What Is Herbalife?-The Shocking Truth About The Herbalife Scam

What Is Herbalife?-The Shocking Truth About The Herbalife Scam

“Our Mission is to change people’s lives by providing the best business  opportunity in direct selling and the best nutrition and weight-management products in the world.”- 


 An Introduction-Why I Decided to Write This Herbalife Review

I’ve been to Herbalife nutrition clubs in the past because my fiancé loves the products and is trying to sell them. Herbalfe ‘wellness coaches’ give a complimentary shake for first time customers ranging from cookies and cream, vanilla, to dulce de leche. Their enthusiasm and energy is contagious and persuasive when they tell you of the thousands of dollars they make working part-time or how quickly they were able to turn it into their primary income. Then they tell you how much they enjoy ‘helping’ other people reach their weight loss goals.

It seems like the perfect business opportunity of health and wealth.

I recently was in a Herbalife club because my fiance gave me a card for a free smoothie knowing a sales pitch was coming my way. I was kindly greeted by a distributor that gave me tea and a dulce de leche shake as I filled out some forms about my health and my diet. I was so close to buying the products when he told me of my body analysis and evaluation revealed my ‘real’ age and how Herbalife products can help me become more energetic and in better shape. I inquired about their business opportunity just to find out what he tells me.

“Or if you want to join the business, it’s a small start-up fee,” he said. “I make $2,000 a month just by working part time.”

After he said that, I thought of how hard direct selling is and how it might not be for me. I left and started my research, especially because my fiance has given samples of the product to me, my friends, and family.

What is Herbalife?

Herbalife is a 34-year-old global multi-level marketing company based out of Los Angeles, CA that sells ‘nutritional’ and weight loss products that are anything but healthy including protein shakes, snacks and supplements. Their first product, the Formula 1 protein shake is a soy-based meal-replacement drink that quickly became a best-seller. Skin care products were introduced a bit later. They’re now in 91 countries.

The hierarchy consists of 11 levels of sales reps beginning with Distributor and ending in Founders Circle. Distributors can make money by buying the products initially at a 25% discount while those on the Supervisor level get a 50% discount to ‘attempt’ to re-sell them for a profit. The second and preferred way is by getting royalties and commissions from a large dowline.

Herbalife History

herbalife founder Mark Hughes
Herbalife Founder Mark Hughes

Founder Mark Hughes was a passionate consumer of his own products and  started selling them out of the trunk of his car after his mother had a premature death caused by an eating disorder. He later went on to recruit more distributors to join his business opportunity.

He trained unsuccessful distributors to tell a-rags-to-riches story known as ‘fake it until you make it.’ 

An example of what they say is , “I used to wash dishes for minimum wage and now I sell Herbalife and make $150,000 per year, drive a luxury car, and live in a fabulous mansion” using door to door and word of mouth advertising. Their slogan “Lose Weight Now, Ask me How” was featured on badges, flyers and posters.

Herbalife Selling The Dream
Herbalife Selling The Dream

Seminars were a popular method to recruit; however, distributors would give misleading weight loss and health testimonials. They claimed that Herbalife products cured cardiovascular problems like heart disease, miraculously got a woman out of a wheel chair, and cured a tumor. Yet when they were investigated, they said that the products did nothing, that they just make your body stronger.

The Food and Drug Administration received complaints dating back to 1981, in which consumers experienced vomiting and diarrhea after consuming Herbalife.

A woman from Boston went through anaphylactic shock after taking the products in which her skin started to itch, then she was unconscious and near death. After a doctor managed to save her life, he told her she was pregnant. She decided to abort her child because she was afraid of what the medication that saved her life affected her fetus. Even after she returned the products, she was told to keep using them.

Lin Friedman- a victim of intestinal disease sued Herbalife because she was told by a trusted friend that the products were safe after Lin told her that she had Chon’s disease since age 11. Laxatives are a serious threat to her and her friend only warned her after she had blood coming out.

Herbalife Criticized by Experts

 The health hazards and a pyramid scheme sales structure were the focus of an ABC News report on April 22, 1985 and stated that Dr. Richard Marconi received his Ph.D. through a mail order course from an unaccredited school. The products were said to be mainly laxatives and diuretics with potential of potassium deprivation.

Dr. John Riddle said that Herbalife must be stopped by the FDA. Doctors said that the Herbalife product, K8 helps elevate the mood and stress and the main ingredient is Kaba which is an intoxicating beverage used in Tonga and Samoa. Like marijuana, it can become addicting and cause hallucinations. N-R-G gives people energy and Herbalife didn’t state that the main ingredient is caffeine.

They said that some products are even toxic, bring false hopes in consumers most that do not benefit from the placebo effect, and that the products contain such a small amount of herbs that it’s not even effective. Dr. Fred McGuffin- Vice President of the National Arthritis Foundation said that the Arthritis Pain Reliever is ineffective and that there’s no evidence that there’s any benefit to it. Dr. Riddell also agreed that most of the products are expensive and useless.

They had warnings from the FDA for misleading claims that the products can cure a number of diseases including cancer, diabetes, and obesity. The weight-loss supplements have not been scientifically proven to cause weight loss.

In 1985, the California attorney general and the State Department of Health Services accused Herbalife with making false and misleading claims and running an “endless chain marketing scheme.” Herbalife settled that case for $850,000 and agreed to the court order to carefully track distributor sales and not exaggerate the health benefits.

Mark Hughes died at the young age of 40. His dead body was found with abundant levels of alcohol and anti-depressant pills. J.H. Whitney & Company and Golden Gate Capital bought out Herbalife for $685 million and took it private in 2002. Some of the weight loss products contained Ma Huang and Sida cordifolia which are two herbs containing ephedra- an appetite suppressant. They stopped using ephedrine in its products after several U.S. states banned that ingredient in supplements.

Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson
Herbalifer Former CEO, Michael Johnson

In April 2003, Michael O. Johnson joined  Herbalife as CEO.

Herbalife had a public offering on the New York Stock Exchange of 14.5 million common shares at $14/share on December 16, 2004 when net sales were $1.3 billion. 8,700 distributors claimed that Herbalife was simply a pyramid scheme in a lawsuit where $6 million were paid to the plaintiffs by Herbalife and its top earning distributors.

Shortly after that incident, an Israel’s Health Minister began an investigation against their products after four persons using them were found to have liver problems.

Herbalife celebrated its 25th anniversary along with 35,000 distributors at a four-day event on Aril 2005. A few months later, Dr. Steve Henie became their Chief Scientific Officer.

Scientific studies in 2007 by doctors at the University Hospital of Bern in Switzerland and the Liver Unit of the Hadassah- a Hebrew University Medical Center in Israel found a connection between Herbalife, hepatitis and other health complications. Hospitals in Israel, Spain, Switzerland, Iceland, Argentina and the United States reported liver damage in a number of patients.

Some recovered after they stopped taking them, the disease continued for some, and unfortunately, two patients died. Lawyer Christopher Grell, cofounder of the Dietary Supplement Safety Committee filed a lawsuit on May 2008 on behalf of a woman who got lead-related liver complications. On June, the lawsuit added distributors that gave her the products. Grell created a website for all harmed individuals the chance of redress. In 2009, an Israeli woman also sued Herbalife due to liver damage.

President and COO Greg Probert resigned because he didn’t completed his MBA.

 Bill Ackman VS Herbalife

CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management Bill Ackman reached out to the Latino community to help expose the pyramid scheme that he was confident Herbalife is running.

In December 2012, billionaire investor and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management Bill Ackman said that Herbalife has been running for so long because there has been nobody like him to expose the truth about them and made a $1 billion short bet against them, predicting the company’s share price will be zero which the federal government, state government and attorney generals will investigate.

He claimed that Herbalife recruited new distributors through Online Business Systems that was convicted in Canada of running an illegal pyramid scheme by senior and top distributors Leslie Stanford, John Tartol, and Shawn Dahl of Vancouver, Canada- a member of the Chairman’s Club until June 2013.

“Herbalife knows about these deceptive practices, relies upon them, profits from them, and rewards the perpetrators with millions of dollars of remuneration, including discretionary bonuses,” Pershing Square stated.

Herbalife avoided Dahl, but they can’t deny that they rewarded Dahl’s business for more than 13 years. They have repeatedly denied that it targets minority communities including Latinos, that it pays recruiting rewards, and that it is a pyramid scheme. They refused to address the documented and false misleading practices by their top distributors. The network reports that Herbalife spent almost $2 million in its lobbying efforts last year while Bill Ackman spent $264,000.”- http://www.benzinga.com/news/14/03/4378735/pershing-issues-statement-on-herbalife-response#ixzz2wkTYnpke

Stop Herbalife’s Predatory and Deceptive Business Practices

 On April 9, 2013, the company’s KPMG executive who directed Herbalife audits admitted to revealing confidential date to a golfing friend regarding Herbalife. They then hired Pricewaterhouse Coopers as its auditor on May 21, 2013.

In January, Sen. Edward Markey, a Democrat  Edward Markeyfrom Massachusetts, requested details about Herbalife’s business structure and how its distributors earned commissions. He called on the SEC and the FTC to investigate.

Edith Ramirez responded, “With respect to the allegations against Herbalife Ltd., a number of statutory provisions and the Commission Rules of Practice prevent me from discussing what action, if any, the Commission may take in any particular situation.”

An investigation of Herbalife has been requested by Attorney General Kamala Harris as well as in Nevada, Illinois, and New York. Brent Wilkes-Executive Director states they defrauded thousands of Latinos.

The League of United Latin American Citizens has been collecting accounts from Latinos across the U.S. including many undocumented immigrants who reported losses from $1,000 to $40,000. The organizations have set up a toll free number, 855 -701-5437 that Illinois residents can call to share their Herbalife experiences.

On Feb. 5, ULAC along with a leading national coalition along with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California and the Congress of Racial traveled to Washington DC to demand an investigation with the FTC. They called their campaign “Stop HerbaLIES”. They also met with legislators from their home states as well as give an earful to Attorney General Eric Holder at the Justice Department.

The e Canadian Competition Bureau- Canada’s version of the FTC has launched a confidential investigation of its own.

Herbalife Pros

  • The startup costs are low.
  •  Supervisors make money for developing, retaining and managing their distributors and for their sales of the product.
  •  Bonuses and all-expense paid vacations are available to distributors with high-performing downlines.

What Makes Herbalife a Pyramid Scheme?   Herbalife complaint

*The reality is that 90-95% fail with Herbalife. Most distributors lose between $1,000 and $10,000 with the average distributor losing   Herbalife complaint $3,000. Some have lost much more and these figures do not count the hours they spend trying to sell the product, recruiting distributors, and other expenses. This is how Herbalife makes most of its revenue. 80% of all its distributors and 60% of Supervisors quit the scheme within one year and there is no evidence that the distributors engage in profitable retail selling. The average payment to Supervisors is $10.55 a week.

*According to Herbalife 2012, 88 percent of distributors didn’t receive a single payment. Qualifying and staying a Supervisor involves spending 4,000 volume points in one month or 2,500 volume points  each month where one volume point equals one dollar to become eligible for commissions or “royalty overrides”. The majority of distributors are unable to sell the product   Herbalife complaintand incur a great financial loss.

*Their average compensation is $4,485 per year. Only 2,321people are making over $25,000. Herbalife refuses to report how much of its product is sold to genuine customers and how much revenue they earn from signing up distributors. They refuse to disclose the average net profit or loss of Herbalife distributors.

*To hide being an endless chain scheme, Herbalife made the Retail Sales Rules that require 70% of a distributor’s product purchases to be retailed to consumers before making a new order and that they have made retail sales to at least ten customers per month. However, they have failed to enforce it.

*Products are overpriced and dangerous to your health and are never retailed to the general public.

*Herbalife encourages high level distributors (the ones who got in first and who are at the top of the pyramid) to create and sell “Lead Generation Systems” to lower level distributors to supplement their income and to separate itself from their unethical conduct. Herbalife creates and sells distributors’ audio and video tapes, CDs, and DVDs in addition to the startup kit to “help” them. Distributors have said that the only way to succeed is to keep recruiting new distributors and that the most successful distributors are the ones that become “recruiting machines”.

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Thousands of People Stating Their Herbalife Warnings

 “Our neighbor recommended their minister to my parents for a cure for cancer (as my father has lung cancer)… [He] explained to my parents that Herbalife was the best cure for cancer…For a whole month every day, they [Her parents] paid $8 a day to drink three cups of Herbalife, aloe, tea and milkshake…, all it ever did was make my dad lose weight and put him into intensive care. It made his cancer spread even more, whereas chemotherapy was not an option, for the cells had spread fast and caused his lungs to collapse. He is now taking radiation therapy.This minister is a con artist and selling products to old people, saying its treatment for diabetes, cancer, arthritis…” Mema of Auckland on Nov. 15, 2012

 “Caroline contacted me and emailed me about this fantastic opportunity to work from home so I could be with my child and earn money…I paid $9.99, then $39.00 and then $325.00. I stopped because it was getting more expensive…”- Dana of Perth on Nov. 11, 2011

 “On March 8, 2006 my mother answered a classified ad in the Chinese newspaper leading her to Herbalife…she was quickly convinced… to pay a $200.00 fee…She obligingly put ads in the Chinese newspaper like the ad that she herself had answered to gain new recruits…She had not sold a single item to anyone nor recruited any new members. They persuaded her to purchase $3,700…of Herbalife products (of which she had only used up $1,056.42 before she left the job). She received no receipt in return for her cash. When another member asked for a receipt for a $20 deposit of their $200.00 fee they were told we don’t give receipts…

 After two months and nothing to show for it, she left the company. Only $600…was refunded to her. She has been asking the managers of that branch for a refund of the unused portion of her $3,700 and the two sets of entrance fees of $400 ever since…It is clear that she is a victim of their pyramid scheme and fraudulent and unlawful practices. She is only one out of the countless Chinese people that fall victim to the practices at this branch of Herbalife.”-  Xiu of Ozone Park, NY on Feb. 18, 2007​

“…The training I went to consisted of more obnoxious marketing about how great the products are, how rich people have gotten off of them, why you should get more people to join in, why you should buy tickets to more trainings and why you should go to their Extravaganza thing in Las Vegas. I learned NOTHING useful… PAY ATTENTION to the business practices of these people. They can be very shady. Omitting information from you is a big red flag..,”- Fatima of Walnut Creek, CA

“Everyone that talked about the millions they made probably lied… The pressure for attending meetings and bringing new adepts was on the verge of insanity and mostly offensive. I took the shakes as a part of a “healthy diet” to maintain my figure, but a year later, I had a total health breakdown, a winter cold turned into a very serious thing and I struggled to survive. Up to then, I had been a mostly healthy person. I realized this was all because of that “healthy diet” and soon I dropped all together: taking that stuff, recruiting, marketing, Herbalife. It was like waking up from a nightmare!”- Helena of Lisboa March 10, 2014

 A family from Norton, Massachusetts said that they lost $130,000, including the family’s entire 401(K) investing in Herbalife.

Miguel Calderon lost $20,000 after being taught into this scheme through a friend at a time in his life where he was a really vulnerable individual because he recently underwent a heart surgery and was unemployed.

Hector Cruz said he never received a check even though he recruited about 15 people. He stopped selling Herbalife around 2006 and 2007 after working for a total of three year that consisted of some 60 hour work weeks and hardly made any money.

Ana Arias from Scottsdale, Arizona who was involved in Herbalife for three years. “It was a revolving door. I recruited hundreds of people into the business, and they all eventually separated from the business,” she said.

You can read further reviews on this here http://www.consumeraffairs.com/nutrition/herbalife.html including one from a woman of AZ whose bank account went on overdraft and her credit was damaged due to Herbalife.

Herbalife is REALLY Misleading…

 Herbalife distributors list jobs on Craigslist often for Health and Wellness coaches in which people want to apply for, but end up being pitch the business opportunity. They say they lied because they needed a way to get them in.

 “Live the Good Life…You can make thousands of dollars in just a  few weeks… It’s fun and simple,” they tell you. But once you see the paperwork, it states that direct selling is hard work and that there are no shortcuts to success.

But they don’t tell you that upfront, they only tell you they have a proven business model, impressive training and a generous compensation plan. Selling Herbalife products is hard because the way they train you involves chasing your loved ones, handing out flyers and business cards, giving out business presentations, putting a sticker on your car, cold calling, and driving to meetings. Their marketing materials show a big emphasis on recruitment and not on sales. They use misleading testimonials to get people interested. You are encouraged to spend more money on training and sales aids until you give up.

Is Herbalife Even Good For You?

Herbalife claims their shakes are balanced meals with essential vitamins, Herbalife Productsminerals and nutrients, but they don’t mention the toxins found in a great number of their products. High amounts of vegetable oils and soy are used that are harmful to your body. The vegetable oils are very unbalanced and causes inflammation. Soy slows down your thyroid, decelerating weigh loss. The whole program is designed to put your body into starvation mode due to the lack of essential nutrients. They use foods that will cause you to lose weight due to starvation, but then when you go off the diet, you will gain weight again which is beneficial for them.

Harmful Ingredients Found In Their Products

  1.  Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) – GMOs 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, go to http://www.organicauthority.com/foodie-buzz/eight-reasons-gmos-are-bad-for-you.html. Other ingredients include MSG, fructose, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors and colors including soy protein isolate, corn bran, caramel color, and soy lecithin.
  2.  Canola Oil (GMO) – The long-chain fatty acids found in canola have been found to destroy the sphingomyelin around nerve cells in the brain,  sometimes leading to a worsening brain condition remarkably similar to mad-cow disease and in serious cases, the brain tissue resembles Swiss-cheese-full of holes. It also can cause loss of vision and a neurological disorders.
  3.  Carrageenan (Toxic Emulsifier) – It’s normally extracted using strong alkaline solvents. Even a small amount destroys human cells and is related to numerous cancers and digestive disorders. It has also been found to damage cell-mediated immunity and cause tumor growth.
  4.  Ephedra- Ephedra has known to cause psychosis, tremors, kidney stones, high blood pressure, sweats, rapid heartbeats, damage to the heart and other organs. It has been linked to strokes, seizures and death.
  5.  Lead- According to the Mayo Clinic, even a tiny amount of lead can cause health issues such as weight loss, stomach pain, fatigue, vomiting and irritability. The amounts found in Herbalife products were above what the law allows and deemed toxic.
  6.  Shellfish- can cause allergic reactions.
  7. Caffeine- the Mayo Clinic states that the consumption of over 500 mg daily can cause anxiety, restlessness, hypertension and high blood pressure that can lead to heart failure, insomnia and headaches. Herbalife pills, tablets and products contain between 65 and 75 mg of caffeine per serving.
  8. Milk-Based Ingredients- For those that are lactose intolerant, this can cause diarrhea, constipation and stomachaches.
  9. It can also counteract with prescription medications, thus doctor approval is advised.

Any company that uses any of these ingredients doesn’t care about your health and they just care about making money. Herbalife is not an herbal supplement approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).

A Healthier Option To Herbalife’s Shakes

Tera’s Simply Pure Organic Dark Chocolate Whey Protein 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.

Herbalife At A Final Glance…

At the end of the day, Herbalife might be here for now, but it is 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. Never join just to get a discount on their products largely because it is overpriced, dangerous and toxic to your body. Weight loss should consists of a balanced healthy diet and exercise. Herbalife 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.

Stay away from this company as a consumer,

                                                or even as an investor.  

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36 thoughts on “What Is Herbalife?-The Shocking Truth About The Herbalife Scam”

  1. Everything you said about Herbalife is true. I was a GET team member under Shawn Dahl. He was and is a really nice guy but I think he just got sucked into the hype and dollar signs like many others. I personally saw a lot of people lose lots of money and I ethically couldn’t continue with Herbalife. You bring up a lot of good points about the products as well. Great Review. ~Wendy

    • Wendy, I did spent numerous hours thoroughly researching Herbalife before labeling the business opportunity a pyramid scheme and the products a scam. I admire your success. It takes strong marketing skills and hard work to be successful, especially multilevel marketing.

      Yes, it doesn’t seem like he’s a bad guy at all. I admire him too for becoming a success story- all the top distributors had very effective lead systems.

      I admire you for what you did. You could of easily continued making money of others, but you chose not to and that just proves that you’re a caring woman with strong values and there are only a handful of people like you. Others simply don’t care of robbing others people’s money.

      I appreciate your comment and reinforcing the points I made within my article.

      Thank you for your compliment and for stopping by Wendy 🙂

  2. When there is one bad review, there is equally another good! While you may have talk to all these people with “bad” information I would like to see those with good positive information!! Personally, Herbalife has changed my life! Do I make money? Yes, but I don’t make thousands per month and that’s not why I do it. I do it to help people accomplish goals I never thought I could reach myself! I love the feeling when someone crossed a milestone in their journey! Helping people get healthy is the standard of Herbalife!! Just like every other company there is someone who’s doing it for the wrong reasons sorry you didn’t come to my club or talk to my clients! 🙂

    • April, I have spent days doing research for this company and it isn’t my intention to provide misleading information as I would be putting my credibility at risk.

      My question is have you done your research other than the misleading information your upline gave you?

      Try Googling “Is Herbalife good for you?” and you’ll quickly see what I’m talking about. This product is no different than those sold by Visalus, Vemma, and all the other MLM’s, overpriced junk.

      I’m not surprised you’re not making much as I mentioned before, the countless levels in the compensation plan are designed to scam independent business owners out of the compensation they deserve and for only a minute number to become rich. More than 90% are going to lose thousands of dollars along with all the devastating effects that come along with this including in some cases, suicide and divorce.

      There’s a very ethical way to help people do this April, and if you’re interested in health and wellness, you can start a website around this topic and promote quality products and services.

      And you’ll be helping thousands of people on the internet.

      No, I would never be part of such a scheme. If Herbalife really cared about helping people, they wouldn’t toss all those harmful ingredients into their shakes including genetically modified organisms (GMO
      s), carrageenan, canola oil, ephedra, lead, shellfish, caffeine, and milk based ingredients. Sounds really healthily delicious!

      • I have been with Herbalife for 19 years. I love the freedom it has given me to be an at home mom and yet have an income. I have a wonderful and successful team of members who are motivated to make a difference in their and their customers lives. As for the products, I am in better shape at 51 years old than I was in my 20’s.
        The pity is people don’t see this as a profession and think it is a get rich quick scheme. It takes work ethic and dedication, just like anything worth while.
        Many businesses of all description go under due to all manner of reasons. Herbalife, as a business is no different, if mismanaged and with possibility of treating it like a lottery ticket or a hobby, failure is inevitable.
        I have to wonder though, how one loses money as there is a money back guarantee?

        • Congratulations to you Gill, but the other 96% are making less than half the pay of a minimum wage job and have suffered losses ranging from $7,000-$45,000. These are people who invested years of their life in this business and left. 2/3 of sales leaders dropout within a year.

          Similar to other multilevel marketing companies, Herbalife’s marketing plan pays millions to the few at the top of the pyramid at the expense of those at the bottom. It’s designed to reward recruiting and not the actual sale of their products, so no matter how committed or how much time and effort distributors put in, they are set up to fail.

          Herbalife’s business models is based on distributors buying volume points to quality for recruiting awards and not the actual sale of the product. They only reason they haven’t been shut down is because they use the money from their victims to pay people that sue them.

          Their 30 day money back guarantee doesn’t really matter, what matters is that innocent people are losing thousands of dollars.

          • Over 90% of people fail in most business models , even affiliate marketing. It’s the mindset. Herbalife isn’t a scam and no…I’m not a part of it but I do know people who are and that are very successful

          • People fail in affiliate marketing because they bought the wrong training.

            “Dieting supplement sales company Herbalife dodged the “pyramid scheme” designation on Friday as it agreed to pay the US Federal Trade Commission a $200m fine. The FTC said Herbalife cheated hopeful salespeople out of hundreds of millions of dollars with a high-pressure multi-level marketing scheme.”- The Guardian

            I wouldn’t be involved with a company who has lied to so many people to rob them out of thousands of dollars.

  3. I knew there was something wrong with this product the minute I read the ingredients and I am thankful that there’s someone out there that took the time say something about it, there’s no better way to give people news about something then professional review, thank you.

    • Yes, people should be more focused on eating natural whole foods like blueberries, salmon, nuts, watermelon, avocados, tomatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, broccoli and so forth instead of relying on misleading products like Herbalife. You’re very welcome Josh and am glad I helped you out.

  4. It’s not True! I’ve seen a lot of people getting better having a healthy active lifestyle with Herbalife. I see many people changed their lives.

    I experience great in my whole being using the product as well as my customers! Negative feedback such as that is just 10% opinions only. 90% doing better and getting better with HERBALIFE!

    I love Herbalife!

    • You may just be saying that because you’re an Herbalife distributor yourself because there’s no way people can get healthier from a shake consisting of harmful and toxic ingredients including genetically modified organisms, msg, artificial sweeteners;flavors; and colors, canola oil, carrageenan, ephedra,and lead all of which are detrimental to the health. And again, the only way the body can heal itself is by eating real healthy* foods rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, lean meats, and seafood rich with omega 3 fatty acids like salmon and tuna.

  5. Jennifer, I’m glad I read a bunch of your reviews it saved me a lot of money! I want to really check out Wealthy Affiliate. I never read anything about how much money you’re making. Could u talk a little about thàt ? Like how long do u have to study and try it before u make any money. I seriously need to make some money or I’m going to loose my house. I have to the take care of my daughter and her kids too. We really need a vehicle!!!

    • You’re welcome Brenda. It really depends on how much effort that you put in. At Wealthy Affiliate, you learn and do action based tasks to get you in the right direction. About two months of blogging quality and engaging content will give you passive income.

  6. Hi Jennifer,

    It’s a pity that I got interested in your profile because of a blog where you earned $194 and so I wanted to check your site to see how you did this and then I have to see this pathetic kind of review!

    The things you tell are simply not true, I repeat NOT TRUE!
    Calling Herbalife a pyramid scheme shows that you do not understand the difference between a pyramid scheme and an MLM company.

    Pyramid scheme:
    In a pyramid scheme, an organization compels individuals to make a payment and join. In exchange, the organization promises its new members a share of the money taken from every additional member that they recruit. The directors of the organization (those at the top of the pyramid) also receive a share of these payments. For the directors, the scheme is potentially lucrative—whether or not they do any work, the organization’s membership has a strong incentive to continue recruiting and funneling money to the top of the pyramid.
    Such organizations seldom involve sales of products or services with real value. Without creating any goods or services, the only ways for a pyramid scheme to generate revenue are to recruit more members or solicit more money from current members. Eventually, recruiting is no longer possible and the plurality of members are unable to profit from the scheme

    So you pretend that Herbalife does not sell any goods nor deliver services?

    Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) is a marketing strategy in which the sales force is compensated not only for sales they generate but also for the sales of the other salespeople that they recruit. This recruited sales force is referred to as the participant’s “downline”, and can provide multiple levels of compensation. Other terms used for MLM include pyramid selling, network marketing, and referral marketing.According to the US FTC, some MLM companies constitute illegal pyramid schemes which exploit members of the organization.
    —> But this info has to be updated because they are closing the case after some adaptations in the business model of Herbalife!
    MLM is one type of direct selling. Most commonly, the salespeople are expected to sell products directly to consumers by means of relationship referrals and word of mouth marketing. MLM salespeople not only sell the company’s products but also encourage others to join the company as a distributor

    An update:

    Okay, they had to change their business model, but every company has to do this every 10 – 15 years, what is so weird about that?

    Look: There are people with bad experiences and there are people with good experiences.
    I was an HBL distributor 10 years ago and I had a great time, I earned enough to do this as a full-time job, I was 25 years old and I went to Nashville, London, and Barcelona in one year…
    BUT: I have worked for this, just like I do now with Wealthy Affiliate

    And that is often the problem: people did not have success, so they blame somebody else…

    Like in every big company, there will be things that happened and are not ok, certainly with all those independent distributors, but it is not that Herbalife asks them to do those things.

    Do you think that nobody is now telling that Wealthy Affiliate is a scam?
    Of course there will be people telling that: cause when they fail they have to blame somebody, simple.

    I can understand that you not like the concept of an MLM, but that does not make them illegal or a scam.

    A company that exists for 35 years, that are active around the world, that is sponsoring football team’s and so on, that cannot be a pyramid scheme, just think about that.

    A pyramid scheme exists maybe 6 months or maximum a year, then it is gone…

    And the same comment on your AMWAY review, it is really not OK those reviews…
    It is like a gossip paper: People love to read lies, rather than they have to read the (more boring) truth.

    But is that the idea of your website?


    • I am aware that Herbalife sells overpriced junk. Have you analyzed the cheap low quality ingredients?

      Even though they changed their business model doesn’t make it any better as there is still the challenge of selling these overpriced smoothies and as a result, distributors are now unable to get a 50% discount on their purchases and unable to return the products because now they will most likely stay for a year.

      In a 2005 distributor training meeting in Anaheim,California Stephan Gratziani- an Herbalife insider admitted that Herbalife is a pyramid scheme. 98% of distributors earned less than $1.50 a week! Many have lost thousands of dollars. 2/3 of sales leaders dropped out within their first year and 50% dropped out each subsequent year. The damage has been done and Herbalife should still be held accountable.

      Herbalife hasn’t gotten shut down because they pay thousands to the people that sue them.

      Wishing you much success with Wealthy Affiliate.

    • If Herbalife was so great, like you say it is, why are you still not with them? Because all “herbajunkies” (as they call themselves) have a dream of making it to Founders Circle. Or just “fake it till you make it”! Perhaps the market became saturated for you…

  7. Hi, after being member of herbalife club for four years and drinking the products five days out of a week now I developed colon cancer and liver cancer. I am suspecting the lead contents in the products because colon cancer does not run in my dad’s side of family.

    • Thanks for sharing your story Abraham. The components in onions and garlic called allyl sulfides and bioflavonoid hhave been proven to lower the chances of developing cancer and heart disease. Wishing you the best.

  8. Abraham you can get any type of cancer whether it runs in your family or not. Sorry you got cancer but untreated polyps can cause cancer, irritable bowel syndrome and other things can cause it. Stop blaming your problems on Herbalife if that were true you wouldn’t be Surfing around online to post your cancer problems caused by Herbalife making a bad reviews or a false statement you’d be contacting doctors and a lawyer before you ever made such an accusation! Good Luck to you!

  9. I’ve been trying to research this product online as my cousin has decided to take it on board.
    living in Australia I’d never heard of the product before until said cousin began posting the usual scripted sales type pictures and “inspirational” paragraphs, followed by the conversation which eventually led to her recommending herbalife (although I’m 4 months pregnant).
    My initial reaction was this was a pyramid scheme, someone selling it to her for personal gain which she will try her best to do to someone else and so on and so forth.
    My biggest issue is people who have no background in health or nutrition telling people what’s healthy and nutritional? How do they know? How can you recommend a product to a pregnant woman when you don’t even know what’s in it!

    • Exactly Siobhann! I’m glad you and your baby didn’t consume any of their chemical ridden products. Sadly, most people think it is actually healthy and don’t know that they should read the ingredient list, most of which are carcinogenic.

  10. I start taking Herbalife on September 6 2016 . I was having Headache start losing my hair breaking out in hives. At first I didn’t know why I was losing my hair it was so depressing me out. I call my coach and ask her have anybody she ever broke out in hives and was having headache .She said no why… I told her what was going on with me and she said she never hear that, So I Google have anybody ever broke out in hives taking Herbalife products. All kind of reviews pop up. When I seen some of the side effects I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was having some of the symptoms but didn’t know they was coming from the Herbalife products . I was told everything was All natural products. I was having Headache .Hair loss, Depression ,Loss of sex drive Feeling dizziness some days, Mood Swings ,breaking out in hives . Itching so bad doing the day and night. I couldn’t ever sleep good at night because I was up scratching like I had fleas of something. In the top of my head all my hair is gone I loss more hair than I did weight as I writing this I am tears because my herbalife coach told me that it was all natural products. And make it so bad she don’t even call me anymore , but when I was spending money with her she was calling me everyday. THANKS FOR GOOGLE BECAUSE I FOUND OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT HERBALIFE.

    • Thank you for sharing this with us. Always read the ingredients on products you’re buying as most processed food contains cancerous chemicals that can also lead to weight gain. Try to eat grass fed and finished beef, lots of fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts.
      Here’s an article for natural remedies for hair loss, https://draxe.com/hair-loss-remedies/.

  11. I don’t believe anything that is mass produced on such a large scale can be good for you. If you stick to simple, wholesome foods & regular exercise, your weight & health will take care of itself…and you won’t need to drink rubbish from a canister! Just saying…

  12. Herbalife now has a new level of membership where you don’t have to be a distributor and you’re not expected to sell anything. Which is great for me, because I couldn’t sell water in the Sahara Desert! I use the shakes, I don’t spend money on the supplements or their skin care line or whatever. Combined with exercise and a fairly decent dinner, I have managed to lose weight and am retraining myself to eat properly (seriously bad habits). My doctor hasn’t noticed anything “off” about my health, my labs are fine, my exams have been fine. If your main complaint is the MLM/pyramid scheme type of business model, does this new membership level change your opinion?

    • Aside from the business model, the quality of the products is the most important in a company. The distributors should be focused on selling high quality products at a competitive price. I could never recommend these products to anyone because most of their products are chemical ridden. Their shakes mainly consist soy protein isolate which is inferior to whey protein. Highly processed soy is linked to hormonal disruptions, canola oil has been linked to brain damage and inflammation, synthetic iron is highly toxic as a supplement, and degraded carrageenan is linked to cancer.

  13. Hello I am just curious you said your fiancé loves the product and he is trying to sell it? You seem pretty strongly about disliking Herbalife and that it is an unhealthy company? So what does you that mean for you and him? Just curious to see how that panned out? Seems like it would be a huge conflict of interest there. I can’t imagine feeling so strongly about an unhealthy business scheme and the person you love is embracing it!

    I am researching Herbalife now and came across your page thank you for your research.

    • Lol, yes. I have told him not to give my mom any of their products. I always do my best to help people, but like the saying goes “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” 🙂

  14. “Food-grade carrageenan has been independently evaluated by the Joint FAO*/WHO** Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), an international panel of expert toxicologists who review data and develop recommendations about food ingredients. JECFA determined that food-grade carrageenan was a safe food additive with no limits on its use in food.”


    Degraded carrageenan is useless and would be pointless to add in Herbalife shakes. Its consumable version is used for thickening the shake. The Herbalife products I use don’t have ephedra on there either. Definitely caffeine though like getting my morning coffee.

    I weigh roughly 150 and packed on about 20 pounds of muscles and close to a six pack from using their sports line. Thank you for sharing a summary of what the critics had to say about the dangers of Herbalife. I’m more convinced that it works from looking up info myself and I was ready to let this stuff go. This site cut a little into my work time too. Oh well…

  15. Amway, Mary Kay, Avon, Herbalife these are all mlm businesses. If you are not a a self motivated person or a goal or results driven individual then a Mlm is not for you. I recently joined Herbalife literally about a month ago and already made about $250.00 waiting for me in my paypal account. I really can’t believe all these people lost money. My coach said to never buy inventory and to only sell to people who where serious about it. I sold to about 6 people. Obviously if you only consume Herbalife it will be harmful, just like if you only consume McDonald’s, or consume anything in excess like vitamins or minerals or fat or carbohydrates, even protein is toxic, so this research is all flawed by people blaming their failures on successful people. It’s like a fat person that says that diet and exercise don’t work. Yes that’s because you don’t really diet and exercise. There are different people in this world, some are go getters and are obsessed with their goals and will stop at nothing to get there. Then you have the 95 percent of losers that want what the 5 percent have but are not willing to do what the 5 percent do. No sympathy for losers and bitter haters.

    • As mentioned in my article, Herbalife is crap for all the harmful chemicals they put in there. This product isn’t going to heal people, is going to give them cancer at a very high cost.

  16. I’ve always had an intuition that these products are health-damaging. My gut feeling has been confirmed after 3 of my friends who have consumed herbalife for more than 1 year have all gotten a digestive system illness- Colon and appendix. All “coincidently” consumed herbalife.

    I was advised by my aunt who is a Doctor in Physical Therapy and also a healthy-eating enthusiast, to simply cut dairy products, bread, rice, and sugar from my daily diet and I will start to lose weight.

    Why is it harder for people to learn healthy food options? Rather than eating powder “healthy” shakes?

    • Maria, thank you for sharing this with us and helping others.

      When people rely on a magic powder to help them lose weight, they put their health at risk.

      There are many foods that can help us to get in shape and feel better naturally including grass fed beef, wild caught salmon, blueberries, avocados, broccoli, spinach, almonds, and coconut. People have to make the time to cook delicious simple meals at least three times a week and making double so they don’t have to cook everyday 🙂

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