As some of you already know, I occasionally receive messages from “Fat Throat,” a high-level researcher who works behind the The Ivy Wall. I receive these messages on the condition that I don’t reveal his name or the organization that employs him. (He refers to that organization as The Committee to Re-Erect The Pyramid, a.k.a. CREEP.)
Fat Throat alerted me to a recent article on WebMD (which is basically bought and paid for by Big Pharma) bashing the Atkins diet. Same old, same old … you need carbohydrates for energy and brain function, all that fat might kill you, blah-blah-blah. You can read the full nonsense here.
Anyway, in reaction the WebMD article, Fat Throat sent me the following email. Truth is, I don’t know anything about the doctors he mentions in the email, but obviously he does and isn’t impressed:
WebMD recently published an examination of the Atkins diet with commentary by notable scientists with final facts checked by the well-known medical expert Dr. Jonathan L.Gelfand. The following true-or-false quiz is part of CME credits offered for this article.
1. The Atkins Diet requires that you be in ketosis for a long period of time (T/F).
False. Ketosis is recommended only for the first two weeks but it is not necessary to be in ketosis to obtain benefits of the carbohydrate restriction.
2. Dr. Jonathan Gelfand is an expert on metabolic diseases (T/F).
False. Dr. Gelfand’s specialty is pulmonary medicine.
3. The Atkins diet requires high fat consumption (T/F).
False. The Atkins diet specifies only low carbohydrate and most patients do not increase the amount of fat. Shown as early as 1980 and borne out by recent studies. The diet is higher in fat than that recommended by health agencies but that is also true of the American diet before the epidemic of obesity.
4. The WebMD Article did not interview any physicians who actually used the Atkins diet.
5. Dr. Gelfand is an expert on pulmonary asbestosis (T/F).
False. Dr. Gelfand testified in a case in Pennsylvania that an auto mechanic had died of asbestosis but it turned out that what looked like pleural thickening was really sub-pleural fibrosis and the jury found for the defense.
6. The Atkins diet severely limits food choices (T/F).
False. Numerous cookbooks, online recipes for low-carbohydrate dieters now number in the thousands. The diet is less restrictive than those limiting fat.
7. Dr. Gelfand, Dr. Eckel and other physicians quoted in the article never took a course in nutrition (T/F).
True. Physicians do not study nutrition.
8. Higher protein diets do not pose any health risk for people with normal kidneys (T/F).
True. This has been shown by many studies.
9. Dr. Gelfand was recently seen on Dateline’s To Catch a Predator but was later exonerated. (He was actually making a house call).
False. This a rumor of unknown origin.
10. Dr. Robert Eckel, former head of the American Heart Association and quoted in the article is a well-known creationist (T/F).
11. The Atkins diet is the most effective method of lowering triglycerides and one of the best for raising HDL (“good cholesterol”) (T/F).
12. WEbMD provides accurate reliable content (T/F).
False. WebMD, its licensors, and its suppliers make no representations or warranties about accuracy, reliability, completeness, currentness, or timeliness of the content on or through the use of the WebMD Site or WebMD.
13. In most clinical trials to date the Atkins diet does as well and generally better than low-fat diets for weight loss, glycemic control and markers of cardiovascular disease.