The Plexus Scam- The Pink Nightmare

The Plexus Scam- The Pink Nightmare

“You can have confidence in the quality of our products, the commitment to our Ambassadors, and the support we will provide to help you succeed.” – PlexusWorldwide.com

What Is Plexus Worldwide?

What Is Plexus

Plexus Worldwide is a very popular weight loss, wellness and personal care network marketing company based out of Scottsdale, Arizona. The hierarchy is seven levels deep starting with ambassador and ending with diamond ambassador. 

To become a distributor for the company, you must pay an annual membership fee of $34.95 and purchase a $99 or $199 product package. You then have to accumulate 100 personal volume (PV) points every month to remain a qualified ambassador.

Potential recruits are pitched the benefits of becoming a Plexus Worldwide distributor including the low risk and start-up costs, potential to make life changing income, flexibility of having your own business and how great network marketing is.

A Little Plexus History

Plexus started in 2005 solely as a breast health company with just two or three products. Their breast health kit was featured on The Doctors show. A spokesperson for the show informed TINA.org that all guests are clarified in advance that they don’t recommend or endorse the product.

When Slim was introduced in 2009, it changed the company and it’s now their core product. It was mainly targeted to type 2 diabetics to keep their blood sugar, cholesterol and lipids under control. They then discovered that the product also helps people control binge eating resulting in weight loss by burning fat and not muscle. They claimed that no caffeine or stimulants are found in the product and that it’s all natural green plants, processed naturally, sweetened with stevia and the sweet flavor of pomegranate and cherry. However, it’s not a meal replacement.

The company was launched in 2011 by Tarl Robinson (CEO), Alfred Pettersen (International President) and Alec Clark (Chief Marketing Officer).

Plexus Founder and Chief Executive
Plexus Founder And Chief Executive , Tarl Robinson

Plexus sales skyrocketed in 2011, 2012, and up to November of 2013 due to the impressive combination of Plexus Slim and Accelerator. The two delivered awesome results to customers; however, that all changed when oxypregnane steroidal glycoside (Hoodia) – the key ingredient that controls appetite was suddenly removed.

It was later investigated by the FDA in 2013 that the popular pink drink has always contained DMAA- dangerous 1,3-dimethylamylamine and Plexus Worldwide was told to change the product.

Plexus Was Banned In Some Countries And From Amazon

Plexus was banned in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. This is just one safety advisory from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

“16 July 2013

Plexus Slim Accelerator capsules and Plexus Slim Accelerator 3 Day Trial pack pose a serious risk to your health and should not be taken.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)… found that:

  • They contain the undeclared banned chemical 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA)
  • DMAA is listed in Appendix C of the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP). Substances within Appendix C are of such danger to health as to warrant prohibition of sale, supply and use
  • Risks…include high blood pressure, psychiatric disorders, bleeding in the brain and stroke”.-tga.gov

Banned By Amazon in Early 2014

After an unbelieveable amount negative reviews and the presence of the banned chemical dimethylamylamine, Amazon completely removed the product off their site and is on their prohibited list.

plexus products in amazons prohibited list
Two of Plexus Products Are Still in Amazons Prohibited List.- Amazon. Click on the image to go to Amazons page.

Under Scrutiny By The FDA

The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to Plexus stating that three of their products were unsafe, ineffective, misbranded because they had inadequate directions for safety and illegally marketed as drugs. They told Plexus to quickly correct the violations.

Plexus Pro Bio 5 and Bio Cleanse
Plexus Products Were Under Scrutiny by The FDA.

“… The therapeutic claims on your website establish that your products are drugs because they are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease…introducing or delivering these products for introduction into interstate commerce for such uses violates the Act.

Your Fast Relief, ProBio5 and BioCleanse are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced uses and, therefore, the products are “new drugs” … New drugs may not be legally introduced or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce without prior approval from FDA… on the basis of scientific data submitted by a drug sponsor to demonstrate that the drug is safe and effective.

Furthermore, your Fast Relief, ProBio5 and BioCleanse are offered for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners; therefore, adequate directions for use cannot be written so that a layperson can use these drugs safely for their intended purposes. Thus, these drugs are misbranded… in that their labeling fails to bear adequate directions for use. The introduction of a misbranded drug into interstate commerce is a violation …

The violations cited in this letter are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of violations that exist in connection with your products…”fda.gov

Misleading And Deceptive Claims

Here is a list of some false and misleading claims made by Plexus.

  • When they claimed they were in partnership with the American Cancer Society, they were immediately told to stop using their name.
  • That their breast check kit was recommended by doctors and nurses, yet no names were mentioned on their website.
  • That their product was featured on The Doctor’s, but a spokesperson for the program told TINA.org that the audience are told that an appearance on the show “does not constitute a recommendation or an endorsement.”
  • That the kit has FDA approval, yet the disclaimer These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease” is scattered throughout their website.
  • They claim the product is clinically proven, but no references or additional information is provided nor can any information be found on general databases for published medical research, including PubMed and Google Scholar.

“When it comes to taking supplements for weight loss or anything else… You don’t really know what you’re getting… It will work for a little bit because when you’re taking it, you’re not eating as many calories. That’s usually part of the plan. It’s something that’s not sustainable. And the weight comes back and then everyone’s looking for the next product,” Dr. Besser said.

Since Plexus isn’t regulated by the FDA, they don’t have to prove anything to sell their products, but they failed to adhere to FDA guidelines according to government officials.

Dr. Besser said, “It’s a fine line that these companies walk and they many times step over that line and say this will treat colds, treat heart disease, boost your immune system. They can’t do that. They can’t say those things.”-  KATV.com

Plexus Complaints- Experiences With Their Customer Service And Are The Products Causing Harmful Side Effects?

“…I just want to tell you what my body felt and my real opinion and review of the product…we ate pretty bad from the move and trying to save money and time so eating the non-organic, icky processed foods was what we did…the website was crazy messed up. I … planned to get the tri pack… it wouldn’t let me, the only thing I could put in my cart was the bio cleanse… After the order went through I got an email with order conf number and that was it. I couldn’t see my account, all the website did was let me see what else I could buy. ..then the ambassador that I ordered from asked how it was going. I said I it wasn’t lol because I didn’t get the product…

She said it was dropped in my mailbox on wed, I think it was Friday when she wrote me… so I called plexus. I was irritated because I couldn’t see what she could see and I HATE calling customer service for anything! … the CS rep informed me it was dropped off and that since I was an ambassador they would love to help me… Wait? What? I did NOT sign up to be an ambassador! … I said… take me off the ambassador list…so I was not going to be charged for within the next 30 days, and refund my money. She was polite, helped me and sent my money back. Well 3 days after all this, I got it in the mail…”

“This product was awful!!! I was in so much pain, not just my stomach, everywhere!! My stomach was bloated, I hurt everywhere, and it was not “cleaning” me out. I was more tired than after having Titus and keeping up with the other three kids the first few weeks. It was awful, I was exhausted (this was the worst part for me, being extremely fatigued) pained, and started getting numbness in my limbs. I got scared and didn’t even think the correlation was with this miracle product I was told about.

I wasn’t warned, in fact I was told it would make me regular and help with energy! I didn’t want it for weight loss at all, just to help clean out my “toxins” and give me more energy/keep me regular. So anyways, I took them religiously for 5 days, it was ok the first day then the second day I was a little uncomfortable then the 3rd day was when it hit me hard!

It was the worst feeling in the world then I realized maybe it’s the supplement?!?! I took it one more day felt worse and then the last day (day 5) I said enough is enough, I’m not taking it the next day. Sure enough, I felt a little better, well 3 days after stopping (today) was the first day I felt back to my old self again. It was scary I thought I was really bad deficient in a vitamin or was getting really sick. It was awful…!!!!

…Do we know if the organic materials they are using are what they are actually using in the products? I’m going to stick with what I know will always work and continue to work. Exercising and eating healthy balanced meals.”-K.H. bbb.org

“…Within a week after signing up as a Ambassador I received and tried my products and came very close to running to the hospital most likely from… Accelerator. That morning I drank a slim drink and took 2 capsules …. My heart-rate was over 140 I started to get really scared.

I called the company and they said they do not know why this would happen and said I should ask a pharmacist to ask what was in the product that would cause my heart to be that high. If anyone takes this product please be careful. I have read several reviews … I am not the only one this has happened to. The next day I canceled my membership asked for a refund. It took almost a month to receive an email that the membership was canceled and I still have not received the membership fee returned.-J.C. bbb.org

“… I never received any benefit from the products, although I heard from others that they did… I canceled the Ambassador membership and I was advised that I would receive a refund…in May and I had to call back a month later and they again told me that I would receive a refund. Now it is the end of July and I haven’t received a refund so I reached out again. They have transferred me several times on the phone, without even telling me they were transferring me. I asked to speak to someone who could refund the money to me and I was asked to hold and it’s now been over 19 minutes… Horrible customer service for an overpriced item. I would recommend staying away from this company.”-H.B. bbb.org

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Plexus WorldWide Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Low start up costs if comparing to starting a brick and mortar business
  • Supervisors make money for developing, retaining and managing their distributors and for their sales of the product.
  • The advice they give is decent. They ask you to eat clean, exercise and drink lots of water while taking Plexus products.

What Makes Plexus A Pyramid Scheme

  • According to FTC guidelines, Plexus is running more of a pyramid scheme rather than a legitimate MLM company. It can take several years for the FTC to shut a pyramid scheme down, giving the owners years to deceive and scam people.
  • According to the 2015 Plexus income disclosure statement, 96.88% of all ambassadors are making less than $5,000 per year with the majority of them making only $417 for the whole year.

Plexus Annual Ambassador Income

  • “The average annual commission made by Plexus Ambassadors (Ambassador–Diamond ranks) in 2015 was $1,885.99, and the median annual commission made by Plexus Ambassadors (Ambassador–Diamond ranks) in 2015 was $213.23.”Plexus Compensation Plan
  • You’re paying $1380 per year or $115 per month to stay qualified at the base level for overpriced, dangerous and chemical ridden products that have been banned in Australia and Canada.
  • There are several complaints in the BBB’s website of Plexus charging the credit cards and bank accounts for fees, unauthorized credit card charges and sale of products including of those that left the company.

Plexus BBB complaints

  • If you don’t qualify you get demoted.
  • They practically force you to keep buying more products if you tell them that it’s not working. Didn’t they tell you that you just need the Slim and Accelerator?
  • Numerous people said that they gained weight after taking Plexus Accelerator.
  • You will be told to sell this junk to your friends and family and possibly lead them to a pyramid scheme.
  • You don’t control your business. You lose everything if the FDA or the FTC shuts down Plexus. If they decide to increase the price of their products, you will have a harder time trying to sell them. As an independent distributor,  you can get terminated like any employee.

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Popular Plexus Products And Their Costs

Cost:

Plexus Slim (30 Day Supply) = $84.95

Plexus Accelerator+ (30 day supply) = $39.95

Plexus Slim and Accelerator+ combo (30 day supply) = $114.95/month

7 stick-packs of Plexus Slim + 7 capsules of Accelerator+ = $29.95

Bio Cleanse 180ct = $39.95

X Factor = $39.95

These chemical ridden products are costly because Plexus have to pay their ambassadors.

The Plexus Product Claims

Plexus Slim– weight loss shake with only 10 calories mainly consisting of chromium, green coffee bean and garcinia cambogia.

Accelerator- It speeds up your weight loss and helps boost your metabolism to increase your energy. It has all natural caffeine and not recommended for people with high blood pressure or heart conditions.

BioCleanse- oxygenates your blood and energizes your body. It detoxifies and cleanses the arteries and the gastrointestinal tract from the toxins that we breath, eat, spray and rub on. It also neutralizes the acidic conditions that promotes pathogens and enhances collagen production.

ProBio5-  A probiotic that kills candida that causes headaches, tiredness, and sleeplessness.

X Factor- A multivitamin with high quality aloe vera.

Chronic pain products

Plexus Ease Cream- a temporary instant relief from fibromyalgia and arthritic pain

Plexus Ease Capsules– works from the inside out to reduce knot and pain. Its main ingredient is from the green lip mussel founded in New Zealand that has lipernole derived from shellfish.

Plexus Nerve – reduces nerve discomfort.

There Are Potentially Dangerous, Low Quality and Unproven Ingredients Found In Plexus Products

Lead Plexus deliberately exposed people to lead in their Plexus Block, Fast Relief and P96! According to the Mayo Clinic, even a tiny amount of lead can cause health issues including stomach pain, fatigue, vomiting and irritability. When poisonous and toxic metal lead builds up in the body, it leads to lead poisoning which is a serious and sometimes fatal condition. Even though it’s treated with chelation therapy and EDTA, the damage can’t be reversed.

Chlorogenic acid/green coffee bean extract-  Several controlled trials in humans show that green coffee bean extract can lead to significant weight loss; however, these studies were small and some of them were industry sponsored.

Since it isn’t scientifically proven to help people lose weight, the FTC fined Applied Food Sciences, Pure Green Coffee, and Lindsey Duncan for making deceptive claims.  

Companies were also marketing with deceitful websites that resembled legitimate news sites and popular health magazines.

Dr. Oz was still defending his endorsement when he appeared before the Congressional Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance to explain why his popular show evolved into an infomercial for questionable products.

“Senator McCaskill stated that the ‘scientific community is almost monolithic against you in terms of the efficacy of the three products that you call miracles’.”- Wikipedia

Since green coffee contains caffeine, it’s not safe for women that are pregnant or breastfeeding. It also has high levels of homocysteine, make anxiety; bleeding disorders and diarrhea worse, change blood sugar levels, and increase blood pressure. Also, if you have osteoporosis, you shouldn’t take more than 300 mg of caffeine per day. Exactly how much chlorogenic acid and caffeine is found in Plexus is unknown.

“ Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.”- WebMD

Garcinia Cambogia (Citrin K) Most studies reveal that it is not at all effective in terms of overall weight loss nor in terms of any of its other claims.

“But actual weight loss results aren’t impressive. A review published in the Journal of Obesity found that people who took garcinia cambogia in studies lost about 2 pounds more than people who didn’t take it.”

They didn’t even know if their weight loss was because of the supplement or from the lower-calorie diet and exercise programs. – WebMD

Garcinia cambogia can help control your blood sugar and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol, but you shouldn’t take it with your medication.

Higenamine– a stimulant that’s been linked to harmful side effects. There’s also insufficient evidence that it helps with weight loss

“Higenamine is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. The purified or extracted chemical higenamine has not been studied in people. Therefore, its safety is not clear. However, higenamine is one of the main chemicals in a plant called aconite. Aconite has been shown to cause serious heart-related side effects including arrhythmias and even death. These side effects from aconite ingestions may, in part, be caused by the higenamine chemical.”WebMd

Hordenine- another dangerous stimulant that has been shown to cause increased blood pressure and negatively affects the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.

Chromium– Plexus Slim also contains higher levels of chromium than ever before. Since chromium lowers the blood sugar and decreases energy levels, it poses a threat to your health in the long term. It has also been found ineffective at lowering blood sugar in some studies.

Natural Flavors- Food chemists and companies can add anything they want in their products that are supposedly safe including excitotoxins like MSG which cause your taste buds to keep craving more food. Excitotoxins can cause alzheimer’s, parkinson’s disease, obesity, migraines, fatigue and depression.

Silicon Dioxide– Also known as silica, it’s an additive used as an anticaking agent not exceeding more than 2% of the foods weight to be considered safe. Since it’s not occurring naturally, it is of concern. According to CNN.com, heavy exposure to silica linked to a number of deaths related to respiratory diseases, lung cancer, cardiovascular and immune diseases. While most substances are not harmful to your body, they change your body’s alkalinity, making you more acidic and unable to fight disease, repair cells, and remove free radicals/toxins more effectively.

Folic Acid- a synthetic that when taken in large amonts can cause cancer.

“Indeed, many scientists have grown increasingly concerned about mounting research — including a study published last winter in the Journal of the American Medical Association — suggesting that all the extra folic acid might increase your odds of developing cancer…The more we learn about folic acid, the more it’s clear that giving it to everyone has very real risks,” says folic acid researcher David Smith, PhD, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Oxford in England.

“…If there’s a nutrient it’s easy to overdose on, it’s folic acid. The vitamin is all around us, slipped into the cereal we eat for breakfast, the bread we eat for lunch, the energy bars we snack on, and the supplements that over one-third of us take regularly.”NBC news  

Women are supposed to get 400 mcg a day, the amount that protects fetuses.

Plexus accelerator plus folic acid

Alpha Lipoic Acid- According to WebMd, research suggests that taking 1800 mg of alpha-lipoic acid daily for 20 weeks reduces body weight in people who are overweight.

Alpha lipoic acid is found in the Plexus Slim blend; however, the blend is only 530 mg with green coffee extract and garcinia cambogia making up the majority of it since they are listed first.

Plexus Slim Blend Ingredients Alpha Lipoic Acid

Luo Han Go (Lo Han Extract) a sweetener that Plexus doesn’t state what extract of  Lo Han they use.

Stevia- a commercial sweetener. It’s very common in sugar replacement pills.

Consuming highly refined stevia can lead to feelings of nausea, a false sensation of fullness, irritation in your stomach, bloating, decreased appetite, aching and sore muscles, and feeling of numbness and dizziness when standing up or moving.

“ It can also lead to an adverse reaction if it is consumed with certain medications. Ingesting stevia and lithium is not recommended as stevia can cause your body to retain higher amounts of the drug. As well, stevia is not recommended if you are taking medication to treat diabetes. Some studies suggest that diabetes medication and stevia, when taken together, can cause hypoglycemia, a drop in blood sugar levels. In a similar way, research suggests stevia may cause a drop in blood pressure for people taking blood pressure medication. If you’re taking any of these medications, check with your healthcare provider before using stevia.”- LiveStrong

If you experience these symptoms only mildly, stop taking stevia, and speak with a doctor if the symptoms do not stop shortly.

Stevia is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding, as the sweetener is not currently approved for infant consumption.

Whey protein-The overview of their Plexus 96 chocolate states that it’s made from high quality protein and that it’s non gmo; however unlike Tera’s Simply Pure Organic Dark Chocolate Whey Protein their product has 20 grams of whey protein, it’s certified organic by MOSA, ethically sourced from family farms in Wisconsin, grass fed, rBGH/rBST Free, non gmo, kosher, and blended with fair trade certified dark chocolate.

Non organic whey protein comes from concentrated animal feeding operations where animals are not on pasture and cows are not eating their natural food grass, but instead eating corn and soy – two of the most highest genetically modified crops that cause infections and raises the omega-6 fatty acids while lowering the healthy omega-3 fatty acids (making the whey more inflammatory). More recently, farmers got caught feeding cows defective skittles!- Independent.co.uk

As if GMO corn isn’t bad enough, candy filled with GMOs, artificial colors, and sugar is even worse.

Maltodextrin- a processed food additive, usually derived from GMO corn or wheat and possible it’s not gluten-free. It has similar side effects and health risks as most food additives including allergic reactions, unexplained weight gain, bloating and flatulence.

Citric Acid- An additive derived from GMO (genetically modified organisms) that are formed when a gene from one species is moved to another, creating something inexistent to nature. They are bad for your body, the community, farmers and the environment. For eight reasons why GMO’s are bad for you, visit orgaicauthority.com.

PolydextroseA common type of soluble fiber that suppresses appetite, but it might cause severe gas and bloating.

Guar Gum- Also known to cause stomach issues like bloating and gas in people who have sensitive digestive systems

Soy Lecithin-  “The most important side effect is that if you have a serious soy allergy, you should avoid all products which contain it. Here are the main soy lecithin side effects to be aware of:

  1. Gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea
  2. Changes in weight (loss and gain)
  3. Loss of appetite
  4. Skin rashes
  5. Nausea, dizziness, vomiting and confusion
  6. Low blood pressure (which is just as dangerous as high blood pressure)
  7. Blurred vision and occasional fainting

Now, these side effects sound severe – and some of them are – but it is worth remembering that they are almost all as a result of pesticides and chemicals applied to many soy crops. If you choose a good source of soy lecithin, you should have no problem with any of these side effects.”- VitGuide

Omega 3- Plexus MegaX consists of plant based omega 3’s.

Plexus Mega X

DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid have been proved to treat and prevent cardiovascular disease, essential fatty acid deficiency in infancy (retinal and brain development), preventing premature delivery, cancer (breast, colon, and prostate), autoimmune disorders, crohn’s disease, mild hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and parkinson’s disease- not ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid) which is what plant based omegas are rich in.

“ALA converts inside your body to DHA and EPA, but at such a low ratio as to be rendered virtually inconsequential. Less than 5% of ALA is transformed into EPA, and less than 0.5% into DHA! And consuming large amounts of ALA won’t make up for this low conversion ratio. Plant-based omega sources also require adequate levels of zinc, iron, and pyridoxine for conversion, and deficiency in one or more of these nutrients is common, especially among vegans/vegetarians.

Animal-based omegas, such as fish, fish oil, cod liver oil, and krill oil, however, contain copious amounts of DHA and EPA…no conversion required! Adding wild-caught, coldwater fish to your diet can help ensure omega-3 intake. You can also supplement with fish oil or krill oil. Krill oil has 48 times the antioxidant potency of fish oil, and also contains astaxanthin, an antioxidant that increases your body’s absorption of DHA and EPA.”-Underground Health Reporter

Removed Ingredients

Since The FDA came after them, Plexus has removed lead from their products.

Hoodia gordonii (oxypregnane steroidal glycoside)- Another miracle ingredient lacking scientific evidence that it’s effective in weight loss and has been found to have very serious adverse effects by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Unilever-  two clinical experts.

“ Goen Technologies Corporation’s TrimSpa unit began marketing it under the brand name X32 with celebrity spokesperson Anna Nicole Smith, though the FDA has notified Trimspa in a Warning Letter that it has not demonstrated that claims for their product are scientifically supportable…”- Wikipedia

It’s highly unlikely that it contains real hoodia because there’s a limited supply of hoodia and illegal to export it from Africa for weight loss supplements.

Grape Skin Extract- According to WebMd, grape skin extract is effective for poor circulation and eye stress, but it’s possible ineffective for weight loss and more evidence is needed for it to treat a wide variety of diseases including heart disease, high cholesterol and blood pressure and chronic fatigue syndrome.- WebMD

Plexus Products Dangerous and Unpleasant Side Effects

Get ready to not feel so slim or healthy while taking this weight loss supplement with its unpleasant side effects including liver damage, racing heart, chest pain, lethargy, severe constipation, excess gas, dehydration, nausea, heartburn, headaches, nervousness, shakiness, man boobs, dizziness.

Plexus At A Final Glance…

At the end of the day, Plexus might be here for now, but it’s built on selling false dreams to vulnerable hard working people who are solely looking to make a better life for their families. You can get cheaper products at small companies, herbal stores, and/or online. You don’t need their overpriced, dangerous and toxic products full of dangerous stimulants, appetite suppressants, mystery whey, potentially gmo soy, denature protein, inferior omega-3, synthetic folate and synthetic sweeteners. Weight loss comes naturally when you make eating healthy, drinking plenty of purified water and exercising a habit. Plexus is a product based pyramid scheme and nobody should waste their time, energy, or money into it because it’s not a sustainable company and could someday collapse and be shut down by the FTC.

Stay away from this company as a distributor and don’t consume their pink poison,

To Your Success,

Jennifer

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88 thoughts on “The Plexus Scam- The Pink Nightmare”

  1. Thank you so much for collecting your research and placing it in one spot. I’m so worried about my parents who have gone on Plexus. They have always struggled a little bit with their weight but have never been overweight and have always taught us to put in good foods and good labels into our bodies and then we will feel good. I’ve always been sketched out by Plexus for different reasons but then after I told her how I can never find good vitamins and suddenly she showed up with Plexus vitamins for me to take, I suddenly felt like I was being forced into a cult. And then I took them for a week and felt immediately in pain and was overheating when standing and it was terrible. Now I shove them down the disposal (it’s only been a week later). Plexus makes me parents work really well together and so happy to work out and just happy in general and I know that I am going to have to work up a court case to get them to believe me in order to stop putting these harmful ingredients into their bodies. I’m moving out of the house soon, I’ve warned my little sister about what I’ve found, and I’ve taken some of their Plexus powders and stuff to send off to be tested for various things in hopes that if I have the physical paper to back me up with dates and lab scientists that I spoke to personally, maybe they’ll think about it. I am also going to even throw in our family friend who is a gym enthusiast who they probably should have gone to first instead of trying a miracle cure. Them being on it and talking about just makes me want to cry it makes me so nervous.

    Anyways, now that I’ve let out my heart and story. Thank you so much. Because Plexus has paid so much to cover up their court cases it’s extremely tough to find all of their real information. Having it all in one place so that I can use this to fact check and find more sources helps so much for my future case with my parents. Thank you.

    • You’re very welcome Emily and I’m glad that you found my article useful. You will be an inspiration to me to continue to push and to continue to expose more companies like these.

      More often than not, people are solely paying for an overpriced chemical ridden products many that are known to cause cancer and this can be verified by reading the ingredient labels.

      Thank you for sharing this Emily, it will help others avoid this scheme 🙂

  2. Hi there,
    First off, I want to thank you very much for posting this. I have been looking everywhere literally for days to find a truthful review about Plexus. I unfortunately could not find one- only good ones raving about the products, until now. I have just signed up to sell and use these products but only the Vital Biome and Pro Bio 5 for my migraines and just for a probiotic supplement. I am beginning to think that when my package of supplements come I should just return them without even trying them- what are your thoughts? I am paranoid after reading this also because I am 20 weeks pregnant. Even though I did show the nutrition label to my mid wife she said they looked great for me to take, after reading this I am worried. Thank you again for your help!

    • You’re welcome Katie. I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner, but I honestly don’t trust their products. After my research, I’m disgusted with them and I will never give them a dime. I hope you and your baby are okay 🙂

    • 🙄 the first few paragraphs of your article is true. However the rest is not. If you do not get the correct information to go off of then you are looking at wrong information.
      Plexus isn’t band in Canada they actually are one of the few companies allowed in there.
      They also actually help people. And the people that know the true integrity and heart behind the company are the ones helping people.
      You are really just scaring the people that are new to hearing about their products that haven’t done their own investigation of the ingredients into thinking they are bad for you.
      They are a stand up company with great products that actually work to heal your body.
      I hope your parents have had great success getting their health back. 😊

  3. How exactly is Plexus a Pyramid scheme? Curious. I have friends that are ambassadors whose downline passed them up in rank. I thought in pyramid schemes that wasn’t possible.

    • You’re involved in a company where their products have been found to contain lead and other dangerous chemicals and you don’t think it’s a scam just because your dowline can pass up their recruiters rank?

      • Jennifer,

        Your article was written 2 years ago. If you want to CORRECTLY inform people about product and choices for their health, I feel you should use correct and up to date information. Secondly, you never fully answered Amy’s questions as to how Plexus is a pyramid scheme? I’m interested in knowing this as well , as I see my friends not only succeeding in the company far past their upline but have MUCH better health than before they started and even several coming off their prescribed medications. Thirdly, What chemicals are you referring to exactly? Their labels include the ingredients and I fail to see chemicals and artificial ingredients? As I’m looking to joining my friends, I scrolled across your site and read it but find that some of the information is now misleading. Fourthly, I have found that Plexus is regulated by the FDA; however, not approved, but could you give an example of what “diet” or vitamin or supplement program IS approved by the FDA?

        Thanks.

        • Two years ago, I found out that Plexus is just a company who puts their profit over people by not only putting cancerous chemicals in their products, but knowingly exposing people to lead. The effects of lead can’t be reversed.

          Up to date or not, what they have done to people will affect them for the rest of their lives.

          Plexus is a pyramid scheme because their compensation plan is seven levels deep and you have to pay to play. You should be wary of any company that is more than 5 levels deep as they are meant to enrich those at the top at the expense of those on the bottom of the pyramid.

          So let’s go back to my article:

          According to the 2015 Plexus income disclosure statement, 96.88% of all ambassadors are making less than $5,000 per year with the majority of them making only $417.
          Plexus Annual Ambassador Income

          “The average annual commission made by Plexus Ambassadors (Ambassador–Diamond ranks) in 2015 was $1,885.99, and the median annual commission made by Plexus Ambassadors (Ambassador–Diamond ranks) in 2015 was $213.23.”–Plexus Compensation Plan

          You’re paying $1380 per year or $115 per month to stay qualified at the base level for overpriced, dangerous and chemical ridden products that have been banned in Australia and Canada.

          Your friends are at the top 3%.

          You mean these chemicals?

          Higenamine– a stimulant that’s been linked to harmful side effects. There’s also insufficient evidence that it helps with weight loss

          “Higenamine is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. The purified or extracted chemical higenamine has not been studied in people. Therefore, its safety is not clear. However, higenamine is one of the main chemicals in a plant called aconite. Aconite has been shown to cause serious heart-related side effects including arrhythmias and even death. These side effects from aconite ingestions may, in part, be caused by the higenamine chemical.”–WebMd

          Hordenine- another dangerous stimulant that has been shown to cause increased blood pressure and negatively affects the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.

          Chromium– Plexus Slim also contains higher levels of chromium than ever before. Since chromium lowers the blood sugar and decreases energy levels, it poses a threat to your health in the long term. It has also been found ineffective at lowering blood sugar in some studies.

          Natural Flavors- Food chemists and companies can add anything they want in their products that are supposedly safe including excitotoxins like MSG which cause your taste buds to keep craving more food. Excitotoxins can cause alzheimer’s, parkinson’s disease, obesity, migraines, fatigue and depression.

          Silicon Dioxide– Also known as silica, it’s an additive used as an anticaking agent not exceeding more than 2% of the foods weight to be considered safe. Since it’s not occurring naturally, it is of concern. According to CNN.com, heavy exposure to silica linked to a number of deaths related to respiratory diseases, lung cancer, cardiovascular and immune diseases. While most substances are not harmful to your body, they change your body’s alkalinity, making you more acidic and unable to fight disease, repair cells, and remove free radicals/toxins more effectively.

          Folic Acid- a synthetic that has been linked to cancer…

          Alpha Lipoic Acid- According to WebMd, research suggests that taking 1800 mg of alpha-lipoic acid daily for 20 weeks reduces body weight in people who are overweight.

          Alpha lipoic acid is found in the Plexus Slim blend; however, the blend is only 530 mg with green coffee extract and garcinia cambogia making up the majority of it since they are listed first.

          Plexus Slim Blend Ingredients Alpha Lipoic Acid

          Luo Han Go (Lo Han Extract)– a sweetener that Plexus doesn’t state what extract of Lo Han they use.

          Stevia- a commercial sweetener. It’s very common in sugar replacement pills.

          Consuming highly refined stevia can lead to feelings of nausea, a false sensation of fullness, irritation in your stomach, bloating, decreased appetite, aching and sore muscles, and feeling of numbness and dizziness when standing up or moving…

          Non organic whey protein comes from concentrated animal feeding operations where animals are not on pasture and cows are not eating their natural food grass, but instead eating corn and soy – two of the most highest genetically modified crops that cause infections and raises the omega-6 fatty acids while lowering the healthy omega-3 fatty acids (making the whey more inflammatory). More recently, farmers got caught feeding cows defective skittles!- Independent.co.uk

          As if GMO corn isn’t bad enough, candy filled with GMOs, artificial colors, and sugar is even worse.

          Maltodextrin- a processed food additive, usually derived from GMO corn or wheat and possible it’s not gluten-free. It has similar side effects and health risks as most food additives including allergic reactions, unexplained weight gain, bloating and flatulence.

          Citric Acid- An additive derived from GMO (genetically modified organisms) that are formed when a gene from one species is moved to another, creating something inexistent to nature. They are bad for your body, the community, farmers and the environment. For eight reasons why GMO’s are bad for you, visit orgaicauthority.com.

          Polydextrose– A common type of soluble fiber that suppresses appetite, but it might cause severe gas and bloating.

          Guar Gum- Also known to cause stomach issues like bloating and gas in people who have sensitive digestive systems

          Soy Lecithin- “The most important side effect is that if you have a serious soy allergy, you should avoid all products which contain it. Here are the main soy lecithin side effects to be aware of:

          Gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea
          Changes in weight (loss and gain)
          Loss of appetite
          Skin rashes
          Nausea, dizziness, vomiting and confusion
          Low blood pressure (which is just as dangerous as high blood pressure)
          Blurred vision and occasional fainting
          Now, these side effects sound severe – and some of them are – but it is worth remembering that they are almost all as a result of pesticides and chemicals applied to many soy crops. If you choose a good source of soy lecithin, you should have no problem with any of these side effects.”- VitGuide

          The only ones really trying to mislead anyone is Plexus with their exaggerated income and product claims.

          Take a look at Vani’s organic protein powder made with 6 simple and high quality ingredients:

          https://shop.truvani.com/pages/chocolateplantprotein?_ga=2.21877179.1298224442.1555197043-1592816228.1555197043#

          • BAM! Jennifer put Christine in her place!! Don’t hate Jennifer for telling the truth for free. Hate the liars that are stealing your money and poisoning your body while keeping you fat!

          • Hi Jennifer,
            First, I want to say that I appreciate your review on Plexus’ products and the disclosure of safety issues pertaining to them. I have reviewed the company and its products a little and agree with you that I wouldn’t put them into my body.
            Second, however, I feel you need to truly educate yourself on Network Marketing before you negate the industry. What you describe is not a “Pyramid Scheme”. It only becomes a pyramid scheme when either there is no product being marketed and the money invested flows directly to the top OR a majority of the revenue generated is collected from primarily adding distributors to your organization versus customers. And this is highly regulated and by the FTC.
            The Network Marketing system is a legitimate and viable business system and is no different, in principal, than a typical distributorship type business. This is a manufacturer or wholesaler, even a retailer if you want to get down to brass tacks. Distributors have to purchase/sell a certain quantity per year in order to remain a distributor with said company. Levels do not matter either. Its about customers, revenue from customers and how a company, and its associates market the products. The primary reason that people in Network Marketing companies are not making their potential in revenue is primarily because of their own will and discipline. Not typically because of the company. I say “typically” because there are some companies that have existed and possibly some that still do, that give the industry a bad name. Most people have never owned a business nor know how to discipline themselves to make a business thrive. And many are expecting it to be handed to them on a silver platter.
            Many top business leaders highly recommend Network Marketing as a great business due to its leveraging ability. Also, it is being taught in a number of the top Universities in their Business curriculum.

            Thanks for your time!
            Al B.
            There are a number of

          • Hey Al, this is what the FTC cautions against, “Almost any product or service could be sold through multilevel marketing, including health, beauty, and fitness products that aren’t available on store shelves. Apply a healthy dose of skepticism before buying or selling products advertised as having “miracle” ingredients or guaranteed results. Many of these “quick cures” are unproven, fraudulently marketed, and useless. In fact, they could be dangerous. You may want to check with a health professional before using them — or selling them.”

            If the majority of your sales are being made to your downline, then it’s a sign of a scheme.

            I agree with everything else you have said. Direct selling can be a great way to wealth, but only if the company has a quality product that is safe and competitively priced. If the product has thousands of glowing reviews and no adverse effects have been associated with it, that’s when you know you’re involved in d good direct selling company.

            You’re welcome. 🙂

        • Here’s a current report for plexus. At 51 healthy years of age, I had a stroke while taking Plexus. Doctors found no reason other than this poison. Refute THAT!

          • Hi Deb, so sorry to hear you had a stroke at the age of 51. I hope you are okay now, and fully recovered. May I ask which products you were taking when you had the stroke? I am not an advocate for Plexus, as a matter of fact, I have never taken the first Plexus product – but I am considering trying the Pink drink for a week or so. I am very picky and paranoid about what I put into my body, and personally would never try the energy or accelerator products marketed by Plexus. Please share what products you were taking that may have caused your stroke. Thanks much.

      • Tell me where in the world there is lead in Plexus products? And you really didn’t answer her question. That’s a red herring if I’ve ever seen one.

        • If you read my article correctly, I said there was lead found in Plexus products and they sold it without a warning label. Since the FTC send them a warning letter, they were forced to remove it. But I bet if they wouldn’t, they would keep that cancerous chemical in their product.

          I don’t know know what you mean by red herring, lol. As far as I’m concerned, you should be fighting with Plexus, not me.

  4. I have been been using Plexus Pink for a couple of years. My doctor is happy with my lipids and cholesterol which are usually a little too high. She said, “keep on doing what you are doing”. I do not buy it for weight loss. I am appalled at all the negative sites! Pharmaceuticals don’t like products that help people. They may not need real drugs!! Thank You

  5. I always appreciate honest reviews like this! Thank you Jennifer for such a detailed explanation of the products and their pyramid scam model! How sad to get so selfish and uncaring companies who only care about their own profits and not about their customers. Thank you to people like you who who let us know the truth!

    • Thank you Lupita for your compliments and I’m glad that you found my article valuable. 🙂

      Multilevel marketing companies are the worst and all of the companies that I have reviewed so far sell products that are not certified organic. There are many great products out there and there is no need to get involved with greedy uncaring sharks. 🙂

  6. Thanks for this write up. I learned some things I was unaware of. A lot of my friends do plexus. And after a lot of hounding I decided to test out the pink drink and the probio5 for a full 30 days. I had a constant headache from the pink drink. I thought it would go away, but 30 days straight it did not subside. The probiotic did nothing but constipate me. I was surprised too that it only had 2 billion Cfu of probiotics per serving, my usual probiotic I take and love has 10k cfu of acid resistant probiotics per serving and I definitely feel the difference taking that. Coincidentally almost every friend I have that preaches plexus has ended up in the hospital with weird health episodes at least once while taking it. It’s hard to show them anything else though, they are so die hard committed to sticking by their pink drink.

    • Thank you for sharing this with us Sylvana.

      There is nothing more annoying than having a headache and being constipated.

      Constipation can become severe and people can actually die from it.

      The best you can do is keep helping your friends and tell them to stop taking the products because it’s making them sick. It will be hard to make them open their eyes, but nothing is impossible. 🙂

      Many blessings to you and your friends.

    • She has the facts straight! You are just too blind to read and accept clear information. Let me guess? You sell this stuff? Come back and comment when the FDA shuts down plexus. Although it can take years for this to happen it will. Just like other MLM pyramid schemes, you use over bearing tactics to hound people to buy your product. Most of you sellers have little information on what these products are other than what Plexxus shoved down your throat and made you market and sell. Trust me people on your social media accounts don’t want to be hounded by you to buy this, also it’s goes against Facebook standards to promote your “products” on a personal account. Yet most all of you do it. I’ve been sick recently with a ulcer. Even had emergency surgery 9 days ago to close up my ulcer, yet I have one person on my friends list that almost every post I make about my health and how I’m recovering, she’s there saying. I have products for you. What do you need? Private message me ( yea because your company doesn’t want you discussing it in open posts because they know that could be held against them legally. You go ahead and drink your weight loss nonsense (i bet you haven’t lost much weight anyways after months and even years of use) I will say No, I don’t want your product. Funny thing is No never means no to you pushy distributors (fake get rich quick artist). I know the company makes you pushy. I own a legit small business (one with a store front) and I would and have never pushed any products on people if they say no, then it means no.
      Again keep selling it. Let us know when you stop because you will eventually once your eyes are open and you have paid enough of your money into this “bizness’ Hun. Lol. Have a great day and don’t run off too many friends and family with your selling tactics. I guarantee you will or have. If they gave you an honest opinion they would tell you that they hate seeing you involved in such a “own your own business hard selling tactics that daily put up with from because they do care about you. Don’t like what I said. Too bad. Just like this article it is truth and you are too blind to see it right now. By the way how many real friends and family do you have making above the few hundreds dollars a month ? Their own Stats show less than 3%. I’m sure someone close to you makes a “ton of money” selling this stuff. Lol. NOT! ✌🏼😂

      • Pyramid schemes are illegal, period! In the south we say “Bless her heart” when someone is just a ding-a- ling, misinformed, or just a little, or a lot, off the mark. Sounds like you’re profiting from the product you are touting in the article and to do so you have to speak negatively about others. I can assure you if the “stroke” patients who supposedly suffered a stroke and commented here really happened, there would be lawsuits running in the news nightly and Plexus would not be in business. That’s just the short list of ridiculous accusations. Perhaps a new day job is in order for you.

  7. You may want to update this article as it is false information. Plexus is not banned in Canada. It has been doing business in Canada just over a year and is approved by health Canada.
    It is also not banned in Australia and just open for business.

    • Thank you Jennifer for your ongoing investigative work on Plexus which as indicated, DID have harmful ingredients in some of their products, but may (or may not) have had them eliminated in order to keep their corporate butts out of ‘jail’

      Regardless of past ‘sins’, in no way would I take any Plexus products now because of the lack of full informative disclosure of ingredients and possible medical concerns when Plexus was first introduced.

      There are not only are product concerns, but there’s also are questionable marketing, customer service and ‘get rich quick’ philosophies for the average Plexus ambassador. The Trust Factor was Lost years ago when Plexus began selling its products.

      Again, Thank you for continuing to review the Plexus Company.

      • You’re welcome Susan and it makes me feel great that I have been able to help you through my Plexus review 🙂

        Laugh out loud, yeah, usually companies only remove harmful ingredients when the FDA comes after them. Because of what they have done, this company deserves to be out of business.

        Thank you Susan for providing your great insights into this company.

  8. I thought you raised some real concerns, but folic acid? Doctors prescribe that to chemo patients to prevent mouth sores. So what else is wildly exaggerated?

    • So for people that don’t need folic acid because the majority of people consume enough of it already, extra folic acid can reach dangerous levels and cause cancer.

  9. I’m genuinely concerned about these products because of your post. I came here while researching before placing an order after a year of considering it. However, I am also confused by such big claims without references to back them up. When you say they deliberately exposed customers to lead… That’s horrible! But how do I know that’s true? Without citing things this seems just as concerning as any of their big claims without verifiable proof.

  10. My daughter and her friends, sell Plexus products. It’s now been 3 yrs and she wants me to try them because I have high blood pressure, and take a statin drug. I wish you would be able to make this a more effective reading on Facebook, so people will not be coned, or harmed. The only reason I came across this is because I was looking up some information on the Bio Cleanse, or I would have not seen your article.

  11. Dear Jennifer,
    I hope this is helpful for you. My dd is on 2 Plexus products ( as well as other medications) as prescribed by her functional medicine doctor. She has been on them for a year. We recently had her tested for lead and her blood had 0 lead levels in it. In addition, many people who have a soy allergy ( me!) actually have no problem with soy lecithin, which is used as an emulsifier in many products such as M & Ms. Here is an article from the Mayo clinic about soy allergies. Now, I react to soy in all forms EXCEPT soy lecithin. So if someone has never had a reaction to M&Ms, they are very unlikely to have problems with soy lecithin. ( I chose M&Ms because that is a common product worldwide that many people have eaten.) Hopefully this information will help you and allay at least some of the fear in your readers. Attached is the Mayo clinic link.

    Sincerely,
    MH
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/soy-allergy/symptoms-causes/syc-20377802

  12. There are so many lies on here and there is nothing in Accelerator at this time that is banned, so you should take it down. I can’t believe the things that people say to try to profit from Plexus’ good name.

    • Hello Michele, it is not my intention to lie. I throughly researched the company and although I do agree with you that Plexus did get rid of the banned ingredients, in my opinion, the harm has been done. I would never give this company a penny of my money because what they did is immoral.

  13. I know people that have been on Plexus for 5 years. I hope you all don’t believe these idiotic lies. Just a person trying to ruin a great company that heals from the inside out. I’ve been on the products for 2 1/2 months and have had amazing results after being bit by a tick and doctors refused to do anything and then was attacked by a dog. My joints were so bad I could barely walk. I was in extreme exhaustion and headaches everyday. Taking Plexus has taken all my pain away, gives me energy beyond belief, lost some weight, no longer crave sugar, the list goes on. The testimony of all my friends beyond compared to the list of lies in this article. If you don’t want to take it don’t, but don’t try and ruin it for people who want to heal. I have no respect for you whatsoever. You just want to try to destroy a company because they are amazing and your little company you keep mentioning above ain’t worth a crap. I pity people like you. Here I am succeeding and you are obviously not. I’ve never seen one single negative reaction in all the over 1,500 people I talk to that are using Plexus. I feel sorry for you and anyone who listens to you…

    • I’m not trying to ruin any company. I’m just here to provide people with informative and helpful reviews. Everything I state is to the best of my knowledge and on the research that I have done. There are far superior products with higher quality ingredients that you could be taking that will give you even more benefits to your health. It’s great to want to heal, but you won’t heal taking a pink concoction full of questionable and cancerous ingredients. Please learn about my company and the thousands of success stories before you judge it because that makes me lose my respect for you. I don’t pity people simply because they have a different opinion on a company than my own because I don’t even know you.

  14. Honestly if you want to bash companies that have harmed many people that have resulted in death I think you should put your research skills or lack there of into how the FDA approves chemicals from pharmaceutical companies to promote their wealth and keeping people consistently sick. I mean it seems to me that anyone can see and understand how every company structure Is based upon a pyramid structure. The United States of America, the corporation, is built on this very same construct. Plants are here to help heal. Now that so many people are sick with disease and autoimmune issues people are starting to take note and want to go back to basics. Some people will continue to believe the lies of the FDA approved chemicals over Gods natural plants. That’s really sad.

    • And Plexus is using these exact chemicals approved by the FDA. Have you read the ingredient list on the products you are consuming and have you researched each chemical?

      There’s nothing wrong with having a pyramid structure. All people that work in regular jobs always get paid and they never lose or have to invest large sums of money. There’s nothing wrong with having a pyramid structure in an MLM. It’s when the MLM is selling a low quality product mostly to their distributors has various levels when it becomes a red flag.

      Plants heal when they’re not dressed up in chemicals.

  15. Unfortunately for me as well, bought in to his scam, initially, only to find out it to be just that, when it came to the next step, I found, to continue it needed to pay more then more to learn more of the business. SCAM!

  16. Wow, this article is a complete scam. Most of the “facts” listed are completely untrue and the “reviews” are people who sounded like they were misusing the products and obviously were not educated on gut health and the possibility of herx reactions while healing your gut. Plexus is NOT banned by the countries listed. They are open in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and now Mexico. Plexus products have been LIFE SAVING for me. My advice is to do your own research and make an informed decision for yourself! Don’t take her word for it, don’t even take MY word for it. Be an adult and read something other than someone’s opinion who hasn’t even tried the products and make an informed decision for yourself. Everyone who knows plexus knows that most people should start slow and build up the products one at a time to avoid a herx. It’s also common knowledge in gut health medical practice NOT associated with Plexus. Look it up!

    • I think Plexus is a complete scam. There’s nothing healing about this overpriced chemical ridden shake. Please read the ingredient list. If I stated it, it’s because Plexus was banned. Thank you for the update. I wouldn’t take the products even if they were offered to me for free, but I did spent hours researching this company.

  17. This could be a helpful informative article, but it’s not. I did significant reading and research before using Plexus — I saw its amazing results in my sister (her Lupus is in remission). I also found numerous others who use the products and have experienced remission for their respective autoimmune issues. All consulted with their doctors and were encouraged to continue their Plexus supplement regimens.

    Your intentions may be in the right place, but this article needs to either be removed or significantly updated. Acknowledge the strides Plexus made and changes that DO allow its sale in Canada and other places. Realize there are multiple products — don’t lump them all together. Info sheets with each ingredient are available fir each product. At the base of the Plexus success is getting the gut healthy with probiotics.

    Everything we consume is a chemical (he’ll, water is a chemical compound if hydrogen and oxygen).

    • I did take a look at one of their new products, Plexus Slim Hunger Control. For $90, people are getting a bag of powder with chemicals and unproven ingredients. Water is healthy, but cancerous chemicals are toxic to our bodies.

  18. I take plexus products and it helps with my health and weight. I belong to company but do not have to sell or buy certain amount to get the reduce prices. I am Ambassador and do not have to buy or sell $100 like you say. I just pay my fees each year and I buy for myself or my family with great results. I drink Plexus Slim hunger control and help me with my weight and belly fat. My daughter is in Plexus and she lost weight and she is healthy and now does 5k miles races. That are certain products of Plexus I am careful not to take and I read upon them. Each person body react differently. A woman said, Plexus caused her stroke. My mother had stroke but it runs in the family for stroke and a person always need to monitor blood pressure and other health issues and check with a doctor before they start any product. You got to be careful if your on blood thinners or other medications that can react with a products.

    • I simply don’t believe in giving my money to a company that has caused great harm and knowingly exposed their customers to lead. I also believe that if you’re going to pay a premium price, it should be Certified USDA Organic, non-GMO, and made with minimal ingredients without unnecessary additives, artificial sweeteners or preservatives.

  19. THESE LIES NEED TO STOP…

    This message is being sent in response to the following submitted inquiry:

    Can somebody please tell me if DMAA was EVER found to be in ANY of the Plexus marketed products? If so, what year? Sincere thanks in advance for an answer.

    The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food and Cosmetic Information Center (FCIC)/Technical Assistance Network (TAN) has prepared a response for case number XXXXXX.

    Response:

    Thank you for your inquiry. We assume that you are referring to Plexus Worldwide, Inc. Based on publicly available information, FDA inspections of that company have not produced any evidence indicating the presence of DMAA in their products. When FDA becomes aware of products on the market that contain DMAA, we take steps to remove those products from the market as soon as possible to protect consumers. For more information, see DMAA in Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements.

    We hope this is helpful.

    Thank you for contacting FDA’s FCIC/TAN.

    View popular Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) questions and answers identified by the Technical Assistance Network (TAN), on our website.

    This communication is intended for the exclusive use of the inquirer and does not constitute an advisory opinion (21 CFR 10.85(k)). Also note that this response is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all applicable requirements. Please check FDA’s web page (www.fda.gov) regularly for guidance reflecting our current thinking. Additional information on FSMA can be found on FDA’s FSMA web page (www.fda.gov/fsma). This communication may contain information that is protected, privileged, or confidential. If you have received it in error, please immediately delete all copies.

    • Hey Truth.

      It’s never my intention to lie about a company. If I said it, it has been found. Companies do remove dangerous and banned ingredients often because they are forced to by the FDA.

      You can go to my source here that clearly states that DMAA has been found in Plexus Slim Accelerator.

      Either way, as I have stated before, I would never buy from Plexus as they have done the harm.
      There are many companies out there doing the right thing and selling high-quality products including Truvani, Brandless, and Imperfect Produce.

  20. Awesome post! I have always been against products and companies like Plexus. Health doesn’t come from a bottle! (Sure, if your body needs a boost but not indefinitely!) I searched Plexus out of curiosity about 3-4 years ago when a friend posted about it on FB. It was so easy to ignore it after I saw the ingredients! But things got a little harder about a year ago when a family member got into Plexus. She posts about it all_the_time. All the miracle stories (including her own – Lyme, leaky gut, gallstones..) trying to get you to join her and I must admit that I’ve sometimes been jealous because she currently makes about $3k as a SAHM of 4 kids and she says she feels so good…
    But common sense keeps me away from Plexus (and great articles like yours that keep reminding me of what I know!) Just to name a few…I try to stay away from products that have “natural flavors” as they’re complex mixtures created by food chemists and since Plexus doesn’t close what or where its sourced it could be a mixture that contains more than 100 different chemicals, including preservatives, solvents or other substances. And “citric acid” can be created from GMO black mold which is way cheaper than using lemons. Again.. Plexus doesn’t tell you what kind of citric acid they use! And the amount of “natural caffeine” in all these products is just mind staggering! There is a reason why people are sick and lack energy, gain weight..etc. but self-medicating with Plexus without knowing the root cause of your symptoms sets you on a pathway of over-medicating, wasting money, making things worse, masking other symptoms or you run your body until it absolutely cannot anymore. I can’t even tell you how many times I hear people say their body doesn’t function without caffeine. Just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s normal!
    After reading your post and typing this message I’ve come to the conclusion that Plexus indeed is a drug! There’s nothing healthy about it. Like blood pressure medicine/drug works miracles to those who need it but really.. they have a root cause for their high blood pressure which they should find out! The blood pressure medicine makes things “normal” for them but are they cured… heck, no! The same way I see Plexus now! Sure, maybe some mineral/vitamin deficiencies it can possibly fix but what happens when these people stop taking their “everyday miracle product(s)”…?!
    So thanks for the great post! I’m finally at peace with this and can now face the family member without envy!

    • Thank you so much for your compliments. It’s people like you who motivate me to keep on exposing companies like Plexus.

      Lol, yes. But I can assure you there’s nothing you should be jealous about. She makes a living off posting illegal claims on social media and selling pink drinks full of questionable and cancerous ingredients that are sold at a premium price.

      There are much more quality products that are worth your money like Truvani, Tera’s whey protein powder, Brandless, and Imperfect Produce. If your friend started a health and wellness blog, she could promote all of these companies.

  21. Your Plexus review seems more of a hate for “Pyramid Schemes”, which if you don’t want to buy it then don’t. Folic Acid is needed especially in fetal development to prevent neuro tube defects such as Spina Bifida, just the mere word synthetic explains why it’s probably not healthy, if Plexus in fact has synthetic Folic Acid. I bet so many people complaining don’t have an issue eating other foods, vitamins or drinks with unhealthy GMO or synthetic ingredients. I’ve taken Plexus and not have any issues with it and it has helped with my diabetes issues and like the other lady said my doctor said keep doing what I am doing. None of us get out of this world alive and it’s up to us to make the best choices for ourselves. I will do some research into some of the claims you make, but I am skeptical all the way around. As for Deb who claims she had a stroke, because of Plexus doesn’t make it so. She clearly said the doctor didn’t know, so why is it the cause of her stroke because that was something new she tried. That is not necessarily or likely the cause, it could have been a hundred of other variables.

    The only thing I agree on is the high price of Plexus, but I think a person has a right to spend money any way they decide, it is THERE money to do with what they like. And Plexus is not banned in Canada. You should up date your website if you want people to believe it.

    • Folic acid is needed for fetal development, but it’s something that we get enough of. As mentioned in the article, getting too much folic acid can cause cancer.

      When you’re paying a premium price for a product, that product has to be made with high-quality ingredients.

      I’m glad it has helped you with your diabetes issues, but the product has toxic chemicals that again, can cause cancer.

      Please do some more research on the product, I will share a video and some complaints that I have found:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oAW0KlvbX4

      Here are complaints about the product:

      05/30/2019
      I tried the plexus products for several weeks and threw up and /or felt nauseous every time I drank the pink drink. In addition, for the first time in my life, I developed a horrible rash in my inner thigh and private areas. I have been off Plexus for a few months, yet still have the rash, and have spent hundreds of dollars on do tor bills. I tried to cancel and ask for a refund, did it within the 60 days, but still kept getting products and only partial refund , but still receive updates, I was not refunded even close to the full amount and still have three unopened bags of complete products in my pantry.

      bbb.org

      03/28/2019

      December 2016 I was approached to join plexus worldwide- I thought these products would help me with my energy and sleep. And they did. Until 5 months later I started getting rashes and a swollen face. Issues I never had before. I’ve been to about 7 different doctors to help me. I suddenly have several food allergies. This gut help- messed up my gut and now I have several health problems. I’ve had rashes, swollen face, missed work, had to leave work, can’t sleep because I’m itching all night long. Not being able to eat. I’ve spent many nights crying and being hungry because I’m scared to eat. I’m very angry and frustrated. None of these problems existed before consuming these products

      bbb.org

      02/19/2019
      I have acquired serious health issues from their products!!! I’m disgusted and annoyed with this company! Something needs to happen before other get seriously ill!!! Maybe open an investigation on this company!!! Please!!! I’ve had to suffer and I don’t want others to suffer also !

      bbb.org

  22. Do the products, slim drink, vital biome, ease and bio cleanse have bad chemicals in them? My son who suffers with IBS has taken them for 2 months and feels better

    • Yes Lynn, they do. You can read the ingredients on the nutrition label. These chemicals are toxic to your health and many of them have been linked to cancer. I recommend Truvani products because they’re made with the highest quality ingredients.

  23. My daughter is currently taking Plexus and having episodes of Mania. She was diagnosed by her Dr recently. She was not this way before taking this poison. I have been trying to get her off of it, but she fights me every step of the way. She has lost her job, her kids, her home and almost every friend she has. I have complained to this company repeatedly. I have contacted emergency services. I have contacted her Doctors. I am at a loss as to what to do to get her off of this and to sue this company. They need this product off of the market ASAP.
    I need to find others who are having same issues so that we can fight this company.

    Melody Brand

  24. Would you kindly provide the links or whatever refererence material you used that shows Plexus uses lead in their products? Thank you very much.

  25. This is not true. Plexus is available in Canada and Australia. I’ve been using for over a year and doing really well and know lots of people here in Canada who are using with great results

  26. I just want to point out that using more credible sources may better support your opinion on the matter. I don’t know how I feel about Plexus yet, but I do know research. WebMD and Wikipedia are NOT credible. Scholarly articles absolutely stay away from these websites.

    • A variety of sources have been used to create this article and I put a lot of time and effort.:) But thanks for your advice Holli,
      I will find more credible sources in future posts.

  27. That’s not true AT ALL!! If she wants to research the ingredients she can go to a reputable website like PubMed and see for herself. I can’t believe the lies on this post, using the good name of Plexus to sell your own products. So low.

    • It’s not rocket science. Have you ever heard to not put anything into your body if a product has weird ingredients that you can’t pronounce?

      Since when does a company that has been found to put lead in their products have a good name? That to me is low.

      Oh, and the service that I’m promoting has a free lifetime starter membership.

  28. I would love to know what qualifies you to make these claims? What are your credentials? Anyone can convince anyone of anything by finding things on the internet.

    • A doctor is qualified to take care of sick people by prescribing their medications. Why don’t they tell them that they can heal naturally by eating the right foods and avoiding everything that is processed?

      I spent hours researching Plexus before publishing this post.

  29. Hi, I have just read most of the comments and still don’t know what to believe. I was seriously considering these products for my hubby who has Psioratic Arthritis and Diverticulitis as well as other health issues. Is there anyone who has benefited from these products or is it a scam?

    • Hey Vicki, since Plexus products have cancerous chemicals and they’re not even certified organic, I would advise you to not put this toxic product in your or anyone else’s body.

      Try Truvani products. She sells them in product bundles for a slight discount. I won’t get a commission for recommending her products because I’m not affiliated with her.

      Here’s an article that verifies that turmeric and quality omega 3 supplements work for the body: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316926.php

      But I want you to try them, follow the advice on the article I linked to and I want you to come back to this article and let me know how you feel.

      Drinking clean water is also very important, try a water delivery service or a home water filtration system. Also, try eating at least organic meats and try to avoid the dirty dozen if you can. But overall, just avoid eating foods with chemicals which is often the packaged food.

      Many blessings,
      Jennifer

  30. I have heard plexus kids and kids taking plexus bio clense. Please let me know more what you have found about theses specificaly

    • Hey Amber, it states on the Plexus Bio Cleanse label that it’s not recommended for children under 18.

      Abby states that the product is similar to Milk of Magnesia and that you don’t need it unless you’re severely constipated.- AbbyLangerNutrition.com

      Additionally, it has a food additive named hypromellose.

      “HPMC undergoes a rigorous manufacturing process involving the synthetic — and not natural — alteration of cellulose. During production, various highly reactive, harmful or toxic substances are used that must be removed and disposed after production, including propylene oxide (which is considered to be carcinogenic) and chloromethane”.- Gelita.com

      Plexus bio cleans is know to cause nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach, and stomach pain.

      Thrive Thyroid support is made with higher quality and clinically proven ingredients, has more vitamins and minerals, and is third-party tested but it states
      to consult your physician before taking this product.

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