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Proof that the Atkins Diet Works Like Chemotherapy By Sickness-Induced Starvation
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The Reason Atkins Lowers Risk Factors

Almost all of the children showed these adverse changes in blood values indicating they were at higher risks of artery disease in the future.  But, followers of the Atkins diet claim the opposite – so why the drastic difference?  The difference between the children treated for seizure control and people on the Atkins diet is the amount of food consumed.  The authors of this study know this difference and state, “ …the ketogenic diet was designed to have sufficient calories to promote healthy growth and development.  Measurement of lipids and lipoprotein in healthy adults receiving a ketogenic diet has usually been obtained while patients are actively losing weight.”1   

Unless force-fed like the children, loss of appetite caused by a ketogenic diet causes a person to eat less food – which means eating fewer calories, and less cholesterol, fat, sugar, refined and processed foods, animal protein, and salt.  As a direct result of less food, signs of improved health seem to appear because risk factors, like serum cholesterol, triglycerides, uric acid, glucose, and blood pressure, may decrease – and the patient is declared healthier.  Not necessarily so.  Similar benefits, for similar reasons, are seen when patients are placed on cancer chemotherapy3 – and doctors don’t brag about these results. 

I hope you can understand how eating smaller amounts of unhealthy foods (red meat, fried chicken, pork rinds, and fried cheese) will lower risk factors, yet cannot possibly transform these same foods into cures for heart disease.

So when your friends boast about their results with the Atkins diet, assure them that those results are not real indicators of better health and will be temporary at best – because no one can stay that sick for very long.   Even the founder, Dr. Robert Atkins, could not follow his own diet – look at his pictures before he had his massive cardiac arrest and almost died in April of 2002 – my guess is he was at least 60 pounds overweight with jowls hanging to his chest.  Comfort your misguided friends by telling them that when they’re ready you will teach them a diet that will reverse much (but not all) of the damage they have done to themselves with the Atkins diet.

* Ketogenic refers to the creation of a state of ketosis.   Ketosis is a natural condition the body resorts to under harsh circumstances, such as illness or starvation.   When people are ill they need to be recuperating, not gathering and preparing foods.  Loss of appetite facilitates recovery.  A kindness of Nature for starving people is to quiet the pain of hunger.  After 3 days with no food the body enters a state of ketosis and the pain of dying is relieved. 

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