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November 1, 2003 -- Vegparadise News Bureau

VIP links to Atkins Diet?

Imagine our surprise when we received an e-mail from a site called Dr.Atkins Diet Plus that wanted to exchange links. After fearing that we were suffering from delusions, we read the e-mail again to comfort ourselves. Our sanity was not the issue.

We decided we could not treat this as junk mail to be trashed. We had to respond to this person who was promoting all kinds of fat animal protein instead of our beautiful fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds.

She was asking us to promote Vegetarian Public Enemy #1, Dr. Atkins.

For the enlightenment of our readers, we are sharing our response to her.

Dear Willow,

Thank you so much for your generous offer in cross linking your Dr. Atkins Diet Plus website with Vegetarians in Paradise. Your site, Dr. Atkins Diet Plus would be a perfect link for us.

We notice you have 24 links in your Vegan section including Vegetarians in Paradise. We are delighted to learn we are in such good company. I'm sure that the Vegetarian Resource Group, Veggie Power, The North American Vegetarian Society, The Institute for Plant Based Nutrition, and Club Veg will all be happy to learn they are helping to promote the Atkins Diet.

Browsing through your Atkins Diet Plus Health Directory, we discovered a treasure chest of links to interesting topics like Emu Oil, HGH Growth Hormone, Magnotherapy, Feng Shui, Tarot, Hair Loss, Coloidal Minerals, Aromatherapy, Ear Candles, Colon Cleansing, Yuccalive, and more.

We are quite taken by your book offer as a gift for exchanging links with you. We're certain that the book Gorilla Web Site Marketing is worth $39.95 and will help put our little web magazine high up on those search engine lists.

Looking at your web site, we noticed you're selling "The Secrets of the Atkins Diet Revealed," a set of two videotapes with a Basic Diet Manual. This package, normally priced at $39.95 is currently on sale for $29.95. This sounds like quite a bargain.

Before we agree to placing your website in our Links We Love section, we had some questions for you.

  1. Do we have to start eating bacon and eggs, Big Macs, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and milk shakes?
  2. Does linking to you mean that we are engaging in "gorilla marketing?" Will Zel and Reuben have to wear gorilla suits when we promote Vegetarians in Paradise?
  3. If we go on the Atkins Diet, will we constantly walk around with bad breath and be constipated?
  4. Will we have enough energy to walk to the other end of our house if we eat only 20 grams of carbs a day?
  5. Is ketosis as bad as they say it is?
  6. Will this diet program soothe cancerous colons and reduce skyrocketing cholesterol?
  7. If we eat the videotapes instead of watching them, will we "lose weight and keep it off forever?"
  8. If we place a link to you on our website, will we ever be able to face our vegan friends again?

If you are able to provide us with answers to our questions, we would entertain the possibility of cross linking.

Sincerely yours,

Zel and Reuben Allen
Vegetarians in Paradise

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