Power-grabbing opportunist Jody Gorran still going after Atkins
It didn't take long after Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. emerged from their bankruptcy proceedings before their biggest nemesis over the past few years decided to rear his ugly head yet again. I'm referring, of course, to self-promoting gold-digger Jody Gorran.
You know about Gorran, don't you? He is the guy who decided to sue the Atkins company claiming the low-carb diet caused him to get heart disease. He and his all-too-eager legal team have crafted this plan to bring down the Atkins empire and to rid the world of anything and everything that has to do with the low-carb lifestyle.
Gorran is gonna LOSE this case and lose it badly. But that has not prevented him from using it as a platform for spreading his anti-Atkins agenda all across an open-armed media blood thirsty for destroying everything that Dr. Robert C. Atkins fought for over the course of his life.
In fact, Gorran happened to visit the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog in May 2005 less than a month after I started writing here when he commented on this blog post that I wrote at the time about a fitness expert who was blasting low-carb. Gorran chose to use my blog as a platform for stating his extremely weak case about why livin' la vida low-carb is not for him. And, actually, I didn't have a problem with that.
But the main concern I have with Gorran is his overzealous statements about this healthy way of eating that has helped people like me overcome a lifetime of struggle with our weight. This frivolous lawsuit he has brought against Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. is meant to grab headlines and perpetuate the lie that the Atkins diet is unhealthy and dangerous. At the same time, people who are overweight or obese are avoiding the Atkins diet because they believe the anti-low-carb hype that Gorran is promoting.
Why else would Gorran spew this vitriolic ranting about low-carb just a couple of weeks after the bankruptcy announcement was made by Atkins? He was angry that a six-month stay was placed on his trumped-up lawsuit against the company, so he started pouting. He puffed out his bottom lip and sulked until he was notified on Tuesday that Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. is now out of bankruptcy protection.
SO THIS PETTY LAWSUIT CONTINUES by Gorran and don't you know he's chomping at the bit to feign his alleged near-death experience after being on the Atkins diet. The radical liberal anti-meat group Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM) that is backing Gorran's case is looking to regain maximum exposure in the press in 2006. Win or lose (which they WILL lose -- BADLY!), being in the constant public eye and spouting off idiotic statements about the Atkins diet is all the influence Gorran and PCRM hopes to achieve out of this fiasco.
In this press release sent to the media today, Gorran and PCRM repeated the erroneous claims the livin' la vida low-carb could lead to serious health complications and even death.
“My goal is to warn people that this fatty, meaty diet can lead to heart problems,” Gorran argued. “It could kill you.”
Do you notice how Gorran complains about the "fatty, meat diet" that he claims Atkins is, but there are many people who are on low-carb that are vegetarians. I'm sure they would be very surprised to learn that low-carb HAD to involve meat. But since Gorran and PCRM are extreme anti-meat crusaders, that's their main concern.
The sensationalistic way that Gorran and his lawyers are shaping their case against Atkins (claiming "it could KILL you") is proof positive that there is nothing there. While Gorran thinks his case is growing momentum, the only thing that's getting bigger is his ego! This case will go on, but it doesn't have a snowball's chance in you know where of going anywhere. If I am called to testify on behalf of the Atkins diet, then I am ready, willing and very able to share my success story in a court of law if need be. Ain't nobody gonna tell me my life isn't better now BECAUSE of the Atkins diet.
In addition to losing nearly 200 pounds on the Atkins diet, my heart health has never been stronger with great reductions in bad cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. The claim that your overall health will get worse on the Atkins diet is outright dishonest and Gorran knows it! Do you REALLY want to challenge the fact that my health is NOT better off today after being on the Atkins diet for 2 years than it was when I weighed 410 pounds, Mr. Gorran?! If so, then I say BRING IT ON!
Let's tell the "Pretend doctors Campaigning to Remove My favorite diet" (that's my nickname for PCRM) that they don't have a leg to stand on in their case against Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
You can e-mail Jeanne S. McVey from PCRM at email@example.com or even Jody Gorran himself at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell 'em what YOU think about this crazy lawsuit of theirs. Urge them to STOP LYING TO THE PUBLIC about the good work of Dr. Atkins and just drop the case.
The most frustrating part of this lawsuit are the countless number of people who have been discouraged from even TRYING the low-carb lifestyle to deal with their obesity problem because of the alleged dangers that Gorran and PCRM have made about it. That is nothing short of criminal in my book because it is causing direct harm to those individuals who would otherwise find the way to lasting weight loss just as me and millions of others already have. Research is proving Gorran is wrong and I hope he pays dearly for this fallacious sob story he has forced into the public eye.