Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My Final Warning

I guess providing data about coconut oil was too over-the-top.  Here's a nice bitchy folksy letter from a "coach" on a weight loss website.  This message is a bit more stern than the last one. Before, I was admonished for my "dangerous" posts and was told that I couldn't post like that anymore. (Read the first letter here .) Now I'll be kicked off if I tell one other person that it is OK to make popcorn with artercloggingsaturatedfat-laden coconut oil.

"Hi [redacted]

I know we've talked about this before, and I'm sure you can also guess why I'm writing you a note. It seems like with some recent posts lately (such as the thread about coconut oil), you are constantly butting heads with [redacted], our Registered Dietitian, and challenging the advice she gives.

You don't have to agree with the dietary guidelines we promote, but we don't allow members to promote a style of eating that does not agree with our guidelines. You are welcome to share experiences, but not post messages that make it seem like our advice is wrong. We feel that our recommendations are based on sound research- again, you don't have to agree- but you do have to respect that if you'd like to remain a member of [redacted] and participate in our Community.

Please consider this to be your final warning on the subject. If you have questions, let me know.

Thanks,

Jen"

10 comments:

  1. Was it "coach" Jen? Or her lackey renfiel--er, becky...

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  2. Can you ask her a question for me? Can you ask her how Odirom can get his account reactivated?

    TEE HEE!!!

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  3. Awwww, I'd get kicked off for sure. They followed me all over the internets to get the data for my last warning, so they might be reading your posts.

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  4. So you don't have to agree with their dietary guidelines, but keep quiet about it. Awesome.

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  5. That's right. This is the scientific method at its best.

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  6. Wow. That's just scary.

    I can understand not butting heads or trying to pick arguments; it is, afterall, THEIR site and not a democracy.

    But much of that letter is troublesome. I mean, there are a LOT of diets promoted by various teams that do not agree with their dietary guidelines.

    It is also troublesome to think that perhaps you have been cyberstalked. That happened to me earlier this year, only by a different online site that has nothing to do with food/nutrition. It's not fun.

    What always bothers me the most is for ANYone to push THEIR way of eating as THE best way for EVERYONE. Everyone's body is different. What works for some people really does not work for others.

    If everyone could just be okay with that, I think the world would be a more peaceful place.

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  7. Gosh! I wish you would come on over to out Dirty Carnivore forum, where we have NO iron clad dogma, but where everybody knows that your mileage may vary, that everybody needs their own adaptation and can take the time to discover what works best for them. We started out as mainly carnivores, but many have discovered they still need or like vegetables and that is ALL OK.
    Exactly what you are saying, actually!
    Hope to see you there one day!

    Willeke

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  8. Wow, I had read the final letter from the weight-loss website (of which I am a member, that is how I heard about this blog, when you were terminated). I find it upsetting that the use of coconut oil would be controversial enough to boot someone out of the website! It's unbelievable!

    I find it interesting that she states that they feel their recommendations are based on sound research, and that you are allowed to not agree. It's as if they do know that there is ample research that contradicts their recommendations. Do you think that they know?

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  9. Oh, this coconut nonsense was just the final warning. I am not sure why I actually got booted out. I do know that I had been getting several [redacted]-mails asking for advice, even though I have been clear that I don't give advice. It could have been the Dr. Layman website, or the Taubes' website that I linked. I do know it was an inside job, so take care who you friend over there.
    Dietitians do feel that their recommendations are based on sound research, but I think I made it pretty clear what I thought about the state of their science.
    The larger problem I see with the whole nutritional mess, is not really the state of the research, but the censorship and dogmatism. For that, I am considering updating a living will, making it crystal clear what I shall be fed and who shall make those calls if I am hospitalized. I don't want no stinkin' dietitian making those decisions for me.

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