“Frank, as someone who suffered with bulimia disorder in my younger years, I immediately recognized that the swelling in Allison Mack’s calves and ankles is the sign of something serious.
I’m no doctor, but I’d be willing to bet money she’s suffering from edema as a result of bulimia. The bulimia would make sense, with all the pressure to stay thin and restrict calories, Allison may have begun binging and purging.
I doubt it’s possible that a woman that small would have cankles like this!
Edema in foot and ankleSwelling of the foot, ankle, and leg can be severe enough to leave an indentation (pit) when you press on the area. This swelling (edema) is the result of excess fluid in your tissues — often caused by congestive heart failure or blockage in a leg vein.
If this is true – that Allison Mack and possibly other women developed illnesses due to eating disorders – then lay it at least in part at the [stubby] feet [and cankles] of their Vanguard who imposed the insane dietary restrictions on them.
I have to admit his paws feet are very unique. But Allison’s cankles may be the sign of disease. A possible remedy: eat properly.
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His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.
Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.
Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.
Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.
Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.
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