Herbalife, Isagenix… and all the rest. Those products are all terrible and marketed disingenuously, taking advantage of people’s ignorance on nutritional matters. However, this article is truly awful and just presents a different set of bad information also sourced from people profiting from people’s ignorance on nutritional matters. Mercola, specifically.

Hi, so I found your page researching Isagenix, and must admit I do use the shakes products, I recently went to a meeting with a friend and thought I would give it a go. For about 5 years now, since I had kids, I have been a determined eater of healthy, whole foods, we hunt and fish our own meat, and purchase or swap for as much food as we can that’s organic and actually come out of someones back yard. I thought I would give Isagenix a go as for so long my body has felt like concrete, like I had absolutley no energy and felt like I was dragging myself around. Now while I have only been on this product for a wee while I must admit I do feel better, more energy and not so heavy feeling. But what I do no like about it is the cult like atmosphere that came with purchasing the product, the first day I posted a pic of a shake I made on my FB page, and within a few minutes I got a private message from the person I started from, saying that they do not like it when Isagenix is mentioned in comments as then people would do their own research and get misinformed

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Hi, so I found your page researching Isagenix, and must admit I do use the shakes products, I recently went to a meeting with a friend and thought I would give it a go. For about 5 years now, since I had kids, I have been a determined eater of healthy, whole foods, we hunt and fish our own meat, and purchase or swap for as much food as we can that’s organic and actually come out of someones back yard. I thought I would give Isagenix a go as for so long my body has felt like concrete, like I had absolutley no energy and felt like I was dragging myself around. Now while I have only been on this product for a wee while I must admit I do feel better, more energy and not so heavy feeling. But what I do no like about it is the cult like atmosphere that came with purchasing the product, the first day I posted a pic of a shake I made on my FB page, and within a few minutes I got a private message from the person I started from, saying that they do not like it when Isagenix is mentioned in comments as then people would do their own research and get misinformed
I recently read about the various P450 enzymes and their role in detoxifying our bodies…Could pesticides and additives have an adverse effect on these enzymes? I would love to see the research, but my instincts after reading more into the subject say perhaps. The question pertaining to this post concerning Isagenix supporting proper detoxification or not isn’t my point. My point is that the “old school” thinking of nutrition in the light of “every calorie is the same” needs to be thrown out. Isagenix at least supports people in making healthier choices…Kale instead of candy perhaps. You are what you eat, and heck, if Isagenix gets people to drink a nutritional shake vs eating a happy meal, I’m all for it.
I have to agree with some of the Isagenix supports in that it is very difficult to get natural foods that are free of chemicals or additives but one only needs to taste free range organically fed chicken to know it is better than the factory farm produced variety. I can’t believe that a meal replacement tastes as good as a free range chicken or home grown fruits & veggies.
Our bodies arn’t really designed to thrive on ‘whey’ meal replacement shakes though. We are designed for natural foods, like whole fruits and vegetables. In nature, meal replacement shakes and protein bars don’t grow on trees. Imagine if there were no corporations, or big businesses trying to sell you things. What would you naturally eat then? Take away all the bullshit and see for yourself 🙂
I’ve lost a total of 20 pounds on Isagenix. This is partially due to Isagenix and partially due to working out and tracking my food log and paying close attention to what I’m eating. At first I refused to do the cleanse days because I don’t like NOT eating, but, the cleanse days have helped me drop those pesky last few pounds. I do agree that you can’t stay on Isagenix forever and you need to also learn how to eat whole, healthy, unprocessed foods. The meal replacement shakes are just so EASY for me, which is why I do it. I figure its better to fix a quick shake than going through the drive-through when I’m short on time. I think a lot of people realize or are skeptical if the products are legit, but, if you want to lose weight it makes it easier, which is all I care about right now! The sales aspect of the company IS annoying, and what I choose to take and ingest into my body is my choice, and I wouldn’t want to push this on others and promote it as “healthy” if I wasn’t 100% sure- I’m not a doctor or a nutritional expert.
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!
I have a similar opinion to Mickhael. You need to be more considered with your use of buzz words like toxic. Moderation is absolutely the key. If you drink too much water it is toxic. Yes maltodextrin is a food additive, one that serves a useful purpose as a thickener in some processed foods. I agree that processed foods should be limited, cooking with unprocessed ingredients is definitely the way to go. But I still eat processed foods in moderation because I enjoy them, and they serve a useful purpose on many occasions. I think you need to improve your understanding of a few nutrition topics (there are many that I need to improve my understanding of also, nutrition is a relatively new science).
I found myself about 25 days ago, being faced with the choice of trying Isagenix. I looked into it. I did some research. I was discerning. And given that those who introduced me to it were close family and I had been watching their results closely and was actually impressed, I decided to give it a go. But lets be clear about something: I owned that decision completely. It was not sold, because I will not be sold to. Now, 20 days in, so many of my hopes and dreams are back in gear and the adventures I’ve been hoping and praying to be part of are within my conscious control. Isagenix didn’t do that. I did. I saw Isagenix as a tool and I realised that my application of that tool would be paramount to the success or failure of the venture. Sure, I understand and appreciate that some of the ingredients are suspect. But so is the fluoride added to water supplies that is still mandatory in most provinces and states of New Zealand and Australia where I’ve spent the majority of my 39 years. And we know what that stuff does to our pineal gland… right? And what the pineal gland does for us and how important latest neurological studies are suggesting it is to our overall experience as “living systems?” I really hope thats a bandwagon those of you with “credentials” are on. I don’t mean that disrespectfully, I sincerely mean that.
1/4 an apples worth of fructose per shake is nothing, my family has grown apples locally for over 100 years and we are often eating over 6 per day ALL YEAR ROUND, that’s a dozen shakes worth 365 days a year, now obviously there are a lot of factors involved, but JUST that alone suggests that there is more going on, my family all live into their 90’s or older, I doubt that eating that amount of fructose is deleterious to our health. And yes an apple is different then fructose alone…I’m just talking about the sugar amount.
In no way am I challenging any of the research you have done or your claims about the ingredients, etc. Your science is solid. What I am challenging is the “for whom” aspect of the article that was not considered. Is Isagenix much healthier, and a better food choice for 99% of the people who consume it? Yes, because most of them are overweight and undereducated about food. Is Isagenix better than a balanced, nutrient rich meal composed of whole foods that are free of any processed ingredients, chemicals, preservatives, additives, isolates, etc. Yes.
Once I stopped, I put on some weight, then more, then even more than before I started. I was gaining weight in places that I never did before. I prided myself on my great metabolism. Not anymore. I can’t lose weight no matter how much I exercise (which was the way I could lose weight in the past). Isagenix destroyed my metabolism and I still have not been able to repair it.
I just have to say since I can not post the pictures I took of the IsaLean Shake container the issue can not put to rest. There are no DENATURED protein in Isagenix IsaLean Shake and is FREE of GLUTEN and SOY (reads on the front of the container). I take it and I looked the actual ingredients and all I read UNDENATURED and have not found anything that reads “artificial” There is FRUCTOSE, but I as looked up fructose I found this article: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutrition/a/fructosedangers.htm
Still freaking out… My mental turmoil led me to a Facebook group of other Isagenix cleansers for support—some of whom started their cleanses on the same day as my fiancé and I, while most were people who go on cleanses repeatedly. (Wait, people do this more than once?) Apparently, some even do it for 30 days at a time. I don’t think I’m quite that dedicated to my body or nutritional well-being. I'm happy to report I've lost 5 pounds so far (my fiance lost 12!).
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!
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.
So don’t do that. The Zero Belly Cleanse, from my book Zero Belly Diet, provides fast weight loss while avoiding the yo-yo pitfall. First, it reduces your calorie intake slightly, without radically altering the way you eat. There’s no sudden, dramatic food restriction, just a smart 7-day dining plan. Second, it incorporates short bouts of mild exercise to up your metabolic burn, without forcing you into intense, hard-to-stick-to workouts. And third, it keeps your body fueled with clean, powerful, high-nutrient foods that will boost your health while targeting unhealthy belly fat.
Castoreum is a chemical compound that mostly comes from a beaver’s castor sacs, which are located between the pelvis and the base of the tail. Because of its close proximity to the anal glands, castoreum is often a combination of castor gland secretions, anal gland secretions, and urine…Still concerned you’re chowing down on beaver-bum goop? Because of its FDA label, in some cases, manufacturers don’t have to list castoreum on the ingredient list and may instead refer to it as “natural flavoring.” Yum. Source
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.
When additional nutrients arrive in the blood stream from your next meal or snack, they take priority over nutrients that have already been stored for later. If you never give your body a break from all-day eating, it can lead to problems for your metabolism and result in weight gain, over time (1, 2). Your body might have a hard time clearing up any excess nutrients that have been placed in storage, especially when you consume more than your body can use.
“After speaking with him, I gathered that Dr. Lustig and Dr. Sievenpieper actually do tend to agree more than disagree on the data. For example, Dr. Lustig told me that he understood full well that the animal data and ecological analyses shouldn’t be used for arguing his position that fructose is a unique metabolic danger. He also agreed that answers needed to come from randomized controlled feeding trials in humans, which is really what Dr. Sievenpiper’s research has been about.
ALthough I appreciate a well written article with information about good and bad clean healthy eating, I have to disagree with your blog. I’m not too sure which isagenix website you visited but your information is inaccurate, and you do not have a referenace to and actual isagenix website in your resources. Isagenix is SOY FREE, and GLUTEN FREE. I just think if you are going to give people advice on health and wellness then you should do your true due diligence in your research. If you did get this information straight from isagenix.com i would like to know where? I just searched their website and could find nothing that said they use soy or gluten. I also read this on their website as a straight descritpion copy and pasted “Available in Creamy Dutch Chocolate, Creamy French Vanilla and Black Sesame, our shakes are also low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol with added enzymes that break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats to maximize the absorption of key nutrients. What’s more, IsaLean Shakes contain 24 grams of high-quality undenatured protein from New Zealand dairy cows that exceed USDA organic standards. Best of all, at only 240 calories, 6 grams of fat and less than $3 a meal, an IsaLean Shake is the perfect, well-balanced meal, no matter your lifestyle.
The primary focus of the diet is to nourish the body with the right nutrients while ensuring that the impurities that lead to weight gain are removed from your system. There are no restrictive measures in this diet. Instead, the diet encourages reduced calorie intake along with vital consumption of vitamins and minerals that support overall health and well-being.
Thanks for all of the comments. Yes, I too, firmly believe that Isagenix is a complete and total scam. Its marketing scam works because management convinces their sales agents that they are saving the world – yeah by selling expensive highly processed nutritional products (I don’t even want to use the word food) using questionable means and unscientific and undocumented claims.

The comment on ‘natural flavors’ is misleading as, to start, there is no MSG in the shakes even though you say technically it can be classed as a natural flavour. Actually it can’t as USDA will not allow MSG on the ‘natural flavors’ list. It does, on the other hand, allow glutamic acid. Glutamic acid is an amino acid that occurs naturally in our bodies. Aside from this, you do not actually know which ‘natural flavors’ are in the product. Before making suggestions of what they might be and misleading people, actual research could involve you asking company, if you were genuinely doing an ‘unbiased’ review on the internet for literally everyone to read.
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The second link you provide by David Despain is the science and communications spokesperson for Isagenix, what irony. Now he would be a good person to contact to raise your concerns:): This link doesn’t support your argument at all. quoting the first paragraph “It was the most recent of several review papers to conclude that fructose is probably not inherently fattening in humans, but that it can be fattening if it’s consumed to excess, due to the added calories”
It’s refreshing reading articles that are truthful and honest. From one Holistic Health Coach to another, thank you for spreading the word and educating people. I am trying to do the same thing and I always have people asking me me questions but when I give them the answer that they don’t want to hear, I get the rolling eyes and attitude and that includes family members. I don’t tell people what they want to hear, I give the facts and if they disagree, so be it. I really enjoyed your article. Keep spreading the word!
Ive read most of these comments. I’d like to add that this is America and everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, there should be more of a modicum of respect for the blogger. Dani has a job. If you don’t agree, at least be respectful in your responses. This country has gone downhill in values and morals. But on to the reason for my post: Isagenix does have certain components with whey, gluten, etc. But there are other components of the cleanse that are extremely natural with nothing added. I am NOT affiliated in any way with the product. I am doing research based on what a friend has recommended. I was just diagnosed as prediabetic and have to make some serious changes. So, for all of you, go tohttp://www.isagenix.com/~/media/product-misc/nutrition-and-supplemental-facts/anz-en-nutrition-and-supplemental-facts.pdf and read for yourself. A) Dani was right and B) others are right as well. It’s a win win. SO, in the end, don’t let someone else make the decision for you and definitely know that it’s not worth the horrible words used in these comments.
I have used isagenix for the last 4 years. exactly one or 2 months of that year. I am healthy, run about 10 miles total a week but I eat and drink like I was on lifestyles of the rich and famous. I go from about 220 pounds to 245 pounds through out the year (I’m 6’3′ not fat). Once I hit 245 I go on a 30 isagenix cleanse. I only do the shakes and I do it for usually 22-25 days. In that time I completely cut out all toxins (coffee, booze everything). 2 shakes and a grilled meat and veggie for dinner. In that time I lose 20-25 pounds. Every time. I repeat every time. Then for the next 6 months it is nothing but the best bourbon and Prime steaks 😉
They advertise “no caffeine added” for a product that contains green tea; green tea contains caffeine. They repeat the tired old myth that our food isn’t as nutritious as in the “good old days.” They put digestive enzymes in their products to help you assimilate them, not realizing that orally ingested digestive enzymes are themselves digested in the stomach before they can do anything. They say that their electrolytes “ignite the body’s electrical system” — I have no idea what this means, and it certainly is not scientific terminology.

One of the top sales person for Isagenix had his wife on it for 5 years and she did not lose any weight. She had a stomach operation to help her lose weight. Now at all of the Isegenixs conferences and shows they have people taking pictures and posting them on facebook on how they both lost weight from Isagenix. This is a false impression that the sales people under them get.

Today the marketplace is cluttered with detox diets that promise to help you lose weight, boost your energy levels and more. However, many popular detox diets, especially those that involve extreme low-calorie fasting, can rob the body of important nutrients and place the body in starvation mode, which actually slows your metabolism. Other downsides of many detox diets include: dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and even colon damage.


I have read pretty much each and every comment. There is no disagreeing with your main theme which if I am correct essentially there are a couple of ingredients which are not considered good for our body. i.e. soya lecithin, and fructose. Agree with you that its likely a bad idea to ingest both of those ingredients in in fact you want to eat healthy. Making your own protein shakes with all natural ingredients is preferable. NO DOUBT. Just one other point that I found kind of weird. Why do food manufacturers call “Salt” Sodium Chloride?
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.
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