virginnia, you said a mouthful there! Diets are like religion to people. They go absolutely ape-split evangelical over them.
Telling someone to take the pro-Atkins spiel with a grain of salt is not going to work any better than telling them to take the anti-Atkins spiel with a grain of salt. They will throw a salt shaker at you and tell you that you are killing yourself with sodium and you're a monster for spreading the sodium gospel.