Naysayers have been trying to show Atkins is bad for you for about 30 years now and haven't a shred of evidence. Meanwhile there continues to be study after study showing that low-carb helps cholesterol, etc, etc.
I think its probably an uncontroversial fact of anthropology that we (Americans, anyway) are eating more carbs now than at any previous point in human history. Prehistoric man certainly did not have many carbs in his diet.
I've lost 30-35 lbs over the past 18 months or so by cutting carbs -- and I'm not nearly as low as an Atkins regime. It isn't that hard. Step 1: quit drinking regular soda.
I've been saying it for awhile now -- and there was a NYTimes article to this effect about 3 weeks ago -- that corn subsidies and agribusiness are the reason everyone is overweight. We have too much corn. So we grind it up into corn syrup and put it in everything. (Not to mention feed it to cows but that's another issue).
There is no question that Atkins works. And there are some signs that "mainstream" medicine is starting to come around; doctors are now starting to talk about glycemic index.
Obesity is starting to be recognized as the single biggest factor in heart disease. Being really overweight is about as bad for you as smoking!
RE: Hackers on Atkins