A pejorative, sweeping statement about the qualifications of all Isagenix advisers? How can you possibly state with confidence about the knowledge, qualifications and experience of every Isagenix adviser. Do you know them all? It may well be that 50% of advisers have formal qualifications in nutrition and some may be dietitians. I don’t know, nor do you know I would suggest. This is a further indicator of your preconceived ideas about Isagenix in particular and dietary supplements of this type in general that underlay your bias in an alleged “unbiased” blog. BTW, I don’t use Isagenix or any other similar products. I tried isagenics for a few weeks but I don’t like like the shakes nor do I have the self discipline to adhere to a dietary program. I do like the cookies and the chocolates…yum.

Well said and researched. I completely 100% agree with you. Too many ingredients are unhealthy and for a company to be touting how healthy and beneficial the products are… well you need to walk the walk. Here in Australia the products include several NUMBERS ( chemicals) and thickeners. As my partner put it when he tried a shake – “it tastes fake!”


We all know that most meats are produced with additives that makes the animal grow and mature faster. These additives have been declared safe by all who tested them. Most of us have seen a young girl who looks like she’s 18 but is only 12 or 13. It would be logical to assume that the additives used to grow the animals faster would have similar effects on the people who consume them. After all, humans are just animals too. Did the scientific papers covering the use of these additives fully test and research the affects they would have on people? One could argue that it’s not a bad thing for our kids to grow faster but is it a good thing?
Promoting a fundamental misunderstanding of chemistry and nutrition is dangerous, yes. You are just appealing to a different nutriotion religion and draw uneccessary distinctions. There is nothing that indicates “organic” is better than GMO. In fact all the organic products you eat were just genetically modified over hundreds of years by humans through selective breeding.

Just 10,000 that’s it. Wow, you are right that is not long at all. Really??? When considering the age of civilized man 10,000 years is still forever – sorry but anyway….How long have people consumed wheat or grains that has not been affect by man that contain gluten? Please do include actual references in your response on this. Also, gut issue? Had everything tested nothing wrong with my gut. For me when I eat certain veggies and NON-GLUTEN GRAINS I still have problems; allergic reactions it’s genetic. True my family eats horribly but I don’t. I have done the whole foods and holistic diet and life style for 12 years of MY LIFE, I share a lot of your beliefs however it seems to me that you are blinded by your own personal views and genetic disposition. I just met a couple who are 2nd generation vegans. They are also gluten free and yet their 6 year old child was diagnosed with Autism. I met the wife while on her way from CO to Chicago for cancer treatment. I listened to her to try and make some sense of her condition, considering her lifestyle and her child’s exposure. I can’t make sense of it. I am a long time advocate of home water purification system for the entire home, whole organic foods, clean air, non-synthetic supplements, and doing everything humanly possible to avoid conditions of my ancestor. I find it difficult to believe that you actually don’t take into consideration that other factors, being our control, could play a relevant role in one’s health. I have tried nature nutritionist/doctors who understand the whole food approach and commitment I have for myself. But I have not experienced the level of success that I want and need for myself. I have reached a place where I need to do more. The doctors have wanted to place me of meds for years but I REFUSE to go that direction. If I were to considered any system, for me it would be an alternative to what I have been recommended by traditional doctors. I frequently cleanse and detox naturally (4-6 times per year) and do everything that I can the right way but sometimes you have to do more. Now I’m open to your suggestions but I do work with many professional in your exact field; if you can recommend anything different that what I have already heard and done I will surely let you know; I would LOVE to be wrong as long as it works.

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.


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.
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.
I do enjoy different points of view as the world around us is mostly how we perceive it to be, however, the facts you have stated regarding the ingredients are just not accurate. Dani, I believe you may have seen it somewhere, but that information is not accurate. If you look on the labels on the actual Isagenix website, you will see their ingredient list.
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Well said. I have used Isagenix in the past and it is good for a quick weight loss because you cut calories, cleanse days you eat nothing, so yes you lose weight. But it all comes back. I am now finally learning about proper nutrition and exercise, especially cutting sodium and keeping stress levels down. My next move now is to take up yoga which I heard has great stress relieving benefits.
Wow – the ignorance level in these comments is absolutely astonishing. Thank you Dani for pointing out the obvious. Anything processed and put into your body can be unhealthy and dangerous! All of the cited research and development into packaged food is PAID FOR. That alone should make your skin crawl. That isnt food, its a food replacement. And the argument about not being able or having the time to prepare whole food… that is simply a choice. People will do what they feel is important, anything less and its just an excuse. Hold your head high Dani!
The Isagenix 9-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning system is marketed as a weight loss supplement to help you to lose up to seven pounds in nine days, according to the Isagenix website. The package includes meal replacement shakes, supplements, snacks, program guide, measuring tape and a CD explaining the importance of cleansing. It retails for at $174 as of December 2010. Consumer Reports states that most dietary supplements aren’t regulated, so it’s important to exercise caution when using them. KVS12 Heartland News further reports that long-term affects of the Isagenix program aren't clear.
I’ve had about 10 of my friends use Isagenix. Admittedly, it didn’t work for everyone. Maybe 6 or 7 out of the 10 got results they were satisfied with. I was already pretty skinny so wasn’t using it for weight loss as such, but I did ‘feel’ healthier, and I did notice improvements in my energy levels. It’s not for everyone, but overall I would think most people would be happy.
Appreciate the info Dani. Do you think all the isagenix products are bad? I do take some of their vitamin supplements which include vitamins B A magnesium adaptagens and many more vitamins that seem to help with energy. I am also taking the non dairy pea protein powder because I have a hard time getting enough calories every day because of the nature of my work and hours.
Some nutrients can be added in the form of teas and powders to aid the body in both phases of detoxification for a more effective cleanse (note: elimination is critical during a cleanse to make sure that you are passing out of the body the toxins being liberated from the cells…and elimination can come from all forms so body odor, bad breath, breakouts are all to be anticipated and actually are signs of an effective cleanse as long as they clear up).
If a cross-fitter needs meal advice based on his/her specific needs, then that cross-fitter has some responsibility to bear as well. Isagenix has never claimed to offer personalized meal planning though some associates are fully qualified to do so. Would it be fair for me to expect my personal trainer to live with me to ensure that my very specific issues are being addressed while on my own as well… no, at some point, I have to take what I learn from him/her police myself. Isagenix is excellent at providing advice on healthy meal choices.

The other things you mention are anecdotal. If someone switches from eating McDonald’s and Burger King to Isagenix and starts paying attention to their overall food intake, yes, they will improve their health markers all around. But that doesn’t make Isagenix ideal, it doesn’t even make Isagenix healthy. It just makes Isagenix healthier than the previor poor diet.
I have a similar opinion to Mickhael. You need to be more considered with your use of buzz words like toxic. Moderation is absolutely the key. If you drink too much water it is toxic. Yes maltodextrin is a food additive, one that serves a useful purpose as a thickener in some processed foods. I agree that processed foods should be limited, cooking with unprocessed ingredients is definitely the way to go. But I still eat processed foods in moderation because I enjoy them, and they serve a useful purpose on many occasions. I think you need to improve your understanding of a few nutrition topics (there are many that I need to improve my understanding of also, nutrition is a relatively new science).
For those of us who are open minded and have been through the ropes on the MLM world, and are willing to do the research it takes to understand how health is achieved, you don’t need to state your credentials. Irregardless of them, you are stating your opinion based on the ingredients listed on the label. So don’t you worry about telling me who you are.

Isagenix is food. 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, mis-behave 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!]
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.
This is the kind of information I was looking for. I found it very strange how few negative reviews were available for Isagenix system. I am from the “school” of where if something seems too good to be true, it is because it IS too good to be true. 400 dollars for a 30 day system sounds to me like a rotten pyramid scheme with a frantic dietary fad.
Tracy, why aren’t you calling out the real scams like vaccines, GMOS, chemo, etc that the rest of the world isn’t buying into? If science is so great why is autism, chronic disease, cancer on the rise? Oh that’s right… How would you get paid? You really think you are fooling anyone? You are just a shill, in your terms, for the real scams… The difference with Isagenix is if I don’t like it I can stop, I don’t have a choice to eliminate the attack on me when my water is fluoridated, or there is GMO’s in that supposed organic food or there are pesticides engineered into the food that doesn’t wash off… Your lack of common sense is stunning… It is next to impossible to eat healthy in America even if you wash your produce you moron!
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!
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
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.
The primary focus of the diet is to nourish the body with the right nutrients while ensuring that the impurities that lead to weight gain are removed from your system. There are no restrictive measures in this diet. Instead, the diet encourages reduced calorie intake along with vital consumption of vitamins and minerals that support overall health and well-being.

Because of the promising data, Dr. Cho said that the company plans on extending the study even further beyond its original timeframe. The news would mean the addition of a weight-maintenance period to study how well subjects keep their weight off over time. Additionally, it would mark the first clinical research to evaluate subjects on an Isagenix system long term.


Great article. More information needs to get out about these types of screwed up ways of eating. Bottom line, we need to learn to eat healthy in a sustainable fashion for our bodies, environments and children. Food is good for you, it is not the bad guy. Chemicals, over processed and fake food is….and anything that is made from a powder is food. I cannot believe how many people get so locked onto it, just like the diet pills in the 70’s. For some reason people have a hard time with moderation, organics, exercise and creating a spiritual space. I do not share my opinion with those in my circle as a lot of them truly believe in the product. I also see them struggle with YO YO behaviour with food still and this is not a lifestyle that is healthy or nurturing long term for the mind or body. KEEP SHARING!
A derivative of starch, maltodextrin is more easily digestible than other complex carbs, but it does not cause the same blood sugar spike associated with simple sugars. Semi-sweet or flavorless, this polysaccharide (chain of sugar units) comes from corn, tapioca, potato, wheat, or rice (1). Used as a thickening agent or to round out sweetness, maltodextrin is a white powder that is native to both home-cooking and packaged foods.
I have just one tiny piece of information to add. I’m a medical librarian so I always like to find peer-reviewed studies to help illuminate an issue. There is still a lot of uncertainty about that whole fructose toxicity thing. Recent reviews of several studies found that there really isn’t enough evidence to show that fructose is causal for metabolic disease, clinical hepatic toxicity, etc. I don’t think the studies are saying we will never find a relationship, but that it’s too soon to make public health declarations or policy based on the science that exists. See:
I’m embarrassed and somewhat ashamed to admit that I was an Isagenix Associate for 2 years. I became aware of Isagenix through a friend (at the time) that I respected in the local fitness industry. I took only the main products (“Pillars of Health”), enrolled others, and for a while made some decent money. Luckily, I met another Certified Nutrition Consultant purely by chance during a layover at an airport and when I brought up Isagenix to her, because she knew a good amount about it from some of her clients that had come to her, she filled me in on many of the same “facts” (and I mean “facts” in a real and positive way) that you have mentioned throughout your blog. Well, of course, after meeting her I was bummed because I had so wanted to believe in Isagenix, and when I got home I spent hours doing research on my own – I had even taken notes at the airport. What the woman that I had met at the airport had told me was backed up by the research I did. Truthfully, there was always a part of me that didn’t feel comfortable with the whole thing, especially the 9 day and 30 day cleanse “systems” Isagenix highly promoted. I, personally, only sold a couple of the cleanse systems and one was to a good friend and he felt like crap during the 9 day cleanse and couldn’t wait until it was over. He did lose 3 pounds but like you said so many times, just because something makes you lose weight doesn’t make it healthy.

1/4 an apples worth of fructose per shake is nothing, my family has grown apples locally for over 100 years and we are often eating over 6 per day ALL YEAR ROUND, that’s a dozen shakes worth 365 days a year, now obviously there are a lot of factors involved, but JUST that alone suggests that there is more going on, my family all live into their 90’s or older, I doubt that eating that amount of fructose is deleterious to our health. And yes an apple is different then fructose alone…I’m just talking about the sugar amount.
Well Tracy… having experience in the food industry and seeing what happens to the chemically laden, GMO crap that sits around for months before getting to the produce aisle I would have to disagree with you. Even if the vegetable has some value coming out of the ground by the time it’s gone through the process that value is gone… Oh and the organic profit machine…yep they have your best interests in mind as well…LOL…
Just 10,000 that’s it. Wow, you are right that is not long at all. Really??? When considering the age of civilized man 10,000 years is still forever – sorry but anyway….How long have people consumed wheat or grains that has not been affect by man that contain gluten? Please do include actual references in your response on this. Also, gut issue? Had everything tested nothing wrong with my gut. For me when I eat certain veggies and NON-GLUTEN GRAINS I still have problems; allergic reactions it’s genetic. True my family eats horribly but I don’t. I have done the whole foods and holistic diet and life style for 12 years of MY LIFE, I share a lot of your beliefs however it seems to me that you are blinded by your own personal views and genetic disposition. I just met a couple who are 2nd generation vegans. They are also gluten free and yet their 6 year old child was diagnosed with Autism. I met the wife while on her way from CO to Chicago for cancer treatment. I listened to her to try and make some sense of her condition, considering her lifestyle and her child’s exposure. I can’t make sense of it. I am a long time advocate of home water purification system for the entire home, whole organic foods, clean air, non-synthetic supplements, and doing everything humanly possible to avoid conditions of my ancestor. I find it difficult to believe that you actually don’t take into consideration that other factors, being our control, could play a relevant role in one’s health. I have tried nature nutritionist/doctors who understand the whole food approach and commitment I have for myself. But I have not experienced the level of success that I want and need for myself. I have reached a place where I need to do more. The doctors have wanted to place me of meds for years but I REFUSE to go that direction. If I were to considered any system, for me it would be an alternative to what I have been recommended by traditional doctors. I frequently cleanse and detox naturally (4-6 times per year) and do everything that I can the right way but sometimes you have to do more. Now I’m open to your suggestions but I do work with many professional in your exact field; if you can recommend anything different that what I have already heard and done I will surely let you know; I would LOVE to be wrong as long as it works.
I was connected to several people on FB that sell this product. They are all claiming the same ‘wealth’ that Isagenix has brought them. One girl claims she has purchased several expensive sports cars, fly’s in a private jet and has an expensive home (posting pictures to prove it). She also claims to be one of the top selling reps, yet her name is nowhere on the Isagenix website. Her pictures appear on other peoples pages as well. Her profile picture has changed from an older blonde woman to a young brunette. Sounds like a fraud to me. This is why I’ve started looking into this product. How can you trust it?
Cleanse for Life contains a blend of herbs that are very gentle on your body and has over 100 nutrients in it! It works with your body to flush out all the toxins. If you are wondering if it has a laxative type effect, it does not. I was going pee a lot though! I think because I was drinking so much liquid and ridding myself of the toxins that built up.
I’ve been eating a whole food plant based diet for 3 months – no pre-packaged stuff, no Gluten, no refined sugar, no dairy ( although I do allow myself the odd bit of seafood, as it sits very well with my stomach ) and I’ve never felt better. I’d eat dirt before I ever started eating some “meal-replacement” shake. Meals shouldn’t need to be replaced if you’re preparing them correctly.

I think that we can all be driven crazy by paying too close attention to material details. There are thousands of issues worldwide which are effecting all our health. I know many many doctors and scientists that swear warfare radiation is going to kill us all, wireless technology is killing us all, that manufacturing particles that fill the air is killing us, that HAARP is killing us, and those are all massive environment factors which we can hardly dream of controlling. Yes we should be informed, yes we should eat ABSOLUTELY as close to our own vegetables, from our own garden AS WE POSSIBLY CAN, yes we should be halting the monoculture and commercially grown system which is poisoning so much, yes we need to monitor what we put into our bodies, BUT…We must become aware of that which has the greatest effect, the most detriment AND which is least attended to – That is the power of our thoughts and minds, and how they effect our health and others. This is a sacred power and it can more deeply influence our lives then you may know. I don’t just mean thoughts influencing water, happiness reducing illness or Qi creating incredible physical and mental abilities (all demonstrated by people I personally know)…But beyond that, there are forces which are utilized by the mind which are part of creation and cause people to be ill, that cause the best intentioned people to die and that create wellness in others which seems unbelievable (the chronic drinkers and emotionally terrible people etc.).
I’ve been eating a whole food plant based diet for 3 months – no pre-packaged stuff, no Gluten, no refined sugar, no dairy ( although I do allow myself the odd bit of seafood, as it sits very well with my stomach ) and I’ve never felt better. I’d eat dirt before I ever started eating some “meal-replacement” shake. Meals shouldn’t need to be replaced if you’re preparing them correctly.
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.
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.
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.
Tasty, low calorie, nutritionally packed snacks that support heart and digestive health. Each serve contains 5 grams of fibre and omega-3s from whole oats, inulin and flaxseed. A delicious blend of antioxidant-rich blueberries and cranberries, which can help neutralise free radicals. The SlimCakes are sweetened with natural agave and help curb cravings. Low in fat and cholesterol – fewer than 100 calories!
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."
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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