I agree with you about the "cheat the system" approach. That's what I meant by simplistic. Looking for "the trick".
Not trying to be an apologist or argumentative. I can see that a newbie might get the idea that those graphs were carved up on the mountain but then they figure it out. No harm done. And Mark has done numerous posts and "Dear Mark" articles with further explanations. I just think you're over dramatizing a bit. "Fear of God"? Seriously?
The thing is though, lowering your carbs really does work for a lot of people. It worked for me. At least it kick starts the process. People can fine tune the plan later.