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Low Carb Dieting in the News

"I hear babies cry and I watch them grow     
They'll learn much more than we'll know     
And I think to myself, What a wonderful world"     
— Kamakawiwo Ole' Israel        

September 20, 2002:
In The News:
Here's a Health News article wherein the reporter looks at the ramifications for everything from our government's Food Pyramid, to the School Lunch Program when the myth of the low-fat dogma can no longer hold up under the strain of its crumbling lack of foundation. Check out Why Low-fat's In The Fire.

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July 7, 2002:
In The News:
Ever notice how once a "cat is out of the bag", the news simply cannot be stopped? Scientists are waking up to the truth. You have to see the latest dramatic article that appeared in the New York Times today!   Click here to read Gary Taubes' "What if it's all been a Big Fat Lie?"

(If you don't currently have an account set up at the NYT website, it will ask you to register before reading the story. Registering is fast, safe, and free.)

The truth isn't going away, people.

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April 29, 2002:
In The News:
More Extremely Important News! For those of you thinking that only adults need to look at their dietary problems with an eye toward ending obesity, you'll want to see this! And if you're going to be having a baby soon, you'll definitely want to see it.

This new report, called "Programmed Obesity Handed Down To Next Generation" from International Science News illustrates that newborns taking in high-carbohydrate formulas and infant foods may be set up for a lifetime of obesity, as they are changed at a molecular level.

Here's a link to the original story at International Science News. As always, if the article has expired, our reprint can be found here.

The dangers of high carbohydrate diets continue to come to light...

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April 24, 2002:
In The News:
Look! Okay, I consider this news to be HUGE. Apparently, so do many, many of our readers. After my husband first called the news to my attention this morning, my mailbox FILLED with our visitors who wrote to share this story as well. And the news? Basically that heating carbohydrate rich foods causes them to contain dangerously high levels of a carcinogen known as acrylamide.

The National Institutes of Health calls acrylamide "Reasonably Anticipated to be a Human Carcinogen." It was concluded by the World Health Organization that "acrylamide is a genotoxic carcinogen."   In a long-term carcinogenicity study in rats exposed via drinking-water, acrylamide induced scrotal, thyroid, and adrenal tumours in males, and mammary, thyroid, and uterine tumours in females.

This article has appeared across a number of sources. Here's a link to the one at Yahoo. As always, if the article has expired, our reprint can be found here.

Another reason low carb is healthy...

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April 14, 2002:
In The News:
One of our Canadian visitors sent us to a link to an editorial in the Montreal Gazette. It strongly recommends the Canadian government take steps to encourage Canadians to reduce their sugar/refined carb intake, citing the many documented negative health effects that result from a carb-heavy diet. Every time an article like this appears, we progress a little more in setting things right. If the article has expired, our reprint can be found here. Thanks, Amanda, for bringing this to our attention!

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April 7, 2002:
In The News:
A visitor alerted us to an article from New Scientist Magazine about the discovery that a diet filled with sugars and starches causes vision problems (notably "short-sightedness" — what we call near-sightedness in America.) The original article can be found here, and if it's expired, we've reprinted it here.

But while we weren't surprised to see one more symptom of a carb-overloaded diet, we were surprised at the total suppression of this news story in America. We searched AP, Reuters, HealthScout, MSNBC Health News, etc... no U.S. outlets carried the story. Yet it was picked up all over the rest of the world (we found it on NineMSN (in Australia), The Guardian and the BBC News in England, and elsewhere in Europe. This goes under "things that make you go Hmmmmmmmmmmm...."

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June 26, 2001:
In The Media:
In last night's editions of both NBC Nightly News, and ABC's 20/20 Downtown, the issue of low-carbing was brought to light – powerfully, and with a strong positive spin! After these programs aired, we received 137 e-mails telling us about it and/or sending us to the information. So as always, we bring it to you now.

First up, NBC Nightly News' report Cutting Back on Carbohydrates — Scientists back concept of glycemic index. Here's a transcript of that report in case you weren't fortunate enough to see it for yourself. Please note that this report is based on new research at Harvard University. (We've included links to the video of the program.)

Then, check out this ABC News 20/20 Downtown report on how R&B Legend Luther Vandross had phenomenal – and finally permanent – success at weight loss and health through low-carbing. [Yes, they still felt obligated to add one small paragraph noting that some dietitians still think low-carbing is unhealthy, but they extensively quote an expert who feels the opposite.]

Two amazing reports as we see low-carbing coming into the mainstream as we always said it would. This is, again, the paradigm shift we spoke of.

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June 19, 2001:
In The Media:
In today's Washington Post, a study done by NHLBI (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) declare carbohydrates problematic for those at risk of heart attacks and those wishing to get their cholesterol and triglycerides levels in line. While they still declare that carbs can't make you fat (they really need to hang on to that belief, don't they?), they now state that "the evidence has accumulated to the point that" these recommendations and observations can no longer be denied. Check it out — it's worth the read.

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June 11, 2001:
In The Media:
It's official: Obesity now tops smoking as a major health risk. I suppose they'll just be recommending more low-fat diets, right?

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June 11, 2001:
In The Media:
In a long overdue article about the dangers of trans fats, a close look is taken at trans fatty acids' link to substantial diabetes risk. We try to hammer this home every day here at LCL — DON'T use hydrogenated oils or margarines. Read on...

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April/May 2001:
In The Media:
In the grand-daddy of all articles featured here, this indepth report from SCIENCE MAGAZINE is a must-read. Here's the link at Science Magazine. (If it does not take you directly to the full article, use this link instead.)  It's long — it prints out to 13-18 pages of text (depends on your browser), but print it. Read it in bed if you have to! Just don't miss this one. If you've ever wondered about the beginnings of the low-fat movement, how and when it happened, who drove it, and what science (or lack thereof) it was based on, this will answer all your questions. While they don't really delve into the low-carb issue, their report often compares the effects of dietary carbohydrates to dietary fat where cholesterol is concerned and offer some real eye-openers.

Anne Boyd, who first alerted us to this article, had the following to say: "The article is all the more significant because it appears in a highly respected journal – Science Magazine, which is a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The article discusses the 50-year history behind the recommendation that we all eat a low-fat diet, and how the recommendation grew out of politics and is in fact not supported by good scientific evidence."

Out of thirteen lengthy and hard-hitting pages, we're a tad disappointed that after they drove their point home over and over again, the last paragraph is weak and waffles greatly. But don't let that distract you from this terrific piece of journalism based on REAL research rather than repeating the traditional dogmatic chant.

Our sincere thanks to the staff at Science Magazine for allowing us to present this to you.

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April 13, 2001:
In The Media:
In a MoneyScope feature for ABC's 20/20, reporter Arnold Diaz reports that there's movement afoot to halt the claims of "low carb" by the FDA starting with protein bars. This report — driven in large part by data from Center for Science in the Public Interest (a group AVIDLY against low-carbing and pushing hard for the USDA to recommend even MORE carbs and grains and get rid of meat from the American Diet) — compares calories and fat content between things like Pure Protein Bar and MetRx with sugar filled items like Kellogg's Nutri-Grain and Candy Bars. Absurd of course.

Did you know the FDA has already made both Atkins and Premier stop labeling their bars "low carb" and they say they "...anticipate that all bars with "low carb" labels will be off shelves within three to four months."?

They also cite Biochem's Ultimate Lo Carb Bar as containing "low carb" claims on their labels, when the FDA states such a claim has never been approved for use. They further attack bars like Atkins for separating glycerin from the carb count when glycerin is legally a carb. Here's MY opinion on this — yes, glycerin is legally a carb and should therefore be listed on the label rather than ignored, HOWEVER, it should be separated from other carbs since it does not raise blood sugar as other carbs do. It should be listed, but separate. What they SHOULD go after are those companies who IGNORE the glycerin completely without a word (it's a lie), and worse yet (much worse) are those that ignore SUGAR ALCOHOLS (polyols – maltitol, lactitol, sorbitol, manitol, etc.) as though they contain NO carbs. While it's true they are in a class by themselves and contain less than other starches and sugars (as much as three-fourths less), they cannot be discounted to ZERO simply to mislead low-carbers. But I digress (it's hard for me not to go off on rants here sometimes.) The thrust is, they are once again following the lead of a group that does NOT represent the Public Interest, and are going after low-carb any way they can. They seem to feel quite threatened by low-carb. Odd, isn't it? We were assured low-carb was just another fad that would go away when people discovered it didn't work, or when we dropped dead. Well, instead our numbers grow every day, we keep losing weight, we keep getting healthier, and we're starting to look like a threat to the status quo...

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April 10, 2001:
In The Media:
This article from HealthScout (titled "Go Against Grains For Better Diet") looks at a study presented at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in Orlando which basically said "...carbohydrates are the culprits that increase blood sugar and trigger that hungry feeling." This is no surprise to us, of course, but the fact that the evidence continues to pile up is a very good thing indeed. Now, before you get all excited, you should note that the upshot of their recommendation is that we go from 60% carbs each day to 40%. A better start of course, but while healthier, we all know it's not enough for most of us to reclaim our health and reduce our girth. The reasons for this "compromise" in interpretation of the data are crystal clear when one reads the final line of the news story — "The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Kraft Inc supported Layman's study." Something for everyone. Allow more fat/protein in the form of meat for the Beef Association, but keep the carbs for Kraft. Ah well...

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April 2, 2001:
In The Media:
As more and more media columnists (usually those who are science editors) find holes in the low-fat theory and problems with the Food Pyramid, we'll be seeing more and more articles like this one from Michael Woods at The Toledo Blade. It takes a good look at how Pyramid eating affects those with Syndrome X. Most of you who know me know that I believe far more of the population reacts this way than such articles claim (hence this country's rapidly increasing obesity rate.) But this article is yet another in a string of evidence of public opinion shift. Read on...

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February 27, 2001:
In The Media:
Only 20 minutes after receiving the article mentioned below (don't miss it!), we were sent to this article. Before I go further, let me say, don't follow their advice, however, it is a step in the right direction and proves that dieticians (this article is written by one) are running a little scared when people are running to low-carb diets against their advice. Their reaction is to take an "If you can't beat 'em, Join 'em" approach. But what they want you to believe is a "healthy" low carb diet, is anything but. It's neither low carb, nor healthy. Here's an example — Look at their page of recommendations for Healthy Low Carb Dinner Ideas. First off, they suggest your diet be comprised of 50% calories from carbohydrates. Since fat has twice the calories of carbs/protein, this means they want you to eat about 65% of your food as carbs. This is low carb? Second, you'll note their recommendations at the top of the page include grocery deli pasta salad and skim milk. Then they recommend white rice with your Chinese take-out. Their recommendations continue with scalloped potatoes (made with trans-fat filled margarine), hash browns, baked potato, and commercially processed Hamburger Helper. Ya kinda get the idea they don't get low-carb. On their snack page one fares no better as they recommend saltines (with low-fat cheese), tortilla chips, canned fruit cocktail, etc. They tell you to "cut down on" sugared sodas etc. This is actually (if you hadn't guessed) a low-cal, low-fat diet with some small reduction in processed carbs. All of their ideas are based on the mistaken theory that low-carb diets leave you with no energy because people need carbs for energy. So, as I said, DON'T follow this plan if you want to low carb, but as with the reader that sent it to me, it is interesting that we're seeing more and more of this effort. Thanks for sending it, Robin!

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February 27, 2001:
In The Media:
First thing this morning we found this amazing article from the Washington Post sent to us by an alert visitor. Titled, "There's More Than One Way to Skim the Fat", it allows for the possibility that low-carbing may be a good way to go to get cholesterol AND weight down, and get healthy. While they don't go so far as to say it is the way, they do showcase two great examples and treat the subject with respect (and nary a word about how low-carbing will "kill you.") Great Article! Read it here. Thanks for sending it, Jan!

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February 26, 2001:
In The Media:
Kathy sent us a new article from the Boston Globe entitled, "A Stampede For Steak." It details how steak is selling briskly across America now and low-fat dishes are pretty much out. Low carbing is not given much credit for this (it's amazing the plethora of other reasons they give for speculation), but they mention in passing that people are sick of low-fat, and have swung (too far, they say) the other way to an "anticarb" fad. Ah well, however they chose to see it, we know it means good things for US! Read the article here.

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February 21, 2001:
In The Media:
We were sent an article from FOX News' Junk Science column this week that is a real eye opener. While it does not deal with the low-carb issue directly, the article does illustrate how money, politics, and traditional dogma dictate what gets labeled "Heart Healthy." Read the article here, but be prepared to walk away shaking your head...

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February 7, 2001:
In The Media:
Today Kathy sends us this mini-article titled, "Is Butter Better?" It's an insightful comment from a physician on why butter's a better bet than the trans-fats of margarine. It speaks of low-carbing in a positive light — always a welcome sight!

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February 6, 2001:
In The Media:
The latest news story, forwarded to us by multiple visitors, is entitled
"Obese People Produce More Fat After Meal". Read the text here.

Our news-scout, Kathy, summed it up when she said, "...the investigators SUSPECTED that the way the body proceses carbohydrates MIGHT have an effect on body weight. Duh."

And Anne Boyd's comment made me smile: "Quite a story in today's Reuters Health news. The implications are probably clearer to you and me than to the person writing the summary!" I think she's right.

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December 28, 2000:
In The Media:
A few weeks ago, our intrepid news scout — Kathy Dasher — had located a HealthScout article of interest and sent us her commentary on it. Unfortunately at the time, we could not locate the original article. This morning, we tracked it down and have archived it here. Here are Kathy's original comments:

Regarding: Eating More Sweets – Blame It On Stress! :
"Load the gun and shoot yourself in the foot.
This information is right on for low carb, however they just cannot bring themselves to say the words, yet that is exactly how they're recommending we eat. A good snack recommendation – CHICKEN SALAD! What?! Not an apple? Curiously missing is the always recommended high fiber complex carbs. But then they goof by telling us to check the AHA dietary guidelines. Bang, ouch.

I guess we must cheer when we do see mention of low carb even if they can't call it that. At least word is getting out there in bits pieces. Maybe in a decade or two low carb won't be such a dirty word in dieting..."

Thanks, Kathy...

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October 23, 2000:
In The Media:
Two new articles dealing with "recommendations to diabetics" are actually frightening to me. The first, a review of the new recommendations from the American Dietetic Association's (ADA) annual meeting will actually be advising people to "consume no more than 20% of calories from protein", while they further advise "a low-fat diet... to help a person respond to insulin." We know what that leaves, don't we? Carbs, carbs and more carbs. In fact they actually state that "grains and cereals might lower the risk of developing diabetes." I am terrified to see what carnage this advice to even further lower fat and heighten carb intake will cause in society. The article ends with a chilling fact: "Type 2 diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US." Are they trying to make it the first? The full article is here.

But it doesn't end here. Kather Dasher sent us this article from HealthScout that proclaims "Diabetics Can Eat Sugary Foods." Apparently since potatoes and such rate higher on the glycemic index than white sugar, they reason it must be fine for diabetics to still have sugar. Talk about "stop the insanity!" Here's the article.

Now, let's look at what the last decade and a half of low-fat dieting has done to America. Read the following two articles on the obesity reports here and here. Do you think the fact that even a can of Campbell's Soup now contains more sugar per ounce than soda pop might have something to do with this?

Is it just adults? Nope. Type 2 Diabetes is now becoming an epidemic in children. Read more about it here. You'll note of course that sugar is never mentioned and it's blamed mostly on kids being too inactive. No sense in adding my 2-cents here. You already know what I'd say...

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October 7, 2000:
In The Media:
Julie Westly has alerted the low-carb community about a report on low-carb dieting this past Friday morning (October 6th) on NBC's TODAY SHOW. I did not see the show myself, but have been deluged with mail about it, so I'd like to repost Julie's message here.

It's a call-to-arms for all low-carbers whose health and lives have been saved by following a LOW CARBOHYDRATE eating plan. This illustrates how skewed the media is into reporting our way of eating as being a "High Protein/High Fat/No Carbohydrate Diet." We all know this is untrue — we eat tons of vegetables, fibers, the healthy fats and the non-starchy, non-over-processed healthy grains. But they're sure we're eating 50 lbs of pork fat everyday as our only sustenance. Please follow Julie's request and write to NBC.

Julie's post:
"Dr. Atkins has been there for us, and now he needs us. In case you missed it, this morning NBC (Katie Couric) did a report on "high protein diets" and how they are poison for your heart. The doctor she interviewed had graphics of "before and after" heart valve flows of patients who switched from 'low fat' to 'high protein' diets and the decreased blood flow that resulted. She also briefly allowed (virtually attacked) Dr. Atkins to speak on his "high protein – aka: meat, cheese, and butter" (as she called it) diet. She asked him "Isn't the problem with your diet that no studies have been done on its affect?"

Dr. Atkins was trying to explain that there was a huge difference between high protein (high fat) and low carbohydrate [diets] and that what his diet is about is lowering carbohydrates. He further said that this group, and its 10 people who showed improvement after stopping high protein, were non-other-than "cheaters", who were not in fact doing low-carb at all! (The other doctor did not comment on this directly.) Dr. Atkins also stated that, "Sure, if you are going to do high protein and not cut the carbs you are going to have problems..." But... he was cut off by their "fast talking" and again it was re-stated that "his diet has no studies to prove it is safe."

Well, lets give NBC a "study", folks!   Dr. Atkins needs us! Here is the link to NBC Today show.  Scroll down to the "email us" button and tell your stories!  Let them know what health benifits this way of life has given you!  Demand that Dr. Atkins get equal time to have his diet "featured" (and reported fairly.)

Feel free to forward this plea to any groups you subscribe to and let's flood them with "a study"!   Dr. Atkins needs us!  Go troops!"

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October 6, 2000:
In The Media:
And today, Kathy sends us another article as the anti-low-carb rhetoric grows louder... Here's an excerpted article from CNN entitled, "Heart experts' advice: Eat more fish in a balanced diet."

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October 5, 2000:
In The Media:
Kathy Dasher, one of my loyal news-scouts, has sent me this article from CBS News. Her commentary with the story was so on-point, I will bow to her:
[After reading this report], "What amazes me is the statement, "Now Knox is shaving off the pounds, but he will not shake diabetes."

Maybe not, but he can sure go a long way toward helping himself just by shoving his cookies, sodas, and potatoes in the trash.

It is so discouraging that the answer to a big part of the problem is going vastly unheard and unknown by millions... "Hey you have diabetes — too bad for you. Here's some medication."

Why don't we ever see any studies on the World News showing the positive side of low carb, and what this way of eating can do for diabetics?! Isn't it "World News" worthy? It's too bad that we apparently don't have enough prominent spokespersons in the low carb world to deliver much of a punch. I'm afraid we're still "the latest FAD diet" that   "everyone knows will ruin your kidneys – a diet you could never stick to..."

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September 24, 2000:
In The Media:
Another report from HealthSCOUT was sent to us by a loyal visitor detailing what we knew all along — nuts are packed with healthy fats and stave off hunger, unlike carbohydrate-rich snacks! How many times will these facts need to be "determined" before America gets it?

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September 22, 2000:
In The Media:
A report from HealthSCOUT was sent to us by a reader. It shows a team from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston have found that insulin works in the brain, affecting appetite control, obesity and reproductive fertility. Ask anyone with PCOS and they'll tell you they already knew this, but it's nice to see more data backing things up. As always, of course, they end the story with the usual, "in the future this may...." and tell you in the meantime to continue to follow current guidelines.

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August 23, 2000:
In The Media:
A new report from the Associated Press laments the latest study showing Diabetes is escalating in America at an alarming rate. We who have done our homework on the devastating effects of the increases in sugar in the SAD (standard American diet) will not be surprised to hear this. But you'll note that the article (and the "experts") make no mention of this and blame it all once again on the stresses of society, fatty foods, and couch-potato syndrome. While I agree we could all use a little more activity, it's more the potatoes, than the couch potato-hood, that have driven America into greater obesity and earlier and more serious rates of diabetes. Until they admit the cause, there's no hope for a cure.

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August 7, 2000:
In The Media:
This past week, this article was printed by Cox News that looks at how overweight patients are treated at some doctors' offices and how this keeps many obese and overweight patients from getting proper care. I have mentioned it before, but this drives home the point. Of course it's necessary to "overlook" the center of the article where they talk of no diet (ie: "fad" diets as they like to label low-carbing) working and that only calorie reduction is effective. But the look at the ridicule and shame many patients — usually women — are put through is worth the read.

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August 3, 2000:
In The Media:
One of our loyal visitors sent us this press release from Loews Hotels. We are ecstatic to hear that they are now embracing the low-carbohydrate way of life and are offering LC options on their restaurant menus. The release is dated April of this year, but we're glad to have received this great news, even if we didn't know right away... Read the press release and give this company your business!

Also check out this LA Times story about the impact of Low carb dieting on the Pork Rind industry.

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August 1, 2000:
In The Media:
Here's an article sent to us, first printed in Yahoo's health news and tips. It's a Question/Answer interview with a nutritionist who is a fan of the Zone Diet and a weight loss approach that looks at reducing carbs. There's a lot of interesting dialogue here. Read on....

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July 20, 2000:
In The Media:
Chiquita In a recent forwarded message to me, a visitor let me know that the Chiquita Banana company is currently running a radio spot in which they target low-carb dieting. According to the listener who is paraphrasing, the ad goes something like this:

Announcer: "And now, Dr. Faddiet is here to talk about the new diet craze that is sweeping the nation."

Dr. Faddiet (in wacky german-esque voice): "Try my new amazing diet! You will lose many, many pounds eating only fat and lard. Eat fat and lard and watch the pounds drop off!"

Chiquita Banana Lady (with Spanish accent): "You mean no vegetables, or wonderful fruits like Chiquita Bananas?!"

Dr. Faddiet: "No, eat fat and lard all the time and watch the pounds melt away!"

Chiquita Banana Lady: "Only a balanced diet will help you stay healthy. Add Chiquita Bananas into your diet..." etc... etc...

Considering their slogan is "Chiquita banana, quite possibly, the world's perfect food", I'd say they are feeling a bit threatened. But then the insulin hit of 25-30 grams of high glycemic carbs in each banana may just be a bit of a threat to us all.

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July 14, 2000:
In The Media:
A visitor wrote to tell us that a recent issue of Self Magazine ran an article overviewing a study that's determined more overweight and obese women are likely to die from cervical and ovarian cancers (and other related problems) than normal weight women. They speculated that this may be due to the fact that early detection is less likely since these are the same group of women less likely to seek help or regular visits from a physician. Hmmmmmm... Kind of makes me want to smack my forehead and proclaim, "duh!" How many people that are already embarassed about their weight (or self-concious about their bodies) want to keep the humiliation to a maximum by regularly visiting the family doctor who parades you to a weigh-in, announces it for the chart, and then proceeds to inform you that you are in desperate need of weight loss?! Of course these are the very people not getting the care they need. I wish there were some way of letting doctors know we have looked in a mirror and do know we are bigger than we should be. I see little need to try to shame a patient into losing. I think we all know that doesn't work.

I'll say this for my doctor (are you reading this, Dr. Ginn?), he has never done that. I've weighed in maybe twice there in the last 10 years. He lets me tell him of my progress now, and he has been proudly marking it on the chart. Of course, now I wouldn't mind the weigh-in, but I might have let my health go to hell had I felt embarassed to come in. Not all my previous doctors have been this way, and some have felt the need to "let me know" — as though I might have never noticed and they are just calling this to my attention. My recommendation now — if you have a doctor that makes you feel uncomfortable, bite the bullet just once and let him know how you feel and why you feel it. If he is understanding, you've succeeding in making the relationship more healthy. If he's defensive or brushes you off, find another doctor. Off soap box...

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June 23, 2000:
In The Media:
A visitor sent us this article from HealthSCOUT this week detailing the sugar-startling results of the latest CSFII report (that's the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals.) That being said, understand two things – first, the data is 4 years old (the most current figures they have when they analyze the data) so we can expect sugar intake has continued its rise even more, and second, they draw the conclusion in the end that we should be eating more of the "safe" carbohydrates (the deluge of bread and cereals the Food Pyramid recommends.) But at least the awareness of America's addiction to sugar is beginning to be too obvious to ignore. Surprisingly, the Sugar Association in Washington, D.C. does not take this report seriously.

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June 17, 2000:
In The Media:
NBC Nightly News did a piece last night in their "Fleecing of America" series highlighting the practice of our government offering up $70 million in our hard-earned tax dollars to keep the prices of sugar in this country artificially high — more that twice as high as anywhere else in the world. It keeps the wealthy sugar–pushers even more wealthy — to the tune of $65 million a year directly into their pockets — much of which they use to political advantage. Hence the powerful sugar-lobby, America's continued addiction to sugar held in place by its addition to everything from crackers to canned soups, and their ability to keep health warnings on sugar's effects absent from government guidelines. Americans eating sugar pay twice - once in the additional tax burden that could be going to health care and better schools, and once directly at the supermarket purchasing the sugar/"drug." We who don't indulge still get hit with the added tax, plus a bit in our food bill for even non-sugar products. Read the article here.


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June 15, 2000:
In The Media:
One of our visitors sent me this article on a Harvard Medical School study that draws the conclusion that the standard high-carb/low-fat diet heart patients are prescribed actually increases their heart-attack risk. While their final recommendations still draw us to a daily dose of way too many carbs, at least they are realizing that they are not all created equally and that those from sugar, flour, potatoes and rice pose a strong danger. It's a step in the right direction. Read the article here...

And now for a step in the wrong direction, I direct you to this article. A Harvard study done on teenage girls in Boston determined that those who drink soda – particularly cola – are far more likely to break a bone. So far so good, but I will bet that all you faithful sugar-free low-carb readers out there know immediately that the reason is that the sugar in the sodas leach calcium from your bones. But is this the conclusion they reach? No! The word "sugar" is never mentioned. They speculate that perhaps it's the phosphoric acid in cola causing it. Oh, please. So we have the National Soft Drink Association saying the entire study is bunk (though a previous study of women soda-drinkers showed the same bone-breaking results) and the Harvard School of Public Health arguing it's just that the soda supplanted the calcium in milk they should be drinking instead.

Now, while I am a big fan of milk (I always loved it in my pre-low-carb days), we don't need it for the calcium (nature intended it for baby calves afterall, not humans). We can get plenty of calcium in other sources - from almonds to broccoli to cheese. It's the sugar, folks. Why do they refuse to see this? (Color me frustrated.)


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June 1, 2000:
In The Media:
Here's a great article about the "problems" with the new dietary guidelines especially as they relate to sugar. Be sure to read this one!


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May 31, 2000:
In The Media:
Well it seems the newest nutrition guidelines (still very skewed) have sparked enough controversy over low-carb vs low-fat that a "test" is being planned by the government. It will basically be Atkins vs Ornish. I will reserve judgement on how this will be properly implemented. The full article is here.

And in a related story, did you realize that the food industry/sugar lobby pressured the advisory panel to remove statements not in their best interests? Here's an excerpt from the ABC News story.

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May 19, 2000:
In The Media:
An interesting article in this week's Business Wire spotlights one physician's assertion that "low carbohydrate diets are correct and the USDA Food Guide Pyramid is wrong." Hmm.. where have we heard that before? Press definitely worth reading! The full article is here.

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May 16, 2000:
In The Media:
As many of you may have heard, the federal government has released its newest list of cancer-causing chemicals. Of note, saccharin has been dropped from the list. Read the details here. It's nice to see second hand smoke and smokeless tobacco finally added to the list, but I have to ask — shouldn't Sugar be on the list? (as it is the biggest cause of degenerative disease including cancer.)

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May 10, 2000:
Site News:
Our restaurant reviews are getting tons of new submissions and we thank you all! The database now includes entries for all 50 states! Let's keep it going!

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May 3, 2000:
In The Media:
One of our faithful visitors sent us this article about the Chicago Police force losing weight on the Atkins Diet. It's wonderful to see the diet's proven effectiveness on a large and public group as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times. Read on!

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April 24, 2000:
In The Media:
Another somewhat delayed article as it was just sent to me, but it's really worth reading and holding onto. At the Endocrine Society's 81st Annual Meeting in Summer '99, the following report revealed that Diabetics improve their health with a Very High-Fat, Low Carb Diet! Great article.

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April 20, 2000:
In The Media:
The New England Journal of Medicine's findings, reported by the Boston Globe reveals that a High Fiber/Low Fat Diet doesn't cut the risk of cancer — especially colon cancer — as nutritionists have told us for years. Read more about it here.

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April 1, 2000:
In The Media:
Roper Polls, a long-standing polling organization, conducted online a national survey of dieters’ experiences with low-carb and low-fat diets. You can read the results here. The poll was released in January, but it was sent to me only today. Sorry for the delay.

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March 24, 2000:
In The Media:
Newsday, this week, ran an article entitled Scientific Review of Atkins Center Patient Records Confirm Atkins' Low-Carb Nutritional Theories. Interesting reading. Here's the article.

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March 23, 2000:
In The Stores:
Follow-up to news of Diet Rite Cola (below): Yes, the other flavors will contain the new formula as well. I've already located the Tangerine and the White Grape. I was told as soon as "old stock" buys out, they'll all be the new formula. Great!

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March 20, 2000:
In The Stores:
For those of us who would prefer to minimize the aspartame in our diets, it's good news that Diet Rite Cola now contains sucralose instead of aspartame. The downside? In my opinion it's still not as good as their Diet RC because the Diet Rite is sweetened with a mixture of sucralose and ace-k. No word yet on whether the Diet Rite flavors (tangerine, white grape, raspberry, etc) will be following suit and changing their formula as well.

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February 20, 2000:
In The Media:
Results of the study of the Atkins diet conducted at the Durham VA Medical Center in North Carolina are in. Released two days ago to Reuters Health, a very positive look toward the health benefits of the Atkins diet are revealed. Read about it here.

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February 1, 2000:
In The Media:
I was watching television last night with my husband who gets a kick out of watching the older game shows (on Game Show Network®). Family Feud was on and the question came up, "100 people surveyed ... Name a food that helps keep Americans fat." Well, I bet you guessed it got my attention. This was a show from the early 70's — before the "low-fat" craze had hit America, so the answers were surely interesting.
Check it out here.

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January 26, 2000:
Site News:
We've gotten more letters than usual lately asking questions about ketosis and test strips - what they are, how to use them, what they mean, etc. It became obvious that this subject needed an explanatory page here at Low Carb Luxury, so here it is. We've also realized as we're growing larger (the site, not me — thanks to low-carbing!) that we're going to need a site map, so that will be my next project.

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January 24, 2000:
Site News:
Well, our Book Store Page finally got too long to allow for easy loading or item selection, so we split it up from a Main Menu by Category. Now each area has its own page — Diet Plans, Cookbooks, Counters/Diaries, and Out Of Print/Special Order — so you can quickly find what you're looking for. Hope this helps!

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January 9, 2000:
Media News:
Wow. I could hardly believe my eyes last night when (while watching NBC) I saw the much talked-about Monica Lewinsky Jenny Craig ad, and at the end of the commercial was a bright screen saying "Ask about our new LOW CARB option!"

Sheesh! Talk about "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!" !

Now, understand that this is as purely a marketing gimmick as you can get since if you read the "fine print", these plans are NOT the LEAST BIT low-carb. They are diets comprised of 50% Carbohydrates! (Their regular plan is 60% carbs,) so this is a slight reduction, but their foods are still high in starches and sugars and will offer none of the metabolic advantages of low-carbing. It's just a way to include potential clients who have heard low-carbing is effective (which it IS!) If you like, you can read more about it here. You'll see they toss in how "diet books" recommend 40% or less carbs and how this is dangerous. Same old; same old. Of course, if they admit low-carbing is the way, what happens to their "bottom line"? Shame, shame, shame....

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January 4, 2000:
Media News:
People Magazine's 25 Most Intriguing People of '99 was chosen last week in their big end-of-year issue. And one of those chosen was our own Dr. Robert C. Atkins. If you missed it, you can read the article here. Of course they included the usual ADA/low-fat scare statements, but all in all, a very neat thing to see. Congrats, Doc A!

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December 8, 1999:
Media News:
ABC News' 20/20 this week offered up a segment dealing with low-carb diets and how/why they work. It was a far more balanced and fair report than we are used to getting. They illustrated what decades of low-fat/high-carb dieting has done to this country and the fact that heart attacks are up 85%! While the online report published at ABC News' site (reproduced here) is less complete and focuses more on specifics like the ZONE Diet and "Syndrome X", it will still give you some additional insight if you missed the program. Don't know what "Syndrome X" is? You can read more about it here.

Site News:
Sorry I've been so "out of touch" with news, email and updates for the past two weeks. As many of you know, we've been moving and getting settled in the new place. With the holidays here, gifts to buy and wrap, company coming, a heavy end-of-year workload, and tons more unpacking to do, I may still be a little more invisible than usual. Thanks for your patience and for all the wonderful, encouraging, and warm letters I get!

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November 19, 1999:
Media News:
I was sent this news story today that was released in Reuter's Health News yesterday. This is actually a report from the North American Association for the Study of Obesity that tries to convince us that their lengthy "testing" shows that sugar doesn't affect obesity or make people fat. Obese people just eat too much. Wow.. cutting edge reporting there, guys. I have to wonder the source of their FUNDING.. read the article and see if you agree. Pardon my French, but ... what a crock!

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November 5, 1999:
Site News:
Thanks to everyone for all the positive feedback we've gotten on the new Thanksgiving Planning area. We'll be doing the same for Christmas soon.

Andrea and Robert Mondello of Low Carbohydrate Eating have written a reply to TIME Magazine in response to their article on Low Carb Diets (the article is referenced in our October 26th News entry below.) They've graciously agreed to let me link to their reply. Read it here. They said pretty much exactly what I was thinking!

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October 31, 1999:
Site News:
We have been receiving LOTS of letters asking about aspects of keeping holiday meals - primarily Thanksgiving - safe and low-carb without being boring and depressing. We've put together an entire 8-page area for Low Carb Thanksgiving Planning. I hope it will be of help to some of you. I had fun putting it together and it made me update a lot of notes, plans and recipes myself! :)

The holiday season is upon us, folks. Time to be strong!

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October 24, 1999:
Media News:
I picked up an AP story today about Low Carbing that I thought you'd all be interested in reading in case you miss it. It's called "Low-Carb Diets Are Back in Fashion".

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October 21, 1999:
LowCarb Food Product News:
Beginning November 1, 1999 - DaVinci Gourmet Sugar-Free syrups will no longer use NutraSweet (aspartame) and will begin using Splenda (sucralose) instead. Great news since I'd like to keep my aspartame intake as low as possible! And of course — not only does Splenda taste better — it means we can start using DaVinci Syrups to safely cook with.

Also, I received a product news update from Life Services:
"Keep an eye out for our fantastic
Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe that is about to be published in our November Life Services News and also coming out in November, our brand new KETATOES! Yes, low carb authentic tasting potato mix that's delicious mashed, fried or as potato pancakes! Also, in November we are introducing a terrific treat: Keto Low Carb Pudding (vanilla and chocolate). Then in December, we're coming out with our low carb Keto Hot Cocoa (fortified with glutamine, chromium, taurine and zinc) as well as low carb Keto Chocolate Cookie and Brownie Mix."

They also informed me they would soon be switching to Splenda as their sweetener of choice. It just keeps getting better and better, folks! See why I call it "
Low Carb Luxury"?

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October 19, 1999:
Media News:
We're going to try and reproduce some of the news articles wherever we are able so they are here for your reference - especially where the articles are regional. There were two in today's Dayton Daily News so we reprinted them for you. First, there's a general article stemming from the statements made by the ADA two days ago. Here's an article titled "Some Dieters Swear By It, But Others Question Safety of Low-Carb Weight Loss". It's filled with plenty of the usual tired phrases and untruths as you'll see. The second has more of a local slant as it's about one of our local citizens. Check out "Local Judge Finds Success with Atkins Diet". This is a more well-balanced article.

Have a news article in your local paper that would apply? Please send it our way so we can share it with all!!

Also today — Dr. Atkins appeared on NBC's "Later Today" and then on FOX News' Morning Show. Both times the ADA threw an opposition factor at him. NBC gave him very little time so the show had little value, but FOX News offered up a fair time segment. They allowed viewer call-in (yes, I stayed on re-dial for 20 minutes but never got past the busy signals!) Luckily there were some good calls and all were pro-Atkins. The final caller pointed out much of what I wanted to say. The thing that drives me the most nuts about these reports is their insistence that low-carbers eat nothing but meat and cheese. The photos they showed during the talks were of people eating meat.. but always with buns, breads, potatoes.. I don't think the graphics department did their homework very well.

Also today on Leeza, Colette Heimowitz (of the Atkins Center) was classy and smart, but didn't get to say much. Luckily Suzanne Sommers had a lot of positive things to say about low-carbing since her plan is so similar. It put an excellent spin on the Way Of Life. Did anyone else notice the "Low-Fat" proponent while very thin, looked a bit haggard as though she were ill?

Atkins also appeared in very short segments on the ABC and CBS nightly news reports the previous night. They were very short segments filled with ADA dogma, but CBS gave a bit more fairness to Atkins.

Site News:
We've added even more recipes! From a few new Thanksgiving offerings to a new Ice Cream recipe and two superb French Onion Soups! Go check them out. And if you have favorite recipes, please share them!!

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October 17, 1999:
Media News:
Another article published by the Associated Press declaring the Low-Carb Diet Unhealthy. Sheesh! It's FILLED with mis-information as usual. And as usual, they've chosen to show as an example a low-carber who eats massive, inhuman quantities of meats and fats and no vegetables or nutrients. They want to make it look as unhealthy as possible. The article (written by a dietician spouting the same tired arguments that have been proven incorrect but persist with a "the earth is flat" quality) even states that one is forbidden even a tossed salad on our diet. How absurd. One need only look in our recipe section to see the large quantity of foods we have for our diet. They haven't figured out a way to argue the case FOR sugar, so they concentrate on "grains" (never mind that we eat large amounts of soy, healthy fibers, tons of veggies and some fruits!) Heaven forbid we avoid starchy white flour. She calls it "the staff of life." This is all in preparation for the annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association in Atlanta this week. They always include in their "warnings" that when a person goes back to eating "normally", the weight comes back. Hmmm... when a person goes back to eating white flour and sugar they gain weight. Now don't that beat all! Why, prey tell, would anyone WANT to go back to feeling drugged, tired and fat? I would not go back to that life for anything.

Other news: This Tuesday (Oct. 19th), Colette Heimowitz (The Atkins Center's Director of Nutrition) will be appearing on Leeza. Check times in your area. Also, this month, the October 12th issue of Women's World Magazine will feature an interview with Jackie Eberstein (of The Atkins Center).

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October 7, 1999:
Site News:
We've added B.I.G. Brooklyn Egg Cream to our Product Suggestions page, plus a page to give a little info and background on this fabulous chocolate concoction. We have also added a section to our Links area that showcases sites with Educational and Nutritional Database information. These sites are great for on-the-fly data on carb counts of specialty foods as you're cooking or shopping.

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October 5, 1999:
Site News:
I decided we really needed a "News" page to document changes here at the site as well as news in the world of low-carbohydrate dieting. So from now on, check here first for additions to the site, or the latest scoops (no, I won't mention new entries to my journal! [grin].)

We added a separate area today for Product Suggestions instead of listing them on the "Tips" page as we had been. It was getting too long and slow to load.

Last week we also added a new, non-commercial (no ads!) Guest Book so you can add your comments more easily without having to wait for banners to load.

Media News:
In the News, Dr. Atkins appeared on ABC's 20/20 last night. While they gave the normal "warnings" and nay-sayers, there was a much more positive approach to the report and more open-minded reporting. It was good to see the change. Just a week ago his appearance on NBC's Dateline was almost embarrassing - they treated the good doctor so badly.