Hello… Survivors?

January 16, 2008

You have suffered due to a VLCD.

You have blacked out, lost your way, lost your health.

Now is the time to help others to be free. You have that power. It is in your hands.

If you have documented proof of medical care due to Kimkins-related diet side effects, and can spend just a small amount of time talking with an interviewer,

wouldn’t it be worth the being shy… or having left that period of time behind you?

Now is not the time to step back. Now is the time to put your foot forward, if only for a few minutes.

You could be saving your daughter, your mother, your friend from being a victim of a very low calorie diet.

Please.

For them.

If you have suffered any of the following doctor verified medical conditions:

• Dizziness
• Nausea
• Muscle fatigue or weakness
• Heartbeat palpitations
• Moderate to severe hair loss
• Bone and joint pain
• Mental changes – irritability, forgetfulness, confusion
• Bowel complications/symptoms of laxative abuse

as a result of your experience with the Kimkins Diet, and would like this exciting opportunity to share your experiences with the public, please contact KimkinsonABC@gmail.com within the next 48 hours.

No travel will be required, an ABC crew will come to you to discuss your experience.

If you know of anyone who fits the above-mentioned medical criteria, please share this contact information with them for this important opportunity.

Now is the time, sisters.

Now is the time.

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Important lawsuit information

November 13, 2007

In light of Kimmer’s recent admission that she is Heidi Diaz on the Kimkins website, I felt it would be a good time to reiterate that which I have said for a long time.Join the lawsuit.

The more numbers behind us, the stronger we are. We are still in need of class reps and every voice against this fraud counts.

Heidi has offered a refund to people who follow certain procedures on her website for the next three days.

Reject that offer.

It is time for Heidi to stand up in a court of law and for the honest truth to come out.

If you have requested a refund, when you receive it, send it back and join the lawsuit.Heidi will only truly come to justice in a court of law.

To join, simply send your name, address, day and evening phone number, approximate join date and amount paid to Kimkins.com to kimkinslawsuit@yahoo.com.

from Kimkinlawsuit’s weblog

Jeanessa

October 3, 2007

My first low carb diet was in 1998.  I was 19 years old, 193 pounds and determined to lose some weight!  A co-worker was doing Atkins and dropped 15 pounds in two weeks with very little effort.  I wanted to be like her.

So, I bought the Atkins book, read it from cover to cover and started low-carbing.  I lost about 25 pounds the first 3 weeks.   I went off the diet and sustained my loss for about six months before I quit and gained it all back plus some over the next nine years.

I gave thought to dieting again from time to time, joined Low Carb Friends (LCF) in 2004 and ALF around then.  I joined other sites as well, posted and tried to get going, but mostly lurked.  It was at LCF that I saw Kimmer’s posts.

She wrote very eloquently and seemed to show a lot of knowledge about low-carbing and dieting in general.  And she had lost a TON of weight: 198 pounds.  I thought her story was one of the great low carb successes that you read about and that was that.

I took a break from lurking for awhile and when I came back, Kimmer was in full force at LCF.  I found out about Kimkins when I saw a poster on LCF with the word Kimkins in the WOE portion of their profile.  Well, I looked up Kimkins and read all I could.  I read many of Kimmer’s posts and sucked up everything she had to say like a sponge.  But the diet looked pretty strict and I was of the opinion at that time that I needed something I could really and truly sustain for life, so I decided not to try it.

Several months later, a very close aunt of mine had a massive stroke at the age of 53 that left her in a wheelchair and partially paralyzed.  Within a few months of that, my moma had breathing problems and I rushed her to the ER.  I sat with her in triage for four hours and on February 23, 2007, she was diagnosed with lung cancer and given months to live.

I cried myself sick for days, but I got up.  I put a smile on my face and became an even better daughter to my mother.  I also looked myself in the eye and said, “Jeanessa, its time to do something about your weight.”

I decided to visit some of my infrequent haunts.  When I went to LCF, I saw that Kimkins had its own section and when I went there and lurked, someone said that Kimmer had started her own site called Kimkins and when I visited Jimmy Moore’s blog, he had some Kimkins success stories listed and a link.

On March 20, 2007, I signed up.

I spent several days reading posts and figuring out what would work for me to eat on the diet plan.  I saw people’s pictures and got excited!  People were really losing weight, so it had to be awesome.  Then, I read some people’s fitday journals and I paused. When I first saw 300 and 500 calorie day entries, I thought that maybe people just weren’t inputting all of their daily intake into fitday. Then, I saw 300 calories, 500 calories for whole months at a time! 

But…it was working and Kimmer seemed so adamant about it being safe and sustainable.  So many others had success.  I rifled through all of the success stories for inspiration and decided to get started.

I boiled up a batch of eggs and grilled chicken breasts and cut them into strips on my George Foreman.  I bought cans of tuna in water and Bumblebee chicken.  I bought iceberg lettuce and Wishbone Spritzer salad dressing.  I bought a case of Diet Rite soda.  I was ready to get started.

By noon of day two, I was so dizzy that I couldn’t stand.  My hands were shaking.  I felt like I was going to puke every time I so much as smelled a food-like substance.  I posted on Kimkins about SNATT and asked how long it took to get over SNATT and received a few encouraging responses.

I forged ahead.  It would be worth it to lose the weight.  By the time I got home, all I could do was park the car and sit there.  It took me a few minutes to make it into the house and when I did my husband took one look at me and said, “Nope, you’re not doing this diet.  Eat something now.  You can find another one to do.”

So, ended my foray into Kimkins.

I started to look around Kimkins with new eyes, ones that were no longer desperate for weight loss.  The calories and the benefits just didn’t add up.  There was no place to dissent on the Kimkins.com site and the few posts I read on LCF were immediately denounced.  I went to Jimmy’s blog.  He seemed like a nice reasonable guy and I trusted his advice.  So, I posted a comment on one of his Kimkins posts, asking how 500 calories could be healthy.

Jimmy told me that Kimkins did not advocate 500 calories.  And then Kimmer chimed in and asked me if I was afraid of Starvation Mode.  She referred me to an article she had written on Starvation Mode, describing how it did not exist.  She went on to say that I could wake up with diabetes one day and that would be irreversible.  No one else voiced anything in support of my question.  I felt well and truly silenced.

A while later, I read a blog, A Pinch Of, and she questioned Kimkins!  It rang so true for me and I posted there, thanking her for voicing a concern that I had.  How could 500 calories, low carb, unsupervised be this miracle diet that everyone was so excited about?

Within a few weeks, the Why the Fascination Thread became prominent and so many of us got the opportunity to come together and voice our concerns and see that we really did have the same questions and that something just wasn’t right.

Kimkins Survivors opened and my heart bled for those women who had been “tough enough” to sustain the diet.  I was so glad that I felt so awful those first few days and that my husband had voiced his concerns.

Then, Slamboard posted the pictures of Heidi K. Diaz, Kimmer, who I had always known to be Heidi from her LCF days.  And I posted in support of KimPossible after seeing her attacked for asking questions on the Kimkins website.  I was immediately banned without any warning or notice.  My request for a refund was denied.

It occured to me then, that Heidi had no intention of fessing up, of acknowledging the affect of her diet or addressing the allegations of fraud.

What a way to do business!  It became clear to me that she wasn’t going to address our concerns and neither was she going to stop without some outside assistance.  So, I contacted John.

Every one of our voices counts and is necessary.  We are not a means to an end, expendable or easily silenced.  Please join me in the fight to stop others from being scammed.

from Kimkinslawsuit’s Weblog

Kat

September 25, 2007

My Kimkins Journey:

 

I saw the Woman’s World article in June and joined immediately (about, June 4, 2007). I was not new to Low Carbing (had done it many, many years before) and this looked to me (from the article) like Atkins but less fat, etc. I was planning on starting Atkins the following week anyway.

I immediately hooked up with about 15 other women who had started at the same time. We started a thread called the June Bugs and checked in each day with each other and started to get to know one another.

Most of us did pretty well on the K/E diet version. Some had some problems with not feeling real well, etc. but we all basically ignored our symptoms as we were told it is all part of the SNATT (Simply Nauseous All the Time) and we would get into Ketosis quicker and lose weight quicker. 

Everyone was happy with pretty fast weight loss the first couple of weeks. I don’t know who was “tweaking” and who was not. (If any) 

About 3 weeks into the diet (June 25, 2007) someone asked about the pictures of Kimmer, and me being the big mouth that I am, I posted a thread with both pictures side-by-side and asked “Are These Both Kimmer?” It was a very innocent question as all of us women were wondering as they didn’t look the same person and we wanted to know what the person looked like we were following.

Well, I started to receive several posts about my asking this question and how “mean” of me to post it on a public web thread, etc., etc., etc. I even had Admin’s and Kimmer respond to it. I posted back that it was an innocent question. Kimmer told me there were other places I could go if I wanted to cause trouble asking this question for the 10,0000th time (or whatever). I told Kimmer if it caused so many problems she could delete the thread. Kimmer refused to answer my question and to remove the thread. (NOTE: The thread has since been removed.) One person did stand up for me and state that she did not think the question was asked to be mean.

Immediately, I and the other ladies started posting about the conflict on our new thread named Jewels (June 25-28, 2007). We just couldn’t understand the controversy. We also asked the girl who supported us to join our group.

A few Personal Messages were sent back a forth between myself and our elected “team captain” for the thread. Apparently, Kimmer read our PMs.

Not knowing at the time how Kimmer “knew” anything we said, Kimmer sent myself and the team captain a not so nice PM telling us she “moved” our thread, wasn’t happy with what we were saying in our thread and to stop and get back to losing weight. Through this correspondence, we realized that Kimmer had read our PMs to each other as she stated things we only said in them.

Realizing that this was not an “open forum” and nothing was “private”, we immediately decided to exchange e-mail address and we communicated that way. We soon found another site where we all could go and communicate and not be threatened and not have to worry about asking “innocent” questions in the quest of our losing weight and supporting each other. Up until this time, we all had been very supportive on the Kimkin’s site and always tried to help the Newbie’s.

After moving to our new site, several of us still went to the KK site but posted very little. I changed my logon also from “katinsac” to “tinklc”. I stayed in some challenge groups as they were a help to me to continue losing. However, as a couple of our girls started having some problems, we realized real soon how unsafe this Way of Eating really was. One of the ladies was sick for two weeks, several gained a lot of weight by just eating off plan for one meal and it took a week or two to loose that weight. We all moved on to different types of diets for each of us. During this time we discovered Low Carb Friends and saw all the controversy and “why” this was a bad way to eat. This explained some of the problems some of the girls were having. Some of us went back to KK and started to delete our posts which had personal information in them, etc.

After reading Becky’s Blog (littlebit), I then realized that it was Becky who had “mentioned” to Kimmer about our thread, etc. I/I do not blame Becky as she was always nice and helpful to all. I didn’t see Becky give out a lot of “bad” advice but I did see Kimmer doing it and others who “learned the Kimmer way” give out advice they had seen her give.

My own problems with the KK plan was…I found myself eating between 100 and 300 cals a day due to the “don’t eat if not hungry” advice. It was nice not being hungry and the weight did come off pretty fast, however, I did tweek the K/E plan a little with bacon and spam. It was difficult when I stopped and tried to “up” my calories again too. To this day I still feel “weird” eating more. I also have noticed I am loosing more hair than usual when I brush my hair. I followed that plan for two months and now see why my hair is thinning.

To this day I have not been banned (yet) (9/11/2007). I thought for sure I’d get banned responding to Becky’s blog but haven’t. But, I’ve heard Kimmer has been trying to “clean up her act” also. The other reason may be that I changed my name right after our incident and maybe she hasn’t found me yet. I also don’t post often other than the weight loss challenge, just read what is going on.

As of 9/18/2007 I AM BANNED! I had made a comment on the “Kimmer Chatter” thread, where I “thought” we could say things about the controversy, but I guess not. My comment was deleted. I went back and asked why as it was not a “bad” comment and a new Admin chewed myself and another person out. She basically said if we didn’t like it there we could leave. Well, we both have been banned.

I do feel that this way of eating is unhealthy. I do feel that Kimmer took advantage of everyone just for the money. I do feel that Kimmer is a fraud. I know that Kimmer DID NOT loose the weight she claims to have. I do know that the pictures of Kimmer and most of the Before and After’s are not real. Need I go on? I feel this women’s site needs to be shut down to protect the innocent and this women needs to be accountable for what she has done. It is too bad that the information will always be able to be found by some unsuspecting person and I’m afraid of the harm. I’m sure someone has already been harmed but the problem with the Internet is….we will never know…they will just disappear.

from Kimkins Lawsuit Weblog

Kimkins Lawsuit Weblog

September 19, 2007

A blog has been put together to answer questions some have had regarding whether or not there is efficacy in joining the suit.

 There most definitely is.

 You can find it here.

Please Read

September 14, 2007

Free Kimkins Lawsuit Info

In order to participate in the lawsuit you must be:

1.) A current or former paid member of Kimkins.com, who was
a.) A victim of consumer fraud or
b.) A victim of health-related effects of the diet or
c.) A victim of banning

 2.) This lawsuit is free, the lawyer is taking this case on contingency, which means that he will receive money only if the case is won and that money will come out of any damages awarded.

3.) You will need to provide current legal contact information for yourself and be willing to provide a deposition (your story) to the attorney’s office via e-mail or over the phone.

 4.) It would be helpful if you had proof of your payment to Kimkins.com (a PayPal history, check receipt, bank statement, etc.)

If you would like more information, please write kimkinslawsuit@yahoo.com