My brother is pushing this ISACRAP stuff and I am extremely concerned. I warned him about the mlm- pyramid scam and was attacked by all of his “cult” so called friends. I have tried looking for negative feedback and finally found some using bing rather than google as a search engine. Found website where folks had some major medical issues. Hope this helps anyone trying to research before trying. Bottom line..eat healthy and exercise
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.
I came across your site because I wanted to read your reviews on Shakeology and Isagenix. I have a very good friend and a family member who use both, respectively and SWEAR by them and I am very concerned about what they really DONT KNOW about the products they’re consuming! And they are VERY intelligent individuals and super health conscious! If you’re supplements can’t help reverse your health issue…no matter what it is, i.e.: all auto-immune diseases, actually diseases of ANY kind, even cancer, then I’m not interested. I had Lupus for 5 years….I no longer have it because of what I’m doing and how I’ve changed WHAT I’m eating……especially GLUTEN….and the supplements I’m taking. I reversed my Lupus in less than 90 days and people don’t understand that you CAN reverse any health issue with REAL nutrition AND REAL supplementation.
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.
Thanks for the article, Dani. I really appreciate the insight. I am always entertained by the constant back and forth. I tried Isagenix because a friend of mine has been using it and having a great deal of success. Since January, I have been trying to really get my health and weight under control. I had a real unhealthy lifestyle (eating like crap and very little exercise) and was bound and determined to get it under control. I started Isagenix in February (after a solid month of clean eating and exercising 6 days a week), and experienced a great deal of success in the first week and a half. I had more energy and my body was feeling great. However, after that first week and a half, I experienced serious hunger and harsh digestion reactions. It was really a struggle to follow the plan and all of the suggestions that my friend gave me. I felt like my body was holding onto everything I ate (or drank) – I was exhausted all of the time, dizzy, and constantly hungry.
Actually, they are. I definitely see your point and agree with you, but would expand it to say we are designed for natural foods like fruits and vegetables and animal products. Every culture in history has thrived on animal products, so much so that there has never, even been a culture that has only eaten fruits and veggies. Whey has been used for thousands of years, just not in protein powder form. That’s why I recommend this specific whey, it’s grass-fed and has undergone minimal processing.
The problem is that most of the people who sell this program are not qualified to address the issues and side effects that come up with their customers. When I told them that I had diarrhea, I was told that this was a sign that I was cleansing, and not to worry. I took a look at the ingredients, and researched each one, as you did Dani. This is when I thew the products away.
Eat dark greens daily. Dark, leafy green vegetables are filled with a huge amount of beneficial nutrients. Eating at least one to two servings of these types of foods each day can help support your nutritional cleanse by providing a lot of fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients. They even been touted to be one of the best "cancer-fighting" foods.
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.
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.
When I first heard of Isagenix and saw a friend in her bikini photo post to Facebook, I kept listening because the photo was amazing and I knew it was her and not a product of photoshop. I was told it was all natural, no sugars, etc. I expected it to be a food delivery service from a local cook but then found out it was another meal replacement diet. Red Flags for me. I don’t drink my calories and I believe we need to stop believing a lab is going to produce anything better than what you can do with whole foods.
Sorry if I missed this somewhere along in the thread. It was dizzying reading through the comments and I had to skip to the bottom. I can see where it becomes so difficult for people to make good choices or know what to trust with so much different information out there and competing facts about ingredients. I just watched the documentary “Fed Up” this weekend and that also illustrates how people can become so misguided and it’s really sad. From now on, sticking to my gut and trying my best to eat clean, organic real foods!!
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).
A short juice cleanse might not pose an immediate danger to most people, but going all-juice might have more subtle risks, experts warn. “This type of diet is like shock treatment to the body,” says Meredith Luce, RD, a nutrition consultant with the Rosen Medical Center in Florida. “By eating one day and fasting the next, you stimulate the body’s starvation response. When you do eat again, your body hoards calories, making long-term weight loss more difficult.” Another problem Luce notes is that dietary cleanses don’t instill healthy eating habits. "Cleanses of this type allow people to justify bad behavior,” she says. “In other words, ‘I’ll eat and drink whatever I want this week, because I’m doing a cleanse next week.’ Cleanses promote the mentality of a quick fix as opposed to long-term balance.”
I find it perplexing that you are in this coaching business and complaining about having to repeat yourself. Do you get frustrated with your clients about having to repeat this extremely important, life changing information to them? You complain about having to defend your article and that it’s time consuming and you constantly have to refute claims. You did this. You posted it. You asked for it. I refer to a saying, you know that one about the heat and the kitchen and not staying in it if you can’t stand it.
3. When speaking of the balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6, you only talked about the sunflower oil and made no mention of the other sources of EFA in the products. Because Isagenix is a system of Intermittent Fasting combined with healthy food choices (whole foods), the typical person’s intake of Omega-6 will fall to acceptable levels. Did you take that into account or did you make the assumption that people used these products in conjunction with the Standard American Diet (high in Omega-6)?
Apple Cider Vinegar Mint “Detox” Drink: Among many great ingredients that help to flush bloat, it’s got mint–we like to think of it as a peace maker in the body It eases indigestion and calms the stomach, likely by improving the flow of bile through the stomach, which helps to speed and ease digestion. Thanks in part to it’s anti-inflammatory antioxidant rosmarinic acid, it “calms your insides” to ease the havoc inside your body!
I think most people would agree that whole, from nature, in season, organic, etc etc foods are always best. But unfortunately eating that way 100% of the time is not always realistic for many people (time, money, fitness goals, etc). I use a variety of shakes for that reason, not because I think they have magical powers or are better than whole foods. If I had all the time and money in the world there are certainly ways I would eat different, but for now I just have to do the best with the resources available and what works for me. In the Herbalife post, comparing to anorexia is a low blow.. especially to people who have struggled with it! JMO
On shake days, you’ll use IsaLean meal replacement shakes for two meals a day, and then eat a third meal of around 500 calories, which you make yourself. Shakes are between 240 and 280 calories, approximately half of what I’d call an actual meal. If you get hungry, which you most likely will, you can treat yourself with an Isagenix snack like 100-calorie Slim Cakes, which look like little turds. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Yum yum!
Take Cleanse for Life daily as part of a balanced diet to promote better health or use it as part of a one- or two-day intermittent fasting deep cleanse for additional benefits. Cleanse for Life should be used as part of an Isagenix System for maximum results. For Daily cleansing, take 2 ounces twice daily. Enjoy warm or cold. For a deeper, one- or two-day cleanse, take 4 ounces four times throughout the day. Follow with 8 ounces of water. Enjoy warm or cold. Cleansing is most effective with a combination of both daily and deep cleanses.
So how do you explain the rise in autism, cancer, diabetes, chronic illness in America? Why not put you forensic skills to work investigating this issue? And these all started to increase right around the same time as the introduction of GMOS, increased vaccination, antibiotic farming, pesticide laden farming, etc… And great I won’t attack you but you are the one who is attacking anyone here who has had a positive experience with Isagenix, because they must be a shill…thats what you called me…that’s not an attack? And interesting that when I tried to reply with my previous email I could not but when I changed it I could…
I have started isagenix and now at day 8 of a 30 day cleanse. I am doing to give it a try as a my personal trainer mentioned it to me. I can only concur with Dani about the ingredients list as I have all the products she has mentioned which are the ones you mention Megan too and they have the ingredients that Dani has published on her blog. THEREFORE isagenix does is gluten, contains fructose, maltodextrin etc. So someone really needs to read the back of the packaging! As I said I am giving it a go as a template to regulate eating habits and to see what are the benefits as was looking for more energy. Australian farmers are the most efficient producers of food we need to eat everyday. Lets just buy fresh food and then we would all be a lot healthier!
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.
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.
For me this is hugely off putting, and totally disgusting. I am not someone who just follows blindly, I did my research into in for almost a year and was very hesitant to try it, I spoke to alot of people read alot of articles, and also did as much ingredient research as possible, but the whole thing seems so filtered, that only certain things get through, as long as they approve.
Notice: This product contains Cascara sagrada. Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools, or abdominal pain because Cascara sagrada may worsen these conditions and be harmful to your health. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea or if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition.
My wife started using Isagenix about 5 months ago & not long after I noticed massive mood swings, she has lost quite a bit of weight & looks great but she now seems obsessed with losing much more weight. The mood swings & her self obsessiveness have finally taken their toll & she has now decided that she has lost the love in our relationship & has decided to leave. She knows she has changed mentally but she doesn’t believe it is from using Isagenix. I asked her to stop taking Isagenix to see if her mental state changed but she seems drawn to it like a drug & has no intention of stopping.
I give the shakes to my kids and of course they also eat plenty of real food. My daughter who has always been small and had asthma and chest colds has stopped getting sick and shot up in the last few months. We were eating an organic, whole food diet before we started Isagenix. I took a very long time to sign on because of the fact that it IS a network marketing company and I am very well-versed in nutrition and supplementation. (Incidentally, I think it is INSANE to think that you can live in this toxic world and be able to effectively detox and fill your nutritional needs without SOME sort of vitamin or mineral supplementation, whether it be through soaking in salts or imbibing) We were using ALL of the holistic tricks and we were still getting sick on a regular basis. Since being on isagenix I have noticed that it has fixed a long-time hormonal balance that I was suffering from–which was making my periods really rough. I also feel as if sickness cannot get a hold in my body. In addition to that, I have had all of the other benefits you would expect taking high-quality supplements. I am happier, sleeping better, have more energy etc. In the interest of full-disclosure, I am “selling” the product. I have helped a number of people get better from-long term illness as well as lose weight with this line.
Oh no, it’s the same old ‘fat burning’ claim. Natural Accelerator throws all of the usual suspects together for the typical ‘metabolism raising’ supplement: cocoa, green tea, apple cider vinegar, cayenne, cinnamon, chromium, and of course, ionic alfalfa! Isagenix seems to be quite fond of ionic alfalfa, even though it has basically zero evidence behind it. Maybe the ‘ionic’ part makes it sound all science-y and effective, even though it probably isn’t.
I wouldn’t say defensive. I believe that society is full of misinformation, deceptive marketing practices and corrupt companies that have no interest in our well being. I also believe that the internet, as wonderful as it is, can be a detriment to our health. I watch people everyday, making the wrong decisions because of something they read on the internet, saw on TV or heard from a friend “who’s really healthy”.
I have to question anyone’s credibility who makes an ignorant statement that wholefoods is causing obesity. Clearly, these individuals are misinformed. ANY food in excess may lead to obesity. However, health is not just about weight. There are many variables which determine good health. If one where to eat 8 cups of brown rice a day 8 bananas and 14 avocados a day, YES this could lead to weight gain. It is still important that when eating whole or raw foods that we are eating a balanced diet. Even eating too much of the same greens may have an adverse affect on the body.
I too am a health coach and would NEVER use my credentials to further an MLM business. People trust us and come to us when they have no other place to turn. To drain their pocketbooks and push them to a lifestyle that does not give them any recourse but to stay on an unhealthy program or risk gaining all the weight back is unethical and cruel. You are no better than Jenny Craig or Nutri System… geared toward customers for life. Call yourself what you are… an Isagenix Rep, but please don’t confuse that with a HEALTH coach.
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."
I’m not looking forward to the next two cleanse days—I know I won’t be having real meals on days 10 and 11. It must’ve taken me 20 minutes to pick what to buy for lunch—had to choose wisely. I savored every bite. I also drank my shake for dinner like someone was taking it away from me. Mentally, I’m a little shaken up, but physically, my body is feeling great and I have a lot of energy.
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.
Gladys, you clearly misunderstood why I was asking people to explain to me how soybean oil, isolated fructose, synthetic vitamins, gluten, etc are healthy. My point is that they are not healthy, so this cannot be explained. My point is that Isagenix uses these toxic ingredients (most likely because they’re extremely cheap). I know why these products are unhealthy, but clearly Isagenix users have no knowledge of actual nutrition.
This is a simple recipe. Just cut a few slices of raw cucumber and put them in your water just like you would with a lemon wedge. Speaking of lemons, you should definitely include a wedge of lemon or other citrus fruit. Drink at least eight glasses a day for seven days. For maximum effect, eat the cucumbers. This recipe is deceptively simple yet one of the best detox cleanse for weight loss.
This case is a highly unfortunate example of a person who believed in a supplement, and at no fault of his own, fell victim to the health detriments it caused. Do you think he would have been better off if he had an un-credentialed friend who recommended he stay away from the product, or maybe even recommend he eat whole foods and unprocessed foods instead? I think so.
I have no obligation to give you nutrition advice. You leaving comments is still not enough information to give you advice, not that I would do that anyway. Normally my clients are required to fill out detailed medical histories, and might I remind you – you are not a client. Apparently you’re a really angry person (that’s unable to properly punctuate or insert paragraphs) seeking free advice.
Also, a co-worker of mine, her sister was doing it for close to a year, lost weight, but started feeling sick all the time. So she went to her doctor and her doctor said to her that he was happy she had lost weight, etc. and asked what she was doing to lose it, Weight Watcher, working out, etc. She told him Isagenix and he told her to stop using it IMMEDIATELY! That was what was making her sick. They they claim to be all natural, but they are not and that she was poisoning herself with it! (this was after I tried doing it and was talking about how much I hated it – my coworker told me about her sister’s experience)
You misunderstood my point. I’m not saying tricalcium phosphate is inherently bad. It’s bad when it’s synthesized as it is here. Are people going to overdose on it? No, likely not. But the fact that it’s an ingredient in a product that is touted as all-natural, the best available and healthiest shake is something that needs to be identified. I was trying to highlight the fact that there are synthetic ingredients present.
Of course inflammation is a normal response, that’s kind of obvious. But you should know that with modern-day diets, stress and sleep, inflammation is rampant. You should also know that due to modern day diet, omega-6 is ubiquitous; in fact people eat way too much omega-6, which leads to inflammation. Inflammation is the basis of all disease. Vegetable oils are extremely high in omega-6, which makes them inflammatory. Which was my original point because these products contain vegetable oils like canola, fractionated palm kernel and sunflower, which are all inflammatory.
“Most people only absorb 8% to 12% of what we eat – the rest is waste which we flush down the toilet. With Isagenix we can absorb up to 94% of what is ingested with less waste going down the toilet. Isagenix is full of good probiotics which help rebuild our digestive systems, fights candida. Isagenix also helps the body become alkaline, which is a healthy body. John Hopkins 2008 Cancer Report stated that cancer cannot live in an alkaline body only acidic bodies. Processed food makes our bodies acidic — thus the epedemic [sic] of cancer and diabites [sic] in the USA along with heart disease.” [This is all nonsense.]
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”
IsaLean Shakes come in two flavours: Rich Chocolate and French Vanilla and contain 14 meal replacements. They are made from hormone and antibiotic free Whey protein, enzymes and nutrients. Just mix two scoops with cold water and drink immediately. I tried mixing it with a spoon but it was clumpy. Mixing it with a blender or a Magic Bullet is 100% better. It’s so smooth and creamy and really tasty. It filled me up and gave me energy. I love Shake Days!
I’m embarrassed and somewhat ashamed to admit that I was an Isagenix Associate for 2 years. I became aware of Isagenix through a friend (at the time) that I respected in the local fitness industry. I took only the main products (“Pillars of Health”), enrolled others, and for a while made some decent money. Luckily, I met another Certified Nutrition Consultant purely by chance during a layover at an airport and when I brought up Isagenix to her, because she knew a good amount about it from some of her clients that had come to her, she filled me in on many of the same “facts” (and I mean “facts” in a real and positive way) that you have mentioned throughout your blog. Well, of course, after meeting her I was bummed because I had so wanted to believe in Isagenix, and when I got home I spent hours doing research on my own – I had even taken notes at the airport. What the woman that I had met at the airport had told me was backed up by the research I did. Truthfully, there was always a part of me that didn’t feel comfortable with the whole thing, especially the 9 day and 30 day cleanse “systems” Isagenix highly promoted. I, personally, only sold a couple of the cleanse systems and one was to a good friend and he felt like crap during the 9 day cleanse and couldn’t wait until it was over. He did lose 3 pounds but like you said so many times, just because something makes you lose weight doesn’t make it healthy.
Breakfast time! You’re about to feel a whole lot better with the push of a button—the blender button. Throw a large ripe banana (peeled and then frozen are best!), some non-dairy milk and a scoop of your favorite protein powder in a blender and flip the switch, baby. Bananas are one of best natural sources of vitamin B6, which a study printed in the Journal Annals of Nutrition showed can reduce hangover symptoms by as much as 50 percent! They’re also brimming with potassium, a mineral lost by frequent urination when you drink.