Speculations and Seeking the Truth

I woke up this morning to a post on a message board that ended with this:

“In the end if there’s a price to be paid for crossing these lines and making such irresponsible accusations before there is any real evidence of their truth, I guess some of you will pay it.”

Here was my response to that post:

Speculations on things like this, that cause one to pause and think about it for a bit, are pretty much the theme of things here.

If it weren’t for the speculating and the supposing and the researching, where would we be? How would all this have been uncovered?

We were labeled “haters” because many of the things that were done by Heidi and at Kimkins caused us to have doubts.

Sure, we expressed concern about our friends going on the diet because it didn’t look nutritionally sound, so that made us haters.

Sure, we speculated that all those pictures weren’t really of Heidi or her “success stories”, so that made us haters.

Sure, we suggested that maybe Heidi had lied to us, and then a private investigator proved that she had, and it was again confirmed by the video from the deposition, and again that made us haters.

Sure, we’ve made it our mission to warn others about the dangers of the Kimkins Diet, and that too has made us haters.

Heidi has already said that she has another site ready. So because we are on the look out for that new site, that makes us haters.

Sure, when a red flag goes up somewhere, and we are concerned enough to look at it, to pursue it, that also makes us haters, and I guess some of us will pay for it.

Do all of the speculations pan out? No, not all of them.

Have many of them panned out? Yes, they have.

Has our willingness to seek the truth been worth it?

If we have been able to rescue even one person from the dangerous way of eating that Heidi started them out on, then yes it has been worth it.

If we have shed enough light on the dangers and fraud involved in the Kimkins Diet Scam so that one person has made the choice NOT to start the diet, then yes it has been worth it.

As with any investigation, there will be false leads and trails that lead nowhere. Do the investigators NOT follow those leads because there is a chance they won’t pan out? What kind of detectives would that make them, if they didn’t follow ALL leads? There isn’t any way to know if it’s the right trail unless you take it.

Is speculation under these circumstances irresponsible? I guess that all depends on how you look at it.

If it were your mother, sister, daugther, niece, or friend that was being hurt by Kimkins, wouldn’t YOU hope that there was someone who would stand up for her, to try to rescue her, to try to help her avoid choosing a dangerous scam for a diet?

Personally, I feel that it would be much more irresponsible to not have speculated about this at all. Those of us who have been labeled “haters” could very easily have backed off when we were first told that we wrong, when we were first accused of being haters. But we didn’t back off, because we cared enough about the innocent people being hurt to pursue this. To seek out the truth. To share the truth with others. To try to rescue those that had already fallen into the trap, and to warn others so they too didn’t fall for it. To see that justice was served.

As for me, I am proud to stand with the other ducks here who have taken on this cause.

If you aren’t with us, does that mean you are against us?

What Can I DO To Help?

I hear that alot.

I get it in private messages or emails, I see it on message boards.

What can YOU do to help?  Lots of things.

IF you were a “paying” victim of the Kimkins Diet Scam, you can sign up for the Kimkins Class Action Lawsuit, and you can share your story with the Kimkins Survivors blog.

IF you followed the diet, but didn’t pay to join the Kimkins.com website, you can still share your story with the folks at the Kimkins Survivors blog.  The more stories shared, the better chance we have of warning folks from trying this at home.

So, you never joined the site and you never followed the diet, but you still want to know what you can do to help?  Lots of things.

Check out the list on the Take Action Now page.  There are lots of suggestions for things to do to help there.  Print off the list, and maybe try tackling one or two items a day, depending on the free time you have available.  Start with Signing the Petition, be sure to file a Ripoff Report and work your way all the way down to Troubleshooter.com.  Each individual link will help.  Each one you complete will be another great contribution to the cause.

“Ok”, you say, “I’ll work on that list, a little at a time.  Is there anything ELSE I can do to help?”  

Absolutely!

Do you blog?  If so, blog a little about your feelings about Kimkins.  Blog a little about warning folks to stay away from Kimkins.  Consider joining the Say “NO” to Kimkins Web Ring.

If you don’t blog, have you ever wanted to?   WordPress.com makes it very easy to get started.  Give it some thought.  A blog is an excellent way to speak your mind, share your views, communicate to the world, to encourage folks to Say NO to Kimkins.

Be sure to visit the anti-kk blogs and support the bloggers by leaving comments on their blogs, and maybe share your favorite anti-kk links with them.

 Do you have a MySpace page?  If so, be sure to include some links on your page to warn folks away from Kimkins.  MySpace is an area very full of our teens, and we really should be sure that they are aware of the Dangers of Kimkins.

 Do you post in forums, on message boards, with email groups, etc?  Consider adding your favorite anti-kk links to your signature, to help spread the word.

We have seen KTLA, FOX’s The Morning Show, and KVUE spotlight the Kimkins Scam, but what about YOUR local news?  Consider checking out your local news stations’ websites.  See if they have a link to report news, or a tip line.  Share some Kimkins information and links with them, and perhaps they will pick up the story.  Diets are big news during the first of the year, with New Year’s Resolutions and all.

Every thing we DO to help is a contribution to the cause.  It doesn’t have to be anything big; an email here, a link shared there, a comment posted on a blog, some words of encouragement along the way, it ALL  helps.

There is strength in numbers.

Together we CAN make a difference.

Thank you EVERYONE!  Your contributions count!

If you have suggestions or more ideas for how to help, please be sure to post them in the comments section below.

Kimkins Survivor ~ Susan

Please visit the Kimkins Survivors blog and read Susan’s story.

 Thank you for sharing your story with us, Susan

No One Is Above The Law…

Christin has a very good post on her blog today.

 No One Is Above The Law

The actions and behaviors of Heidi (Kimmer) over the last several years have demonstrated that she feels she is not susceptible to same moral standards that most of us attempt to uphold.

 Be sure to go over and read the whole message.

Kimkins on Fat 2 Fit Radio

Another Diet Scam: Kimkins

Written on December 12, 2007 – 12:44 am | by Russ Turley

Kimkins LogoIf you’ve been listening to the show, then you know we’ve talked about diet scams quite a bit. They are a huge waste of money and time. But while most scams will take your money and give you nothing more than promises in return, the worst diet scams will harm you physically. This is apparently the case with the Kimkins diet.

The Kimkins diet showed up on my radar while cleaning out the garage for a yard sale. I turned on the television that I keep in there to see if it was still working. Up on the screen popped the Fox Morning show. Their topic was the Kimkins diet. They had on a couple of women that had been harmed by the diet, (Below I’ll list some of the side effects of this diet.) and a couple women that were advocates of the diet. So I hadn’t thought too much of it. There is always controversy regarding diets. I made a mental note to check out the Kimkins diet. When I did look into it a couple weeks later, boy was I surprised.

Heidi Diaz - Diet ScammerOne of the next things I found was a video of a deposition of the founder of the Kimkins diet. She went by the name Kimmer on the web site and supposedly lost 198 lbs. in 11 months. Her actual name is Heidi Diaz, she hasn’t lost 198lbs. and in the video she confesses to forging testimonials and photographs on her web site kimkins.com.

What is the Kimkins diet? Well, I’m not joining, so from the information that I’ve read on other web sites and reviews of the diet, it’s loosely based on the induction phase of the Atkins diet. The induction phase has the dieter eat no more than 20 grams of carbohydrates a day to force the body into ketosis. Last week we talked about the Tony Furguson diet that works in the same manner as Atkins. However the Kimkins diet goes further by being an extremely low calorie diet. The lowest of the different plans would have you eat NO MORE THAN 500 CALORIES A DAY. People who’ve used the Kimkins diet complained of side effects like hair loss, heart palpitations, fainting, and confusion. Some women that have used this diet have even had their menstrual cycle stop. The Kimmer also apparently advocated the use of laxatives to aid in weight loss. The list of bad things that have happened to Kimkins dieters goes on, but there are still those that claim the diet works. If you eat 500 calories a day you will lose weight, but that lifestyle is not sustainable.

Today I visited the site and found a statement about the “Kimkins Controversy” which tries to explain away everything that was said on the video linked to above: Why she has hair loss, why she concealed her identity. At the same time she does come clean that she did NOT lost 198lbs in 11 months, but a new version of the truth is revealed. She now has supposedly lost 100lbs in 6 months, but she gained it all back. That says a lot about the sustainability of the Kimkins diet. You cannot live on 500 calories a day. This is substantially below any BMR, basal metabolic rate of any adult. Your body would be consumed from the inside out trying to keep you alive, and you may in fact fail.

There is no quick fix for weight loss. Any diet that you cannot maintain for the rest of your life, is not the answer. By all means, look for the diet that works best for your lifestyle, but when someone offers you a magic pill for weight loss, don’t walk, run the other way.

Here are some more great links about the Kimkins diet:

Another Diet Scam: Kimkins

Heidi Diaz pays IRS $700 K

The Private Investigator who revealed the REAL Heidi Diaz to the world, reports today that…

 According to Chip Yost, the KTLA news reporter, Heidi Diaz stated in her deposition that she sent a check in the amount of $700,000.00 to the IRS the day before her deposition. I guess she decided to finally update her past tax statements. WOW! That’s gotta hurt.

 Thanks to PI Robert Charlton

Heidi Pays IRS $700,000 !!!

The Dangers of the Kimkins Diet

Laura Dolson from about.com has an excellent post about The Dangers of the Kimkins Diet.  Please do be sure to stop in and check it out.