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Complaint Review: Quick Weight Loss Center
Quick Weight Loss Center436 Sawdust Road The Woodlands, Texas U.S.A.
Quick Weight Loss Center rip-off! Refused refund even with medical problems. Extreme high pressure sales. The Woodlands Texas
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I was given the following and told they were part of the program cost and were required for the program and for weight loss: one box of protein bars (7 bars, 10.7 oz), one large bottle of weight loss enhancers (200 capsules), one small bottle of minerals (40 caplets) attached to the large bottle, a bottle of vitamins (30), and a bottle of Carb Blocker dietary supplement (90 tablets). I also received several pages of paperwork and was asked to sign my name approximately 5 times on various pieces of paperwork in order to hear the rest about the program. I was given a three day starter diet that entailed eating unlimited amounts of only one meat, one orange a day, and unlimited raw greens.
Then I was instructed to return to the center after three days on the initial diet to obtain directions for the remainder of the program. I was strongly pressured at this initial meeting to sign up for another $1355.50 of products and supplements. I was charged $549.63 for one month of supplements, one box of product, and 52 weeks of meetings. I falsely assumed that if I did not like the actual plan (to be described at a later date), I would be free to pay for only the products I had received.
Upon completing one and one half days on the initial diet, I believe I passed a kidney stone. I passed blood infused urine for approximately three hours and finally two clot covered tiny rocks. I was unsure what had happened, but the pain of a severe bladder infection had passed. I called a friend whose husband had recently had kidney stones and was assured that my symptoms corresponded with his. I feel relatively sure that this is what happened. I read up on kidney stones and found they could be caused by excess protein consumption. While I do not believe I formed kidney stones overnight on the Quick Weight Loss Center diet, I do believe that the self-described high protein diet would exacerbate a pre-existing condition. My doctor confirmed this belief and advised a more moderate diet.
The next day, Tuesday December 29, 2004, out of curiosity I attended the follow-up course which I had already scheduled. At this course I was pressured again to sign up for the $1400 product and supplement package and shown how much cheaper the program was at this discount price. On the radio, the program is advertised as costing less than $10 a week.
However, today, having decided completely against following this program, I find myself out some $549.63 with nothing but 4 bottles of pills, a box of nutrition bars, and a stack of paperwork. I am willing to pay for the services I have received, which by my estimates total:
$15.00 box of supplements (nutrition bars)
$38.00 bottle of Carb Blocker dietary supplements
$135.00 bottle of Herbal Balance Platinum diet pills/Minerals
$12.00 bottle of vitamins
plus one week (1 hour actual time) counseling at $10.00
Grand Total: $210.00
After calling the Quick Weight Loss Center and describing my circumstances to Suzie, I was told that no refunds could be made without corporate discussing the situation with my doctor. I explained to her that I was unwilling to release my medical records and was told that in that case I had no recourse. I called the credit-card company, and found I could file a dispute. I requested the paperwork for that process. However, I still want other consumers to be warned of what seems to me a fraudulent and deceptive business practice.
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This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/29/2004 10:51 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Quick-Weight-Loss-Center/The-Woodlands-Texas-77380/Quick-Weight-Loss-Center-rip-off-Refused-refund-even-with-medical-problems-Extreme-high-124864. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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