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.
I’ve had about 10 of my friends use Isagenix. Admittedly, it didn’t work for everyone. Maybe 6 or 7 out of the 10 got results they were satisfied with. I was already pretty skinny so wasn’t using it for weight loss as such, but I did ‘feel’ healthier, and I did notice improvements in my energy levels. It’s not for everyone, but overall I would think most people would be happy.
I’m not sure if your brain isn’t properly functioning due to taking Isagenix for almost five years, but the ingredient lists were pulled directly from the Isagenix website and I really don’t appreciate being called a liar. Anyone who has the basic ability to read can see the list of sources I used to provide the ingredient lists. So to say that the ingredient lists are fake (when I clearly provided links for them that go to the Isagenix website) is basically an admission that you know the ingredients are garbage.
Just want to say THANK YOU for standing up for what is right and what is good for humanity. Thank you for defending the REAL FOODS MOVEMENT! I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I LOVE THE INFORMATION YOU SHARE! I hope you keep doing this because it surely brings LIGHT to those who are ready to accept the knowledge and truth. Please keep doing what you’re doing! And may I request you do one on Visalus. 🙂
Debate provides a platform informed choice – in the spirit of increased knowledge and insight – thank you for this blog. We are all doing the best we can – for our bodies for our future 🙂 This program works for me – I am not an evangelist – as it may not be for you – but it just might be a better option than what people choose now – with obesity as an epidemic – I would suggest its the mainstream consumption habits of the western world that require a sprinkling of this education contained within this blog.
Anyone who openly promotes this garbage as a cure for type 2 diabetes should be named and shamed. A seller has sold this crap to my partner and told him to follow it to the letter and his diabetes will be gone in no time. Seriously? My response is if that was actually the case why dont the respective diabetes associations and the medical profession put their clients and patients on this crap? I guess the answer is that they know the detrimental effects this stuff can have on the body and they have most latest peer reviewed research at their disposal which states the most effective treatments and lifestyle choices. This crap is not part of it. Well done on speaking out !
Chel – The multi-level marketing scams like Isagenix are well within my wheelhouse. I am also well-educated enough to know that crappy shakes used as meal replacements are not good for people, and are certainly not as good for anyone as healthy meals plus a daily multi-vitamin. No one with any credibility would ever suggest that it’s a good idea to take the crap that Isagenix sells rather than just eat a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Good luck shilling!
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?
Just because soy, agave and gluten are only in some of the items I listed on my site, does not mean that they are not in more products that Isagenix sells. I do not have the time or energy to go through every single product Isagenix sells and highlight the garbage. For example, there is soy in this http://www.isagenix.com/us/en/isaleanbars.dhtml as well as this http://www.isagenix.com/us/en/isagenixsnacks.dhtml and I’m sure in several other products.
The other things you mention are anecdotal. If someone switches from eating McDonald’s and Burger King to Isagenix and starts paying attention to their overall food intake, yes, they will improve their health markers all around. But that doesn’t make Isagenix ideal, it doesn’t even make Isagenix healthy. It just makes Isagenix healthier than the previor poor diet.
I find this article interesting and the arguments even more interesting. Isagenix, like many other similar systems teaches portion control and an introduction to healthy food choices. The key term being “choices”. The outrageous price to do this program keeps people accountable. I have a close friend who tried this and stopped because she created free time in her life to have her own garden. She buys local- in season fruit, and pays attention to her portions and food choices. That’s all any lifestyle change and diet is. It’s a choice. Everything you need is truly available to everyone. It’s up to someone to make the choice to research what they need. I have food allergies and a disease in which certain foods make my symptoms worse. Guess what- healthy eating, food choices, my overall lifestyle, and exercise makes all my symptoms fade, I have more energy, and m body has what it needs and I’m really fit. Shakes and bars- unless they are raw- can’t be as healthy as raw food. Period. Thank you for posting this article. Thank you for challenging those that are too guilty for spending too much money on this to admit it isn’t this that can change their life, they can take responsibility for themselves and see the same results! I live in Maui and I can guarantee the 40-50 year olds with chiseled bodies don’t use any of these programs. They eat raw, healthy, realistic portions, and exercise. They are happy. They make time for their happiness.
Anyone who did the cleans and did lose weight, I can’t even fathom. each shake has 240 calories add in a light dinner say 400 calories, thats 880 calories a day as an intake. I know calories are not always perfect and I don’t pretend to know what I am talking about but I think you would have to be 80 pounds to eat 840 calories a day and not lose weight. At my size I burn approx. 3400 calories a day, hence my weight loss. Add in about 3-500 burned at the gym and I am losing a pound a day in just calories (which I know id not a perfect science)
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It is to bad Dani, for such an educated researcher you pinpointed a couple of ingredients which are in just about everything, and you used that to bash a company you obviously have no idea about…just some website information…there are 11 years of testimonials and scientific evidence backed by Isagenix…you should really further your research on solutions for getting people healthy and teaching them how to stay healthy…nothing is perfect we can only try and work together…if you have not tried something or know anyone who has tried it, how could you talk about it just by reading some information…You are missing out on the best solution in the world…If you really want to know what Isagenix has done for millions over the past 11 years , try it yourself and only then will you become a believer…results and stories do not lie my friend…i love that you are concerned and want to educate people, but make sure you know what you are talking about first…Proud Isagenix user for a long time, a health nut myself and have not found anything close to what this system has done, is doing and will continue to do for people…thank you:)
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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.
I too agree with all that you have said. I have trialled both Herbalife and Isagenix for my own research as I am in the fitness industry. I have gotten more success from telling people to eat a balanced diet of whole foods and the occasional supplemental vitamins (relevant to the goal e.g.. weight loss or muscle gain etc). Whats even worse now is that Personal Trainers are the target to further promote it as the age old saying that ‘my trainer said it was what i should eat’. Shame shame shame to those trainers that do this. They do this to also get more financial benefits from the products as we all low with this multi-level marketing (pyramid scheme).
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.
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.
With your qualifications you should understand how things work in synergy in the correct balance. You are still picking out what you deem negatives and if you had reviewed the Isagenix products in full you would be able to cite the herbal/Ayurvedic ingredients for yourself. Evidently you haven’t so I’ll give you a few to get you going with some further research.
Okay, so you won’t be dining at Waffle House this week. To make the cleanse work for you, you’ll need to make your own dinners for the next seven days, or special order off the menu of your favorite restaurant. Cleanse Dinners consist of protein and vegetables, and healthy fats, but no grains or fruits. A little harsh, but again, it’s only temporary. Metabolism decreases up to 35% during sleep, so any extra carbs in your system at bedtime are more likely to get stored as fat. Grains and fruit are the main carb sources in our diets, so I’m stripping them out at dinnertime for the next seven days.
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.
If you don’t feel like brewing tea or adding fruit slices to water, then just drink plain H2O. It doesn’t get any simpler than this if you want to detox and lose weight. Many people are surprised that the best detox for weight loss involves nothing more than what makes up 70% of our bodies. Go beyond the recommended eight glasses a day and drink at least 12 cups. Aim for a gallon or more if you’re physically active.
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)
Thanks for reaching out. There are different stages of the Cellular Healing Diet; the advanced stage is basically the ketogenic diet, wherein may lie the confusion. The basic CHD may include small amounts of sprouted ancient grains, whereas the advanced CHD (the keto diet) includes no grains, but much more good fat and moderate protein. See here for Dr. Pompa’s article on ketosis: Ketosis 1: https://drpompa.com/additional-resources/health-tips/ketogenic-diet
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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 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!
Actually, the information I provided isn’t “opinion” it’s fact, something Isagenix users have trouble grasping. Not ALL of the products are gluten-free, as I made very clear in the article. If you feel it works for you, great. But just because it helps you keep weight off doesn’t mean it’s keeping you healthy. Another thing I made very clear in the article.
The UIC study evaluated body weight, body composition, cardiovascular risk factors, and oxidative stress biomarkers in 40 women. The subjects in the Isagenix group had superior results across all parameters. They lost weight more predictably week to week and 56 percent more weight and 47 percent more body fat overall. Notably, the subjects also lost twice as much visceral fat, which led to a greater reduction in oxidative stress and cardiovascular risk markers.
One of the most popular bottled cleanses today is the BluePrint Cleanse, which offers different juice options depending on how often you use cleanse systems. The standard Renovation Cleanse (recommended for beginners) has six daily juices for a total of about 1,070 calories. If you’re not ready to go all-juice, BluePrint also offers the Juice ’Til Dinner plan. On this diet, you’ll drink fresh juices all day, and have a dinner of a salad or another raw-food meal, along with two snacks. Jantz says that this food-and-juice cleanse is a healthier option because you're not starving yourself completely. But J.J. Virgin, a nutrition expert in California, points out that it still has drawbacks. “With the exception of the cashew milk, all of the juices have just 1 to 2 grams of protein but as much as 10 teaspoons of fruit sugar. With all that sugar and almost no protein or fat, you’ll crash, feeling lethargic and hungry a few hours after you drink the juice.”
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.
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Even if this article is not unbiased, it does not detract from the facts. How did I lie to anyone? It really irks me when people say that, because it’s hugely offensive and detrimental to my work as a health coach. And then you don’t even say what I lied about. Because I didn’t lie about anything. You need to decipher the difference between “assumption” and fact. I provided facts. If you don’t like them, take it up with Isagenix.
@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.
1. Cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners for a week. The goal is to reset your “sweet” taste buds. By limiting very sweet flavors your taste buds will “reset” themselves as they lower their perception of sweetness. Steer away from sugary drinks, snacks, and treats. Allow fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth—and you’ll be amazed by how well it works! When you go back to sugary foods, you’ll need less sweet flavor to satisfy you. Plus, if you saw our New Year’s Resolution article you know that refined sugars typically add a lot of calories without nutrients, contributing to weight gain—and they also often increase cravings. They seem to weaken the immune system too by reducing your white blood cells’ ability to destroy bacteria.
Pomegranate contains vitamins C and K, folate, proteins, fiber, and potassium. Punicalagins present in pomegranate are antioxidants and help boost the overall immunity. Pomegranate prevents type II diabetes, cancer (prostate and breast), and heart disease. It is also beneficial for those who have arthritis, blood pressure, skin diseases, and cognitive disorders. It improves memory and blood circulation (19).