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Monday, June 30, 2008

Atkins all the Way

The more I read of Gary Taubes' book Good Calories, Bad Calories, the more I realize that Atkins was not only right, he was profoundly right. By this I mean that he had the right idea and the right approach in the midst of a sea of darkness and wrongheadedness which surrounded him and which surrounds us still. That sea of darkness consists of the muddled thinking of the medical establishment. Do you know why J.D. Salinger retreated to Cornish, New Hampshire? One of the reasons was that he was fed up with the way things were working in New York and in the world in general. He hated the idea of doctors and didn't trust them. I thought his skepticism was funny the first time I read about it. But the more I think about it the more I realize you have to think for yourself. Atkins thought for himself — that is, he thought original thoughts, or at least thoughts that went against the grain. That's why I'm eager to read his book.

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