MonaVie, World Progress Report, and Joan Lunden (It’s Another Scam)

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Frequent commenter CGC had an interesting find regarding MonaVie and World Progress Report.

It seems that MonaVie’s corporate website has a warning regarding World Progress Report and the use of Joan Lunden’s name. You can read about it here. Here is a choice quote:

“We appreciate and share your enthusiasm for the recent feature story on MonaVie by the World Progress Report television series.

As you share this great news, please remember that Joan Lunden’s relationship with the World Progress Report remains only as a host for their educational programming through public television. MonaVie distributors are prohibited from using Joan Lunden’s name and/or likeness in any press releases or other forms of communication. You may mention the World Progress Report; however, no mention of Ms. Lunden is permitted.

Once again, we are grateful for the passion of all our distributors. We hope this information is helpful as you share the MonaVie opportunity each day.”

As CGC points out that, the World Progress Report is essentially a scam itself. It gets a relatively well-known retired news personality, to film a lead-in to what is an infomercial. The organization running the infomercial (in this case, MonaVie) pays production costs to get it on the air. Consumer Protection Agency Public Citizen has noted that World Progress Report Gaming Search Engines to Bury Reports Linking It to Scammers.

The Consumerist seems to agree That World Progress Report is a scam. I particularly found this quote applicable:

“On their website, a demo video introed by Lunden gives a generic preamble into something about innovations in healthcare. Then, in an editing non sequitur, a banal documentary plays, seemingly cobbled entirely from stock video, about raising homeless children in impoverished countries in family style group homes. The voiceover enunciates extremely clearly, while saying little of substance.”

Or we can use the NPR story, with my favorite quote being:

“[American not-for-profit organizations] are promised the shows will be educational in nature and reach an estimated 60 million American households on public television stations across the country.

But the programs aren’t documentaries; they’re marketing segments that will cost the firms that are their subjects roughly $25,000 apiece. And the spots, created by Vision Media of Boca Raton, Fla., are likely to receive little airtime, if any, on local PBS member stations.”

Here’s the infomercial from World Progress Report (note that there’s no Joan Lunden in it):

Going back to the MonaVie Corporate quote that I mentioned at the outset, I am struck by the phrase: “As you share this great news…” This isn’t news, it isn’t from a reputable source, and it’s not worth sharing.

The stressing of the point that Joan Lunden is not be referenced is noteworthy. I think MonaVie wants to avoid another Oprah lawsuit – or something similar. As TechDirt says, it looks like Joan Lunden won’t be with World Progress Report for long as Hugh Downs disassociated himself from Vision Media and Walter Cronkite and Mike Douglas have sued them over getting mislead by the company.

What we have here is a scam within a scam. MonaVie is all too happy to let its distributors “share this great news”, with the full intention of deceiving others.

Update:

Apparently Brig Hart of R3Global didn’t get the message about not including Joan Lunden:

R3Global mentions Joan "London" (sic) with the World Progress Report infomercial on MonaVie

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My Experience with TEAM MonaVie

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Editor’s Note: I had this article submitted to me by a friend. I publish it because I have seen numerous cases of similar circumstances. The lies about the ORAC score are common. I’ve heard the anthrax thing as well, but I have not seen any distributors put their money where their mouth is and subject themselves to anthrax to back up the claim. The claim about the lack of cancer in Brazil is particularly appalling… of course Brazil isn’t a cancer-free zone. Now on with the story:

I teach a Bible class for college-aged students. About a year ago, one of my students (we’ll call him “A”) came to me and said he had something he needed to talk to me about. “A” was a pretty level-headed kid who loved cars and wanted to open up his own auto shop. When he came over to my house a few days later, my wife and I were treated to a sales pitch to become MonaVie distributors. At that point we had both heard of MonaVie, but didn’t know anything specific. “A” started telling us about this fantastic “business opportunity” that was going to make him rich with minimal effort. He asked me, didn’t I hate having to go to work and have a boss and be told what to do? I said no, not really, I like my job. He told us that basically you are a sucker if you “trade time for money” working a regular 40 hour a week job. His entire pitch was all about the business, leadership, being motivated, and achieving your dreams. He hardly mentioned the juice at all and when pressed he told us that the juice was for “personal consumption” and it “wasn’t about the product.” Of course this screamed scam to us and we politely declined. I told “A” that I would much rather help him get his own auto shop started than sign up to sell MonaVie with him.

Fast-forward a year…I had become increasingly concerned about “A,” especially after learning that he dropped out of auto mechanic school (although honestly I don’t know if he quit before or after becoming involved with MonaVie). But he seemed happy and asked his girlfriend (who was also part of our college Bible class) to marry him, so I thought perhaps he was working hard and was in the minority that would be successful at MLM. However, sirens went off when my wife and I learned that they were planning to go to a MonaVie “business meeting” right after their wedding. I also discovered that one of his groomsmen was his “sponsor,” and from there found out about TEAM. When we approached “A” and his wife “B” about going to a meeting on their wedding night, they told us that it showed their commitment to the business, and that they would be an inspiration to their business partners. When my wife and I suggested that their commitment to their marriage might be more important, they informed us that we didn’t understand.

Now let me tell you something about me – my wife will be the first to tell you that I think I know everything, so being told I “don’t understand” something is the quickest way to get me fired up. I have two degrees in physics, and because of my interest in finance and the stock market I read the Wall Street Journal every day. So I am not uneducated and I believe I have learned a thing or two about business from the WSJ. My wife is also smarter than the average bear, and she loves research, so she set out to dig up everything she could find about MonaVie and TEAM (and found this website in the process). Sirens again went off after I found out that “A” and “B” had been pitching MonaVie and TEAM to the college students at our church under the guise of getting together for Christian fellowship. As their teacher, I felt it was my responsibility to make sure the students were not being preyed upon, so I asked “A” and “B” to stop. They refused, and once again I was told I didn’t understand, that I didn’t understand business, and that I needed to come to a meeting to learn about the business. So I decided to attend a meeting, and this is what I found…

I won’t say the speaker’s name, as he is very rich and could hire a much better lawyer than me, and I get the impression he would sue me for just writing honestly about him. Instead I will call him “C.” A quick Google of his name reveals that he has been involved with TEAM and Orrin Woodward since they were part of Quixtar. Orrin Woodward’s blog lists “C” as having achieved “Founders Emerald” by the end of 2004. This is worth noting because “C” at one point claimed he was making half a million dollars a year when he first got involved with MonaVie, and at another time claimed that his motivation for getting involved with TEAM was to buy shoes – he was working 80-90 hours per week and “getting nowhere.”

He opened up the meeting with economic facts about how bad the economy is right now and the unemployment rate. All valid facts, but pretty irrelevant. There were no MonaVie bottles on display, however the IDS was displayed, as well as an ORAC bar chart. Referring to the IDS, “C” said that the mean income of people who “take the business seriously” was $250,000 per year. He said only 13% take the business seriously. There was constant repetition about listening to people who are successful, not people who want to trap you in a job with a “ceiling.” If you have a traditional 40 hour a week job, your income will plateau, and can go no further than the “ceiling.” There was also a fair amount of college-bashing, with a comment made about how college students don’t know what they want, and don’t typically end up working in the field they entered college to study. The price of buying TEAM materials was also compared to buying college textbooks (something “A” had told me before). He said you would spend $60-75 on TEAM materials per month, the equivalent of buying one college textbook every other month. The price of monthly conventions or weekly meetings was not included. National conventions were pitched as costing at least $500 including travel which is necessary so that the new person can best learn what they are doing right from the start.

The entire meeting was focused on selling the plan, not teaching people how to sell. In fact “C” did not even explain how you make exceptional money with TEAM – he said you should ask the person who invited you to the meeting to explain it, or rather how to “set up your dreams.” “C” did say if you are not a salesman, change. If you don’t know anyone, go meet people or ask your relatives. He talked a little bit about how you can make money by getting other people to sign up, the binary pay plan, and “spill-over” effect. He also congratulated a new “power player” and explained that a power player was a person who had 10 people on his left leg and 5 people on his right leg and half of them were “on system.” He referred to Michael Dell’s 3 C’s (Content, Commerce, and Community), explaining that the first two were MonaVie, and the third, community, was TEAM. This was humorous to me because community refers to a customer base, so “C” was saying that TEAM is MonaVie’s customer base. In fact he did say that the juice was for “self consumption.”

What was said about MonaVie was outrageous. “C” said that a study was done on (M)mun where they injected anthrax into cattle, and the MonaVie (M)mun cured the anthrax. My wife dug up a link on the Wellmune page to a study about the anthrax-protective effects of some of Wellmune’s components. Even if the study is valid, “protective” does not equal “cure.” “C” also claimed that there has never been a single reported case of cancer in the history of Brazil. He elaborated, “Did God create a ‘no cancer zone’ in Brazil?” He never specifically said that it was because of the acai berry, the audience was left to draw their own conclusion. At the end of his “Brazil is cancer-free” speech he mumbled, “According to a Brazilian I know,” thus allowing himself to be blameless once his statements were found to be false – which was easily done with a quick Google search of “cancer rate in Brazil.” He also told a story of a young woman with two young kids who was diagnosed with cancer and given 3-6 months to live, and implied that she has survived for 9 months now using MonaVie and prayer. During one of the breaks “B,” who is diabetic, told me that since she has been using MonaVie her blood sugar levels have gone down, which is a very dangerous thing to do given the legal restrictions on medical claims that the FTC enforces and which are the law of the land.

He referred to the ORAC chart, and talked about how your body rots from the inside out without antioxidants. He said MonaVie contained 4,000 ORAC in 4 ounces, and you would have to consume nine boxes of blueberries, or 4,000 tomatoes to get the equivalent. He said he did not know of anything in a grocery store that would be as good in delivering ORAC, especially if you consider the cost of buying the 5 to 13 fruits every day as a substitute. I looked up blueberries on www.oracvalues.com, and they have an ORAC score of 6,552 per 100 grams (about 3.5 oz). The box of blueberries sitting in my fridge right now is 16 ounces, or 7 days’ worth of MonaVie, if you use their value of 4,000. This box of blueberries cost at most $5 if you buy during the off-season. One 25 oz bottle of MonaVie lasts a week if you are drinking 4 ounces every day, so at $32 for the distributor price of one bottle of MonaVie Original, my blueberries cost $0.71 per day for the same ORAC as MonaVie’s $4.57 per day. I also looked up tomatoes, and depending on variety, a fresh tomato has an ORAC score of 367-546 per 100 grams. This would mean you would need about 10 average-sized tomatoes to equal a days’ worth of MonaVie, not 4,000 tomatoes. Also, simple math will tell you that in order to need 4,000 of something to equal a value of 4,000, that something must have a value of 1. Nothing on the ORAC values website has a value of one – the lowest value they list is 82 per 100 grams for a lime. It is also worth noting that when I talked to “B” about the ORAC claims during a break in the meeting, she admitted she didn’t really know what ORAC meant, despite having attended these weekly meetings for at least a year.

I did not hear much about religion, other than that you should sign up so you can make a lot of money and give it to your church or a charity. “C” said his wife uses their profits to help the poor in Africa. He said the MORE Project has saved 9-year-old girls from having to work “on her back” like her mother did, and “things like this happen everywhere in the world because we don’t have enough money to get them out of it,” implying that if you turn down the pitch you don’t care about 9-year-old girls working on their backs. He also talked about all the lives they were saving for God. After saying next to nothing about how the plan actually worked, “C” still expected people to join on the spot with a $200 sign-up fee on the lowest level – don’t worry, they take credit cards. I can’t tell you if anyone actually signed up that night, as I was done after two hours and left. I told my friends to go home and look up ORAC values for themselves. I hope they do, but they probably forgot about it the minute after I said it.

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Dallin Larsen, Ernst and Young, and Entrepreneur Of The Year

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Many distributors comment on this website that because a great organization like Ernst and Young gave Dallin Larsen an Entrepreneur Of The Year award, MonaVie must be a great product. However, on closer examination that couldn’t be further from the truth.

If you read the Ernst and Young article you start to see how the claim unravels. For instance it mentions that he has been “honing his business acumen since grade school”, which seems like glowing praise, but it ignores the audio of the illegal medical claims he made in his fireside chats when with Royal Tongan Limu juice (sound familiar to MonaVie – it should). This lead to Royal Tongan Limu’s closure by the FTC and DOJ. How Ernst and Young missed this clear evidence is testament that Ernst and Young dropped on the ball on this one.

The explanation is simple, every company makes mistakes. Microsoft had Microsoft Bob. Ernst and Young has it’s Dallin Larsen as an Entrepreneur of the Year. It happens…

… or does it? Let’s dig a little deeper and see what else we can find…

Methodology for Choosing Entrepreneur of the Year

If you look at the FAQ for how an Entrepreneur of the Year is chosen we get a lot of information:

Who are the judges?
The regional and national panels of judges include entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from academia, business, and the media…. Each independent panel of judges is allowed complete discretion in determining categories and award recipients.”

So, in short, we know that Ernst and Young only appointed judges, they did not endorse and do not endorse Dallin Larsen. It is very possible that Ernst and Young could completely disapprove of the winner, but have to award it anyway, since the panel of the judges made the decision. Furthermore, by setting it up the judging by regions, MonaVie gets the advantage of votes from other multi-level marketing companies that are traditionally focused in Utah.

By not knowing who the panel of judges are, we really can’t tell if there was bias involved in the judging or not. We don’t even know what criteria they used to make their decision.

Was Dallin Larsen really awarded Entrepreneur of the Year?

No, he was voted Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. It was Tom Adams, President & CEO, Rosetta Stone Inc. who was Entrepreneur of the Year (see article above). If a MonaVie distributor tries to tell you Dallin Larsen was Entrepreneur of the Year, the distributor is trying to mislead you.

Should Dallin Larsen have been awarded Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year?

Perhaps he should have been awarded Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. Let’s look at what he has accomplished:

I could probably add a few more bullet points, but I think that gets the message across. Let’s give a little credit to the guy where credit is due. Dallin Larsen rakes in millions while consumers of the juice and salesman of the juice lose. Shame on the consumers and salesmen of MonaVie.

This is why people are looking into creating their own MonaVie Scam.

Important Update

I don’t know how I missed this before. Anyway, Anonymous Aussie in the comments points out that there are a couple of other proven scammers who have won the Ernst and Young award:

“Let’s consider Stein Bagger, former CEO of IT Factory – awarded Danish Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 by Ernst and Young.

Following his award, this young “entrepreneur” subsequently declared bankruptcy, was found to have falsified his credentials, was charged with forgery and was also convicted of fraud! He was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment on June 11, 2009 after it was found that his company was operating like a ponzi scheme – he had been forging large sales orders thus creating fictional revenue.

The scam which defrauded banks and private investors to the tune of US $225 billion is considered the biggest most recent scam in Denmark’s history!

This isn’t a once off “mistake” either – take Byrraju Ramalinga Raju who was awarded Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Services Award 1999 AND Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007.

This scammer founded Satyam Computers but was subsequently forced to resign from the board in 2009 after admitting to corporate fraud whereby he’d cheated 6 million shareholders out of US $1.5 billion, many of which have lost their entire life savings.”

Let’s not credit Ernst and Young’s awards as a guarantee of good character or business acumen.

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MonaVie and Negativity

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A lot of MonaVie Distributors like to claim that anyone who is against the product or company is negative or “has a lot of negativity in their lives.” If you hear someone say something like that to you, you can be sure that they’ve been brainwashed by MonaVie.

I get the negativity comment on this site quite often. It’s quite illogical because I am simply trying to put the best information out there so that people can make an informed decision. I want to clear up the lies and misconceptions that MonaVie Distributors are spreading around the web about MonaVie. People should have the information on this site before making a decision to join MonaVie or continue being a part of the organization. There are too many people showing videos of Lou Niles and his Illegal Medicinal Claims as well as Lou Niles lying about being a cancer doctor in those videos. There are too many distributors lying that drinking MonaVie is equal to eating 13 fruits.

These lies are negative and they are being told to consumers. They hurt people like your mothers and your daughters. MonaVie distributors don’t want you to think about how spending $35-$45 for a bottle of juice (that lacks nutrition) hurts your chance for financial freedom. In a tough economy, such as this one, that $5000 a year (cost for a family of four) goes a long way.

If you were to get a bunch of criminals in a room, they’d call the police negative. After all, the police hamper the criminals ability to profit off of committing crimes.

Consider me like Consumer Reports magazine, looking out the people’s best interests. I don’t make MonaVie and its distributors scam people or make illegal medical claims, I’m simply blowing the whistle on them when they do. If you think that’s being negative, then chances are, you are with the criminals in the room upset at this police officer.

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Posted by MonaVie Scam on January 24, 2018 in MonaVie & Open-Mindedness

Mitch Biggs Claims MonaVie is Organic (and Other Lies)

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If you haven’t heard of Emerald Mitch Biggs before… I encourage you to first read Mitch Biggs Claims MonaVie Prevents Swine Flu. For those not interested in clicking through, Mitch Biggs is one of the top MonaVie distributors. As an Emerald level distributor only 166 of MonaVie’s more than 90,000 active distributors rank even with him. He should be one of the most educated people in MonaVie and one of the people that MonaVie can put on a pedestal as a shining example of what a distributor should strive to be. Unfortunately for those who read that previous article we can see he’s neither. This article will show much of the same.

Like the previous article, Mitch Biggs has posted a story on MonaVie on Associated Content. As of June 6th, 2010, you can see the Google Cache of this story here and here. Since Google may refresh their cache, you can just click the images below for a preserved copy.

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Mitch Biggs - MonaVie Organic Lies

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Mitch Biggs - MonaVie Organic Lies

Here are some of the quotes from both pages that I found worth focusing on:

“The value proposition is a tasteful, convenient and economical way to get all your fruit in a day.”

This is a clear lie and one we’ve heard MonaVie distributors tell again and again. It’s say that Mitch Biggs is simply making a mistake, but at his level in MonaVie organization such an obvious mistake is ridiculously impossible. For those unfamiliar with this lie, I give you this article on MonaVie and comparison to fruit. It’s worth noting that even a glance at MonaVie’s label shows that has very few vitamins and minerals and almost no fiber – all things that you should get by eating fruit. If you read this article, even MonaVie Product Specialist Sarah Brown agrees with this, proving Mitch Biggs’ statement to be wrong.

“MonaVie’s product is all natural and organic.”

We know that MonaVie is NOT organic. MonaVie admits this in their literature. Frequent commenter on this site, Vogel, has pointed out that there isn’t even one USDA-certified organic ingredient in Monavie. He also correctly points out that the false claim is punishable by a fine of up to $11,000 according to the USDA: “A civil penalty of up to $11,000 can be levied on any person who knowingly sells or labels as organic a product that is not produced and handled in accordance with the National Organic Program’s regulations.”

“The company recommends consuming 2 ounces twice a day for a total of 4 ounces. That will give you the antioxidant equivalent of 13 servings of fruits and vegetables. Do the math and it breaks down to 39 cents for an organic serving of fruit each day or about $5.”

I’d like to point out that this also a lie. It’s based on the above false assumption that antioxidant equivalent (measured by ORAC score) is equal to a real serving of fruits and vegetables. If Mitch Biggs wants to play that game, a $1.99 amount of cinnamon has 32 days worth of antioxidant capacity or about 6 cents a day (as opposed to MonaVie’s $5 a day).

Math and logic is clearly not Mitch Biggs strong point. Or maybe he’s trying to scam people so that he can line his pockets with money. It’s impossible to tell, but it’s one of the two.

“Research has also shown that it is effective against Swine Flu.”

We covered this previously here: Mitch Biggs Claims MonaVie Prevents Swine Flu. MonaVie is not shown to be effective against Swine Flu.

“Rather than choose one or two celebrities, they chose to use the average everyday worker that wanted something better for their family’s health and wealth.”

This is completely untrue. MonaVie has chosen celebrities. You’ll see Red Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbon as one example. In fact there are whole photoshoots with Red Sox players You’ll also see MonaVie’s sponsored NASCAR cars. In fact here’s a picture proving the point:

MonaVie and the Red Sox

MonaVie and the Red Sox

The choose the everyday worker not for altruistic purposes, but for other purposes. Mitch Biggs is an example of MonaVie’s true purpose. Distributors are given incentive to exaggerate the truth, outright lie (in Mitch Biggs’ case), or just claim ignorance of the very product they are paid to sell. With MonaVie’s distribution system, MonaVie itself retains plausible deniability and can get away with paying most of it’s sales force under minimum wage (see MonaVie’s Income Disclosure Statement.)

“As more team members are taught how to host tasting parties, the size of the team grows rapidly. Distributors are compensated on how much product is consumed by their team and not how many people sign up.”

Actually the compensation has nothing to do with actual consumption… there’s no one watching to see if the product is consumed. It’s about the product being purchased. What Mitch Biggs isn’t telling you in the above quote is that “how much product is consumed [or purchased] by their team” is directly related to “how many people sign up” as MonaVie requires that people who sign up also purchase the product. The way for distributors to get more money is to get more people to sign up.

Again, if you want want read more on Mitch Biggs’ claims, I suggest: Mitch Biggs Claims MonaVie Prevents Swine Flu.

(By the way, Mitch if you are reading this, this article isn’t meant to be personal. It’s meant to be more of a reflection of MonaVie’s educational process and how their method of distribution should be abolished. Clearly even top people in the organization like yourself are either not getting educated about the product or are purposely trying to scam your way to an early retirement. It has to be one of the two.)

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Mitch Biggs Claims MonaVie Prevents Swine Flu

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It came to my attention about a month ago that MonaVie Distributor Mitch Biggs has been making illegal medicinal claims about MonaVie and Swine Flu. Mitch and Ashley Biggs from Richmond, VA are Emerald Executive Monavie distributors (ID #181540). For reference, according to MonaVie’s Income Disclosure Statement (as of June 6th, 2010), an Emerald distributor earns more than 99.821% of all active distributors (have sponsored people, received non-retail bonuses, etc. – more details in the link above). Only 166 distributors of MonaVie rank the same or higher than Mitch Biggs. Clearly with that success and high ranking, Mitch Biggs should be a shinning example of what MonaVie stands for.

You can find his MonaVie page at the poorly spelled https://mymonavie.com/retireerly. That page name right there tells you their motivation for spreading the word about MonaVie. (Hint: It’s not about the value of the juice.)

Mitch Biggs wrote a couple of articles on Associate Content for the whole world to see. He even linked to his MonaVie page so people could read the content and sign up under him. That’s all fine, unless the articles are making illegal medicinal claims about MonaVie.

Page 1 of the article has no mention of MonaVie. You’ll want to click the image to see full details:

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Mitch Biggs - MonaVie

Here’s Page 2 of the article with the mention of MonaVie (again click for full size):

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Mitch Biggs - MonaVie Scam

I am showing you images of these pages because I have informed MonaVie and they have taken them down (more on that later). As of now you can still the Google Cache of page 1 and page 2.

Here’s a quote from that second page that I find particularly alarming:

The MonaVie Pulse blend has the Resveratrol equivalent of 30 glasses of red wine.

Our family put MonaVie to the test. We refused the vaccine offered by the school system and added MonaVie Pulse to our daily regimen. While there was as much as 60% absenteeism with documented cases of Swine Flu in each of our 3 children’s classes, none of us were affected. My wife and I added a little red wine to be on the safe side.

There’s obvious logic flaws going on here. If resveratrol stops Swine Flu (it doesn’t, but that’s Mitch Biggs’ claim on page 1), and MonaVie contains the resveratrol equivalent of 30 glasses of red wine… why would he and his wife, “add a little red wine to be on the safe side”? Is he thinking that extra 3 percent of resveratrol coming from wine is really staying on the safe side. And if you are going to “stay on the safe side”, it’s an all around bad idea refuse a vaccine and make your children test subjects with something potentially life threatening. Isn’t this the kind of thing that you report to the Department of Social Services? I don’t know, but just in case someone wants to investigate that further, here’s a link to Virginia’s DSS.

In MonaVie’s Distributor Guidelines, MonaVie makes clear that claims have to be “subject to typical results.” Mitch Biggs’ “putting his family to the test” does not qualify as typical results. Lastly, and one of the most important things to take away from this is that MonaVie is not approved to prevent or treat Swine Flu in anyway… and Mitch Biggs is clearly claiming prevention.

(By the way, Mitch if you are reading this, this article isn’t meant to be personal. It’s meant to be more of a reflection of MonaVie’s educational process and how their method of distribution should be abolished. Clearly even top people in the organization like yourself are either not getting educated about the product or are purposely trying to scam your way to an early retirement. It has to be one of the two.)

[Note: I’d like to thank frequent commenter here, Vogel for information leading to this story. Got a tip? Contact Us]

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Being Open-Minded About MonaVie

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Numerous times in the thousands of comments of my MonaVie article, I have been asked to be open-minded about MonaVie. I was told that by simply asking for evidence that MonaVie is better for you than other juices that I was being closed-minded, not open-minded.

However, one of the comments amazed me. It was this video clearly describing open-mindedness:

In order to have an intelligent debate on the value of MonaVie, one must recognize the concepts in the above video. Many (myself included) are open-minded about MonaVie. However, people should not accept all concepts from others on their face value. There should be scientific evidence from both sides of the debate supporting the claim.

Dozens of times in the aforementioned comments of the blog post, there have been claims of people witnessing medical situation X and attributing it to MonaVie, when there are a number of other valid explanations, such as the placebo effect. These are not scientific studies and carry no more weight for their argument than if they had said ghosts were moving the lamp shade.

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Posted by MonaVie Scam on January 24, 2018 in MonaVie & Open-Mindedness

Shipping MonaVie’s Acai Around the World?

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What are the side effects of shipping fruit around the world?

From everything I’ve read acai used in MonaVie is freeze-dried and shipped from the Amazon to the United States (specifically Utah) for bottling. This requires a lot of energy – energy in the form of oil or coal. Creating the energy to ship the fruit, leaves pollutants behind, and can’t be considered a good way for the US to reduce their dependence on foreign oil.

Many health organizations are suggesting that it is better if we eat locally grown food rather than importing it.

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Posted by MonaVie Scam on January 24, 2018 in MonaVie & Environment

MonaVie Perks Scam involving Diamond Executive Marcy Negri?

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A few months ago, MonaVie released “MonaVie Perks.”

Let’s investigate how MonaVie is marketing this release. On December 9th, 2011, it had this article Diamond Executive Marcy N. Shares MonaVie Perks Experience with Downline.

Before we dig into the details it is worth focusing on why MonaVie has highlights “Diamond Executive Marcy N.” when a simple search shows that the only Diamond Executive “Marci N.” is Marcy Negri. I understand anonymity and I’m anonymous myself.

However, if you want to be anonymous don’t try to pull rank as a Diamond Executive. In my view, you need to own the title if you are going to use your Diamond Executive title. Before he died (RIP), you never heard testimony from Steve J. about Apple, right?

So let’s look at what MonaVie is advocating that their top distributors spread through their downline. Here’s a quote from the article:

“The following is an email that Marcy N., Diamond Executive with MonaVie, sent to her organization. With permission, we are sharing this stellar example of downline communication, which effectively communicates the benefits of the MonaVie Perks program through personal experience.”

The email is this:

Dec 9, 2011
Diamond Executive Marcy N. Shares MonaVie Perks Experience with Downline
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Thank you for the feedback many of you have provided us during the rollout phase of our MonaVie Perks Retail Rewards program. We’ve sincerely appreciated hearing your accolades and experiences in saving.

The following is an email that Marcy N., Diamond Executive with MonaVie, sent to her organization. With permission, we are sharing this stellar example of downline communication, which effectively communicates the benefits of the MonaVie Perks program through personal experience.

I am so excited about the new MonaVie Perks program. One of the reasons people quit MonaVie is because once they start to feel better or lose weight, they forget how they used to look and feel. Then their credit card bill comes, and they think that looking good and feeling good cost too much. Well, now, MonaVie has provided a perk that can save them significant money. In fact, it will actually cost them money to drop out!

We just enrolled in the new Perks program, and during the first week we saved $93.00!

How, you ask?

We have a $40 co-pay on our prescription plan for some prescriptions. They have some crazy formula—some prescriptions are $10, some are $20, and some are $40, go figure…I went to Walgreens and paid $40 for a prescription and then as I was walking out of the store, I looked at the fine print on the receipt and it said, “Your prescription plan saved you $2.49.” In other words, if I didn’t have insurance the script would have been $42.49, big deal! So I asked the pharmacist if he would try to run the prescription on my MonaVie Health & Happiness Card. He wasn’t too thrilled and thought that it wouldn’t save any money. But when he went to his computer, his eyes lit up and he said, “I will re-run your prescription on this card, and your co-pay will only be $15!”
I just saved $25
Later in the week, I had another prescription filled; this one saved $3.
I just saved $3
I went online before we went out to dinner on Tuesday night and looked at the MonaVie Perks site. I found a new Japanese restaurant that we had never gone to before and printed a coupon. We had a great meal with our friends and when the check came we saved $15 plus 10% off the check.
I just saved another $25
Yesterday I went to the Gap; prior to going, I printed a $15 coupon.
I just saved another $15
Last night we went to Bensi, an Italian restaurant that we frequently visit. Prior to going, I looked online, found a $10 coupon, and guess what…?
I just saved another $10
Today I received the actual Retail Rewards discount card and welcome kit booklet from MonaVie. There was another Gap coupon…
I went shopping, and today I saved another $15

Total savings on stuff I would have bought in one week: $93. If I do this every week, I will save $4,836 per year! That is more than my AutoShip costs me. MonaVie just found another way to reward me for being a customer. What a great company! I am making money 8 ways on the standard compensation plan, PLUS I am saving more money on everyday purchases than I am spending on the product. There are so many places to save money! Just log into your Virtual Office and click “MV Perks” to register and look at all of the great merchants in your area that are participating—you won’t believe your eyes!

It really does cost you money NOT to be with MonaVie.

Marcy N.
Diamond Executive

The downline receiving this think that it is a fantastic opportunity to save money, right?

However, let’s examine the claims made.

Regarding the prescription part of the MonaVie Perks:

  • Points #1 and #2 of Nancy Negri’s article relates to discounts for prescriptions being filled. Hey, I thought that people drinking MonaVie didn’t get sick. Oh wait, that was exposed as a scam here, MonaVie M(Mun), Dr. Paul Clayton, and Wellmune.
  • Also there are similar health cards available for discounts on prescriptions here: http://www.medicationcard.net/

In short, the card has zero value. Also, MonaVie shouldn’t be representing it as a perk, especially when it flies in the face of what they’ve told consumers in the past.

The more egregious part of the MonaVie Perks program comes to the “deals.”

As “Marcy N.” says,

“Well, now, MonaVie has provided a perk that can save them significant money. In fact, it will actually cost them money to drop out!”

Is that truthful? Let’s look at what MonaVie has to say regarding their Perk program. Their “official representative”, Jake Larsen, who is likely related to Dallin Larsen: said the following:

“The Retail Rewards program is a specially designed program for MonaVie distributors that is powered by Entertainment®. The special offers for MonaVie have been chosen from Entertainment’s database of hundred’s of thousands of offers focused on delivering relevant savings for MonaVie distributors. Entertainment also manages offerings for student and charity fundraisers. One of those offerings includes the Entertainment Book, which you may have seen used as a fundraiser for schools or other organizations.

The offerings for MonaVie have been put together especially for our distributors and may be different offers than those found in Entertainment Books used for fundraising.”

It turns out that MonaVie’s Official blog is pushing the fact that joining MonaVie is a cost savings. However further inspection reveals that MonaVie’s autoship requirements costs close to $1700 a year and anyone has been able to get the FULL DEALS (not limited as MonaVie’s representative says) for around $35 a year… and it get cheaper depending on the season.

This is deceptive marketing at its finest. I’m in appalled that MonaVie would post the following:

“Total savings on stuff I would have bought in one week: $93. If I do this every week, I will save $4,836 per year! That is more than my AutoShip costs me. MonaVie just found another way to reward me for being a customer. What a great company! I am making money 8 ways on the standard compensation plan, PLUS I am saving more money on everyday purchases than I am spending on the product. There are so many places to save money!”

It’s hard to know where to begin with topics like this. Marcy Negri extrapolates one week to an entire year. Does she get two prescriptions filled per week? If so… Wow, you why are you paying $40 a bottle for MonaVie?!?!

After that why is she pitching savings of a MonaVie program as an exclusive benefit when a non-member could get similar fantastic deals for $1700 less a year?

Poor form MonaVie.

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Posted by MonaVie Scam on January 2, 2018 in monavie

Dallin Larsen Jr. Refuses to Be a Scammer Like His Dad, Promises to Tell FBI about MonaVie Lies

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In a surprising series of posts on Facebook the son of MonaVie CEO, Dallin Larsen, Dallin Larsen Jr. said he wants out of MonaVie. He doesn’t want to be a part of an organization that lies to people even if it means losing his trust fund. On his Facebook page there are quotes such as:

“there has to be a way out”

“@ david bunker…this is me calling out your fat tubby ass. You work for a nutritional company yet you eat burgers and fries all day. Chunk a chunk a chunk a chunk … I understand business is business which is why you should practice what you preach…I am son of the founding chair and president. Based on how much money the company makes is based on how much goes into my trust fund. GUESS WHAT? I don’t want a trust fund, I don’t want money from a man who walked out on me as a small child leaving me to try and raise four girls on my own at age 11. So dad go ahead and keep your damn money I don’t want it. I’m done being the man people expect me to be. You have all been lied to, they are poisoning you in order to depopulate, don’t buy it… @FBI—I have information for you. CTU has contacted me… I can be reached at [email protected]

“Dome dome origato nehow dashimash hola and hello. forgive me If my pronunciation is off : My name is Dallin Larsen Jr. Some of you may know me as Ross. I am the son of whom many know as CEO, Founder, and Chairman Dallin Albert Larsen, not to be confused. The Executives and I have decided it is best that I do not work at Monavie any longer based on personal reasons. I wish you all the best of luck I’m just not making what I need to here. I hope that one day you and your families will be in a position not only financially, but physically, mentally, and emotionally to the point where you no longer have increased stress from your job. I hope one day to meet all of you and know you are doing a terrific job at what you do; otherwise, the Monavie Corporation would not be where it is today. I’m done being the man people expect me to be. If I am fortunate enough to meet you, do not hesitate to come up and say hello, I don’t bite…delta alpha lambda lambda ioto nu lambda if you want fresh milk, don’t poison the cow for only the fool works for free. I love you all, I hope for nothing but the best for all of you…and David Bunker I forgive you for your selfish self-indulging idiocracy you son of a bitch you’re all doing a great job. Keep it up, don’t quit, blessings. love. ohbdeegada.”

This has obviously put MonaVie on alert. There a couple of messages from Randy Schroeder, International Distributor Ambassador at MonaVie, on his wall saying, “Dallin…call me. My private number is in your in box.”

I have also received word that the last quote from Dallin Larsen Jr. on Facebook was sent to everyone at MonaVie Internationally. The person said that his father followed up with the following email to everyone:

“All, I apologize for having to respond to all of you as a result of my son’s email. I love my son and he has been and is going through some personal challenges. I appreciate you honoring our family’s need and desire to deal with his challenges in private. Sincerely, Dallin A. Larsen Founder and CEO; MonaVie”

Clearly dad isn’t getting his wish due to the information being put publicly on Facebook. I understand that not every family is perfect all the time and we all go through some personal challenges. That’s not really the point of this post. The point is that it is notable that Dallin Larsen Jr. would give up a substantial trust fund and saying that everyone is being lied to about MonaVie and that he’s willing to tell the FBI about it. Hey, readers of this website have known about the lies for years, but it noteworthy that there lies that would be of interest to the FBI.

It’s also good to have the confirmation that top MonaVie executives don’t actually live a healthy lifestyle. Finally, there’s the thought that if this is how MonaVie treats their own people, what are doing to others?

Here is a screenshot from Dallin Larsen Jr.’s Facebook page (click for larger image):

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Posted by MonaVie Scam on December 31, 2017 in dallin larsen