#31: Atkins, diet, obesity, and cardiovascular disease risk with Dr Eric Westman

Dr Robert Harrington


December 17, 2010

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Hotly debated among healthcare professionals, "low-carb" diets—such as Atkins—have soared in popularity, offering easy-to-follow approaches and rapid results. But are they safe? Dr Eric Westman joins the show to discuss safety, his research in lifestyle intervention, and thoughts on how curbing the intake of carbohydrates can help tackle the obesity pandemic.


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