Tippytoes Salary Negotiation

5 10 2007

With all that happened yesterday and last night, you may have missed that theTRUTH posted private messages between Kimmer (Heidi Diaz) and Tippytoes (Jeannie Baitinger) that detailed the salary negotiation that occured prior to Tippy accepting a paid position on Kimkins.

Read full details here.

We know for a fact that the salary Tippytoes accepted was less than previous paid staff, but Kimmer played it that she was paying Tippy well.





This is Rich: New Ownership for Kimkins

5 10 2007

Who would buy Kimkins?  Maybe the question should be, how much did Kimmer (Heidi Diaz) pay someone to take over?





Oh, There’s More

4 10 2007




Kimkins Affiliate Manager “Vanessa”

4 10 2007

Remember Affiliate Manager “Vanessa”?

Here she is, Elena

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UPDATE

Kimkins “Genevieve” is Viktoria (original from Kimkins being sought)

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UPDATE

Kimkins “Susan” before is Svetlana After is Oksana

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UPDATE

Kimkins “Melissa” is Lucy

All Fake Pictures Identified are HERE

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October 4, 2007 at 8:19 pm

Stiff

Okay, so it’s lame, I know…I knew Susan was a fake even when I signed up because the before picture was in NO way 290 pounds and looked 39402 years older…but I still hoped maybe I was completely wrong and she had tons of plastics done since I’m a college student too and had the same stats nearly.
I was so pathetic to keep hoping, though I kept arguing and telling myself that it was impossible that was teh same person.

October 4, 2007 at 8:23 pm

Stiff

Ooooooooooh and what makes me more mad is Melissa! I knew her after picture looked funky. I thought she was WAY beautiful in the before picture and didn’t get how her after picture was so much better.
Being the same faith as ‘Melissa’ and some of the same sorts of symptoms (PCOS), I knew it was too good to be true.
I think Heidi would sift through forums and see what people were talking about and create stories to cater to their needs to suck in more people!!!

Besides all that, you can always tell when it’s fake because the beginning of the story is some lame-o introduction that sells the product, just like the lame-o ebook!

October 5, 2007 at 6:19 am

ghoov

I’m just cracking up here… “Lucy” is still on the site but it appears as if she’s taken the others down (as far as I could tell). What was making me laugh is that all the people who claimed to lose quite a bit of weight are now replaced with the 20-40 pound losers.

October 5, 2007 at 7:53 pm

Laura

Here’s Genevieve:

http://www.kimkins.com/component/option,com_cxportfolio/task,showdetails/id,11/Itemid,/

Genevieve
Age: 32
Height: 5′ 2″
Starting Weight: 148
Final Weight: 112
Total Loss: 36
How Long: 3 months

36 Pounds Lost & New Life After Divorce!

Hello all! I’m Genevieve.

If you notice my “before” photograph you’ll see a pudgy and depressed woman. That was me. I was comtemplating why my life felt so out of control. I was making bad food choices and using every excuse under the sun to overeat.

I had recently separated from my husband of 9 years. We live in a community property state and the cutoff date to avoid long term alimony payments is 10 years. His reason? He needed a change. He also earned a six figure salary as a sales manager that he wanted to protect. It’s amazing to think that the person you think you know the best turns out to be a total stranger.

During our divorce I found out about secret affairs he had with many women. He had been paying one woman’s rent and car payment! My life felt like it was cycling out of control. Nothing made sense and I was afraid to make any decisions. My sister finally asked me to meet her for lunch (yummm, more food) and sat me down. We had a sister heart to heart and I told her everything. She suggested I do something to take my power back.

Good idea. I began seeing a divorce therapist to help me deal with my growing sense of loss and devastation. After listening to my complaints about gaining weight, she suggested I get serious about finding a diet plan. I had no idea where to look because I had never had an obesity condition. I knew the diversion would be good for me.

After calling the diet plans I saw advertised on TV and the high prices involved I realized that the diets worked by not leaving you enough money for food. I went to Barnes & Noble to look at diet books. As I browsed I saw a diet brochure in a woman’s purse. I hadn’t heard of it and asked what she thought. She raved! Turns out she was a sales affiliate and answered all of my questions. She also showed me her before and after photos. Big difference!

Once I joined I kept in touch with the affiliate (thanks Nikki!) The diet was easy enough to follow, but sometimes I did have questions about whether a food was “legal”. My high school students noticed my weight loss after the first week and gave me extra encouragement!

Now that I’m at goal weight I’ve got a new outlook on life. Being overweight doesn’t stop your life, but it sure slows it down. Thankfully I’ve got the tools I need to maintain my weight and I’m spreading the word to others!





TRUTH Posts More Private Messages

4 10 2007

A few moments ago theTRUTH posted another private message exchange, this time between Kimmer (Heidi Diaz) and Tippytoes (Jeannie Baitinger).  This particular exchange is about success stories and pictures on the Kimkins website.

Read the full post at The TRUTH Starts Here.





Laura Dolson from About.com Banned at Kimkins

4 10 2007

In a post yesterday, Kimmer Continues to Lie, “I am not Heidi”, Kimmer wrote:

The news clip me of the “diet review” done by About.com which also only parrots the anti-Kimmer blogs. No medical review. No impartiality. Hundreds of pro-Kimkins members wrote to Laura Dolson (who was impressed with their intelligence she told me), but didn’t change her review at all.

Laura Dolson, the guide for the Low Carb Diets section at About.com replied within the Kimkins forums today, her reply was removed and she was banned.

Laura Dolson wrote:

I don’t know how long this post will be up (I suspect not for long), but I wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight regarding Kimmer’s comments about my report.

First of all, all content on About.com’s health sites goes through review.

Secondly, prior to about mid-July, I had not paid the slightest bit of attention to the “Kimkins Controversy”, but I started getting emails about whether it was a good plan, so I decided I should find out for myself. I had no investment in it one way or the other. I have given my opinion of the pros and cons of many low carb plans on my Web site. I investigated and gave an honest reporting of the diet, and my opinion about it.

After that, I had long emails with the Kimkins Public Relations Director at that time (Christin) about what were perceived to be inaccuracies in my initial report. They were issues such as whether or not Kimkins is a low fiber diet. Christin said it is not a low fiber diet because it allows foods which have fiber. I countered that since the total carb level (including fiber) is no more than 20 grams, and usually less, the fiber level must be low. That is an example of the type of discussion we had.

I was also given an invitation to visit the Kimkins site, so I was able to look for myself (which is why I am able to post this). During the conversation with Christin and my review of the site, I was only able to find two things that were inaccurate my the initial report. The first is that on some of the Kimkins plans small amounts of dairy products (yogurt and cheese) are allowed. The second is that I stated that a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement is recommended, and on the site I could only find evidence that a multivitamin is recommended. (Somewhat ironic because the Kimkins plan is even lower in minerals than in vitamins.) Since Christin assured me that somewhere on the site Kimmer did recommend a supplement that included minerals, I let that stand without comment in my update, which I wrote about 6 weeks after the initial review.

Since then I have had one email exchange with Kimmer, wherein I once again issued an invitation to correct any inaccuracies in my report. I also extend that invitation to Kimkins members reading this. However, I must say that as time goes on, I have only had further confirmation of my initial review, including a physician on the Kimkins TV news report who described it as a starvation diet.

After my first review, Kimmer asked her members to send me “proof that the diet works” (she said I wanted the emails, which was inaccurate). I did receive over 100 emails from people saying that they had lost weight, but this, of course, is not surprising. When people stop eating (or severely cut calories), they will lose weight, no doubt about it. That is not the point. During my emails with Christin, I told her of my genuine concern for her health. She assured me that she was fine – however, two months later that statement is in serious question, by her own admission. I extend my concern to all of you on the Kimkins program, especially the more severe forms. I ask you whether rapid weight loss is worth endangering your health. Is it worth muscle loss, especially heart muscle? Is it worth bone loss? You may think your health is fine, but so did Christin. How would you know? I urge you to at least take the details of what you are eating to your doctor.

I know the lure of quick weight loss is great, but your health is worth asking a lot of questions.

My very best wishes to all who read this –

Laura Dolson About.com Guide to Low Carb Diets

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October 4, 2007 at 7:37 pm

Laura Dolson from About.com Banned at Kimkins by diet.MEDtrials.info

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October 4, 2007 at 7:53 pm

Laura Dolson

Wow, that news traveled fast!!

October 5, 2007 at 12:22 am

itscloudyinhere

October 4th, 2007 at 7:53 pm
Laura Dolson:

Wow, that news traveled fast!!

I bet you didn’t know that ducks could fly that fast! 🙂

Just wanted to say thank you Laura for doing the investigation on that part and
thanks Ducky for posting it so quick!

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About.com Picks Up KTLA Kimkins Scam Story

4 10 2007

Headlining the Low Carb Diet area of About.com today, KTLA-TV breaks Kimkins “Internet Diet Scam” Story. Laura Dolson previous warned against the Kimkins diet here, and again here.

In her latest article, she writes:

The story of the Kimkins diet scam has reached the world outside the Internet. Part one of a two-part story aired on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles last night and this morning. Part two will air tonight. Happily for us, the video is available for all to see.The story contains footage of Kimmer/Heidi Diaz, who, when questioned, merely said, “no comment”. A former Kimkins dieter was interviewed, as well as the private investigator on the case, who confirmed the identity of Kimmer and Heidi Diaz as being one and the same. A spokesperson for the Better Business Bureau said that Heidi had declined to meet with them because she is “a bit shy”.

Tonight, it sounds as though they will be focusing on the health effects of the Kimkins diet. This is especially important since more people have been coming forward with health problems, including Christin, the ex-public relations person at Kimkins. Last week, this 28 year old woman had to go to the hospital with chest pains. She was found to have a heart rate that kept going under 40. Although it thankfully doesn’t appear that Christin is in immediate danger, slow heart rate can be a result of anorexia, due to the very low calorie diet. This type of diet is similar to the Kimkins variant which Christin was on. Our community here wishes Christin all the best – she is in the thoughts and prayers of many.

It’s important to note that these health problems can often happen weeks or months after the diet is stopped, as in Christin’s case. Morals of the story: 1) Don’t risk your health with extreme diets. 2) Be careful to check out health claims carefully before participating in any unfamiliar health regimen.

Find more Important Links at About.com

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October 4, 2007 at 5:47 pm

About.com Picks Up KTLA Kimkins Scam Story by diet.MEDtrials.info

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October 4, 2007 at 5:52 pm

xXx

Not a comment on about.com but another question. Over “there” someone asked about the people mag. with cartbabe. Kimmer said:

The woman on the cover is a Kimkins member and emailed me to let me know she mentioned kimkins in the article.

Is that true?

October 4, 2007 at 6:45 pm

Laura Dolson

Thanks for the link – I’ve updated the story to include Part 2 of the broadcast as well as links to your reporting of the “Russian Bride” photos.

October 4, 2007 at 6:48 pm

Laura Dolson

P.S. Where are you that it is 6:45 PM? On an island in the Atlantic? Oh, I get it – somewhere only ducks can go!!

October 4, 2007 at 6:57 pm

mac

Laura,

Saw your post. It was great. Sorry, but it didn’t last long.

October 4, 2007 at 7:38 pm

theTRUTH

Hey Jimmy, any chance you could get me that phone number….?

October 4, 2007 at 7:49 pm

Laura Dolson

Thanks – I know, about 10 minutes. Nice that someone saw it! I figured I’d give it a try. I expected to be banned long before, and now, needless to say, I officially am!