Friday, November 16, 2007

Kimkins Diet Scam



An alleged picture of Kimkins founder Heidi Diaz (aka Kimmer) taken during her deposition on the 12th of November 2007. See kimkins works! :p


Okay, I just wanted to make hopefully one last post on this controversial diet scam named Kimkins. I have been procrastinating on this for a while, because as passionate as I am about the potential health risks of the kimkins diet I do feel that posting on the other aspects of the kimkins scam doesn't really fit with this blog and is much better left to the others. But, with the latest publicity Kimmer and her kimkins diet has had from the Morning Show, which apparently is pretty major, I have been a little concerned that this would send a lot more her way especially considering the 40,000 new members kimkins received after the womans world article in just a few short weeks. Granted, this wasn't positive like the WW article, but we all know how easy it is to let our desperation to lose weight get the better of us, as well as how damn convincing Kimmer can be.

A diet that promises fast weight loss - we all know how the quick fix (or pop a pill) mentality feels like and how easy it is to think:

"oh it won't happen to me"

or

"I will get the weight off quick and then get the heck out of there before anything bad happens"

Also, I am sure there are still a lot of people whom think they are untouchable so long as they are fat. For those that don't know, she also allegedly spouted this rubbish to a 14 year old girl whom wasn't even overweight consuming just 500 calories a day. Even if that may be true in some instances, just keep in mind, how are you going to get off that roller coaster once you are slim and the risks more dangerous?

How do you think you will feel about food mentally?

You might scoff at me for saying that, but I have heard so many stories now of people coming off kimkins with disorded views on food, it is seriously not funny. A quick squizz on kimkins survivors will show you what I mean.

Another come back I see often is in reference to WLS (weight loss surgery). Heidi often says that people are put on diets of 500 calories after weight loss surgery to justify her very low calorie diet. Here is a great post by someone whom has had gastric bypass whom explains why this isn't so: weight loss surgery

I have wrote a few times on the risks as well as working on a page outlining some of the risks shown in research on VLCD diets (you can also do a search on my blog for kimkins posts) so I won't repeat myself:

Research on the risks of very low calorie diets

Gallstones

Muscle Mass, Rabbit Starvation and Thyroid

Also here is an article by Carol on losing muscle mass.


Also if you followed kimkins and have not received a refund you can join the lawsuit that began last Monday...

You can find the blog with information about it here: Kimkins lawsuit plus you can find a video explaining the process of how to join the lawsuit here: Kimkins lawsuit video.

Also kimkins scam has a page of links to what you can do to take action here.

For those interested in the scam part of it you can find some of the blogs in my menu to the right of this page plus you can find all the links to both The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet and KTLA TV stories as well as links to the surveillance videos done by the private investigator on the left of BG's blog here and you can find all the current photos of Kimmer by the person whom hired the private investigator on his blog here. Plus Juliet mentioned Mondays show on her blog here.

I also wanted to mention for those that have watched the Morning Show last Monday, please don't let that turn you off from considering a low carb diet, they can be very beneficial for many reasons (see low carb research), particularly if combined with resistant training. Both the doctor and nutritionist really didn't appear to be that informed about the importance of fats and the merits of low carbohydrate diets thus the doctors confusion regarding ketogenesis, ketosis and ketoacidosis plus you don't have to be in ketosis to do a low carbohydrate diet.

*Kimkins Update*

I have updated this post with a picture of Heidi taken during her deposition for the kimkins lawsuit on the 12th of November. I would also like to add a link to a news story that aired last night on KTLA TV showing a video tape of Heidi during her deposition: 11/29 - Founder "Kim Kin Diet" Admits Diet was a Lie, Chip Yost Reports

This was the same day Kimmer made her IMO pathetic attempt at an apology and uploaded a photo of what she claimed to now look like on her website. As you can see by the picture I have added to the top of this post, the picture she uploaded to her site does not appear to be accurate as it is not consistent with the women in the deposition photo. Whilst I believe it is her, in my opinion, it looks like it has been heavily altered in photoshop or a similar program.

*update* she has since removed the altered picture from her website and replaced it with a more realistic one. If I find a picture of her altered one for those whom missed out I will edit the link in here so you can see for yourself :)


Sept 22: The Low Fat side of the Kimkins Diet: Rabbit Starvation, Sudden Death and Resting Metabolism.
Sept 11: The Low Fat side of the Kimkins Diet: Gallstones.
Aug 17: My reply to Deni
Aug 13: The low fat side of the Kimkins Diet, Part 1
July 18: Is Kimkins okay simply because it is low carb?
July 15: Kimkins and Kimmer
June 13: Okay Some Kimkins Stuff...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Low-carb Diet May Stunt Prostate Tumor Growth

Hey, I just came across this today in Science Daily. We all know how beneficial low carbohydrate diets are for various cancers and there are more and more studies out there that show this. Now, another on prostate cancer, but be warned - it is a mice study. This will lead to a human one and hopefully more recognition for low carb diets.

In the study they compared tumour growth in mice fed a low carb diet, a low fat diet and a western diet that is high in both fat and carbohydrates. The low fat diet had a shorter survival time and large tumour but western diet faired the worst with the shortest survival time and biggest tumour out of all three. Naturally the low carb diet faired the best with the longest survival and smallest tumours but as well as that not only did they share lower insulin levels like the low fat group they also had lower levels of the form of IGF, which is capable of stimulating tumor growth.

I liked this quote:

"This study showed that cutting carbohydrates may slow tumor growth, at least in mice," said Stephen Freedland, M.D., a urologist at Duke University Medical Center and lead researcher on the study. "If this is ultimately confirmed in human clinical trials, it has huge implications for prostate cancer therapy through something that all of us can control, our diets."

:)

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Mother Jailed, Put On Trial for Curing Her Son of Melanoma

I was reading this after one of the ladies posted about this today on our forum. Have you guys in the US, heard about this?

Mother Jailed, Put On Trial for Curing Her Son of Melanoma


Very freaky... what do you think?

*update*

I just wanted to say I found an article with a different perspective here. I did mention it in the comments but the link didn't work so thought it best to add here.

I also found a few records of traffic violations dating from 2004 for a Laurie Jessop born in 1961 and a Chad Jessop born in 1990 so there does appear to be a 17 year old Chad Jessop in Orange County. I also found records of a family court battle between a Laurie Jessop and a Markus Jessop whom have a child dating back from 2003 which seems to have been revived this past August. So it may be true, or at least these identities exist, maybe someone should try to contact them to see if it actually happened?