Re: safety review of Atkin's diet

Ralph Lewis (
Sat, 16 Oct 1999 10:31:14 -0700

There is alternative to the use of animal fat and that is to use whey and soy protein. Check with your doctor and your local sports nutrition store.

For a while I was on the cave man diet (meat, veges, fruit, NO GRAIN or GRAIN products) and felt better. It is almost impossible to avoid grains in our culture though.

Best Ralph

At 08:51 AM 10/16/99 -0700, you wrote:
> Forster H.
> [Is the Atkins diet safe
> in respect to health?]. [German]
> Fortschritte der Medizin. 96(34):1697-702, 1978 Sep 14.
> The "Atkins dietary
> revolution" is a ketogenic diet consisting almost
> exclusively of food from animal origin. A similar diet was
> introduced as the "Banting diet" more than
> a century ago by the English physician Harvey. This
> carbohydrate-free diet is high in fat, cholesterol and
> purines. The measurable ketosis is a precondition for
> the effect of this kind of diet. However,
> the predictable hyperlipacidemia and ketosis are recognized
> health risks. Additionally, hypercholesterolemia is to be expected in a
> greater part of the adherents to such a
> diet. Even children under ketogenic diet
> develop hypercholesterolemia within a short time. A similar high-fat
> diet, known as the Sippy
> diet for ulcer therapy, was found earlier
> to cause an increased incidence in coronary heart disease. On
> the basis of the known facts
> the Atkins diet seems to
> be potentially hazardous to health, unless a controlled study is performed.
> However, considering the risks it seems very problematic to
> perform such a study.
Ralph Lewis, Professor of Management and Human Resources College of Business
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, California