Given the success of Body By Vi Shakes in the media and ridiculous buzz on social sites, critics are coming out of the wood work to shoot it down. Some of it is deserved, some is unfounded, and some is down right ridiculous. For the record, I am NOT a Visalus distributor…I figured I would make that decision after I finish my 90 challenge and do my own research on the product.
However, I have received some interesting comments from more than one person…and found some crazy crap online–mostly from people promoting Visalus competitors. Figured I’d post my thoughts and findings.
1) Soy Protein — Soy protein has a mixed review out there.
Umm…okay. Before even addressing this one, doesn’t logic say “a billion vegetarians on the planet can’t be wrong?”…But, for the scientific and clinically minded: New England Journal of Medicine, 1995 (Vol 333, No.5) — for those that don’t know, the NEJM is one of, if not THE premier, Peer-Reviewed journals in the medical world — published a meta-analysis of the effects of soy protein intake on serum lipids. The study concluded that soy protein is correlated with significant decreases in serum cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides. The American Heart Association reviewed a decade long study of soy protein benefits to refute the “Heart Healthy” labeling awarded by the FDA. The AMA caused a stir, but eventually concluded “many soy products should be beneficial to cardiovascular and overall health because of their high content of polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals and low content of saturated fat.” In fact, it turns out the AHA research was a little inaccurate, Understating the benefits of soy protein. I’ll put a list of sources at the bottom of this page if you are really bored, or don’t believe me…
2) Sucralose — Ooohh, that’s dangerous.
Another ummm….okay. The literature actually shows sucralose, brand name “Splenda” to be the safest artificial sweetener on the market. Is it “safer” than sugar? Of course not. Its artificial. But a lot of this is hype created by the media for ratings, because yes, too much of anything is bad for you. Yes, people may have reactions to man-made chemicals in their bodies. Do your research–keep things in perspective–the frequency of side effects is what’s important. Here’s something for perspective. Something damn near everyone takes:
- Causes Renal papillary necrosis in rodents.
- Gastric mucosal injury occurs in rats and humans.
- Mammals may develop toxicosis associated with GI symptoms, circulatory effects and central nervous system depression
- Side effects include: dyspepsia, stomach pain, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, and gross GI bleed. (over 100,000 GI bleed deaths per year are attributed to this product)
- Induces chromosome aberrations in cultured human fibroblasts
- Inhibits ovulation in rats
- Associated with: fever, hypothermia, thirst, dysrhythmias, hypotension, tachycardia, agitation, cerebral edema, coma, confusion, dissiness, headache, intracranial hemorrhage, lethargy, seizures, deyhydration, hyperkalemia, metabolic acidosis, hepatitis, pancreatitis, angioedema, asthma, urticaria, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, stillbirths, low birth weight, hearing loss, renal insufficiency and failure….
–The product is called Aspirin….the info above is from Bayer’s own prescribing information. Keep things in perspective….
3. The Vitamins listed are all Synthetic!
Yes–they are. Just like the synthetic vitamins we buy from Nature Made, Natures Way, Centrum, etc, etc. Unless it comes in a “whole food”–by definition, the vitamin is “synthetic.” Is whole food better–of course! Are synthetic vitamins bad? No…unless you overdose (Vitamin E will kill you if you OD on it)–our bodies certainly prefer and deserve whole food vitamins, but, lets face it–most of us are too damn lazy, busy, or uneducated on how to get all our nutritional needs from honest to goodness, whole food diets.
4. Isn’t that from one of those “Pyramid-scheme thingies?”
Ummm…a network marketing company sells Visalus, yes. So, a network marketing company = bad products? I’m curious what Mary Kay, Avon, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Herbalife, Shaklee, Amway, Keller Williams Realty, Sentsy, Longaberger, Cutco, Isagenix, Nu Skin, Southern Living at Home, and dozens of others might think about that lol? They may have some lunatic, pushy distributors, but its difficult to argue the quality of the products and services.
That’s all for the moment….the most common things I’ve heard from a hand full of people. As I get more, I’ll review them and address. For the record, I’m reviewing Visalus marketing pieces now, and, I have to admit, there’s a couple things that are a little “shady”…
www.betternetworker.com – Network marketing companies
www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/o3/briefing/4012B1_03_Appd%201-Professional%20Labeling.pd — Aspirin prescribing information
www.sweetposion.com – Negative information about artificial sweeteners from Dr Janet Hull
wikipedia — Yah, I know, but they have one hell of list of sources for aspirin and soy protein safety
www.nejm.org – tough to search, but if you’re bored….