Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Dr. Mark Brinson

Dr. Mark Brinson doesn't seem to know what he's gotten himself into, nor does he seem to understand the first thing about the Kimkins diet plans or its founder, Heidi Diaz. He needs to be educated. :)

Here is a post that was left in our comments, highlighted here to make it easier to find. Thanks to Laura for sharing this!

UPDATE - apparently this response is some sort of pre-written letter that was sent to everyone that contacted him regarding his involvement with Kimkins.

I just received a response to my inquiry.

Subject: It is me

I must say that I never expected such a quick and strange response to my postings on kimkins web site.

I only know of Kimkins what I have read from the site itself, as of four days ago. It seems as though it is a carb restrictive plan that is meant to be temporary and allows for unlimited protien....therefore not restricting calories. Seems like a decent plan to me, especially for the morbidly obese. People 50 lbs or more overweight are in a serious, life threatening condition that should be treated with urgency.

Is is what I give my patients, no. I do metabolic typing that is much more specific and personal.

My role, as I see it, in the Kimkins site is not to defend the site or the diet. It is to help people along the path with questions they may have about side effects and implementing "life" into their new program.

Again, I am not aware of the programs past, only the present things I "see" while online. I am in the profession to help as many people as possible and have always been known for that. I have seen Kimkins forum as another means of accomplishing this goal.

I assure you, as with everything else in my career, I will look into the diet more extensively. I will look into the integrity of the organization. I will try to descern if "mistakes" have been made and they are moving forward........Basically, if their heart is in the right place (not talking about anatomically here).

I appreciate your concerns. Please realize that I too, care for my patients, and the weight loss community with all my being. I just want to help people get the answers and results they deserve.



Mark T. Brinson DOM, AP, CNMT
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Physical Medicine Specialist


K said...

Was this contact information obtained through kimkins or outside source?

Anonymous said...

Now "Fitness Guru" needs to post a CV

Anonymous said...

Has he heard of G-O-O-G-L-E?

Hmmm. Guess not.

The Princess

Kimkins Dangers said...

K, this information was obtained through google searches, not the KK website (as we don't believe much of anything said there....)

Kimmerexia said...

I received the exact same "form letter" response to my inquiry.

I've sent him links to the 2 KTLA segments, the fake success stories, the BBB company profile and the Kimkins Survivors blog link.

He can't say he hasn't been well warned.

Shirley said...

Holy cow, what a naive person!!

Maybe that is the difference between a REAL doctor and one like him.

How can anyone be so dumb as to not thoroughly checking things out before jumping into an advisory role on a diet website.

Oh well.

Laura said...

There were three of us included in this response that I received from Dr. Mark this morning; Kimmerexia (as posted in an earlier comment) and one other person.

The original inquiry was sent to the email address posted on his website.

Kimkins Dangers said...

Laura, thanks so much for sharing the info re: Dr. Mark! Much appreciated :)

Medusa said...

Ditto on Kimkins Dangers' comment, Laura!

Thanks so much for taking the time to post the info on my blog, as well!


BamaGal said...

"How can anyone be so dumb as to not thoroughly checking things out before jumping into an advisory role on a diet website."

by reading some of his posts the dumb part I fully understand...

Ladies--good work on the detective work--y'all are awesome

KimATC said...

Does someone have screenshots of Dr. Mark's website? I swear it was changed yesterday. Originally he said he WAS a certified personal trainer, and NOW his website says he is working towards it. Yet his bio in several places all state he STARTED as a personal trainer and THEN became the acupuncturist, etc. PLUS, the cosmetology site he is affiliated with blatently lists him as a LMT (and his license is revoked) and it also states he IS a personal trainer, yet like I said, his website states NOW that he is "working towards it" and I swear originally it was just CHEK and now also NSCC (which I am still trying to find!)


Dr. Mark Brinson said...

This is an open note to the posters on this forum from me, Dr. Mark Brinson.

I am AMAZED at the libelous comments posted on this blog by people that have never attempted to contact me, ever.

I am not a mystery. I do not have any secrets about my past or present. I am happy to answer any questions that you may have.

A few answers/responses to your comments:

1. My school did lose its accreditation and close, several years after I graduated. It was a four year post graduate program. When I entered, the MINIMUM education that you could enter with is the equivilent of a bachelors. Now, programs require pre-med, or medically related Bachelors.

2. My class started with 36 and graduated 8 due to its difficulty. Do you know physical therapy classes start with around 30-50?

3. Traditional Chinese Medicine is what I practice, blending it with principals from Western Manual Medicine. I am not an MD nor would I want to be. Drugs and surgery have their place but dont fix everything. True healing comes from seeing both sides of medicine for what they are good for and using them.

4. I started my career 18 years ago as a personal trainer, then massage therapist, then director of rehabilitation, educator and finally Doctor of Oriental Medicine. My license supercedes any other license or title that I have held in the past, thus, no renewal of my massage therapy license or personal trainer certifications. Makes sense huh, again, just ask.

5. I do not, nor have ever, practiced outside the scope of my license, or "practiced medicine without a license". I have a license thank you. Many of the discrepancies come from the law in YOUR state differing from Florida. One of you was overzelous enough to file a complaint with the florida department of health against me. Upon extensive investigation that involved coming to my home and office, they found NO grounds for the complaint and found every aspect of my business and practice in order. My family and I really thank you for that one. I know the internet allows anonymity but please remember the people you are persecuting are real.

6. Is Dr. Brinson qualified to answer questions on Health, Diet, Exercise etc? Over the years I have treated thousands of patients and have thousands of alumni all over the world. What about the patients that fly in from other countries for my specialized expertise? You could ask any of them and they would tell you that I am infinitly qualified to do that and much more. Can I help with everything? Of course not. Do I try my hardest to give people the right advice and help them as quickly as possible? Of course!

7. Did I know what I was getting myself into with Kimkins? No. My only knowledge of the diet and the plan is in the initial research I did on the kimkins website. The plan seemed solid, SHORT TERM, and the message boards were full of people that really needed help. I like to help, alot. I did not know the history of the diet, that it had recently changed, or some of the crazy advice that had been given in the past. Now, mind you, I am an advocate of a higher protein, complex carb, eat often diet. Not the way it was given before I arrived on the site.

8. He gave bad information.
I have to disagree there. I was throw into what I though was a pool of fish that needed honest help. What I was really in was an ocean of sharks, most of which were just trying to trick me at every turn. My biggest regret is taking the time to care about these people, researching and writing specific comments intended to help them. Turns out they were just looking for help in bringing the evil Kimmer down.

A note to end things, hopefully.

My whole adult life has been dedicated to helping people. When I figured out many of the mysteries of medicine, I strove to help more people by teaching others to do what I do. They say that you can tell alot about a person by the company they keep. People do make mistakes however so how about givin me a break....or at least the benefit of the doubt.

Yours in Health,
Mark T. Brinson DOM, AP, CNMT

OhYeahBabe said...

Dr. Mark, do you feel you were manipulated or tricked into being the 'on staff doctor' at Kimkins? How do you feel about Heidi Diaz' actions?