Experts in Court
I spoke earlier about researchers who's career ended when they tried to produce work that opposed the key ideas in the new paradigm. Medical doctors seemed in the past to have more freedom.
When Dr Robert Atkins was promoting his "Atkins Diet Revolution" He was hounded in the press, but he was never disqualified as a medical practitioner.
Dr Richard Bernstein, couldn't get his papers published, but he did get several books out, and his licence to practice was not revoked.
Dr Annika Dahlqvist is the first of a whole line of medical professionals and dietitians who have been legally challenged. Some have simply accepted "discipline." Others are currently facing battles in court.
Today, to stand against the paradigm is a decision that can still have serious consequences for the professionals involved. Right now Prof. Tim Noakes in South Africa is involved in a court case that's reaching into the third year. It's cost several million dollars, and it's not yet decided. (Decision in April 2017 we are promised.)
Dr Annika Dahlqvist - Best Practice - 2008
Dahlqvist had her own weight and health problems. She adopted a ketogenic diet, and lost weight easily. In her own words:
"I'm a doctor, a specialist in general medicine. I live in Njurunda, Sundsvall.
"In autumn 2004, I discovered how low carbohydrate diet helped me both to obesity and ill health.
I had been suffering from enteritis (IBS), gastritis and acid reflux, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, snoring, irritable bladder were other health problems. All these ailments or illnesses disappeared pretty quickly once I reduced carbohydrates in my diet, and increased the natural fat."
She began to tell her patients about her success, they followed her recommendation and eventually this got into the press.
In 2005 two dietitians reported her to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, charging her with medical malpractice. In November 2006, her employer dismissed her, because her advice wasn't officially approved.