Today is Day Four of my special "Does it Work" Health tests, and perhaps, today features the most controversial test of them all.  I'm focusing on nutritional cleansing weight loss plans   These days, it seems almost any magazine you open or red carpet interview you watch on TV, celebrities are talking about detoxing to jump-start their weight loss.
Some still consider fasting -- in any form -- to be "out there." "When I review diets that are not based on science, the question I ask myself is: Would I feed them to my family? In this case, the answer is a clear no," says Susan Roberts, PhD, chief of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and a professor of nutrition at Tufts University in Boston.
3. When speaking of the balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6, you only talked about the sunflower oil and made no mention of the other sources of EFA in the products. Because Isagenix is a system of Intermittent Fasting combined with healthy food choices (whole foods), the typical person’s intake of Omega-6 will fall to acceptable levels. Did you take that into account or did you make the assumption that people used these products in conjunction with the Standard American Diet (high in Omega-6)?
Fasting indeed has a long-standing spiritual tradition. "Almost every religion has some type of fasting ritual -- Lent, Ramadan, Yom Kippur ... the Hindus and Buddhists fast, too," says James Dillard, MD, assistant clinical professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He's author of Alternative Medicinefor Dummies.
I actually read all of the comments and your responses to your review of Isagenix. Let me just state for all credential seekers out there, since that seems to be a recurring issue with them, I have M.D., NMD, and DC degrees. I am also board certified in Internal Medicine and triple board certified in clinical nutrition including the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and the Certification Board For Nutrition Specialists and btw I am a recovering MLMer.
You don’t seem to be as confused on canola oil and GM as flat out uneducated on the topics. Canola oil, in addition to being a high GM crop is extremely high in inflammatory omega-6. It has also undergone a ton of processing and processing involving hexane – a neurotoxin. I’ve provided numerous links to peer-reviewed research regarding canola oil via these comments, please read them. It’s frustrating to have to repeat myself weekly.
Not only is Isagenix a blessing in my life, it has changed the life of thousands of other people… So whether you like this comment or not, I want you to understand that there are people out there that are looking for Isagenix and people that NEED it too. Your blog post, which is all just your opinion with no credibility at all, can directly or indirectly be the reason someone doesn’t take this opportunity for what it really is, which is a gift and you can potentially be hurting a lot of people without even realising it.

We were approached by a rep/shill with isagenix product b in particular as an answer for our child’s Autism I was hesitant and work with medical professionals so asked what if anything they knew and the answer I received was simple and quick if there was a cure or some sort of beneficial treatment the Australian Government would be all over it. Our situation made us a target. This deliberate targeting of my child’s disability and extremely pushy rep/shill is shameful he wouldn’t take no for an answer offered all sorts of research and papers all performed by whom I believe to be the founder of Isagenix No independent research to back it up. I delayed months and every question was shot down with research and results. From cured cancer to regression completely from Autism to regrowth of cells etc etc…


@DrJonesy — thank you so much for your candor and perspective. I sense that is the experience many people have with Isagenix and other products. There isn’t a lot of proof they work, aside from a possible placebo effect which likely wears off. There is a risk they may in fact be bad for health. But the one thing we know for sure is that when you are selling a product via MLM, it tend to be overpriced, and it tends to be sold to people you care about, who buy it because they are about you and trust you. Thank you again for your story.

Working with my GP we isolated anything new I had done, and we both noted Isagenix, so I went off this and straight away and after 4 days I dropped 5 points and after 9 days my blood pressure dropped into the safe zone – I started to feel normal again and breathed a huge relief. Not all programs are for all bodies and this was definitely not right for my body and caused me great alarm. Now I am taking a natural approach to health and walking most days for 30 mins, eating lots of raw foods, brown rice and making the changes using natural foods, and good old fashioned exercise. Many thanks for the opportunity to share my story on your blog site. Liz
The eternal nerd, I researched the ingredients, found this article and breathed a sigh of relief that I had found it prior to giving in and purchasing the system. Most of these sales reps have no nutritional training, and some of them haven’t studied past high school. One look at the ingredients puts me off. I also wish people would stop referring to my body as a car and regurgitating info from other idiots who have no clue.I can’t help but be highly irritated by their pushy sales tactics, poor spelling and “holier than thou” attitude. We get it – you’re skinny, have lots of energy and making some money. Back to whole foods and exercise for me! I’m not wasting my money!

If you’re still feeling gassy and sorry for yourself, the worst thing you can do is probably exactly what you want to do most: spread out on the couch and take a nap. A study in the appropriately-titled journal Gut found that being upright was much more effective in reducing intestinal gas retention than lying down on the back. Posture, the researchers say, has a big influence on the movement of gas through the system. Another study found walking at a leisurely pace on a treadmill after eating a large meal helped food move through the stomach much more quickly than an espresso or alcoholic digestif, so take another leisurely walk around the neighborhood.


I would also like to share that I’m new to Isagenix (a couple weeks) AND I agree with you on some of the product ingredients. I even wrote an email to their support about their use of Palm Kernal Oil, not because of the ingredient itself, but because there’s a lot of controversy surrounding the areas where it’s grown. I’m not here to defend Isagenix. As I mentioned earlier, I agree. I read one comment earlier in which the person eluded to ISA as a transition. I would have to say that though it’s a shame some of these ingredients appear on some of the products, I’m happy to help some people take a step in the right direction. My mother for instance, addicted to coffee and sweets, can’t stand the thought of veggies, let alone raw and just in general practices poor eating habits. Yet, she’s feeling better already with ISA. Is it perfect? I’m not saying it is. I do hope, however, that it inspires her and other family members to continue on a path toward greater health and understanding of nutrition. But then, that’s not what what your blog post was about. It wasn’t created to argue the transitions of those in poorer health. It was simply created as an en devour into questionable ingredients. I will continue using it personally even, but I do so as part or a larger plan of general healthy eating practices. Are those practices perfect? No, sadly they aren’t. Personally, I’m doing the best I can, and the feedback I’m getting from family is that they’re feeling better. Is it a perfect solution? Again, nope, but it is a stepping stone towards one in my opinion. I will still also to encourage my family and friends to eat as organic as possible.
I always keep an open mind when I am doing my research. So when I was approached about isagenix I started my reading and actually found ingredients online on some of their products. It was not hard to see that their products are not good for you. ALSO…some of their labels say it’s not for pregnant women or there are some warnings on their labels. What does that tell you? If it was apples, spinach, walnuts and coconut oil…it wouldn’t have a warning label. (just an example)
Not sure why you consider Palm Kernel Oil unhealthy. Palm kernel oil is an edible plant oil derived from the kernel of the oil palm Elaeis guineensis, and is comparable to coconut oil. A cardio-friendly alternative to animal fat, palm kernel oil is free of dietary cholesterol, and there is no evidence that it increases production of cholesterol in the body (1). Palm kernel oil is stable at room temperature, does not require hydrogenation (the process behind trans-fat formation), and has a long shelf life.
I’ve been eating a whole food plant based diet for 3 months – no pre-packaged stuff, no Gluten, no refined sugar, no dairy ( although I do allow myself the odd bit of seafood, as it sits very well with my stomach ) and I’ve never felt better. I’d eat dirt before I ever started eating some “meal-replacement” shake. Meals shouldn’t need to be replaced if you’re preparing them correctly.
“Dr. Lustig uses the term “liver toxin” to describe fructose, but he’s also CAREFUL to note that it’s not fructose per se that is toxic. There are instances when your body can use it, e.g. post-workout or fasting-induced glycogen depletion. The problem is that most people consume so much of it that it turns toxic by virtue of the fact that your body cannot use the excess. It simply gets shuttled into your cells and stored as fat. So it’s the massive doses you’re exposed to that make it dangerous.”

Anyone can lose weight on diet products like these, but can they sustain the weight loss? It is a roller coaster for many people of losing and gaining. Weight loss is one of my most popular services for hypnosis. I find that until someone can get to the root cause of the problem (through the subconscious mind) and neutralize it, they are going to struggle indefinitely. It is the emotions that drive any habit, such as overeating, and the emotions originate in the subconscious mind. One poster said that you don’t understand the rush she gets from eating a donut. That is the kind of emotion I work to neutralize. My purpose in pointing this out is not to advertise my services, as I am not leaving any information on how to contact me. I am only pointing this out for informational purposes, to let people know that there is hope, and that they CAN see a permanent change if they can find a good hypnotist in their area who knows how to do regression work. The health coaching that you do Dani is also beneficial. I am also a certified health coach myself, by the way, and it is a good adjunct to the hypnosis.


The past two years has been tough for me and there’s been a lot of changes in my life. I’m going through a divorce, dealing with chronic pain and lack of medical help and working to build my business. Stress has taken its toll and unfortunately with that the weight slowly creeped up on me. I’m on two types of medication that cause weight gain so I have to be very vigilant with what I eat. I got to the point where I didn’t care anymore and just ate what I wanted when I wanted it.
I’m on a mission to do my own before and after pics – which will involve eating healthy foods and exercising to prove to people that you don’t need a ‘wonder product’ to look great, nor do you need to pay anything other than a normal grocery shop to achieve it. I’ve always been slim thanks to regular exercise and involvement in sport but I’m keen to prove to people that if I want to get great abs I can increase my exercise and reduce my carb intake.
Breakfast time! You’re about to feel a whole lot better with the push of a button—the blender button. Throw a large ripe banana (peeled and then frozen are best!), some non-dairy milk and a scoop of your favorite protein powder in a blender and flip the switch, baby. Bananas are one of best natural sources of vitamin B6, which a study printed in the Journal Annals of Nutrition showed can reduce hangover symptoms by as much as 50 percent! They’re also brimming with potassium, a mineral lost by frequent urination when you drink.
I will tell you that the science behind the system is rock solid. Everything is based on clinically proven science. Clinically proven science is also NOT fixed… it is fluid and ever changing so adaptation is important. What we are taught now in schools is 15-20 years behind current research… it’s the nature of our educational system. It takes time for information to flow down to the classroom level… and not just in nutrition.
Thanks for the honest review. Before for this I was on a website that was knocking Isagenix only to discover that the closing paragraph was a plug for a competitor, Leptigen with a link to their products (the “review” was written by a Leptigen strategist). Either way I wasn’t interested in either product at that point. It seems hard to argue with the logic that you should simply just eat real, unprocessed foods, but all the comments say otherwise.
The sad truth is, due to genetic circumstances SOME of us will have to rely upon products like Isagenix; choose the best from a questionable selection of chemically altered supplements to get what we need. I have PCOS and have found that I should not consume processed foods which only adds to my problems but there are also whole foods that also make it worst. I use to be just like Dani but I had to find a middle ground that worked more effectively for me.
New research continues to explore the influence that occasionally giving yourself a break from eating, also known as intermittent fasting, can have on health. The potential metabolic changes that occur on Cleanse Days suggest that this approach can offer benefits for anyone, whether your goal is to reach a healthy weight or simply promote long-term well-being.
I cheated, and I hate myself for it. I drank a half a cup of a chai latte with skim milk. (I can’t even believe I’m saying this.) Rewind two weeks ago, and I was drinking grande-white-chocolate-mochas-with-whole-milk-and-whipped-cream on the daily; sometimes even twice a day if I wanted a sugar high mid-afternoon. The culprit on day 7: an outing with my friend, Stephanie. You can have green tea on these cleanses, but the café we went to didn’t have such a thing. I drank the chai latte reluctantly, guilt-ridden, and hurting (mentally) later. I felt like I had failed. No will power here.
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Sometimes, taking charge feels good. Reunions come along from time to time. So do beach getaways, job interviews, big dates, and other “holy cow, I’d better get it in gear” moments. Taking control of our fitness and health at important junctures in life gives us a sense of accomplishment. You’ll be able to revisit this cleanse whenever a big event looms. Turbocharged results are within your grasp. What I love about this cleanse is that it doesn’t require truly dramatic sacrifice. The only serious change you’ll need to make, besides giving up mindless snacking, is in your morning routine.

I read Dani’s initial article and found it very informative. What I didn’t find was her personal opinion. I’ve also read many of the responses and for those who have blasted back that she is “dangerous” or “uninformed” or “not being factual”, relax. In the business world, especially marketing, bashing competitors is simply bad for business. Stick to the facts (which Dani did) and give others the opportunity to make an informed decision. It may be assumed Dani does not support Isagenix products but, based upon what I’ve read of her initial article and subsequent replies to responses, she isn’t stopping anyone else from their own personal choices. She stated her purpose and delivered information, nothing more and nothing less. That doesn’t mean we’re all going to agree and like it but we can all agree to disagree, if that’s what makes the most sense.


You see, every day there are millions of cellular reactions occurring in your body. Some of this activity causes damage within your body. As with any equipment that is used a lot, the daily stress causes breakdown. Fortunately, your body is built for such circumstances and can naturally heal anything that isn’t working at an optimal level. This is autophagy.

One of the most important defense mechanisms the body has to guard itself against aging is a process called autophagy (8). Autophagy can be thought of as the body doing its own internal “housekeeping” so that all organ systems and processes continue to run smoothly. Old, damaged cell components are repaired or discarded so that cells can continue to function optimally. Autophagy in the body decreases as we age, so the body’s ability to self-help itself is reduced as well. Calorie restriction, including fasting, has been found to promote autophagy to mend the body’s cells (9). It’s as if the consumption of fewer calories allows the body to rest and to go into recovery mode. This has been proposed to be the reason why calorie restriction and fasting have an “anti-aging” effect.
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I too was encouraged to try that Isagenix product. 1 of my siblings is heavily into the scheme. She suggested it to me, and I tried it for almost 5 days until I started experiencing negative side affects. A week later she asked me if I wanted go with her to an Isagenix event where I’d become an associate., but after I naive agreed she informed me at the last minute that she needed to submit my social security number to the reps in charge so they could make an isagenix account for me, and for their tax purposes too. She had everything planned for the trip. But I felt pressured/trapped about giving out my ss number. I also did research about the product and I was shocked when I found it was a scam. It makes no sense why suddenly the company wants my ss number and insists I buy another of their products just to be a seller. So I politely informed my sibling that I refused to just throw out my personal info when I knew the company wasn’t Real!

This isn’t the only company that uses this tactic. Beachbody (maker of some great workout DVDs) is an MLM that sells a product called Shakeology in addition to the workout programs. The vast majority of Shakeology customers are also sales affiliates (or “coaches” as they call them). The shake costs $115 A MONTH(a little less if you are a coach), and the claims that these coaches make are ridiculous, unfounded, and irresponsible. They claim that Shakeology cured their IBS, helps them manage their diabetes, got them off a whole slew of medications, etc. (look at their Facebook page for a small sampling). If you say $115 a month is too expensive, they’ll tell you that a) it’s NOT expensive when you consider people spend that much on Starbucks, and b) well, you save $30 if you sign up as a coach under me. I was intrigued, so I figured I would do some research. EVERY page that I came across about Shakeology was written by a Beachbody Coach. If you type in “Shakeology scam,” you are directed to a site with an article that explains why Shakeology is NOT a scam. Type in “Shakeology pyramid”, “shakeology sucks”, you get articles written by Beachbody coaches saying why Shakeology is NOT those things. You need to be careful with these MLMs. They have a way of brainwashing their sales people
Harriet Hall, MD, a retired Air Force physician and flight surgeon, writes and educates about pseudoscientific and so-called alternative medicine. She is a contributing editor and frequent contributor to the Skeptical Inquirer and contributes to the blog Science-Based Medicine. She is author of Women Aren’t Supposed to Fly: Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon and coauthor of the 2012 textbook Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions.
Dani doesn’t need credentials to read a label Leisa and if you weren’t so brainwashed by the whole “we’re a family that want to be free and healthy and live life crap” then you would realise this too. Recently my girlfriend who works as a physiotherapist at a top clinic in Melbourne and knows a fair bit about Nutrition was pushed samples of these products by one of probably 10,000 ‘unique’ sellers in Australia . She mentioned she had fructose intolerance as diagnosed through thorough testing and the seller said “oh you’ll be fine there’s no fructose in these” she didn’t even know what was in her own products. Stop being little passengers in a world where you can create your own path and get some thoughts of your own Leisha and crew. Its a shit product on the same lines as progenex and herbalife.
I read Dani’s initial article and found it very informative. What I didn’t find was her personal opinion. I’ve also read many of the responses and for those who have blasted back that she is “dangerous” or “uninformed” or “not being factual”, relax. In the business world, especially marketing, bashing competitors is simply bad for business. Stick to the facts (which Dani did) and give others the opportunity to make an informed decision. It may be assumed Dani does not support Isagenix products but, based upon what I’ve read of her initial article and subsequent replies to responses, she isn’t stopping anyone else from their own personal choices. She stated her purpose and delivered information, nothing more and nothing less. That doesn’t mean we’re all going to agree and like it but we can all agree to disagree, if that’s what makes the most sense.
I agree that all natural is the best way to go. Recently came across the Wahl’s Protocol reinforcing my belief. Have also reviewed studies and TV clips, including 60 Minutes coverage, about how any type of sugar is in fact toxic and increases the bad kind of LDL is our bloodstreams leading to more heart disease. Any company making money by selling a weight loss diet to and because we are a mostly uneducated public, while not illegal, is borderline unethical and most likely quite profitable at least for those who own the company or are high up in the ranks. The list of product ingredients provided above looks to be low quality/least cost similar to highly processed food items. This may lead to an increasing likelihood of negative health side effects as time goes on.
If you want to lose weight, eat less than you burn, full stop. Learn to cook and eat stuff you make yourself. Don’t waste your money on organic either, as if anything the anti-GMO movement is even scammier than Isagenix. Teach yourself enough biology and chemistry to understand why these are scams. And most of all, accept that successful weight loss takes time. It’s a long-term project; don’t rush it, or buy into shortcuts.
Great article! We have changed our diets to (as much as possible) organic, unprocessed, chemical free foods. I am 52 and this is the best I have felt, I believe, ever! Eating this way and incorporating exercise has been a life changer for me. At my last two physicals my labs have come back wonderful. I also am in menopause and do not have to take anything. I appreciate this article, as this product was brought up during my exercise class today and I was somewhat leery of it. Thank you for advocating true healthy eating.
Ohh yes I see these guys in my gym, they started using it and hey I have so much energy, suddenly I have improved my personal record by 40kg? Really? just that you have trained like shit for the last decade and suddenly you got a bit of motivation through a shake? Ahh and yes obviously you stopped eating junk food and drink lots of beer due to the isagenix program, which you should have done to start with.
Insulin sensitivity—how well insulin does its job of ushering glucose in the blood (after eating food) into the appropriate body tissues where it is used for energy—also looks to be “reset” by fasting. One study showed that healthy men who fasted for 20 hours every other day for 15 days had increased rates of glucose uptake, signifying improved insulin sensitivity and better blood sugar control (4).
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