Dr. Andrew Weil on MonaVie

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In case you heard that some doctors are in favor of MonaVie, I offer this nugget from the famous Dr. Andrew Weil giving the “thumbs down on MonaVie”. Here are a few quotes from his website:

“There are no reliable studies on any commercially available products containing acai… MonaVie is an expensive way to get your antioxidants – it sells for about $40 for a 25.3 ounce bottle. That works out to $4 to $6 per day if you use it as directed… Opt for organically grown blueberries, which are more available, much less expensive, and give you fiber as well as plenty of antioxidant activity…. As for the glucosamine in some MonaVie products, there are less expensive ways to get that, too.”

That’s been very much what this website has been claiming. There are much cheaper alternatives that provide you more benefits (read: fiber) and that the glucosamine is not special either.

For those who are unfamiliar with Dr. Andrew Weil, he is well-known for emphasizing nutrition to complement conventional medicine. From Wikipedia, “Weil appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1997 and 2005. Time Magazine also named him one of the 25 most influential Americans in 1997 and one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005.”
One may note that Dr. Alexander Schauss was not listed.

If there is a doctor on the Earth who should be backing MonaVie, it is Dr. Weil. It speaks volumes about MonaVie that Dr. Weil is very against it.

Originally posted 2010-05-08 12:15:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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32 Responses to “Dr. Andrew Weil on MonaVie”
  1. Want Freedom Says:

    Actually monavie scam, the above quotes from his website only say that there is a cheaper alternative to what monavie is offering.

  2. MonaVie Scam Says:

    Want Freedom – that’s really the point of this website. MonaVie is a terrible value at 10-20 times (ounce-for-ounce) the cost of other juices (that have been proven to be better). As the doctor mentioned you don’t get fiber with MonaVie either.

    Buying MonaVie is like buying a $50,000 Yugo. It’s just a poor decision all around. Distributors realize this and decide that they need to make up medical testimonies to sell this juice – just like Dallin Larsen’s previous Royal Tongan Limu juice – that got shut down by the FTC.

  3. Jim Phillips Says:

    I take Mon*A*Vie Active. I have had major muscular, joint and bone injuries every 6 years since 1975. I was in pain all day long every day. These pains include, after taking muscle relaxers and Ibuprofen before bed, I wake up, after 4 hours sleep, have to take more medicine, sit up for 2 hours till the medicine kicks in, go back to bed and sleep for 4 hours. This was happening every night for 2 years. I started taking Mon*A*Vie Active and after a week I could sleep a full night, then after 2 weeks I was able to stop taking medication and still sleep all night. I was taking for YEARS vitamins and eating healthy as per a holistic doctors advise. The past couple of years I was also taking Glucosamine, Ginkgo, Potassium and Calcium. But still had pain! So you go ahead and tell me that Mon*A*Vie is B.S. and I will go ahead and ignor you idiots who just like to talk bad about anything YOU don’t understand!

  4. MonaVie Scam Says:

    Jim,

    Please read MonaVie Medical Testimonies are Pointless.

  5. Anonymous Aussie Says:

    Jim Phillips states “I have had major muscular, joint and bone injuries every 6 years since 1975. I was in pain all day long every day. These pains include, after taking muscle relaxers and Ibuprofen before bed, I wake up, after 4 hours sleep, have to take more medicine, sit up for 2 hours till the medicine kicks in, go back to bed and sleep for 4 hours. This was happening every night for 2 years. I started taking Mon*A*Vie Active and after a week I could sleep a full night, then after 2 weeks I was able to stop taking medication and still sleep all night. I was taking for YEARS vitamins and eating healthy as per a holistic doctors advise. The past couple of years I was also taking Glucosamine, Ginkgo, Potassium and Calcium. But still had pain!”

    I’ll tell you what’s painful – reading your BS testimonial which may have worked in luring your unsuspecting family and friends into supporting you in this misadventure, but it certainly won’t wash here.

    But…I’m more than happy to give you an opportunity to validate your claims by providing evidence to substantiate same – you know, evidence that of the benefits you claim to have experienced is what one would typically expect? Particularly given the FTC guidelines which are explained on Monavie’s own website where they state

    “If you are a distributor and want to share your story or testimonial anywhere, first ask yourself if the results can be typical? Thus testimonials about MonaVie products or money making opportunities must conform to MonaVie approved statements.”
    http://monaviemediacenter.com/blogs/5-tips-every-monavie-distributor-needs-to-know-about-the-new-ftc-guidelines/

    Although, I’d be fascinated to know how you’re going to validate such claims taking into consideration the approved claims you’re allowed to make concerning the product do NOT include using terms or phrases that suggest the product can mitigate, diagnose, treat or cure any disease or condition AND particularly given no studies have been undertaken to confirm the existence of any health benefits whatsoever.
    http://www.blackdiamonduniversity.com/training-compiance-us-product-claims.asp

    Jim Phillips further states “So you go ahead and tell me that Mon*A*Vie is B.S. and I will go ahead and ignor you idiots who just like to talk bad about anything YOU don’t understand!”

    Informing ill-informed distributors such as yourself that Monavie is a highly processed fruit juice which offers very little in terms of nutrition isn’t talking bad, it’s stating a FACT. The FACT is that Monavie Active offers a daily value of 2% vitamin C, 2% iron and 1% carbohydrates and certainly contains nothing to account for the entirely unfounded (and unapproved) claims you just made.
    http://www.blackdiamonduniversity.com/pdf/monavie-products.pdf

    As it stands, the only person who’s demonstrated a lack of understanding of the product you’re peddling is YOU after having had breached company policy and the law by posting a testimonial which describes atypical results, a testimonial which is contains claims which are NOT approved by Monavie AND your failure to provide your distributor ID number which your company requires you to do also.

    So yes, we’ll continue to tell you that your moronic statements and the snakeoil you’re peddling are absolute garbage – particularly given Monavie’s own literature doesn’t support a single thing that you’ve claimed.

  6. Rykel Lim Says:

    Hi, While I know that some of you are Anti-MonaVie here, may I know why you think Jim Phillips is speaking BS?

    Why are you denying that at least MonaVie helped HIM?

    Can you not give credit where credit is due?

    Just because MonaVie does not work on everybody’s pains, it does NOT mean that it did not work in anybody’s pain. Obviously, Jim Phillips is one person where MonaVie WORKED.

    I invite you to correct my rational statements above.

    Thank you, Rykel

  7. Rykel Lim Says:

    p/s1. Does Dr Weil promote his own brand of health products and/or services? Obviously, if he does, he has a vested interest to see LESS people drink MonaVie as it means LESS business for his vitamin Pills! So someone please correct me if I am wrong.

    [Editor’s Note: You’ll notice in his article he does not promote any products other than blueberries, which I don’t think he sells. If someone stops buying MonaVie, they are not likely to start buying his products. Also we are talking one of the top 100 influential people in the world according to Time magazine. It is entirely reasonable that he makes a claim that matching up with the FDA, USDA, and CDC recommend: read 4 Ounces of MonaVie is 1 Serving of Fruit. No need for some elaborate conspiracy theory, he is just giving the advice that we already know to be true. If I tell you the world is round, are you going to insist it is flat, just because I may sell globes on my website? That is essentially what you are trying to do here.]

    p/s 2. I have reason to believe that the REAL beef for Dr Weil is right there at the bottom of his post on MonaVie – “… I also object to MonaVie because it is sold via a mix of multi-level marketing and direct-from-distributor sales. I’m sorry, but I AM PREJUDICED (emphasis mine) against multi-level marketing of any kind. (Andrew Weil, M.D.)”

    To all networkers and pro-networkers – write about and boycott Dr Weil, because he has spoken AGAINST your business, and is fair game.

    [Editor’s Note: Well, gotta give credit to Dr. Weil on this one. Forbes called MonaVie and TEAM a pyramid scheme, too. So you should write them. Oh, and Inc. Magazine spoke out against MLM as well. Guess you’ll have a lot of writing to do.]

  8. MonaVie Scam Says:

    Rykel, I ask that you look up a few comments where I recommended that he read: MonaVie Medical Testimonies are Pointless. You will find the answers to your questions there as well. You will also see why your statements are not logical in the context of MonaVie.

  9. Rykel Lim Says:

    Thank you for the quick replies, guys.

    And yes, Forbes is quite anti-MonaVie/TEAM, it seems, although it is quite flattering to be the only “…organization (which) is one step ahead of them all.”

    As for INC. I read through the article, it is basically Norm Brodsky’s personal opinion piece about the Network Marketing industry. His article contains implicit references to the System and does NOT attempt to prove conclusively why Networking is a “mischief”. To each his own opinion, though!

    By the way, in every TEAM STP, it says that 95% of the population earns 5% of the wealth, while 5% earns 95%. It is the same demographics in MLM land. So INC’s page essentially says the same thing, that “some people get rich through multilevel marketing, but the overwhelming majority fall by the wayside”. ie. 5% vs 95% of Networkers.

  10. MonaVie Scam Says:

    Rykel, it is not so flattering to be “one step ahead of them all”, when the context is scamming people. It’s like saying, “at least we are flattered to be the best bank robbers.”

    Well, Norm Brodsky’s opinion was represented enough to be published in Inc. Magazine. Obviously the editors agreed with him. Perhaps you should write to Inc. Magazine with your opinion and see if they publish it. Of course Norm Brodsky’s background in the business world might carry a little more weight than yours… just guessing.

    Umm, your last paragraph missed the point entirely. The 95% of the population is making positive money… it puts food on the table, roof over their heads, etc. If you look at the population in the United States, there is a rather sizable middle class who live very good lifestyles. With MLM, the 95% of the lose money to pay the 5%. That’s actually very much how illegal pyramid schemes work. Those 95% don’t have positive cash to put food on the table, roof over their heads, they’ve lost thousands just like Norm Brodsky’s friend.

  11. Rykel Lim Says:

    MS, you will be glad that I agree with you on this – that it is not flattering in this context. From another perspective, Forbes is also sharp enough to equate/elevate Team ABOVE the very MLMs themselves.

    As for INC editors agreeing with him, I would have you read the following statement from INC.’s website and then tell me again that Norm Brodsky has all the editors agreeing with him –

    “Mentors – The advice that Inc.com mentors has given is each mentor’s own and NOT THAT OF Inc.com. (emphasis mine)” <– Taken from http://www.inc.com/about/disclaimer.html

    Lastly, you pointed out a good contrast between the 95%-ters in Networking land and outsiders, and you are both right and wrong in your rebuttal. You are right to say that 95% put food on the table and roof over the head. But you are wrong to say that they live very good lifestyle. With all due respect, "good" is the enemy of "Great". We never got involved with Community Building for "good" lifestyle – we obviously already have that – we got in for GREAT lifestyle – that is, making money while we sleep.

    Hope that helps. Thanks!

  12. Rykel Lim Says:

    p/s. MS, Inc. also had a full page article on MonaVie/Dallin Larsen here, entitled, “How I Did It: Dallin A. Larsen of MonaVie” –

    http://www.inc.com/magazine/20090901/how-i-did-it-dallin-a-larsen-of-monavie.html

    Does that mean that all the editors of Inc. “agree” with MLM now?

    (I hope you agree with me – obviously NOT – they are simply allowing freedom of speech in press, and that all opinions are strictly those of the writer himself, NOT of Inc./editors)

  13. MonaVie Scam Says:

    Forbes is not elevating Team ABOVE the very MLMs themselves. They are saying that it is twice as bad because it is a scheme on top of a scheme.

    As for Norm Brodsky… it isn’t clear that he’s a “Mentor” from the article and thus that would be irrelevant. Also, since it is in the disclaimer area with all the other legalese, it is just to protect them against lawsuits. Again, submit your article about MLMs not being a scam (or whatever positive stance you want to take) to Inc. Magazine and we’ll see when it gets published. When it does, you’ll be on equal footing with Norm Brodsky, but until then, it is clear you have lost that argument.

    I don’t think you can call me wrong for my classification of “very good lifestyle.” It isn’t like there is an agreed upon definition of “very good lifestyle”. However, I was referring to their basic needs being met as well as having money left over for extras.

    You didn’t address the fact that the 95% in the MLM lose money. Once again, you completely ignored the most important point I was making.

    By the way, I make money while I sleep too. And I don’t require 95% of people lose money to support it. That helps me sleep with a clear conscience, which is the best kind of sleep there is.

  14. Rykel Lim Says:

    MS, OK, time does not permit me to delve deeper into this conversation, but tell me, what point are you making when you said, “95% in the MLM lose money”?

    I agree with you in many aspects on the above, but my explanation is that this is life. 95% of the workers in my company spend more time working for less pay than their supervisors, who in turn earn less than their managers, who in turn earn less than the CEO and his VPs. Are we then to say that Employment is “evil”?

    Maybe you prefer to hear about insurance salesmen? 95% also LOSE MONEY, because before they get started, they have to SPEND on the certification courses, advertisements and what-nots.

    Why are you NOT calling insurance a crooked industry?

    Regards, Rykel

  15. Anonymous Aussie Says:

    Rykel Lim states “95% of the workers in my company spend more time working for less pay than their supervisors, who in turn earn less than their managers, who in turn earn less than the CEO and his VPs.”

    You continue to miss the point entirely.

    Not only do Monavie distributors earn less than the highest ranked, they are LOSING as a result of their involvement in Monavie – you know in the negative, in the red, not being able to recoup their investments, making a loss.

    Not only are they losing, but taking into consideration that Monavie’s distributors are it’s primary customers, those ranked higher in this pyramid (as accurately identified by Forbes) are being enriched as a result of the losses being sustained by the majority of participants who’s investments and purchases make up the revenue.

    You need to take a closer look at the 2009 Global IDS – I have previously performed an analysis of same.
    http://www.juicescam.com/monavie-is-embarrassed-by-their-income-disclosure-statement-2/

    The 99.64% loss rate (please note again, this is a loss) is unparallel in traditional employment where at the very least you’re paid minimum wage – but as Monavie Scam correctly pointed out, the 99% loss rate IS consistent with the losses seen within product based pyramid schemes such as Monavie.

    Here’s a handy tip for you from the FTC who warn against schemes which purport to sell a product but where the price of the product is INFLATED, where there are ongoing requirements to purchase costly inventory or where “sales” occur amongst the PARTICIPANTS rather than the general public. As stated by the FTC “If any of these conditions exist, the purported “sale” of the product or service may just mask a pyramid scheme that promotes an endless chain of recruiting and inventory loading.”
    http://www.ftc.gov/speeches/other/dvimf16.shtm

    It sounds like you need to look beyond the information being provided to you by Monavie and TEAM to make some better and more informed decisions.

  16. Jim Says:

    If an insurance agent was required to buy a policy from the insurance company in order to sell insurance and that policy cost ten times the compitition then we would begin to have a fair comparison. Also the fees you mention are generally paid to state and regulatory agencies not to the instance companies themselves. In general insurance companies will not require any fees to them to sell their policies. These licensing fees are relatively low. The failure rate is nowhere near 95%, especially if you exclude Primerica, please provide your source for the failure rate. Finally, as an agent for just about every major insurance company, with the exception of MLM Primerica, you receive a salary or draw. In Mona vie over 98% lose cash flow. I question whether you are parroting Mona vie propaganda without thought and research or if you intrntially misleading.

  17. MonaVie Scam Says:

    Rykel,

    Please don’t get into the Your job is a pyramid too argument. I wrote a whole article there because people always give it without understanding why it is wrong.

    Are you sure that 95% of insurance salesmen lose money? Can you really give me proof of that statistic? I know a few people who work for USAA Insurance, State Farm, and they don’t spend on advertisements. Their certification courses are funded by the company. They get a steady salary (above minimum wage) and health benefits.

    I have bought insurance in the past. The person didn’t try to recruit me to sell insurance because he makes a commission on all my sales. He just sold me insurance, not a job. If MonaVie wants to just sell juice and not and not try to tie it into the opportunity, that is great. Perhaps they are making progress with the whole concept of preferred customers. I just want to be sure that MonaVie is making sure that MonaVie is obeying the 70% rule and ensuring that 70% of the product is sold to people not affiliate with MonaVie. I have a hard time believing that is the case.

  18. MonaVie Scam Says:

    I didn’t see the comment you said above about the “How I Did It” article in Inc. Magazine. You see that it was written by Dallin Larsen. It is hardly an independent third party like Norm Brodsky. I noticed he didn’t mention his famous involvement as VP of Sales for the Royal Tongan Limu juice that was shut down by the FDA and the DoJ.

    The point I was trying to make is that it was reputable third party speaking out against MonaVie. You never find anyone saying anything positive about MonaVie, unless they are paid by MonaVie. I could pay people to say that JuiceScam is the best site ever. It doesn’t make it true.

  19. betty Says:

    While I hate mlm and I agree monavie is too expensive I have to say that Monavie active worked for me too and my night vision improved and my eyesight improved as well. My skin looked awesome. I noticed it doing positive things for body aboslutely and within 1 week I noticed and that is a fact. Also I have tried other acai products and they did not have the same effect or benefits so I hate to say it but the truth is there is something to Monavie !!

  20. MonaVie Scam Says:

    MonaVie Medical Testimonies are Pointless

  21. Anonymous Aussie Says:

    Betty, Monavie’s own literature states that Monavie (nor any of it’s ingredients) does not treat, cure or mitigate the symptoms of any disease and condition – furthermore, no studies have ever been conducted to confirm there are any health benefits associated with the products.

    So how on earth do you attribute improved eye sight and skin to a a highly processed fruit juice, preserved with the chemical preservative sodium benzoate (which is considered to cause cancer when combined with vitamin C) in light of the above and more importantly, why could you not obtain these improvements in your health to simply eating fresh fruit?

    Perhaps you need to look at the possibility of buying into MLM driven hype rather than genuine health benefits – particularly given whoever introduced you to Monavie had a vested interest in having you ignore the FACTS and instead base your belief on entirely unfounded claims which, if you were a Monavie distributor, are not only in breach of company policy but also against the law.

    Happy new year, JuiceScam – it’s a new year yet it seems the idiocy continues! Sheez…

  22. Mackwiz Says:

    Your night vision improved??? I didn’t know MonaVie could turn you into an X-man.

  23. Vogel Says:

    Betty said: “While I hate mlm and I agree monavie is too expensive I have to say that Monavie active worked for me too and my night vision improved and my eyesight improved as well. My skin looked awesome. I noticed it doing positive things for body aboslutely and within 1 week I noticed and that is a fact. Also I have tried other acai products and they did not have the same effect or benefits so I hate to say it but the truth is there is something to Monavie !!”

    Wow. That reeks of BS from front to back. If Monavie saved your vision, made your skin beautiful, and did “other positive things for your body” in 1 week that no “other acai products” could do, then it wouldn’t make sense for you to say that you hate MLM and think that the product is too expensive. If your story were true, then you should be praising MLM for bringing you a product that restores vision (since apparently this is something that ONLY Dallin Larceny’s MLM fruit juices can do), and remarking how reasonably priced the product is considering that it cures night-blindness and every other disease to known to man (eg, Mitch Biggs says it cures swine flu; Monavie HQ says it can help treat brain injuries, etc…all illegal BS of course).

    BTW, let me give you a quick remedial lesson on the difference between a “fact” and a baseless assertion. A fact is something that can be proven. Baseless assertions are what Monavie trolls use to illegally promote their worthless goof-juice.

  24. Vogel Says:

    …and WTF does Bett’s post have to do with Andrew Weil? Can’t any of these MV F-tards ever post their idiotic comments in threads that are remotely relevant? No, it seems. They just crap out their shallow thoughts on the first thread they find, regardless of the lack of relevancy.

  25. Mackwiz Says:

    That is a pretty good point Vogel. Why would someone who reaps so many benefits from the juice come on here saying MLM and the price is trash? If juice cured my vision, I wouldn’t care what the price was, and no one else would either, so the juice would SELL ITSELF rather than being peddled like snake oil.

    I think these kind of people are concern trolls, people who are really on the other side but pretend to be on our side only to sway our opinion. Sadly (for Betty), it didn’t even come close to working.

  26. MadScientistMatt Says:

    I’m not a doctor, but Betty’s post sounded like severe Vitamin A deficiency if it were true. Which would be a lot cheaper to treat with carrots, sweet potatoes, or spinach – or regular V8 juice, if you wanted to drink your vitamins instead of eating a balanced solid diet.

  27. Jim Phillips Says:

    I’m so sorry that all of you are so quick to denounce something you don’t understand. And then you argue over something I did not even talk about! Like I said ” I feel sorry for YOU”.

  28. MonaVie Scam Says:

    Thanks for coming back after 5 months.

    Do you want to clarify your comments? I’ve shown that I understand MonaVie inside and out. I have 75 posts that prove my understanding of MonaVie.

    What are people arguing about that you didn’t talk about? Perhaps people were having a discussion that unrelated to you. Not every conversation here has to be about you.

  29. team deception - Life training Orrin Woodward Says:

    Jim’s upline must have grounded him from internet privileges for 5 months. Do they know your back on this site looking foolish again?

  30. MadScientistMatt Says:

    Denouncing something I don’t understand?

    I don’t understand how anyone could believe two ounces of fruit punch are equal to 13 fruits.

    I don’t understand how selling fruit punch for $40 when you can get fruit punch for 1/10 the price at your local grocer can sound like a good business opportunity.

    I don’t understand how MonaVie’s convoluted system for paying commissions, based on the lesser leg and all, can be anything but an effort to bilk distributors out of their hard earned money.

    But it all looks like a tonne of baloney to me. Perhaps, Jim, you can take a stab at explaining these…

  31. Lisa Says:

    Not to defend Monavie, but who trusts Andrew Weil?

    The guy has a gut the size of his ego, and gets by on his self-built reputation. Much of the information he spews is outmoded and obviously doesn’t help him. Just as you should be aware of miracle cures, so too should you run far from anyone termed a guru. Don’t kid yourself that Weil isn’t in it for the money — one look at his ~vitamin advisor~ on his site should tell you enough.

    anyone who relies on hokey supplements to lose weight gets what they deserve: an empty wallet, and no sustainable weight loss.

  32. MonaVie Scam Says:

    “Who trusts Andrew Weil?”

    From the Wikipedia page that can be easily verified, “Weil appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1997 and 2005. Time Magazine also named him one of the 25 most influential Americans in 1997 and one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005.”

    I’m not saying that Time Magazine is the end-all of receiving trust, but it seems like winning a top 25 Most Influential American award from such a resource should prove that he has earned a lot of trust. If were so easy to get by on your self-built reputation we’d see MonaVie’s Andrew Schauss on the cover of Time as he is the king of appointing yourself as a guru.

    If you read what Weil says about MonaVie, he doesn’t push any of his products or vitamins. Instead he correctly points out that there’s little evidence that the acai berry is anything special. He also suggests that one eat blueberries, which, last I checked he doesn’t get a kickback from. He also points out that there are cheaper glucosamine supplements out there, but doesn’t recommend his own. That’s a fair thing to suggest because it is an apples to apples comparison – MonaVie’s glucosamine supplement in Active can be replaced with anyone glucosamine supplement at a cheaper price. Pick your drugstore and brand of choice.

 
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