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.
Sorry if I missed this somewhere along in the thread. It was dizzying reading through the comments and I had to skip to the bottom. I can see where it becomes so difficult for people to make good choices or know what to trust with so much different information out there and competing facts about ingredients. I just watched the documentary “Fed Up” this weekend and that also illustrates how people can become so misguided and it’s really sad. From now on, sticking to my gut and trying my best to eat clean, organic real foods!!
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!]

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 isagenix upon many harassing sales pitches of a friend who is no longer my friend because after i purchased the product I said leave me alone and let me see if it works for me. To which she harassed me even more to continue selling it. I HATE IT when I smell that a friend is so persistent only for the money because she is more interested in making money than to let me be and see how I feel. I am not going to promote something I am not convinced with.
Hi! Very interesting blog post and comments section. I was given Isagenix by my sister and am currently on Day 4 of a 2 week “cleanse”. Prior to her giving it to me, I told her that I was wary of the product because I could not find any research supporting Isagenix that was not influenced or purchased by the company itself. That’s odd, especially for such a large company with so many supporters and testimonies. Despite my hesitation, I agreed to try it. I am obese and have been having trouble with sleep apnea, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations. My typical weekly diet included regular doses of fast food, pizza and at least 2 liters of fit soda per day. Frankly, I believe that Isagenix DOES contain things that are unhealthy. However, it is likely that they are less unhealthy than the disgusting things I was already consuming everyday. My plan is not to use Isagenix for life. I can see why people do, though. It’s a matter of convenience (and for some, a matter of pride). I am using this period to move from being completely unhealthy to embracing real foods again. There’s something about two shakes a day and a 48 hour no-solid-food period that just makes you appreciate something simple and natural like a sweet potato. (Please please please don’t tell me sweet potatoes are bad for me. I just fell in love with them.) I fully intend to return to a life of real food, which I believe does have everything we need to be healthy and thrive. I just needed a way to “reset”, to start the change I know my life needs.
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..

You say your review is unbiassed, however it clearly is not since you go on to promote your own system. An unbiassed review has nothing to gain from it’s review and you clearly do. You are treading on thin ice by making claims about soy and gluten being in the products, when the label on the front clearly states “Free of Gluten and Soy”. And like Tanya says, what ARE your credentials to be making such false claims. You make strong assumptions about natural flavours and what some do, but that doesn’t mean that Isagenix does the same thing.


Their medical advisor, Becky Natrajan, MD, tells us on a video presentation that she is “excited about results” but she does not say what those results are or why she thinks the results are due to the product rather than to diet, exercise and other factors. Perhaps her funniest argument is that the $5 a day Isagenix costs you is less expensive than open heart surgery. As if it were a simple choice between the two!
I understand that you sell Isagenix and have no nutritional knowledge, but canola oil is one of the most toxic oils on the market. This is a fact, and anyone who disagrees with this literally knows nothing about nutrition. Not only is canola oil one of the most highly genetically modified crops, it undergoes a ton of processing to be made into an oil, including being extracted with hexane – a neurotoxin. You’re right about it being high in polyunsaturated fat – though I don’t know why you would tout this as a good thing when PUFAs are the exact fats that cause heart disease and inflammation.
To use myself as an example, in a period of four months at age 21, I lost 18kgs and had my body to less than 4% body fat, when eating McDonalds at least twice daily, while training intensely for Senior football. This is why I laugh so much, as am I to assume that consumption of McDonalds leads to weight loss and health? Absolutely not. I could leave it at that, but what I failed to mention is that my lack of a nutritional diet led me to become seriously ill and bed ridden for over two months which nearly cost me my life. True story. For $50 a person could exercise regulary and have a diet consisting of vitamin supplements and water which would result in immense weight loss, but it is not a legitimate healthy option either, and would almost definitely leave you seriously ill as well.

The people involved in the manufacture of Isagenix products are of the highest pedigree. I won’t start listing names… I’ll leave it to you to research. The names you’ll find aren’t world class athletes.. in fact, unless you’re a scholar of nutrition or high level personal training, you’ve probably never heard of them… they’re the people that world class athletes look to.
It’s been very interesting reading all the feedback on isagenix. I know many people who sell it. I think it’s nothing other than a MLM scam for consultants to make money.The bottom line for real weight loss is, get your butt up and exercise, eat a clean healthy diet and drink plenty of water. There is no magic pill, shake, vitamin, cleansing product out there. My philosophy is, if you can’t read the ingredients in what your eating then don’t eat it!!
I just have to say since I can not post the pictures I took of the IsaLean Shake container the issue can not put to rest. There are no DENATURED protein in Isagenix IsaLean Shake and is FREE of GLUTEN and SOY (reads on the front of the container). I take it and I looked the actual ingredients and all I read UNDENATURED and have not found anything that reads “artificial” There is FRUCTOSE, but I as looked up fructose I found this article: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutrition/a/fructosedangers.htm
i respect your opinions in this article but no where in the links you listed for the shakes does it contain gluten or soy… There are a couple of products that do and they list those on their allergen list and clearly state it on the packaging, so those with allergies can stay away. I too have researched several products on the market, but I mainly go off of how healthy I feel. I used to have migraines 2 to 3 times a week.. they are gone now. Be careful what you read, this company has 2 published studies by Universities and more to come – these studies aren’t just put out by the company they are listed with the universities as well as in other well known and respected publications. I challenge you to research John Anderson the master formulator.. you’ll find his background in science is pretty impeccable.

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Secondly, I find it interesting that it is mentioned several times about the gluten and soy – the shakes don’t have soy in them. There are a few products now that have gluten however the shakes don’t. I am gluten intolerant as well and have major reactions when even a bread crumb touches something i eat. I have been using the product for about 8 months after being on a completely organic diet where my body could only eat sweet potatoes, avocado and organic vegetable soup. I was anorexic, malnutritioned and exhausted all the time. I wanted to give up before I was introduced to the isagenix product line. I had done so much damage to my body that even my brain was affected. I had a hard time holding conversations and my focus was gone.

3. Focus on foods packed with fiber; they’re naturally low in calories. Fiber prevents constipation, keeping your regular. After your body extracts nutrients from food, fiber (think all vegetables, fruits, and high-quality carbohydrates like oatmeal, quinoa and beans) helps to rinse out the remains– waste and toxins from your colon to give you a flat stomach.

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.

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“Choosing healthier sources of fat can lower your risk for heart disease, and sunflower oil may help. Most of the fat in sunflower oil is unsaturated, and this oil is a nutrient-dense food, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In moderation, sunflower oil may provide certain health benefits as part of an overall balanced diet.”
I’m so confused. I’ve been eating a paleo diet for 3 weeks. We’ll as close as I can follow. Not completely organic everything but I try. No dairy or grains, beans etc.. Lost 4 pds. Now I’m isagenix 2nd week. Feel awesome. Lost 3pds libido went up ( prob tmi lol!) energy is that of a 20 y.o. And I just had a baby. ( which was complicated pregnancy ). I really don’t want to consume grains gmos or gluten so now I’m not sure what I will do. But I love feeling good.

I like to believe the “thinking” person prefers to make informed choices and decisions about what they put into their bodies, or not. So, I can’t comment on the reasons for the choices people make though I do question the validity and reliability of those reasons from a researcher’s perspective. I can share why I found Isagenix appealing (quick easy fix) and equally unappealing. I’m an early adopter of many things, however, when no (proven) independent clinical studies exist to support something, I tend to smell a rat. I know there is anecdotal evidence and millions of photos to support Isagenix. That’s called the perfect marketing strategy.
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.
To use myself as an example, in a period of four months at age 21, I lost 18kgs and had my body to less than 4% body fat, when eating McDonalds at least twice daily, while training intensely for Senior football. This is why I laugh so much, as am I to assume that consumption of McDonalds leads to weight loss and health? Absolutely not. I could leave it at that, but what I failed to mention is that my lack of a nutritional diet led me to become seriously ill and bed ridden for over two months which nearly cost me my life. True story. For $50 a person could exercise regulary and have a diet consisting of vitamin supplements and water which would result in immense weight loss, but it is not a legitimate healthy option either, and would almost definitely leave you seriously ill as well.
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.
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 (1).” Artificial flavors are defined as those that do not meet these particular standards.
The Cleanse for Life drinks are really good and they taste like fruit punch! It’s basically just mixing two scoops of Cleanse for Life in a tall glass and adding cold water and mixing.  I’ve tried cleanses before and Cleanse for Life is the best one yet hands down. I’m actually still craving that drink even though I’m off the cleanse now because it’s that good.
So, I am going to finish my 30 day Isagenix cleanse (with questionable ingredients), apply intent towards this “tool” being a useful ally towards the transition to a healthier, happier, and more heartfelt lifestyle. And this coming November when Im sitting on Mother Earths bare and natural surface in the Ecuadorian Amazon under the “Eyebrows of the Andes” with the Secoya Elders, learning and experiencing true rainforest medicine and ancient wisdom in a place where the word “organic” does not exist, while the smoke and destruction of industry that threatens the survival of our very race grows ever closer decimating all in its path, I will think. Organically.
Unfortunately, here in the good old USA, you practically need to be a chemist, MD, nutritionist and scientist wrapped up in one who can determine what is or is not good to eat, what is whole and pure. Not only that, but you will need to take a few cooking courses to learn how to cook most of these wonderful whole foods which would be a replacement to the convenient packaged processed variety (Many American’s have long forgotten how to make anything from “scratch” with whole foods since the invention of the cardboard box and food processing). You know, make your own tea using only certified organic non-GMO herbs, weed out which foods have additives hidden in them but look to be good on the pretty packages taunting all natural, healthy, i.e. a simple can of tomato sauce with an ingredient list longer than my 7 year olds Christmas desires.

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The only thing achieved here is polarization of your audience. The people who hate the product and the company, for whatever reason, will seek articles like this to validate them. The people that love it and are getting results are going to tell you you’re wrong and make an example of you in their online communities. People who are looking into this product because they are considering using it probably won’t see you as an unbiased or credible source of information. But good job on creating traffic to your page via Google.
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.
What I DO care about is the use of the word “unbiased” in your title. Just because you use facts does not make an opinion “unbiased.” Facts can easily be twisted to suit your needs, see the above paragraph about fructose…. So you don’t eat fruit, ever, right? Because of the horrid fructose? Or do you eat some, in reasonable doses? My guess is the latter. How horrible for all of those people who died from eating too much fruit. Except that you said you recommend honey as a viable sugar alternative, and honey contains fructose. You shouldn’t eat honey, it contains fructose and fructose is toxic.
IsaLean Shakes come in two flavours: Rich Chocolate and French Vanilla and contain 14 meal replacements. They are made from hormone and antibiotic free Whey protein, enzymes and nutrients. Just mix two scoops with cold water and drink immediately. I tried mixing it with a spoon but it was clumpy. Mixing it with a blender or a Magic Bullet is 100% better. It’s so smooth and creamy and really tasty. It filled me up and gave me energy. I love Shake Days!
Your article is nothing short of fear-mongering. You prey on uneducated people who fail to research information for themselves and instead want to rely on you because you are a Certified Nutrition Consultant. If you want to use your title to help people, then do it, but lose the fear-mongering. Some of us don’t believe people just because of the title on their articles, or even the credentials they carry. A bit of research that barely took 30 minutes and 1 visit to the isagenix website solely to see that there are 11 grams of sugar in the shake (only part of which is fructose.)
Gladys, you clearly misunderstood why I was asking people to explain to me how soybean oil, isolated fructose, synthetic vitamins, gluten, etc are healthy. My point is that they are not healthy, so this cannot be explained. My point is that Isagenix uses these toxic ingredients (most likely because they’re extremely cheap). I know why these products are unhealthy, but clearly Isagenix users have no knowledge of actual nutrition.
There have been several people that ‘friended’ me on FB all within a few days. Once I started seeing the same pictures posted all within a few minutes of each other I stated looking a little further. They all post pictures of their private jets, expensive cars and trips all claiming that Isagenix gives them millions a year. Turns out these profiles are all created by the same man. (all the profiles are of good looking women). All I had to do was google the images and found they are pulled from the internet. THAT’S what I call a scam!
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!
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.
Improves mood, curbs cravings, increases energy and decreases hunger. Green tea is rich in antioxidants including EGCG, which increases thermogenesis, which helps you burn fat and supports weight-management goals. IsaDelight Plus Dark Chocolate is made up of 70% non-alkalized cocoa powder, produced by a low-temperature process in a state-of-the-art US facility, to preserve potent antioxidants. Essential amino acids and an exclusive blend of B vitamins and minerals promote positive moods by elevating “feel good” chemicals in your brain, which helps to curb hunger and provide an energy “pick me up.”
These products are helping over 300,000 people in 12 different countries. Personally, my family are showing remarkable results in their health. My aunt has MS disease and has now been using the products for 8 years. After 3 months of feeding her body with these products and eating healthy meals, she no longer needed a wheelchair and to this day, she still does not need to take a single prescription pill. Her doctor his amazed by this, has looked over the ingredients himself and told her to NEVER STOP TAKING THE PRODUCTS!!!

When CHOICE contacted Isagenix Australia a spokesperson said that the company prohibits 'associates' (who are independent contractors) from providing false or misleading information about the products or business opportunities and that it routinely monitors improper claims as well as providing training sessions. "We do not authorise any medical claims or advice with respect to our products."
So now all of a sudden, you don’t know what I am talking about. In other words,you don’t have an answer. Let me refresh your memory. You said I probably have a leaky gut issue when I’m actually allergic to various veggies. You assumed that I eat horribly and I have been on a whole foods diet for 12 years with minimal success. I stated that based on other environmental issues and genetics that some people such as myself can not solely rely upon whole foods alone and will have to try scientific/medical intervention to help. If you read my previous post you will see I gave you plenty of background info to help you understand my stance on the issue. (post dated 8/4) You have stated what I have already considered along with specialist who share your same views, alternative holistic professionals who have taken this journey with me. Whole foods doesn’t work for everyone for every case. I stated to you that I have a severe genetic form of PCOS, which affects weight lose among other things. I am waiting to hear what evidence, backed up by medical journal research and not bloggers’ research, that support your view. I have lived it to prove my point I’m still waiting to here legitimate evidence to support yours. Some people may have to try a product such as Arbonne or Isagenix to reach their goal or to fill the gap.
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Just because soy, agave and gluten are only in some of the items I listed on my site, does not mean that they are not in more products that Isagenix sells. I do not have the time or energy to go through every single product Isagenix sells and highlight the garbage. For example, there is soy in this http://www.isagenix.com/us/en/isaleanbars.dhtml as well as this http://www.isagenix.com/us/en/isagenixsnacks.dhtml and I’m sure in several other products.
Every time you eat, your body digests the foods you consume, then absorbs and transports nutrients to all of your body’s cells through the blood stream. Your cells can either use these nutrients right away or store them for later. When you consume more food than your body needs at any one time, it can lead to a back-up of excess nutrients for your metabolism to manage.
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 have a very small farm (less than 4 acres), I own a small, Heritage breed Jersey cow who produces over 4 gallons of butter-fat rich milk every day that I milk her, and that is WITH me sharing milk with the calf. MY cows live to be 17 years +/- old and pass away (usually) laying down in their barn on a soft bed of sweet hay/straw, closing their eyes and just not waking the next morning.
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.
A meal replacement shake is possibly better than fast food (although you can make better choices depending on the restaurant), but is certainly worse than normal, reasonably healthy food. Drinking stupid shakes filled with sugar and other crap just isn’t good for you. It’s easy, but it’s certainly not healthy. Not even when these companies lie and tell you IT’S ALL NATURAL!!!
I’m a little bitter about this. I agree, Isagenix is a terrible product. I have never taken it, nor will I, because any product that is made in a factory and has the storage life to be shipped across the country and sit in a person’s cupboard for weeks on end, must be terribly processed. Any wholesome food, such as a strawberry, dehydrated, ground, or whatever they do to turn it into a powder, seems suspect. It makes me think of Kool-aid or Ice Tea powder. My aunt sells Isagenix and tries to get everyone on board with the product as well. She thinks she’s gifted because she has helped “1000’s” of people lose weight and live a better lifestyle. My aunt considers herself to be a very knowledgeable health professional but likely has no inkling of what each ingredient is or what it does to you. She doesn’t have the nutrition courses, or the chemistry, biochemistry, or biology courses, in order to understand how the body works and what types of nutrients, and chemicals are harmful to a person. I haven’t read your credentials but you do have far more knowledge than the average person in regards to what is healthful and what is not. People don’t seem to understand that company’s are going to “find” that information they need to back up their products; there is a lot of manipulation of “facts” in order to get people to believe in the product. Also, how can any product be beneficial that forces you to starve yourself, and losing weight so rapidly….. from my understanding, 1lb a week of weight loss is best, and it’s healthful eating and exercise that get people functioning optimally.
Although I know whatever I write will be the subject of another shirty reply, because you are highly defensive and obviously not going to budge on this, I will attempt to defend myself (which I am entitled to do and, despite this being your domain, you intentionally made this available for the public, including the world, to read and in turn comment on). It is not possible for me to discredit you, you are not in a position to be ‘discredited’. Coming from public health research ethics and governance, I do have some knowledge on credibility of sources and how ethical research is conducted (and scrutinized).
The comment on ‘natural flavors’ is misleading as, to start, there is no MSG in the shakes even though you say technically it can be classed as a natural flavour. Actually it can’t as USDA will not allow MSG on the ‘natural flavors’ list. It does, on the other hand, allow glutamic acid. Glutamic acid is an amino acid that occurs naturally in our bodies. Aside from this, you do not actually know which ‘natural flavors’ are in the product. Before making suggestions of what they might be and misleading people, actual research could involve you asking company, if you were genuinely doing an ‘unbiased’ review on the internet for literally everyone to read.
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.
You can’t just write “Fact:” and it be true, where are your resources and your qualifications?? This is the kind of uneducated response that makes false information continue to be spread. There is obviously no reason to argue with you as you are clearly one of those people who are always right even when smacked in the face with some contradicting evidence. I wonder if back in the day you would have been on the ‘world is flat’ commonsense bandwagon.
The Internet is a wonderful new medium for communicating ideas and information in a rapid and interactive way. Many articles are followed by a “comments” section. Like so many things in this imperfect world, comments are a mixed blessing. They can enhance the article by correcting errors, adding further information, and contributing useful thoughts to a productive discussion. But all too often they consist of emotional outbursts, unwarranted personal attacks on the author, logical fallacies, and misinformation. They provide irrational and ignorant people with a soapbox for promoting prejudices and false information.
This isn’t the only company that uses this tactic. Beachbody (maker of some great workout DVDs) is an MLM that sells a product called Shakeology in addition to the workout programs. The vast majority of Shakeology customers are also sales affiliates (or “coaches” as they call them). The shake costs $115 A MONTH(a little less if you are a coach), and the claims that these coaches make are ridiculous, unfounded, and irresponsible. They claim that Shakeology cured their IBS, helps them manage their diabetes, got them off a whole slew of medications, etc. (look at their Facebook page for a small sampling). If you say $115 a month is too expensive, they’ll tell you that a) it’s NOT expensive when you consider people spend that much on Starbucks, and b) well, you save $30 if you sign up as a coach under me. I was intrigued, so I figured I would do some research. EVERY page that I came across about Shakeology was written by a Beachbody Coach. If you type in “Shakeology scam,” you are directed to a site with an article that explains why Shakeology is NOT a scam. Type in “Shakeology pyramid”, “shakeology sucks”, you get articles written by Beachbody coaches saying why Shakeology is NOT those things. You need to be careful with these MLMs. They have a way of brainwashing their sales people
Admirable to all your replies there Dani. A lot of energy put back into many ignorant and opinionated people from all walks of life. Great you preach good health and warnings of damage to oneself. In the end people either want fast results with no knowledge of whats happening on the inside and live the “physical” rewards in life over internal happiness thru an “organic” lifestyle or as simple as a “spiritual” outlook in life. Hey sorry Im not a scientist or nutritionist with facts nor am I a crazy hipi spiritual person. Just find all debates against you very interesting and defensive. Lab food vs Earth food. Depends where in the world your harvesting too. I know NZ is awesome. Especially the seafood I get to go free diving for.Thats my 10c worth haha one love People!
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The particular products I use are all gluten free and it is keeping me healthy. I had all kinds of aches and pains before I started drinking Isagenix shakes and my cholesterol was a little high. I just went for my annual doctors visit and I have never been healthier. My blood work all came back perfect and my cholesterol is lower than its ever been, and my good cholesterol is in a great place. Again, I’m not saying you’re right or wrong or that I’m right or wrong. I just want you to not be so closed minded. There are very healthy aspect and not so healthy aspects about all plans, which is why different plans and approaches work for different people and their particular needs. I’m not bashing your way and I’m just asking you not to bash mine. Any good professional will be able to argue both sides of any story. You have to be flexible in life. That’s how you learn new things and grow.
I just have to say since I can not post the pictures I took of the IsaLean Shake container the issue can not put to rest. There are no DENATURED protein in Isagenix IsaLean Shake and is FREE of GLUTEN and SOY (reads on the front of the container). I take it and I looked the actual ingredients and all I read UNDENATURED and have not found anything that reads “artificial” There is FRUCTOSE, but I as looked up fructose I found this article: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutrition/a/fructosedangers.htm
The cleansers in my Isagenix Facebook group said it would be easier after day five, and they were right. I got used to drinking a shake for breakfast and a shake for dinner, and looked forward to my low-glycemic lunches like it was Christmas morning. (I was salivating as I put pieces of lettuce into a container at the salad bar.) Though I didn’t lose any more pounds than the previous weigh-in, this didn’t deter my motivation. For the first time in a long time, I’m feeling good—digesting food nicely (in the past, I’d have a bit of a rumble here and there), and oddly, I have more energy than ever before.
Ancestral Nutrition Robbie Bianchi Pray I have found nowhere on the Isagenix website that the whey they used is from grass-fed cows. I’ve found this on sites affiliated with Isagenix, but I think it’s highly suspicious that it’s not on their website. Plus, the milk is denatured, like non-fat dry milk powder, milk protein concentrate, etc. They also contain maltodextrin (often GMO derived, a food additive), they contain synthetic vitamins, isolated fructose (which is toxic to the liver), “natural” flavors, etc. I mean, technically MSG and aspartame can be labeled as natural flavors. I agree that protein shakes can be helpful for some people, which is why I recommend this one: http://amzn.to/1ayypJN (affiliate link).
Christina – Thank you for participating here! Who said this blog was supposed to be unbiased? Who said this blog was an “expert perspective”? I’m not sure where you found an “emotional tone” in the article, as I have no emotion for MLM. Yes, there is such a thing as a legal scam. Things can be scams without being illegal. Thanks again for your comments!
Most responsible dairy owners do not continually milk their cows year round. Often, after the calf is born, the farmer waits 2 – 3 months before breeding the cow back, another 2 – 3 months, either weaning the calf off or sharing the milk with the calf, then during the last few months of the cows pregnancy, the farmer will dry her off and let her body concentrate on growing that new baby and prepare itself for the birth and milk for the new calf. Even small farmers sometimes have two cows and breed them for alternating winter/summer or spring/fall calves so that they will always have one freshened (in milk).
A nutritional cleanse is a way of dumping the junk out of the body. A diet full of processed, high sugar, and high fat foods (the typical busy American diet) can leave behind metabolic waste products in the system and even interrupt the normal hormonal fluctuations of the body. This, in turn, can make for a breeding ground for illness as well as a terrible environment to promote weight loss. A nutritional cleanse is kind of like hitting the restart button!
If you’re interested in using Isagenix’s Nutritional Cleansing products, Joy recommends the 30-day cleanse system, which can be most effective when split between “shake days” and “cleansing days.” On the “shake days,” drink two IsaLean Shakes per day, which are less than 300 calories each and packed with 24 grams of high-quality, undenatured New Zealand whey protein with activated live enzymes. Blend 2 scoops of the shake powder with 8 ounces of purified water and some ice and you’re all set. These creamy, filling shakes build leaner muscle mass and help to fight off those unwanted carb and sugar cravings. Two shakes replace two meals per day; however, you can also have one regular meal on “shake days” (at 400-600 calories the most).

I have no obligation to give you nutrition advice. You leaving comments is still not enough information to give you advice, not that I would do that anyway. Normally my clients are required to fill out detailed medical histories, and might I remind you – you are not a client. Apparently you’re a really angry person (that’s unable to properly punctuate or insert paragraphs) seeking free advice.


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Although I know whatever I write will be the subject of another shirty reply, because you are highly defensive and obviously not going to budge on this, I will attempt to defend myself (which I am entitled to do and, despite this being your domain, you intentionally made this available for the public, including the world, to read and in turn comment on). It is not possible for me to discredit you, you are not in a position to be ‘discredited’. Coming from public health research ethics and governance, I do have some knowledge on credibility of sources and how ethical research is conducted (and scrutinized).
Come on people, we all know that we, as people, are totally individual. A doctor is not an expert in Nutrition, however a combination of a Nutritionist/Health coach such as Dani, in conjunction with a Doctor, is the best solution for an individual. You should already know that apart from a balanced nutritional diet and regular exercise, there is no miracle product, and I have an issue with people who assume weight loss is an indication of “health”.
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.
We were approached by a rep/shill with isagenix product b in particular as an answer for our child’s Autism I was hesitant and work with medical professionals so asked what if anything they knew and the answer I received was simple and quick if there was a cure or some sort of beneficial treatment the Australian Government would be all over it. Our situation made us a target. This deliberate targeting of my child’s disability and extremely pushy rep/shill is shameful he wouldn’t take no for an answer offered all sorts of research and papers all performed by whom I believe to be the founder of Isagenix No independent research to back it up. I delayed months and every question was shot down with research and results. From cured cancer to regression completely from Autism to regrowth of cells etc etc…
That’s in part because when you restrict calories, you restrict nutrients. As a result, you lose weight on a crash diet, but much of it is lean, healthy muscle tissue. With less muscle, your body’s metabolism is set at a lower point. So when you go off the diet, even if you eat the exact same number of daily calories as you ate before, you’ll actually gain more fat than you originally carried.
In looking back at this whole kerfuffle, it became clear to me that there had been a colossal barrier to communication. The person who had originally asked me about Isagenix, the blog owner, and I were all operating in the arena of science and evidence. Most of the commenters were operating in a whole different universe of discourse based on belief, hope, hearsay, and personal experience. Science is like a foreign language to them, and they were incapable of understanding my points. Pearls before swine...
Listen to your bodies people. If you are using these products as a stepping stone from a fast-food lifestyle, great…but don’t let your journey stop there…keep making an effort to push forward. THere is a reason Kraft foods mac and cheese has a long list of ingredients (including ingredients used to make TIRES) in the US…but only has 5 ingredients on the box in Italy. Europe has protested Mansanto and these other companies for a long time. The sad truth is American’s are just unaware. I admit that was me just a few years ago even though I always ate “healthy”. Keep your eyes and ears open, be mindful of what you put in your body and LISTEN to your body…just don’t give up and stop with these network marketing products…I have been on both sides of it and will not put my name behind any of the products currently on the MLM market. I commend everyone who is trying to get healthy and do what works for them, I pass no judgment, but know that these articles are not trying to cr*p on your efforts, they are actually very necessary and USEFUL and I am so grateful for this information and further confirmation on all of the studies I have read about just by googling myself.
I will tell you that the science behind the system is rock solid. Everything is based on clinically proven science. Clinically proven science is also NOT fixed… it is fluid and ever changing so adaptation is important. What we are taught now in schools is 15-20 years behind current research… it’s the nature of our educational system. It takes time for information to flow down to the classroom level… and not just in nutrition.
Once I stopped, I put on some weight, then more, then even more than before I started. I was gaining weight in places that I never did before. I prided myself on my great metabolism. Not anymore. I can’t lose weight no matter how much I exercise (which was the way I could lose weight in the past). Isagenix destroyed my metabolism and I still have not been able to repair it.
Although both MSG and protein hydrolysates are additives that are primarily used as flavor enhancers, they are subject to specific labeling rules that requires their disclosure on ingredient labels. MSG is an isolated salt of the amino acid glutamate, which is used to enhance the savory flavor of foods. While glutamate is found naturally to some degree in nearly all foods (particularly high in cheese, mushrooms, and tomatoes), MSG is an extremely concentrated source. Protein hydrolysates also tend to be naturally higher in glutamate, although are presented with other amino acids and nutrients. Even though they are listed as natural flavors under the Code of Federal Regulations, it’s mandated that they be specifically listed along with their source on the ingredients label. Common types of hydrolysates often appear on labels under such names as “hydrolyzed wheat gluten,” “hydrolyzed soy protein,” and “autolyzed yeast extract.”
What I DO care about is the use of the word “unbiased” in your title. Just because you use facts does not make an opinion “unbiased.” Facts can easily be twisted to suit your needs, see the above paragraph about fructose…. So you don’t eat fruit, ever, right? Because of the horrid fructose? Or do you eat some, in reasonable doses? My guess is the latter. How horrible for all of those people who died from eating too much fruit. Except that you said you recommend honey as a viable sugar alternative, and honey contains fructose. You shouldn’t eat honey, it contains fructose and fructose is toxic.

I am a doctor of chiropractic and I agree with Dani!! I am sick of these mlms coming into my office and trying to educate me on nutrition. A whole food organic diet is the way to go! I do have An open mind and gave isagenix a try and sent it back after trying for 20 days because I know there are better products out there that are half the cost. Anyone who does not have a whole food diet will see effects of weight lose and detoxification with any product. Save your money and your life by not depending on these silly products. I will say that isagenix is better than some of the other products, body by vi, herbal ice etc but not by much. The reason why people get upset is because they are trying to make money promoting these products. Don’t fret over the person who called you evil dani!

One of the most important defense mechanisms the body has to guard itself against aging is a process called autophagy (8). Autophagy can be thought of as the body doing its own internal “housekeeping” so that all organ systems and processes continue to run smoothly. Old, damaged cell components are repaired or discarded so that cells can continue to function optimally. Autophagy in the body decreases as we age, so the body’s ability to self-help itself is reduced as well. Calorie restriction, including fasting, has been found to promote autophagy to mend the body’s cells (9). It’s as if the consumption of fewer calories allows the body to rest and to go into recovery mode. This has been proposed to be the reason why calorie restriction and fasting have an “anti-aging” effect.


i respect your opinions in this article but no where in the links you listed for the shakes does it contain gluten or soy… There are a couple of products that do and they list those on their allergen list and clearly state it on the packaging, so those with allergies can stay away. I too have researched several products on the market, but I mainly go off of how healthy I feel. I used to have migraines 2 to 3 times a week.. they are gone now. Be careful what you read, this company has 2 published studies by Universities and more to come – these studies aren’t just put out by the company they are listed with the universities as well as in other well known and respected publications. I challenge you to research John Anderson the master formulator.. you’ll find his background in science is pretty impeccable.
I feel sorry for you getting all this negative shit thrown at you. I read your creds and the isa website. I saw the ingredient lists. These isa people who get on their high horse over a review, need to take 10 chill pills and have a nap, not have a go at you. I looked into it after a presentation I went to last week. I stumbled onto your blog and man, am I glad I did. I was gonna sign up. But I didnt like the idea of being stuck in a year long contract. I live in New Zealand and it costs $702, delivered. For 1 month of shakes and pills galore. Frecking ridiculously priced . Not for the average joe blo. Far too expensive, even for me and my hubby earns over $2,600 a fortnight. So its not that we cant afford I just refuse to pay over $700 for shakes.Dont need to get personal either guys! Keep mean names and comments to yourself. I was taught, if you cant say anything nice, then dont say anything at all!! Eli, grow up. Your acting like a 5 year calling people names because you have no real idea about anything thats been said here. You go Dani!! I appreciate your honest review of ingredients. And I learnt some stuff too.

The past two years has been tough for me and there’s been a lot of changes in my life. I’m going through a divorce, dealing with chronic pain and lack of medical help and working to build my business. Stress has taken its toll and unfortunately with that the weight slowly creeped up on me. I’m on two types of medication that cause weight gain so I have to be very vigilant with what I eat. I got to the point where I didn’t care anymore and just ate what I wanted when I wanted it.


I appreciate the information you have brought to the forefront. I have been a practicing healthcare provider for over 14 years now. I have used high quality supplements throughout my career in efforts to help people become more healthy. I have the ability to see health from the inside using objective data. We use blood, urine and other clinical testing to assess sickness and toxicity. I am someone that does their due diligence in order to put my name on that recommendation for my patients. This is precisely the reason I use the highest quality supplements from high quality companies, this one included. If I feel one company uses a superior product, I will use that particular supplement for that goal. I have always said I would not be married to any one company and feel that I have some of the best companies at my disposal for my patients. With regards to the deep cellular / molecular cleanse I have not seen anything work nearly as well as Isagenix, using objective data.
Notice: Dr. Daniel Pompa is licensed by the Pastoral Medical Association (PMA) as a Doctor of Pastoral Science & Medicine (PSc.D) to provide PS&M services to health-conscious individuals seeking natural, scripturally-based approaches for addressing chronic health conditions. Dr. Pompa’s services are provided to individual clients pursuant to the PMA Practitioner-Client “Agreement for Wellness Services.” For your reference, detailed information about Pastoral Science & Medicine and the benefits of subscribing to PMA’s Health Network are available on PMA’s website. If you have a complaint about our services or you wish to check the status of our license, you should contact the Pastoral Medical Association.
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:
Breakfast time! You’re about to feel a whole lot better with the push of a button—the blender button. Throw a large ripe banana (peeled and then frozen are best!), some non-dairy milk and a scoop of your favorite protein powder in a blender and flip the switch, baby. Bananas are one of best natural sources of vitamin B6, which a study printed in the Journal Annals of Nutrition showed can reduce hangover symptoms by as much as 50 percent! They’re also brimming with potassium, a mineral lost by frequent urination when you drink.
Isagenix is all hype! Just eat “clean” foods; organic, non-processed fruits vegetable, whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, etc.)! Yes, the product has nutrients, but there is an absence of research studies. The only studies conducted are those by Isagenix, which is no good. If results are not replicated then how do we know something is really working, and not due to chance. Eat less calories by cutting out processed foods, and enjoy what mother nature gave to us :)..a perspective from a molecular biologist.
The recommendations, results and safety of cleanses vary. Extreme cleanses, such as the Master Cleanse, which has you subsist on lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for 10 days, can leave you weak and nauseous. You may lose weight in the short term, but are likely to gain back all the weight you lost shortly after returning to your old habits.
Agreed! I sold Isagenix, and I used the products and had amazing results. I even called myself a “coach”. (very dangerous, as I was “teaching” people about something I knew nothing about) I knew nothing then compared to what I know today. While SOME ingredients that are in Isagenix’s products are very healthy for you, there are SOME that are not. So why would I use a product that has only some good things in it? I am going to share my research on one of (what used to be) my favorite bars: Here is the link – http://www.isagenix.com/~/media/product/isalean-bar/isalean-bar-fact-panels/us-en-fact-panel-isalean-bar-chocolate-decadence.pdf
Once I stopped, I put on some weight, then more, then even more than before I started. I was gaining weight in places that I never did before. I prided myself on my great metabolism. Not anymore. I can’t lose weight no matter how much I exercise (which was the way I could lose weight in the past). Isagenix destroyed my metabolism and I still have not been able to repair it.
The 3-Day Detox Diet. Don't have 2-weeks for a full detox? This 3-day detox is my own plan. It's easy, it's simple and there are no fancy foods required. In fact, it follows guidelines developed by the USDA's MyPlate nutritional program. This is the plan that I use when I need to reset my taste buds after a busy party season or a vacation full of indulgent foods.
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