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From his book:
WE'RE THE VICTIM OF "CARBOHYDRATE POISONING." The
most killing diseases of the twentieth century stem from what
I call "carbohydrate poisoning."
What causes that? Mainly, sugar. In many cases, virtually a sugar addiction. As Dr. John Yudkin points out, "We consume more sugar now in two weeks than we did in a year two centuries ago."
For decades now Americans have been brainwashed by
advertisers to start the day with processed cereals, and fill
up in the hours afterward with soft drinks that contain no
real nutritive value, only carbohydrates.
As cavemen, we humans evolved mainly on a diet of
meat. And that's what our bodies were and are built to handle.
For fifty million years our bodies had to deal with only minute amounts of carbohydrates-and unrefined carbohydates, at that. Seven thousand years ago, when man learned to till the soil, the quantity of carbohydrates man consumed increased-but they were still unrefined. In other words these carbohydrates were not artificially concentrated by a milling or refining process. Only over the last century has a drastic change come about in what man eats and drinks, with the advent of a diet predominantly composed of refined carbohydrates.
The mechanism meant to metabolize the original tiny
quantity we consumed has broken down under the killing
onslaught of our Coke-cake-catsup-cookies-and-candy-barculture. The result: overweight. Also cardiovascular disease, which accounts for the majority of deaths from all causes. Plus a whole spectrum of degenerative diseases previously unheard of.
Dr Atkins died in 2003, but rumors still swirl by vegan propagandists that he died because of his diet.
On April 8, 2003, Atkins fell and hit his head on an icy New York sidewalk. He was admitted to Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain, but fell into a coma. He died on April 17, at age 72.
A report from the New York medical examiner's office leaked a year after his death said that Atkins had a history of heart attack, congestive heart failure and hypertension, and that at the time of his death he weighed 258 pounds (117 kg).
According to Stuart Trager, chairman of the Atkins Physicians Council (a group of physicians who work as consultants to the Atkins organization), this report contained incomplete medical records and that Atkins did not have a history of heart attack; instead, according to Trager, Atkins had cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease that was probably caused by a virus, not his diet. His widow refused to allow an autopsy.