Atkins responds to dieter lawsuit

Filed under: Atkins Diet — Tags: — @ May 27, 2004

Atkins Nutritionals has responded to the cholesterol claims and lawsuit brought on by Jody Gorran and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM):

bq. Atkins generally doesn’t comment on litigation. But in this case, we must pose some questions before this story gets out of hand. Even today’s New York Times article raises the possibility that, as the science certainly would suggest, this case has no merit. Further, PCRM and the complainant suggest that the lawsuit is just for publicity. We should not let the real issue, providing people with a scientifically validated nutritional choice in the face of a worldwide obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemic, be manipulated by this extremist animal rights vegan group.


bq. PCRM, a well-known extreme vegan and animal rights group, has a long history of initiating these kinds of scare tactics that are designed to convince the American public to stop eating animal protein of any sort. Furthermore, PCRM has been featuring Mr. Gorran and his various allegations on its website for quite a while. It has been reported publicly that PCRM has been investigated by Justice Department and the American Medical Association. Claim is under question by PCRM. Removed by request of PCRM legal.

We have to ask some questions here: Why does anyone take PCRM seriously and allow this group, with its’ animal rights agenda, to divert us all from the real enemy: the obesity and diabetes crisis in this country? Why is PCRM, an organization with less than 5% of its membership actual physicians, even viewed as a legitimate participant in the nutrition debate? Shouldn’t the nutrition discussion be focused on science? Atkins was asked for science and for three years we’ve been delivering it. So faced with science and fact, PCRM has retreated to scare tactics.

Why isn’t the nutrition debate focusing on the comments from Harvard’s Dr. Walter Willett, one of the world’s leading nutrition experts, who recently said that after reviewing all the science on low carb (and these are all studies that followed Atkins protocols), “We can no longer dismiss very-low- carbohydrate diets.” Or why aren’t we focusing on the words of Dr. Sylvan Weinberg, MD, MACC who in a recent article published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, called for medical professionals to recognize the validity of low-carbohydrate/high-protein diets like Atkins in the fight against heart disease. Dr. Weinberg asserted that it is no longer reasonable to accept or endorse on faith alone the superiority of the low-fat, high- carbohydrate approach to coronary health. And why isn’t this discussion including science conducted by Harvard, Duke, University of Pennsylvania, The National Institutes of Health and even the American Heart Association?

As always Atkins stands by the science that has repeatedly reaffirmed the safety and health benefits of the Atkins Nutritional Approach. As recently as last week, two new studies were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine confirming the safety and benefits of Atkins as well as demonstrating, even when compared to low fat diets, that Atkins provides improvements in major cardiovascular risk factors. These findings repeat what has been consistently and without exception seen in 25 other studies over the past three years.

PCRM and its cronies do a great disservice to the cause of good health in this country by repeatedly manipulating the media to confuse and mislead the American public.

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