Archive for the 'Scams' Category

Twitter is a Dangerous Place for Scammy Diet Gurus

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

I had never heard of Gillian McKeith until this morning. She is a Scottish TV star - here is a quote from her own website:

Gillian McKeith is the internationally acclaimed Holistic Nutritionist and presenter of You Are What You Eat hit Channel 4 series that took the nation by storm

She is a little bit extra famous, at least for today, because she had a weird hissy fit on Twitter.

There is no evidence of the debacle on her twitter account except for an easily refutable tweet implicitly denying that it is her twitter account. There is, of course, ample screen caps and links to cached pages.

Here is what happened in chronological order:

As an aside to the drama, the school that granted Gillian a “PhD” is now closed and is the subject of a page on Quackwatch.

Check out the Guardian for more…

Deja Vu: Britain’s Got Talented Weightloss Scammers

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

I just saw this on the Daily Mail website…

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Almost everything about Jackie Cox mirrors the Kimkins Controversy.

  • 500 calorie diet -check.
  • Weightloss guru who is discovered to be obese -check.
  • Dieters reporting hair loss and other health side effects -check.

There is one very important difference. As far as I know, Jackie Cox has never posted fake pictures of herself or fabricated facts about her own successful long term weight loss. The other difference may be a direct result of that difference. Her diet empire, LighterLife, continues to thrive and Jackie lives the good life in the Bahamas (a popular tax haven with the Brits).

Google Lies To Children

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Google has fallen in with a nefarious cartel comprised of several national postal services, countless shopping malls and, last but not least, NORAD. It’s quite a paradox when you can choose to find hard facts proving that Santa Claus is a myth on Google Search OR you can follow His movements on Christmas eve using Google Earth.

Which is it Google? Is there a magical toy factory at the North Pole or not? If there is, can you explain why most of the crappy plastic toys that people get their kids are made in China?

Interesting links found using Google: