and you guys do have a habit of replacing your CHILDREN’S meals with these shakes and bars. For that my friends 4 yr old hasn’t grown a freaking inch since he was 2! That’s her poor decision due to brain washing by her own father who is an invester for the company. Rich man just trying to make money off of ya, doesn’t even give back to the community.
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.

I have studied for years to become a Nutritionist & yet people disbelieve my (science supported) facts & listen to those selling these products (who often have no nutritional or medical qualifications). I have had many clients come to me after having issues with these products due to the “experts’ who have sold them not even checking past medical history (eg. giving them to someone who is lactose intolerant or allergic to soy). There is no due diligence in these salespeople, they are only worried about making a quick buck.
Some nutrients can be added in the form of teas and powders to aid the body in both phases of detoxification for a more effective cleanse (note: elimination is critical during a cleanse to make sure that you are passing out of the body the toxins being liberated from the cells…and elimination can come from all forms so body odor, bad breath, breakouts are all to be anticipated and actually are signs of an effective cleanse as long as they clear up).
This is an excellent and informative blog about Isagenix. I have some friends who, sadly have fallen for the “get healthy, get wealthy” brainwashing that Isagenix promotes. People are, or seem to be taught to push push push selling. If Isagenix is so interested in helping people, why not sell it to health stores, grocery stores etc? They exclusively use a pyramid sales model.
In the Journal of the American Medical Association — suggesting that all the extra folic acid might increase your odds of developing cancer. “The more we learn about folic acid, the more it’s clear that giving it to everyone has very real risks,” says folic acid researcher David Smith, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacology at the University of Oxford in England.
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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.
Lastly, there is the detoxification that can take place on Cleanse Days. Often misunderstood, improved detoxification (or the increased efficiency of phase 1, 2, and 3 enzyme systems) while on Cleanse Days may be one of the most fascinating parts of the scientific story behind Cleanse Days. Nutritional support in the form of antioxidant vitamins and botanicals is essential in the detoxification process because some toxins are produced as the result of free radical activity. Additionally, nutritional support is needed to counteract the oxidative damage caused by toxins.
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."
Kathy urges that it is important to be aware that Nutritional Cleansing products were not designed as weight-loss supplements. Although Nutritional Cleansing products from Isagenix do benefit weight-loss for those who are overweight, their primary purpose is to successfully detoxify the body, build leaner muscles, manage stress, and improve energy and sleeping habits through this easy-to-follow systematic program.
2 things about this article – firstly this blog clearly states that Dani is paid by products to endorse their products which means she is a paid blogger, who gets paid to write about products or write against them. I know because I hire bloggers for a living, it’s a great way to make money but it doesn’t mean they know everything about the nutrition side.
Also, for your further enjoyment you should look further into the lead levels of the shakes. They have been sited by California Prop 65 and have labeled all of their shakes accordingly. They have information on their website as to how they are still under the federal guidelines. They did in fact remove the soy lecithin from the shakes after what they described as “confusion” amongst people. Not stating that in fact soy lecithin contains trace amounts of soy proteins.

There are two main types of toxins, water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble toxins are easily metabolized by the body and excreted in your urine. However, in the instance of someone with an unhealthy digestive system, such as leaky gut, some of the toxins manage to find their way into your blood supply. This can lead to a number of symptoms such as headaches, flu-like symptoms and if not addressed, can lead to more serious issues over the long term.

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.
My seventh grade debate teacher told me I’d make a good lawyer and I appreciate the compliment coming from you as well! I think it’s incredibly commendable that you stopped using/recommend Isagenix once you found out the truth about it. There are so many people who still recommend and sell it, fully knowing (and having read this review) that it’s not a healthy product. It takes a lot to walk away from something like that, especially when you’re making money from it.
Derek – Those testimonies about income are often false. Sometimes they lie outright about how much they’ve made in commission. Usually the lie is in the information they don’t tell you… how much they spent to get the relatively small commission. Almost everyone loses money in MLM: http://www.pinktruth.com/mary-kay-facts/myth-of-mlm-income-opportunity-99-lose-money-in-mlm/
You ask what credentials the blog poster has which is probably reasonable, but then fail to provide your own bonafides or credentials as you proceed to criticize this persons obvious fairly unbiased general information, which by the way does not require the need to have any particular certification to provide for it is available webwide as well as through professional health resources.
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).
But your reason for wanting to do a cleanse may be totally admirable. For instance, perhaps you want to break out of eating patterns that leave you feeling sluggish halfway through your workday, or maybe you'd like to turn down your meat consumption a tad for the environment's sake. In those cases, you can still do what Larson calls a "reboot" rather than a cleanse to accomplish those goals without depriving your body of necessary nutrients.
I was surprised to find that I didn’t feel hungry on the Cleanse Days even though I wasn’t really eating any food besides the snacks. On day one, John and I went shopping and he stopped at McDonalds drive-thru and ate his Big Mac meal right in front of me!! Not very nice of him at all, but I wasn’t really tempted. I was a woman on a mission to complete the 9 days with NO CHEATING! When I did feel hungry, I went for a glass of water and an Isagenix snack. It satisfied my hunger and gave me energy.
The Cleanse for Life drinks are really good and they taste like fruit punch! It’s basically just mixing two scoops of Cleanse for Life in a tall glass and adding cold water and mixing.  I’ve tried cleanses before and Cleanse for Life is the best one yet hands down. I’m actually still craving that drink even though I’m off the cleanse now because it’s that good.
Perhaps your time would be better spent unearthing the problems (scams) in the food production chain, instead of slamming a part of it that is actually scientifically-proven to be helping people. Perhaps it would be more productive if you stuck with accountig and leave the nutrition to the people that actually are Phd’d and published in that field.
If they’re so great, you shouldn’t feel the need to ‘report’ anyone. People are welcome to make their own opinions on the subject and she wants people to be informed is all. We all own a brain and while most of us use it to make good choices, some make more informed choices. I personally would never put something from a can into my body, or my families body, but then I guess that’s because they’re my family and not yours. Not really sure why people are so passionate about a diet supplement…maybe because there is money involved. I know a large number of people in my town who have used it and only two have kept weight off and they are selling the product. Both have ‘fallen off the wagon’ as well. Another woman was over 400 pounds, took some weight off and put it all back on…most likely because of personal choices, of course. But healthy eating and exercise, again, in my opinion, are the best way…life style change, not change in a can. Also, what happens to all of the extra vitamins? They have to go somewhere right? kidneys? liver? I would be concerned
Isagenix was introduced to me by my sister who is a MLM fan and specialist. I am the antithesis of her when it comes to this but she’s my sister and I love her. She lost all her weight on Herbal-life and was a fan of that for many years. Now “Isa” is all I hear about. Suffice to say, Isagenix appeals to potential distributors for many different reasons – none of which need to be discussed here. The point is, MLM companies wouldn’t exist without distributors who are willing to follow the MLM doctrine. They are incredibly savvy at the “buy in to me” process and clearly there are millions who want to “buy in” and do.
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)
Since each individual’s body is different, it is better to consult your dietitian or physician before you start this diet. Depending on current weight, medical history, current activity levels, age, genetics, etc., your dietitian will be able to customize the diet plan. Feeding your body the right foods to help burn more fat and being physically active is the best way to lose weight.
Interesting read. Not unbiased, however, which is fine. How can any of us actually be unbiased? We can only use our best judgment to decide for ourselves what matter to us and we all have an opinion. I recently joined up with Isagenix after watching some very dear friends absolutely transform their bodies and lives over the last 18 months. One was in and out of the hospital, suffering from celiac and other ailments, and has found life-changing relief from Isagenix products. She has not only lost weight but has turned her health around completely. The turnaround has been amazing to see. Another has lost 150+ lbs and is able to be physically active in ways she never could be previously. Interestingly, her husband has struggled with Isagenix and following the plan.
Isagenix uses many organic ingredients, however finished products can not be certified organic as some ingredients are sourced from parts of the world where organic certification doesn’t exist. However the whey protein in the shakes is from milk from pasture fed cows without any antibiotics / growth hormones and only milked according to season. This protein is processed at low temperatures to ensure the immune boosting immunoglobulins are kept intact along with active peptides and digestive enzymes like lactase found naturally in milk (but destroyed from typical pasteurised milk you get from the shops) The cows are raised on NZ farms and exceeds USDA organic standards. More details found here http://www.isagenixhealth.net/top-25-questions-about-isagenix-and-nutritional-cleansing/ and here
A pejorative, sweeping statement about the qualifications of all Isagenix advisers? How can you possibly state with confidence about the knowledge, qualifications and experience of every Isagenix adviser. Do you know them all? It may well be that 50% of advisers have formal qualifications in nutrition and some may be dietitians. I don’t know, nor do you know I would suggest. This is a further indicator of your preconceived ideas about Isagenix in particular and dietary supplements of this type in general that underlay your bias in an alleged “unbiased” blog. BTW, I don’t use Isagenix or any other similar products. I tried isagenics for a few weeks but I don’t like like the shakes nor do I have the self discipline to adhere to a dietary program. I do like the cookies and the chocolates…yum.
I do enjoy your site Dani, have visited it numerous times. Am a little disappointed in this article however, instead of taking a researched approach it seems you are only looking topically at the system. The College of Applied Sciences and their clinically backed research holds more factual, referenced truth than a quick blog post based on biased reporting or personal opinion. You are also selling a service of $130 a month, clearly stating your monetary compensation disclaimer, who is to say that you aren’t paid to write harmful reviews, in order to attract more attention to your service? Increasing your overall orders, paid promotion of other products, or kickbacks. Seems like more of a case of “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”.
The following is copied & pasted from a friend who admittedly HAS gotten great results. Out of curiosity I asked her how she’d lost so much weight. She emailed me the youtube clip of Greenlaw hawking his product, and a text which included this: “You will have more energy, sleep better, have optimal mental focus, lose the bloating, less stress & anxiety, better skin and hair… you name it! Some people use this for weight loss, some for weight gain, some just to tone, and some merely for more energy and better sleep. This is not 1 size fits all.”

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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!
I like to believe the “thinking” person prefers to make informed choices and decisions about what they put into their bodies, or not. So, I can’t comment on the reasons for the choices people make though I do question the validity and reliability of those reasons from a researcher’s perspective. I can share why I found Isagenix appealing (quick easy fix) and equally unappealing. I’m an early adopter of many things, however, when no (proven) independent clinical studies exist to support something, I tend to smell a rat. I know there is anecdotal evidence and millions of photos to support Isagenix. That’s called the perfect marketing strategy.
Although I know whatever I write will be the subject of another shirty reply, because you are highly defensive and obviously not going to budge on this, I will attempt to defend myself (which I am entitled to do and, despite this being your domain, you intentionally made this available for the public, including the world, to read and in turn comment on). It is not possible for me to discredit you, you are not in a position to be ‘discredited’. Coming from public health research ethics and governance, I do have some knowledge on credibility of sources and how ethical research is conducted (and scrutinized).
love the infoLove the info you post on here. Keep up the good work. I agree with you totally and people should fully read what you put down before getting on their high horse and telling you your wrong which you are not. Also on a side note you are very beautiful and I love what you stand for. Keep up the good fight. Education is the only way we can get our country to change its bad eating habits. If it didn’t grow naturally from the ground it should be left alone. Be smart about what you put in your body and the portions that you’re putting on your plates. Fad diets like all the shake programs out there will always leave you looking for the next quick program and you will have wasted hundreds of dollars and put the pounds right back on when you get board or no longer can justify the outrageous cost of which ever get thin quick program you are on. If you want real nutrition, stop with all the pills and supplements. And quit eating in front of your TVs. Cook a meal, get educated and stop blaming everything.
There are some downsides, however. As she explains, "By day two you may as well have all your calls forwarded to the toilet because you will be spending a lot of time in the bathroom. The first time I did the cleanse, I was out with my kids at the mall when all of a sudden I needed a bathroom, stat! It was a nightmare, trying to pack everyone up and find the restroom. I learned the mall is not the place you want to be when your body starts trying to eliminate toxins."

Isagenix uses many organic ingredients, however finished products can not be certified organic as some ingredients are sourced from parts of the world where organic certification doesn’t exist. However the whey protein in the shakes is from milk from pasture fed cows without any antibiotics / growth hormones and only milked according to season. This protein is processed at low temperatures to ensure the immune boosting immunoglobulins are kept intact along with active peptides and digestive enzymes like lactase found naturally in milk (but destroyed from typical pasteurised milk you get from the shops) The cows are raised on NZ farms and exceeds USDA organic standards. More details found here http://www.isagenixhealth.net/top-25-questions-about-isagenix-and-nutritional-cleansing/ and here
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.
We all know that most meats are produced with additives that makes the animal grow and mature faster. These additives have been declared safe by all who tested them. Most of us have seen a young girl who looks like she’s 18 but is only 12 or 13. It would be logical to assume that the additives used to grow the animals faster would have similar effects on the people who consume them. After all, humans are just animals too. Did the scientific papers covering the use of these additives fully test and research the affects they would have on people? One could argue that it’s not a bad thing for our kids to grow faster but is it a good thing?
I’ve been enjoying this discourse, its nice if we can stick to logic, but I feel that various people are getting emotional on this issue. Just curious where you have the idea that ALL vegetable oils are inflammatory? At what point? Due to what? There are practically centuries recorded use of olive oil…what part makes it unhealthy?? Is not moderation the key? What makes soybean oil rancid and bad?
Hi Dani, I absolutely love your article. You are extremely knowledgeable. I hate everything to do with GMOs and Monsanto. I avoid processed and non organic foods and only buy local organic foods. I am a health and fitness coach and I try to steer my clients towards organic products. Recently I have been asked about this product and I knew very little on it. The only thing I knew was they claimed to be “Non GMO and Organic” I now know they are not. Isn’t it a shame that we have to worry about what is in our food? I am so glad I stumbled upon your article!! Best wishes!!
I love what you have written, it’s wonderful but it’s a shame that you advertised your own program on there, it just gives them a reason to say you are only putting down isagenix to sell your own product. Drives me nuts the shit they carry on with and I know your products are the best way to get healthy but they will use anything to support their argument!

I was overwhelmed a bit at first, but quickly figured out how it all worked. They include lots of literature in the kit so I was able to read more about the products and how they work and when I needed to take them. I was ready to begin! I started on a Thursday and I got up that day and weighed and measured myself (ugh!). The kit provides an area for you to record both your starting weight and measurements and even included a tape measure. I knew this weight had to go and I was excited to finally have some direction!


Fiona McMillan says she tried Isagenix for a while and despite losing weight quit the program after seeing dodgy health advice provided by what she called the "pushers" on support pages on social media. McMillan, who is a medical scientist, says she was very concerned by the many sellers providing health advice to others who complained of feeling nauseous or breaking out in a rash after using the product, despite having no qualifications. "Any time someone mentioned any type of rash, comments would appear such as 'that's just a niacin rush', 'nothing to worry about', 'I can't wait till I have one of those' – all without knowledge of the user's prior medical history, or what said rash actually looked like. In my opinion, these blind consults are very dangerous."
Wow, so much anger is these postings. I am using Isagenix for the first time. I am impressed! My husband and I are both losing weight at a healthy steady rate, we work out more because we feel better and our blood pressure is down. We have spent 54 and 70 years respectively searching for the “right way” to eat. I started with Harvey and Marilyn Diamonds Fit for life book. I liked it. Then I became the president of our local American Heart Association and followed their diet guidelines. I ballooned! Then we tried Atkins and had success but it was too hard on our bodies. After a while I felt toxic. After that it was yo-yo and out of control. The food in this country is a mess. We have always exercised, do not smoke and love to cook. We don’t own a deep-fryer and think that we have spent most of our lives searching for a way to lose weight…and eating clean (according to the 80’s 90’s 2000’s approach has left us both obese and hurting.) If you can find something that works for you. Then God Bless You. NOBODY here is a true authority. We all have our own reality. I will continue with Isagenix because it is working and I am sick of the search. There are no easy answers. And I think only people who have really and truly struggled understand. Also, my husband has metastatic prostate cancer thanks to the dioxin poison he had to drink from the streams when he was an unwilling participant in the Viet Nam war (drafted). Isagenix is making him feel good and he is already off of his high blood pressure medication. It is soothing to his upset stomach also. Again, if you haven’t really struggled….to feel good or even stay alive…you are not an authoritarian. This may mean nothing to you now, but it will someday. When you figure out you didn’t have all the answers after all. Good luck to all of you in the constant search for what should be a simple question: What should I eat?
I follow Vani the food babe and she has a wealth of information on this, too. There’s a reason she was able to get fast food companies (chik fil a for ex) to agree to switch to certified organic chicken in the near future. It all comes down to awareness…you cannot trust a company backing their product, nor can you trust the FDA. It’s the sad truth!
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Although both MSG and protein hydrolysates are additives that are primarily used as flavor enhancers, they are subject to specific labeling rules that requires their disclosure on ingredient labels. MSG is an isolated salt of the amino acid glutamate, which is used to enhance the savory flavor of foods. While glutamate is found naturally to some degree in nearly all foods (particularly high in cheese, mushrooms, and tomatoes), MSG is an extremely concentrated source. Protein hydrolysates also tend to be naturally higher in glutamate, although are presented with other amino acids and nutrients. Even though they are listed as natural flavors under the Code of Federal Regulations, it’s mandated that they be specifically listed along with their source on the ingredients label. Common types of hydrolysates often appear on labels under such names as “hydrolyzed wheat gluten,” “hydrolyzed soy protein,” and “autolyzed yeast extract.”


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."

Honestly, I could rant about this till im blue in the face. But no amount of ranting will mean anything because you do have some valid grounds but your missing the concepts of what Isagenix was based off of. The real quality of the stuff used (again my body can tell). But hey id be willing to even challenge you that if you worked with me directly, id probably gain 20-30 pounds no matter what you tried to do if I went Isagenix clean for a month. But at that point you would probably brush it off as a failure and I would be the one left to suffer the consequences .
Do you know how many great, healthy meals you could make for the same price people are spending on this crap? Look for products with less than 5 ingredients, all that you can pronounce…It’s not that tough. Blows my mind. Or how about this…invest in a personal trainer and get your butt off the couch? Here’s another thought, higher a nutritionist or dietitian. It’s not that hard. Eat clean, exercise to the best of your ability, and stop looking for the magic pill.
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.
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