I’ve been in the organic food industry decades before it became “legalized” — I’ve been around and seen a lot of things. It is almost impossible these days to follow the trail of “substances” from their food source all the way through the laboratory processing then through to the “food-like substances” processing and packaging. Meaning — if the original source of the “food like substance” components were not originally qualified as “organic” — the chance of those substances being sources from non-GMO products is almost impossible to know for sure.
So how do you explain the rise in autism, cancer, diabetes, chronic illness in America? Why not put you forensic skills to work investigating this issue? And these all started to increase right around the same time as the introduction of GMOS, increased vaccination, antibiotic farming, pesticide laden farming, etc… And great I won’t attack you but you are the one who is attacking anyone here who has had a positive experience with Isagenix, because they must be a shill…thats what you called me…that’s not an attack? And interesting that when I tried to reply with my previous email I could not but when I changed it I could…
Get weight loss and cleansing off to a fast start with the 9-day supply of the Cleansing and Fat Burning System. Seven pounds is the average weight loss for people using the Cleanse and Fat Burning System for nine days.The five nutritional components of the system help you cleanse while infusing your body with premium nutrients for optimum health and safe weight loss. Stimulant free.
If you are serious about your health, you would be aware of the issue of toxicity. The core Isagenix products targets toxicity to allow the body to function as it should. John Anderson, the formulator behind the product, has worked for several decades and for over 600 supplement companies. He knows what he is doing and what should be going into the human body. I’m sorry but I can’t argue with that sort of expertise.
Improves mood, curbs cravings, increases energy and decreases hunger. Green tea is rich in antioxidants including EGCG, which increases thermogenesis, which helps you burn fat and supports weight-management goals. IsaDelight Plus Dark Chocolate is made up of 70% non-alkalized cocoa powder, produced by a low-temperature process in a state-of-the-art US facility, to preserve potent antioxidants. Essential amino acids and an exclusive blend of B vitamins and minerals promote positive moods by elevating “feel good” chemicals in your brain, which helps to curb hunger and provide an energy “pick me up.”
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.
3. When speaking of the balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6, you only talked about the sunflower oil and made no mention of the other sources of EFA in the products. Because Isagenix is a system of Intermittent Fasting combined with healthy food choices (whole foods), the typical person’s intake of Omega-6 will fall to acceptable levels. Did you take that into account or did you make the assumption that people used these products in conjunction with the Standard American Diet (high in Omega-6)?
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Well, I hope I contributed to this article in some way. I’d like to say I’m unbiased, but as I stated, I’m an associate currently. People wouldn’t believe I was unbiased if I did say it. What I’m hoping is that by stating some of the facts that I’ve noted personally, good and bad, for and against, people can make more educated personal choices for themselves. And no, I don’t want your business. My email address given for this post isn’t the one linked to my associates account. I’ll do business locally if I decide to pursue it. Best wishes to ANYONE who seeks to improve their own life!

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


Many people feel the effects of these various toxins and do not realize what is the actual cause. As I always say, one must discover the root source of the problem, and once this is understood, a person can work to effectively remove many of these toxins from the body with a cellular detox. However, I do not suggest attempting detox on your own, especially if you’re struggling with a health condition that is affecting the quality of your life. To safely and effectively go through the detox process you need a trained practitioner trained who can coach you each step of the way. Many hire coaches to improve their golf or dating game, why not a coach to take your health to the next level? Good health is truly a precious gift, I know all too well.
Some diets and detoxes are so extreme, the body needs protein and if it does not aquire that through good nutrition it will start to break down muscle tissue. You may think it’s fat and fluid loss that you see on the scales and it might be, but it also might be the breakdown of your lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass is so important for your metabolism and burning calories.
I also was going to have forgo having my daily coffee for the duration of the 9 days. That part had me a bit nervous because I seriously love my coffee. However, I told myself it was only 9 days and this was a challenge to me and I wasn’t deviating from the plan. You are allowed to drink green tea and herbal tea though. However, I do not like either of them!

I’m not too sure what happens to people when they become Isagenix Reps. It’s almost like a cult. Their sales reps become zealots. As soon as someone even says the word “Isagenix”, I run the other way. As just one example of my many experiences with people who are associated with this company……..I’ve recently had to dissociate with a very dear life-long friend because after she became an Isagenix Rep, she became unable to have a conversation about any life topic without using that topic to illustrate how an Isagenix product could be used to resolve all issues. I was invited to a “spring into wellness” education evening where educated experts in the field of health and wellness would be presenting. It turned out to be an Isagenix Pep Rally. VERY offensive. Any company that teaches those kinds of tactics to their sales reps, rather than providing transparent, factual information about their products, is not to be trusted.

“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.
If you want to lose weight, eat less than you burn, full stop. Learn to cook and eat stuff you make yourself. Don’t waste your money on organic either, as if anything the anti-GMO movement is even scammier than Isagenix. Teach yourself enough biology and chemistry to understand why these are scams. And most of all, accept that successful weight loss takes time. It’s a long-term project; don’t rush it, or buy into shortcuts.
For me this is hugely off putting, and totally disgusting. I am not someone who just follows blindly, I did my research into in for almost a year and was very hesitant to try it, I spoke to alot of people read alot of articles, and also did as much ingredient research as possible, but the whole thing seems so filtered, that only certain things get through, as long as they approve.

The following is copied & pasted from a friend who admittedly HAS gotten great results. Out of curiosity I asked her how she’d lost so much weight. She emailed me the youtube clip of Greenlaw hawking his product, and a text which included this: “You will have more energy, sleep better, have optimal mental focus, lose the bloating, less stress & anxiety, better skin and hair… you name it! Some people use this for weight loss, some for weight gain, some just to tone, and some merely for more energy and better sleep. This is not 1 size fits all.”


What I would like to know is do they ACTUALLY get the “unendentured protein” from cows in New Zealand like they claim? I can’t find any link between New Zealand farms and isagenix. My friend had sent me products to try and what I received with the product was a pamphlet on how to sell. The pamphlet had pictures of the owners of the company on it which struck me as very odd. Why were there no pictures of the farms? Why no pictures of where Isagenix outsources their ingredients from? No pictures of the behind the scenes people “formulating” the product? If they are indeed very proud of what goes into it, you think they would show it off. Why on earth there was pictures of 3 people who own it was super weird. I mean- What kind of branding is that?
I actually wanted to try this product, but now that I’m listening to the distributors on this blog ranting, it has actually turned me off. Thank you guys for showing me that your product is being represented by individuals who truly have no knowledge of nutrition. I would have appreciated it more if you would have shown the research that has been conducted, and perhaps had shown the wonderful wonders of this product and the great health benefits your product promotes. You didn’t. All you were able to accomplish was to turn a would-be customer off. I’m glad I didn’t purchase the product now. Very sad that you are representing the product in such an unprofessional manner.
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.
I know you wrote this article a year ago but my brother-in-law recently asked me to research Isagenix for him. Without even researching it I knew what I would find would be an awful product, but he does not eat a “clean” diet so I know I need proof for him. Anyway, I found your article very informative. What I found extremely sad is the comments. I don’t care if you have a degree in accounting, nutrition, or no degree at all, research is research! Any person with a brain and sometime to look up ingredients could find this information. I am short on the “time” so I appreciate your help. Most people want to review a product so they go to that products website and read all the awesome reviews about it and what it can do for you!!! That is NOT how you research products. These uneducated people commenting on your blog are part of the herd. Good for you on standing up and doing your homework!!
But more recent studies show that while increasing fish oil intake improves omega-3 index, reducing LA intake doesn’t have any effect. Nor does increasing LA in the diet lead to any increase in molecules produced through pro-inflammatory pathways (5). Those pathways appear to be tightly controlled and not influenced by LA intake. – I know you said that this oil can cause inflammation in our bodies….but the research (studies NOT done or funded by Isagenix…no worries) shows that this is not the case.
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.
Thank you so much for posting this. I have been concerned about the claims members of this corporation make. I have heard IBS is cured, weight loss (of course), off anxiety/depression meds, child off ADHD/behavior meds, sleeping better, lots of energy…basically this product saves lives! Of course, you can’t try a “sample…” you have to sign up and it’s very expensive. The biggest thing they “Share” (remember, they don’t “sell” they just “Share their stories of transformation”) is that this does cellular cleansing….so we won’t get heart attacks, etc. When you’re not feeling well and/or your child has autism, it’s very tempting. I do appreciate this balanced perspective! It is very hard to see studies done on how people are doing after 7-10 years. A lot of hype and disillusionment. The people on the top are making millions while those on the bottom are spending a lot of money for something whose long-term sustainability is dubious….thank you!
This case is a highly unfortunate example of a person who believed in a supplement, and at no fault of his own, fell victim to the health detriments it caused. Do you think he would have been better off if he had an un-credentialed friend who recommended he stay away from the product, or maybe even recommend he eat whole foods and unprocessed foods instead? I think so.

In looking back at this whole kerfuffle, it became clear to me that there had been a colossal barrier to communication. The person who had originally asked me about Isagenix, the blog owner, and I were all operating in the arena of science and evidence. Most of the commenters were operating in a whole different universe of discourse based on belief, hope, hearsay, and personal experience. Science is like a foreign language to them, and they were incapable of understanding my points. Pearls before swine...

The reason why people feel “energetic” is because those bars are just blocks of sugar, and of course people will lose weight if two of their meals only add up to ~600 calories (recommended daily intake is 2000-2500). It’s possible to achieve a healthier body by healthy eating and portion control – hell…I trust Supersize vs Superskinny more as evidence than Isagenix.

Now, don’t even get me started on the whole organic movement. Everyone knows that no organic farm out there is 100% free of pollutants and pesticides. As much as the organic farmer tries to be free of pesticides there is no guarantee. You see, the farmer next to him might use pesticides and depending on environmental conditions i.e., wind, rain, those pesticides and pollutants can easily end up on an “organic crop”. And there are no governmental controls in place to govern the whole organic market.

However, according to Barclay this has more to do with weight loss than anything unique to Isagenix. "People often feel euphoric when they consume low-kilojoule meal replacements, due to the rapid weight loss. Losing weight can provide you with the sensation of having more energy – because you have less weight to carry around. It's very subjective though."
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.
You misunderstood my point. I’m not saying tricalcium phosphate is inherently bad. It’s bad when it’s synthesized as it is here. Are people going to overdose on it? No, likely not. But the fact that it’s an ingredient in a product that is touted as all-natural, the best available and healthiest shake is something that needs to be identified. I was trying to highlight the fact that there are synthetic ingredients present.
Thank you so much for posting this. I have been concerned about the claims members of this corporation make. I have heard IBS is cured, weight loss (of course), off anxiety/depression meds, child off ADHD/behavior meds, sleeping better, lots of energy…basically this product saves lives! Of course, you can’t try a “sample…” you have to sign up and it’s very expensive. The biggest thing they “Share” (remember, they don’t “sell” they just “Share their stories of transformation”) is that this does cellular cleansing….so we won’t get heart attacks, etc. When you’re not feeling well and/or your child has autism, it’s very tempting. I do appreciate this balanced perspective! It is very hard to see studies done on how people are doing after 7-10 years. A lot of hype and disillusionment. The people on the top are making millions while those on the bottom are spending a lot of money for something whose long-term sustainability is dubious….thank you!
Funny how you’ve asked this question a dozen times and no one can answer it. I did the same thing on their Facebook page months ago and all anyone could say was that the multi vitamins were all whole food and Isagenix didn’t use anything synthetic. Lie. I was also told that they’re not certified organic because they get products from all over the world, some countries which do not certify. So if that’s the case, label the products with the ingredients that apparently ARE organic. The ingredients you’ve listed are not healthy, I’m sure some of the ingredients are… but seeing as the people consuming these products are most likely coming from a diet of McDonalds – they believe it’s healthy. They should get it right and say it’s healthIER than the crap they used to eat.
There is only 1 product out of 47 that contains gluten it is the slimcakes which contain oats and wheat flour and therefore not suitable for gluten intolerant people. Their meal replacement shakes do not contain gluten, which is the main product people use to loose weight. Many gluten intolerant people use the products. You can find this on the allergen table http://media01.isagenix.com/corporate/ww/pdfs/Allergen-Table-2012.pdf
Also, a co-worker of mine, her sister was doing it for close to a year, lost weight, but started feeling sick all the time. So she went to her doctor and her doctor said to her that he was happy she had lost weight, etc. and asked what she was doing to lose it, Weight Watcher, working out, etc. She told him Isagenix and he told her to stop using it IMMEDIATELY! That was what was making her sick. They they claim to be all natural, but they are not and that she was poisoning herself with it! (this was after I tried doing it and was talking about how much I hated it – my coworker told me about her sister’s experience)
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!
I would like to point out here in this blog and comment thread: How many people commenting here are actual and active scientists, clinical practitioners, updated active nutritionists? Did you know just because it is natural does not mean it is good for you (sexually transmitted diseases are natural), and on the other side just because it is “manufactured” does not mean it is bad for you. I am in no way comprehensive in these quick comments. Please do not ask me what I recommend in these comments. I am biased because I am picky and I am science based as a practicing clinical nutrition and medicine expert. And those are the sources where you want to get information from on these subjects. There are a great deal of comments on this blog, most distracting and many dangerous in their information.
Why it Works: Water keeps the contents inside your digestive tract moving along. Your body needs water in order to pee and sweat. Both mechanisms are essential for your body to excrete waste. Water also creates what’s known as diet-induced thermogenesis. This means your body burns calories in order to process whatever is coming in, including water. One study also found that subjects who drank water throughout the day saw a 2% to 3% increase in calorie expenditure.
“A small amount of fructose, such as the amount found in most vegetables and fruits, is not a bad thing. In fact, there is evidence that a little bit may help your body process glucose properly. However, consuming too much fructose at once seems to overwhelm the body’s capacity to process it. The diets of our ancestors contained only very small amounts of fructose. These days, estimates are that about 10% of the modern diet comes from fructose. 

This is the type of sensationalistic, fear-mongering that we need to be careful of. As someone in a leadership role (ie. people trust you for information), you need to understand how people react to that information. When you use language like, “It is toxic to the liver, raises triglycerides…”, it doesn’t matter what follows, people just remember that it is toxic to your liver. 

I wish people would open their eyes a bit and spend more time criticizing and ripping apart the REAL scammers in our world, like Big Pharma whose job it is to keep us sicker than ever and not a product or company that promotes and believes in REAL solutions for a healthy body, whatever the company may be. If any of you actually believe that our bodies can naturally defend themselves against all of the toxins and pollution that is bombarded on us WITHOUT our consent, then good luck to you…you will need it. Start fighting against those making you ill….NOT those trying to at least help! And btw…this lady’s job is to pick apart anything she gets her hands on….open your eyes!

First off people should know better by now to run as fast as they possibly can when they see any multi level marketing companies. They feed off the weak minded and its a somehow legal ponzi scheme based model. Second, Just because these products might help someone lose weight here and there doesn’t mean they are healthy. The nutrition industry is not regulated and we all know how corrupt the FDA is…. So to all these people who take these products, Body by Vi, Isagenix, etc just admit it that you bought into some sleezy sales pitch and sure the product might have worked a little bit but in reality you have no idea what you’re putting into your body.

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