This is where I realised that this review is actually not biased. Were you being ironic? Although you have put a lot of work into sourcing articles and quotes on the internet to validate your review, I cannot help but notice the tone of the article is negative and there are no positive points – pros for all the cons. That is where the credibility of the review falls down. Surely something in the ingredients is actually good? Your stance on pretty much everything is pretty much all-or-nothing thinking (see ‘splitting’ in psychology terminology).
thanks so much for your article about isagenix products. My husband has been using them since Nov. last year and just last week I decided it was about time to CUT IT OFF!. He has lost a lot of weight and his IBS got much better, but I think it was because he finally started eating a more cleaner diet and giving up things like, coffee, cold cereal in the morning, etc…
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.
Today is Day Four of my special "Does it Work" Health tests, and perhaps, today features the most controversial test of them all. I'm focusing on nutritional cleansing weight loss plans These days, it seems almost any magazine you open or red carpet interview you watch on TV, celebrities are talking about detoxing to jump-start their weight loss.
Wow, so much anger is these postings. I am using Isagenix for the first time. I am impressed! My husband and I are both losing weight at a healthy steady rate, we work out more because we feel better and our blood pressure is down. We have spent 54 and 70 years respectively searching for the “right way” to eat. I started with Harvey and Marilyn Diamonds Fit for life book. I liked it. Then I became the president of our local American Heart Association and followed their diet guidelines. I ballooned! Then we tried Atkins and had success but it was too hard on our bodies. After a while I felt toxic. After that it was yo-yo and out of control. The food in this country is a mess. We have always exercised, do not smoke and love to cook. We don’t own a deep-fryer and think that we have spent most of our lives searching for a way to lose weight…and eating clean (according to the 80’s 90’s 2000’s approach has left us both obese and hurting.) If you can find something that works for you. Then God Bless You. NOBODY here is a true authority. We all have our own reality. I will continue with Isagenix because it is working and I am sick of the search. There are no easy answers. And I think only people who have really and truly struggled understand. Also, my husband has metastatic prostate cancer thanks to the dioxin poison he had to drink from the streams when he was an unwilling participant in the Viet Nam war (drafted). Isagenix is making him feel good and he is already off of his high blood pressure medication. It is soothing to his upset stomach also. Again, if you haven’t really struggled….to feel good or even stay alive…you are not an authoritarian. This may mean nothing to you now, but it will someday. When you figure out you didn’t have all the answers after all. Good luck to all of you in the constant search for what should be a simple question: What should I eat?
As a doctor practitioner who has invested long hours of study into nutrition and lifestyle, as well as current therapies, to help my chronically ill or compromised patients, I have watched the effects of Isagenics on many patients and close friends. In many, I see weight loss and an increase in confidence that they have control over their body, but in the majority of those cases it is just an acceptable form of Bulimia (which also gives the sufferer a sense of control). For many, the ‘cleanse’ is a socially acceptable form of purging, for others it is a way of stopping twice at the next stop sign, because you just ran through the first. What hurts me is to watch many of these ‘devotees’ trim fat, but also dramatically increase wrinkles, along with increasing body and emotional reactivity. It is very difficult to help some of them get their lives back on track, just as it was difficult, years ago, to help those who got deeply into cults. For a many, it starts as a healthier path than they were on, but instead of encouraging them to continue to the next healthier level, the culties try to keep them from leaving the fold. Certainly, there are many ingredients that are natural, superfood, or have some recent hype about a unique property, but they are not applied in an individualized manner, but more as a marketing ploy, and to help the ‘converts’ feel that their company is up on the latest so that they don’t get tempted to stray over to other products. We are regularly getting patients ‘off of’ supplements that are known to have beneficial properties, but are not currently appropriate for them. Lastly, I am concerned about the interdependence that the company fosters for the sake of profit, in the name of helping each other. How easily can an Isagenics member leave the fold to pursue the next higher level of physical, emotional, and spiritual health? Does the company encourage you to use their products to help you get out of the fast food rut, but then to graduate on to higher health with real food, no-strings-attached relationships, and selfless service? What is the company’s real mission? It is the image of that mission that you will find imprinted into the product you consume. I can feel the difference in our patients. Naturally grown, harvested, and consumed real food carries a different signature than corporate products.
I had gone to her FB page to learn about an Ashtanga yoga teacher I was thinking about taking class with, and she was gushingly claiming she’d effortlessly lost 9 pounds & had more energy with Isagenix, which I’d never heard of. The post’s tone suggested a marketing scheme, and also suggested a lack of basic human physiology knowledge which seems to be alarmingly common in the health industry. Trainers & yoga teachers seem to memorize anatomy but not understand the functions of body organs as scientifically proven. Increasingly I’m realizing what i thought were metaphors are actually their beliefs. Not so sure I want to take her guidance in how to work my body in the rather strenuous practice of Ashtanga. Thanks!
The UIC study evaluated body weight, body composition, cardiovascular risk factors, and oxidative stress biomarkers in 40 women. The subjects in the Isagenix group had superior results across all parameters. They lost weight more predictably week to week and 56 percent more weight and 47 percent more body fat overall. Notably, the subjects also lost twice as much visceral fat, which led to a greater reduction in oxidative stress and cardiovascular risk markers.
This is not written to debunk what you have written only but to those super supporters of Isagenix who rely only upon research provided by Isagenix and “third party’ reviews. Sorry, when you look at the third party they also are affiliated with doctors and supporters of Isagenix. What you want to review are Medical Journal totally unaffiliated. Arbonne is another company similar to Isagenix but their ideas are more closely insync with what you are talking about Dani. They also have better third party research to support their products. They believe in 100% natural and organic ingredients combined with a whole food diet. Take a look at it Dani and tell me what you think. I can not take it because they use soy they say NON-GMO soy but soy period causes a reaction for me.
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.
So don’t do that. The Zero Belly Cleanse, from my book Zero Belly Diet, provides fast weight loss while avoiding the yo-yo pitfall. First, it reduces your calorie intake slightly, without radically altering the way you eat. There’s no sudden, dramatic food restriction, just a smart 7-day dining plan. Second, it incorporates short bouts of mild exercise to up your metabolic burn, without forcing you into intense, hard-to-stick-to workouts. And third, it keeps your body fueled with clean, powerful, high-nutrient foods that will boost your health while targeting unhealthy belly fat.
Dani, I’m so sorry to have hijacked your thread, but these processed food nazi’s REALLY irritate me. They have NO clue what constitutes “real food” and NO idea what all the processing, pasteurization, low-heat, high-heat, super-pasteurized, artificially “enriched”, high-fructose enhanced, packaged crap REALLY costs us. Well, take a look around, take a look in the mirror . . . because WHAT you see IS what you get! /sigh sorry, I’m better now LOL.
Sorry, kitchen’s closed! At least for 12 hours since you last ate. Nighttime fasting—or reducing your “eating window”—may help to reset your metabolism and burn the extra glucose in your system after a period of overindulgence, according to a study in the journal Cell Metabolism. Researchers put groups of mice on a high-fat, high-calorie diet for 100 days (and you thought the 12 days of Christmas were bad!). Half the mice were allowed to nibble throughout the night and day on a healthy, controlled diet, while the others only had access to food for eight hours, but could eat whatever they wanted. The result of the 16-hour food ban? The fasting mice stayed lean, while the mice who noshed ‘round the clock became obese—even though both groups consumed the same amount of calories! There are more aggressive fasting protocols, but 12 hours without food is enough for most people to enter into a fasted state, according to some experts.
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 in Isagenix products (242 of them!). No one questioned my assertion that “no caffeine added” was inaccurate because green tea was added and it contains caffeine. No one commented on my observation that the amount of vitamin A in the products was dangerous and went against the recommendations of The Medical Letter. No one offered any evidence that more weight was lost by adding Isagenix to a low calorie diet and exercise. I offered some alternative explanations that might account for people believing it was effective when it wasn’t; no one commented on that. The medical advisor on the Isagenix website argued that at $5 a day Isagenix is less expensive than open heart surgery. I pointed out that that was a laughable false dichotomy: it’s not a matter of choosing between open heart surgery and diet supplements. No one commented on that. Instead of rational responses, we got …
With this new-found popularity, the number and type of cleanse diets has soared, from food-based "liver detoxes" to liquid-only fasts for several weeks and everything in between. While the extreme cleanses often get a bad rap—Beyonce confessed that drinking the maple syrup-lemon-cayenne pepper concoction made her "cranky"—many women swear by cleanse diets to lose weight, increase energy, and even help clear up acne.
Wow. Just wow. Dani, first of all – my hat is off to you for sticking to your guns. Secondly – I totally agree – eating healthy organic locally sourced food is your best bet for health – that and unlearning some serious misinformation about fat, cholesterol and sugar. Finally, it is an unfortunate reality that many things in life are corrupted by the profit motive – at times to such an extent that decent people are caught up in the craze to just make a quick buck or two. It is also unfortunate that so many people are caught in the trap of ignorance, poverty or both – it is not cheap to feed a family on really healthy food, especially meat, produce. I’ve researched these topics and also the history behind American industrialized agriculture (e.g. Food, Inc., King Corn, etc) and am appalled at the corruption and overall insanity that has engulfed this nation. You can go just about anywhere else in the world and get healthy food quite easily – a expat friend of mine lives in Uruguay and is very happy with the situation there. So, hang in there and keep up the good work on your blog and getting the truth out. Do you know of Chris Kresser and his work?
Isagenix uses many organic ingredients, however finished products can not be certified organic as some ingredients are sourced from parts of the world where organic certification doesn’t exist. However the whey protein in the shakes is from milk from pasture fed cows without any antibiotics / growth hormones and only milked according to season. This protein is processed at low temperatures to ensure the immune boosting immunoglobulins are kept intact along with active peptides and digestive enzymes like lactase found naturally in milk (but destroyed from typical pasteurised milk you get from the shops) The cows are raised on NZ farms and exceeds USDA organic standards. More details found here http://www.isagenixhealth.net/top-25-questions-about-isagenix-and-nutritional-cleansing/ and here
I’m now using Isagenix, and have never seen the results I’ve experienced with anything else I’ve done. Did the ingredient list make me pause a bit? Absolutely. I get your problem with the ingredients. But you know what? My bloodwork has completely turned around, fat is burning off while lean muscle is building up, I have more energy, stamina, and drive than I’ve ever had before.
I have been having issues for years no one can ever find anything wrong (all in my head) I know that I was perfectly healthy until I had my 4impacted wisdom teeth pulled.@25 years of age.. I also had a mouth full of amalgam fillings..which have been switched out over the years- not the “safe way” until I recently found out about biological dentistry.. I am having the last two removed- safely 6/11.. I stumbled on Dr.Daniel Pompa and his journey..I have always worked hard at physical fitness and eating healthy always making everything from scratch and now all organic, gluten free,sugar free-was hairdresser 34 years.. wanting to go back ( just cuts) am so sick I am struggling- was clinically diagnosed with chronic lyme( positive bans and symptom) also have huge issue with mold and chemical Sensitivities. We are getting divorced over this..
And I guarantee you this: Not one iota of an “erg” will be energetically transferred towards wondering if signing up for a 30 day cleanse with Isagenix was a good move or not. I may make use of it again. In fact, I will likely continue with SOME of the products for a while. Might even sign a few people to get my adventure fund up. What do you know… Better health, better lifestyle, AND wealth creation…
thorough and informative review- nothing but straight facts.. Thank you! As a Chiropractor (and a CNS) I had an Isagenix rep approach me a few months ago about selling the products to my patients in the practice. I researched the products and chose not to be a part of the Multi-level marketing scheme because of the ingredients (besides it not being very professional) and many of the same reasons stated here. Whole foods is the only sensible way to go and there are plenty of products out there that are made with whole foods (I use standard process in my practice). Isagenix and the ingredients artificially added during production defeat the whole purpose of a cleanse!
Your intellectual honesty and integrity is much appreciated on your unbiased review. As a practitioner of integrative and functional medicine, as well as bioidentical hormone replacement, many patients come to my practice looking for effective weight loss solutions. Your approach in my view is the most optimal and your advice is clinically valid. Some patients are looking for faster weight loss solutions and do have very deranged lipids and metabolic parameters including hypertension and prediabetes and lipid disorders. For patients looking for some quicker weight loss and to promote self confidence I had used Medifast with their nutritional coaches for three years with many patients losing weight to their desired goal and then switching to maintence phase with most of your dietary recommendations. For the past six months I have been using Isagenix products on patients with better results than medifast for patients that have more than twenty pounds to lose. After they have achieved their weight loss goals most move to eating a whole, organic diet that is either paleo or a hybrid with the Mediterranean diet with good results. I hate the MLM aspect so am not affiliated as an associate but the products do work. Since 96% of patients with significant weight loss gain their weight back your idea of eating whole organic foods to detoxify is sound advice as is all the nutritional advice I have read on your site. The adaptogenic herbs in Ionix Supreme in my opinion is why people can stick to this diet for 30 days. Since high protein diets do produce quick weight loss I found this protein to be superior to the soy protein in medifast and more filling. I do not advocate eating this way for life and would refer patients to you for your sound advice that are interested in taking a slower more sustainable path. I have met many Isagenix associates who have personally lost and maintained their weight loss with Isagenix. Since there are no clinical trials comparing products all we have are testimonials. Some users are overly zealous just like religious fanatics who have had great results with their particular brand of religion. I use it as one clinical tool in my bag to help patients to a better way of eating and health like you promote. Keep up the great work you are doing! Most within Isagenix as well as Medifast are doing good things with great intentions but have not reached the higher path you are advocating.
Isagenix is food, many commenters insisted. Regular food is from depleted soils. Organic food made children behave better at lunch in a school study. Genetically modified food is lacking in nutrition. “The majority of people fill their stomachs with foods void of natural nutrition and the evidence supports that they behave poorly, learn less, misbehave more and commit more crimes than those who fill their stomachs with highly nutritious organic produce and meats.” [Wow! Instead of the Twinkie defense, criminals can claim their non-organic lunch made them do it!]
Chel – The multi-level marketing scams like Isagenix are well within my wheelhouse. I am also well-educated enough to know that crappy shakes used as meal replacements are not good for people, and are certainly not as good for anyone as healthy meals plus a daily multi-vitamin. No one with any credibility would ever suggest that it’s a good idea to take the crap that Isagenix sells rather than just eat a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Good luck shilling!
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.
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.