This case is a highly unfortunate example of a person who believed in a supplement, and at no fault of his own, fell victim to the health detriments it caused. Do you think he would have been better off if he had an un-credentialed friend who recommended he stay away from the product, or maybe even recommend he eat whole foods and unprocessed foods instead? I think so.
A colleague was telling me about the product who has lost quite a bit of weight. She says she feels amazing… How could I not want to know more? But, I am cynical by nature and wanted to know more. I guess the things I was wondering were; if this product is so great, why is it only available via MLM methods? Wouldn’t it be available everywhere for everyone, rather than kept quiet? Something just didn’t add up, and I wonder if in fact the colleague is being conned? The more I look, the less I like what I see, almost like a pack mentality from the people involved?
I wrote this Isagenix review because I do not want you to fall for meal replacement shakes, for protein bars, or otherwise gimmicky foods. These companies produce cheap, toxic products and push them off on people as healthy alternatives (to what exactly I’m not sure). Instead, watch my video on how to make a protein shake that is not only unprocessed but actually good for you.
So happy to see people finally hearing the truth about these products. I have been with Isagenix for 13 years and am tired of the scam being run on customers. The products are no better than typical vitamins that can be bought at Target or Walmart. Further, the claims of financial freedom are completely overblown. Almost no one makes money in Isagenix!
We are not perfect but I can tell you that when I slip up my body takes a huge hit…this Cr*p that our country is trying to feed us is poison. Just take a vacation to Italy…we just returned a month ago…we spent weeks there drinking wine, eating tomatoes, pasta, fresh mozarella (at many meals throughout the day), etc…NO digestive issues like I have in the US (reflux from acid levels, lactose intolerance, headaches). If I did that here in the US I would be so sick (eating one meal at mama lucia’s, a chain, caused me to throw up! gross!!)
Are there independent clinical studies to suggest people live longer and lose weight by eating organic food? Are happier? Less stressed? Less prone to disease? In the early 1900s there was plenty of organic food. Did people live longer and disease free because they ate it? No. Over time and with medical science advances, people live longer anyway. Do they live longer and remain healthy? No. They don’t. To live longer is no fun without being fit and healthy.
Recent studies indicate the presence of fructans in the digestive tract also protects against osteoporosis by increasing the absorption of calcium and magnesium, and may protect against diabetes and colon cancer. “Ingredient in tequila plant may fight osteoporosis and other diseases,” The American Chemical Society News Release, March 23, 2010 (http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content).
I realize that I must sound like an infomercial: “I have a magical bean that will make all your problems go away!”. Here is a kicker though, it is NOT an easy week. This weight loss cleanse can take a toll on anyone, so read the instructions carefully and prepare accordingly. Get rid of all junk food in the house, grab groceries for the week, prepare you meals… And figure out what to do on the weekend, so that it won’t ruin your progress.
If my students wrote a review like this they would get an F. The ingredients may come from Isagenix but your “facts” are not supported and are conflicting. Despite saying the use genetically modified ingredients you later state that you “doubt” that the products are non-GMO. That alone brings all other statements into question. You should back up your statements of the “toxic ingredients” with references, or are they specifically your opinion? Finally, you have neglected to reference your education/expertise.
Jay got me started on the Isagenix 9-Day Deep Cleansing and Fat Burning System. He explained to me the average results were 7 lbs. and that I would definitely see and feel a difference when I was done. He corrected me when I said it was a “diet”. He said that it’s NOT a diet, but a cleanse that is safe and effective to rid your body of toxins and giving it all the nutrients it needs. He also said to look at it as a challenge to yourself. I found those words of advice extremely helpful in successfully completing the 9 days.
It was as if no one had actually read what I wrote. No one bothered to address any of my specific criticisms. No one even tried to defend Isagenix’s false claims that toxicity accounts for most disease, that the body protects itself from toxins by coating them with fat, and that internal organs become clogged and deteriorate if you don’t “cleanse.” No one offered any evidence that “detoxification” improves human health. No one tried to identify any of the alleged toxins or show that they are actually removed. No one tried to provide any rationale for the particular combination of ingredients in Isagenix products (242 of them!). No one questioned my assertion that “no caffeine added” was inaccurate because green tea was added and it contains caffeine. No one commented on my observation that the amount of vitamin A in the products was dangerous and went against the recommendations of The Medical Letter. No one offered any evidence that more weight was lost by adding Isagenix to a low calorie diet and exercise. I offered some alternative explanations that might account for people believing it was effective when it wasn’t; no one commented on that. The medical advisor on the Isagenix website argued that at $5 a day Isagenix is less expensive than open heart surgery. I pointed out that that was a laughable false dichotomy: it’s not a matter of choosing between open heart surgery and diet supplements. No one commented on that. Instead of rational responses, we got …
This was a study actually performed by a third party which found positive results, and keep in mind that Isagenix may have payed for the study but the University of Illinois at Chicago has its name and reputation on it. It seems to have been a well carried out study and is thorough in both it’s criticisms and possible improvements as well as its conclusions.
You mentioned many times in your blog and in responses to others that your objections were only to certain products, ingredients, or processes from Isagenix. I have been using it for about 6 months now. I do not sell or promote it and am not a fanatic or nut like some of the others posting here have been portrayed. I initially started as a serious skeptic, talked reluctantly into it by my wife and sister-in-law. I had a serious weight problem and my health was gradually getting worse. While I may or may not agree that certain Isagenix products are bad or good for me, I have had a significant improvement in my health and weight during this time. What I object to the most in your presentations is the blanket statement, “Isagenix is unhealthy,” while saying that it is certain products and their ingredients or processing you object to. I could find absolutely no reference to one of their flagship products, Product B, anywhere in your site and yet, it is probably the most important of all their offerings. This is probably what has helped me the most of all the Isagenix products, although I have received benefits from others as well.
I don’t use either or ANY of the products you’ve done reviews on. I’m with you, TOTALLY, about eating WHOLE, REAL food FROM THE EARTH! I cannot stress that part enough – FROM THE EARTH! That is what our bodies were made to absorb. Limiting good fats, limiting cholesterol (which our brain absolutely needs because it’s made of 100% cholesterol), not eating the WHOLE EGG, drinking skim milk or even “organic” milk….it’s STILL pasteurized, ultra-pasteurized and homogenized, which equals NOT REAL or ORGANIC, can def be detrimental. If it’s not “raw” or “whole” or not tampered with, then it’s NOT REAL, right?
Quite a few commenters reported that they had tried Isagenix and it either didn't work or caused side effects, such as five days of violent diarrhea. One reported gaining a lot of weight while taking it; many reported losing weight just as well without it. Several reported credit-card disputes with the company and failure to get their money refunded. One reported that his parents are using Isagenix and it seems to be slowly killing them: they have decreased energy, declining health, mood swings, and poorer control of diabetes.
Feel free to try to defend processed, refined and all-around crappy ingredients. I have made my stance on each of these things abundantly clear, and quite frankly i’m tired of repeating myself. If you have further questions, please refer to the approximate one million responses I’ve left to other people spouting the same false information and complete lack of logic, science and common sense that you just did. AND I MEAN THIS NICELY AND AS MOTIVATION.
Isagenix was the only thing that has helped me lose any weight at all. They try to base their products off the Paleo system. They strive for quality ingredients. While you may say some of those ingredients are bad or unhealthy, I personally will not argue that. They completely 100% are. However we are talking about the extract of a certain part that is healthy vs the whole part. That is a huge difference. The developer of the products is a master in the industry to know what is healthy and what isnt in most plants and other resources to get its products from.
I’ve never done the cleanse, but was thinking about doing so after the holidays. I’m no medical expert, but I am entering into health care as a nurse in the near future and nutrition fascinates me. The hypothesis that neurological syndromes and food allergies are attributed to toxicity *has* been supported by research (see Dr. Theo Colhoun’s work). Differences have been shown between subjects who ingest foods laden with additives and pesticides in contrast with with subjects who eat whole, organic foods. The effects of taking in said toxins can range anywhere from developmentally delayed children to reproductively impaired adults. These statements have been supported by data and research.
Robbie Bianchi Pray In addition to “natural flavors”… I agree that there are a lot of things that may be included in this umbrella term and it just so happens that natural flavors can be one of them… I would not trust natural flavors in top ramen… But natural flavors is also a way for companies to not reveal everything so that their recipes will not be duplicated… I am not confident that you can confirm to your readers that this is not safe due to its “Natural Flavors.” You can find more on this exact topic by researching isagenixhealth.net. I am in no ways trying to convert you or trying to say this company is the golden goose. I just think that their protein is pretty great. It also tastes amazing:)
A Nutritional Cleanse is the perfect opportunity to allow your body to “start from scratch” while helping you gain some dietary insight into your path towards wellness. When done right, clearing out the body through a guided nutritional program can have some seriously amazing and long-lasting results on your health. So, what better way to rid any poisons or toxins from your body than to go on one of these Nutritional Cleanses? Joy Schonholz, Nutritional Cleansing Coach at Isagenix and active Isagenix product-user, tells us to think of it this way: When your engine oil becomes dirty, your car alerts you that you’re due for an oil change to rid any impurities from the oil. This guarantees that your engine will run smoothly once it “starts from scratch.” Now, think of your body as the engine and the nutritional cleanse as its oil change. Pretty beneficial to us, don’t you think?
I actually use Isagenix and I’ve lost 15 lbs so far. I absolutely agree that shakes and supplements are not the way to go. But I also am honest with myself: I work three jobs and have very little time for anything. When it’s time to eat, I’m usually in the car, going to the next job, and end up eating poorly because of it. Doing a shake for two meals helps me so much because I know I’m not going to make a bad food choice (like fast food) and I can also drink it in the car. HOWEVER, I don’t like how expensive Isagenix is. I work three jobs because I’m a musician and while I love what I do, we make next to nothing. I certainly can’t keep doing Isagenix. I can’t afford it. However, from Isagenix I have learned how to choose things that fill me up and are healthy (I’m speaking of the one meal a day here – I have a ton of veggies and usually put quinoa and black beans [I don’t really like meat very much] with it, along with a teensy bit of olive oil) So…
However, according to Barclay this has more to do with weight loss than anything unique to Isagenix. "People often feel euphoric when they consume low-kilojoule meal replacements, due to the rapid weight loss. Losing weight can provide you with the sensation of having more energy – because you have less weight to carry around. It's very subjective though."