Atkins-Blasting 'Physicians' Committee is a Front Group for PETA

Feb 10, 2004, 00:00 ET from Center for Consumer Freedom

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The late Dr. Robert Atkins is being
 smeared for his alleged obesity at the time of his death, by a phony doctors
 organization that has been exposed as a front group for People for the Ethical
 Treatment of Animals (PETA) and has been censured by the American Medical
 Association (AMA).  The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
 has taken in over $1 million from PETA and the animal rights movement.  PCRM
 and PETA also share office space, board members, and staff.
     The AMA has formally censured PCRM in the past, calling its
 recommendations "irresponsible" and "potentially dangerous to the health and
 welfare of Americans."  The AMA has also called PCRM a "fringe organization"
 that uses "unethical tactics" and is "interested in perverting medical
     PCRM's attacks on diets including meat, fish and dairy foods, and its
 constant demands for a vegetarian America are rooted in an animal-rights
     The facts on the late Dr. Robert Atkins:
     (1) Dr. Stuart Trager MD, chairman of the Atkins Physicians Council, told
         the Wall Street Journal that Atkins' heart disease stemmed from
         cardiomyopathy, a condition that was thought to result from a viral
         infection.  Atkins' weight was due to bloating and water-retention
         associated with his condition, and the time he spent in a coma after
         his head injury.
     (2) Trager's own release this morning reads in part: "Due to water
         retention ... [Atkins] had a weight that varied between 180 and 195.
         During his coma, as he deteriorated and his major organs failed, fluid
         retention and bloating dramatically distorted his body and left him at
         258 pounds at the time of his death, a documented weight gain of over
         60 pounds."
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