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Complaint Review: Fraud Alert - BodyRx & Dr. A. Scott Connelly

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  • Submitted: Thu, December 30, 2010
  • Updated: Sat, October 06, 2012

  • Reported By: FRAUDALERTDRSCOTTCONNELLY — Maryland United States of America
Fraud Alert - BodyRx & Dr. A. Scott Connelly
1137 Dolphin Terrace Internet United States of America

Fraud Alert - BodyRx & Dr. A. Scott Connelly BodyRx nearly killed me, Dr. Scottt Connelly phoney military claims, Dr. A. Scott Connelly fired from Hoag Hospital for medical malpractice, Dr. A. Scottt Connelly sued for fraud, Internet

*General Comment: In Defense of A. Scott Connelly

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Dr. A. Scott Connelly also know as Dr. Scott Connelly and his BodyRx program is a hoax and one that could cost you your life.  My medical doctor this week just placed me onto a calorie restrictive diet and precribed me blood pressure medication. Prior to trying the BodyRx program, my blood pressure was find and I simply wanted to lose 15lbs from a few year of too much Christmas Cheers. The book touted "calories DO NOT matter" and that sounded good to me. My waist size though went up three inches, and then I began to have headaches. That is when I called my doctor and made an appointment.

It turns out, that he has seen countless patients both male and female. They all had poor results and he told me they all were put on the Lindora program to monitor thier caloric intake.I called Dr. Connelly and also sent he emails which were ignored up until he finally responded, with a very rude reply. He refused to refund my money. That is when I did a Google search and was shocked to see what Dr. A. Scott Connelly actually looks like in photos not enhanced by a computer, worse yet, I put the word 'fraud' into searching under his name and pulled up all his past lawsuits, one filed by the FTC for selling sterodial compounds to children.

Then I read a review by someone whom is actually studying nutrition in college, please read her review of the BodyRx program :

"Amy (Baylor Nutrition Science Student): I just finished my fall semester at Baylor University, where we had a project to evaluate pop-science diets. I thought it would be fun to evaluate a diet book that could be purchased for less than $6, so I picked up a copy of BodyRx by Scott Connelly. My professor didnt like the idea at first, stating that I should evaluate a diet created by a published nutritionist or scientist, his opinion was that medical doctors receive very little training on nutrition. I argued that since this author was behind a popular supplement that this book would be a fair critique of the science that fuels the supplement industry. He relented and I spent 90 days following this diet to the letter.

I wont rehash my entire paper, but here is a quick summary:


  • First of all, the book is very poorly written. I suspect this is one of the reasons why you have never heard of this book. The repetition of the phrase: 6-pack Prescription is found on every page and is pathetically redundant.

  • The book is clearly a Me-Too attempt to respond to Bill Phillips much more successful Body For Life best seller. The book covers even look alike, but I have to admit that Phillips is much better looking and actually looks healthy.

  • In my opinion, this diet is very dangerous. In 90 days, my body fat % increased 3%! My cholesterol and triglycerides went up, same with my blood pressure and water retention. When I started this diet, I was a fit 125lbs 58 20 year old woman. Now Im weighing in at 135 and Ive increased two dress sizes. My doctor was shocked and said that my kidneys were at risk. He felt that if I followed this diet for another 90 days that Id have type 2 diabetes and kidney failure. I told him that this was the diet prescribed by Dr. Scott Connelly, the Met-Rx guy. My doctor said hed heard a lot of negative things about this author and suggested that I do more research on him and abandon the diet immediately.

  • I was shocked about what I discovered in my background research. In my opinion, Scott Connelly is akin to a snake oil sales men. He has a psychology degree and was a practicing anesthesiologist. I could find no published research, studies or publications from this author that would justify him calling himself a scientist, nutritionist or expert. He wrote this book when he was sued by the FTC for fraudulently calling himself a nutritionist, which is why this book appears that it was rushed to market. The FTC didnt feel that this book qualified him as an expert so he ultimately settled with the FTC.

  • Dr. Scott Connelly has been sued countess times for fraud, was sued by the FTC for selling steroids to kids and is rumored to have spiked early Met-Rx with Clenbuteral.

  • His Met-Rx product contained Aspartame, Hydrogenated Oil, and High Fructose Corn Syrup (along with gelatin and other questionable ingredients) - definitely not ingredients that youd expect a nutrition expert to put in their products.

  • Connelly calls out other nutritionists and claims that so-called experts should be willing to debate him in their swimsuits. I did a Google image search and the recent pictures that Ive seen of Connelly are huge red flags for anyone tempted to read this book and follow his diet. If this diet is responsible for his health, you should steer clear.

In summary, there are better diet books, by bonified scientists and nutritionists. This book is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs, because, frankly, it could kill you!" This diet also nearly killed me. Dr. Scott Connelly ridiculed my spelling and grammar when I sent him an email asking for a refund. I wanted to warn everyone before the New years diet begins, becareful of BodyRx and especially anything written by Dr. Scott Connelly.


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#1 General Comment

In Defense of A. Scott Connelly

AUTHOR: Connelly defender - (United States of America)

The writer of the previous Fraud Alert has done a great disservice to Dr. Connelly, for a number of reasons.  I will try to explain why, point by point, and will respond to any responders who think I don't know what I'm talking about by filing future rebuttals in greater detail.

First of all, "the diet" did NOT nearly kill you, but your misunderstanding of it and your taking things out of context nearly did (kill you).  In the book BodyRX Dr. Connelly never suggests that you should ingest "unlimited calories," which I suspect you did, increasing your dress size--he mentions, contrary to most popular diet books and regimens, that calories and the boring, meticulous counting of them do NOT matter as much as eating the proper amounts of his recommended nutritionally rich food choices only until hunger is satisfied--not until your stomach is ready to burst.  There's no need to be hungry if you use a little discipline in giving your body the types of calories it needs, but not to excess!

This way you can be assured that during your time of following Dr. Connelly's regimen of diet and proposed exercise/resistance training your body is getting sufficient caloric intake and especially adequate protein for your muscles to utilize in increasing the size or density of the intensely worked muscle groups, without taking in an excess of unhealthy fats and fat calories as well as an excess of sugars and other unhealthy refined carbohydrates--instead replacing these last two with healthy fiber-rich salads, vegetables, some whole grains or even psyllium husk powder to boost the fiber content of your overall diet. Always try to substitute COMPLEX carbs in moderation in place of REFINED carbs as much as humanly possible.  You misread his book if you assumed otherwise.

I disagree, the book is NOT poorly written--although your Fraud Alert is. Sorry, but I don't blame Dr. Connelly for mentioning your spelling and grammar.  On the contrary, I found BodyRX to be EXTREMELY readable, easy to follow, with both food recommendations and exercise regimens spelled out very plainly in layman's terms.  I say this because I have read various bodybuilding magazines and publications over a period of many, many years, and what Dr. Connelly has done--which I have not seen ANYBODY ELSE do, in any other book or publication--is to do a fantastic job of summarizing and distilling the accumulated knowledge of the last 50 or more years of musclebuilding/bodybuilding techniques as well as the most advantageous nutritional recommendations from people like Arnold Schwarzenneger, Joe Weider, Frank Zane, Bob Kennedy and many other "bonified" experts in the health industry still successfully publishing today. 

The problem too often today is that people who want to improve their physique, whether male or female, and who want to eat a healthier diet are overwhelmed with faulty information from all sides--including a well-meaning family doctor such as yours, AND including well-meaning chubby, pink-faced registered dieticians newly graduated from college who know nothing about nutrition except the conventional dietary wisdom which has brought us the disastrous "Food Pyramid" in various forms (such as LOW FAT/HIGH CARB), all of them horribly mistaken and now have been PROVEN by reputable doctors like Arthur Agatston (the South Beach Diet) to have been a deplorable health experiment on the American public which has resulted in an epidemic of obesity and diabetes today, and NONE of which improve or maintain health, as Dr. Connelly's book and its principles certainly will.

I say this because his book and his health regimen have helped me IMMENSELY to bring my dietary cravings under control, to lose all unnecessary weight without using a bathroom scale (which he advises against) and to build plenty of muscle in the process. I am a 60 year old male, keep my weight between 190 and 200 pounds, am 6'2" tall and am strong and healthy enough to work 8-10 hours every day as a carpenter in 5000 ft altitude.  Dr. Connelly's approach, unlike many diet books of years past, is to as rapidly as possible increase the body's LBM, lean body mass, to the person's desired point where the body's own muscle tissue will burn calories 24 hours a day, thus allowing you to more easily MAINTAIN your weight loss one it is attained--not like Oprah's diet of the month club where you AND SHE yo-yo endlessly and unhealthfully up and down ad infinitum. 

Before I forget, for your information, a practicing anesthesiologist such as Dr. Connelly is a medical doctor, and IS A SCIENTIST.  Also, the FTC would probably go after Arnold Schwarzenneger himself if Arnold were to publish a book too closely hinting that he was a qualified bodybuilding "nutritionist."  But I don't think too many people (including the pudgy people at the FTC) doubt his unparalleled expertise in advising ANYONE on how best to eat and which supplements to take, and how much protein, fat, carbs, etc., when trying to achieve any of the goals he himself achieved when he was younger?  I would never judge Dr. Connelly on the basis of what the FTC says.  He knows what he's talking about in regards to bodybuilding, exercise physiology and sports nutrition.

One more thing, about some of the MET-RX products.  There's nothing wrong with aspartame (GRAS), or a trace amount of hydrogenated oil in the mechanical processing of a food product or supplement.  Sometimes it's necessary but not unhealthful in such small quantities.  As to the HFCS high fructose corn syrup, that's unfortunate, and has actually prevented me from purchasing some MET-RX protein bars and powders--but Dr. Connelly himself advises AGAINST the use of such protein bars when you are on any kind of weight loss program because it's counterproductive.  When I read the labels and noticed the sugar content, I put his own Met-Rx products right back on the shelf, and correctly assumed that these products were designed for extremely active teenagers and twenty-somethings who are out there participating in extreme sports of all types and who are not trying to reduce their fat stores, but just trying to keep their carb intake at a certain level for better performance.  That was probably another mistake you made because I suspect you didn't read and comprehend the book or its contents!

Well, I'd better close here.  I've gone on long enough, and will be glad to answer the original report writer as well as anyone else wanting more information about these issues and how they have benefitted my health personally.  In summary, I'm simply trying to point out that Dr. A. Scott Connelly has given to us the American public a tremendously powerful tool that can be used by people from all backgrounds and age groups to effectively lower their weight to a more medically acceptable standard, thereby living longer, healthier, more productive and more satisfying lives.

I HIGHLY ENDORSE this book, BodyRx, and its author, Dr. A. Scott Connelly!
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