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During the Great Nutrition Debate held February 24, 2000, by the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C., Dr. Robert Atkins, founder of the world’s most famous low-carbohydrate diet plan, was challenged for his lack of medical research to support his claims, especially about the benefits of his high-fat, high-cholesterol diet for heart disease. Dr. Atkins responded, “And I haven't been able to fund the study.” Dr. Keith-Thomas Ayoob, associate professor of nutrition at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York continued his cross examination, “Excuse me. Excuse me. Ten million books in print, and you can't fund the study?” Dr. Atkins responded, “Now I can, and I will be the first doctor to dig into his own pocket to do a study…” And he made true on his promise and since has funded sufficient research to persuade doctors, media personalities (like Neal Cavuto of Fox News Channel), and as many as 15% of the population of the USA, to believe that eating pork rinds, fried cheese, and lobster dripping in butter is good for body, heart, and soul – and that his previous 35 years of diet claims were right all along.

Dr. and Mrs. Atkins established the Dr. Robert C. Atkins Foundation in 1999, and thus far have endowed it with $3 million in grants – furthermore, the organization that bears their name, Atkins Nutritionals Inc., has a yearly income of $100 million; therefore, money for supportive research should be no barrier. Over the past three years several published studies, laced with sufficient bites of truth to influence the practice of medicine, have indeed been published. The consequences have been so profound that the Atkins Diet is now taught to medical students as part of their first year medical curriculum at the New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.[25] These impressionable students learn that replacing potatoes with beefsteak protects against the development of heart disease and that the diet is a safe and effective solution to America’s obesity epidemic.[25] The time has come for a thorough review of this research and a challenge to those who would distort the truth, often at the expense of your health.

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