Warning on Atkins diet By Rosemary Desmond THE AGE Monday, March 15, 2004 The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has thrown its weight behind a campaign warning people of the dangers of the low-carbohydrate, high-fat Atkins Diet. AMA federal president Dr Bill Glasson said other states should follow the lead of Victoria in alerting people about the potential harm the diet could cause. "We'll be supporting the move by Victoria and the other states who feel the evidence we have about the diet cannot be substantiated," Dr Glasson said today. "It's important we do get information out through our general practices, and our GPs, as well as through general public education and public health units around the states." The Victorian government will today unveil a taxpayer funded campaign aimed at convincing people to give up the high- protein, low-carbohydrate Atkins diet and other 'fad diets'. The Victorian state government planned to to give out posters and information booklets at gyms, doctors' waiting rooms and universities. New York doctor Robert Atkins pioneered his controversial diet more than 30 years ago. He died last April, aged 72, after slipping and falling on ice as he walked to work. Dr Atkins was obese, weighing 117kg and suffering a history of heart attacks, congestive heart failure and hypertension. His widow Veronica Atkins was reportedly seeking legal action, including suing the City of New York, over the release of medical records. The Atkins Physicians Council in New York, said Atkins' medical records showed his heart problems were related to cardiomyopathy, probably due to a virus. Queensland AMA president Dr David Molloy said he did not recommend the old Atkins Diet in its purest form, but a low- starch diet with a good mixture of polyunsaturated fats was a healthy choice for weight loss and long-term weight management. Dr Molloy said the Queensland government would be better off spending taxpayers' funds on other health needs than on issuing warnings against the old Atkins Diet. "As far as public health campaigns are concerned, I'd prefer to see the money spent on more urgent needs such as aged care beds or rehabilitation services or fluoridation." - AAP More at: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/15/10791- 99143293.html Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 25 Phalgun 5104, Monday, March 15, 2004: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Uttarayane Moksh Ritau Meena Mase Krshn Pakshe Indu Vasara Yuktayam Poorvashadh- Uttarashadh Nakshatr Variyan-Parigh Yog Vanij-Vishti Karan Dashami Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.