Grim’s Grub: Doctors Don’t Want You To Try This Killing Diet… Literally – Pine and Lakes Echo Journal

Weight loss diets are a huge industry. If you boil it down, weight loss is a calorie in, calorie out equation, however, many companies and people have made a living out of complicating it. In one case, the diet was more sinister than most fad diets

A town called Olalla near Seattle was home to the Hazzard Institute of Natural Therapeutics, owned by the Incarnate Foreshadower, Linda Hazzard. Hazzard was licensed in the state as a fasting specialist. She marketed treatments at her facility as a miracle cure for virtually any ailment. For her, the source of all evil is food, so-called “eating too much”, reading, eating at all.

But that couldn’t be done at home, no, you would go to his establishment and move in. There, patients would attempt to recover from their worldly ailments under his supervision and regulated meals, mostly consisting of two cups of watery tomato broth a day. Actual tomato soup only has 74 calories per cup, that was even less.

Sisters Dorothea and Claire Williamson traveled from England to receive her treatment for ailments including rheumatic pain, swollen glands and a ‘drooping uterus’. They joined the Hazzard program in February 1911. It wasn’t long before Claire died. Hazzard said she was killed by drugs she received as a child, for some mysterious reason Hazzard paid the local undertaker to replace her body with a much healthier one.

After the family’s nurse visited and found Dorothea at the facility, weighing around 50 pounds, the couple’s uncle was summoned to release the surviving sister who still believed in treatment and had given away all her wealth and power of attorney to the Hazards. The uncle had to pay the nose to get her out of the clinic. This sparked an investigation revealing more victims who signed everything and died. Hazzard was linked to at least 12 starvation deaths.

She was only arrested for the death of Claire Williamson, for which she was convicted of manslaughter and sent to serve two years in prison. During the trial, many alternative health practitioners came out in favor of her, saying her practice was perfectly safe. Author Upton Sinclair even felt inspired and wrote “The Fasting Cure” as a guide to health through fasting.

Hazzard seemed to continue to believe that as well. Years after her release, Hazzard fell ill. To prove her naysayers wrong once and for all, she started her own fast. If one could survive on smugness alone, Hazzard would indeed have gotten fat, but instead she very quickly starved to death.

Clear Tomato Soup, aka Consume (Adapted from

  • 4 cups of water
  • 700 grams meatless red pasta sauce
  • 9 ounces of ripe, chopped tomatoes
  • 6 basil leaves
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

Combine the water and tomato sauce in a large pot, then in a food processor, combine the chopped tomatoes and basil leaves. Add egg whites and sugar and mix again until all ingredients are blended.

Stir the tomato and egg mixture into the tomato and water mixture and, whisking constantly, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low for 15 minutes and simmer undisturbed as the egg white rises to the surface and forms a crust (called a raft) until all of the whites appear to have risen.

Strain this soup mix through a fine cloth strainer, reserving the clear liquid that passes through. Discard the egg raft. Serve the soup hot. If reheated, do not reboil.

Grilled cheese tips and tricks

  • Instead of butter, try mayonnaise on your grilled cheese.
  • Whatever spread you use, make sure it covers the entire grilled surface.
  • Also consider buttering the inside of the grilled cheese. Some even suggest lightly grilling the inside.
  • The melting quality of American cheese is unmatched.
  • Add more robust flavor and stretch your grilled cheese by adding a very small layer of grated parmesan between your cheese slices, other options can include sharp cheddar or other aged cheeses that melt well.
  • Add an Italian touch by buttering your bread crust and adding a light coating of garlic powder or salt to all buttered surfaces before toasting.
  • If you want grilled cheese but all you have is bread heels, flip the heels crust side up and no one will ever know.
  • Bagels, croissants, hoagies, and even donuts can be turned into toasted cheese bread by buttering the cut side and toasting them on the crust side.
  • An old-fashioned treat used to be to spread grape jelly on top of a grilled cheese sandwich.
  • Don’t be tempted to turn up the heat too high. The best grilled cheese has fully melted cheese and a grilled crust deeper than the skin, which takes time and patience.
  • If you add toppings other than cheese, try pairing them with your cheese. greasy, greasy toppings can get mixed in with buttery cheese and bread and go to waste. The sharpness of a pickle might stand out.
  • Consider some horseradish inside your sandwich. Horseradish tends to become sweet when heated and develops complex flavors in a grilled cheese.

Travis Grimler is a weekly editor for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He can be reached at 218-855-5853 or

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