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Thread: So, what did Atkins die from?

  1. #1
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    Jul 2010
    Kabul, Afghanistan

    So, what did Atkins die from?

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    This is the common argument my family brings up when I tell them how good I feel. "Atkins died of a heart attack!!!!". Well, I guess he did. So what's the rebuttle?

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    Feb 2010
    He slipped on ice and hit his head.
    Height: 5'4" (1.62 m)
    Starting weight (09/2009): 200 lb (90.6 kg)
    No longer overweight (08/2010): 145 lb (65.6 kg)
    Current weight (01/2012): 127 lb (57.5 kg)

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    Dec 2009
    Walnut Creek, CA
    On April 8, 2003, at age 72, Dr. Atkins slipped on the ice while walking to work, hitting his head and causing bleeding around his brain. He lost consciousness on the way to the hospital, where he spent two weeks in intensive care. His body deteriorated rapidly and he suffered massive organ failure. During this time, his body apparently retained an enormous amount of fluid, and his weight at death was recorded at 258 pounds. His death certificate states that the cause of death was "blunt impact injury of head with epidural hematoma".

  4. #4
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    Feb 2010
    Karma is correct. He did have an issue with his heart but it wasn't a diet or lifestyle related issue. The heart trouble was due to a viral infection of the heart (if I remember correctly) and would have healed had he not fallen on the ice.

  5. #5
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    Aug 2009
    He had a head injury, went into a coma, and never woke up again. He did not have a heart attack. I am so sick of this b.s. meme.

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  6. #6
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    Jun 2009
    San Francisco
    rule no. 8: avoid trauma

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    Sep 2010
    Redmond WA
    Has anyone in the Atkins organization or PB for that matter GUARANTEED that adherents of these plans will not suffer a heart attack/have high blood pressure/cancer/etc etc etc?

    I don't believe anyone is suggesting that immunity from disease and immortality are guaranteed. We're just trying to skew the odds. So even if he DID have heart disease, it proves nothing.

    Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
    Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

  8. #8
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    Aug 2010
    SF Bay Area
    If you read the vegetarian/vegan forums you will often see that they claim Atkins was grossly overweight and died of a heart attack, this is "mouthed" from person to person...seems no one wants to actually look up the info.

    Read this

  9. #9
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    Oct 2009
    Fredericksburg, Virginia
    Atkins diet isn't primal. If you look at what the Atkins people sell you can see A LOT of it is frankenfoods that are low carb. I know they do this to get people who are having trouble converting to get into it, but it isn't healthy.
    Last edited by BlazeKING; 09-30-2010 at 03:08 PM.

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    Atkins' original work was almost no frankenfoods and almost all primal friendly. His original message has been hugely distorted for sure...

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