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Juice Plus Review

Is Juice Plus a Scam?

Juice Plus is a supplement that has been in existence since 1993. I looked into the product at one time as a possible source of nutritional benefit for my family. I was even interested in becoming a distributor so that I could earn a residual income, since so many people are looking for ways to improve their nutrition just like you and I. I will not say outright that the Juice Plus is a scam. I have thoroughly looked into many business opportunities, especially health related companies, and I will say that there are many fraud companies out there. I think that Juice Plus is actually one of the better companies out there, but in my search for the best quality source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and general nutritional supplements… a little bit of research let me know that Juice Plus+ was not for me. Let me tell you why I decided that it was not for me.

The Juice Plus Company

Juice Plus is manufactured by a company called Natural Alternatives International in Santa Monica, California and distributed by National Safety Associates (NSA) in Tennessee. NSA was started in 1970 and before introducing Juice Plus, was known for other multilevel-marketed products. Juice Plus scam? No, they are just a smart company that seems to follow the business trends of the decades. Do you remember all of those water filter companies that were popular in the 1980s? Well this company sold home fire detectors when they were popular in the 70s, water filters in the early 80s, and air filters in the late 80s. They also sold educational games at one point.

While some companies in the past have made multilevel-marketing look bad, there is nothing wrong with using the method of sales distribution known as multilevel-marketing. If done right, it can benefit more people than traditional marketing, save people money and can also help get a product out to many who may have never learned about the product.

So from a business standpoint, it looks like they have the right idea. They follow the trends.

The Juice Plus Products

Their main products are the Juice Plus, which are not juice really, but powder in capsules. This is better than juice because juice supplements like the popular Acai berry juice, noni juice, Mona vie juice or Mangosteen juice products will begin to oxidate as soon as you open the bottle. This liquid oxidation is harmful to the body. The Juice Plus blend include great ingredients that come from fruits such as acerola berries, apples, cranberries, oranges, papaya, peaches, and pineapple. Their Juice Plus+ contains vegetables that are sourced from barley, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, kale, oats, parsley, spinach, and tomato. So to answer the question is Juice Plus fraud, I say that there is no Juice Plus scam, since they sell real products with decent ingredients.

It has become general knowledge that by increasing your fruit and vegetable intake on a daily basis, that you can improve your health and wellness. Eating more fruits and vegetables will actually help your body also get rid of free radical cells as well as a natural antioxidant in the body. I just do not feel that this product has enough fruits and vegetables in it for me is all.

A Few Juicy Problems

Their Juice Plus Gummies supplement for kids were found to have around 80% corn syrup and 10% beef gelatin, making the product almost without nutritional benefit. So these are not much better than the gummy vitamin/mineral bears that you can buy at your local store. Both are basically just candy!

I assume that their other products probably have a higher quality of nutrition than this but I saw some other problems that made me shy away.

The Biggest Problem

I could not find any of the product labels on their site.

The biggest problem that I saw was that in all of the poking around on their company website, I could not find any of the product labels for any of their products! What are they trying to hide? Sure they list a few fruits and vegetables, but they don’t say how much of each fruit that they use. They don’t show you the nutritional facts so you can see how much sugar and natural or artificial ingredients are in each product.

I did not like that I had to buy the product to see the product labels.

Some other problems that I saw …

1. The products were not unique enough

2. There was not enough research and science

3. The testimonials were lacking

4. The products were not manufactured to high enough standards to make me want to pay the extra money for them

5. Not all of their ingredients were organic and/or plant-based.

Juice Plus Research

One thing that caught my interest when first evaluating Juice Plus was that the product had at least been in scientific journals such as Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Nutrition Research, Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Integrative Medicine.

But wait a second! I soon discovered that of the the published peer-reviewed studies, only one was conducted independently! The others were all funded and/or authored by the manufacturer, the main distributor, or by individual Juice Plus distributors. That made me a little leery!

Juice Plus Testimonials

One serious mistake that was made, was in choosing former professional football player O.J. Simpson to be celebrity endorser of the product. Simpson was given a multi-year six-figure contract to sign on with NSA as a icon for the company. I personally like to see a company that has a product that is so good that star athletes use the supplement on their own, simply because they like the added performance gain and benefits that they get while using them.

The testimonial of O.J. Simpson was thrown even further out after he was charged with murdering his wife and her friend Ronald Goldman. In March of 1994, shortly before these murders took place, he was videotaped telling 4,000 Juice Plus distributors at a sales meeting that Juice Plus+ had cured his arthritis, enhanced his golf game, and freed him from needing to use anti-arthritic drugs. However, his defense attorneys in the criminal trial in 1995 and civil trial in 1997 (and in his 2007 book If I Did It) all suggested that Simpson was so handicapped by arthritis that he could not have committed the murders. They also went on to say that Simpson was using a variety of potent anti-inflammatory drugs, such as sulfasalazine and ibuprofen. Well, these may have been what improved his arthritis enough to allow him to have an enhanced golf game.

My Conclusion

In conclusion, I looked into them as a health product and as a source for a second income, since they use the residual income model which I like. To answer the question is Juice Plus a Scam? No I don’t believe Juice Plus is a scam, but Juice Plus was not for me. You should do your own research. I found an alternative that I am extremely happy with.

The Perfect Alternative

A supplement that is used by hundreds of Olympic athletes!

I found an alternative product to Juice Plus that I really like! While just looking for a health product to help my family with some health challenges, I happened across a great opportunity to get paid to share a product that I really love. Help others feel great about their health and energy. Become a wellness distributor! It is fun, rewarding and after a few years of hard work put in, can return you a nice residual income.

Everybody wants good health and more energy. Ever heard of glyconutrients? Improve your wellbeing. And since glyconutrients are so new, and are easy for anyone to start including into their diet on a regular basis, there is a huge growing demand for glyconutrients distributors. If you would like to become a local representative for an extra flow of residual income, then come talk to me. I have been consuming glyconutrients supplements for a few years now and am extremely happy with my energy, immune system, and wonderful health.

Clinical Evidence For Glioblastoma Mutliforme Treatment Plans

A compilation of survivor stories for people with brain cancer and specifically GBMs. Most of the survivors listed used natural and/or homeopathic treatments. There are also stories of people who solely did traditional treatments-chemotherapy and radiation. Unfortunately, there are not too many survivors who used chemo and radiation that are more than five years out or so. I am currently three years out!

Hilary Rose

Who: Twenty-eight year old female from England: One year cancer survivor, current MRIs show no cancer cells whatsoever. Hilary did the standard Temodar/Radiation routine, and she is also taking homeopathic medication from Dr. Ramakrishnan, a world-renowned naturopathic doctor for his success in treating brain tumors. Hilary also eats organic fruits and vegetables, and saw an energy healer in Brazil. She described the experience as “amazing” and that she met many people who had experienced “dramatic results.”

Treatments: Chemotherapy and Radiation, homeopathic medicines, diet, and energy healing.

Tom Rolland

Who: Tom is a thirty-eight year old male who was diagnosed with a GBM in 2002. He is an eight-year survivor. He was told by his doctor that he had 26 weeks to live if he didn’t do radiation, and that if he did do radiation, he might make it one year. Tom quit radiation five days in, as it made him feel terrible. He immediately had an anointing service with the elders in his church and started on this diet: flax oil with cottage cheese, shark cartilage capsules, borage oil and CoQ10, water, exercise, and sunlight. His wife rubbed Frankincense on his head – frankincense naturally contains ozone, which is more powerful than h202 in oxygenating cells. Tom also consumed graviola, barley, carrots, beets, and he cut out most meats and sugar.

Treatments: Five days of radiation, diet, and other alternative treatments listed above.

Andy Watson

Who: Andy is a 49 year-old male who lives in Maine. He was diagnosed with a GBM in 2005. He had surgery to remove the tumor that same year. He is taking homeopathic medicines from a doctor in India. His doctor, Dr. Prasanta Banerji, claims he has treated thousands of brain tumors over a 30 year period with a 75% success rate.

While this may seem impossible and obviously a lie, please consider that Dr. Banerji does not have any financial incentives for sharing this info with those of us in the United States. Most Americans are not going to spend the money to get there, or even trust going to India to see what we consider a naturopath doctor. In India, their “real doctors” use homeopathic medications. Andy personally knows many who are having success with Dr. Banerji’s treatment. Andy also says that he was the most anti-homeopathic person around, but that his personal results have changed his mind. He has been able to avoid a second surgery so far, and is waiting to see more results.

Treatments: Surgery, and homeopathic medications.

Ryan Weidman

Who: Ryan is a male in his late thirties from Wisconsin. He was diagnosed with a GBM in 1997. He had surgery, radiation for six weeks, chemotherapy, and an experimental drug called DFMO. His neuro-oncologist, Dr. Choucair (not sure if this is the same Dr. Choucair I recently saw in Salt Lake, but it’s probable as neuro-oncologists are few and far between) told him he had a three percent chance of living five years. He immediately got an infection on his skull after finishing chemo and radiation. Ryan’s last MRI was in 2002, which showed no growth. He is now thirteen years out.

Treatments: Radiation, Chemotherapy, and DFMO.

Laura DeBarba

Who: Laura is a 44 year old female, who was diagnosed with a GBM in 2002. She had surgery, completed six weeks of radiation and Temodar (chemo), and is now following a personalized supplement plan put together by Jeanne Wallace, a very successful and renowned nutritionist that specializes in treating brain cancer. Laura also reads a lot of spiritual books and maintains a positive attitude. She is now five and a half years out.

Treatment: Radiation and chemotherapy, personalized nutrition plan, and spiritual dependence/positive attitude.

Tim Herron:

Who: Tim is a 15-year survivor in his fifties who took an extreme faith-based approach to handling his surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. He also maintained a metabolic diet (which includes detoxification and nutritional replacement). Tim recognizes the pointlessness of the obvious clash between medicine and natural healing. He sees the animosity felt on both sides towards each other and wishes that they could work together instead of fighting against each other.

Treatment: Chemotherapy, radiation, faith in God, and a specific diet without sugar, meat, and full of fruits and vegetables.

Candice Jackson

Who: Candice is female in her mid fifties who lives in Warren, MI. She was diagnosed with a GBM in 2001. She did chemo and radiation after surgery. Candice struggled with her insurance company and the government to pay her medical bills. After her employer was forced to fire her due to his failing business, he continued paying her premiums through COBRA until he could no longer. She struggled to pay the over $1,000-a-month medical bills, before going bankrupt. She was saved by Medicare. I know Candice survived until for at least six years, as I found a letter from the state regarding her daycare facility, dated from October, 2007. I e-mailed her to see if she is still alive and in good health, but haven’t heard back from her and her e-mail address isn’t active any longer.

Treatment: Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

Venoir

Who: Venoir is a seven year breast cancer survivor who was treated by Dr. Gonzalez in New York. She followed his treatment plan of which consisted of a sole nutritional approach. Venoir also recommends anyone with brain cancer see Dr. Burzyinski and his at his clinic in Houston, TX. She knows people who saw him and are now ten year stage IV brain cancer survivors.

Treatment: Personalized nutrition under the guidance of a medical doctor.

Canadian Research

In a study conducted by the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, they reviewed 286 glioblastoma patients, both long-term survivors (three years or more), and newly diagnosed, and ran a series of tests. These patients all live in Alberta, Canada and the study was conducted from 1975 to 1991. In the study, they found that 1.8 percent of their newly diagnosed patients survived more than three years. All of the newly diagnosed patients underwent the standard radiation and chemotherapy procedure. They also found that the cell type found in recurrent GBMs versus the cell type in new GBMs have fewer mitosises and a lower proliferative index (the rate at which the cells divide). The study showed that radiation was generally twice as effective on newly diagnosed patients over patients three years out or more. I read this report on April 12, 2010, and it can be accessed at http://www.cjns.org/25augtoc/long.html.

Conclusion

I bring up this case study to make a simple point. I am asked by medical professionals all the time to show them proof or clinical evidence for my alternative treatment plan. I ask them to do the same with traditional medical treatments. If someone were to show me good statistics for using radiation and chemotherapy to treat glioblastomas, I would do radiation and chemo. Unfortunately, I have yet to see these statistics. The statistics I’ve seen for people my age with GBMs is that I have a 14% chance to live more than five years. Because standard treatment is Temodar and radiation, one would conclude that these statistics are representative of people who did chemo and radiation. For me personally, 14% is not good enough. For however foolish this may be, I’d rather go with Dr. Banerji’s outlandish claim of 75%. I know there is no evidence to back his claims, but I have evidence to back the detoxification process that was brought on by the homeopathic regime I’ve used under Dr. Aldridge.