Some of you may not know that heart disease, once thought to pursue an inexorable downhill course, has been shown in recent years to be reversible by serious lifestyle changes. This has great significance for those for whom a coronary bypass or angioplasty has been suggested. Surgeons tend not to inform you that you can improve the circulation to your heart and cheat them out of their day in the operating room, if you are willing to make lifestyle changes.
Since I am not willing to ask my patients to undergo the risk of angiography even once, let alone twice, I have not been able to prove reversal of heart disease on our program (as manifest by improved patency of coronary blood vessels). However, we have demonstrated reversal of the symptoms of heart disease in over 85% of Atkins Center overweight coronary patients who have diligently followed our program consisting of the lipolytic diet, nutritional supplements and chelation therapy.
The combination of a high fat, low carbohydrate diet and nutritional supplements has been reported on in the Southern Medical Journal of January 1988 by Dr. H. L. New bold.9 During the 3 to 18 months of follow up, his seven patients dropped their mean cholesterol levels from 263 to 189.
At the Atkins Center we tabulate our results every few years. The latest was published in my last write, Dr. Atkins’ Health Revolution, and we reported a drop in cholesterol from 256.4 to 217.6 and of triglycerides from 166.5 to 97.2. But only half those patients were on the weight loss diet, which has consistently produced more spectacular results.
So you can clearly see that, if the Atkins diet is a heart attack diet,
a) It certainly is not mediated by any worsening of the serum lipids.
b) It would contrast sharply with the usual result wherein my heart patients almost always show a dramatic improvement, as manifested by their ability to discontinue medications which were previously necessary.
You certainly should know why the ketogenic lipolytic diet is so beneficial to the heart. The scientific literature of the past ten years goes a long way toward explaining it.