@DrJonesy — thank you so much for your candor and perspective. I sense that is the experience many people have with Isagenix and other products. There isn’t a lot of proof they work, aside from a possible placebo effect which likely wears off. There is a risk they may in fact be bad for health. But the one thing we know for sure is that when you are selling a product via MLM, it tend to be overpriced, and it tends to be sold to people you care about, who buy it because they are about you and trust you. Thank you again for your story.
Isagenix is for anyone that wants to feel better and needs to do a 30-day detox cleanse. The ultimate goal is to get the mind and body in perfect balance through cleansing the body of toxins and providing it with all it needs nutritionally. The aim is to move the body from an acidic to an alkaline state and to reduce inflammation in the body. It supports gut and brain health and boosts the immune system.
This is a simple recipe. Just cut a few slices of raw cucumber and put them in your water just like you would with a lemon wedge. Speaking of lemons, you should definitely include a wedge of lemon or other citrus fruit. Drink at least eight glasses a day for seven days. For maximum effect, eat the cucumbers. This recipe is deceptively simple yet one of the best detox cleanse for weight loss.
Do not use if safety seal is broken. Do not exceed recommended daily intake. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing. Not intended for use by persons under 18 years of age. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. This product is not intended to be used without breaks. Cascara sagrada belongs to a family of plants containing compounds with laxative effects. With long-term use without breaks, this ingredient may interfere with diagnostic imaging procedures of the colon. Taking a break of 30 or more days between use cycles will help maintain natural regularity. Not intended for long-term use.,
I wrote this Isagenix review because I do not want you to fall for meal replacement shakes, for protein bars, or otherwise gimmicky foods. These companies produce cheap, toxic products and push them off on people as healthy alternatives (to what exactly I’m not sure). Instead, watch my video on how to make a protein shake that is not only unprocessed but actually good for you.
What I would like to know is do they ACTUALLY get the “unendentured protein” from cows in New Zealand like they claim? I can’t find any link between New Zealand farms and isagenix. My friend had sent me products to try and what I received with the product was a pamphlet on how to sell. The pamphlet had pictures of the owners of the company on it which struck me as very odd. Why were there no pictures of the farms? Why no pictures of where Isagenix outsources their ingredients from? No pictures of the behind the scenes people “formulating” the product? If they are indeed very proud of what goes into it, you think they would show it off. Why on earth there was pictures of 3 people who own it was super weird. I mean- What kind of branding is that?
Ok. I understand that your opinion was about the ingredients and I respect that, and don’t worry I won’t ask about credentials but I am gonna tell you my experience with Isagenix because I’ve been using them for a while on and off. I am now 41 years old and I’ve been involve in sports all my life. I am a black belt in taekwondo, but I practice other martial arts as well. I am 6’1″ and weight 170 pounds. Born in Cuba, and resident of Miami fl since 1995. first time I tried Isagenix was with the 30 day program. I made a personal trainer friend of mine to measure my body fat before and after the 30 days. I went from 17.9 to 14.3 of body fat in one month even cheating some how like eating my regular breakfast and using a banana and milk on the shakes. Let me say that I am a very skeptical person and I like to question everything. I have seen great results of people using the Isagenix products, including a few friends of mine, and no I am not a distributor. I’ve been a professional massage therapist for 10 years, and know many people from a very wide range of society. I believe must of the health problems in the US is not from the food out there but from life choices, lack of physical activities, and abuse of over the counter and prescription medications. Isagenix like any other products out there may have their flaws but if you combine it with a healthy diet you can achieve good results if you are trying to loose body fat. Based on my own experience I would use it at the beginning of your plan to boost the start and then stick to the healthiest eating habits that you can possible make according to your income level. If you wanna talk about gluten free diets well gluten is present on so many foods that it would be very difficult to avoid every single day. My Cuban grandfather ate white bread and butter everyday at breakfast for 90 years until he died, but he also walked several miles everyday at the same time, so how bad gluten may be compare to other hazards of the daily living, it’s all relative to lifestyle choices. A patient from the chiropractic office that I work for, lost 45 pounds in two months using Isagenix products combined with other diets changes. Tell her that it doesn’t work and you can guess what would be her answer. Again if you stick to the ingredients you may be right, based on the results I have seen I bet to differ 100% with you. Good luck everybody on your health quest!
Organic Avenue sells vegetable and fruit juice cleanses that can be customized based on duration and whether you want to combine food and juice cleanses. Here again, experts are concerned that this type of cleanse deprives dieters of essential nutrients, such as fiber or protein. “Juiced fruits and veggies can provide an easy way to help you meet your daily produce needs,” Newgent says. “Enjoy them as part of a meal or as a snack, but not as a meal replacement,” she advises.

Also, above there were some comments about the low-heat nonfat dry milk. I have a shake canister right here in front of me. It mentions that the whey protein concentrate and the milk protein concentrate are undenatured…it does not say the low-heat nonfat dry milk is undenatured. Isagenix claims it’s whey protein is undenatured. Not the low-heat nonfat dry milk contained in the shake. Just for clarification of what Isagenix is claiming.

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!
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.

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
Hi dani! I enjoyed reading this article. I am a Isagenix user myself and i feel great using the products. I don’t want to dispute the points you make but you don’t interpret the data correctly. I encourage you to take the opportunity to tour the head quarters in chandler Arizona sometime to learn the actual facts or simply call the customer service #1-480-889-5777 with an open mind.
I think Dani is missing something here and she should be talking to Dr. Paul Anderson and the other scientists from Isagenix to get her answers instead of on a blog. Very tacky. If you are that sure you are right then go to the source of the products. Ask the hard questions. These people are very available and will speak to her. Once she has talked to them and she has the answers then put it on a blog. It makes me wonder about her motives are!

When you decide to “go on a diet,” you’re making the conscious decision that this is a temporary choice. You’re going to go on it, but that means that you’re going to one day—probably sooner than you expect—go off it. That’s the concept of weight cycling (also known as yo-yo dieting), and it’s extremely unhealthy. A 2014 study in the journal Diabetes Care found that a pattern of weight cycling—losing at least five pounds and then gaining it back within two years—resulted in as much as a 33 percent higher risk of diabetes and higher blood pressure.

What’s disconcerting to me is the culty behavior of all these Isagenix drones. “You must use Isagenix. Isagenix is like manna from the Gods. How dare you criticize it! It heals the world!” Blahblahblah. So annoying and anyone with half a thought in their brain could see through this rubbish. Dani, thanks for all you do and ignore the trolls. They are all brainwashed. I’m sure some people are “healed” and lost weight and cured of every disease under the sun but the fact of how they attack and defend and argue would make me run for the hills and never even consider their products. I know a few Isa-head drones in real life and every conversation is a ploy to get me to “just try the healthy lifestyle”, “just give it 30 days”, “don’t you want more energy?” blahblah and even one has gone so far as to say that my doctor who treats me via functional medicine and nutrition is robbing me of money and she wishes I could just try this program. Then she talks all about how much money she makes from the sales. I’m put off. I’m sticking with the ancestral nutrition route forever.
Lastly, a word to other ISA users who feel the need to defend to product. I hear, ya. I’ve seen the testimonials and read the info and know many people have changed their lives. I hear ya, but hear me. If you’re going to dispute, debate, or otherwise comment, please at least do so in a respectful manner. No part of Dani’s original blog post was lashing at any of us personally, and frankly some of your responses are embarrassing by affiliation. Calm down and realize that knowledge is a great thing, and often times knowledge we initially disagree with can often be the most important kind.
I don’t know where you got your information about canola oil but this oil is the healthiest oil on the market. It’s a rich source of vitamin E, it’s cholesterol-free, canola has high levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels and it’s polyunsaturated fats are essential omega-3s – which may help prevent heart attacks and strokes – and omega-6s – which are important for the brain and essential for the growth and development of infants.

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!
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 actually use Isagenix and I’ve lost 15 lbs so far. I absolutely agree that shakes and supplements are not the way to go. But I also am honest with myself: I work three jobs and have very little time for anything. When it’s time to eat, I’m usually in the car, going to the next job, and end up eating poorly because of it. Doing a shake for two meals helps me so much because I know I’m not going to make a bad food choice (like fast food) and I can also drink it in the car. HOWEVER, I don’t like how expensive Isagenix is. I work three jobs because I’m a musician and while I love what I do, we make next to nothing. I certainly can’t keep doing Isagenix. I can’t afford it. However, from Isagenix I have learned how to choose things that fill me up and are healthy (I’m speaking of the one meal a day here – I have a ton of veggies and usually put quinoa and black beans [I don’t really like meat very much] with it, along with a teensy bit of olive oil) So…
Funny how you’ve asked this question a dozen times and no one can answer it. I did the same thing on their Facebook page months ago and all anyone could say was that the multi vitamins were all whole food and Isagenix didn’t use anything synthetic. Lie. I was also told that they’re not certified organic because they get products from all over the world, some countries which do not certify. So if that’s the case, label the products with the ingredients that apparently ARE organic. The ingredients you’ve listed are not healthy, I’m sure some of the ingredients are… but seeing as the people consuming these products are most likely coming from a diet of McDonalds – they believe it’s healthy. They should get it right and say it’s healthIER than the crap they used to eat.

When you challenge a way people think and what they have been led to believe their entire life, it scares them to think they’ve been lied to (medical field, food manufacturers–I mean, really? If the food has been manufactured and made in a factory, how CAN that be REAL food?, people and corporations and chemical companies “out to feed the world and raise more food”–how is that working out for us, when we have people literally starving all over the world?). The whole concept of everything people have been told, taught, and have done their entire life isn’t necessarily the right or correct thing to be doing.
Insulin sensitivity—how well insulin does its job of ushering glucose in the blood (after eating food) into the appropriate body tissues where it is used for energy—also looks to be “reset” by fasting. One study showed that healthy men who fasted for 20 hours every other day for 15 days had increased rates of glucose uptake, signifying improved insulin sensitivity and better blood sugar control (4).
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
Here’s where some of the discrepancy lies… these people (and I was one) are spoon fed that the proteins come from grass fed cows and the whey protein is undenaturated, what they are failing to see is that your review questions the low heat non fat dry milk. Both of which can be true, the company may in fact use grass fed cows that produce the whey protein BUT it also adds low heat non fat dry milk 🙂
The sad truth is, due to genetic circumstances SOME of us will have to rely upon products like Isagenix; choose the best from a questionable selection of chemically altered supplements to get what we need. I have PCOS and have found that I should not consume processed foods which only adds to my problems but there are also whole foods that also make it worst. I use to be just like Dani but I had to find a middle ground that worked more effectively for me.

Another example I would like to share. My common-law partner takes an Isagenix shake every morning, why? heck I don’t know she just does. I on the other hand have dramatically reduced my sodium intake because of doctors orders, and the results are shocking. My other half has barely lost anything and I have lost over 30 lbs. By doing what? Two things; drastically reducing my sodium intake which automatically reduces fat and calories, and hitting the treadmill 3-4 times per week for 30/min per session. I’ve been getting looks that I haven’t seen in over 10 years, and it feels great!

Actually losing 1lb per day is unhealthy even if you are overweight. If you are losing any more than 3lb per week you are more than likely losing muscle mass and not fat. Healthy weight loss should be steady and maintainable. You shouldn’t be consuming less than your base metabolic rate unless advised to do so by a qualified health professional – and there are very few situations in which they will advise you to do so.


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.”
This is the type of sensationalistic, fear-mongering that we need to be careful of. As someone in a leadership role (ie. people trust you for information), you need to understand how people react to that information. When you use language like, “It is toxic to the liver, raises triglycerides…”, it doesn’t matter what follows, people just remember that it is toxic to your liver.
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.
The Isagenix model is to turn as many customers as possible into supplement dealers armed with nothing but slick marketing materials and ZERO qualifications. I know multiple people who peddle this stuff, and not one of them has any kind of qualifications related to health, nutrition or fitness. The things I hear them tell people is not only beyond scary, I have had to intervene and stop multiple sales that would have had negative impacts on known health conditions (ie: sale of e-shots to someone with hypertension, and whey protein concentrate to someone who everyone knows is lactose intolerant….they didn’t even know that whey concentrate still has lactose, or that whey was dairy for that matter!!!!)
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.
Wow. I was going to meet with one of the sales reps for this product until I read through this site and many others. So here’s my take: it’s probably not for me. I lead a relatively healthy lifestyle and try to eat organic when I can…but I am also very busy and dont always drive 45 mins to the farmers market or make my own protein shakes with raw eggs.

In fact, stop eating at 7 pm, if possible. By ending your eating by 7 pm, you’ll set yourself up to begin burning fat first thing in the morning. Not just burning calories—burning fat. As you go through the Zero Belly Cleanse, you’ll experience a sense of control over your diet, your body and your health. One of the reasons so many cultures impose periods of cleansing on their people is that it helps to bring a sense of order to life.
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.
Toss the remaining candycanes and enjoy a zero-calorie peppermint-scented candle instead. The essential oil found in mint leaves has analgesic properties that studies show serve as a muscle-relaxant and natural remedy for headaches. Relax into your recovery by lighting a minty candle or sniffing some peppermint oil; you may actually get the added benefit of losing a bit of the weight. One study published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that people who sniffed peppermint every two hours lost an average of 5 pounds a month! Let a minty candle burn for a couple hours before you go to bed (blow it out before bedtime, though). And to lose even more weight, don’t miss these 42 Ways to Lose 5 Inches of Belly Fat.
I know! I’m imperfect (sometimes). It’s truly difficult to respond to a lot of the comments and I get frustrated. It’s just that between this review and the other meal replacement reviews, I’ve responded to over two thousand comments arguing with me. TWO THOUSAND. So I know I can come off as rude, I can do this in person as well because I’m just really passionate. I’m working on it though!
Product B positively supports telomere health by combining scientific breakthroughs in telomere support and the benefits of antioxidants in youthful ageing. Isagenix Product B helps maintain harmonious function of cells and healthy telomeres so you can live a longer, healthier life. Product B’s full spectrum of natural bioactive antioxidants helps fight the effects of free radicals that lead to oxidative stress and contribute to poor health.
4. Isagenix has a full time staff of the best nutritional researchers, Doctors, and scientists on the globe. I would say that their knowledge of bio chemistry, human nutrition, and product safety far out ways your Certification from Blue Heron ( which is not an accredited organization by the way) or my own nutritional education for that matter. These people know what they are doing and they understand the importance of nutrition/cleansing for humans.
Wow that is a lot of information about all kinds of nutrition and Isagenix products. I wonder if there is a healthy balance in this somewhere. I personally prefer a diet of organic fresh food, locally grown, but yea it is time consuming every week to shop or find the right foods, then prepare everything in a manner that is fairly convenient each week, since I commute about an hour each day and work a normal day, plus I love to work out or just get some good exercise walking, playing golf, and general enjoyment. So why cant I use Isagenix moderately for those times when I may slightly rushed or am just craving a snack of some kind. I love ice cream, pizza, hamburgers, cheese, pasta, any kind of bread, milk, and I feel fairly normal in that sense. But of course most of this is not so good for you especially if you eat like that all the time. About five years ago I just started this organic nutritional program and lost 60lbs, I feel awesome. I will never go back to the old katdaddi who ate whatever he wanted. No more fast food, no sodas, prepared food etc. I love my new life. I generally have plenty of energy. I was introduced to Isagenix a few months ago and of course had been through the herbal life to lifevantage slew of products so the shake and cleanse was really not appealing to me at all. I was getting kind of bored though even though my daughters are so great about shopping with me and sharing all their cool organic recipes and even cooking for me sometimes. I thought ok I will try this Isagenix thing for 30 days. I hate shakes, sold my blender and 2 tubs of shake mix to one of the other guys at the gym, you know I just thought this ain’t for me. But since I had the product I decided to go ahead and use it instead of just throwing it out or hassle with sending it back. After about 3 weeks of consistent use, I started to notice a difference in my energy level but mainly I started seeing some gains at the gym. I like the crossfit thing and am 57, so its not like I am in this for the competition. I think we all know that is not going to happen. But not being super fatigued after a hard workout and actually being able to lift more weight and not be the last one to finish every time you do a work out was a win for me. The only thing I did different was adding the Isagenix to my routine. I don’t drink the vanilla shakes everyday but usually 2 times a week or like I said before if I am in a little time crunch. I thought some of the energy bars were good tasting and filling. Those little round snack things and the small little chocolate bites were great for killing a craving. The cleansing pills actually did seem to help me get rid of water weight and pass some toxins, nothing wrong with a little diuretic occasionally. Don’t be stupid and take it all the time ins not intended to be used in that manner. Of all the shake programs I have tried Isagenix is really the only one I have actually enjoyed and saw any evidence that something was different with my body. My wife has actually noticed a difference in my body as well. And believe me she is smart about this stuff. So maybe you can reach a balance, not every ones body is the same. Obviously not all people can tolerate whey, fructose, lactose, or other ingredients. I have seen vegans who tried to come off the vegan lifestyle and there body would totally reject healthy organic foods simply because they haven’t eaten them in 10 years not because they are bad for you. Sure there are some nutritional absolutes that hold true for 99% of the population. Anyway lighten up and recognize that what’s right for you may not work for someone else. All I can say is that I have a good combination of a very healthy diet eating locally grown organic foods (and I grow my own during summer, so I do know what is in my food) plus the Isagenix products. It seems to be working great for me with no side effects that I can identify. I am not a scientist, I have a BA in Marketing but I am not selling Isagenix just using it. I work in the IT industry but like we may sometimes, study long, study wrong.
“In addition, Isagenix customers in Australia and New Zealand should be assured that all Isagenix products and their labels adhere to GM food labeling requirements and are in accordance with the Food Standards Code. All products can be claimed as “non-GM” or “GM free” in accordance with Australia and New Zealand regulations that prohibit representations about food that are false, misleading or deceptive.”
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?
This easy a.m. ritual works on two levels. First, a recent study found that exposure to UV rays, even on a cloudy day, between the hours of 8 am and noon reduces your risk of weight gain regardless of activity level, caloric intake, or age. Researchers speculate that the morning light synchronizes your metabolism and undercuts your fat genes. And burning calories before you eat means you’re exercising in a fasted state—the energy you burn comes right from your fat stores instead of the glucose still in your system. According to some studies, exercising in a fasted state can burn almost 20 percent more fat compared to exercising with fuel in the tank.
Fasting indeed has a long-standing spiritual tradition. "Almost every religion has some type of fasting ritual -- Lent, Ramadan, Yom Kippur ... the Hindus and Buddhists fast, too," says James Dillard, MD, assistant clinical professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He's author of Alternative Medicinefor Dummies.

When you challenge a way people think and what they have been led to believe their entire life, it scares them to think they’ve been lied to (medical field, food manufacturers–I mean, really? If the food has been manufactured and made in a factory, how CAN that be REAL food?, people and corporations and chemical companies “out to feed the world and raise more food”–how is that working out for us, when we have people literally starving all over the world?). The whole concept of everything people have been told, taught, and have done their entire life isn’t necessarily the right or correct thing to be doing.
Too many folks are afraid to admit that they are angry about something. Well, sometimes some piece of crap comes along that ruined people’s lives, like Isagenix, that justifies your anger. You don’t need to be angry at the world, but it’s ok to be angry at the drone-bots sent by Isagenix cult masters who corrupted a friend or a loved one. BE ANGRY!
Ok. Glad we cleared that up. However, I consume both equally and it’s not about choosing one over the other honestly. That is not what I was suggesting. I still love my veggies and fruits and meats and lentils. But yes, I am more confident in the quality, and purity and nutritional value in the Isagenix products because of the extensive testing and research that’s done. Isagenix’s vision is to impact world health. You and Isagenix are essentially on the same team really. Please bring your concerns directly to the company as you were not satisfied with any answers here. I was thankful for this blog as I learned so much. Cheers to great health!
Also, for your further enjoyment you should look further into the lead levels of the shakes. They have been sited by California Prop 65 and have labeled all of their shakes accordingly. They have information on their website as to how they are still under the federal guidelines. They did in fact remove the soy lecithin from the shakes after what they described as “confusion” amongst people. Not stating that in fact soy lecithin contains trace amounts of soy proteins.

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.
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1) Reacting the way you do in most of your response comments makes you sound condescending and arrogant. While I understand that you are extremely knowledgeable in the nutrition field, responding to comments in such a manner and basically insulting one’s intelligence of comprehension is very much uncalled for and unprofessional as the author of this article.

I agree with you wholeheartedly. I love making my own protein shakes with pure natural ingredients from my own raw milk and pastured eggs. Isagenix is awesome for people used to a McDonald’s diet and fast food. I consider Isagenix a stepping stone to health for these people, however I cannot promote it as I was raised by parents who taught me the pillars to health came from our foods. Most Americans did not have this foundation so I commend Isagenix as a starting point, it is much better than fast food.
I have read pretty much each and every comment. There is no disagreeing with your main theme which if I am correct essentially there are a couple of ingredients which are not considered good for our body. i.e. soya lecithin, and fructose. Agree with you that its likely a bad idea to ingest both of those ingredients in in fact you want to eat healthy. Making your own protein shakes with all natural ingredients is preferable. NO DOUBT. Just one other point that I found kind of weird. Why do food manufacturers call “Salt” Sodium Chloride?

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.)
Anyway, I saw someone that I knew was saying they had good results and had lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time, so I wanted to know what they were using. That person connected me with their rep/coach who sent me a link to watch a video, and the rep gave me a call (sorry I am using all kind of incorrect pronouns – just trying to respect their anonymity). The rep mentioned a food package and I immediately thought about nutri-system with the prepackaged meals, but I learned that basically the food is supplements, bars, wafers, etc.
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.
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.
Anyway…I was kinda excited to do it, but once I started I HATED every single day of it, especially the cleanse days. The “wafers” or whatever they called them, which was the only solid thing ingested on those days were absolutely HORRIBLE. I gagged just thinking that I had to eat them. The shakes were OK, but I had had better. I didn’t order anything extra, like soups or bars…just what came with the initial order. GROSS…everything else was so gross. I couldn’t eat the bars, the stuff they gave you to put in water was just awful.
You said you called Isagenix and asked if they were certified Organic and when you were told “No” you didn’t bother to investigate further or get any other question answered, like your question about ingredients. It’s not that Isagenix choose not to certify their products, it’s that they can not even start the process because there is no organic certification available for some of the ingredients used in the products. That does not mean they are below organic standards. In fact, the Isagenix shakes, that contain Grade 7 Whey Protein (the highest grade possible), actually exceed US Organic Standards.
With this new-found popularity, the number and type of cleanse diets has soared, from food-based "liver detoxes" to liquid-only fasts for several weeks and everything in between. While the extreme cleanses often get a bad rap—Beyonce confessed that drinking the maple syrup-lemon-cayenne pepper concoction made her "cranky"—many women swear by cleanse diets to lose weight, increase energy, and even help clear up acne.
I’ve used the products before -never sold them as MLM are just tacky IMO- and I have to say there is a lot of very misinformed, fanatical weirdness going on with it. I think a lot of the people who are fanatical about it, are not very educated in general- that is what I noticed across the board with them. But that’s maybe also why, they’ve fallen into it so deeply.
To the people arguing about the liver. Are you unaware of this pesky thing alcoholics get called cirrhosis? The same thing can gain to non-alcoholics if they consume a lot of.sugar and junk foods. Our livers only work when we eat healthy, whole food. Do you honestly think the people who live on fast food and are over 30% BF actually have healthy livers? Seriously?
Your hypothesis that most systems of “this type”, meaning shakes, et al., are poorly contrived is bang on but I assure you in this case your assertions are way off. Most of these companies create their products and then find studies to support their “case”… often using obscure, one-off studies. Isagenix has clearly built their system around the proven science… not single, obscure studies.

I do enjoy your site Dani, have visited it numerous times. Am a little disappointed in this article however, instead of taking a researched approach it seems you are only looking topically at the system. The College of Applied Sciences and their clinically backed research holds more factual, referenced truth than a quick blog post based on biased reporting or personal opinion. You are also selling a service of $130 a month, clearly stating your monetary compensation disclaimer, who is to say that you aren’t paid to write harmful reviews, in order to attract more attention to your service? Increasing your overall orders, paid promotion of other products, or kickbacks. Seems like more of a case of “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”.

I love this review. EVERYTHING is true. Funny how brainwashed are people to believe the LIES of these crap companies who make people think that in order to detox you need x,y,z magic drink. Anyone who is not getting enough nutritional needs eating traditionally is because they are doing something wrong or they have medical issues metabolizing the food..

– The minute I mentioned the above points on a friends facebook feed when she said about thinking about doing it I got a barrage of shitty messages from Isagenix reps saying I knew ‘F’ All about nutrition and even CrossFit ( which really made me laugh) but couldn’t answer any of my questions I asked in the first place, thus cementing the fact that these idiots just have $ signs in their eyes and they missed out on some money.
On the “cleansing days,” use the actual Isagenix cleansing product called Cleanse For Life. This product is available in either powder or liquid form and has a natural, rich berry flavor to keep your taste-buds satisfied. This product is not a diuretic, but instead it feeds and nourishes the body with over 100 different nutrients including ionic minerals, antioxidants, and cleansing herbs. Not only that, but it also boosts mental and physical performance while protecting the cells and vital organs from aging! To follow the cleansing program properly, mix 4 ounces of Cleanse For Life with 4 ounces of purified water four times a day. Additionally, it is important to take Natural Accelerator capsules (which metabolize your body fat and are packed with thermogenic ingredients like cayenne, green tea, ginseng, and cinnamon), Isagenix Snacks!, which help your digestive system, as well as IsaDelight Plus, which assists in mental clarity and helps to ease sugar cravings. Lastly, Joy advises that it’s important to drink lots of water in addition to this, so that you continue to flush the body out of all the toxins as well as possible.
Traditional "cleanses" consist of severely restricting calories and nutrients and usually end up with clients feeling weak, sick, and dizzy all the time. A nutritional cleanse is a way to get the junk out while putting the grade A fuel into the body. Nutritional cleanses are lighter on calories, which does promote a better environment for toxin loss, but they have enough nutrition to keep you fueled and functioning normally. Hence the name, nutritional cleanses.

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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?
What Dr. Lustig and Dr. Sievenpiper obviously do disagree on is in their choice of rhetoric. Dr. Lustig’s uses with words like “toxic,” “addictive,” and purposely compares the fruit sugar’s metabolism to that of alcohol. Dr. Sievenpiper is more reserved, suggesting that fructose (like anything else) can be beneficial at some levels, such as in amounts found in fruit, and harmful only at extremely high levels (even then, not any different than other sources of carbohydrate)”

Dani, I’m so sorry to have hijacked your thread, but these processed food nazi’s REALLY irritate me. They have NO clue what constitutes “real food” and NO idea what all the processing, pasteurization, low-heat, high-heat, super-pasteurized, artificially “enriched”, high-fructose enhanced, packaged crap REALLY costs us. Well, take a look around, take a look in the mirror . . . because WHAT you see IS what you get! /sigh sorry, I’m better now LOL.


Actually Jeff, you are partially correct, partially incorrect. . . while yes, cows produce milk to feed the calf (their udders actually kick into gear several days up to a couple of weeks prior to birth, with the initial substance being the colostrum rich milk) and continue to produce milk based on the needs/requirements of the calf until the calf gradually weans off milk and onto solid foods (graze/grass/hay).
Many thanks for this article. So many people seem to be drinking shakes or eating a bar instead of grabbing a milk and eating an apple. We all want the quick fix solution to health, energy and weight loss. I’m 50, and have tried the lot! Why is it we can’t go back to the basics of food and why is it that we spend so much money on these wonderful solutions? We all know that weight loss products is a great money spinner for all business people. All I want is someone to tell me the best things to eat each meal, each week, for free. We need to start educating Australians on how easy it is to make a quick meal, that is healthy and help us lose weight. I struggle each day with this and don’t think buying an expensive packet of powder and putting it in a super blender to provide me with a healthy, weight loss, energy ‘meal’. I know Isagenix users/sellers are on the wagon about what a wonderful product this is – but I have been on the Amway wagon before as well, and it almost becomes like a product religion. I don’t want to bring doubt on your chosen lifestyles, but I promise, one day soon you will look back on this product and think to yourselves ‘Why?’. Enjoy it whilst it is your religion and belief, but I hope all of these manufactured products don’t cause higher numbers of cancer and heart disease to you, and other Australians. Our numbers of chronic disease are extremely high as it is, so what is it going to be like when our age groups of product meals/bars reach 50+ years of age. Is it going to cause a higher strain on our health system because of these decisions we made eating chemically manufactured products, not only Isagenix?

Former Isagenix customer Megan Moulton says that the power of the social media groups and the communities can be the magic bullet for hardcore fans. "You can become a celebrity within the Isagenix community. Social media can make you feel special and affirmed, and the more you post the more important you can feel. Some people really seem to need that."


My daughters have tried to get me to take this stuff. My husband is pre-diabetic and needs to lose weight. People in his family are predisposed to carry fat on their stomachs, men and women. I have studied nutrition for 30 years, and practiced it in my life. When they presented me with this, I thought it was just a trial. They said I could return it in 30 days. I was not told that it would “auto ship”. I tried one of the IsaDelights that we were “gifted” with and I found it to be intensely sweet. When I looked at the ingredients (mind you, this is to be taken on “cleanse” days, imagine my surprise to find the number one ingredient was sugar. When I looked at the list of “vitamins” on the cans, I saw folic acid, which is a synthetic that is detrimental to the body instead of folate. All these things were glossed over. That much sugar in just one “snack” (two were recommended) was way too big a hit of sugar for someone fighting elevated blood sugars. Why couldn’t they have used Stevia? Stevia doesn’t raise glucose levels and is about 0 carbs/calories. Fructose is cheaper. Soy is cheaper. These guys are scientists, but not necessarily nutritionists. This may take the weight off, or it might not. I think it depends on how motivated the person is. If you are going spend a fortune on this product, and to help pay for it you become a seller; (Kind of like vampirism, you get infected and pass it on), you want to be able to show the next guy that it works. So you work harder to lose the weight. So making money becomes the motivation. Best motivation in the world, but I am leery of MLM’s and their pyramids, which cause people to force their loved ones to buy something that is inferior to what they are already doing. Just because these people claim to be scientists doesn’t impress me. I can claim to be a scientist too. I can claim to be a Martian if I want to. Maybe people will believe me, maybe they won’t. I do not know any truly reputable people who have researched this thoroughly, who would give it a thumbs up. As a last resort, maybe, but it’s full of synthetics and GMOs. That is my opinion. We’ve tried it and it’s probably too late to get our money back.
Apple and cinnamon seem to go hand-in-hand for whatever reason. This is another one of those infused water recipes similar to the cucumber water. These water detox drinks are actually quite trendy because they provide tons of flavor minus the calories and artificial flavors. Apple and cinnamon are another two awesome ingredients that make for a terrific weight loss cleanse.
Also, you mention Monsanto in your article and their statement that GMO’s are healthy. But there is nothing stating that behind their business finances are investors who profit from the use and sale of genetically engineered food. In fact, they actually spent millions opposing a bill that would require the mandatory labeling of GMO’s on food products. Is that not also biased? Their own scientists “who make claims” warned Monsanto executives about the harmfulness of using Monsanto created products such as DDT, Agent Orange, etc. on farming crops. It has a harmful effect on the people who not only eat it, but who are exposed to it when the harvest comes.
Bobby, have to respond yes but you are not doing anything special its just whey with some vitamins. So along with the rest best bet is to do to a nutritionist that will give you a better life style other than taking shakes every day…. really anyone will lose weight if you reduced the calories that you are taking in and increase your physical activity. Keep the extra money that you would be putting into other peoples pockets giving them the ability to buy those cars and trips and do something for you family……and yourself
You never hear of anyone "living" a cleansing lifestyle, yet we all know intuitively that we need to eat healthier. That's what makes juicing so attractive - it's considered a quick fix. We've all been there; sick and tired of being sick and tired and know we need to change our situation, so we try to do the right thing and jump into a juice cleanse because every good diet starts with a cleanse - right?

If you are serious about your health, you would be aware of the issue of toxicity. The core Isagenix products targets toxicity to allow the body to function as it should. John Anderson, the formulator behind the product, has worked for several decades and for over 600 supplement companies. He knows what he is doing and what should be going into the human body. I’m sorry but I can’t argue with that sort of expertise.
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 believe everything you have said. I too fell for the lose the weight feel great marketing pitch. After I bought the product I realized that I had made a big mistake and promptly returned it. I am still on thier fb page for support. They need all the support they can get cause they are starving to death!!! One girl was having Niacin flush which is what I was experiencing and other people were encouraging to keep at it, one supporter told her that Niacin flushes were good for you, well I mentioned that this sort of thing leads to liver failure and they all pounced on me but telling a factual truth. It almost resemblies cult like behaviour. Scary. Well the truth will prevail in the end.
Sounds easy? It isn’t. Obviously. That’s because companies like Isagenix are thriving and that’s because there are many millions who want to believe in miracles more than they want to face the truth. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to believe in miracles. Problem is, I’m just one of those who needs to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I don’t think that’s an easy thing to find.
Just want to say THANK YOU for standing up for what is right and what is good for humanity. Thank you for defending the REAL FOODS MOVEMENT! I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I LOVE THE INFORMATION YOU SHARE! I hope you keep doing this because it surely brings LIGHT to those who are ready to accept the knowledge and truth. Please keep doing what you’re doing! And may I request you do one on Visalus. 🙂

Thousands of natural volatile compounds make up the flavors and aromas of the things we eat. Even simple natural flavors like vanilla can be made up of hundreds of compounds, most of which have very strange sounding chemical names. For example, d-limonene is one of many natural volatile compounds that make citrus taste like citrus (2), and 3-methylbutanal, 3-methyl-l-butanol, and geranial are compounds that help make tomato taste like tomato (3). Listing all of these natural flavor compounds as their official names on a label would not only lead to more confusion, but also look a little scary.


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.


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.
Thank you for this article! I have been a very successful network marketer with both Beachbody and Visalus…I did help A LOT of people lose weight and “get healthy…-er” than they were. But through my OWN research and dissecting each ingredient in the products I consume as I became more interested in researching all of the supposed healthy ingredients, I have found that google does a body good! If you copy and paste the ingredients into google and ask “IS ______(insert ingredient)___ non-gmo/organic?” you will get ALL sorts of reliable info. I have YET to find an MLM that produces a truly NON-GMO and Certified Organic product. Now, some claim they do…but their ingredients say otherwise. And let’s be real…every website is going to vouch for their product. What kind of company would they be if they outed themselves? Think about it!
When you challenge a way people think and what they have been led to believe their entire life, it scares them to think they’ve been lied to (medical field, food manufacturers–I mean, really? If the food has been manufactured and made in a factory, how CAN that be REAL food?, people and corporations and chemical companies “out to feed the world and raise more food”–how is that working out for us, when we have people literally starving all over the world?). The whole concept of everything people have been told, taught, and have done their entire life isn’t necessarily the right or correct thing to be doing.
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?
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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.
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