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Subject:  I blame Nitpicker Date:  1/29/2003  11:46 PM
Author:  WonderPup Number:  4562 of 31028

My road to learning about low-carbing has been a long and twisted one.

I first heard of Dr. Atkins about 4 years ago. A partner at my firm that I was friends with went on the Atkins diet. Having never heard of it, I searched out the web that afternoon. "Absurd," I thought. "Nothing but fatty meat. I hope he gets a volume deal with an angioplasty specialist." Sure, this partner ended up losing some weight, but there's no way that could be healthy, of course.

Later on, I discovered the Fool. Since sooner or later, any imaginable topic will eventually rise on LBYM, the subject of diets came up. I don't remember the details of the discussion any more, but I had this vague recollection of someone bringing up the low-carb diet. "Hmm, one of THOSE people," I thought.

A while later, the topic rose again, and sure enough, out of the woodwork pops this person. EditorialWe, her name was. "She must be insane," I thought. "She's actually going to try to defend this low-carb diet thing? Everyone knows Atkins will knock you dead of a heart attack." And--get this--she actually had the gall to post links to actual scientific research. Pshaw. Whatever nutty, extremist link she provided clearly must have been bunk. Didn't bother to read it.

Slowly, over the course of perhaps a year or so, the topic would come up. Sometimes on LBYM, sometimes on FFF, sometimes on NADA. It seems like every time the topic of low carbing came up, there she was, throwing links left and right. "Fine," I said. "I'll amuse her. I'll actually read this garbage and find the holes in it."

Now, the infuriating th