If my students wrote a review like this they would get an F. The ingredients may come from Isagenix but your “facts” are not supported and are conflicting. Despite saying the use genetically modified ingredients you later state that you “doubt” that the products are non-GMO. That alone brings all other statements into question. You should back up your statements of the “toxic ingredients” with references, or are they specifically your opinion? Finally, you have neglected to reference your education/expertise. 

This celebrity-backed juice cleanse (Salma Hayek is a company co-founder) can’t be beat when it comes to convenience. After you can choose either the three- or five-day plan, everything is delivered right to your door, nationwide. But Jackie Newgent, RD, a dietitian and author of the Big Green Cookbook, says that relying exclusively on juice can cause problems with overall nutrition. “Though a natural fruit-based juice cleanse may offer some people a ‘mental’ kick start for following a diet without harm, I don’t recommend the use of cleanses,” she says. “Cleanses have never been necessary to jump-start weight loss or remove ‘toxins,’ and they never will be necessary.”

I was surprised to find that I didn’t feel hungry on the Cleanse Days even though I wasn’t really eating any food besides the snacks. On day one, John and I went shopping and he stopped at McDonalds drive-thru and ate his Big Mac meal right in front of me!! Not very nice of him at all, but I wasn’t really tempted. I was a woman on a mission to complete the 9 days with NO CHEATING! When I did feel hungry, I went for a glass of water and an Isagenix snack. It satisfied my hunger and gave me energy.


But when I consciously choose to travel to far away countries, be accepted by the indigenous people and accept them in return, who hold ancient knowledge and wisdom for the future betterment and evolution of our species, do service to a community, to be part of a combined and soul felt movement for love, understanding, acceptance and peace, then I am SOMEBODY.
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.

Although, there does seem to be a slight case of the ‘Chinese whispers’ through the promotion of Isagenix. Marketing interpretations lead to assumed implications and many false merits, which is then further propagated by an ignorant clientel, meanwhile Isagenix sit back and reap the profits of a misrepresented product without the accountability for product misinformation. Gullability is great for business. Get your positively, happy, youthful energetic lifestyle shake powder today! Purge your old lifestyle out your colon with out Creamy Dutch Rudder Chocolate shake!
In the book Triumph Over Disease, Jack Goldstein, DPM, outlines his true story in overcoming ulcerative colitis by sticking to strict water fasting and a vegetarian diet. Goldstein is one of very few people who has tested his own tongue scrapings, urine, feces, even perspiration during a water fast, Strychacz says. "He found that the contents [during a fast] are different than normal -- that toxins like DDT do get removed."
Dani, You are 100% correct about your research. I am an EX Isagenix cult member. I, thankfully, escaped only losing one body organ to this product (my gallbladder). Thank you for all the information you are providing. You have to know sweetie that Isagenix has watch dogs all over the internet to lash out at any naysayers and they even go as far as having negative comments and reviews removed/hidden.
It would seem that after a day of not eating, one would be more likely to gorge on food when it was re-introduced. Not so. Evidence suggests that when intermittent fasting becomes a habit, less food is commonly eaten during normal calorie days (3). Some theories imply that this could be due to shrinking of the stomach on fast days so that you are less likely to overindulge at meal time. Along the same concept, Isagenix cleansers proclaim that Cleanse Days practically erase any previous food cravings they used to have.
Many of the commenters seemed to think that doctors know nothing about nutrition. Doctors just put bandages on problems: they sell pills that mask symptoms and wreak havoc on your body instead of treating underlying causes. They only want to make money. They want to keep people sick so they won't lose their kickbacks. [What kickbacks?] There are lots of malpractice suits.
Before Isagenix I ate VERY healthily (Organic vegetables from our farm, pasture raised meats, whole grains, etc). I also was very active physically (vegetable farming is very labor intensive and during the winter time I went to the gym three or four times a week to do intense cardio). Despite these efforts, I wasn’t just overweight, but I was in the obese category ( I was 60lbs overweight).
Today the marketplace is cluttered with detox diets that promise to help you lose weight, boost your energy levels and more. However, many popular detox diets, especially those that involve extreme low-calorie fasting, can rob the body of important nutrients and place the body in starvation mode, which actually slows your metabolism. Other downsides of many detox diets include: dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and even colon damage.
Her response is below. I responded to her as you did with your friend tried with you. But this was not a friend I know in my own life. This was just someone that requested to be my friend on FB. She saw that we had a lot in common. She reached out back in November to have me call her and at least try to skype when I had some time. She had something to tell/talk to me about. I avoid it; because I knew/felt that wasn’t about being new friends…but to sell me on something. Shelah, I agree with you. Dani…you keep going with this. Just because Organic/GMO free is used on packaging/products…doesn’t mean it is any better for you. Will smoking organic cigarette be better for you? NOT!!!!
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But when I consciously choose to travel to far away countries, be accepted by the indigenous people and accept them in return, who hold ancient knowledge and wisdom for the future betterment and evolution of our species, do service to a community, to be part of a combined and soul felt movement for love, understanding, acceptance and peace, then I am SOMEBODY.
I cheated, and I hate myself for it. I drank a half a cup of a chai latte with skim milk. (I can’t even believe I’m saying this.) Rewind two weeks ago, and I was drinking grande-white-chocolate-mochas-with-whole-milk-and-whipped-cream on the daily; sometimes even twice a day if I wanted a sugar high mid-afternoon. The culprit on day 7: an outing with my friend, Stephanie. You can have green tea on these cleanses, but the café we went to didn’t have such a thing. I drank the chai latte reluctantly, guilt-ridden, and hurting (mentally) later. I felt like I had failed. No will power here.
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.
I’ve lost a total of 20 pounds on Isagenix. This is partially due to Isagenix and partially due to working out and tracking my food log and paying close attention to what I’m eating. At first I refused to do the cleanse days because I don’t like NOT eating, but, the cleanse days have helped me drop those pesky last few pounds. I do agree that you can’t stay on Isagenix forever and you need to also learn how to eat whole, healthy, unprocessed foods. The meal replacement shakes are just so EASY for me, which is why I do it. I figure its better to fix a quick shake than going through the drive-through when I’m short on time. I think a lot of people realize or are skeptical if the products are legit, but, if you want to lose weight it makes it easier, which is all I care about right now! The sales aspect of the company IS annoying, and what I choose to take and ingest into my body is my choice, and I wouldn’t want to push this on others and promote it as “healthy” if I wasn’t 100% sure- I’m not a doctor or a nutritional expert.
There are many, many poor people out there desperately looking for a solution to their obesity, and many of these programs will work for different people. Presenting opinion as fact, and robbing these people of the opportunity to try something that may save their life, is immoral. Perhaps your way of life will suit some other people, but maybe others will need to try something different. They deserve to read truly unbiased reviews of products, and try at their own discretion.
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
Also, (to address some other points that came up from my observations), when I attended one of Isagenix’s conventions last year, the founders were clear to point out to the audience of 10,000 that their products were not intended to be a substitute for whole foods. With my own research into nutrition, I know very well, that as important and good advice as that is, with the severe mineral depletion of our soils through chemical contamination, a certain amount of supplementation is necessary, due to lack of complete nutrients from those whole foods. The other thing I was impressed with was Mr. Anderson pointing out how they spend one million $ a year on testing to ensure there are no contaminants in any of their products. Then, Dr. Andrews, pointing out how he was approached by numerous other MLMs (like them or not) and related how none of them had the integrity that Isagenix has and that’s why he chose them to help formulate Product B based on his scientific discoveries for anti-aging. Hope this is helpful.
Wow that is a lot of information about all kinds of nutrition and Isagenix products. I wonder if there is a healthy balance in this somewhere. I personally prefer a diet of organic fresh food, locally grown, but yea it is time consuming every week to shop or find the right foods, then prepare everything in a manner that is fairly convenient each week, since I commute about an hour each day and work a normal day, plus I love to work out or just get some good exercise walking, playing golf, and general enjoyment. So why cant I use Isagenix moderately for those times when I may slightly rushed or am just craving a snack of some kind. I love ice cream, pizza, hamburgers, cheese, pasta, any kind of bread, milk, and I feel fairly normal in that sense. But of course most of this is not so good for you especially if you eat like that all the time. About five years ago I just started this organic nutritional program and lost 60lbs, I feel awesome. I will never go back to the old katdaddi who ate whatever he wanted. No more fast food, no sodas, prepared food etc. I love my new life. I generally have plenty of energy. I was introduced to Isagenix a few months ago and of course had been through the herbal life to lifevantage slew of products so the shake and cleanse was really not appealing to me at all. I was getting kind of bored though even though my daughters are so great about shopping with me and sharing all their cool organic recipes and even cooking for me sometimes. I thought ok I will try this Isagenix thing for 30 days. I hate shakes, sold my blender and 2 tubs of shake mix to one of the other guys at the gym, you know I just thought this ain’t for me. But since I had the product I decided to go ahead and use it instead of just throwing it out or hassle with sending it back. After about 3 weeks of consistent use, I started to notice a difference in my energy level but mainly I started seeing some gains at the gym. I like the crossfit thing and am 57, so its not like I am in this for the competition. I think we all know that is not going to happen. But not being super fatigued after a hard workout and actually being able to lift more weight and not be the last one to finish every time you do a work out was a win for me. The only thing I did different was adding the Isagenix to my routine. I don’t drink the vanilla shakes everyday but usually 2 times a week or like I said before if I am in a little time crunch. I thought some of the energy bars were good tasting and filling. Those little round snack things and the small little chocolate bites were great for killing a craving. The cleansing pills actually did seem to help me get rid of water weight and pass some toxins, nothing wrong with a little diuretic occasionally. Don’t be stupid and take it all the time ins not intended to be used in that manner. Of all the shake programs I have tried Isagenix is really the only one I have actually enjoyed and saw any evidence that something was different with my body. My wife has actually noticed a difference in my body as well. And believe me she is smart about this stuff. So maybe you can reach a balance, not every ones body is the same. Obviously not all people can tolerate whey, fructose, lactose, or other ingredients. I have seen vegans who tried to come off the vegan lifestyle and there body would totally reject healthy organic foods simply because they haven’t eaten them in 10 years not because they are bad for you. Sure there are some nutritional absolutes that hold true for 99% of the population. Anyway lighten up and recognize that what’s right for you may not work for someone else. All I can say is that I have a good combination of a very healthy diet eating locally grown organic foods (and I grow my own during summer, so I do know what is in my food) plus the Isagenix products. It seems to be working great for me with no side effects that I can identify. I am not a scientist, I have a BA in Marketing but I am not selling Isagenix just using it. I work in the IT industry but like we may sometimes, study long, study wrong.

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I’m talking about how certain activities and moments would trigger this desire in me to snack even though my body didn’t really need it--from the TV shows I was watching to where I was sitting in my living room. For instance, I knew I wasn’t hungry, but the minute I turned to Bravo to watch Andy Cohen or any of those Real Housewives, I suddenly felt the desire to pick up a bag of chips or order Chinese food.
I just found this article and I am SO happy someone finally put this out there in clear and simple context. As a holistic nutritionist, I have been asked many times by clients about this product, and now I can send them to this article for further reading as there is only so much detail I can go into during a consultation without going on a 2 hour rant 😉
I will be honest, I rarely look at these types of articles let alone care to comment. But somebody wanted me to look at this. I for one am using isagenix. I have tried the Paleo diet. Although it is a great thing to use, the single biggest problem is you have no clue what is what. Even if you buy local or organic has no bearing if it is healthy or not. To slap an organic label while still using certain types of pesticides, herbicides and so forth still apply. My body personally can tell the difference.

The reason I feel this stuff is a scam is this. I did an experiment after I after heard all the hype on this stuff. I bought an herbal cleansing kit from the good food store and used protein shakes to replace breakfast everyday for a week. It cost me 39 dollars for the protein and 30 dollars for the cleanse. I lost 8lbs in 7 days. Was it the right way to go about it? No, I just wanted to prove that people are sheep and 280 dollars was a waste of money!
One more thing…. organic is kinda a joke, you know that right?? With the amount of pollution in our air, water and soil….. how can it be organic? Yes it can be free of pesticides, color, flavor and they have grown it to their best ability, but locally grown food is just as good. My opinion, organic is a money grab…. do I not buy organic? No! But I most certainly don’t buy only organic. I do buy 90% of my produce and meats from Canada though… keeping local 🙂 But that’s just my opinion…. and I don’t judge or recommend anyone do anything but what they want 🙂

To be sure of bioavailability and potency, Isagenix provides ingredients either present in natural form or derived from natural food sources. We do not use any artificial or synthetic ingredients. In addition, Isagenix provides vitamins that are consistently tested for stability, purity, safety and efficacy. Each vitamin is evaluated using United States Pharmacopoeia standards or higher. They are sourced only from highly reputable suppliers with an excellent track record of meeting and exceeding cGMP guidelines.
Anyway, I saw someone that I knew was saying they had good results and had lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time, so I wanted to know what they were using. That person connected me with their rep/coach who sent me a link to watch a video, and the rep gave me a call (sorry I am using all kind of incorrect pronouns – just trying to respect their anonymity). The rep mentioned a food package and I immediately thought about nutri-system with the prepackaged meals, but I learned that basically the food is supplements, bars, wafers, etc.
Not sure why you consider Palm Kernel Oil unhealthy. Palm kernel oil is an edible plant oil derived from the kernel of the oil palm Elaeis guineensis, and is comparable to coconut oil. A cardio-friendly alternative to animal fat, palm kernel oil is free of dietary cholesterol, and there is no evidence that it increases production of cholesterol in the body (1). Palm kernel oil is stable at room temperature, does not require hydrogenation (the process behind trans-fat formation), and has a long shelf life.
I have to agree with some of the Isagenix supports in that it is very difficult to get natural foods that are free of chemicals or additives but one only needs to taste free range organically fed chicken to know it is better than the factory farm produced variety. I can’t believe that a meal replacement tastes as good as a free range chicken or home grown fruits & veggies.
One of the first things that people notice when they embark on Cleanse Days is the weight loss. Studies on intermittent fasting have shown that it is just as an effective approach for weight loss as compared to cutting calories (1). In one study, overweight women who fasted intermittently for six months lost more weight than women who restricted their calories each day (2).
A few commenters expressed concerns about the product. One commenter said the Isagenix company representative couldn't answer questions about origin of ingredients and quality control. There have been no controlled studies. Where is the evidence? How do we know it is safe? Long-term results remain to be seen. How many can maintain this restrictive lifestyle for years? Why isn't Isagenix being regulated by the FDA? “I am a little concerned about the way some people discuss this product in almost cult-like fashion. It makes me wonder if there are mind-control drugs in this stuff.”

It seems complicated, I know. But once you just eliminate all of the food products, it’s easy. If you stick to the basics of real food, organic, found in nature, then you’re good. I tend to avoid most things with a label and make food from scratch; this really simplifies eating. I would recommend reading The Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet, it is scientific but not difficult to understand.
@DrJonesy — thank you so much for your candor and perspective. I sense that is the experience many people have with Isagenix and other products. There isn’t a lot of proof they work, aside from a possible placebo effect which likely wears off. There is a risk they may in fact be bad for health. But the one thing we know for sure is that when you are selling a product via MLM, it tend to be overpriced, and it tends to be sold to people you care about, who buy it because they are about you and trust you. Thank you again for your story.
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Wish I have read your blog before buying the Isagenix crap. I’m 155lb 5’5″ and healthy. I don’t eat junk food and cooked healthy meals. Isagenix weight watch shake did seem to control my appetite I still very hungry after each shake and the supplements that came along with it , increased my body temperature, I began to feel really hot when everyone else around me was feeling cold. I cannot not sleep at night I’m restless after taking the night pill. Now my morning breath is awful that my husband stays far away from me. My stomach cannot stop growling and I’m full of gas. So will I be returning this product. As I read in a previous comment, perhaps the chemicals will work in a system that it’s already polluted with toxins. My body is use to I eat organic fruits,vegetables and meats, this product is not for me. Perhaps it will work with someone who is used to fast food. After each sake I’m still craving for real food, and I have not lost a single pound in one week . PS. I spend $230.00 too expensive!. Rated 3/10
Their antioxidant mixture contains 15,000 IU of vitamin A as beta carotene plus 5000 IU as palmitate. The Medical Letter recently reviewed vitamin A and warned that no one should take high-dose beta carotene supplements, and that women should not take vitamin A supplements at all during pregnancy or after menopause. Among other things, they said: Vitamin A may also have pro-oxidant effects in vivo. A high intake of vitamin A from supplements and food has been associated with an increased risk of hip fracture in postmenopausal women and with teratogenicity when taken during early pregnancy. A placebo-controlled intervention trial in Finnish smokers found that 20 mg/day of a beta carotene supplement increased the incidence of lung cancer by 18%, which was statistically significant. Another large double blind intervention trial in smokers and asbestos exposed workers, terminated early because no benefit was demonstrated, found that combined therapy with 30 mg of beta carotene and 25,000 IU of vitamin A daily was associated with an increase in the incidence of lung cancer, cardiovascular mortality and total mortality.
Herbalife, Isagenix… and all the rest. Those products are all terrible and marketed disingenuously, taking advantage of people’s ignorance on nutritional matters. However, this article is truly awful and just presents a different set of bad information also sourced from people profiting from people’s ignorance on nutritional matters. Mercola, specifically.
Today the marketplace is cluttered with detox diets that promise to help you lose weight, boost your energy levels and more. However, many popular detox diets, especially those that involve extreme low-calorie fasting, can rob the body of important nutrients and place the body in starvation mode, which actually slows your metabolism. Other downsides of many detox diets include: dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and even colon damage.
I do want to say (and nowhere did you say or suggest otherwise), that I met MANY great people in Isagenix. Many were kind, caring, motivated, fun to be around, and truly wanting to live a healthy life-style. I could go on and on about how Isagenix does what it does and succeeds in the ways that it does but I don’t feel like that is right on your blog and quite frankly, would be quite an endeavor of writing – as I have given much thought to the subject having been an Isagenix Associate myself. I will say, however, in a nutshell that structure, convenience, eating better (“better”, as you clearly pointed out, doesn’t mean healthy), being told things from people representing themselves as “experts” and health professionals, seeing and reading testimonials, and feeling apart of something bigger than yourself that’s preaching health and wealth can be very powerful.
My sister and mom just started Isagenix, and they love it. I’ve been trying to get them to eat healthy for the past year, but they’ve been too lazy. Isagenix just seems like a way for people to lose weight with minimal effort. Sure, it is harder to actually take ten to fifteen extra minutes to actually make a meal, but it’s so much better for you. That being said, I do get that sometimes people need a nudge in the right direction, so I get the appeal. There are just so many other options out there!
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.
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