59 AM PST by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, 'Zoolander')
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To: traumer
The Atkins diet was debunked years ago.... its reappearance just confirms what David Hannum once said... "There's a sucker born every minute."
28 posted on 11/21/2003 7:29:49 AM PST by Lunatic Fringe (I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me Superman.)
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To: big gray tabby
Plus, skinny doesn't necessarily equate to healthy.
29 posted on 11/21/2003 7:30:33 AM PST by Freemyland
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To: joesnuffy
A subsidiary benefit to the Atkins diet comes from raising the cattle. Having a couple of big, dumb, loveable brood cows around does wonders for one's physical, as well as mental, health.
30 posted on 11/21/2003 7:30:38 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: SamAdams76
Theirrr Backkk...
31 posted on 11/21/2003 7:40:26 AM PST by tubebender (FReeRepublic...How bad have you got it...)
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To: tubebender
If it was debunked how come it works?
32 posted on 11/21/2003 7:45:07 AM PST by Mfkmmof4
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To: traumer
Well, my wife and I went on this diet. BY THE BOOK. His book. Within one week my wife's blood pressure shot up and she ended up on blood pressure medicine for 6 months to control it. After that she was back to normal. So, this diet CAN have serious side effects. She was 36 at the time and perfectly healthy. It made me feel horrible and I was quite happy to get off it after 10 days. I would rather loose weight some other way. I only weigh 200lbs (6'1") anyway and just wanted to loose a little weight anyway.

So, you never know how someone will react to this diet.
33 posted on 11/21/2003 7:56:33 AM PST by RiVer19
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To: Varda
OK PETA, just for that I'm going to have nothing but meat for lunch today...
34 posted on 11/21/2003 7:58:38 AM PST by Skip Ripley
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To: big gray tabby
The skinniest people on the planet are vegetarians and Asians

I've been to China, and yes, they are a nation full of slender hard bodies. You would be too if you ate mostly fish and rice and walked 10 miles every day.

35 posted on 11/21/2003 8:02:46 AM PST by lafroste
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To: traumer
They are so full of it. I just had blood work for the year and I have been on Adkins since August. My sugar has been so under control that the doctor took me off of insulin.

I doubt that I eat higher amounts of meat than when I wasn't dieting, I'm just not eating bread, potatoes, or pasta with it. Adkins on its own suppresses your appetite. My cholesterol tested better than it has in years.

:If someone developed a heart condition or clogged arteries, my best guess is that it developed over years, not over a few months of dieting, and I would look at some of those gooey delicious things you get at the bakery or the pizza parlor, rather than a couple of pork chops and a salad.

36 posted on 11/21/2003 8:12:14 AM PST by RJayneJ
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To: traumer
One of our local TV's ran this item in its 6pm news, but they DID - to their credit - ID the group right up front as "linked to PETA." I still gave them heck in an email this morning for simply giving such marginal critters legitimacy by reporting on them. If the media wouldn't report on these loonies, they'd go away.

Michael

37 posted on 11/21/2003 8:18:42 AM PST by Wright is right! (Never get excited about ANYTHING by the way it looks from behind.)
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To: Freemyland
Plus, skinny doesn't necessarily equate to healthy.

Tell the Air Force that. Their new fitness test has four components: A 1.5 mile run (50 points max), a 1 minute timed push up test (10 points max), a one minute timed sit up test (10 points max), and a “Body Composition” test (30 points max).

The Body Composition component measures your abdomen and gives you point points without regard to your height and will very little regard or age.

As an example a 6’ 3” 43 year old man with a waist measurement of 38 inches get a Body Composition Score of 21.6. A 5” 7” 18 year old man with a waist measurement of 38 inches get a Body Composition Score of 21.6. A 32.5 inches waist will get both 30 points, while a waist measurement in excess of 43 will get 0 points.

There was an article in our base newspaper a few weeks ago, where a medical professional was quoted as saying it didn’t matter your height, bone structure or age a 40 inch waist is a equally unhealthy. I don’t buy it.

38 posted on 11/21/2003 8:30:52 AM PST by TankerKC (Member since before you! I win!)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Debunked in what way? I know plenty of folks who have lost weight on it. Many of them have kept it off. I certainly can't speak to the health consequences, but I've read plenty of arguments on both sides.
39 posted on 11/21/2003 8:35:56 AM PST by TankerKC (Member since before you! I win!)
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To: Varda
Great work. Your post is an example of one of the things that makes FR great.

Portrait of internal conflict: a PETA guy on Atkins!

Dan
40 posted on 11/21/2003 8:39:30 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Mfkmmof4
Stay with it, and you'll love it MORE!

Dan
41 posted on 11/21/2003 8:40:11 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Dang; your post is dumb from the first sentence to the tagline!

Quite an accomplishment.

Just not a good one.

Dan
42 posted on 11/21/2003 8:41:55 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Varda
Been on it for 2 years. Actually only been an Adkins Lite (my term) for last year. Meaning I just avoid sugars , potatoes and Flour (I occasionally disregard the diet on holidays and special occasions). I really don't count carbs anymore. At 40, haven’t felt better since my teens/20’s. Maxed out at 220+ when I started, been at 185-190 for last 1.5 years with no struggle/effort what so ever. I use to live off daily Pepsid-AC pills, but I haven’t needed one in over a year. My Dr. is impressed with my blood test numbers. I use to get sick all the time. I’ve probably been sick (repertory infections, colds ,etc) about 3-4 times in last two years. Not bad, as I was typically sick at least twice as often prior to this diet/life-style-change. Not sure if that’s related to the diet, but I’ve got a feeling it is. My wife is sick more frequently then I (she’s a pasta/carb attic haha). I’m on it for life, and I don’t give a crap what "they" say. I’m looking at real results.
43 posted on 11/21/2003 8:56:34 AM PST by Craigon
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To: BibChr
I have to lose the weight and I feel satisfied after eating the meals on this....what more can you want?
44 posted on 11/21/2003 9:17:52 AM PST by Mfkmmof4
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To: Mfkmmof4
Yep.

Things I've basically said goodbye to since going low-carb in April:

Intractable, increasingly frequent episodes of tachycardia
Killer headaches
Sleep apnea
Acid reflux
Zero energy
Bad sleep
Old-man aches and pains
Hating every sight of myself in a reflection
Naggy guilt all the time
About eighty pounds

Yeah, so tell me about how bad it is for people.

Dan
45 posted on 11/21/2003 9:45:31 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: traumer
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine stressed it could not prove the diet had hurt or killed anyone.

Nuff said. Next.

46 posted on 11/21/2003 9:47:59 AM PST by Protagoras (Putting goverment in charge of morality is like putting pedophiles in charge of children)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh
Anything to do with it you think?

US breadmakers hold crisis talks over impact of Atkins diet
By Jeremy Laurance Health Editor
20 November 2003

The growing craze for high protein, low carbohydrate slimming regimes such as the Atkins diet is threatening the market for one of the staple foods of the West - bread.

Consumption of bread plummeted in America in the past year with an estimated 40 per cent of Americans eating less than in 2002. The US bread industry is to hold a crisis "bread summit" tomorrow to discuss measures to curb falling sales. In Britain, the Federation of Bakers launched a promotional campaign last month to counter the Atkins effect. British Bread month was advertised with the slogan "Use your loaf, have another slice."

Sales of sliced and wrapped bread have been declining by 2 per cent a year for the past three years in the UK. John White, a spokesman for the federation, said: "The impact of Atkins in the US is of concern to UK businesses. Everyone seems to be on it."

In America, Patrick Davis of the National Bread Leadership Council, which organised the summit, said that it was unclear whether the fall in bread sales was a temporary blip or indicative of a more permanent change in eating habits. The average American eats 54lbs of bread a year, barely a third of the quantity consumed by the French and Italians. But the Italians and the French are not notably obese, Mr Davis said.

While bread sales are falling, sales of meat, eggs and fruit are rising. In Britain, consumption of beef has risen from 739,000 tons in 1997, when the Atkins diet was first published in Britain, to 990,000 tons last year.

Although the diet has been widely condemned by doctors and nutritionists, an estimated 32 million Americans are on low carbohydrate, high protein diets according to a survey.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) in Britain has warned that the basis of the Atkins diet is questionable and it could be dangerous. Dr Susan Jebb, head of nutrition at the MRC, said: "It is an unknown risk. The diet is nutritionally incomplete."

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=465405
47 posted on 11/21/2003 10:16:23 AM PST by sunryse
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To: sunryse
I still buy about 6 loaves of bread a week. I make lunchs for the children to take to school.
48 posted on 11/21/2003 10:53:16 AM PST by Mfkmmof4
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To: BibChr
Thanks and I've had some of the same results as you! Those aches and pains that I thought were arthritis have just disappeared and I have much more energy than I used to.
49 posted on 11/21/2003 10:56:45 AM PST by Varda
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To: Varda
It was amazing, too. Started enjoying the benefits within the first ~10 days, before I'd even lost much weight (relatively speaking).

Dan
50 posted on 11/21/2003 10:58:29 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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