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.
Cleanse Days aren’t complicated, but for most people, they are very different from the usual daily routine. Planning a Cleanse Day might even seem a bit intimidating. The overall goal is to significantly limit calories for a period of up to two consecutive days per week (a total of four days per month) while receiving nourishment from Cleanse for Life® and other Cleanse Day snack options. Cleanse Days are about letting your body rest and recharge – there are no laxatives or diuretics involved.

The only truly effective and comprehensive type of detox is a cellular detox also known as cellular cleansing. Cellular cleansing is designed to remove harmful toxins from the body where they are causing the problem: at the cellular level. While many people focus on eliminating toxic food, which is important, but there are many other toxins that people encounter that are not food related. A cellular detox doesn’t just focus on removing toxic food; it looks at all the potential toxins a person encounters on a daily basis and aims to remove them as much as possible from the body and environment. Before a person begins a cellular detox, it’s important to know what the potential toxins are and where they originate.

Thank you for this post. It is unnerving that people are questioning your “professional background”. What credentials do these so called blog-blashers have? Now, I’m the first one to say that if it works for you, GREAT! If using whatever-shake-pound-reducing product has been a stepping stone in the right direction, than that too deserves applause. However, we all know there are many foods that even our beloved FDA trumpets as “healthy” even though they are chalked full of toxins. Nitrates in lunch meat comes to mind here. Nitrates that have long been (and ban from most European countries) known to cause cancer and other illnesses. Just because something has been “approved” by doctors, doesn’t necessarily mean it is safe! Phen-phen was also the wonder drug, and many many people lost weight, and now the use has been banned. This too was hailed as “safe”. Canned food is another example. It is now becoming widely known that approximately 10% of canned foods have high levels of BPA that is known cause various cancers, especially in children where many infant formulas contain high levels of BPA. These canned food were also toted as “safe”. So let’s stop with the “doctor’s research and doctor approved” jargon.
Special enzymes metabolize the toxin and make it more water-soluble, less toxic and less reactive to our vital components such as our DNA, proteins, etc. At this point, some of the toxins are able to be properly metabolized and excreted. However, phase I can sometimes make a molecule even more toxic than it was before and that’s where phase II comes in.
Hi! Very interesting blog post and comments section. I was given Isagenix by my sister and am currently on Day 4 of a 2 week “cleanse”. Prior to her giving it to me, I told her that I was wary of the product because I could not find any research supporting Isagenix that was not influenced or purchased by the company itself. That’s odd, especially for such a large company with so many supporters and testimonies. Despite my hesitation, I agreed to try it. I am obese and have been having trouble with sleep apnea, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations. My typical weekly diet included regular doses of fast food, pizza and at least 2 liters of fit soda per day. Frankly, I believe that Isagenix DOES contain things that are unhealthy. However, it is likely that they are less unhealthy than the disgusting things I was already consuming everyday. My plan is not to use Isagenix for life. I can see why people do, though. It’s a matter of convenience (and for some, a matter of pride). I am using this period to move from being completely unhealthy to embracing real foods again. There’s something about two shakes a day and a 48 hour no-solid-food period that just makes you appreciate something simple and natural like a sweet potato. (Please please please don’t tell me sweet potatoes are bad for me. I just fell in love with them.) I fully intend to return to a life of real food, which I believe does have everything we need to be healthy and thrive. I just needed a way to “reset”, to start the change I know my life needs.
Seriously don’t call people lazy. Also, I use Isagenix and do not spend $ 595 a month. I’m not quite sure where you got that. I prepare many clean meals in conjunction with enjoying Isagenix shakes. I eat clean, buy organic fruits and vegetables as well as hormone free yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. And when I’m busy (which most people are) I make a shake and go. I usually don’t respond to things like this, but you really struck a chord. You are very closed minded and wont even budge a bit, even though people have provided you with an array of information. You really need to open your mind to the idea that your way is just that, your way. It’s not necessarily right or wrong, but you can’t chastise people for having different opinions. And many different things for work different people for lots of different reasons.
What’s more, the dairy cows from New Zealand are not given any hormones or antibiotics like other industrialized counterparts to increase growth and milk production. To further increase the quality, Isagenix only uses undenatured whey and milk protein to protect the protein’s natural flavor, as well as its naturally occurring fragile, biologically active peptides.”
I think that we can all be driven crazy by paying too close attention to material details. There are thousands of issues worldwide which are effecting all our health. I know many many doctors and scientists that swear warfare radiation is going to kill us all, wireless technology is killing us all, that manufacturing particles that fill the air is killing us, that HAARP is killing us, and those are all massive environment factors which we can hardly dream of controlling. Yes we should be informed, yes we should eat ABSOLUTELY as close to our own vegetables, from our own garden AS WE POSSIBLY CAN, yes we should be halting the monoculture and commercially grown system which is poisoning so much, yes we need to monitor what we put into our bodies, BUT…We must become aware of that which has the greatest effect, the most detriment AND which is least attended to – That is the power of our thoughts and minds, and how they effect our health and others. This is a sacred power and it can more deeply influence our lives then you may know. I don’t just mean thoughts influencing water, happiness reducing illness or Qi creating incredible physical and mental abilities (all demonstrated by people I personally know)…But beyond that, there are forces which are utilized by the mind which are part of creation and cause people to be ill, that cause the best intentioned people to die and that create wellness in others which seems unbelievable (the chronic drinkers and emotionally terrible people etc.).

When you challenge a way people think and what they have been led to believe their entire life, it scares them to think they’ve been lied to (medical field, food manufacturers–I mean, really? If the food has been manufactured and made in a factory, how CAN that be REAL food?, people and corporations and chemical companies “out to feed the world and raise more food”–how is that working out for us, when we have people literally starving all over the world?). The whole concept of everything people have been told, taught, and have done their entire life isn’t necessarily the right or correct thing to be doing.
I wish people would open their eyes a bit and spend more time criticizing and ripping apart the REAL scammers in our world, like Big Pharma whose job it is to keep us sicker than ever and not a product or company that promotes and believes in REAL solutions for a healthy body, whatever the company may be. If any of you actually believe that our bodies can naturally defend themselves against all of the toxins and pollution that is bombarded on us WITHOUT our consent, then good luck to you…you will need it. Start fighting against those making you ill….NOT those trying to at least help! And btw…this lady’s job is to pick apart anything she gets her hands on….open your eyes!
Thousands of natural volatile compounds make up the flavors and aromas of the things we eat. Even simple natural flavors like vanilla can be made up of hundreds of compounds, most of which have very strange sounding chemical names. For example, d-limonene is one of many natural volatile compounds that make citrus taste like citrus (2), and 3-methylbutanal, 3-methyl-l-butanol, and geranial are compounds that help make tomato taste like tomato (3). Listing all of these natural flavor compounds as their official names on a label would not only lead to more confusion, but also look a little scary… (see Nutritional label of banana which I posted in response to another post down the page a ways)
Fats often get a bad rap. Although there are some types of fat you want to avoid or consume sparingly, such as trans fats, our bodies do require fat for survival. Fats are necessary for providing an important cushion around organs, they are essential for building hormones and cell membranes, and they supply the body with an efficient source of energy. In addition, fats assist in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins K, E, A, and D). For these reasons, it’s important to have a healthy amount of fat with every meal.
I have read all of the essays put out by Isagenix because someone close to me is involved with the company. I have written to its higher-level employees with questions and received replies. I have watched their videos, listened to their podcasts. My conclusion is that the folks who control this company are dishonest and so are their stated scientists. I do not believe that their products, if consumed on a short-term basis for the purpose of either losing weight or kick-starting one’s diet to a more disciplined daily regimen, place the consumer at any real risk. And I’m not sure if the Isagenix products place anyone at risk who eats a meal per day of real (actual) food. What is pathetic and sad about this company is the the untested claims it makes to sell its product. When I say “untested,” I mean not tested by an independent third party. Isagenix, and only Isagenix, says it tests its products (“really we do, I swear,” to quote a recent podcast narrated by an Isagenix “pro”). The company operates within the law — just.
Oh, and as far as being “angry” (yes, I’ve read the other posts), I am angry. I know several very close friends who’s lives have been ruined by Isagenix and other MLM snake oil. Would you be angry if your best friend completely alienated his family and threw his career away to peddle Isagenix crap? I sure hope you would care enough about your friend to be angry. What if someone’s wife alienated her husband and threw her family away to join the Isagenix cult? Is it ok for the husband to be angry about this? Would you have him choke down his anger and pretend like he’s not angry over losing his wife to a company like Isagenix?
Ok. I understand that your opinion was about the ingredients and I respect that, and don’t worry I won’t ask about credentials but I am gonna tell you my experience with Isagenix because I’ve been using them for a while on and off. I am now 41 years old and I’ve been involve in sports all my life. I am a black belt in taekwondo, but I practice other martial arts as well. I am 6’1″ and weight 170 pounds. Born in Cuba, and resident of Miami fl since 1995. first time I tried Isagenix was with the 30 day program. I made a personal trainer friend of mine to measure my body fat before and after the 30 days. I went from 17.9 to 14.3 of body fat in one month even cheating some how like eating my regular breakfast and using a banana and milk on the shakes. Let me say that I am a very skeptical person and I like to question everything. I have seen great results of people using the Isagenix products, including a few friends of mine, and no I am not a distributor. I’ve been a professional massage therapist for 10 years, and know many people from a very wide range of society. I believe must of the health problems in the US is not from the food out there but from life choices, lack of physical activities, and abuse of over the counter and prescription medications. Isagenix like any other products out there may have their flaws but if you combine it with a healthy diet you can achieve good results if you are trying to loose body fat. Based on my own experience I would use it at the beginning of your plan to boost the start and then stick to the healthiest eating habits that you can possible make according to your income level. If you wanna talk about gluten free diets well gluten is present on so many foods that it would be very difficult to avoid every single day. My Cuban grandfather ate white bread and butter everyday at breakfast for 90 years until he died, but he also walked several miles everyday at the same time, so how bad gluten may be compare to other hazards of the daily living, it’s all relative to lifestyle choices. A patient from the chiropractic office that I work for, lost 45 pounds in two months using Isagenix products combined with other diets changes. Tell her that it doesn’t work and you can guess what would be her answer. Again if you stick to the ingredients you may be right, based on the results I have seen I bet to differ 100% with you. Good luck everybody on your health quest!
Soy protein is not in any of their products. Purified soy lecithin is in some of their products including the Black Sesame shake (but not the french vanilla or dutch chocolate or berry harvest shakes). However the lecithin is not the same as the protein as the author would know. It’s the protein that is the hormone disrupter. More details on why isagenix uses soy lecithin is found on their site http://www.isagenixhealth.net/why-is-soy-lecithin-used-in-isagenix-products/
I had to stop reading this at they don’t use synthetic vitamins…Really? What is Cyanocobalamin B12 then? So either your company just lies….or they just lie! It is the cheapest and worse form of B12. Come on take the emotion out of this. People buy into a company because they either want it to be their path to riches or they really believe the info being told to them. I get it! Once you think about it and remove yourself from their story you will find the truth. I wont promote the company I support in our clinic due to how crazy people get but I will suggest you DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH with an open mind!
I too have been invited to see and read about the company and all the weight loss success on a facebook blog. I see a lot of successful weightloss, I am happy for them and impressed however no one can answer my questions about what happens after the 30 days, they boast of losing weight without any exercise but what happens when they go back to eating or do they not go back to eating,no one really says, they answered me by saying that they continue to do shakes and it’s their lifestyle now. But what about eating with family,holidays ,etc., one couple boasted how they resisted Thanksgiving dinner with family and just drank their shakes. The cost I feel is very expensive, my friend spends $400 a month and you have to pay a membership fee just to order and then they like you to auto renew every month. How does one you do isagenix and still cook for one’s family as you really can’t have your children doing these shakes. One of customers posted that she was so happy with herself as she resisted the Wendy’s french fries and burgers that she bought for her children. I didn’t get it. You also cannot order off the website you have to go through a representative. You can find some of the products on Amazon and Ebay but they are just as expensive. I think I will just stick to eating well and exercising even if it does not come off as quickly as isagenix. I am glad some of these people have found their fix to losing weight. Is it really healthy I can’t say.
A meal replacement shake is possibly better than fast food (although you can make better choices depending on the restaurant), but is certainly worse than normal, reasonably healthy food. Drinking stupid shakes filled with sugar and other crap just isn’t good for you. It’s easy, but it’s certainly not healthy. Not even when these companies lie and tell you IT’S ALL NATURAL!!! 

I think Agave is getting a bit of a bad rep, like ANY sugar, it should be moderately used. Organic, low-heat processed Agave syrup, has not been found to have any ill effects when used in careful moderation to my knowledge (can you point to any studies showing otherwise? ALL sweeteners whether natural or processed, should be used carefully, and we obviously have gotten onto a bad track with putting sugars into 90% of foods, when it should be almost entirely be limited to desserts. Check out this video on some of its effects: http://youtu.be/p9-aleeQ2ho

Dani, bless your sanity. The Iso-maniacs are afraid their get-rich-quick bubble will burst and have sounded the alarm for their trolls to flood your site with ritualize testimonial after testimonial. There’s no magic here, no secret of science and no common sense. It’s water loss, temporary and an unhealthy way to live over extended periods. Nothing more than Stepford Wives pushing temporary weight loss plans. They are a tenacious bunch and some of them, downright clueless.
And I laugh again at the “unbiased” title. That is what dragged me to this site and after reading many of the other people reviews (and I’m not choosing to go with this produce), I choose to comment and tell you how disconnected you are with society. You can preach your lifestyle all you want in your blog and the importance of healthy eating, but when you start bashing products without proper citations of peer-reviewed articles… then I decide to voice my 1st amendment.
Thank you for this post. It is unnerving that people are questioning your “professional background”. What credentials do these so called blog-blashers have? Now, I’m the first one to say that if it works for you, GREAT! If using whatever-shake-pound-reducing product has been a stepping stone in the right direction, than that too deserves applause. However, we all know there are many foods that even our beloved FDA trumpets as “healthy” even though they are chalked full of toxins. Nitrates in lunch meat comes to mind here. Nitrates that have long been (and ban from most European countries) known to cause cancer and other illnesses. Just because something has been “approved” by doctors, doesn’t necessarily mean it is safe! Phen-phen was also the wonder drug, and many many people lost weight, and now the use has been banned. This too was hailed as “safe”. Canned food is another example. It is now becoming widely known that approximately 10% of canned foods have high levels of BPA that is known cause various cancers, especially in children where many infant formulas contain high levels of BPA. These canned food were also toted as “safe”. So let’s stop with the “doctor’s research and doctor approved” jargon.
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!
Are there not more pressing issues in the world today that deserve our upmost attention??? Our organic thought and acceptance that there is only, has only ever been, and will only ever be ONE authority on these things? The authority that ONE has in regards to the ONLY relationship that ONE ever has? The ONE relationship with the entirety of the earth and every form of life upon it?
Juice diets do prevent your body from going into a state called ketosis, he says. Ketosis means your body has no carbohydrates to burn for energy, so it has to burn stored fat or whatever else is available, he tells WebMD. "You feel bad, even smell bad. That's what makes you feel like hell during a [water-only] fast. But is that because the toxins are coming out? No! You're going into ketosis. It's known physiology."
If you are serious about your health, you would be aware of the issue of toxicity. The core Isagenix products targets toxicity to allow the body to function as it should. John Anderson, the formulator behind the product, has worked for several decades and for over 600 supplement companies. He knows what he is doing and what should be going into the human body. I’m sorry but I can’t argue with that sort of expertise.
Please enlighten me Dani on how many people you have helped with being healthier and happy with yourself. Regardless of what you say is toxic etc I couldn’t two sh*ts about that at all. But the people that you have helped acheive their fitness goals compared to Isagenix. I am not sure as to whether it is comparable. The information you have given maybe true but think about the lives that this product is changing perhaps? You call that sly, another MLM scheme and complain that they dont sure everything. WHo cares it changes lives!
Former Isagenix customer Megan Moulton says that the power of the social media groups and the communities can be the magic bullet for hardcore fans. "You can become a celebrity within the Isagenix community. Social media can make you feel special and affirmed, and the more you post the more important you can feel. Some people really seem to need that."
This is the type of sensationalistic, fear-mongering that we need to be careful of. As someone in a leadership role (ie. people trust you for information), you need to understand how people react to that information. When you use language like, “It is toxic to the liver, raises triglycerides…”, it doesn’t matter what follows, people just remember that it is toxic to your liver.
People have been hybridizing, which is COMPLETELY different from genetically modifying. Genetically modifying involves altering plant genes using the genes of animals, viruses, bacteria, etc. This can only be done in a lab and has proven to be carcinogenic. Do you think that 10,000 years ago people had labs in which they figured out how to genetically combine fish genes and tomatoes?
You’ve obviously never tried it. You can spout off all the random information you want, but Isagenix makes me FEEL better than anything I’ve ever eaten. Something unhealthy could never make me feel this good. I’ve eaten whole, unprocessed, healthy foods my whole life, but my health completely turned around when I started adding Isagenix into the mix. Haters gonna hate, but you will NEVER, EVER convince me that Isagenix is unhealthy. It is the best thing I have ever done for myself. Cheers!
This is the type of sensationalistic, fear-mongering that we need to be careful of. As someone in a leadership role (ie. people trust you for information), you need to understand how people react to that information. When you use language like, “It is toxic to the liver, raises triglycerides…”, it doesn’t matter what follows, people just remember that it is toxic to your liver.

And Ian K. Smith, M.D. agrees. Dr. Ian is a Harvard graduate, founder of the SHRED Lifestyle, and the author several best-selling diet books. He explains that the liver, kidney, lungs, skin, and gastrointestinal system remove toxins that accumulate in the body. But following a detox diet full of natural foods can enhance the body's ability to cleanse. He adds, however, that dieters should make no assumptions about health when choosing a detox diet. "Detoxes have gotten very trendy, and many of them are unhealthy and quite dangerous."
Dani just keep doing what you’re doing. These idiots think Isagenix and herbalife garbage is the be all end all of nutrition. Little do they know the supplements that are being manufactured are coming out of the same manufacturers as all the other supplements out in the market. I know this as fact. So keep thinking “scientists and doctors” are working on formulas.
When fructose is consumed in a normal range as our hunter-gatherer ancestors did when they ate fruits and vegetables all year round – and as part of a reduced-calorie diet for building muscle and losing weight – it and its cousin sweeteners such as sucrose, glucose, honey, agave nectar, fruit juice concentrates, and sugar alcohols really aren’t so freaky after all.
@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.
Isagenix is food. Regular food is from depleted soils. Organic food made children behave better at lunch in a school study. Genetically modified food is lacking in nutrition. “The majority of people fill their stomachs with foods void of natural nutrition and the evidence supports that they behave poorly, learn less, mis-behave more and commit more crimes than those who fill their stomachs with highly nutritious organic produce and meats.” [Wow! Instead of the Twinkie defense, criminals can claim their non-organic lunch made them do it!]
I’m so pleased with the results of doing the 9 Day Cleanse. I LOST 15 lbs!!!!! I noticed a difference in how my clothes fit and especially when I put on my winter coat. It used to be tight on me and now it’s noticeably more loose.  Plus I lost 29 inches! The most inches lost was in my waist (5 inches), abdomen (3.5 inches) and upper thighs (3.5 inches). I lost 1.5 inches in my butt so still a ways to go there.
I just stumbled on this article because a friend is planning to do Isagenix and was suggesting I might like to do it with her. I have to admit that it sounds terribly seductive, albeit expensive. However your article makes a lot of sense to me and I admire the way you have held your own against so much abuse…Isagenix loyalists sound like Scientologists! If anything, the way that they are attacking you so viciously makes me MORE cautious about their products.
The Isagenix 9-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning system is marketed as a weight loss supplement to help you to lose up to seven pounds in nine days, according to the Isagenix website. The package includes meal replacement shakes, supplements, snacks, program guide, measuring tape and a CD explaining the importance of cleansing. It retails for at $174 as of December 2010. Consumer Reports states that most dietary supplements aren’t regulated, so it’s important to exercise caution when using them. KVS12 Heartland News further reports that long-term affects of the Isagenix program aren't clear.
First off, I’d like to thank everyone for their views. But, I don’t see the purpose in slamming a particular person or their educational back ground based on the fact that you may disagree with you. Commenting and or slamming Dani’s view based on her educational background then proceeding to share your thoughts, when you dont have any kimd of educational background in the matter is totally hypocritical. Second, one person mentioned that this IS… stuff is not a diet. I dont think you realize what diet means. A diet refers to the food choices you make through out the course of your life. Indivuals who eat a lot of chips and icecream can be said to have a diet of that which contains chips and icecream. So, yes this product is considered as part of a indivuals diet. And if this is all the person consumed, the IS… stuff would be their diet. It would be much more benifitial if people would stop slamming one another and actually just presented various facts. Maybe I didn’t read far enough down the list on these comments, but I didn’t see too much information solidly explaining the contraction of the product or how the ingredients that Dani listed from the toxic product list were of any kind of benefit for the IS… products.
Each day, we’re surrounded by numerous pollutants in our environment. Whether it is the food that we consume (most of which contains genetically-modified organisms), the water that we drink, or even the things that we touch, we’re sure to be contaminated somehow. This can be pretty harmful and it can take a huge toll on our bodies; especially internally. With Nutritional Cleansing, you can cure these interior pollutions by purifying the body and removing those unwanted toxins that we’re exposed to so often. What’s great about Nutritional Cleansing is that it’s a win-win: it gives your body the opportunity to rejuvenate and regenerate while also nourishing your body with nutritional products, thus helping your long-term health and wellness to prosper.
I am a Weight Loss Coach who teaches people how to eat mindfully, and end emotional eating. I have friends who swear by Isagenix. Since it’s all the rage and I have clients who use it, I decided to try it for one week so that I could have first hand experience. I have never been so thirsty in my life. I easily drank 2 gallons of water a day, and still could not satisfy my thirst. I woke in the morning with the worst dry mouth of my life. I quit after day 2 as I was concerned with how this product was affecting my liver and kidneys.
To do so, Larson suggests making one change in your diet per week. For example, you can try to add an extra fruit or veggie to your lunches, aim to get more protein-rich meat alternatives in your dinners, or pledge to really, definitely, for sure eat a nutritious, energizing breakfast every day. You could also aim to bring your lunch from home a few more days a week.
The reason I feel this stuff is a scam is this. I did an experiment after I after heard all the hype on this stuff. I bought an herbal cleansing kit from the good food store and used protein shakes to replace breakfast everyday for a week. It cost me 39 dollars for the protein and 30 dollars for the cleanse. I lost 8lbs in 7 days. Was it the right way to go about it? No, I just wanted to prove that people are sheep and 280 dollars was a waste of money!
Get weight loss and cleansing off to a fast start with the 9-day supply of the Cleansing and Fat Burning System. Seven pounds is the average weight loss for people using the Cleanse and Fat Burning System for nine days.The five nutritional components of the system help you cleanse while infusing your body with premium nutrients for optimum health and safe weight loss. Stimulant free.
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