How do you fight the Fat Cells of Terrorism? How is Dr. Atkins
like President Bush? How can a fat cell be likened to a
weapon of mass destruction? Find out.
18, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 583
Death Of A "Fat Terrorism" Warrior
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Apr. 18--As we salute the deaths of brave
soldiers in Iraq who fought the Beast of Terror to liberate 24 million
Iraqis from the oppression of tyranny, in the shadows of our tributes
rests another Hero of Terrorism. He is known by millions
as the "Fat Warrior."
He died yesterday, April 17, in Manhattan, not
too far from Ground Zero where the Terrorist attack took place on
September 11, 2001.
Atkins, the "Health Terrorist," attacked the human body's "weapons
of mass destruction" - fat cells
His death will not be heralded by the press as a
man who gave his life for the freedom of millions, and the odds are
when the handfuls of dirt are thrown on his casket by loved ones,
there will be others who will consider him a "Health Terrorist," a man
who recklessly attacked the human body's "weapons of mass
Some might even liken him to George Bush,
claiming he unilaterally invaded a known Terrorist sovereign state without
approval of his peers, for like George
W. Bush, he defied the "United Nations of Health" and, as a result,
has suffered criticism throughout his career.
Atkins, the "Fat Warrior," helped over 30 million Americans lose
The "Fat Warrior" went by the name of Robert C.
Atkins, a cardiologist who devised a hotly debated weight loss plan
favoring steak and eggs over spaghetti and spinach. He
died as a result of a fall on April 8 on the sidewalk in front his
Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine in Manhattan.
Dr. Atkins is credited with helping more than 30
million Americans shed the Terror of excess fat and for gathering the
criticism of thousands of medical "experts" who trounced his diet as
reckless and unproven.
Nevertheless, his eulogy includes, at bare
minimums, the loss
of 300 million pounds of fat from overweight bodies around the world,
especially here in America.
In 1972, Dr. Atkins published his "Dr.
Atkins' Diet Revolution." The book has sold more than 15
million copies, making it one of the best-selling of all time.
His process of weight loss flies in the face of
most medical practitioners. It emphasizes the consumption of fats
and the elimination or massive reduction of carbohydrate intake--at
least two-thirds fat in the diet versus the health community
recommending a balance not to exceed 30 percent fat.
He literally stole his diet from nature,
the great teacher of all cures. It involves lowering the insulin level in the human body.
Carbohydrates ultimately are sugar. Breads, pastas
and other carbohydrate-laden foods convert to sugar in the
chemical breakdown. Excess sugar in the system, regulated
by insulin, turns such
foods into fat storage.
turns foods into fat storage
Atkins, paralleling the chemistry of hibernating
bears, proposed that by eliminating the "sugar" intake
(carbohydrates), the insulin level would drop. Once
"normalized," insulin not stimulated by excess sugar intake would
signal the body to
burn fat, just as it does a hibernating bear's body.
Essentially, reducing "carbs" and
increasing "fats" tricks the body into thinking it needs to burn fat.
Body metabolism, according to Atkins and basic chemistry, starts to chew up the
excess fat cells that makes the stomach
pooch out, the jowls expand, and the thighs to squish when you walk.
Critics opposed the diet because they
claimed the excess fats clogged the veins, endangering the body by
increasing fat blockage in veins and arteries, thus expanding the
potential of heart attacks. They also claimed
that going off the diet accelerated weight gain, for eager to reclaim
the "stored fat," the body hungrily converted carbs back to fat at an
ever increasing rate.
consumption became Dr. Atkins' "weapons of mass destruction"
Carbohydrate consumption became Dr.
Atkins' "weapons of mass destruction. He claimed the medical and
health professions advocacy of "low-fat" diets was essentially a
"Terrorist plot," to seduce people into thinking they were controlling
their weight by eliminating fat while ignoring the real body
The facts were on his side.
The Journal of the American Medical Association reported last October
that the proportion of overweight Americans had increased to 64.5
percent from 55.9 percent in 1994.
Opposing the staid medical
world's concrete stance on low-fat diets created jealousy
against Dr. Atkins by the medical world just as surely as President's
Bush's anti-Saddam Hussein "evil axis" policy ruffled the conciliatory
feather of the United Nations Security Council--principally France,
Germany and Russia. On the Atkins side, the medical pundits claimed
Atkins was acting unilaterally, without the endorsement, support or evidence
by the medical and health fields that his diet
worked. The attacks were akin to the U.N. admonishing President
Bush for attacking Iraq without proof of Saddam Hussein's weapons of
But like Bush, Atkins only had
to look at the world with unfogged glasses. Fat people were
everywhere, struggling to lose weight under "medically sanctioned"
low-fat diets that warned little, if at all, about fat content.
acted despite his medical cronies, and for that reason was
considered an outcast--a commercial predator more interested in
capturing a share of the $35 billion-a-year weight loss market than
protecting the health of the community. While Bush's protestors
argued he was going to war "for oil," Atkins critics claimed he was
waging war on fat for "fame and fortunes." Little
was touted about how well his diet worked for those who liked to eat
and couldn't lose weight.
In President Bush's case, the
evidence of Saddam Hussein's brutality and defiance against the world
body was prima facia evidence of the Terrorist threat to the world.
Saddam had killed tens of thousands of his own people, and butchered
and dragged his grandchildren's fathers through the streets of Baghdad
for opposing him. Then, there were the "weapons of mass
destruction," and Saddam's vows to "rule the world" as he saw it.
Bush, like Atkins, didn't wait around for the rubber stamp approval of
Atkins, didn't wait around for the approval of his peers to stop
Terrorism is Terrorism, whether it be torture and rape chambers in
Iraq, or fat cells multiplying in millions of American bodies.
By anti-Terrorism standards, Dr. Atkins was a Warrior of
Vigilance. He was a true TerrorHunter. He was not infected
by the looming fear of peer approval, but instead, more concerned with
helping others shed both unwanted and dangerous pounds of flesh that
limited not only their mobility and appearance, but endangered their health.
From a risk management viewpoint,
weight unattended could kill just as quickly as any danger a diet
might. At least the subject had a fighting chance under a
diet, and none if he or she continued to be victimized by the Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency of obesity.
vitamins compensate for lack of a "balanced diet"
Atkins was vigilant rather than reckless in his attack on Terrorism.
He carefully noted to his diet users the dangers of fat-dominated
diets. He offered users supplementary vitamins to
compensate for the lack of a "balanced diet." He
addressed the key cardiac issue--how to "lubricate" the veins with
flax to keep them from becoming clogged from fat intake.
His diet was also not a panacea to weight loss. Once losing the
"Terror Pounds," he suggested the user drift towards a more balanced
diet. Like President Bush, he sought to plug the hold in
the dyke, but also knew reconstruction was necessary if weight
management was to be successful long-term.
Still, he raised controversy
among the medical and health pundits, for his entire theory was so far
removed from the common medical and food industry standard chatter--i.e., low-fat,
forget-about-the-carbs promotions. The medical world offered
little Vigilance about carbohydrates, but beat the drums over fat
Had he had his way, Dr. Atkins
would have labeled all food with the warning: "Danger:
Carbohydrates May Be Dangerous To Your Health & Turn You Into A Fat
Slug. P.S.--Carbohydrates Are Sugar Terrorists.
Eating A Piece Of Bread Is Liking Eating Spoonfuls Of Sugar!"
The rancor never stopped
over the decades of Dr. Atkins' fame.
Like President Bush, Atkins weathered the assaults accusing him of
being a "social radical," one who opposed the collective conscious and
took the road less traveled.
President Bush thought of the UN Security Council
presumably thought of the AMA...
Atkins, like Bush, had little respect for the
sovereignty of the medical world that demanded health advocates seek
medicine's blessing. It can be reasonably presumed Atkins
thought of the American Medical Association in similar ways President
Bush thought of the United Nations Security Council--an inert
body of "old guarders" who didn't want to "rock-the-boat" and who
chided any and all who chose to stand above the crowd.
Atkins, like Bush,
thumbed his nose at their demands to kowtow.
For Atkins, Fat Cells
were Terrorist Cells. He attacked them with
passion. They were killing people right and left.
Complacency by the medical and health world, and the protection of
low-fat diets were Atkins' September 11. George Bush
looked at Saddam Hussein the same, clear, cold way--a Terrorist is a
Terrorist is a Terrorist and unless somebody catches the ball and
makes the outs, the Terrorists keeps hitting, running the bases
and scoring while everyone watches.
Unfortunately, as of
yesterday, one of the great Fat
Warriors is dead.
It is likely that few will mourn his death
in the medical world, and fewer in the general public will recognize
his death as the loss of a Great American TerrorHunter.
I will. Dr. Atkins
is, without doubt, one of the great Fat TerrorHunters. He
is the Frank Buck of Fat Cells.
I have lost hundreds of
pounds over the years using Dr. Atkins' diet. Being fat is
like having a Terrorist inside you--at least for me. And, I know
for countless millions of others.
My body melted
into an amorphous shape
Fat makes you feel ugly.
It drives away your energy. It shrinks your clothes at night
while you sleep so when you wake up you can't button your trousers.
Excessive weight turns you into an emotional slug. You become
the victim of Terrorism's Triad--Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency--and watch your body
melt into an amorphous shape, a bulging teardrop of a once firm shape.
Pounds of unwanted weight bear down on your knees causing them to ache
as if all the oil in your joints had dried up. You grunt when you bend over. Pants
split on you. You feel like you're carrying on your
shoulders the Beast of Terror and all his children. Your knees
buckle. You wheeze and cough.
So what do you do?
You do what all fat people do. You eat. You eat and eat,
because you have given up hope. Diets don't work because you
can't eat, and fat people love to eat.
I'm 6-4. I love food. I
always have. In my younger years, I could eat anything,
but age slows down everything, especially metabolism.
Suddenly, I ballooned.
There is no
escape for the fat
But like any prisoner in any torture chamber, there is no escape.
Your body is the rack. Each morsel you eat is your tormentor,
for it doesn't leave. "Once on the lips, always on the
hips," screams in your ears like sirens as you fight the endless
losing battle to de-Terrorize yourself. All you hear is
the laughter of the Beast of Terror and the words: "Loser!
fat!!! No carbs!!!
Dr. Atkins gave me and
millions like me a way to fight
fat. He told me I could eat steaks and eggs, and lavish all the
hearty foods I love but with one simple caveat: no carbs!
gave me and millions a way to fight fat
sacrificed the bagel with jelly, or the Ben & Jerry's, or the steaming
mashed potatoes - for meat and cheese, and balanced my diet with
supplements. I made chocolate with half-and-half and Sweet
& Low to sate the desire for sweets, and munched on delicious cheese,
and ate salads along with my steaks, giving up corn (full of carbs) in
return for a slimmer waist. London broil, lobster, butter,
porterhouse--all great fare with no fat.
Lo and behold, the weight dropped.
I returned to normal size. The guy in the mirror was no longer
an old, fat slob with sags and wrinkles from excessive fat layers.
I was no longer an Ugly Fat American.
But the Terror was still there.
It lurked at every corner. It boldly stood out in every
neighborhood, luring the unaware into minefields of fat.
One of the most insidious Fat
Terrorists is McDonalds. It
lures our children into the Golden Arches and stuffs them full of
carbs. There are 30,000 McDonalds, about as many of them
as there were Elite Special Republican Forces protecting Saddam
Hussein. McDonald's is the premier Fat Terrorist, for it
seduces the young to come to their Fat Warehouses not because the food
is good, but because of the "prizes," and "gifts" and funny faces.
Behind the Ronald McDonald mask, however, is the face of the Beast of
seduces parents and children with free toys
Each day, millions of parents trundle their
children into McDonalds and other fast food outlets, seduced by free
toys. Complacent parents let the children eat the world's worst food that
only adds to their
future obesity. If the parents knew their children were being fed
pounds of sugar disguised in hamburger buns and French fries, they
might not walk into the Jaws of McDonald's Beast of Fat Terror.
Sugar is the real enemy, but few protest it. Per capita consumption of sugar in the United States is over 130
pounds, an average of 20 teaspoons a day. A non-diet soft
drink, for example, has 9 teaspoons of sugar per can.
But refined sugar is not the only problem.
Sugar takes many nefarious forms. It is like the Iraqi sniper,
putting the unsuspecting into his crosshairs.
children walking into McDonald's Beast of Fat Terror?
Flour converts to sugar in the body.
Flour consumption--the core of most carbohydrate consumption (bread,
pasta, etc.)--rose by 64 pounds per capita between 1960 and 1980.
But the medical and health world didn't shoot up red flags, declaring
an increase of "weapons of mass carbohydrate destruction."
Terrorism's Complacency ruled, plus the righteous indignation of the
health world who castigated Atkins' principles.
Even though he didn't have the
benefit of the United Nations of Medical Experts voting on his side,
Atkins was supported by bears--even the grizzlies.
Bears live off their fat cells.
The body burns fat when the insulin level isn't jacked out of
proportion by sugar.
Using the chemistry of the bears as
his yardstick, Atkins saw carbohydrates as the
"weapons of mass destruction" attacking America's waistline. He
saw the low-fat diet, endorsed by the medical profession, as a United
Nations block denying and refusing to accept the impending threat of
"carbohydrates." He was a lone cry in the wind, not
unlike the year-long attempt by President Bush and his Administration
to rally U.N. military action to get Saddam Hussein to comply with the
1991 U.N. resolution that he remove his weapons of mass destruction.
Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) supported Atkins
Atkins, did however, have a few
supporters. While they did not directly link themselves to his
diet, they promoted the same warning about sugar and its dangers to
the growing obesity of America, and specifically to the children. Michael F. Jacboson, executive director for the Center for Science in the Public
Interest in 1998, (link)
said: “With all the focus on fat, we’ve
forgotten about sugar. It’s time to rethink our national infatuation
with sweets." He also warned of the increase in sugar
consumption among the youth. He might have been Atkins'
CSPI supported Atkins similar to Tony Blair's support of Bush
all, but a vast majority of Americans are celebrating a victory in
Iraq over Terrorism. There are those, however, who see Iraq as
nothing more than an arrogant war fought by greedy capitalists for
oil. It's sad the acidic viewpoints see through such
fogged glasses. What the war on Iraq was all about, just
as Dr. Atkins' War on Fat was all about, was the courage to defy
Complacency, and the Conviction to stand up to Intimidation.
Dr. Atkins took on the United Nations
of Medicine with his diet. The jury is still out for many,
but for millions who have been liberated from fat, as I have, I salute
President Bush also took on the
United Nations with his diet. He took the carving knife to
the belly of the Beast of Terror, and sliced off a big chunk of
Terrorism's Fat Belly. The jury is still out for him around the
world, but for 24 million Iraqis, they breathe a little safer these
days. The tyranny of a leader who threatened their liberty
is gone, just as the fat around the belly of a society disappeared by
the millions of pounds when Dr. Atkins stepped up to the plate and
swung his anti-carb bat.
I offer Atkins my kudos,
however meager they may be.
Despite the critics, Dr. Atkins and President Bush are both
Sentinels of Vigilance in my book.
They both fought Terrorism
against a world trying to Intimidate them, to make them wrong, to make
them the Beasts they fought.
Pledge of Vigilance to insure Carbs of Terror won't attack us
Let's hope the Beast of Terror
eventually starves, and that we, as a Nation of Vigilant people, don't
ever get so fat in our thinking we're unwilling to stand up to
Terrorism because our bellies are so full of Complacency we can't rise
to the occasion.
We can keep trim against Terrorism by
taking the Pledge of Vigilance. It's our assurance that the
Carbs of Terror won't attack when we least expect.
17--Dogs of War: K-9 Sentinels of Vigilance
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