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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Dr. Oz and Nutritional Supplements (HBO)

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I love this.

I love you John Oliver.  Watch.  WATCH!

For squee

"Dr. Oz is just a symptom of the problem."  Yep.  And yet YOU keep BUYING THE SHIT.


Wait, WHAT?

I know I spend way too much time in malls with four kids and two teens, but, uh, no...

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And the sad thing is, half the kids in the middle and high schools already wear pants that appear painted on.  

Thankfully, hopefully? It's a joke, American Eagle Outfitters played us and you fell for it.  :x  You (or your kids) actually tried to buy them.

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Although, wicked smaht way to get people on a mailing list.

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Oh. Yes. She. Did.

Hold the Press Releases, Suz!  

How do you go from not paying your taxes, failure to ship orders since 2011, closing your store, foreclosure, shutting down all communication to... THIS?

Continue reading "Oh. Yes. She. Did." »

ABC 20/20 Losing It: The Big Fat Trap - Full Episode - The Greatest Scams Goin'!

Pamela R Davis Bariatric Program Director of the Centennial Center for the Treatment of Obesity writes 

    "I am completely disappointed, irritated and flat out disgusted at the so called "journalism" that went into this ABC 20/20 episode. They completely and totally missed the opportunity to focus on legitimate, successful medically [and surgically] appropriate treatment for obesity and severe obesity. Instead I felt like I was watching a rogue episode of Entertainment Tonight.

    When I first heard they were pulling the segment with Dr. Robin Blackstone and Melting Mama, I thought it was so they could dedicate an entire episode to bariatric and metabolic surgery and how it is a life saving treatment for so many. Instead we got a 60 minute long sensationalistic expose on practices those of us who are healthcare professionals working diligently to help those with obesity and severe obesity would never support!

    Not good ABC, not good-shame on you."

Thank-you Pamela, you echo my feelings that I was not able to accurately share last night, and surely not before I saw the episode.

I watched it, I did.

This is what I got out of it... and I am full of the snark right now.  (I just started a new anti-seizure medication with a big fat black box warning, so hey!)

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I learned a few things from the 20/20 episode!  

  • It's important to have cute boobs.  NUMBER ONE.
  • And Charles Barkley's Vegabuls! 
  • If you want to make some fast cash, get famous, really really famous?  Gain weight on purpose to get sponsored by a diet or supplement company.  Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money
  • This works better if you are Jessica Simpson and have a beautiful frame to start with, because selling diet plans is about selling the IDEA THAT A DESPERATE DIETER MIGHT BE ABLE TO LOOK LIKE JESSICA SIMPSON *WILL LOOK LIKE IN ABOUT 9-12 MONTHS FROM THIS PHOTO-

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And, when you are finished messing around with all of these weight loss methods and you are more desperate than you've ever been AND morbidly obese?

Come talk to me, talk to all of us, because then?  

...You will have a safe and effective weight loss procedure with a Reputable Bariatric Surgeon.

Don't say I didn't tell you so.

Beachbody Shakeology - Part 1

Picture 66I have to talk about it.  I have been approached SIX DIFFERENT TIMES this week about "Shakeology."

On my Facebook page, on Obesity Help, in replies to comments and personal message, and on my blog.  What is up with this surge?  I have not seen this product on TV or advertised online?  (Then again, I don't watch much TV, but I am an avid consumer of all things health-related online.)

It started with an email:

 "Hey check this out, what do you think about the nutrition of this drink?"  

Um, okay?  That was my reaction.  I really did think, well, okay?   Updated - the woman who sent me the link, told me later that she thought I might consider selling the product.

My first impression: It looked like a lower-protein drink with too many carbs for a WLS post op, and a BOAT load of ingredients that you don't normally see in a "meal replacement shake."  

Some of them, intrigued me, I could use a ACAI berry right upside my head right about now.  Perfectly honest reaction - I thought nothing of it!  I did not look further, at the price, or where it came from, mostly because the carbs were higher than I'd particularly choose for this blog --


 And, "Look at my results!"  

Also, the Jaime Lee Curtis reaction is entirely too prevalent online -

"I am pooping for the first time in my life."

I tried to research Shakeology, or at least made a valiant effort!  

Do you know how hard it is to find information about this product?  

There are very few reviews from folks are not actively promoting the product and selling it. Beachbody coaches make $29.75 on each bag of Shakeology sold to the customer.  Super, but I am looking for consumer reviews -- I can't find any from ANYONE who IS NOT CURRENTLY SELLING THE PRODUCT or LOOKING TO GET PERSONS IN THEIR DOWNLINE.

What is Shakeology?  It's a Very Expensive Meal Replacement Shake. 

I don't have anything to say about the product in a review capacity because I haven't tried it.

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One shake a day, for thirty days = $119.00.   =:o

I suppose if I were using the product and magically losing weight and feeling amazing I would share with you "HOW IT CHANGED MY LIIIIIIIIFE!!!" too, but... I am not sure you'd ever believe me if I joined a MLM.  (I have.  Hi Shaklee Lady!  I lasted, a month.  I also made zero money.  Not motivating.)  

Anyone out there TRY Shakeology and not selling it?  Please let me know!  


 UPDATE - I got samples, and signed up to sell it.  *down goes the first shake!*

Be Still Mah Beatin' Heart!

Oh, lovely.  I'm glad my husband signed on to this message left for me.  Oh, swoon.  :::rolling my eyes:::  I love the "possibly cute" part.  If you were truly trying to win someone over, would you say  "John Doe, I think you're possibly cute."  Gack.

"So, i guess it's time for me to start using this account. I can resist it no longer! I wandered into your page and well, I liked what I saw.. :p So, my name is Chandler. I think we should probably be friends, cause you seem pretty nice, and possibly cute! (it's so hard to tell in this digital world :) anyway, i'd go on and on, but I want to get an answer from you.. You should check out my other "space" on this other site, I'm usually on over there: (my username is roman_blake). Then maybe we could chat sometime! you know what they say.. appearance catches the eyes, but personality catches the heart.. haha.. talk to you soon, Chandler"

Oh Mah Gawd, I'm Saved!

I don't have to go back to work, I'm rich!  Hooray!


Dear Friend,

I am the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department
of BANK OF AFrica(B.O.A) here in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In my department
we discovered an abandoned sum of US$25m dollars (Twenty five Million US
dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer (MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER from Munich, Germany) who died along with
his entire family in Jully 2000 in a plane crash.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next
of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless
some body applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidlings and laws but unfortunately we learntthat all his
supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the plane crash
leavingnobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery
that I now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the
money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and
subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we
don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.

The banking law and guidline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed after seven years, the money will be transfered into the bank
treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this
business is occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and
a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.

I agree that 30% of this money will be for you as a respect to the provision
of a foriegn account , 10% will be set aside for expenses incurred during
the business and 60% would be for me Thereafter, I will visit your country
for disbursement according to the percentage indicated Therefore, to enable
the immediate transfer of this fund to you arranged,you must apply first
t the bank as relation or next of kin of the deceased indicating your bank
name, your bank account number, your private telephone and fax number for
easy and effective communication and location where in the money will be

Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text
of the application . I will not fail to bring to your notice this
transactionis hitch-free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all
required arrangements have been made for the transfer. You should contact
me immediately as soon as you receive this letter.

Trusting to hear from you immediately.
Yours Faithfully,