Why is Dr. Dean Ornish STILL attacking the Atkins diet?
The dust has barely settled on the recent JAMA study from Stanford researchers that found the Atkins diet was best among four popular diets, including The Zone, LEARN, and Ornish. But it's that last diet among that group that has the low-fat diet king himself in a tailspin tizzy right now and back into his usual attack mode against the Atkins diet.
Despite our amicable conversation just six months ago when he declared to me in my interview with him at my blog that he is "tired of the diet wars" and that "to the degree we can look for common ground [between low-fat and low-carb] at this point is going to be everyone's advantage," it seems Dr. Dean Ornish has completely abandoned his own advice and gone into a full-fledged, all-out assault against the very weight loss and health plan he was praising me for helping people better understand not that long ago.
Interestingly, the original version of that Newsweek column contained some extremely malicious lies surrounding the untimely death of the late great Dr. Robert C. Atkins that the magazine now describes at the end of their revised column an "inaccurate account of events" and that "Newsweek regrets the error." Well isn't that just nice. It's as if to say Oops--but the damage and urban legend about that amazing man continues on long after he has been laid to rest.
As you read through Ornish's all-too-familiar whining and complaining about the JAMA study being somehow "flawed," you get the feeling he's trying to redefine what "healthy" is using his own bias in favor of a low-fat diet while completely overlooking the incredible changes that happened in the weight and health of the Atkins dieters in the study. Unfortunately, the idea that any one diet is good for everyone is ridiculous as most people will readily admit.
Except for Dr. Ornish that is.
We hear the same old tired arguments against livin' la vida low-carb from him that we've always heard--it's just "bacon and eggs"; you can't tell me pork skins and brie are health foods; LDL goes up on low-carb; HDL are "garbage trucks" for the body; on and on it goes with the stale arguments that nobody is buying anymore, Dr. Ornish!
And now a group of low-carb health experts who are totally fed up with Dr. Ornish and his irresponsible lies are calling him out for attacking the Atkins low-carb nutritional approach with the cold hard facts. Led by Dr. Mary C. Vernon, the distinguished list of real experts also includes Jacqueline A. Eberstein, Dr. Stephen D. Phinney, Dr. Eric C. Westman, and Dr. Jay Wortman.
In an open letter to the public that was summarily rejected by several major media outlets as a direct response to Ornish's column entitled "Dean Ornish: Science Be Damned, Self-Interest Be Served," these low-carb experts are merely asking to be given a voice to their concerns that Dr. Ornish is not serving the best interests of the tens of millions of overweight and diabetic Americans who are being severely misinformed about their diet by him.
"Write to your local media, the national media, phone, email and demand that Dr. Vernon and other experts who follow the trail of science be given a voice."
When you read through what Dr. Vernon and the rest have written in their op-ed response to Dr. Onrish, then you will quickly realize that the low-fat diet guru has done nothing but thrown up a bunch of smoke screens in an attempt to bamboozle the public as he has done throughout his career as a so-called health "expert." Sure, he pretends to be in favor of low-fat and low-carb (and even writes as much at the end of his own column), but his obvious disdain for the Atkins diet could not be clearer.
So what should you do now if you agree that this response from the low-carb experts needs to be out there for the public to see? If you have a blog, then write about it TODAY and link to Dr. Vernon's blog as I have. Otherwise, let's bombard Newsweek, Time, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), your local newspaper, and anyone else in the media you can think of to request they publish this powerful response to Dr. Dean Ornish and his baseless and unfounded attacks against the Atkins low-carb diet. The truth deserves to be out there for all the world to see.
I've done my part today to spread the news. What will YOU do?