Is Kristie Alley’s new weight loss plan a Scientology trap?

March 16, 2010

Yup, Kristie Alley has forsaken Jenny Craig and is now promoting a brand new weight loss plan. I’m sure that it must work because Kristie Alley would never promote a weight loss plan that didn’t and she has such a great track record for these sorts of things. Which is obvious since she’s still fat to this very day.

Kristie Alley after "successful" weight loss plan

The very fact that she’s now promoting a new weight loss plan should speak volumes of how successful Jenny Craig was in the long-term and, for that matter, how successful any weight loss plan other than simple calorie restriction (the only scientifically proven method) is in the long-term.

But anyway, as clearly unreliable as Alleys’ weight loss endorsements have already proven (which didn’t stop Oprah from letting Alley use her show to promote), let’s take a look at this “Organic Liaison.”

Anonymous have found links between Organic Liaison LLC and Scientology — the firm’s accountant, Saul B Lipson, is a known Scientologist whose company is approved by the church and based near its headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. Along with utter quacks like Hollywood mystical doctor Soram Khalsa, the board features Michelle Seward, an active Scientologist.

While this is not enough to support Anonymous’ claim that money from Organic Liaison will be channeled directly into the church, it does lend credence to the assertion that the program itself is, to some extent, based on a Scientology plan called the purification rundown. This was prescribed by L. Ron Hubbard himself, but criticized for being at best bullshit that claims to detox through vitamins, minerals, drinking vegetable oil and sitting in saunas, and at worst dangerous.

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Organic Liaison offers to combine an organic food diet with “organic and natural diet supplements that replenish your body with essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients without the pangs of starvation or cravings you may have felt on other diet plans.”

It’s certainly priced like a Scientology scam. Membership costs $10 per month, or $89 for a year, and the package of supplements, called Rescue Me, is a whopping $139 per month. One you’ve ordered the kit, it auto-ships and bills your card again every month until you stop it. The kit contains three supplements, Rescue Me (claimed detox and appetite suppresser), Release Me (claimed relaxant) and Nightingale (claimed sleep aid), featuring many cheaply-available vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs and aids like vitamin C, folic acid, L-Tryptophan, fiber, green tea, calcium and magnesium.

The company also offers other supplements — notably Relieve Me, an anti-constipation supplement that Anonymous claim is related to Cal-Mag, a noxious-sounding dietary liquid developed by Hubbard that contains calcium, magnesium, vinegar and hot water. And that led some of those church members forced to drink it to, um, relieve themselves.

The evidence, while suggestive, is by no means conclusive. What is safe to say is that thousands, millions even, of people will be over-paying for unproven herbal supplements combined with a common-sense diet.

But how could they be jamming us. . .if they don’t know we’re coming? Yeah, I smell trap.

Former high-ranking $cientology explains why high-ranking $cientologists are usually giant fat-asses:


Calorie Restriction: Still the only weight loss plan that works

February 26, 2009

A new study has confirmed that weight loss is linked to calories in versus calories out. This study was put out by The New England Journal of Medicine. I’ve blogged about this issue before. It’s really nothing new, despite the fact that dozens of books come out each year peddling some other silly weight loss plan. None of them have been shown to actually work. But once again, this new study shows that it’s all about the calories.