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.
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…
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!
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.
It is a little sad that doctors prescribe drugs that mask symptoms and not more nutrition as a whole. I have to agree with the “air filter” analogy. We have so much junk food out there with ingredients that are engineered and not necessary and very toxic to our system, yet the FDA does nothing about them. If you look at evolution, non of these ingredients were around until chemists came up with them so we did not “evolve” to process these things. That is where I think we are toxic. Stuff like Red Bull and similar drinks are lauded for the “lifestyle” of all things daredevil, yet nobody talks against it being an incredibly toxic drink along with most other energy drinks. Doritos are still produced with MSG!!! yet nobody says anything about that, which is beyond frightening. So for me, if all the ingredients are natural I think there are other things we should be more focused on. I have tried Isagenix and for me I used it every day for Breakfast and a snack (bar form) at lunch. It helped me to be aware of what I put into my body, so now for me if it didnt come out of the ground then it is not natural is how I eat now. So for that reason I am glad I did the Isagenix. I was looking for nutrition and got an education on awareness of my health so in the end it was a good thing for me.
Besides losing that weight, Leigh Thorne also wants to rid her body of any toxins.  That's why the Isagenix Nutritional Cleanse interests her.  This system of shakes, snacks and beverages promises to get rid of all the junk in your system, and those who use it also, apparently, lose weight--and fast.  Leigh says some of her relatives on the Isagenix plan are living proof.
Gastrointestinal issues will create or exacerbate a faulty detoxification system. Improving your digestive system requires removing obstacles that create dysbiosis (gut imbalances) and other problems, but also incorporating the right gut-supporting foods and nutrients. Talk to your chiropractor or other healthcare professional if you suspect intestinal permeability (leaky gut) or other digestive problems.
I am a hypnotherapist, and my business mentor (whom I admire) was the one selling this product, so that is how I got involved. I told him about all of the adverse effects I was having in a long email, which he forwarded to Dr. Williams, the head nutritionist at Isagenix. In my email I was questioning some of the specific ingredients, such as the maltodextrim and the calcium caseinate. To make a long story short, Dr. Williams wrote a long email back, defending the products, and not showing any concern at all that I had these reactions. This would have been an opportunity for him to take the high road. I wish I could find that email, but it would take some time because I have to go back into the history. What this clearly tells me is that the powers that be do not care about people, they only care about the money. Dr. Williams is very high up in their MLM organization, and he has to support the products no matter what. It is all about the money, and there is A LOT of money at stake. (This is no different than the presidential press secretary having to support and rationalize every mistake the president makes) I don’t know how these head people at Isagenix sleep at night. I know I am not the only one who was harmed by this experience, and as I said, I was in perfect health before. I have owned gym memberships all of my adult life, so I exercise regularly and now only eat CLEAN organic food.
I will be honest, I rarely look at these types of articles let alone care to comment. But somebody wanted me to look at this. I for one am using isagenix. I have tried the Paleo diet. Although it is a great thing to use, the single biggest problem is you have no clue what is what. Even if you buy local or organic has no bearing if it is healthy or not. To slap an organic label while still using certain types of pesticides, herbicides and so forth still apply. My body personally can tell the difference.

Raw nuts and seeds provide healthy fats and protein. Dried beans and legumes, such as lentils and chickpeas, provide protein and phytonutrients. Brown rice, quinoa, teff and millet are whole grains that you can find in the bulk bins at health-food stores and in some grocery chains. The fiber in the whole grains and produce will help keep you full and helps regulate your digestive tract.

Juice diets do prevent your body from going into a state called ketosis, he says. Ketosis means your body has no carbohydrates to burn for energy, so it has to burn stored fat or whatever else is available, he tells WebMD. "You feel bad, even smell bad. That's what makes you feel like hell during a [water-only] fast. But is that because the toxins are coming out? No! You're going into ketosis. It's known physiology."
Soybean oil is extremely inflammatory and high in omega-6 fatty acids. It’s also one of the most genetically modified crops and is processed with hexane, a neurotoxin. Agave is extremely high in fructose, not to mention that fructose is also added to these products. Fructose is toxic to the liver. Corn bran is extremely hard on the digestive tract, any bran is. Majority of corn is genetically modified. And might I remind you that these products are not certified GM-free in the US.
The Clean Program is simple. Rooted in Functional Medicine and designed by an MD, this easy-to-follow whole food and healthy cleanse program provides results. We believe you already hold the keys to your health, and we want to help you unlock the door. In just 21 days of nutritional cleansing you can see real transformation and set healthy habits and eating patterns for life.
They are relentless. One doesn’t even have the energy to work out yet she sucks down those shakes! It’s a SHAKE plan for crying out loud! $400 / month. I don’t get it. A bag of muscle milk is what, $35? How about eat some fruits and veggies. Eat some protein, eat more fruits and veggies and voila! Oh, and workout for 30 mins a day and you’ll lose weight!
This 9-day cleanse really lasts for 11 days. The first two days are “shake” days, which is a combination of drinking a shake for breakfast, eating a light, low-glycemic lunch, and drinking a shake for dinner. And in between you can eat Isagenix Snacks, which remind me of my dog’s vitamins, but actually have proven to be quite tasty. (But who knows, maybe I only liked the taste because I had forgotten what good food tastes like), drink lots of water, and take capsules that are meant to speed up your metabolism and give you energy.

This celebrity-backed juice cleanse (Salma Hayek is a company co-founder) can’t be beat when it comes to convenience. After you can choose either the three- or five-day plan, everything is delivered right to your door, nationwide. But Jackie Newgent, RD, a dietitian and author of the Big Green Cookbook, says that relying exclusively on juice can cause problems with overall nutrition. “Though a natural fruit-based juice cleanse may offer some people a ‘mental’ kick start for following a diet without harm, I don’t recommend the use of cleanses,” she says. “Cleanses have never been necessary to jump-start weight loss or remove ‘toxins,’ and they never will be necessary.”
Stretchy yoga pants, that is. Restorative yoga is a gentle way to relieve you of any lingering holiday stress and guarantee a good night’s sleep. It’s during sleep, researchers say, that the brain detoxes harmful toxins associated with stress and harmful disease. What’s more, University of Pennsylvania researchers found practicing yoga for as little as 20 minutes daily banishes insomnia as effectively as sleeping pills! Peaceful stretches and controlled breathing aids production of GABA—a brain hormone that lulls the body into a calm, relaxed state, the study authors say. Sounds like exactly what you need after all those holiday parties, doesn’t it? Say it together now…Om.
I’m not too sure what happens to people when they become Isagenix Reps. It’s almost like a cult. Their sales reps become zealots. As soon as someone even says the word “Isagenix”, I run the other way. As just one example of my many experiences with people who are associated with this company……..I’ve recently had to dissociate with a very dear life-long friend because after she became an Isagenix Rep, she became unable to have a conversation about any life topic without using that topic to illustrate how an Isagenix product could be used to resolve all issues. I was invited to a “spring into wellness” education evening where educated experts in the field of health and wellness would be presenting. It turned out to be an Isagenix Pep Rally. VERY offensive. Any company that teaches those kinds of tactics to their sales reps, rather than providing transparent, factual information about their products, is not to be trusted.
Fats often get a bad rap. Although there are some types of fat you want to avoid or consume sparingly, such as trans fats, our bodies do require fat for survival. Fats are necessary for providing an important cushion around organs, they are essential for building hormones and cell membranes, and they supply the body with an efficient source of energy. In addition, fats assist in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins K, E, A, and D). For these reasons, it’s important to have a healthy amount of fat with every meal.
I stumbled across your blog and want to thank you for taking the time to post honest information about the inferior and toxic ingredients in Isagenix. I also admire your patient responses to the ones who take exception to your factual post. My digestive system was harmed by using this product back in 2008. (I won’t go into detail about the horrible GI issues it caused me, but in addition, it also caused headache, dizziness, and even a weird twitch in my right eye). I have always been in good health, (but also had a healthy appetite as well), and only wanted to lose 7 or 8 vanity pounds. It was not worth doing this diet, as I developed leaky gut and allergies, and it has taken me a few years to heal my gut and restore my health by seeing a doctor specializing in functional medicine.
Fructose from organic sugar beet is used in the shakes. Fructose is much better to be using than artificial sweetners and flavourings which you won’t find in isagenix products at all. Fructose is also low glycemic (32) and increases blood sugar control so is a better choice for diabetics. You won’t find high fructose corn syrup in any of the products. Details can be found in this referenced article http://www.isagenixhealth.net/fructose-is-not-toxic-and-can-help-control-blood-sugar/
Quite a stimulating thread you have here! I just found your site doing some other research and stumbled upon it. I use Isagenix products (among others…of course, there are other fine products out there) in my nutritional regimen. My mother has been taking their flagship product, Product B for a couple years now. During this time (after 1 1/2 yrs), she was able to get off virtually all her medications for pain from a spinal condition and a digestive condition. Product B was the only new thing she introduced in her daily regimen. She feels younger and has more energy than before. She is now 93. But, this is mainly what I wanted to clarify. Your call regarding your question about their products being certified as GMO free. I made a similar call myself early on asking if their ingredients are all organic. (At the time, I was inquiring just about Product B). I was given a more in depth answer than you were. I was told that some of their ingredients are sourced from outside of the U.S. where other countries don’t have the same organic certification process that we have here, so it would not be possible to declare them as “certified” organic. However, she gave me their very detailed site where it declared that the step-by-step process for PB met or surpassed organic standards. As an example, the co-founder and master formulator, master botanist and master herbalist, John Anderson, happens to own land in the Himalayas where his herbs that he uses for PB are very well protected at their pristine source. So, unfortunately, when getting answers from a customer service individual, sometimes they may be just the short answer, the one you might want to hear, but not the whole answer. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but my understanding is that if something is organic, it is not allowed to be GMO.
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.
Ok I am rambling – but I think you may have my point. If I go into my pantry and look at the stuff that I was eating 3 weeks ago (foe food?), and compare what is in that, to what I am eating now…anyone who does not know the slightest bit about nutrition can see I have made vast improvements. I feel spectacular. So much so, that I am beginning to crave all the right foods – fresh organic veggies, whole foods, my body and my ability to read it is coming back to life. My taste is changing. I do not know how or why, but it is and has since being on this program. Maybe since this is only a 30 day program we are talking about here, there will be more people like me, who can benefit and be weaned off of the typical processed American diet, and it can be used as such. Not a “complete, lifelong way of eating”, but a tool to help regular people like me make improvements. I am not sure if these products have been removing all those toxins I was consuming 3 times per day my entire life, and that is why I feel so good and motivated to do and eat better? Who really knows? What I do know is I have not had any adverse effects from the handful of ingredients you have brought to attention, but on the contrary, I feel better than I have in a very long time.
I too agree with all that you have said. I have trialled both Herbalife and Isagenix for my own research as I am in the fitness industry. I have gotten more success from telling people to eat a balanced diet of whole foods and the occasional supplemental vitamins (relevant to the goal e.g.. weight loss or muscle gain etc). Whats even worse now is that Personal Trainers are the target to further promote it as the age old saying that ‘my trainer said it was what i should eat’. Shame shame shame to those trainers that do this. They do this to also get more financial benefits from the products as we all low with this multi-level marketing (pyramid scheme).

Dani not only are you a beatiful person outside but inside more I have a thyroid problem(hashi) and I read every day in the last 3 years+ and you are right . Soy ( Soy Alert) Weston Price.org The endocrine system is easily disrupted and your metabolism is afected(soy) . These people need to do the research in the right places to understand the real thing. They have the Fox in custody of the chickens. jijijijiji Not only that when I cut the Gluten(Eat gluten and your inmune system attack the Thyroid) My dermatitis is cured 98%(Jesus the dermatologist do not know that) I discover the connection in the book the Gluten Connection(Shari Lieberman) I so on continue whith mission put light in the places where dark is present(Is your mission in life and mine)


A colleague was telling me about the product who has lost quite a bit of weight. She says she feels amazing… How could I not want to know more? But, I am cynical by nature and wanted to know more. I guess the things I was wondering were; if this product is so great, why is it only available via MLM methods? Wouldn’t it be available everywhere for everyone, rather than kept quiet? Something just didn’t add up, and I wonder if in fact the colleague is being conned? The more I look, the less I like what I see, almost like a pack mentality from the people involved?
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.)

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.
Another way to gradually ease into Cleanse Days might be to add a couple of extra snacks, like a bag of Whey Thins or an extra IsaDelight. Especially when you are new to nutritional cleansing, relying on additional Cleanse Day tools can help you be successful. Just keep in mind that extra calories add up quickly. Like any skill, cleansing gets better with practice, and before long, you’ll be planning your next Cleanse Day with confidence.
5. I think we just have different perspectives, and I completely appreciate your comment and taking the time to write it in a way that doesn’t attack me. I’m not saying Isagenix is the worst product out there, I’m just saying most of the products are not healthy. There are better options. Some of their products are fine, like you pointed out earlier. But most people resort to the shakes, and I personally support different methods of detox.
Debate provides a platform informed choice – in the spirit of increased knowledge and insight – thank you for this blog. We are all doing the best we can – for our bodies for our future 🙂 This program works for me – I am not an evangelist – as it may not be for you – but it just might be a better option than what people choose now – with obesity as an epidemic – I would suggest its the mainstream consumption habits of the western world that require a sprinkling of this education contained within this blog.
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.

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.
You misunderstood my point. I’m not saying tricalcium phosphate is inherently bad. It’s bad when it’s synthesized as it is here. Are people going to overdose on it? No, likely not. But the fact that it’s an ingredient in a product that is touted as all-natural, the best available and healthiest shake is something that needs to be identified. I was trying to highlight the fact that there are synthetic ingredients present.

I have been living with two people who sell it, for the past 3 months. One of them eats pizza all of the time (2-3 times a week) and he also takes a lot of prescription drugs, ie. Ambien, anti-anxiety meds and others, the product does not seem to help him, obviously. The other sells it full-time and his motivation seems to be money and becoming on of the ‘millionaires’, you know, like the good ‘ole Amway days, remember the ‘millionaires’. He doesn’t seem to care that much about the actual product, except he works night and day on his sales ability and is quite aggressive in convincing people of one thing or another.


“Dr. Lustig uses the term “liver toxin” to describe fructose, but he’s also CAREFUL to note that it’s not fructose per se that is toxic. There are instances when your body can use it, e.g. post-workout or fasting-induced glycogen depletion. The problem is that most people consume so much of it that it turns toxic by virtue of the fact that your body cannot use the excess. It simply gets shuttled into your cells and stored as fat. So it’s the massive doses you’re exposed to that make it dangerous.”

I’m immoral for highlighting the fact that people who know nothing about nutrition are often duped into buying these products that are touted as healthy when they’re anything but? For giving people the tools to recognize unhealthy ingredients in their overpriced protein shakes? Mind you – I give away all of this information for free, and I’m immoral?
Not everyone has fresh raw milk at their fingertips and some of the other ingredients, like grass fed meat. But you can get a lot of protein from organic produce. The big thing about Isagenix is the amino acids. Amino acids are protein. But you can lose weight with organic bone broth too. There are a hundred ways to lose weight without eating synthetic concoctions.
It is to bad Dani, for such an educated researcher you pinpointed a couple of ingredients which are in just about everything, and you used that to bash a company you obviously have no idea about…just some website information…there are 11 years of testimonials and scientific evidence backed by Isagenix…you should really further your research on solutions for getting people healthy and teaching them how to stay healthy…nothing is perfect we can only try and work together…if you have not tried something or know anyone who has tried it, how could you talk about it just by reading some information…You are missing out on the best solution in the world…If you really want to know what Isagenix has done for millions over the past 11 years , try it yourself and only then will you become a believer…results and stories do not lie my friend…i love that you are concerned and want to educate people, but make sure you know what you are talking about first…Proud Isagenix user for a long time, a health nut myself and have not found anything close to what this system has done, is doing and will continue to do for people…thank you:)
I just wanted to say a big thank you for writing this article. It seems everywhere I look, there are Isagenix wolves trying to convince me of how amazing my life would be if I would only give in to non FDA approved, non scientifically proven formulas. Then, I too, could be a stunning size 6 glamazon strutting my stuff and going on holidays around the globe?!

I represent another type of Isagenix victim – the discarded parent of an adult completely taken in by the cult. I was able to recognize immediately that Isagenix was a pyramid scheme, even before I researched their products. Multi-level marketing is just a euphemism for the slightly modified language of disreputable companies to avoid pyramid lawsuits, but the scam is the same. The promise of certain wealth and success for those who will spend hundreds per month and thousands per year of their dollars to attempt to reach those goals is supplemented by their psychological programming – videos, conference calls, meetings, etc. – the goal of which is to convince the unwitting marks that the company people who support them and encourage them are doing so out of the goodness of their hearts because they care about them. Anything less than the constant “Rah Rah” of the Isagenix con-artists, they are told, is evidence of non-support and a barrier to their success to be avoided. At first, the subject was avoided, then there was slight distancing, then, after 2 years of not jumping on the bandwagon (and, by the way, not giving my child my SS#), three months ago I was told in a text that I no longer had a place in my child’s life, or the lives of my grandchildren. The two years of walking on eggshells and hoping the cult would lose its grip on the child we raised are over. Now, nothing short of deprogramming will change things. Our family can not be the only one to suffer this fate. I wish I knew of a place to publish a detailed condemnation of how Isagenix, and other scammers, brainwashing of vulnerable people – all of the people that they hook are vulnerable to one degree or another else why would they fall for the “get rich quick” narrative – to reject and avoid those who don’t join them on the Ponzi train, even family. Make no mistake, everything about Isagenix “marketing training” is from the same playbook used by cult leaders. I wish there was a source for actual data of how much money was spent and lost by their victims who tried their program and failed. I also wish there was a support group for parents like us who lost beloved members of their family as the thrall of the scam engulfed a child they raised and loved dearly for decades. The grief is enormous, especially since it must be borne in silence.
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…
×