Atkins Diet :: Nature of the diet

The Atkins represents a radical departure from prevailing theories. He claimed there are two main unrecognised factors about Western eating habits, arguing firstly that the main cause of obesity is eating refined carbohydrates particularly sugar, flour, and high-fructose corn syrups; and secondly that saturated fat is overrated as a nutritional problem, only trans fats from sources such as hydrogenated oils need to be avoided. Consequently, Dr. Atkins rejects the advice of the food pyramid, instead telling us the tremendous increase in refined carbohydrates is responsible for the rise in metabolic disorders of the 20th century, and the focus on the detrimental effects of dietary fat has actually contributed to the obesity problem by increasing the proportion of insulin inducing foods in the diet.

Hypothyroidism :: Living Well with Hypothyroidism

As many as one in eight women have a thyroid condition. In Living Well with Hypothyroidism, Mary Shomon outlines the most common of these–too little thyroid hormones in the body. Weight gain, depression, fatigue, and what patients call “brain fog, Brillo hair, and prune skin” result. Because the symptoms of hypothyroidism mimic so many other conditions–chronic fatigue, PMS, clinical depression–it can be very tricky to diagnose, especially since patients with HMOs may not get the thorough testing they need.