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).
A derivative of starch, maltodextrin is more easily digestible than other complex carbs, but it does not cause the same blood sugar spike associated with simple sugars. Semi-sweet or flavorless, this polysaccharide (chain of sugar units) comes from corn, tapioca, potato, wheat, or rice (1). Used as a thickening agent or to round out sweetness, maltodextrin is a white powder that is native to both home-cooking and packaged foods.
I think this is about the 73rd time I’ve said this to an Isagenix supporter – using articles from Isagenix to back up your argument is illogical, biased and ridiculous. You know Monsanto has a ton of reading and studies on why GMOs are healthy. It’s in the best interest of the company to promote their products, not provide actual scientific information.
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.
The Code of Federal Regulations defines a natural flavor as “the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional”. Artificial flavors are defined as those that do not meet these particular standards.
Feel free to try to defend processed, refined and all-around crappy ingredients. I have made my stance on each of these things abundantly clear, and quite frankly i’m tired of repeating myself. If you have further questions, please refer to the approximate one million responses I’ve left to other people spouting the same false information and complete lack of logic, science and common sense that you just did. AND I MEAN THIS NICELY AND AS MOTIVATION.
Quite a few commenters reported that they had tried it and it either didn’t work or caused side effects such as 5 days of violent diarrhea. One reported gaining a lot of weight while taking it; many reported losing weight just as well without it. Several reported credit card disputes with the company and failure to get their money refunded. One reported that his parents are using it and it seems to be slowly killing them: they have decreased energy, declining health, mood swings, and poorer control of diabetes.
Once again, when you are in a position where people look to you for advice, you have to present ALL the information. I feel that you have an opinion about Shake-based supplements in general and have made an assumption that this one is no different. In your charge to prove your assumption right, the perception is that you select to share only the information that supports your position and ignore or suppress that which contradicts it.
1. The products you chose to high light are a small, insignificant portion of what Isagenix is all about. The main purpose of Isagenix and the flagship products are things like the Cleanse For Life formula which helps to assist the body in detoxifying at a cellular level while being flooded with high grade nutrients, as well as products like Ionix Supreme and the Isa Lean Shakes both the dairy and dairy free versions which are in fact.. LIVE Super FOODS. The slim cakes and fiber bars are not my personal favorite products and I myself do not order them. Some of the products are made for individuals that are used to eating quick foods that are very very toxic so for them to switch from eating 100 calorie pack oreo cookies, etc to having a slim cake is a profound health change. But those are NOT the key products or purpose of Isagenix.
The Isagenix cleanse is unique because it not only removes impurities at the cellular level, it builds the body up with incredible nutrition. Besides detoxing the body, Isagenix teaches people a wonderful lesson that they don’t need to eat as much as they are accustom to and eating healthy choices are really important and also a lot of the food we are eating is nutritionally bankrupt. [errors are in the original]
Corn is high in phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors. It is extremely irritating to the gut lining. The phytic acid in corn also binds to minerals like iron, magnsium, zinc, etc. and prevents them from being absorbed. This is true of all grains. This is why traditional cultures soaked and sprouted their grains, to reduce the phytic acid content. The bran is the worst part.
This is great information. I started this program on Monday, unfortunately without researching it properly. Like the other advocates who responded to your blog, the person who got me going on it is very gung ho. I don’t feel any different than I did before I started, except that I’m hungry all the time. I’ve decided that I can lose weight better on my own, without all the processed stuff. Keep up the good work!
Isagenix likes to say that this 30-Day Cleanse is like intermittent fasting, but it actually isn’t. The shake days are too low in calories, and intermittent fasting usually lasts at least 6 weeks and more frequently, longer. IF also doesn’t dictate that you consume this many supplements and laxatives, either. So no, this is not intermittent anything except for maybe common sense.
The plural of anecdote is not data. Two commenters appropriately objected to all this testimonial evidence. They pointed out that testimonials are unreliable and subject to post hoc ergo propter hoc errors, that all the “it works for me” comments can be attributed to low calorie diet and exercise, and that the testimonials are almost exclusively from people who are selling the product.
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."
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!
I stopped taking your blog seriously after you used the phrase LEGAL SCAMS in the first paragraph. This is not professional unbiased writing. Not very intelligent either. “Legal scams” is a literal oxymoron. And the comments are a shame. People that make claims that things can be “cured” of anything are non-compliant and if the company knew about them they would be removed from the system. Network marketing is a legitimate business model that delivers legitimate results when practiced by ethical individuals. Unfortunately, every industry has their scumbags, EVERY INDUSTRY. I will tell you this…. The system works for me and my entire family. I share it enough to get my products paid for, and if I ever make more money then that wonderful, if not, whatever. I’m just happy to see good people getting results. And if you don’t like it you have a whole month to get your money back. I’m really sorry for the people on here that had to deal with pushy “friends”/isa associates that make claims they have no business making. I agree, its awful, illegal actually and the company tries very hard to educate their associates in regards to this and implores associates not to cross these lines. It leads people to call people like me scumbags – an outrageous generality but really hateful nonetheless. And finally the biased “emotional” tone of your article is irresponsible writing and only encourages these kinds of reactions. This is hardly the “expert perspective” blog you purport it to be. You Madam are the real fraud.
This is where I realised that this review is actually not biased. Were you being ironic? Although you have put a lot of work into sourcing articles and quotes on the internet to validate your review, I cannot help but notice the tone of the article is negative and there are no positive points – pros for all the cons. That is where the credibility of the review falls down. Surely something in the ingredients is actually good? Your stance on pretty much everything is pretty much all-or-nothing thinking (see ‘splitting’ in psychology terminology).
I have a busy schedule and even though apples, homemade vegetable chicken soup, salads and an ocassional “bad” food worked for me in the past, now that I dont have time isa seemed like a great solution. Except, I think its to expensive and sometimes I just crave a good old meal…I am still giving it a try until my product runs out, but I am not sure if I will continue.
At the beginning of the Isagenix “Are you Toxic” Video on their home page, their is also a disclaimer saying none of their research is backed by official scientific evidence!!!! It comes up so fast and dissappears as quickly but i paused it and presto!!! So really Dani is right, do your research !!!!! You dont need to buy her 21 day plan to talk about products in a blog you fool!!! You are the one who is mistaken about ingredients…
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)
I am compelled to speak about my experience and say I have never been more sick from a self induced decision in my life. Day 3 was complete agony. I could barely get out of bed and the list of symptoms were unlike any flu or sickness I have ever had. Nausea, Headache, dizziness, joint pain, muscle cramps, shooting pains in my legs, incredible stomach pain, fatigue, terrible chills. I have been a zombie for the last 2 days and barely on day 4 (today) at 50%. I stopped the madness last night.
1. Millions of people on countries throughout the world have experienced profound reversals in the steady decline of their health due to the Isalean shakes. This is factual. There are, to date, no recorded cases of long-term users of the products experiencing a decline in their health. So, how can this be if the shakes contain toxic, rancid or other ingredients that are dangerous to one’s health? Here is the answer: Most people who reach for Isagenix as a system of overall health, weight loss, detoxification, etc., are people who have been addicted to simple carbohydrates, fast food, and the “typical” American diet, which as we know is way more toxic and carcinogenic than Isagenix. Most users of the product lose weight, and experience a dec rease in their CRPs, and other inflammation markers because the products are *replacing* frozen dinners, grab’n’go meals and snacks, vending machine “food,” and just about anything that can be purchased in a drive-through. While a micro- and macro-nutrient balanced, whole, organic food diet is by far a better option than any processed or fabricated meal replacement, the sad truth is that virtually every user of an Isagenix shake is incapable (for whatever reason, i.e., socioeconomic status, lack of understanding of food choices, peer pressure, lack of portability, etc.) of doing “better” than they have been — until they are told to simply consume 2 scoops of this powder twice a day. What I have seen, time and again, is constant improvement in health…and even the elimination of debilitating physical and emotional symptoms….when a person adhere’s to the Isagenix shakes, the cleanse liquid, and one meal per day of whole, preferably organic, macronutrient balanced foods. What I have seen, time and again, is that overweight people were consuming 1000s of empty calories of literally toxic food, yet were malnourished! Vitamin and mineral deficient, with leaky gut syndrome and the full gamut of dysbiosis-related syndromes and conditions.
Isagenix is for anyone that wants to feel better and needs to do a 30-day detox cleanse. The ultimate goal is to get the mind and body in perfect balance through cleansing the body of toxins and providing it with all it needs nutritionally. The aim is to move the body from an acidic to an alkaline state and to reduce inflammation in the body. It supports gut and brain health and boosts the immune system.
The Isagenix model is to turn as many customers as possible into supplement dealers armed with nothing but slick marketing materials and ZERO qualifications. I know multiple people who peddle this stuff, and not one of them has any kind of qualifications related to health, nutrition or fitness. The things I hear them tell people is not only beyond scary, I have had to intervene and stop multiple sales that would have had negative impacts on known health conditions (ie: sale of e-shots to someone with hypertension, and whey protein concentrate to someone who everyone knows is lactose intolerant….they didn’t even know that whey concentrate still has lactose, or that whey was dairy for that matter!!!!)
Actually Jeff, you are partially correct, partially incorrect. . . while yes, cows produce milk to feed the calf (their udders actually kick into gear several days up to a couple of weeks prior to birth, with the initial substance being the colostrum rich milk) and continue to produce milk based on the needs/requirements of the calf until the calf gradually weans off milk and onto solid foods (graze/grass/hay).
I am sure if I drank meal replacement shakes and ate protein bars all day every day I would totally lose 10 lbs a month if not more. That’s just a higher priced Slimfast diet. Additionally, the price is crazy. I was quoted $20 a day for ‘meals’ (medium package). Again, you can’t make meals out of shakes, wafers, and supplements! When I asked what was used to sweeten the bars I didn’t get an answer, but I did get a link to the website with the products. I didn’t bother to go, mainly because if someone wants me to buy into what they are selling, they better know their product backwards and forwards and not give me some anecdotal “oh go to the site for specifics I am here to testify that it works!” type response.
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Soy protein is not in any of their products. Purified soy lecithin is in some of their products including the Black Sesame shake (but not the french vanilla or dutch chocolate or berry harvest shakes). However the lecithin is not the same as the protein as the author would know. It’s the protein that is the hormone disrupter. More details on why isagenix uses soy lecithin is found on their site http://www.isagenixhealth.net/why-is-soy-lecithin-used-in-isagenix-products/
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!
This is my unbiased comment about Isagenix. First, let me give you a quick background. I have always eaten healthy and exercised than the past few months happened. 1) We had the worst winter I have ever experienced… hubby and I ate a lot of comfort food. 2) I broke one ankle and sprained another hiking in March. 3) blood clot formed in my leg broke of and went into my lungs causing a bi-lateral embolism which almost killed me. 4) I quit smoking. Between the terrible winter, in-mobility (two bad ankles), hospital and recovery time and letting go of my nasty habit… I was at the heaviest weight I have ever been at.
The woman who does our billing at the office I work at is all about isagenix. She totally knows "the millionaires" and could get there if she put any more effort into her sales....sure. Why not. I like her so I usually just let her tell me about it and try to change the subject back to ways I'm trying to be healthy myself. When she tells me her black as the night "cleanse" drink gets rid of all the toxins in her body "from like the air and world and stuff" I nod along. "Plus it's only about 3 dollars per meal!". Great lady.
Your intellectual honesty and integrity is much appreciated on your unbiased review. As a practitioner of integrative and functional medicine, as well as bioidentical hormone replacement, many patients come to my practice looking for effective weight loss solutions. Your approach in my view is the most optimal and your advice is clinically valid. Some patients are looking for faster weight loss solutions and do have very deranged lipids and metabolic parameters including hypertension and prediabetes and lipid disorders. For patients looking for some quicker weight loss and to promote self confidence I had used Medifast with their nutritional coaches for three years with many patients losing weight to their desired goal and then switching to maintence phase with most of your dietary recommendations. For the past six months I have been using Isagenix products on patients with better results than medifast for patients that have more than twenty pounds to lose. After they have achieved their weight loss goals most move to eating a whole, organic diet that is either paleo or a hybrid with the Mediterranean diet with good results. I hate the MLM aspect so am not affiliated as an associate but the products do work. Since 96% of patients with significant weight loss gain their weight back your idea of eating whole organic foods to detoxify is sound advice as is all the nutritional advice I have read on your site. The adaptogenic herbs in Ionix Supreme in my opinion is why people can stick to this diet for 30 days. Since high protein diets do produce quick weight loss I found this protein to be superior to the soy protein in medifast and more filling. I do not advocate eating this way for life and would refer patients to you for your sound advice that are interested in taking a slower more sustainable path. I have met many Isagenix associates who have personally lost and maintained their weight loss with Isagenix. Since there are no clinical trials comparing products all we have are testimonials. Some users are overly zealous just like religious fanatics who have had great results with their particular brand of religion. I use it as one clinical tool in my bag to help patients to a better way of eating and health like you promote. Keep up the great work you are doing! Most within Isagenix as well as Medifast are doing good things with great intentions but have not reached the higher path you are advocating.
If a cross-fitter needs meal advice based on his/her specific needs, then that cross-fitter has some responsibility to bear as well. Isagenix has never claimed to offer personalized meal planning though some associates are fully qualified to do so. Would it be fair for me to expect my personal trainer to live with me to ensure that my very specific issues are being addressed while on my own as well… no, at some point, I have to take what I learn from him/her police myself. Isagenix is excellent at providing advice on healthy meal choices.
Bottom line if you want something to happen for yourself you can do it, you can make it work without all these products. Eat clean, exercise, include a good protein shake from vitamin shop, add a vitamin or two and be determined to exercise with a good program. Have a plan, be a leader don’t have someone feed you like a baby. Don’t forget come up with a meal plan. Do your own research and save big bucks by keeping money in your pocket and not these huge multi marketing companies who want nothing more then your wallet.
When you get rid of the toxins in your body you are allowing your body to repair itself. When you use cleanse products you purify your body of inhibitory toxins and create a perfect environment for your body to do what it does naturally. Your body fixes itself when your cellular system is working as it’s supposed to work. Want an easy cleanse solution that is healthy for you?
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.
You are clearly fighting to protect the “integrity” of your blog and feel that if you accept Isagenix as beneficial, your castle will crumble. I think you either already know we’re right or you’re starting to. In either case you feel that you can’t give in because it goes against EVERYTHING you stand for and you that if you do, your readers will abandon you.
Dani, you mention fructose in high amounts can be toxic to the liver. Can you elaborate on that? There is no definition or explanation as to what is a high amount. While I agree that eating items with high fructose is bad, this is a result of poor diet where items with fructose have little to no fiber or protein content. That would allow the body (liver) to break down the “sugar” and process it similar to glucose. I’m not expert, just an interested reader.
Dinner? That's miso soup with some chopped sea vegetables (like the Japanese nori, used to make sushi) snipped over top. Or you might choose a cup of brown rice with a few chopped vegetables mixed in. "Brown rice gives your body plenty of B vitamins, which is a stress reducer. It's very high fiber, will fill you up, will help you sleep, and will flush you out in the morning."
Improves mood, curbs cravings, increases energy and decreases hunger. Green tea is rich in antioxidants including EGCG, which increases thermogenesis, which helps you burn fat and supports weight-management goals. IsaDelight Plus Dark Chocolate is made up of 70% non-alkalized cocoa powder, produced by a low-temperature process in a state-of-the-art US facility, to preserve potent antioxidants. Essential amino acids and an exclusive blend of B vitamins and minerals promote positive moods by elevating “feel good” chemicals in your brain, which helps to curb hunger and provide an energy “pick me up.”