Essay by Baba Ganoosh October 2006

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In today's world self-consciousness and materialism have an overwhelming impact in our life. We attempt to follow the latest fads, oscillating from diet to diet, only to remain oblivious to the fact that we have found ourselves in a never-ending, perpetual cycle. With so many different diets out there, how can we know which will be best for our own particular needs? Are there risks involved? Is the overall outcome worth it?

Among thousands of diets readily available to our society, one that has sparked great interest is the Atkins Diet. Founded on the idea of high protein and low/zero carbohydrate intake, Atkins has been very popular in past years. However, as research begins to take a closer look at this well-known diet they realize that the basis of consuming no carbohydrates and so much protein , may not necessarily be a positive idea, quite the opposite actually. Is it possible that the Atkins diet may actually cause complications for dieters in the long run, such as kidney stones and osteoporosis?

A myriad of articles and research journals can be found concerning complication of the Atkins diet.

Dr. Mercola conducted a six week study following ten healthy adults. These adults followed their regular diets for two weeks, then followed the Atkins diet for two weeks, and then a moderately carbohydrate-restricting diet for four weeks. On average, the volunteers lost nine pounds, but almost all of them had ketones form. Many volunteers also had higher levels of calcium on their urine. This high level of calcium could mean a decrease of absorption of bone-building material, therefore increasing the risk of osteoporosis.1 According to Margo Denke, an Am. J. of Cardiology, adult's LDL levels increase significantly. The high protein consumption often leads to kidney stones and higher acid levels, which can...