Sunday, June 28, 2009

Kimkins Class Action Lawsuit

Proposed Notice of Pendency of Class Action

This is NOT an official notice. This notice is proposed to the court by plaintiffs’ counsel June 26, 2009. If you choose to duplicate this notice on any blog or website, this notice MUST be included.


Saturday, March 28, 2009


What a wonderful way to start a Saturday morning! We've got great news from John Tiedt and Scott Clarkson today!

The US Bankruptcy Court has DISMISSED the Diaz Case!

A tremendous THANK YOU to both John Tiedt and Scott Clarkson for their determination and perseverence in pursuing this case.

The Bankruptcy was just an obstacle with which Ms. Diaz attempted to slow down the wheels of justice. The obstacle has been removed and the wheels will continue moving. It's not over just yet. There is still much more to be done. Stay tuned. We'll keep you posted of the progress, as we can.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Help NAAFA change Nevada laws on weight discrimination

For forty years, NAAFA members have been writing letters to legislators working to improve the lives of people of size. Since those humble beginnings we have seen one state (Michigan) and a handful of cities change their anti-discrimination laws to include height and weight or physical appearance.

The most recent was just last year when Binghamton, NY changed their laws to protect people of size. They modeled their anti-discrimination laws after the laws in San Francisco. This is a proud day for those of you involved in that work in San Francisco. We never know the far-reaching effect our work will have!

It is to this end that members of NAAFA in Nevada have been working to see that their laws are changed as well. A bill has been drafted and is now awaiting review by the Commerce and Labor Committee before it can be passed along and voted into law. AB 166 modernizes Nevada's anti-discrimination laws and would help to eliminate discrimination based on physical appearance which is defined to include weight and height. The latest word from my assemblyman is that the committee chairman does not want to give this bill a hearing.

We're asking NAAFA members to step up to the plate and start writing letters again. Whether you are a Nevada resident or a visitor to Nevada, we need your help to insure that this bill will be passed into law. For residents, it would affect hiring processes, employment, housing and public accommodations. Why would you as a non-resident have any impact at all in this situation? The economy of the state of Nevada is heavily reliant on tourism. We need visitors in order to survive. As a visitor to Nevada, this change would affect "public accommodation."

What "public accommodation" includes for you as a visitor to Nevada is hotel stays, restaurants, theaters, clubs, etc. This law is about how you are treated while you are here. This change to our laws would mean that you could not be discriminated against because of your weight, height or a physical characteristic beyond your control. This is why this change is important to you and why we need your help!

Please write to the following committee members and tell them that it is VERY important that this bill become law:,,,,,,,,,,,,,

PLEASE take a few moments of your time and write today. It doesn't have to be anything elaborate, simply tell them in your own words that you support the passage of AB 166. We REALLY need you to act on this. Change only comes in society when we make it happen! Speak out today and take a stand for your rights. It's for your future and for the future of those you love. We need all of you to write in support of AB 166. People come in all sizes and it's time to support one another!

Monday, February 23, 2009

NEDAwareness Week 2009: February 22-28

2009 NEDAwareness Week Theme:
...until eating disorders are history

The mission of NEDAwareness Week

Our aim of NEDAwareness Week is to ultimately prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses — not choices — and it’s important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder.

NEDAwareness Week reaches millions with messages of hope and recovery.

What started with professionals in the field who are now known as Founders of NEDA in 1987 has become a passionate movement known as NEDAwareness Week . The largest eating disorders outreach effort in the country is held the last week in every February and has helped reach millions of people with messages of prevention, hope and recovery.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Medicare's idiocy


Vitamin D Council Newsletter

Friday the 13th, February, 2009.


On Friday, February 6, 2009, Medicare announced its intention to stop paying for vitamin D blood tests in many Medicare districts. If this rule passes, the change will quickly extend to all Medicare districts. Private insurers will then follow suit, denying payment for vitamin D blood tests, even for the diagnoses of vitamin D deficiency. Medicare proposes to pay for vitamin D blood tests for only few limited indications, such as rickets, osteomalacia and chronic renal failure.

Draft LCD for Vitamin D Assay Testing (DL29510).

This rule change flies in the face of an enormous amount of research, some of it published in the last few months. For example, several weeks ago, the British Journal of Cancer reported that in men with prostate cancer, those with highest vitamin D blood levels were 7 (seven) times more likely to survive than were men with the lowest levels (RR 0.16). If any media stories appeared about this amazing discovery, I am unable to locate them.

Association between serum 25(OH)D and death from prostate cancer

Apparently, Medicare's reasoning is not understood in England. A week ago, researchers at Oxford discovered the long-sort genetic link vitamin D has with multiple sclerosis. According to Medicare's new rules, if you have MS, or don't want your unborn baby to develop it, or have a family history of MS, or just don't want to get MS, you will have to pay for the blood test to decide how much vitamin D you should take to optimize your 25-hydroxy-vitamin D level.

MS link to vitamin D deficiency hailed by politicians as giant leap forward

If you are pregnant, and want to reduce your risk of caesarian section by four-fold, you will have to anti up.

Low vitamin D may increase chance of a caesarean delivery

Patients with diagnosed colon cancer are 48% less likely to die if their vitamin D levels are high. If you have this dreaded cancer, how do you know if your levels are high?

Vitamin D May Promote Colon Cancer Survival

If you fear getting demented, pay up. Recent research indicates people with impaired cognition are twice as likely to have vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D is mental health aid

If you have Parkinson's disease, or don't want to get it, get our your wallet.

Study finds link between low vitamin D and Parkinson's disease

Even the American Academy of Pediatrics recently stated,

"Given the growing evidence that adequate maternal vitamin D status is essential during pregnancy, not only for maternal well-being but also for fetal development, health care professionals who provide obstetric care should consider assessing maternal vitamin D status by measuring the 25-hydroxy-vitamin D concentrations of pregnant women."

Prevention of rickets and vitamin D deficiency in infants, children, and adolescents.

That is, the American Academy of Pediatrics now suggests vitamin D blood levels be measured in all pregnant women. Expectant mothers, concerned about their baby's "fetal development," will soon have to pay for the only test that will do what the American Academy of Pediatrics now advises, tell them if their unborn baby is vitamin D deficient.

I could go on and on. Now is the time the Vitamin D Council needs your help. I want you to do two things:

1) Email the person taking comments, Medicare's Ms. Gina Oliveri, at, and tell her your feelings about this proposed rule change. Include your reason why this test is crucial for the health of Americans.

2) Send an email to your Congressperson and ask them to investigate Medicare's "Draft LCD for Vitamin D Assay Testing (DL29510)." Tell your representative not to let this happen. Simply click on the link below, fill in your state and zip code, go to your Congressperson's website, and then click on "contact."

Write Your Representative

Of course, this rule change will help the finances of the Vitamin D Council, as it will increase sales of ZRT's in-home Vitamin D test, which generates ten bucks per test to us. However, this rule change will end up killing Americans. We cannot let it happen.

I can't stress enough how important this is for the public health of the United States. On February 21st, in just nine days, Medicare will not allow any further input by citizens, so email both and your Congressperson right now.

John Cannell, MD
The Vitamin D Council
9100 San Gregorio Road
Atascadero, CA 93422

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Weight Bias

The Rudd Center has created an online course to help medical professionals reduce weight-bias stigma. They recently came out with a series of YouTube videos about the same subject. For this, I applaud them. Check them out below. One is weight bias at home and school. The other is weight bias at the doctors. I'm sure plenty of y'all have experienced weight bias at one time or another. It's just another form of discrimination in my book.

From the Rudd Center website:

To increase public awareness about weight bias, the Rudd Center has released two new videos demonstrating the nature and extent of weight bias at home, in school and even at the doctor's office. The videos are hosted by former supermodel and activist Emme and feature Rudd Center experts including Rebecca Puhl, PhD, Director of Research & Weight Stigma Initiatives. Each video uses both expert commentary and dramatic representation to address the obstacles obese individuals face with weight bias in American society. The videos also present strategies to help combat this rapidly growing problem.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Women’s Self Empowerment Week

This week is Women’s Self Empowerment Week. What better way to start the year. This is a time for women to reflect on and feel good about their accomplishments, role in society, as well as establish new goals for the future. Too many of us have fallen into the habit of depending on others for what we think, what we do, and who we are.

Check out the following links to help you on your journey to self empowerment:

Whose Life Are You Living? Why You May Be Living Someone Else’s Life and How You Can Take Back What’s Yours

I am More than My Appearance

Overcome Fear to Reach Your Full Potential

Cutting Cords to Toxic Relationships

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Anti Resolutions

So another year is over and another has begun......

This is usually the time when folks make resolutions for the new year. Why?? Why choose self hatred as a way to start off a new day. Resolutions have always centered around choosing things you hate about yourself and setting unattainable goals to "fix" yourself. Why not make a goal to love and accept yourself instead. How about a goal to treat yourself well this year.

Here's a series of posts to get you started:

No Resolutions, Get Smart, Less is More, Baby Steps, Tom Petty Wisdom

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Kimkins Wins the Slim Chance Award

The Worst Diet Promotions of 2008 snag 20th Annual Slim Chance Awards

HETTINGER, ND – Healthy Weight Network released its 20th annual Slim Chance Awards today, highlighting both the hidden dangers of diets and supplements that often contain unknown ingredients and sometimes potent drugs, and the merely ridiculous.

To call 2008 a typical year in the weight loss field would be too easy. This year’s awards go to an infamous huckster of diet infomercials, known for his outrageous disregard of injunctions against him; $139 body-shaping jeans impregnated with substances that supposedly reduce cellulite; a pill that’s “proven” to make your belly fat vanish; and a dangerous starvation diet launched recklessly on the Internet with false promises of safe, fast and permanent weight loss.

All in all, a typical year that synthesizes all that is deceptive and exploitative in this field. So, here they are, the 20th annual Slim Chance Awards (only “Worst Product” is shown here):

WORST PRODUCT: Kimkins diet. It must have seemed an easy way to get rich quick. Founder Heidi “Kimmer” Diaz set up a website and charged members a fee to access the Kimkins diet, boasting they could lose up to 5 percent of their body weight in 10 days. “Better than gastric bypass,” there was “no faster diet,” and in fact she herself had lost 198# in 11 months. Stunning “after” photos were displayed. In June 2007 Women’s World ran it as a cover story, and that month alone PayPal records show the Kimkins site took in over $1.2 million. Then users began complaining of chest pains, hair loss, heart palpitations, irritability and menstrual irregularities. This was not surprising since Kimkins is essentially a starvation diet, down to 500 calories per day and deficient in many nutrients (shockingly, laxatives are advised to replace the missing fiber). In a lawsuit, 11 former members are uncovering a vast record of Diez’s alleged fraud. They found that the stunning “after” photos, including one of Kimmer herself, had been lifted from a Russian mail order bride site. According to a deposition reported by Los Angeles TV station KTLA, Diaz admitted using fake pictures, fake stories and fake IDs, and a judge has allowed the litigants to freeze some of her assets.

For a full list, go to Quackery and Fraud

Saturday, December 6, 2008

There’s nothing wrong with your face


lately i’ve been glaring into mirrors
picking myself apart
you’d think at my age i’d have thought
of something better to do
than making insecurity into a full-time job
making insecurity into art
and i fear my life will be over
and i will have never lived unfettered
always glaring into mirrors
mad i don’t look better

but now here is this tiny baby
and they say she looks just like me
and she is smiling at me
with that present infant glee
and yes i will defend
to the ends of the earth
her perfect right to be

so i’m beginning to see some problems
with the ongoing work of my mind
and i’ve got myself a new mantra
it says: “don’t forget to have a good time”
don’t let the sellers of stuff power enough
to rob you of your grace
love is all over the place

there’s nothing wrong with your face
love is all over the place
there’s nothing wrong with your face

lately i’ve been glaring into mirrors
picking myself apart

h/t to Kate Harding

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Magic'sMom an anti KK blogger has thrown down the gauntlet. Having been named as one of the Defendants in the SLAPP suit Heidi filed, Mags has sent a call out to all the Anti-KK activists.


I am answering that call.

How about you??

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day

One vote, One voice

Won't you join me today in making history. Make your voice heard.


Your country needs you now.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

In other words....

Words can be awfully powerful. As women how many of us have been on the receiving end of some really negative words. Most of these come from our own mouths. See if any of this sounds familiar.

I'm such a cow.

I feel fat today.

My arms look like hams.

My thighs look like cottage cheese.

I'm ugly.

I have no self control.

I'm worthless.

Well you get the picture, right? We all have days when we just do not feel our best. Goddess knows why we have to jump down on our looks when we don't, but we do. We spout off to anyone who is listening, I feel (insert self putdown here). Then everyone tells you oh no you're not_____.

Here are a few words I found in a comment on a blog post somewhere. It's not the exact comment, I'm paraphrasing to fit more people. See if you can try to use them instead. We have enough people in this world putting us down. (women I mean) We don't need to do it to ourselves. Now repeat this on those days when you just aren't feeling up to snuff.

“I’m having a bad body image day; I’m feeling like I shouldn’t be happy with who I am. Can you, as my friends, help me get back on track?”