STEVE BAYT (Parma/Brook Park, Ohio) While Illinois Senator Durbin and his SB 722 would create an unfathomable health crisis in America, there already is one. And the FDA, FTC, and FCC should never have allowed The Atkins Diet to even be marketed. Quite frankly, it is horrible that The United States Senate is proposing to regulate out of business the most beneficial industry in America- that of nutritional supplements. Yet, Durbin etc have done nothing to outlaw the Atkins Diet. The phenomenal dangers of The Atkins Diet can be found at www.safediets.org and www.atkinsdietalert.org There are many other health problems associated with Atkins which I will try to figure out how to interpret in non-jargon. They pretty much describe what I was going to rant about this week. What is perhaps more unacceptable than Durbin trying to outlaw supplements yet doing nothing to end The Atkins Diet, is that the media ever accepted a single ad or commercial for what can only be described as a nutritional death diet. Just like Randy Shilts was the most vocal warner (person who warns?) about AIDS (1981-10/3/85). I am pretty much the only warner about S.B. 722. This article offers a solution to stop The Atkins Diet, which apparently neither the media nor government want to do. The solution to stop SB 722 is complicated involving politics and public opinion and the number of votes each senator would lose. The solution to Atkins is fairly simple-litigation. Anyone who has suffered the surreal amount of medical problems inevitable with Atkins should sue, to a very large amount, Atkins. The regulations that Cigarette manufacturers face now are the result of people's civil litigation. Quite frankly, preaching a low carb, high protein diet with extreme nutritional deficiencies and nearly no fiber would have maybe worse medical hazards than cigarettes. McDonald's and their high fat, high protein diet has been successfully sued at the trial phase, but has been able to get stays of execution pending appeal. And McDonald's does not claim to be a medical program. Atkins is being marketed as a medical way of losing weight, founded by a Doctor being prescribed by Atkins doctors and health practioners. Although I am not a lawyer, I have taken some legal courses. Atkins is dispensing diet and medical advice which has a higher legal standard of liability then McDonald's which was just selling an unhealthy product. A few multi-million dollar lawsuits and Atkins is out of business. And of course, the bazillion people who have died on Atkins could sue for compensatory damages and punitive damages for the suits would be negligence. In fact, the only nutrition that an Atkins dieter could get would be from Nutritional supplements- which of course Senator Durbin wants to make illegal. McDonald's has the money to appeal litigation until Plaintiff's die, Atkins dosen't have that luxury. People who have suffered from this disaster diet can do much more than file a complaint with the Atkins Diet Alert site, or contact the FDA to end Atkins. They could consult a lawyer, or be pro se if they are lawyers, and file a lawsuit. For it's quite terrifying to think of an America where the media runs ads for Atkins while health foods are being pulled off the shelf. So, to those bazillion former Atkins people with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, call a local lawyer and get your money back that a diet program preached by quacks have manifested. Unfortunately, you can't sue any media outlet for running ads, because of what we call The First Amendment. A newspaper can run an ad preaching well, I don't want to give any ideas and they couldn't be sued by anyone harmed. But, Atkins can and should. If Atkins isn't regulated out of business, maybe it can be litigated.