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

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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.

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October 4, 2007 at 5:52 pm

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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!





Desperate to Silence About.com

14 08 2007

Last week we reported on the publication of the About.com review of the Kimkins diet by Laura Dolson in her article What is the Kimkins Diet? – The Dangers of Kimkins

Shortly after the article was published, Ms. Dolson recieved an email request to remove the article from the site as it was inaccurate and “based on hearsay.”

Is it hearsay and inaccurate to say

“Kimkins is a diet created by a low-carb dieter who goes by the screen name of Kimmer. It is essentially a diet that’s very low in calories, fat, carbs and fiber. The diet is partly based on the original Atkins diet (1972 version), hence its name.”

Is it hearsay and inaccurate to say

“Kimmer” has declined to give her real name. She claims to have lost almost 200 lbs in less than a year and kept it off for five years on her diet. However, there is no independent confirmation of this, and she refuses to meet in person for interviews.”

Is it hearsay and inaccurate to say

“She is neither a healthcare professional nor a nutrition expert. In fact, in interviews, she seems unaware of the possible nutritional implications of her diet and has dodged questions about basic nutrition, such as essential fatty acids.”

If you take the time to read through the About.com article, you’ll find that no statements are made which are inaccurate or simple hearsay.  But, that didn’t stop the Kimkins management from trying to silence Laura Dolson.  Yesterday they decided a new tactic, encourage their membership to email Ms. Dolson in an attempt to sway her opinion about the diet via an article in the Kimkins Diet newsletter, which included,

ABOUT. COM

We just can’t stay out of the spotlight, LOL!  The website About.com posted a review of the Kimkins Diet.  But, the author, Laura Dolson, used remarks from an anti-Kimkins blog as her “review”?

We’ve offered Laura a complimentary membership so she can see us for herself, but she hasn’t accepted our offer.  Hey, why not?  We don’t bite. )

She says there’s no “proof” that Kimkins works and she’d like to hear firsthand from Kimkins members.  If you’re interested in passing along your weight loss or health results, here’s your chance!

Please email Laura directly at lowcarbdiets.guide@about.com and share your candid thoughts!

Such tactics attempt to silence criticism and show desperation.