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Old Thu, Apr-17-03, 10:28
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DWRolfe DWRolfe is offline
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Plan: Atkins
Stats: 468/371/275 Male 5' 10"
Progress: 50%
Location: Chicago, IL

Holy cow....what a sad day....
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Old Thu, Apr-17-03, 10:29
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Plan: MOP
Stats: 169/159/135
BF:45%/42%/ 35%
Progress: 29%
Location: Central CA

Such sad news. He led us all here. Let's keep up the good work in his honor.
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Old Thu, Apr-17-03, 10:29
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Plan: low-carb;modified atkins
Stats: 251/238/115 Female 5'
Progress: 10%
Location: Tx Hill Country
Default Dr. Atkins deceased...

Just saw on the news that Dr. Atkins passed away...
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Old Thu, Apr-17-03, 10:31
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Plan: My Own
Stats: 285/268/130 Female 5'5"
Progress: 11%

This is such sad news. The millions of lives and attitudes he changed for the better with his courage and conviction in "bucking" the standard nutritional view I'm sure will be a comfort to his family.

I would like to extend my condolences, and my thanks for the new lease on life his program has given me. It was a life well-lived.
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Old Thu, Apr-17-03, 10:33
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Plan: Atkins
Stats: 240/200.5/165
Progress: 53%
Location: MN
Default Dr. Atkins :(

Just heard in the breaking news that Dr. Atkins just died from his injuries. Thought you would all like to know.
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Old Thu, Apr-17-03, 10:41
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Plan: Atkins
Stats: 259/223/148 Female 5'7
BF:No clue
Progress: 32%
Location: Kentucky

I am so sad over this. I was really praying for a miracle. I know I didn't know the man, but I loved him for what he has done for me and for being who he was.

I will miss his presence in the world.

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Old Thu, Apr-17-03, 10:41
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Plan: Atkins
Stats: 170/132/122 Female 62
Progress: 79%
Location: Louisiana
Default Dr. Atkins passes

I just read Dr. Atkins did pass away this morning.
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Old Thu, Apr-17-03, 10:44
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Plan: Atkins
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Progress: 8%
Location: Winter Springs, FL
Default In Memoriam - Dr. Atkins

Dr. Atkins has just passed away - may we all remember him for his contributions to our lives. May we all offer our prayers for him as he begins his next journey...
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Old Thu, Apr-17-03, 10:50
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Stats: 280/203/200 Male 69 inches
Progress: 96%
Location: Dallas, TX, USA

Diet guru Dr. Robert Atkins dead at 72
Thursday, April 17, 2003 Posted: 12:33 PM EDT (1633 GMT)

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Dr. Robert Atkins, creator of the high-protein, low-carbohydrate Atkins Diet, died Thursday after an accidental fall on April 8 left him comatose.

Atkins, 72, was rushed to New York Weill Cornell Medical Center by his colleague, Dr. Keith Berkowitz, where surgeons removed a blood clot to relieve pressure in his brain on April 9.

Atkins slipped on an icy sidewalk outside his New York office.

"We are hoping for a miracle," Richard Rothstein, a spokesman for Atkins told CNN April 11, "but the chances for a meaningful recovery are slim.

Atkins' original 1972 book, "Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution," was contrary to the recommendations of most nutritional experts at the time. While many remain skeptical about the Atkins Diet, it has become increasingly popular since the 1992 publication of his book, "Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution."

In April 2002, Atkins was hospitalized after he went into cardiac arrest, which he said in a statement was "in no way related to diet."

He is credited with revolutionizing the diet world with his theory that you can lose weight by eating fat, and his followers hailed him as a pioneer. His critics accused him of selling a dangerous idea, but Atkins dismissed their claims.

"See, that's a big mistake ... to tell people to restrict calories," Atkins told CNN in January. "They lose the weight, they feel fine, then they get to their goal weight and they still have 60 more years to live, and are they going to go hungry for all 60 years?"

Atkins was a cardiologist and businessman, selling supplements and food on his Web site and at the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine.

All of his best-selling diet books promoted the same philosophy: a diet high in fat and protein and low in carbohydrates is a sure way to lose weight.

"It's not that it needs to be low-calorie. As long as you cut out the carbohydrate the weight loss is automatic," Atkins said.

His philosophy of loading up on meat and cheese instead of breads, pastas, and even fruits and vegetables, went against the nutritional grain among mainstream dieticians.

"The weight loss comes primarily from water," said Kathleen Zelman, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, among Atkins' critics over the years. "But you can also burn muscle, and body protein can be in the form of muscle -- your heart muscle."

Studies over the years have both supported and debunked Atkins' theories. Nonetheless, millions have followed his advice.
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Old Thu, Apr-17-03, 10:50
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Posts: 9,402
Plan: Atkins
Stats: 273/182/160 Female 5' 4"
Progress: 81%
Location: Bryn Mawr, PA

He has changed my life for the better..... so sad.
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Old Thu, Apr-17-03, 10:50
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Plan: Atkins Life Maintenance!
Stats: 184/152/154 Female 173 cm/5,8
BF:In right places...
Progress: 107%
Location: Germany

It's very sad. He saved and changed many lives. Mine too.
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Old Thu, Apr-17-03, 10:51
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Plan: atkins
Stats: 195/195/~165 Male 67 inches
Progress: 0%
Location: bronx, new york
Default good bye, dr. atkins

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Old Thu, Apr-17-03, 10:53
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He saved my life. I'll never forget that... and I'll remain grateful.
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Old Thu, Apr-17-03, 10:59
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Posts: 205
Plan: Insulin Resistance Diet
Stats: 283/162/165 Female 5ft6
Progress: 103%

I am so sorry to hear this. I was so hoping that he could recover, even though reports didn't sound too promising. He certainly left his mark on the world and truly changed it for the better for so many of us. I hope that there are others who will continue to study and vindicate his work now that he is no longer able to.

My most heartfelt sympathies are with his family and friends.
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Old Thu, Apr-17-03, 10:59
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Plan: Atkins (Pre-Maintenance)
Stats: 160/135/130 Female 5'5"
Progress: 83%
Location: New York, NY

I send my kindest regards to his family and friends. I hope they know what an influence his research and writings were to so many people.
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