I too agree with all that you have said. I have trialled both Herbalife and Isagenix for my own research as I am in the fitness industry. I have gotten more success from telling people to eat a balanced diet of whole foods and the occasional supplemental vitamins (relevant to the goal e.g.. weight loss or muscle gain etc). Whats even worse now is that Personal Trainers are the target to further promote it as the age old saying that ‘my trainer said it was what i should eat’. Shame shame shame to those trainers that do this. They do this to also get more financial benefits from the products as we all low with this multi-level marketing (pyramid scheme).

Thank you for posting this information. I have been on quite a journey the past two years making many changes to my diet. The biggest change is eating a paleo lifestyle. I stopped eating most of the food offered through isagenix because I do believe it is too processed but I have still been consuming the shakes because I find it difficult to eat the amount of protein I need to eat everyday without supplementing somehow. I am an avid crossfit participant and would like to build some more lean muscle. In order to do this I need to eat at least 1g per lb of bodyweight, in my case, 160g of protein. I just ordered the protein you recommended above to give it a try. I am just starting a program to get my masters in human nutrtion and functional medicine. I am sure I will come across information about the ingredients you listed as I move through the program. It is a shame there is not better labeling requirements so people can really understand what they are getting. I truly believed Isagenix was organic, sourced from new zealand gras fed cows without artificial ingredients or preservatives, although I often wondered how it could have such a long shelf life without preservatives! My internal alarm bells have been ringing which led me to do a search that landed me at your post. So here I sit feeling overwhelmed and I feel sad because as educated as I am still believed what the company told us. I wanted you to know your blog has reached a current Isagenix user in a positive way. I started with Isagenix because of the science of what they tell us is behind their products. It is because of this science I got an appetite to know more and that led me to complete my health coaching training through IIN and now enter a masters program to further my studies. For that, I will be grateful to Isagenix. I believe the science they tell us is solid, but it appears their products do not fulfill the requirements to achieve the results the science warrants.
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.
Cleanse away toxins and impurities the natural way with Cleanse for Life®. With no artificial colors or flavors, this synergistic blend of natural cleansing herbs and botanicals nourishes your body's systems to help boost metabolism and energy levels. When used as part of an Isagenix system. Cleanse for Life: Protects cells and vital organs from aging Encourages safe weight loss Boosts mental and physical performance Supports detoxification and protects against toxins •Encourages safe weight loss •Boosts mental and physical performance •Supports detoxification and protects against toxins •Cleanse away toxins and impurities the natural way with Cleanse for Life®. With no artificial colors or flavors, this synergistic blend of natural cleansing herbs and botanicals nourishes your body's systems to help boost metabolism and energy levels
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.

On a Cleanse Day, you drink four deep cleansing servings of Cleanse for Life, spaced evenly throughout the day in the morning, noon, late afternoon, and evening. You also choose from Cleanse Day support tools, or small snacks, to help you manage cravings and provide steady energy while still keeping calories very low. Choose from a combination of four to six Isagenix Snacks™  plus two small snacks, one in the midmorning and one in the early evening.
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.
I bought the 30 day Presidents pack and was so excited to embark on my new journey of welllbeing, fitness and creating a new me. Not only did I stick to the programe, I also had the benefit of having had blood tests in the weeks before Isagenix (didnt show much, other than I was incredibly low in vitamin D). Out of curiosity, I had blood tests done again a few days ago.
The non-GMO soy lecithin found in IsaLean Shake is ultra-purified so it’s free of any proteins or contaminants. Soy lecithin doesn’t contribute any amount of soy protein (so it is hypoallergenic) and it doesn’t contribute any soy isoflavones (which are phytoestrogens). These are eliminated through purification and should not present a concern to those needing to avoid them.
Lets not forget, that we are talking about life here. Not just mine. Not just yours. Not just nutrition. We are what we ABSORB. Psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, AND nutritionally. And those things are all inherently interrelated. Our spirituality can dictate our emotion. Our emotion can dictate our brain chemistry. Our brain chemistry can dictate our body chemistry which in turn can dictate what nutrition we absorb. And ALL of those can dictate our psychology. And round and round we go…

It was as if no one had actually read what I wrote. No one bothered to address any of my specific criticisms. No one even tried to defend Isagenix's false claims that toxicity accounts for most disease, that the body protects itself from toxins by coating them with fat, and that internal organs become clogged and deteriorate if you don't cleanse. No one offered any evidence that “detoxification” improves human health. No one tried to identify any of the alleged toxins or show that they are actually removed. No one tried to provide any rationale for the particular combination of ingredients (all 242 of them!) in Isagenix products. No one questioned my assertion that “no caffeine added” is inaccurate labeling because green tea, which is added, contains caffeine. No one commented when I observed that the amount of vitamin A in these products is dangerous and goes against the recommendations of the Medical Letter. No one offered any evidence that more weight is lost by adding Isagenix to a low-calorie diet and exercise. I offered some alternative explanations that might account for people believing that Isagenix is effective when it isn't; no one commented on that.

I really appreciate your information. I too had a hard time finding unbiased real information about Isagenix that did not come from their own website. I was always a skeptic about it, but got convinced after my friend lost a lot of weight and was really selling me on it. I argued with her about the ingredients, but still got convinced and ended up spending a small fortune I don’t have. It was too hard for me to stick to after a short time anyway….I am used to trying to eat healthy but by actually EATING real food and doing the shakes and all that just felt too restrictive to me.
If you’re interested in using Isagenix’s Nutritional Cleansing products, Joy recommends the 30-day cleanse system, which can be most effective when split between “shake days” and “cleansing days.” On the “shake days,” drink two IsaLean Shakes per day, which are less than 300 calories each and packed with 24 grams of high-quality, undenatured New Zealand whey protein with activated live enzymes. Blend 2 scoops of the shake powder with 8 ounces of purified water and some ice and you’re all set. These creamy, filling shakes build leaner muscle mass and help to fight off those unwanted carb and sugar cravings. Two shakes replace two meals per day; however, you can also have one regular meal on “shake days” (at 400-600 calories the most).
I love you for this thread alone! I have had so many friends and family members drink the IsaGenix Kool-Aid (or Ionix Supreme, to be exact), and it makes me cringe every time I hear of someone else falling for it. This company preys on the insecurities of its minions. There is so much mis-information perpetuated throughout their circles that I want to slap them as a collective and to wake them up to reality. Yes, calorie restriction is going to make you lose weight. Yes, some of the Ayurvedic herbs and caffeine in their products may make you feel euphoric, especially when you ingest them all day long. But that ‘s about it. There is nothing magical about this, but for the gold that appears in the pockets of the executives at the top. It’s such a scam. Anyway…you already know that. It’s refreshing to see an educated voice lifting the veil off the crap they are selling. I’m so sick of hearing about how awesome it is. If everyone on it would just eat healthy, organic, whole foods and exercise regularly they might just be surprised at how good they feel for a fraction of the price.

So today she finally decided I needed to try her gross cleanse drink. She literally poured me the smallest sip possible and I drank it. I have felt like absolute shit since then and thrown up once. ONE SIP I'm all for being healthy but that is not healthy. Who knows what that shit really is. Pretending something is getting rid of toxins because you're throwing up and feel like shit is ridiculos.
I also stated: 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. – Again none of them could comment.

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.


Sorry Laura but Isagenix funded that study how is that 3 rd party? I am a Isagenix distributor.I say thanks for the article Dani. Trying to counter Dani’s articles with Isagenix articles is embarrassing. Right now you can go to Hight Fructose.com or whatever and they’ll tell you it’s great. If folks want to continue using and selling Isa then go ahead. Just don’t bash Dani’s work. It’s obvious she is bringing 100% facts to the table. The person earlier that called Dani a fool, once again embarrassing. I will most likely continue using Isa for now. Thanks Dani for some eye opening information.
This now raises another question………….. how many of you Isagenix supporters have signed others up to this program? I bet there are a few. Now, my next question is….. how many of you have enough medical knowledge to stand over what you are advising people to take? Remeber, you are now responsible for whatever happens to someone as a result of them taking the product you pushed. If they have certain allergies or ailments, some of these products CAN cause health problems in certain people.
Okay, so you won’t be dining at Waffle House this week. To make the cleanse work for you, you’ll need to make your own dinners for the next seven days, or special order off the menu of your favorite restaurant. Cleanse Dinners consist of protein and vegetables, and healthy fats, but no grains or fruits. A little harsh, but again, it’s only temporary. Metabolism decreases up to 35% during sleep, so any extra carbs in your system at bedtime are more likely to get stored as fat. Grains and fruit are the main carb sources in our diets, so I’m stripping them out at dinnertime for the next seven days.

You speak specifically about Calcium D Pantothenate. This is also referred to as vitamin B-5 or pantothenic acid, is an essential nutrient your body uses to generate energy by breaking down carbohydrates and fats. Adults should consume at least 5 mg of calcium D-pantothenate each day to maintain a healthy body, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. If you have trouble getting enough of this B-5 vitamin from your diet, your doctor may recommend treatment with a calcium D-pantothenate supplement.

One of the most unsettling things about Isagenix, along with some other high-profile diet programs, is the use of random unqualified people to sell the product. I suppose that’s the nature of MLM, but a colleague of mine managed to flip me some extremely crazy screenshots of one Isagenix salesperson’s posts on Facebook, and they were completely outrageous.
Wow, what do have against a good diet exactly? These products offer a legitimate quick fix for very sick, very lazy, very broke and very desperate and also very sales-orientated people (network marketing scheme) It works for them but for others who lead a normal life , earn an income and eat well and exercise, they can be unhealthy and unnecessary products. Only internet trolls (so many in this blog – named) would stoop to calling people evil, when they are presenting factual information. Who care if Dani charges for health advice? That doesn’t change the fact that she is correct about some of the ingredients you twirp. Just because you were nearly dead does not mean it’s good for everyone!!! Get some real scientific knowledge. You were nearly dead remember – gotta ask yourself why !!! Keep up the good honest approach Dani…..dont worry about the trolls on this blog. They all deserve a lot worse, given the problems they cause
You’ve obviously never tried it. You can spout off all the random information you want, but Isagenix makes me FEEL better than anything I’ve ever eaten. Something unhealthy could never make me feel this good. I’ve eaten whole, unprocessed, healthy foods my whole life, but my health completely turned around when I started adding Isagenix into the mix. Haters gonna hate, but you will NEVER, EVER convince me that Isagenix is unhealthy. It is the best thing I have ever done for myself. Cheers!
When your body is overloaded with toxins, your body does not want the toxins roaming freely, and so the toxins are stored as excess waste in fat cells. This stored waste makes your body become less efficient, including slowing down your metabolism. Your metabolism regulates nutrient use, energy production, and weight. The result, unwanted or hard to get rid of accumulated fat cells. You may also feel sluggish, have a lack of energy, have trouble concentrating and could fall victim to a variety of illnesses. This is where the Isagenix detox cleanse steps in and helps re-balance your body with nutritional cellular cleansing.

Your body needs calcium to maintain normal healthy function. You’re probably most familiar with calcium in terms of its role in the skeletal system — it helps maintain your bone health and density — but it’s also crucial to several other body functions. Your heart needs calcium to maintain its rhythm, and contractions of the skeletal muscles depend upon calcium.


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

1. It’s not that I didn’t do my research, most people do not use Isagenix’s cleansing products. Most people use the shakes and eat the food, this is a weight loss company first and foremost. Additionally, if you are eating a healthy, organic, local diet full of veggies, wild fish and pastured meat, eggs and butter, you don’t need any cleansing products. So it makes these products obsolete.
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.

A meal replacement shake is possibly better than fast food (although you can make better choices depending on the restaurant), but is certainly worse than normal, reasonably healthy food. Drinking stupid shakes filled with sugar and other crap just isn’t good for you. It’s easy, but it’s certainly not healthy. Not even when these companies lie and tell you IT’S ALL NATURAL!!!
You may be tempted to reach for the meds, but medicating with vitamins from whole foods—blueberries in particular—is a much better, all-natural option to perk-up a compromised immune system. In fact, you can think of each sweet little blueberry as a pill that’ll make you feel a whole lot better. Oregon State University recently took a look at over 400 compounds for their ability to boost the immune system, and the study revealed blueberries as a standout due to a compound called pterostilbene. Goodbye Pepto Bismol, hello Pterostilbene! Bored with plain blueberries? Try any of our 50 Best Snacks for Weight Loss for nourishing eats that are also delicious.

Actually losing 1lb per day is unhealthy even if you are overweight. If you are losing any more than 3lb per week you are more than likely losing muscle mass and not fat. Healthy weight loss should be steady and maintainable. You shouldn’t be consuming less than your base metabolic rate unless advised to do so by a qualified health professional – and there are very few situations in which they will advise you to do so.
This was a study actually performed by a third party which found positive results, and keep in mind that Isagenix may have payed for the study but the University of Illinois at Chicago has its name and reputation on it. It seems to have been a well carried out study and is thorough in both it’s criticisms and possible improvements as well as its conclusions.
The main reason why a lot of traditional diets fail is that many actually starve the body of what it needs nutritionally. The body needs nourishment to function properly. The Isagenix 30-day cleanse systems flood your body with nutrients, and all it needs nutritionally, at the same time assisting it in removing the toxins and impurities that make us sick, tired and fat. All the products are 100% natural, as organic as possible and all sourced from the highest quality ingredients. 
One of the most unsettling things about Isagenix, along with some other high-profile diet programs, is the use of random unqualified people to sell the product. I suppose that’s the nature of MLM, but a colleague of mine managed to flip me some extremely crazy screenshots of one Isagenix salesperson’s posts on Facebook, and they were completely outrageous.

I’m not sure if your brain isn’t properly functioning due to taking Isagenix for almost five years, but the ingredient lists were pulled directly from the Isagenix website and I really don’t appreciate being called a liar. Anyone who has the basic ability to read can see the list of sources I used to provide the ingredient lists. So to say that the ingredient lists are fake (when I clearly provided links for them that go to the Isagenix website) is basically an admission that you know the ingredients are garbage.
"We can help our bodies do their job and get rid of toxins and byproducts of metabolic processes by simply eating well," says Kim Larson, RDN, spokesperson for The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. That's good news, since extreme cleanses can be harmful: They deprive you of the fuel your body and brain need, they rid your body of helpful gut bacteria, and they can contribute to an unhealthy relationship with food.
You speak specifically about Calcium D Pantothenate. This is also referred to as vitamin B-5 or pantothenic acid, is an essential nutrient your body uses to generate energy by breaking down carbohydrates and fats. Adults should consume at least 5 mg of calcium D-pantothenate each day to maintain a healthy body, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. If you have trouble getting enough of this B-5 vitamin from your diet, your doctor may recommend treatment with a calcium D-pantothenate supplement.

Also, you mention Monsanto in your article and their statement that GMO’s are healthy. But there is nothing stating that behind their business finances are investors who profit from the use and sale of genetically engineered food. In fact, they actually spent millions opposing a bill that would require the mandatory labeling of GMO’s on food products. Is that not also biased? Their own scientists “who make claims” warned Monsanto executives about the harmfulness of using Monsanto created products such as DDT, Agent Orange, etc. on farming crops. It has a harmful effect on the people who not only eat it, but who are exposed to it when the harvest comes.
I think Dani is missing something here and she should be talking to Dr. Paul Anderson and the other scientists from Isagenix to get her answers instead of on a blog. Very tacky. If you are that sure you are right then go to the source of the products. Ask the hard questions. These people are very available and will speak to her. Once she has talked to them and she has the answers then put it on a blog. It makes me wonder about her motives are!
I love what you have written, it’s wonderful but it’s a shame that you advertised your own program on there, it just gives them a reason to say you are only putting down isagenix to sell your own product. Drives me nuts the shit they carry on with and I know your products are the best way to get healthy but they will use anything to support their argument!
This weight loss cleanse won’t put millions in your bank account or give you a fitness model’s body. It’s only meant to kick-start your journey towards a healthy lifestyle and help you get rid of bad habits. While weight loss will occur, it’s up to you to continue making healthy choices afterwards. This detox will simply make it easier for you to achieve your goals.

If you’re interested in using Isagenix’s Nutritional Cleansing products, Joy recommends the 30-day cleanse system, which can be most effective when split between “shake days” and “cleansing days.” On the “shake days,” drink two IsaLean Shakes per day, which are less than 300 calories each and packed with 24 grams of high-quality, undenatured New Zealand whey protein with activated live enzymes. Blend 2 scoops of the shake powder with 8 ounces of purified water and some ice and you’re all set. These creamy, filling shakes build leaner muscle mass and help to fight off those unwanted carb and sugar cravings. Two shakes replace two meals per day; however, you can also have one regular meal on “shake days” (at 400-600 calories the most).
So your solution is for people to believe that eating wholefoods is the best solution? Wholefoods that are grown from nutrient deficient soil? Organic or not, an apple is an apple there is no difference in the presence of nutrients in either, and both are shown to be nutrient deficient compared to an apple of the 1960’s. Many, many Americans like myself have eaten organic, wholefoods, (gluten, dairy, soy and peanut free diets) for a long time and it made no difference in my health. Why? Because it is the nutrients our wholefoods are lacking that is causing America’s health crisis. It wasn’t until I supplemented my wholefood diet with herbs, minerals and other items that were harvested from the earth but packaged for me that my body and health transformed. The average American is sitting on the couch eating a bag of Doritos not at Trader Joes picking out a head of organic lettuce, so I don’t see the problem with a company offering a better solution for them. My point, a wholefood diet is not enough anymore, maybe in the 1950’s but time and soil has changed.
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
You take supplements every day too: Ionix Supreme, which you can add to a drink for "clarity and focus," a Natural Accelerator supplement to help "support a healthy metabolism," and a pill called Isaflush at bedtime to "support a balanced digestive system." It's basically a dose of magnesium and other herbs, which can act like a laxative, says Sharp.

One of my children takes lessons from a business pushing Isagenix as a way to increase fitness. I’m going to have to respond directly and if they push back, I’ll just provide the URL to this webpage. MLMs have always been around and will continue as long as we allow them. Kind of like cults are the price we pay for religious freedom. I think the more savvy MLMs are figuring out to jump to the next thing (as in the MD who started Isagenix) before serious analysis and critiques come out. But thanks to the Internet and angels (thank you Sequence Inc. and contributors) who will keep outing them, these snake oil salesmen will have to be faster than ever at duping unsuspecting clients. The simple fact is that “if it sounds to good to be true, it is.” And there will never be a replacement for the simple mantra from “In Defense of Food. Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much. “
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
I’m so pleased with the results of doing the 9 Day Cleanse. I LOST 15 lbs!!!!! I noticed a difference in how my clothes fit and especially when I put on my winter coat. It used to be tight on me and now it’s noticeably more loose.  Plus I lost 29 inches! The most inches lost was in my waist (5 inches), abdomen (3.5 inches) and upper thighs (3.5 inches). I lost 1.5 inches in my butt so still a ways to go there.
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.
You speak specifically about Calcium D Pantothenate. This is also referred to as vitamin B-5 or pantothenic acid, is an essential nutrient your body uses to generate energy by breaking down carbohydrates and fats. Adults should consume at least 5 mg of calcium D-pantothenate each day to maintain a healthy body, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. If you have trouble getting enough of this B-5 vitamin from your diet, your doctor may recommend treatment with a calcium D-pantothenate supplement.

The greatest number of comments were testimonials: “I took it and I lost weight.” People claimed not just weight loss but a variety of improvements. Isagenix allegedly cured fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and hemorrhoids. It facilitated getting off sleeping pills and caffeine, balanced brain chemistry (what does that mean?), improved focus and mental clarity, allowed running longer marathons with less fatigue, saved a failing marriage, stopped irritability and crankiness, and kept an arm from getting sore after pitching.


“Organic” does not automatically mean “pesticide-free” or “chemical-free”. In fact, under the laws of most states, organic farmers are allowed to use a wide variety of chemical sprays and powders on their crops. Organic means that these pesticides, if used, must be derived from natural sources, not synthetically manufactured. Also, these pesticides must be applied using equipment that has not been used to apply any synthetic materials for the past three years, and the land being planted cannot have been treated with synthetic materials for that period either. When you look at lists of pesticides allowed in organic agriculture, you find warnings such as, “Use with caution. The toxicological effects of [organic pesticide X] are largely unknown,” or “Its persistence in the soil is unknown.” Again, researchers haven’t bothered to study the effects of organic pesticides because it is assumed that “natural” chemicals are automatically safe.
The “heart healthy” diet is ridiculous – it consists of grains, low-fat foods, minimal meat, and processed food byproducts. It’s the opposite of what people should eat for heart health. Like I said in my other comment, when you’re testing against horrible diets in the first place, it’s not surprising that the outcome is positive. But it doesn’t mean that the products are ideal.
Lastly, length of time in this industry does not mean you know about nutrition (or maybe you do and still sell Isagenix for financial benefit). “if you think that “WHOLE” foods are something that the average person can afford to put in their body and get as much nutrition as in just 1 shake by Isagenix, then you are sorely mistaken.” So the average person can afford to spend hundreds of dollars a month on these products full of synthetic vitamins that can’t be absorbed? That doesn’t even make sense.
While your cells constantly detoxify, consider doing a more formal detox as a spring (or fall) full-body cleanse. These plans, which typically last two to three weeks, include all the essentials to help your liver and other organs optimally detoxify, including protein, nutrients, and a detox-minded eating plan. Our Detox System provides all the nutrient support you need to keep your natural cellular and body detoxification in peak, all in one convenient package.

Saying that all vegetable oils are “inflammatory” is nonsense. It’s true that omega three fatty acids alter the pathway of eicosanoid production towards less inflammatory forms, and they can be very useful for people in states of chronic inflammation (RA, obesity). But n-6 fatty acids are also an important part of human nutrition. Inflammation is a normal and healthy response to injury and disease, you’re using the word as if it’s an unnatural, evil phenomenon.


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Ancestral Nutrition Robbie Bianchi Pray I didn’t even address the “natural flavors” in my post, which in hindsight I should have because it’s just another reason these products are not healthy. To each their own, it’s entirely up to you what you put in your body. Personally, I choose to avoid toxins and most likely GMOs, especially because I don’t want to support Monsanto. Also just as an FYI – it’s not legit to retrieve accurate, unbiased information from a website whose intention is to sell the very product you’re researching.
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Anyway I finally tried isAgenix. Wow. In 30 days I did lose the belly I had been trying to lose for years. I also met other isAgenix users. I met one fellow who lost over 100 lbs.! In my humble opinion isAgenix is an excellent product line. I also do a bit of kinesiology and all the isAgenix products appear to be of excellent quality and are very healthy. (for me anyway)
Dani, thank you for posting such a well-researched article, and I’m sorry that the Isagenix lemmings jumped on you for exposing the truth. Posting ingredients right off their websites is not false information, unless the website is a liar itself. Isagenix is GMO free in SOME COUNTRIES but it has NOT been officially verified as GMO-free for the US. Also, they are not certified organic and by reading the ingredient list it is pretty obvious why. The ingredients don’t lie. For those that are arguing should take a REAL nutrition class. Did you know that Isagenix is calling their representatives “health and wellness coaches”? However, they don’t offer any nutritional coaching, just promote the Isagenix products. It’s absolutely despicable.

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Although both MSG and protein hydrolysates are additives that are primarily used as flavor enhancers, they are subject to specific labeling rules that requires their disclosure on ingredient labels. MSG is an isolated salt of the amino acid glutamate, which is used to enhance the savory flavor of foods. While glutamate is found naturally to some degree in nearly all foods (particularly high in cheese, mushrooms, and tomatoes), MSG is an extremely concentrated source. Protein hydrolysates also tend to be naturally higher in glutamate, although are presented with other amino acids and nutrients. Even though they are listed as natural flavors under the Code of Federal Regulations, it’s mandated that they be specifically listed along with their source on the ingredients label. Common types of hydrolysates often appear on labels under such names as “hydrolyzed wheat gluten,” “hydrolyzed soy protein,” and “autolyzed yeast extract.”
Also, I was extremely frustrated after I initially signed up. The person who had “sold” me on it immediately sent me links on how to branch out and get people to ask me about it. It was suggested that I post my success (there was not success) on my facebook page and to watch videos on how to talk to other people in order to sign up. The exact words were “you will be a great brand rep as you are already active and healthy, people will flock to you”. That was not my intent at all and I did not sell it to one person.
I have one more 30 day supply on its way and I will stick with it for 30 more days, but then I think I am done. I got dizzy in yoga class last night (after 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer). So I think I may add another snack in as well (have only been doing an apple or pear a day) but I am really not sure what to do because my coach is MIA and given the path he has my friend on.. I don’t trust him anyway.
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”.
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.
Let me preface this with the fact that I don't often write reviews for products but I am the kind of person who relies heavily on them from others so this is my way of hoping to help other people. I just finished this system cleanse and I am could not be more thankful, but in a good way. It is a 9 day cleanse but it has two "shake days" before the 9 day part so really it is 11 days worth of cleanse. Google this product with the schedule and it will bring up exactly what you are doing for 11 days. As a person it is very tough to lose weight, I have been struggling with it and could not break the 150.6 lb mark. I have tried other weight loss products that are not safe or healthy for you and are actually harmful to your metabolism, and I have had enough of that. I committed to this cleanse and followed the schedule to a T with the exception of having some veggies on the "cleanse days". I weighed in on the scale this morning and was so happy to see 143.2 lbs on that stupid scale!! I lost 7 lbs and did not starve myself, did not put anything unhealthy into my body, was able to still work out while on this, and cleansed my body of toxins. I feel better, and feel better about how I look. Thank you so much for making a great product that actually helps. I was already pretty active and consistent with exercise but my diet needed a reboot.
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”
Interesting read. Not unbiased, however, which is fine. How can any of us actually be unbiased? We can only use our best judgment to decide for ourselves what matter to us and we all have an opinion. I recently joined up with Isagenix after watching some very dear friends absolutely transform their bodies and lives over the last 18 months. One was in and out of the hospital, suffering from celiac and other ailments, and has found life-changing relief from Isagenix products. She has not only lost weight but has turned her health around completely. The turnaround has been amazing to see. Another has lost 150+ lbs and is able to be physically active in ways she never could be previously. Interestingly, her husband has struggled with Isagenix and following the plan.
Recent studies indicate the presence of fructans in the digestive tract also protects against osteoporosis by increasing the absorption of calcium and magnesium, and may protect against diabetes and colon cancer. “Ingredient in tequila plant may fight osteoporosis and other diseases,” The American Chemical Society News Release, March 23, 2010 (http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content).

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.

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!!!!)
Not sure if you are familiar with online marketing, but looking at all the comments in defense of the product, the number of urls they posted as reference and the professional language used to disprove your post; my gut tells me most come from the company themselves. They simply used your blog to their benefit; posting urls and mentioning the brand helps them improve their online scores with the search engines. This is why its so hard to find an honest or negative page talking about this and all other weightloss gimmicks. Next time don’t follow their lead.

To use myself as an example, in a period of four months at age 21, I lost 18kgs and had my body to less than 4% body fat, when eating McDonalds at least twice daily, while training intensely for Senior football. This is why I laugh so much, as am I to assume that consumption of McDonalds leads to weight loss and health? Absolutely not. I could leave it at that, but what I failed to mention is that my lack of a nutritional diet led me to become seriously ill and bed ridden for over two months which nearly cost me my life. True story. For $50 a person could exercise regulary and have a diet consisting of vitamin supplements and water which would result in immense weight loss, but it is not a legitimate healthy option either, and would almost definitely leave you seriously ill as well.

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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
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My darling made me watch the 30min hype clip about how you can do this and that with this new thing, I asked her to wake me up when they tell you how to do all that amazing stuff. I fell asleep but after a while she pats me on the shoulder. I said to her. “Did they tell you you can give and live and all that cool stuff?” She said. “Nah they just want me to buy their milkshake.” I love Isagenix

In addition to my journey, I started sharing my story with others and helping them do the same. I have now personally helped dozens of people shed 10, 20, 30, 40 and even (3 people) have shed over 70lbs! They’ve taken back control over their health and their lives. They feel good about themselves, they are happier than they have been for years and they are OPTIMISTIC about LIFE!
Thank you for this article! I have been a very successful network marketer with both Beachbody and Visalus…I did help A LOT of people lose weight and “get healthy…-er” than they were. But through my OWN research and dissecting each ingredient in the products I consume as I became more interested in researching all of the supposed healthy ingredients, I have found that google does a body good! If you copy and paste the ingredients into google and ask “IS ______(insert ingredient)___ non-gmo/organic?” you will get ALL sorts of reliable info. I have YET to find an MLM that produces a truly NON-GMO and Certified Organic product. Now, some claim they do…but their ingredients say otherwise. And let’s be real…every website is going to vouch for their product. What kind of company would they be if they outed themselves? Think about it!
Toxicity contributes to inflammation, which leads to a heavier toxic load, stalling fat loss in the bargain. An anti-inflammatory diet includes wild-caught seafood, plant foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids including flaxseed and chia seeds, lots of non-starchy vegetables, and spices including turmeric. Work with your chiropractor or other healthcare professional to incorporate anti-inflammatory nutrients including fish oil, krill oil, resveratrol, and curcumin into your diet.
My youngest daughter has recently joined this silliness. She has never been fat a day in her life (unlike her dear old mom!), is active, energetic, successful and (like her dear old mom) can “sell” pretty much anything to anyone . . . except her dear old mom. LOL I promised her I would look into it because she knows how adamant I am about whole, real, unprocessed, healthy, raw foods.

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.
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