He’s best remembered for setting the health industry on its ear with his revolutionary ‘Atkins Diet’. But many people forget that Dr. Robert Atkins was a holistic doctor, just like me.
And when he introduced his new eating philosophy – when he fought back against the anti-fat mainstream and declared that carbs were the real health enemy – Dr. Atkins was just a physician trying to help his patients. He understood that a protein-rich diet that avoided health-destroying added sugars could help the people he treated lose weight, improve their heart health, control their blood sugar, and even sharpen their brains.
He saw the results at his thriving Manhattan clinic, in the US, every day.
But decades later, we’re learning an amazing new secret about Dr. Atkins’ low-carb movement – one that may turn out to be his greatest discovery yet. Because research is now proving that a high-fat, low-carb diet may help millions of people conquer a debilitating digestive condition that’s been making them sick for years.
An illness you might not even realise you have.
Change your EATING and change your LIFE
I regularly ‘prescribe’ a low-carbohydrate diet to my patients. (I specifically recommend Paleo, and I’ll tell you more about it in just a few moments.) And the reason why is simple: it works! In fact, hardly a day goes by that I don’t see the dramatic results of a patient heeding my advice, cutting out the bread and slashing the ‘white carbs’.
They soon start to look great… but more importantly they FEEL great. And that’s because when you change your eating you change your life.
But it’s not just the weight loss that’s making the difference. Adopting a low-carb way of living doesn’t just help you shed pounds, although it does that INCREDIBLY well. It has another huge side benefit that I don’t believe even Dr. Atkins anticipated.
This hidden sensitivity could be why you feel so sick
It turns out the low-carb diet is an accidental diagnostic tool. Going low carb can reveal your undiagnosed gluten sensitivity because when you drop the carbs in your diet you’re also dropping the gluten and that change can have dramatic effects for a significant number of us.
Gluten, a protein that’s found mostly in bread, can be damaging to essentially every part of the body. In certain people who are particularly sensitive, the gluten protein acts like a toxin causing…
- joint pain
- nerve pain
- muscle pain
As well as, literally, dozens of other troubling symptoms you may be feeling every day.
Gluten-free goes from fringe fad to mainstream acceptance
When gluten sensitivity first started to come to light, many in the mainstream refused to acknowledge it even existed. If you weren’t suffering from coeliac disease – a condition that makes you 100 per cent unable to process gluten – then they insisted you could eat all the gluten you want.
But those of us in the trenches who were effectively eliminating a huge variety of troubling symptoms by putting our patients on low-carb/low-gluten diets knew different. When they stopped eating wheat, barley and rye they suddenly felt better than they had in years. It was, in effect, what we doctors like to call ‘an elimination diet’, which is often used to diagnose allergies and sensitivities.
I’m happy to say, the tide is finally starting to turn and gluten-free diets are losing their ‘fad’ status. I’m even starting to see some straight-laced conventional gastroenterologists admit that gluten sensitivity is real. Some are even advising their patients who were once diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome that they might, in fact, be gluten sensitive instead.
Now THAT’S progress. And an incredible legacy for Dr. Atkins whose pioneering work laid the foundations for the sea change.
Shed that spare tyre AND eliminate gluten problems
Believe it or not, Dr. Atkins’ low-carb message stretches all the way back to the mid-60s. In fact, he appeared on the Tonight Show in 1965. That was 27 years before his second book Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, published in 1992, sold 15 million copies worldwide.
At the time America was smack-dab in the middle of a misguided low-fat brainwashing campaign – the devastating effects of which are STILL being felt today. As Americans desperately tried to stick to the bland, unhealthy low-fat, high-carb lifestyle their doctors insisted was good for them, they grew fatter and fatter and got sicker and sicker.
Dr. Atkins’ eating plan changed – and saved – lives. And over the years, the low-carb diet has evolved (or, depending on how you think about it, devolved). The Paleo diet is the logical next step in low-carb eating, and it’s the diet I typically recommend to my own patients.
Today’s modern diet is full of processed refined foods, sugar and fats. The Paleo diet, sometimes called the Caveman diet, is based on the way our ancestors, early humans, ate. The diet is naturally low carb and low gluten and consists mostly of delicious fresh foods including meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and healthy oils. Dairy, grains, refined sugars and oils, potatoes and processed foods are all avoided.
If you suspect that you might have an undiagnosed gluten sensitivity I suggest you give the Paleo diet a try.
You might notice a change almost immediately.
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Vol. 9, Issue 9, September 2015