The worst part? Isagenix says that Cleanse for Life is safe for people ages 12+. If anyone reading this is giving this product to their kids (or for that matter, consuming it and/or other diet products in front of their kids), please STOP NOW. Kids do NOT need to be on a diet, a cleanse, or any fucked up supplement regimen when they’re KIDS. I’m sorry for the language, but I have seen more than my share of adults with messed up relationships with food because their parents convinced them that they needed to diet when they were younger. Kids should never hear the words ‘diet’, ‘skinny’, ‘detox’, ‘cleanse’, or any weight-related jargon. Never.

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.
I have read some of Dr. Hall before, but hesitated to send friends the link bc the original website would be kind of overwhelming if not threatening to friends who have heard over & over or just accept alternate myths about energy, thought changing water crystals, etc. as passed on by so many yoga teachers & self-claimed healers as well as pop media. In this format I will be able to share.
I went on Isagenixs for three months. Lost 4 kilos did not feel great and full of energy like everyone else did, in fact I felt constipated and on the days we had to fast…starving hungry. One would be better off eating healthy organic food and fasting for two days which is exactly what isagenixs does except you have to pay for the supposed benefits. What I hated is the multi marketing aspect as well and all the goody two shoes talk. “Oh it tastes soo good just like “Terries orange chocolate” OMG are they kidding! Its like insipid glug! Thank you Danni for being brave enough to critique this company!
You have linked to a google patent to outline a process by which Isomaltooligosaccharide CAN BE MADE. This is not necessarily the process that the Isomaltooligosaccharide has undergone in the Isagenix products. It can be made by enzymes or fungal means also, not just with Nickel. An example of fungal means from rice and cassava is http://resjournal.kku.ac.th/abstract/17_5_794.pdf
I’m a CrossFit coach and as well as training lots of people on a daily basis, I often get alot of questions about nutrition. At our gym we encourage people not to eat any processed foods almost a paleo diet but never push it on them. When we get a few ladies that want to lose weight they seem to want to jump on the Isagenix wagon, for what seems a quick fix, rather than eating clean and training hard, so I decided to look into it a bit and asked a few reps a few questions.
I’d be more inclined to use Isagenix if ANYONE could even respond to your question about the toxic ingredients. I addressed one person about it and their response, for example, was that Agave nectar is a healthy ingredient. That just tells me that they’ve also been “sold” into the Isagenix sales pitch without doing their own research, and I find that very disheartening.
I read your blog and I agree with you on a lot of what you stated. However, sometimes to prove your point it seems that you leave out info from both sides of the argument. For example, I am allergic to onions, uncooked onions!! Crazy I know but I won’t go around telling people that they should not eat it and that all of it is bad all of the time for everyone. Gluten has been around forever even before the environment became so polluted. If you study history and archaeology research shows that people who were suffering from simple allergies were mistreated or misdiagnosed; which ultimately lead to premature deaths.
I have studied for years to become a Nutritionist & yet people disbelieve my (science supported) facts & listen to those selling these products (who often have no nutritional or medical qualifications). I have had many clients come to me after having issues with these products due to the “experts’ who have sold them not even checking past medical history (eg. giving them to someone who is lactose intolerant or allergic to soy). There is no due diligence in these salespeople, they are only worried about making a quick buck.
Just to try it, my wife and I started using the diet about a month and a half ago. I’m an IT guy, and my wife is a nurse. We are very busy and love that it’s a quick and easy meal in the mornings and lunch. During this last month or so I’ve lost 30lbs. I eat way less sugar and now I eat way less foods. I’m never hungry and I feel great. The cleanse days were rough at first, but now they’re fine. I don’t sell, and I’m not some advertisement person. Just a guy that is happy to share my success.
Besides losing that weight, Leigh Thorne also wants to rid her body of any toxins.  That's why the Isagenix Nutritional Cleanse interests her.  This system of shakes, snacks and beverages promises to get rid of all the junk in your system, and those who use it also, apparently, lose weight--and fast.  Leigh says some of her relatives on the Isagenix plan are living proof.
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.
I do believe the Isalean shakes can cause bloating, because that is how I feel. Bloated. Constipated. I can no longer button jeans that fit me fine up until they reached my distended belly. This is in the wake of drinking adequate water and exercising and confirming ( on multiple occasions) that I am not pregnant (which would make me very happy if I were).
Hi dani, i love what your doing and feel you are so right about everythind good going fight to the end, and you do have a lot that support you. Thank you for being there for use all. I believe totally in a good diet plan. Those who fight with you are just asleep and can’t figure it out for themselves all that isagenix do, a good diet plan dose… for those wno are not lazy. I am a very busy person to but there is time if people to have a good diet plan just stop being lazy. Good stuff dani keep going your a winner.

Cleansing to ‘kick-start’ weight loss is like getting a base tan before your holiday to Mexico. It’s a useless waste of time. In the end, the weight you lose from extreme dieting and cleansing is mostly water, which will return as soon as you resume eating a normal diet.  It’s just basic physiology. I know the promise of ‘transformation’ in just 30 days is tempting, but it’s also close to impossible. Again, please don’t let emotion dictate your choices here.

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.
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The Drinking Detox. If you're not ready to change what you eat, you might start by changing what you drink. Many experts (and smart dieters) will tell you that the easiest way to lose weight is to give up alcohol either permanently or for a short time. Booze provides no significant nutritional benefits, it's full of calories and it may cause you to eat more junk food. For many dieters, simply saying no to alcohol is the best way to detox the body, sleep better at night, boost energy levels, and slim down.
The danger is NOT this blogger but people like you who doubt anyone who is willing and able to challenge the notion that big business and commercial enterprises in agriculture are not causing mahem and risks to the health of consumers by nefarious food processing and food additive practices. Consumers have been too used to just trusting manufacturers and not questioning what goes in to the food and other products we eat.
If you are trying to endorse a whey only supplement as a substitute for a protein based MEAL REPLACEMENT as part of complete program including supplements then you have failed. Isagenix does, in fact, have a whey only NON GMO, UNdenatured product as well called isapro, however, the shakes you are reviewing are not this product (though they are also fabulous if you take the time to find out the source of the ingredients). You are clearly trying to stir the pot because you don’t like programs like this. I believe in real food, but I also find nothing wrong with this particular program. They are not all created equal. If you are going to say that even though the products are stated non GMO that they likely aren’t, then how can you not think the same for the things you eat? If it says non GMO then it should be assumed it is, as far as we know (unless there is a situation like the GMO wheat in which no one is aware, but it is unfair to assume this). In all honesty I think you are trying to use the big name of Isagenix to draw attention to your blog so you can get more sponsorship. Blogs are nothing but marketing tools for your own interest in the same way you are trying to say these programs are.
You have linked to a google patent to outline a process by which Isomaltooligosaccharide CAN BE MADE. This is not necessarily the process that the Isomaltooligosaccharide has undergone in the Isagenix products. It can be made by enzymes or fungal means also, not just with Nickel. An example of fungal means from rice and cassava is http://resjournal.kku.ac.th/abstract/17_5_794.pdf
But the products are expensive. I suspect too expensive, given that I can get protein shakes and similar “metabolism boosting” supplements at my local SuperSupplements store. My coach tells me that the difference in price is due to the “trace minerals” and the fact that the whey protein comes from fully organically raised cows in New Zealand. That sounds a bit fanciful to me, but I can’t ignore the fact that the system appears to work for me.
The undenatured Reserveage whey protein Dani shows in the video is a poorer copy of ingredients as used in Isagenix Whey Protein and is more expensive. Isagenix use undenatured Whey and has lactase added for digestion. Reserveage has only started in 2008 using same natural supplements as what Isagenix have been producing. How is it ethical to knock the original and promote the newcomer?
To do so, Larson suggests making one change in your diet per week. For example, you can try to add an extra fruit or veggie to your lunches, aim to get more protein-rich meat alternatives in your dinners, or pledge to really, definitely, for sure eat a nutritious, energizing breakfast every day. You could also aim to bring your lunch from home a few more days a week.
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.
But the products are expensive. I suspect too expensive, given that I can get protein shakes and similar “metabolism boosting” supplements at my local SuperSupplements store. My coach tells me that the difference in price is due to the “trace minerals” and the fact that the whey protein comes from fully organically raised cows in New Zealand. That sounds a bit fanciful to me, but I can’t ignore the fact that the system appears to work for me.
So, Dani, your world appears to be about being fit and healthy. You take a holistic approach to that. You advocate organic food – and that’s fine as long as we recognise that this food is subject to the toxins in the environment – like fumes for example on their way to market just as we are on our way to buy them. Does the organic farmer check the trucks they use to ensure the fumes from the vehicle itself isn’t polluting the carefully grown crops in organically optimised soil?
You have helped “trillions” of people, so you must be doing really well. Before your above comment I was actually really looking into your programs. Because of my background in health research ethics and governance it is natural for me question credibility of information. Before say my background does not qualify me to know anything about anything, I never said or suggested it does. Just that it is the reason I question information and motivations. If you don’t like being questioned about your opinion, don’t publish it. You have baited people to read your blog and then ambushing them when they have something to say about it, unless is it complementary to you and your business. Not unbiased in the slightest. This brings me back to the biggest point (which seems to be the elephant in the room for you) that your product reviews are not unbiased. You should not claim that they are. They are reviews, quite right there, but not unbiased. In a public health setting, ethically you could not claim this. It doesn’t matter how many people say “well done” or “you’re so right”. Let’s try it in the language that you would use, it is literally fact that you are non unbiased. Next time you review something, try harder to be unbiased. Maybe by posting in a blog that is not selling your own products. You have the upper hand here because you are the business owner and you could actually have more integrity. If you are questioning my integrity, question away, but I’m actually not selling anything.
I started using Isagenix in Jan. by the suggestion of a friend in the Medical field. I was skeptical b/c to tell you the truth, I’ve sworn off Direct Sales & am not interested in MLM. I did, however, trust this friend & her professional opinion of the system because she understood my struggles. While I did have some weight to lose, I was tired of body aches, being tired w/ total lack of energy & struggling terribly w/ sleep for over 2 years not to mention lots of stomach issues. I’m 49 but refuse to believe it’s just part of getting “old”! I’ve had numerous tests done thinking it must be my thyroid or possible Lymes Disease. All testing came back normal. After trying Isagenix, I not only have lost 20lbs (10 to go to reach my personal goal of 120lbs) but am sleeping like a baby, have unbelievable energy & the body aches are GONE!! No more moaning when I crawl out of bed in the morning.
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 found myself about 25 days ago, being faced with the choice of trying Isagenix. I looked into it. I did some research. I was discerning. And given that those who introduced me to it were close family and I had been watching their results closely and was actually impressed, I decided to give it a go. But lets be clear about something: I owned that decision completely. It was not sold, because I will not be sold to. Now, 20 days in, so many of my hopes and dreams are back in gear and the adventures I’ve been hoping and praying to be part of are within my conscious control. Isagenix didn’t do that. I did. I saw Isagenix as a tool and I realised that my application of that tool would be paramount to the success or failure of the venture. Sure, I understand and appreciate that some of the ingredients are suspect. But so is the fluoride added to water supplies that is still mandatory in most provinces and states of New Zealand and Australia where I’ve spent the majority of my 39 years. And we know what that stuff does to our pineal gland… right? And what the pineal gland does for us and how important latest neurological studies are suggesting it is to our overall experience as “living systems?” I really hope thats a bandwagon those of you with “credentials” are on. I don’t mean that disrespectfully, I sincerely mean that.

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!
Thank you for writing this article & correctly informing people on why these fad “food” replacements are nothing more than marketing gimmicks. I have been consuming a mostly plant-based diet all my life & have recently (over the past year) switched to a strictly plant-based diet. I only consume whole, unprocessed, organic foods. The produce section at my local supermarket has become my second home. The reason why I came across your article is because I was recently told by my doctor that I should try Isagenix. I knew right away that I would not be consuming this filth but I just wanted to research exactly why it’s bad for you. I was SHOCKED that a doctor would recommend this. He told me that I would have more energy & that fasting is good because if you consume a high quantity of food then your body is too busy digesting it rather than repairing itself. This doctor clearly has no idea what he’s talking about & should be ashamed of himself for recommending this junk to his patients. I wish I could forward him this article. I will stick to eating REAL, whole food that is free of toxins and pesticides. Like you and Dr.Fuhrman say, there is no magic pill or shake for weight loss. Proper nutrition comes from real, wholesome food, not synthetic and toxic products that are packaged in a pretty bottle or can. Thank you for educating the masses. The people that are leaving insulting comments just don’t want to believe that there isn’t a “quick fix” for weight loss. They are clearly brain-washed by the company’s brilliant marketing scheme so don’t even bother trying to argue with them. People need to spend less time and money on fad diets and synthetic products and more on trips to the local farmer’s market. It’s stupid simple, proper health equals proper nutrition that comes from real food (i.e. fruits and vegetables). Thanks for writing this article!
Yes, you can detox and lose fat at the same time. Studies show several common detox ingredients also contribute to weight loss, directly or indirectly. It makes sense that you lose weight during the cleansing process. After all, you’re ridding your body of old toxins and waste that contribute to the added pounds on the scale. We’ll identify the best cleanse for weight loss. While purifying your body should be the primary goal, don’t be surprised if you drop a few pounds while at it.
This 9-day cleanse really lasts for 11 days. The first two days are “shake” days, which is a combination of drinking a shake for breakfast, eating a light, low-glycemic lunch, and drinking a shake for dinner. And in between you can eat Isagenix Snacks, which remind me of my dog’s vitamins, but actually have proven to be quite tasty. (But who knows, maybe I only liked the taste because I had forgotten what good food tastes like), drink lots of water, and take capsules that are meant to speed up your metabolism and give you energy.
Delicious, gluten-free snack to add to your day that is high in fibre! Contains high-quality fibre and protein helping you feel fuller longer and includes two types of premium hunger curbing fibre that also supports healthy blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption rate of carbohydrates. Each serving contains 6g of fibre, 20% of your recommended daily intake and  contains all-natural ingredients perfect for a gluten-free lifestyle.
Since each individual’s body is different, it is better to consult your dietitian or physician before you start this diet. Depending on current weight, medical history, current activity levels, age, genetics, etc., your dietitian will be able to customize the diet plan. Feeding your body the right foods to help burn more fat and being physically active is the best way to lose weight.
That promise led me to this article. Thank you Dani for doing so much of the “leg work” for me, although I still have to follow-up on a few other issues, it is what it is . . . fad, highly processed (over processed), artificial, lab-generated, synthetic “food like” substance. All neatly packaged with an incredible marketing/spin department to make it all shiny!
I just found this article and I am SO happy someone finally put this out there in clear and simple context. As a holistic nutritionist, I have been asked many times by clients about this product, and now I can send them to this article for further reading as there is only so much detail I can go into during a consultation without going on a 2 hour rant 😉
Fiona McMillan says she tried Isagenix for a while and despite losing weight quit the program after seeing dodgy health advice provided by what she called the "pushers" on support pages on social media. McMillan, who is a medical scientist, says she was very concerned by the many sellers providing health advice to others who complained of feeling nauseous or breaking out in a rash after using the product, despite having no qualifications. "Any time someone mentioned any type of rash, comments would appear such as 'that's just a niacin rush', 'nothing to worry about', 'I can't wait till I have one of those' – all without knowledge of the user's prior medical history, or what said rash actually looked like. In my opinion, these blind consults are very dangerous."
I was introduced to Isagenix by sister who is a massage therapist. She shed about 55 lbs in the course of 4 months and really kept off the weight. I was always very excited for her, but for a long while I wasn’t interested in having to do anything with Isagenix. I thought I could merely, “pull myself up from my bootstraps” and do it on my own, just by eating clean and exercising.
Then I’m told that all modern food has chemicals and it is the liver putting fat around those chemicals that has caused me to gain weight……. and I always thought it was poor diet like eating too much sugary things that did it, a case of more calories in than being burned. Apparently I’m wrong, but there was no explanation forthcoming in reply to my comment that I managed to lose weight by exercising more and watching what I ate, especially cutting right back on sugary foods and sugar, otherwise making no dietary changes. I even managed to wear trousers again that I’d had to stop wearing because I got too big for them.
I follow Vani the food babe and she has a wealth of information on this, too. There’s a reason she was able to get fast food companies (chik fil a for ex) to agree to switch to certified organic chicken in the near future. It all comes down to awareness…you cannot trust a company backing their product, nor can you trust the FDA. It’s the sad truth!
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…
This all reminds me of when Scam-way came out. Oops… I mean Amway. My girlfriend (at the time) was selling that garbage and I remember her telling me, “Tim, I was thinking about you today and thought of something that can help you save money.” Proceeded to hand me samples (the old reciprocity sales tactic). Those scammers have everything thought up down to the “script” she read to me. Eventually I read and saw all of the junk about emerald island blah blah blah. Fast forward it’s the same hustle different product different people in same cases.
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.
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.
What really amazes me with isogenix has no actual legitimate proof that their products work when the suggest the meal replacement injunction with an exercise and calorie controlled diet WTF no wounder the weight stripes off. If you actually look into credible research databases isogenix is not listed but yet the hoax on google and through the isogenix has produce this “so called reseach” which I suggest is backed by isogenix. One thing I find bizarre they claim that isogenic detoxifies our bodies well WTF are our liver and kidneys for. These quick fixes are a money making scheme which is not even approved by the AGA therefore not creditable what so ever.
Dani, you mention fructose in high amounts can be toxic to the liver. Can you elaborate on that? There is no definition or explanation as to what is a high amount. While I agree that eating items with high fructose is bad, this is a result of poor diet where items with fructose have little to no fiber or protein content. That would allow the body (liver) to break down the “sugar” and process it similar to glucose. I’m not expert, just an interested reader.
Also, I was extremely frustrated after I initially signed up. The person who had “sold” me on it immediately sent me links on how to branch out and get people to ask me about it. It was suggested that I post my success (there was not success) on my facebook page and to watch videos on how to talk to other people in order to sign up. The exact words were “you will be a great brand rep as you are already active and healthy, people will flock to you”. That was not my intent at all and I did not sell it to one person.
I am not entirely against making money from your knowledge. I’ve been giving it away for free for years. My personal pleasure or pay has been seeing others lives change as a result. All I want in return is to see some of the same great results. I guess that is why the rep who told me about Isagenix offered to actually pay for my first months supply. Don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I can be pretty persuasive when I really believe in something:) But I personally believe that knowledge is healing. Been through a lot medically, have many witnesses and they know when I find something the works or helps, they too will benefit. That is why I am so anxious to learn more and apply a scientific approach to analyzing it.
This purifying broth contains fennel to help bile flow in your gallbladder; garlic to help with liver and gall bladder function; cabbage, excellent for detoxification in both the liver and kidneys; and shitake mushrooms to boost liver enzymes. Serve soup with a side of sauerkraut with sliced apples. Sauerkraut contains probiotics, the good bacteria that protect your GI tract. Make sure to use traditionally fermented sauerkraut to get the greatest health benefits. Apples boost both kidney and liver function.
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