Originally posted by i95 http://www.cnn.com/2004/HEALTH/02/10/atkins.widow.ap/index.html
CNN's story today on the medical examiner's report following last year's passing of Dr. Robert Atkins (of the famed Atkins Diet) finding that he suffered a heart attack, congestive heart failure and hypertension:
No jocular comments. Just an FYI.
It turns out that the organization that put this information out is a front for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or as I prefer, People Eating Tasty Animals.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
has taken in over $1 million from PETA and the animal rights movement. PCRM and PETA also share office space, board members, and staff.
The Aerican Medical Assoction has formally censured PCRM in the past, calling its recommendations "irresponsible" and "potentially dangerous to the health and welfare of Americans." The AMA has also called PCRM a "fringe organization" that uses "unethical tactics" and is "interested in perverting medical science."
PCRM's attacks on diets including meat, fish and dairy foods, and its
constant demands for a vegetarian America are rooted in an animal-rights philosophy.
Dr. Stuart Trager, chairman of the Atkins Physicians Council, told the Wall Street Journal that Atkins' heart disease stemmed from cardiomyopathy, a condition that was thought to result from a viral
infection. (As an aside, my wife's cardiomyopathy stemmed from a viral infection.) Trager said Atkins' weight was due to bloating and water-retention associated with his condition, and the time he spent in a coma after his head injury.
Trager's statement reads in part: "(Atkins) had a weight that varied between 180 and 195. During his coma, as he deteriorated and his major organs failed, fluid retention and bloating dramatically distorted his body and left him at 258 pounds at the time of his death, a documented weight gain of over 60 pounds."