Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Kirstie Alley Diet Scheme: Scientology Front?

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The blogs are alive with speculation that Kirstie Alley’s new diet scheme, called Organic Liaison, is a front for Scientology.

It sure seems that way.

Let’s not forget that Alley is a devoted member of the sect. She fronted a PR pamphlet for them in 2007 called “Keep Scientology Working.”

Organic Liaison’s advisory board includes a prominent Scientologist named Michelle Seward. Seward is also the CEO of Protege Financial, a Scientology-based company. The two other execs at Protege — Mark Francovich and Scott Foulk – are longtime, high-ranking, practicing Scientologists. Not only that: The corporate office for Organic Liaison is in Clearwater, Fla. — headquarters, not coincidentally, of Scientology. Organic Liaison is in the same building in Clearwater as the World Institute of Scientology.

Another member of the advisory board, Thomas Lovejoy, has a long association with Scientology through its so-called “Artists for Human Rights.” That group includes noted sect members Kelly Preston and Anne Archer. Archer’s son, Tom Davis, is chief celebrity wrangler for Scientology. Preston, of course, is married to Scientology cheerleader John Travolta. Coincidentally, a Tom Lovejoy was one of the earliest teachers of Scientology, way back in 1954. (Click here [PDF download])

Also: Organic Liaison’s accountant is Saul Lipson, a highly placed Scientologist.

Another member of the advisory board, Soram Khalsa, MD, is also considered something of a “quack to the stars.” Khalsa is a Beverly Hills doctor who has a clinic for alternative medicine. According to his bio on Khalsa’s website:’ “In his private medical practice, he integrates phytotherapeutics, homeopathy, acupuncture and environmental medicine with traditional internal medicine.” Here’s a good piece on Khalsa by freelance journalist Alex Pareene.

Oprah Winfrey recently let Alley shill her diet plan on her show. It’s not the first time Winfrey has devoted a massive amount of time to Alley or Scientologists like Cruise and Travolta. It’s certainly a bewilderment.

Even more bewildering: that anyone would sign up to pay money for Alley’s latest weight-loss program. She was a spokesperson for Jenny Craig, lost weight and gained it all back. She is now morbidly obese.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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