Here is an interesting debate with many doctors at a United States Agriculture Agency forum.
The transcript is not as long as it appears (double space with many blank pages.) You can easily read it in under an hour. First 60% is presentations by each doctor and last part is a somewhat debate.
Dr. Atkins looks foolish in it. Earlier, a doctor makes a good point that as a doctor or scientist, you do research and from the findings make recommendations (what Drs. Ornish and McDougal did); you do not make recommendations, then try to do research to prove your opinions (what Atkins did or trying – he admits he had done no research at this point 2000.) HE also admits his diet is nutritionally deficient (must take vitamins) and he admits he would not recommend his diet to anyone, except overweight people (he does not answer why he would not recommend it for everyone.)
Here is a foolish part where he admits he has done no research (claims he did not have funding, then states he would be first doctor to fund his own research.)
Note: To avoid confusion, the numbers are line numbers from the transcript:
DR. AYOOB: Just because it was brought out about
22 Dr. Atkins' claim to reverse heart disease, and he said he's
23 working on the data, but he's been making this claim for a
24 long time, and that's what I --
25 DR. ATKINS: No, I haven't.
1 DR. AYOOB: Excuse me.
2 DR. ATKINS: I haven't been --
3 DR. AYOOB: Excuse me.
4 DR. ATKINS: -- making that claim.
5 DR. AYOOB: You just did, and you don't have the
6 evidence --
7 DR. ATKINS: Before.
8 DR. AYOOB: -- to back it up. Now, this diet has
9 been out there for 30 years or close to 30 years.
10 DR. ATKINS: And I haven't been able to fund the
12 DR. AYOOB: Excuse me. Excuse me. Ten million
13 books in print, and you can't fund the study?
15 DR. ATKINS: Now I can, and I will be the first
16 doctor to dig into his own pocket to do a study, and it will
17 be me, but it was the first time I had any money left.
18 DR. AYOOB: Ten million books. You market the
19 vitamins. You sell the vitamins --
20 DR. ATKINS: Now.
21 DR. AYOOB: -- to correct the nutritional
23 DR. ATKINS: That's true. That's why I'm doing
24 the study now.
25 DR. AYOOB: You market them. I keep saying --
1 DR. ATKINS: That's why I couldn't do it before.
2 DR. AYOOB: You market this. I say this is not
3 for the public good. This is marketed. This is a money
4 making proposition.