Hell Froze Over II - ‘Cleansing’ diets lure celebs, but not health experts

Scam ProofMorning,

You know, the following just warms the cockles of my heart:

….For years, cleansing diets and detox plans have been in the spotlight, fueled by stories of  celebrities who followed these strict regimens to lose weight quickly for a movie or an awards show….

The plans are supposed to remove chemical and dietary toxins from the body. But weight-loss experts have long been skeptical about the claims, saying there is no scientific evidence such programs do a better job than the body’s own organs. They also say many of the plans are deficient in protein and other nutrients….MORE…

Wouldn’t it be peachy to the max if Read more »

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Posted on : Mar 26 2009
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FINALLY! Probe launched into Acai Berry scam diet products

Berry scamMorning all,

Oh, the joys the suffuse my very being!

Well, actually, at this precise moment (1:27am), that’s not exactly true - I’m awake right now because I’m massively sick with a sore throat and inflammation-runoff that could dissolve concrete piers.  And what better cure for that than to blog!

Thus, there I was, moseying around Google News, when I came across:

Probe launched into Acai diet products!

… It’s the latest weight loss craze hitting the Internet. While the proper pronunciation of this Brazilian berry is in dispute, health experts agree, it doesn’t work, and Connecticut’s attorney general has launched an investigation.

We’re talking about Acai berry. Take a look at the junk mail folder in your e-mail and there is probably an e-mail, or several e-mails, from companies selling this stuff. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says it is not beneficial to your physical health and could be dangerous to your financial well-being…..

… Soon after signing up for a free trial, M. Chanel Pinkett started to receive more pills and get charged for them. She was billed more than $200 in three weeks and couldn’t stop it….MORE….

Finally!  Sanity has prevailed! Read more »

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Posted on : Mar 24 2009
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The scam of colon cleansers, colonics, and zapping your rear with electricity


It happens.

And it *really* happens when all those scammers want to part you from your hard-earned money by trying to sell you on colon cleansers!

To this day, I simply cannot believe how marketers have managed to get an entire population segment to believe that what works perfectly fine (their bowels) really need an artificial boost to "cleanse out the ickness" that resides there.

It truly staggers the mind! Read more »

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Posted on : Mar 20 2009
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Anti-Aging Fountain of Youth For Other People Via Your Money!


I just came across this most excellent post by the most excellet Diet Blog: about how resveratrol, the ever-popular phytoalexin that is produced naturally by several plants when under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi.

But of course everyone knows that.

Oh, and it’s also in the skin of red grapes too!  And red grapes….why, that’s used for red whine!  Bingo!  Red wine is GOOD for you!

Still with me?  Okay, onto the article: Read more »

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Posted on : Mar 15 2009
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Choosing Quality Diet Advice Sites


I came across the following article from MSNBC, to wit:

…Safe clicking tips when surfing for diet advice
To avoid sales scams, look for sites affiliated with well-known groups

Here are some basic tips for sussing out sites that are worth the click.

As a general rule, sites with the extensions .gov, .edu and sometimes .org contain accurate, unbiased information, says Jeanne Goldberg, a professor of nutrition science at Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition.

But legitimate commercial sites — usually with .com endings — can be more user-friendly.

The trick with commercial sites is to look for a stamp of legitimacy, Goldberg says, such as an affiliation with a well-known organization, and to avoid being sucked into a sales gimmick….MORE….

Oh, truer words have NEVER been spoken!  The diet and weight loss industry has been, and always will be, Read more »

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Posted on : Mar 10 2009
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The Kimkins Diet Scam

Liar LiarMorning!

You know, nothing warms my heart more than seeing justice served.

Alas, sometimes other scummy critters scurry away from the justice, and try to keep a long-dead scam alive.

I’m talking, of course, about the Kimkins diet scam.  Brief, pithy and to point, a rather low-life individual named Heidi Diaz created a "diet plan" that (get this) simply required people not to eat a lot.  And we’re talking staying BELOW 800 calories a day!

Due to rather shoddy reporting, this scam got the goahead from Womens World: Read more »

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Posted on : Mar 09 2009
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What Diet Pill Pushers DON’T Want You To Know

Diet Pill Scam!Morning!

So…have you ever heard of diet pills?  You know, those miracle thingees that make the sun shine brighter and the rain wash cleaner and the air smell fresher and oh yes, helps you drop big bleeping amounts of weight?

Did you know they’re all a scam?

Sad, alas, but true. 

Diet pills are one of the ultimate tools of "selling the dream".  It seems like everyone can be tempted by a quick fix, as evidenced by what you currently see on eBay:

But the fact is - it’s ALL a scam.  Every single bit of it. Acia berries, hoodia thingees, detox pills, you name it….it’s a scam.


Because of plain simple common sense, of course!  Read more »

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Posted on : Mar 05 2009
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