But other experts don’t see cleanses as necessary. “In otherwise healthy people, there is no evidence that cleansing or detoxification has any benefit,” says Thomas Schnell, MD, a gastroenterologist at Loyola University Medical Center in Illinois. “The human system is designed to clean itself out without interference. Fiber, which is absent in an all-juice diet, is what keeps the bowels moving." Most American diets are low in fiber and eating less meat and more fiber through fruits and vegetables is a healthy diet step, Schnell says. However, the idea that your colon needs cleansing is just not true for most people.
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."
There is only 1 product out of 47 that contains gluten it is the slimcakes which contain oats and wheat flour and therefore not suitable for gluten intolerant people. Their meal replacement shakes do not contain gluten, which is the main product people use to loose weight. Many gluten intolerant people use the products. You can find this on the allergen table http://media01.isagenix.com/corporate/ww/pdfs/Allergen-Table-2012.pdf
– Dr. John Anderson – Dr. Anderson made extensive plant tissue studies in organic soil. He discovered ionic minerals. In 1980, he translated his knowledge to the nutritional field. He has worked as a private-label supplement manufacturer and formulator for more than 600 companies, including GNC, Nature’s Sunshine, MetRx; creating more than 2,300 nutritional and weight loss products. His products are internationally recognized.

I somehow or another got sucked into the isagenix cult by some people that I know and trust. It worked for them and they looked great. I am now sending this garbage back. I don’t care what anyone says it is just that…garbage. There are 4 cleanse days where you drink all this stuff and pop pills and don’t eat. This left me sick to my stomach. This is not a lifestyle that anyone can maintain nor should they even try. I am on day 5 of stomach cramps, bowel problems, nausea, vomiting, headaches, joint pain, aches, etc. I don’t feel cleansed I feel sick. I am going back to my whole foods diet as that has never made me sick…ever! If you ask any isa supporter they’ll tell you that it’s just my body clearing toxins…well I was on an all organic whole food diet before..I can’t imagine I was chalked full of toxins. I have lost 10 pounds…but I don’t feel great. Good luck to anyone that gives it a try. It was not for me!


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That promise led me to this article. Thank you Dani for doing so much of the “leg work” for me, although I still have to follow-up on a few other issues, it is what it is . . . fad, highly processed (over processed), artificial, lab-generated, synthetic “food like” substance. All neatly packaged with an incredible marketing/spin department to make it all shiny!
Do your research and make your own decisions. Recently, a peer reviewed jounral article was released which was also funded by industry,(Isagenix) so there couldn’t possibly be any bias (insert sarcasm). Results did show the groups lost a significant amount of weight, but if you look at the weight loss in relationship to total kcals taken in on a daily basis (1000-1200) of course they will lose weigth! DUH!!!! I would be surprised if Isagenix used this study to solidify the use of their products.
Hello Dani! WOW! Truth is.. The BodyDoesn’t Lie! So you are right on the money when you mention listening to your “intuition”. Oh my holy goodness.. I have been taking the Isogenix Shakes etc for almost two weeks..because a ‘well meaning’ someone signed me up under her to sell, sell, sell and had a UPS package of products shipped to my home at no charge to me. I didn’t have a good feeling about them and immediately voiced my concerns about the high fruitcose and sodium content to a top representitive of the company who repeated a continuous looping of ‘these products are formulated by a Master Formulater and everything balances out.. He knows what he’s doing!” I just came across your site late this afternoon and read clear through to the end. So gratefull for your staying in the arena here with all these cultish holy rollers.. I drove to the small market in this small mostly one religion town and bought a Kombucha and took a swig in your honour…because I have felt so fuzzy headed, unclear and with an ache in my back in the area where my right kidney is since taking this “stuff “! There is so much more I could say.. Instead ~ I’ll just say how much I appreciate you and look forward to reading more of your other articles! It’s probably a ‘runaway train’ with the long winders. .. But keep your post up..for those who know the truth doesn’t lie!!!! My best to you!
Dani, you like in your references above to Sunflower oil which is high in omega 6 fatty acids. Isagenix uses “high-oleic sunflower oil” along with cold processed olive oil and alpha-linolenic acid from flax seeds as the main sources of fats. Consumptions of which has been linked with better control of blood pressure and heart health. More details at:

This isn’t the only company that uses this tactic. Beachbody (maker of some great workout DVDs) is an MLM that sells a product called Shakeology in addition to the workout programs. The vast majority of Shakeology customers are also sales affiliates (or “coaches” as they call them). The shake costs $115 A MONTH(a little less if you are a coach), and the claims that these coaches make are ridiculous, unfounded, and irresponsible. They claim that Shakeology cured their IBS, helps them manage their diabetes, got them off a whole slew of medications, etc. (look at their Facebook page for a small sampling). If you say $115 a month is too expensive, they’ll tell you that a) it’s NOT expensive when you consider people spend that much on Starbucks, and b) well, you save $30 if you sign up as a coach under me. I was intrigued, so I figured I would do some research. EVERY page that I came across about Shakeology was written by a Beachbody Coach. If you type in “Shakeology scam,” you are directed to a site with an article that explains why Shakeology is NOT a scam. Type in “Shakeology pyramid”, “shakeology sucks”, you get articles written by Beachbody coaches saying why Shakeology is NOT those things. You need to be careful with these MLMs. They have a way of brainwashing their sales people
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!).
So should we also only take medicine that is natural from the earth as well? Should we leave it up to our bodies to cure itself without the aid of doctors? I am not understanding this post at all. Science with foods and nutrition is awesome. Our foods are tainted with all kinds of pesticides and poisons. Their are pollutants in the air that your breathing in daily. So you need products to help you get rid of the toxins in your body. The other option would be to just stop breathing as this post would suggest. This is just another nonsense post without any real facts to back it up. It’s all opinion and to my knowledge, people these days are too opinionated. You want to advise people, then spend the years needed and get well informed before you speak on such matters. Thanks for the comments, but no thanks!

The key is to choose moderate amounts of healthy fats. Extra virgin olive oil is the star of the Mediterranean diet and one of the main sources of fat in Isagenix IsaLean Shakes (other sources of healthy fats include sunflower oil, flax seed, and medium-chain triglycerides from coconut oil). Olive oil is associated with several health benefits; in fact, observational studies have found that those who live in the Mediterranean region and follow the native diet that includes high amounts of olive oil live longer and healthier lives


Red ginseng tea—part of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse—belongs to the botanical family panax, which translates from Greek to mean “all heal.” Sounds promising already, right? A study in the journal Food & Function found that participants who sipped on a red ginseng drink saw a significant reduction of plasma alcohol levels and hangover severity (from whiskey—ouch!), in comparison to the placebo group. If you had one too many to help deal with the family bickering, slip out to the store; you can find ginseng tea in most supermarkets.
I started Isagenix about 5 months potpartum and today have stopped. It gives me stomach crams and I feel AWFUL. I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis and I have not been able to keep it under control since starting this program. I am actually really excited to going back to meal prepping! thank you for this article. I thought I was crazy the way I was feeling but now I get why!
This is not your ordinary milkshake. It tastes a little chalky, not as sweet, and definitely not a treat. The snacks, which we ordered in both chocolate and vanilla, aren’t bad. They’re like dense wafers or a harder version of those freeze-dried ice creams. For lunch, I had a grilled piece of tilapia and a small serving of roasted eggplant. All in all, the day wasn’t so bad, and I feel a lot lighter on my feet.
Complete the pre-cleansing phase for two days to prepare your body for the 9-day cleanse ahead. Take 1 to 2 oz. of “Ionix Supreme” supplement. Replace two of your meals with an “IsaLean” shake or soup preferably breakfast and dinner. Have a healthy, high fiber, low fat lunch that’s approximately between 400 to 600 calories like chicken breast, with vegetables and a salad.

“A small amount of fructose, such as the amount found in most vegetables and fruits, is not a bad thing. In fact, there is evidence that a little bit may help your body process glucose properly. However, consuming too much fructose at once seems to overwhelm the body’s capacity to process it. The diets of our ancestors contained only very small amounts of fructose. These days, estimates are that about 10% of the modern diet comes from fructose.
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 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.

It is a little sad that doctors prescribe drugs that mask symptoms and not more nutrition as a whole. I have to agree with the “air filter” analogy. We have so much junk food out there with ingredients that are engineered and not necessary and very toxic to our system, yet the FDA does nothing about them. If you look at evolution, non of these ingredients were around until chemists came up with them so we did not “evolve” to process these things. That is where I think we are toxic. Stuff like Red Bull and similar drinks are lauded for the “lifestyle” of all things daredevil, yet nobody talks against it being an incredibly toxic drink along with most other energy drinks. Doritos are still produced with MSG!!! yet nobody says anything about that, which is beyond frightening. So for me, if all the ingredients are natural I think there are other things we should be more focused on. I have tried Isagenix and for me I used it every day for Breakfast and a snack (bar form) at lunch. It helped me to be aware of what I put into my body, so now for me if it didnt come out of the ground then it is not natural is how I eat now. So for that reason I am glad I did the Isagenix. I was looking for nutrition and got an education on awareness of my health so in the end it was a good thing for me.

Sleep 7 to 8 hours every night and indulge in a little pampering and self love. Avoiding tobacco, alcohol and caffeine helps reset your system. Drink adequate amounts of water. Registered dietitian Joy Bauer suggests that you have at least two 8-ounce glasses within 30 minutes of lunch and dinner, and additional water throughout the day. Herbal or green tea also fits in with a weight-loss cleanse.
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.
Working with my GP we isolated anything new I had done, and we both noted Isagenix, so I went off this and straight away and after 4 days I dropped 5 points and after 9 days my blood pressure dropped into the safe zone – I started to feel normal again and breathed a huge relief. Not all programs are for all bodies and this was definitely not right for my body and caused me great alarm. Now I am taking a natural approach to health and walking most days for 30 mins, eating lots of raw foods, brown rice and making the changes using natural foods, and good old fashioned exercise. Many thanks for the opportunity to share my story on your blog site. Liz

And too add to all this madness. I was born and rise in the carribean so I know what real cow milk, good cow, pig, goat, chicken, duck meat taste like as well as good fruits taste like. All from trees that grow naturally and animals that feed on natural grass, not hormone and antibiotic or pesticide nonsense that are used in farms etc… Only when I came to North America to live and eating the crap they call meat that got me sick….. I could go on and on but I will not..As stated before do not deny me my feeling from using super nutrient in my body that works for me. The end and

I’m immoral for highlighting the fact that people who know nothing about nutrition are often duped into buying these products that are touted as healthy when they’re anything but? For giving people the tools to recognize unhealthy ingredients in their overpriced protein shakes? Mind you – I give away all of this information for free, and I’m immoral?
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I was pushed (I say this loosely, obviously it was my choice in the end) into trying Isagenix by a friend as he wanted to “experiment” on a crossfitter. I’ve been active my whole life and choose to eat healthy even more now that I am a competitive athlete. I was told it would increase energy and improve muscle tone. My goal was never to have a “better” body but the idea of more energy was appealing. After a only a week on Isagenix I could not have been more turned off. Maybe it was because I was eating whole foods before I had ever tried Isagenix, I guess I am not 100% sure, but this did nothing but set me back – in fact, I lost energy. I was told it was because I was I didn’t need to lose weight but my body was trying to cleanse the excess toxins and fat out but to “push through the tough times – it gets easier”. In hind-site, this doesn’t make any sort of sense for me at all.
Wow, took about an hour, but went through all the reviews. I have tried all sorts of “fad-diets”, some successfully and some not so. Always ended up with same result, back to being unhealthy. I agree Dani, that the truest form of weight control is controlling what we put in our mouths. Putting chemicals in the body will give a short-term result, and if able to stick with on longer periods of time, one will achieve longer results. At what cost though, have we forgotten that in the 80’s chemicals that body builders were legally putting into their system was killing them? Yes steroids, but this is off topic. From what I am reading in the article is that the ingredients that are listed in their product is what Dani is trying to convey that are harmful to our bodies. For some unknown reason the people using these products are bashing her like she p**ped on their holy bible! Look, if you do not like her review ignore and go on. No sweat of her back, she is just trying to inform you of HER findings. I like Fords, but when Chevy guys criticize my vehicle I ignore them and move on, I don’t try to convince them that their choice of vehicle is worse or mine is better. Reading this article has informed me about their product and I will make my decision based on that choice. Which to me, is putting cleaner food into my system than chemicals. Thank you Dani for a well-informed review, one that isn’t sponsored or performed by the company. Look, I am not discrediting their scientists or doctors of Isagenix, just saying that if I work for a company that is paying me good money, I highly doubt I am going to put my name on a bad review, or give the whole-truth. I know people in marketing and this is a gimmick used by ALL companies, they give half-truths and have a little wiggle room with generalized statements. I am leary about a company that pushes a product so hard and only reviews and scientific studies are only found on their website. Especially one that has been around for years. Well, another point I would like to share is everyone is asking her of her credentials. I look at it like this, I can study up on the ingredients on my own, all she (Dani) did was inform me of what is in the products listed. I don’t have to be a mechanic to know that the knocking sound coming from my engine isn’t normal. Thank you, once again for the information Dani. Much appreciated.
Dairy cows on New Zealand farms are free to feed on spacious pasture in a temperate climate and the pristine environment that the country naturally provides. Research has shown that when cows are fed their natural diet of grasses in this way, it also keeps them healthier in comparison to grain-fed cows on feedlots. The farmers’ milking process is also more humane and natural where the cows are milked only according to season (rather than being artificially impregnated constantly to maximize profits). 

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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