AtkinsDietAlert.org is brought to you by the Physicians
Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a leading advocate for preventive
medicine, especially good nutrition. PCRM has been speaking out
about the dangers of high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets since
its founding in 1985. Scientific studies show that low-carbohydrate
diets raise cholesterol levels in a considerable number of individuals,
sometimes to a dramatic degree. These diets also typically accelerate
calcium losses and have led major health organizations to raise
important questions about their possible contribution to heart problems,
kidney abnormalities, osteoporosis, and other health problems.
Given the seriousness of these health risks, and the
strength of the scientific evidence currently available, PCRM hopes
this Web site will encourage people to be wary of high-protein diets
and to choose healthier options. PCRM is also concerned about possible
legal liability for doctors who prescribe these diets.