Over the last couple of days, a lot of people were weighing and qualifying the dramatic shit I stirred over the preceding week or two. Personally, I’m hoping for small amounts of high quality, but I’m not holding my breath—though I perhaps should. Any rate, this gave me needed time to read and think.
1972—I was 11 years old—saw the publishing of two indirectly related books. One would go on to institute a dietary revolution and the other, to abject obscurity.
I read the obscure one. I’m reading it again, too. No. you’ll have to wait for my next post to know what book it is. Neener. Neener.
See, Dr. Atkins only published his work in 1972, the first edition of The Diet Revolution. In fact, his experience with carbohydrate restriction went back to 1963 where he himself had put on the pounds and restricted carbohydrate to lose them a-la Pennington. Fast forward to 1965, where Robert Atkins made an appearance on The Tonight Show; and then, 1970, an article in Vogue. From Wikipedia.
The popularity of the plan with the magazine’s female readership caused a surge in popularity for both Atkins and the magazine, and his dietary regimen was known for many years as simply “The Vogue Diet”.
What if the obscure book was written by a UCLA nutrition-brain-neurology-behavior researcher who was being referred folks with serious mental issues…by psychologist and psychiatrist friends, acquaintances, and trickle down referrals? And what if the vast majority of them were women? And what if more, an important percentage of those were on a newfangled reducing diet? What if it was otherwise known as The Vogue Diet?
The plot thickens, doesn’t it? Neener. Neener.
Being the misogynist and hater I am, I was particularly interested in the women aspect of the thing. After all, when I published Paleo Problems back in 2010 and found that most of the problems seemed to be coming from women, it was but to gloat, wasn’t it?
Same here. Really, huh? This is about giving you machos the info you need to work in your favor. Don’t ever get the idea I care about women and potentially, unique problems. It ought to be obvious by now that I hate helping people, particularly women.
But I’m also practical. And as a practical matter, I emailed the people I judged the best qualified to judge the whole thing. They have all the info needed but if necessary, I’ll see they’re mailed copies. There are three of them. Two professional scientists, and a geek-layman. Huge bonuses to anyone who guesses who among populars I’d pick.
We’ll see, but my own rather detailed review and specific thoughts will be up in a few days.