Tuesday, January 29, 2013

is isagenix safe?

Before buying Isagenix you should know whether it is safe. 

The short answer based on our research is that there are many signs that Isagenix is not safe, or that Isagenix may not be safe depending on the circumstances of the person who is taking the supplements, what else they are eating etc.

It is also important to keep in mind that there is no clear evidence that Isagenix is helpful.  So even if you take it and you don't have stomach cramps, nausea, light-headedness, disorientation, or one of the myiad side effects people have reported, there is no reason to take the risk and spend a lot of money on a product with the track record of Isagenix.

It is important to keep in mind that anecdotal opinions from individuals do not in any way constute rational scientific evidence that the supplements actual provided a health benefit.  Most of the content online about Isagenix is made up of this kind of "testimony"...if you are scientifically literate, you will obviously not take that stuff seriously.

Unfortunately the short answer is that we don't know and there are reasons to be concerned.

More broadly, the nutritional supplement industry in general is very poorly regulated in the US.  This dates back to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, which severely limited the ability of the US to protect consumers from dangerous supplements.

As Stephen Barret PhD writes:

"Most people think that dietary supplements and herbs are closely regulated to ensure that they are safe, effective, and truthfully advertised. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although some aspects of marketing are regulated, the United States Congress has concluded that "informed" consumers need little government protection. This conclusion was embodied in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994—commonly referred to as "DSHEA"—which severely limits the FDA's ability to regulate these products."