My Response to the Attack on Dr. Atkins
- April S. Fields
Apparently a coroner's report "accidentally" fell into the hands of someone who "accidentally" leaked it to the Wall Street Journal. Yeah right! If you accept that at face value, I have some prime swamp land to sell you. Of course, Dr. Atkins' widow, once again, is forced to defend her husband and his life work. The battle rages on. There are facts that were not included, which should be used to counter this sensationalized report and you can read them HERE.
But I have my own take on the whole issue.
I lost 25 pounds of “baby weight” in 1974 on the original Atkins Low-Carb diet after the birth of my third child. It was pretty simple back then. And yes, there was controversy. But it worked for me and losing the weight, however I did it, was certainly the healthiest thing I could do. Additionally, during that time, I was able to acquire the life long habit of not using sugar in my beverages. A small thing, but good habit, nevertheless.
Yesterday, I had already read the “shocking” report about Dr. Atkins’ obesity on the web, so I was ready and waiting for Peter Jennings to include it in last night’s line up. I was not disappointed to watch as he slurred over the hard facts and only reported the sensationalized highlights because I was expecting as much. I was not angry, though. I was amused. I know what drives these things. It’s usually about money. Only rarely is it about passionately held philosophy. Somewhere down the line, cash flow is almost always involved. Genuine concern for public health and well being? I think not.
To confirm this POV I wish to point out that directly at the conclusion of Peter’s report, ABC broke away to commercial. A bigger than life of Arby’s beef n’ cheddar between thick slabs of sour dough bread popped up in my face. I thought, “Hmmm, so I wonder what slant ABC would have had on the topic of Atkins death certificate if Atkins low carb products had been the next advertiser up?
Let’s recap…money is the guiding force.
Conclusion? I don’t have to defend my WOE to anyone. The American Diabetes Association has endorsed reduced carbs, not just sugar, for some time now. There is a plethora of websites and cookbooks, just for diabetics, that encourage daily carb-counting and for diabetics this has to be a life long choice. Even so it’s not likely that the ADA will ever specifically endorse “LOW-CARB” as a voluntary choice, but they don’t have to; I don’t need the endorsement to know that if it’s important for diabetics to watch their daily carb intake, it must have value.
I am a freethinking individual and I do what works for me. I am not swayed by public opinion or media hype because no one knows my body or my metabolism better than I do. I own my health and I will not put it, indiscriminately, into the hands of “public opinion”. Nor will I blame anyone but myself if, down the road, I develop health problems from this WOE. One thing I know for sure, for the past 4 1/2 years, I have been healthier than ever before. I lost not only the excess weight I had acquired as I slid into menopause, I learned how to cook and eat with whole foods and abandon the over-processed refined garbage that over flow the shelves of every marketplace. As a side benefit I have no more hypoglycemic roller coaster rides, and that alone is good enough for me because I really hated the shakes and dizzy spells.
I also know that, let’s be honest here, even among low-carb advocates, there is a huge chasm of definitions for low-carb. The path I carved for myself is for me alone and the reason I can’t get all distraught when bad press attacks the low-carb WOE is because I’m not trying to convince anyone else what he/she should do to reach a healthy balance. Thus I don’t have to defend that I am quietly living proof that it works for me. Whatever conclusion anyone else draws from this is just what it is.