Columnist criticizes man suing Atkins

Filed under: Atkins Diet — Tags: — @ June 1, 2004

Howard Goodman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has written an editorial criticizing Jody Gorra, the Florida businessman who is suing the estate of Dr. Robert C. Atkins and Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. over his high cholesterol. Goodman has also dug up some dirt on the organization backing him.

bq. Gorran has told interviewers that he started the diet in 2001 because he’d gone from his usual 140 pounds to a whopping 148. He says he carefully read the 1999 book, Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, and adhered to its advice even when his cholesterol shot up in two months from a nice, safe 146 to a dangerous 230. Did he stop? Did he see a doctor? No, the suit says, he just read the book’s reassurances, nodded his head and stuck with the diet. He kept at it for 2 1/2 years, until chest pains sent him to the doctor.

bq. Helping Gorran with the lawsuit is a group called Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which promotes a vegetarian diet. In Feb., 10 months after Atkins, 72, died following a slip on an icy sidewalk, this same group released details of an autopsy report showing the diet doctor was overweight and had a history of heart trouble. But they didn’t mention, as his defenders did, that Atkins had gained 60 pounds through fluid retention in the eight days he was in a coma, and that earlier he had said that a viral infection had caused an enlarged heart.

Gorran says he joined with these advocates because “they are familiar with publicity.” He might as well have come out and admitted his lawsuit’s frivolous. Last I looked, the courts are supposed to be for seeking justice, not ink.


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