Pseudoscientific claims peppered many comments, such as this one: “Most people only absorb 8% to 12% of what we eat-the rest is waste which we flush down the toilet. With Isagenix we can absorb up to 94% of what is ingested with less waste going down the toilet. Isagenix is full of good probiotics which help rebuild our digestive systems, fights candida. Isagenix also helps the body become alkaline, which is a healthy body. John Hopkins 2008 Cancer Report stated that cancer cannot live in an alkaline body only acidic bodies. Processed food makes our bodies acidic-thus the epedemic [sic] of cancer and diabites [sic] in the USA along with heart disease.” [This is all nonsense.]
Just want to say THANK YOU for standing up for what is right and what is good for humanity. Thank you for defending the REAL FOODS MOVEMENT! I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I LOVE THE INFORMATION YOU SHARE! I hope you keep doing this because it surely brings LIGHT to those who are ready to accept the knowledge and truth. Please keep doing what you’re doing! And may I request you do one on Visalus. 🙂
There are some downsides, however. As she explains, "By day two you may as well have all your calls forwarded to the toilet because you will be spending a lot of time in the bathroom. The first time I did the cleanse, I was out with my kids at the mall when all of a sudden I needed a bathroom, stat! It was a nightmare, trying to pack everyone up and find the restroom. I learned the mall is not the place you want to be when your body starts trying to eliminate toxins."
Agreed! I sold Isagenix, and I used the products and had amazing results. I even called myself a “coach”. (very dangerous, as I was “teaching” people about something I knew nothing about) I knew nothing then compared to what I know today. While SOME ingredients that are in Isagenix’s products are very healthy for you, there are SOME that are not. So why would I use a product that has only some good things in it? I am going to share my research on one of (what used to be) my favorite bars: Here is the link – http://www.isagenix.com/~/media/product/isalean-bar/isalean-bar-fact-panels/us-en-fact-panel-isalean-bar-chocolate-decadence.pdf
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.
The worst part? Isagenix says that Cleanse for Life is safe for people ages 12+. If anyone reading this is giving this product to their kids (or for that matter, consuming it and/or other diet products in front of their kids), please STOP NOW. Kids do NOT need to be on a diet, a cleanse, or any fucked up supplement regimen when they’re KIDS. I’m sorry for the language, but I have seen more than my share of adults with messed up relationships with food because their parents convinced them that they needed to diet when they were younger. Kids should never hear the words ‘diet’, ‘skinny’, ‘detox’, ‘cleanse’, or any weight-related jargon. Never.
love the infoLove the info you post on here. Keep up the good work. I agree with you totally and people should fully read what you put down before getting on their high horse and telling you your wrong which you are not. Also on a side note you are very beautiful and I love what you stand for. Keep up the good fight. Education is the only way we can get our country to change its bad eating habits. If it didn’t grow naturally from the ground it should be left alone. Be smart about what you put in your body and the portions that you’re putting on your plates. Fad diets like all the shake programs out there will always leave you looking for the next quick program and you will have wasted hundreds of dollars and put the pounds right back on when you get board or no longer can justify the outrageous cost of which ever get thin quick program you are on. If you want real nutrition, stop with all the pills and supplements. And quit eating in front of your TVs. Cook a meal, get educated and stop blaming everything.
High quality whey protein concentrate for building lean muscle mass, can also helps with stubborn weight plateaus by increasing metabolism and managing hunger. Isagenix IsaPro is exclusively sourced undenatured whey protein concentrate from New Zealand cows that are pasture-fed and not treated with hormones or antibiotics. One and a half scoops of IsaPro contains 27 grams of nutritious, whey protein. Isa Pro has lower lactose levels for easier digestion and studies have found that individuals who add leucine-rich protein food, like whey protein, to their diet, coupled with exercise, have more lean muscle tissue and lose more body fat.
Listen to your bodies people. If you are using these products as a stepping stone from a fast-food lifestyle, great…but don’t let your journey stop there…keep making an effort to push forward. THere is a reason Kraft foods mac and cheese has a long list of ingredients (including ingredients used to make TIRES) in the US…but only has 5 ingredients on the box in Italy. Europe has protested Mansanto and these other companies for a long time. The sad truth is American’s are just unaware. I admit that was me just a few years ago even though I always ate “healthy”. Keep your eyes and ears open, be mindful of what you put in your body and LISTEN to your body…just don’t give up and stop with these network marketing products…I have been on both sides of it and will not put my name behind any of the products currently on the MLM market. I commend everyone who is trying to get healthy and do what works for them, I pass no judgment, but know that these articles are not trying to cr*p on your efforts, they are actually very necessary and USEFUL and I am so grateful for this information and further confirmation on all of the studies I have read about just by googling myself.
Dani doesn’t need credentials to read a label Leisa and if you weren’t so brainwashed by the whole “we’re a family that want to be free and healthy and live life crap” then you would realise this too. Recently my girlfriend who works as a physiotherapist at a top clinic in Melbourne and knows a fair bit about Nutrition was pushed samples of these products by one of probably 10,000 ‘unique’ sellers in Australia . She mentioned she had fructose intolerance as diagnosed through thorough testing and the seller said “oh you’ll be fine there’s no fructose in these” she didn’t even know what was in her own products. Stop being little passengers in a world where you can create your own path and get some thoughts of your own Leisha and crew. Its a shit product on the same lines as progenex and herbalife.
My daughters have tried to get me to take this stuff. My husband is pre-diabetic and needs to lose weight. People in his family are predisposed to carry fat on their stomachs, men and women. I have studied nutrition for 30 years, and practiced it in my life. When they presented me with this, I thought it was just a trial. They said I could return it in 30 days. I was not told that it would “auto ship”. I tried one of the IsaDelights that we were “gifted” with and I found it to be intensely sweet. When I looked at the ingredients (mind you, this is to be taken on “cleanse” days, imagine my surprise to find the number one ingredient was sugar. When I looked at the list of “vitamins” on the cans, I saw folic acid, which is a synthetic that is detrimental to the body instead of folate. All these things were glossed over. That much sugar in just one “snack” (two were recommended) was way too big a hit of sugar for someone fighting elevated blood sugars. Why couldn’t they have used Stevia? Stevia doesn’t raise glucose levels and is about 0 carbs/calories. Fructose is cheaper. Soy is cheaper. These guys are scientists, but not necessarily nutritionists. This may take the weight off, or it might not. I think it depends on how motivated the person is. If you are going spend a fortune on this product, and to help pay for it you become a seller; (Kind of like vampirism, you get infected and pass it on), you want to be able to show the next guy that it works. So you work harder to lose the weight. So making money becomes the motivation. Best motivation in the world, but I am leery of MLM’s and their pyramids, which cause people to force their loved ones to buy something that is inferior to what they are already doing. Just because these people claim to be scientists doesn’t impress me. I can claim to be a scientist too. I can claim to be a Martian if I want to. Maybe people will believe me, maybe they won’t. I do not know any truly reputable people who have researched this thoroughly, who would give it a thumbs up. As a last resort, maybe, but it’s full of synthetics and GMOs. That is my opinion. We’ve tried it and it’s probably too late to get our money back.
Harriet Hall, MD, a retired Air Force physician and flight surgeon, writes and educates about pseudoscientific and so-called alternative medicine. She is a contributing editor and frequent contributor to the Skeptical Inquirer and contributes to the blog Science-Based Medicine. She is author of Women Aren’t Supposed to Fly: Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon and coauthor of the 2012 textbook Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions.
I have read all of the essays put out by Isagenix because someone close to me is involved with the company. I have written to its higher-level employees with questions and received replies. I have watched their videos, listened to their podcasts. My conclusion is that the folks who control this company are dishonest and so are their stated scientists. I do not believe that their products, if consumed on a short-term basis for the purpose of either losing weight or kick-starting one’s diet to a more disciplined daily regimen, place the consumer at any real risk. And I’m not sure if the Isagenix products place anyone at risk who eats a meal per day of real (actual) food. What is pathetic and sad about this company is the the untested claims it makes to sell its product. When I say “untested,” I mean not tested by an independent third party. Isagenix, and only Isagenix, says it tests its products (“really we do, I swear,” to quote a recent podcast narrated by an Isagenix “pro”). The company operates within the law — just.
But other experts don’t see cleanses as necessary. “In otherwise healthy people, there is no evidence that cleansing or detoxification has any benefit,” says Thomas Schnell, MD, a gastroenterologist at Loyola University Medical Center in Illinois. “The human system is designed to clean itself out without interference. Fiber, which is absent in an all-juice diet, is what keeps the bowels moving." Most American diets are low in fiber and eating less meat and more fiber through fruits and vegetables is a healthy diet step, Schnell says. However, the idea that your colon needs cleansing is just not true for most people.
It teaches them to be dependent upon their products so they have repeat business every month. That’s what an MLM does. If these were miracle products whose ingredients could be proven healthy, Isagenix would make a hell of a lot more money selling in mainstream. If so great why aren’t they endorsed by the cancer society for patients needing a healthy diet through chemo… or as an alternative to life altering lap band or gastric bypass surgery? It is very unhealthy to drink 2 meals a day… our bodies were designed to chew and digest… and if you are going to drink meals for convenience a Nutri Bullet and fresh fruits and veggies will do the trick with more nutrition. Sorry – I’m a health coach too… food will always prevail with me as well.
“The danger is NOT this blogger but people like you who doubt anyone who is willing and able to challenge the notion that big business and commercial enterprises in agriculture are not causing mahem and risks to the health of consumers by nefarious food processing and food additive practices. Consumers have been too used to just trusting manufacturers and not questioning what goes in to the food and other products we eat.”
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!
There are two main types of toxins, water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble toxins are easily metabolized by the body and excreted in your urine. However, in the instance of someone with an unhealthy digestive system, such as leaky gut, some of the toxins manage to find their way into your blood supply. This can lead to a number of symptoms such as headaches, flu-like symptoms and if not addressed, can lead to more serious issues over the long term.
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.
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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.
So far, the meta-analyses and systematic reviews on randomized, placebo-controlled feeding trials comparing fructose to other carbohydrates have not revealed to have any quantitatively meaningful metabolic effects. That is, fructose has demonstrated no significant effect on body weight, blood pressure, or uric acid in calorie-controlled trials. On the other hand, fructose demonstrated improvement of glycemic control at levels comparable to that obtained in fruit.
Isagenix works for me, I’ve used it for over one year. Thanks to Isagenix I no longer suffer from seasonal allergies, seasonal disorder, and cronic knee pain. Now I can have pets, and I don’t whine about my allergies anymore. Furthermore I don’t whine about taken allergy meds either. My story is not as fantastic as other people. But I encourage all of you out there, DO THE RESEARCH YOURSELF. Don’t just read someones opinion on the interweb, even if they call it unbiased. Its just a call for attention. These days food is not what it used to be, and everybody uses supplements. What supplements do you take?
If Isagenix products were so unhealthy you wouldn’t have people lowering their cholesterol, lowering diabetes medications, coming off blood pressure, antidepressants etc etc Obviously all in consultation with their doctors, who are amazed at how healthy they are and what great work isagenix did in their body, allowing the body to heal itself, cleansing out the toxins. Speaking of toxins, the isagenix system is designed to do just that. A good video showing this at the blood level by Jim Rhoades is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BesUttqdy2w
I wouldn’t say defensive. I believe that society is full of misinformation, deceptive marketing practices and corrupt companies that have no interest in our well being. I also believe that the internet, as wonderful as it is, can be a detriment to our health. I watch people everyday, making the wrong decisions because of something they read on the internet, saw on TV or heard from a friend “who’s really healthy”.
Actually, the information I provided isn’t “opinion” it’s fact, something Isagenix users have trouble grasping. Not ALL of the products are gluten-free, as I made very clear in the article. If you feel it works for you, great. But just because it helps you keep weight off doesn’t mean it’s keeping you healthy. Another thing I made very clear in the article.
I wrote this Isagenix review because I do not want you to fall for meal replacement shakes, for protein bars, or otherwise gimmicky foods. These companies produce cheap, toxic products and push them off on people as healthy alternatives (to what exactly I’m not sure). Instead, watch my video on how to make a protein shake that is not only unprocessed but actually good for you.
I believe everything you have said. I too fell for the lose the weight feel great marketing pitch. After I bought the product I realized that I had made a big mistake and promptly returned it. I am still on thier fb page for support. They need all the support they can get cause they are starving to death!!! One girl was having Niacin flush which is what I was experiencing and other people were encouraging to keep at it, one supporter told her that Niacin flushes were good for you, well I mentioned that this sort of thing leads to liver failure and they all pounced on me but telling a factual truth. It almost resemblies cult like behaviour. Scary. Well the truth will prevail in the end.
Debate provides a platform informed choice – in the spirit of increased knowledge and insight – thank you for this blog. We are all doing the best we can – for our bodies for our future 🙂 This program works for me – I am not an evangelist – as it may not be for you – but it just might be a better option than what people choose now – with obesity as an epidemic – I would suggest its the mainstream consumption habits of the western world that require a sprinkling of this education contained within this blog.