I am personally writing to you, maryleelucas blog follower’s, to give you my personal reason’s for leaving ViSalus Body By Vi. I have, up to this point, been very quiet about my decision. I have received numerous emails from you asking me the tough question’s. I will try to explain to the best of my ability so that we can all move on and be done with the entire situation. Please understand my disclaimer : the opinion’s expressed in this blog are the opinion’s of maryleelucas.com. They do not reflect the opinion of any person or person’s directly or indirectly associated with or to maryleelucas.com. (I don’t need to be sued :)) Please read on to find out about my own personal experience’s in ViSalus.
I like many other’s was a religious follower of the “hype”. Everyone was either taking ViSalus, at minimum had heard about it. It seemed like the “dream come true” for me for a year. I personally grew tired of the Rally (cult) calls and didn’t fully understand why my upline was being so insistent that my team be on these. Seemed odd for me that my entire team had never received any guidance or help from above, yet the burden was apparently placed upon our shoulder’s to make them climb the rank’s! It didn’t take long before I realized that the rich were getting richer and everyone from presidential down were sitting still. I was soon stuck with my very own $572/mth BMW payment! I personally spoke with my upline seeking advice and was asked that I not return my car to a certain dealership as she didn’t want that to affect “her” business! Yes, that was the type of “help” alway’s given. This was one of the biggest clue’s that I was not part of the company I was told I was in. Many promise’s were made to me personally, vision’s of the greener grass, smoke and mirror’s as I call them (to be more accurate) as long as I “followed the system”.
A couple month’s into 2012 I was told that my attendance was expected at a meeting with one of my 2 star ambassador’s. I stayed the course and followed the direction placed upon me and met with him for dinner. A very small group of “follower’s” attended to hear the gospel from the upline. There was something odd about part of the conversation that night that has never left me. Perhaps that was where I had been enlightened, my extensive research started very shortly after that meeting. I asked a question about the main component of ViSalus, the shakes, being from Canada it seemed odd to me that we were still (after months of telling us 30-60 days) only able to receive the US product’s (at a much higher cost for Canadians). The answer was shocking to me coming from someone that was a self proclaimed “good buddy” of the CEO in ViSalus. With laughter (and I quote) I was told to “keep those Canadian product’s, they will make a good science project one day, not good for anything else”. Excuse me?! I was frustrated, confused, doubting the very belief I had put so much of my time, energy, family into.
With due diligence I HAD to get to the bottom of such a comment! THIS is where the entire picture became very clear for me personally. The following statement’s are my very own personal opinion, belief’s and personal experiences.
I started my research by diligently looking over EVERY ingredient in the “nutritional” shake. This was the “core” of the 2 star’s comment, so this seemed like the perfect place to start. It didn’t take me long to discover a horrifying fact, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE was tested, researched, and proven medically to be the cause of long term health issues!
Protein is an important natural compound needed by the body, and both children and adults need this in order to build good muscles and repair bad tissues. Protein is such a popular natural compound in fact, that athletes and health buffs now include protein powders as part of their daily diet. Protein may be sourced from whey, egg and soy. Of these three, the most interesting source is soy, as it provides two forms of soy protein for consumption: soy protein concentrate and soy protein isolate. Of these two, people must be wary of the risks in ingesting soy protein isolate.
Soy Protein Isolate Dangers
The American Dietetic Association warns the public that soy protein isolate contains certain anti-nutrients that may cause the body to experience delay in digesting food and in effect, a delay in absorbing nutrients.
Further, the following effects may result from ingesting soy protein isolate:
- Sustaining hormonal imbalances. Soy contains phytoestrogens, which replicate the effects of estrogen in the human body. This may in turn cause hormonal imbalance on people taking soy protein isolate.
- Suffering from the enlargement of the thyroid gland.
- Experiencing rapid weight gain or weight loss due to a flawed thyroid gland.
Truth in Labeling.org offers information on monosodium glutamate (MSG), a hidden ingredient used in the processing of soy protein isolate. It includes a link to “Industry Data and Monosodium Glutamate Toxicity” by Adrienne Samuels, Ph.D. The article cites soy producers’ use of processed free glutamic acid, a component of MSG, hidden in the list of ingredients of food products, including soy protein isolate, as a serious health concern contributing to problems such as cardiac irregularities.
Read more: Soy Protein Isolate Side Effects | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5207565_soy-protein-isolate-side-effects.html#ixzz1xDUeDvgV
Fallon and Enig also state that genistein, an isoflavone in soybeans, may have a negative effect on the development or worsening of breast cancer. Goitrogens contained in soy affect thyroid function, while the phytic acid content can block the absorption of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc—a mineral essential to the functioning of the nervous system. Their article also addresses the questionable relationship between osteoporosis prevention and soy, due to the product’s interference with calcium absorption and its lack of vitamin D.
I was horrified! Imagine, finding out the the business you had put so much of yourself into was not what you had been “trained” it was. Could this explain the odd comment said to me?! This was a moment of truth for me personally. I had a life altering decision to make, could I continue on with a better then average income, in exchange for the information I had now been given?
I decided that for me personally, my integrity was NOT for sale! I could in no way trade promoting a product that can cause these health issues for a pay check. I in turn left ViSalus and joined Evolv Health. I have done more than my fair share of research now and have made the conscious decision to promote a product that is 100% all natural! I will not put the health of my family, friend’s and client’s at risk. I understand that money talks for most people, but for me, my moral compass is far to strong.Evolv 100% All Natural Meal Replacement Shake
I have endured compliance letter’s threatening legal action if I say ANYTHING regarding the dangers of soy isolate in reference to ViSalus. I have had negative, personal attacks from “ambassadors” on my personal page, I have had numerous comment’s made about me on friend’s personal pages. This was all just clarification to me that I had certainly made the right decision in leaving this company.
I have since experienced personal research indicating that in CANADA, the product’s being shipped are not health Canada approved..certainly I will be finding out if these allegations are true or not. The alway’s heard about M2B, could this be nothing more then a marketing tactic for the last installment for payment to Blythe industries rather then any form of recognition regarding health? It is my personal opinion that yes, it is a hidden agenda..but you can research that on your own as well.
It is my personal opinion and experience that this company bares no responsibility for it’s less then mediocre product just to turn a buck! I would personally do my own research before considering becoming involved in ANY company that has soy isolate as an ingredient. I am ashamed to say that I played a part in promoting a product that has more then potential of making people very sick.
I have paid my dues since leaving the company I was involved in. I have to live with the fact that I was a willing participant in feeding this product to my children, my ill mother, nursing mom’s, my friend’s, my client’s. I know I made the right decision and hope that my follower’s will understand who I am and why I couldn’t promote this anymore. I know that with my decision, I can finally sleep better knowing that my integrity and character are very much intact!
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