Published on November 10, 2023, 12:51 am
A recent article claimed that a Harvard Medical School student discovered a “life-changing” mineral for fast weight loss. The article, which featured before-and-after photos of a woman named Emily Senstrom and celebrities like Melissa McCarthy and Kelly Clarkson, gained traction on Facebook, being shared over 200 times in just one day.
However, it is essential to clarify that USA TODAY did not report or publish this story. Furthermore, there are no credible news reports confirming the existence of a Harvard student who found a weight loss mineral. According to a USA TODAY spokesperson, the article circulating on Facebook with the USA TODAY logo is fake.
The woman identified as Emily Senstrom in the article is actually Kiah Twisselman Burchett, a former cattle rancher from California who has become a motivational speaker, life coach, and podcaster. Burchett expressed her frustration about her images being used without permission for this false story promoting something called the K3 Spark Mineral. She emphasized that she is dedicated to promoting body acceptance and helping women escape harmful diet culture.
Burchett’s incredible personal journey of losing over 100 pounds in less than a year has been featured by reputable news outlets such as People Magazine, Good Morning America, VICE, and Women’s Health. However, none of these stories mention anything about a mineral called K3 Spark.
Unfortunately, attempts to reach the website that shared the article for comment were unsuccessful. Nevertheless, Lead Stories also debunked this claim.
It is crucial to remain vigilant when consuming news online and be wary of articles or products promising quick fixes or secret remedies for weight loss. Always rely on verified sources and consult healthcare professionals before making any significant changes to your diet or exercise routine.
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As always, remember that proper research and critical thinking are essential, especially when it comes to health and weight loss topics.