Thank you for this post. It is unnerving that people are questioning your “professional background”. What credentials do these so called blog-blashers have? Now, I’m the first one to say that if it works for you, GREAT! If using whatever-shake-pound-reducing product has been a stepping stone in the right direction, than that too deserves applause. However, we all know there are many foods that even our beloved FDA trumpets as “healthy” even though they are chalked full of toxins. Nitrates in lunch meat comes to mind here. Nitrates that have long been (and ban from most European countries) known to cause cancer and other illnesses. Just because something has been “approved” by doctors, doesn’t necessarily mean it is safe! Phen-phen was also the wonder drug, and many many people lost weight, and now the use has been banned. This too was hailed as “safe”. Canned food is another example. It is now becoming widely known that approximately 10% of canned foods have high levels of BPA that is known cause various cancers, especially in children where many infant formulas contain high levels of BPA. These canned food were also toted as “safe”. So let’s stop with the “doctor’s research and doctor approved” jargon.
Of course inflammation is a normal response, that’s kind of obvious. But you should know that with modern-day diets, stress and sleep, inflammation is rampant. You should also know that due to modern day diet, omega-6 is ubiquitous; in fact people eat way too much omega-6, which leads to inflammation. Inflammation is the basis of all disease. Vegetable oils are extremely high in omega-6, which makes them inflammatory. Which was my original point because these products contain vegetable oils like canola, fractionated palm kernel and sunflower, which are all inflammatory.
Part of why many of us choose to involve ourselves with Isagenix is because of who we were. I don’t think schools should have vending machines. I don’t think companies such as McDonalds and Coca-Cola should be allowed to sponsor sporting events. I admire companies that don’t cut corners in the name of bottom line profits but most of all, I think people deserve to have facts when making decisions…especially regarding their health.
I didn't set out to write this article. It started when I received an e-mail inquiry about Isagenix. I posted my answer on a discussion list, and it was picked up and published at http://healthfraudoz.blogspot.com/2006/11/critique-of-isagenix.html. Sandy Szwarc, author of a blog titled Junkfood Science, approved of it and kindly reposted it (see http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2006/11/can-you-really-cleanse-your-way-to.html.)
I did Isagenix…I lasted 10 days. I lost 6kg. I felt horrendous. I couldn’t stop shitting, and it was literally weeing out my butt (that can’t always be good), I was HUNGRY, after the two cleanse days I was so repulsed by the snack buttons and the cleanse drink that I would start dry reaching just looking at the bottle. And then when I stopped taking Isagenix, I was so hungry, I ate triple what a normal person would eat. When I was on the program, my blood sugar levels were tested at just below 2. I feel like dry reaching just writing this. I can also no longer eat blueberries…those damn shakes turned me off blueberries. AND I paid approximately $1500 dollars all up.
The main reason why a lot of traditional diets fail is that many actually starve the body of what it needs nutritionally. The body needs nourishment to function properly. The Isagenix 30-day cleanse systems flood your body with nutrients, and all it needs nutritionally, at the same time assisting it in removing the toxins and impurities that make us sick, tired and fat. All the products are 100% natural, as organic as possible and all sourced from the highest quality ingredients.
You have an interesting perspective on my previous post about what the scientific community is saying about Isagenix. I can see how you might arrive at the opinion that all the experts are involved with Isagenix and therefore must be lying simply in order to promote the company and its products, thus putting their credentials and reputations in jeopardy if they are wrong.
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.
Dani, your reply is spot on! In my experience, all the Isagenix people try to scare us into thinking that there is no way our bodies can rid themselves of all the environmental toxins we are exposed to. I agree that the environment has become very polluted and that we are exposed to more toxins than ever before, but as long as you eat healthy, unprocessed and sustainable food, your liver can do a pretty good job of getting rid of things that are not not supposed to be there.
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.
I came across your site because I wanted to read your reviews on Shakeology and Isagenix. I have a very good friend and a family member who use both, respectively and SWEAR by them and I am very concerned about what they really DONT KNOW about the products they’re consuming! And they are VERY intelligent individuals and super health conscious! If you’re supplements can’t help reverse your health issue…no matter what it is, i.e.: all auto-immune diseases, actually diseases of ANY kind, even cancer, then I’m not interested. I had Lupus for 5 years….I no longer have it because of what I’m doing and how I’ve changed WHAT I’m eating……especially GLUTEN….and the supplements I’m taking. I reversed my Lupus in less than 90 days and people don’t understand that you CAN reverse any health issue with REAL nutrition AND REAL supplementation.
2. Include water and potassium-rich foods (and drinks) that are low in sodium. This is a potent combo that restores normal fluid balance and flushes out bloat and puffiness. Why is this combo so magical? Fluids help to flush out your system while potassium helps to counterbalance sodium. (Go for vegetables [all of them, especially green leafy veggies] and fruits).
Even if this article is not unbiased, it does not detract from the facts. How did I lie to anyone? It really irks me when people say that, because it’s hugely offensive and detrimental to my work as a health coach. And then you don’t even say what I lied about. Because I didn’t lie about anything. You need to decipher the difference between “assumption” and fact. I provided facts. If you don’t like them, take it up with Isagenix.
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
Wow, took about an hour, but went through all the reviews. I have tried all sorts of “fad-diets”, some successfully and some not so. Always ended up with same result, back to being unhealthy. I agree Dani, that the truest form of weight control is controlling what we put in our mouths. Putting chemicals in the body will give a short-term result, and if able to stick with on longer periods of time, one will achieve longer results. At what cost though, have we forgotten that in the 80’s chemicals that body builders were legally putting into their system was killing them? Yes steroids, but this is off topic. From what I am reading in the article is that the ingredients that are listed in their product is what Dani is trying to convey that are harmful to our bodies. For some unknown reason the people using these products are bashing her like she p**ped on their holy bible! Look, if you do not like her review ignore and go on. No sweat of her back, she is just trying to inform you of HER findings. I like Fords, but when Chevy guys criticize my vehicle I ignore them and move on, I don’t try to convince them that their choice of vehicle is worse or mine is better. Reading this article has informed me about their product and I will make my decision based on that choice. Which to me, is putting cleaner food into my system than chemicals. Thank you Dani for a well-informed review, one that isn’t sponsored or performed by the company. Look, I am not discrediting their scientists or doctors of Isagenix, just saying that if I work for a company that is paying me good money, I highly doubt I am going to put my name on a bad review, or give the whole-truth. I know people in marketing and this is a gimmick used by ALL companies, they give half-truths and have a little wiggle room with generalized statements. I am leary about a company that pushes a product so hard and only reviews and scientific studies are only found on their website. Especially one that has been around for years. Well, another point I would like to share is everyone is asking her of her credentials. I look at it like this, I can study up on the ingredients on my own, all she (Dani) did was inform me of what is in the products listed. I don’t have to be a mechanic to know that the knocking sound coming from my engine isn’t normal. Thank you, once again for the information Dani. Much appreciated.
One of the most unsettling things about Isagenix, along with some other high-profile diet programs, is the use of random unqualified people to sell the product. I suppose that’s the nature of MLM, but a colleague of mine managed to flip me some extremely crazy screenshots of one Isagenix salesperson’s posts on Facebook, and they were completely outrageous.
So should we also only take medicine that is natural from the earth as well? Should we leave it up to our bodies to cure itself without the aid of doctors? I am not understanding this post at all. Science with foods and nutrition is awesome. Our foods are tainted with all kinds of pesticides and poisons. Their are pollutants in the air that your breathing in daily. So you need products to help you get rid of the toxins in your body. The other option would be to just stop breathing as this post would suggest. This is just another nonsense post without any real facts to back it up. It’s all opinion and to my knowledge, people these days are too opinionated. You want to advise people, then spend the years needed and get well informed before you speak on such matters. Thanks for the comments, but no thanks!
A detoxed, cleansed and nourished Isagenix body is stronger, resists illness better, is more efficient and performs at optimal levels. When you balance your body with Isagenix, you experience positive effects on fat loss, cellulite, energy levels, skin appearance, ageing, fatigue, stress, sleep, stamina, cravings, strength, weight management and mental clarity.
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.
Former Isagenix customer Megan Moulton says that the power of the social media groups and the communities can be the magic bullet for hardcore fans. "You can become a celebrity within the Isagenix community. Social media can make you feel special and affirmed, and the more you post the more important you can feel. Some people really seem to need that."
Diet detoxes, juice cleanses and body purifying diets have become very popular in recent years. While there are a host of benefits to cleaning up your diet and focusing on healthier foods, many diet detoxes or cleanses are unsafe and unhealthy. Health professionals warn that these types of products can be dangerous (especially if followed for a longer period of time). They can lead to muscle breakdown, electrolyte imbalances and nutrient deficiencies. Additionally, much of the weight lost on these programs is water weight, not fat. Once you discontinue the cleanse and go back to normal eating, it's common to regain the weight that was lost. Instead of following a cleanse program to lose weight, clean up your diet, be active and ditch bad habits.
Kathy urges that it is important to be aware that Nutritional Cleansing products were not designed as weight-loss supplements. Although Nutritional Cleansing products from Isagenix do benefit weight-loss for those who are overweight, their primary purpose is to successfully detoxify the body, build leaner muscles, manage stress, and improve energy and sleeping habits through this easy-to-follow systematic program.
Once again, when you are in a position where people look to you for advice, you have to present ALL the information. I feel that you have an opinion about Shake-based supplements in general and have made an assumption that this one is no different. In your charge to prove your assumption right, the perception is that you select to share only the information that supports your position and ignore or suppress that which contradicts it.
I have used isagenix for the last 4 years. exactly one or 2 months of that year. I am healthy, run about 10 miles total a week but I eat and drink like I was on lifestyles of the rich and famous. I go from about 220 pounds to 245 pounds through out the year (I’m 6’3′ not fat). Once I hit 245 I go on a 30 isagenix cleanse. I only do the shakes and I do it for usually 22-25 days. In that time I completely cut out all toxins (coffee, booze everything). 2 shakes and a grilled meat and veggie for dinner. In that time I lose 20-25 pounds. Every time. I repeat every time. Then for the next 6 months it is nothing but the best bourbon and Prime steaks 😉
The Isagenix 9 day cleanse is available at the Isagenix website for a price of $260.69. If you are going to sign up then, you can save up to $46.50 and get the whole program for a price of only $189.19. The signup fee is $25. The best part of buying the program from this website is that you are provided a 30-day money back guarantee on your first order. This means that if you are not satisfied with the product, then you can return it to get your money back within a month’s time.
Ancestral Nutrition Robbie Bianchi Pray I didn’t even address the “natural flavors” in my post, which in hindsight I should have because it’s just another reason these products are not healthy. To each their own, it’s entirely up to you what you put in your body. Personally, I choose to avoid toxins and most likely GMOs, especially because I don’t want to support Monsanto. Also just as an FYI – it’s not legit to retrieve accurate, unbiased information from a website whose intention is to sell the very product you’re researching.
"A nutritional reboot is a change in diet that reestablishes variety and balance, and improves the quality of the food you are eating," Larson says. "But there is really no need to feel like these changes have to be made all at once, as the words 'reboot' or 'cleanse' imply." Instead of forcing you to drink various juices for three days in the hopes that they'll transform the way you feel about your meals, a reboot gradually nudges you in the direction of healthier, more balanced food options.
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
There’s a big difference between small amount of naturally occurring fructose in whole foods that I recommend. There’s also a big difference between “fear mongering” and educating people who are otherwise spending their hard earned money on overly processed food byproducts that are being peddled ad health. I find lately that using facts and science to evaluate things is labeled as fear mongering. It used to just be called critical thinking.
The Code of Federal Regulations defines a natural flavor as “the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional”. Artificial flavors are defined as those that do not meet these particular standards.
Don't forget healthy fats. Though you may be tempted to avoid anything labeled "fat" when trying to lose weight, fat is actually an essential part of our diet — they are good for your mental health and mood; reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer; reduce fatigue; and help keep you mentally sharp. Fats should be consumed in moderation, and certain types of fat should be avoided. Focus on monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (like those found in avocados, nuts, olives, fatty fish, soy, and tofu) and avoid trans fat (found in commercially baked goods like cookies, pastries, cakes, muffins, and hamburger buns; packaged snack foods like crackers, microwave popcorn, candy, and chips; fried foods; pre-mixed products like cake mix, pancake mix, or chocolate milk; and anything with partially hydrogenated oil).
So again, my question is… “Is fructose toxic?” Because originally, you claimed that there was no question about fructose being toxic. Now it seems you are addressing it as being “toxic” in certain amounts. Does quantity matter? Could that also be the case for some of the other “toxic” ingredients you mentioned? Could you agree that that fructose is beneficial and necessary?
I’m not sure if your brain isn’t properly functioning due to taking Isagenix for almost five years, but the ingredient lists were pulled directly from the Isagenix website and I really don’t appreciate being called a liar. Anyone who has the basic ability to read can see the list of sources I used to provide the ingredient lists. So to say that the ingredient lists are fake (when I clearly provided links for them that go to the Isagenix website) is basically an admission that you know the ingredients are garbage.