Talking to friends and family about the effectiveness of Isagenix systems and products comes naturally for most people. But when it comes to speaking with doctors and other health professionals about Isagenix, some people may be hesitant or unclear on what to say.
To help offer some tips for speaking to doctors and other health professionals, there was no better person than Isagenix Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. Nick Messina who presented at the Science Talks, part of the 2014 Isagenix “Strength in Momentum” Celebration in San Diego on August 23.
Dr. Messina started by professing he was initially “a skeptic himself” and would likely have been turned off had a patient approached him with a system touting “cellular cleansing” and “amazing weight loss results.” He also pointed out that most doctors receive very little nutrition education as part of their training and therefore are cautious when giving nutritional advice much outside of “try to eat a healthier diet.”
According to Dr. Messina, there’s certain “doctor speak” that should be used when talking to doctors and other health professionals about Isagenix systems and products. Here are a couple tips he gave:
It’s all in the phrasing. Some doctors may not respond positively to a product line with protein shakes, a cleansing drink, and 70 trace minerals. Dr. Messina said many times people make the mistake of explaining the products in a way that’s sure to get a turn of the nose from medical professionals. Instead, terms should be used that doctors can recognize and understand from the scientific literature. He gave the below phrasing for an example to use:
“I’m using a nutritional system that involves high-protein meal replacements and intermittent fasting with additional nutrient support.”
Both high-protein meal replacement shakes and intermittent fasting have plenty of research behind them showing effectiveness for weight loss and continued weight maintenance (1-4). Not only that, but whey protein is one of the most extensively studied proteins showing superiority over other proteins for satiety, muscle building, and fat burning (5-7). All of these points can and should be brought up when talking to health professionals about Isagenix.
Always share the science. Speaking of science and research, what should always be on hand when talking to a doctor about Isagenix are the two studies that were published in the peer-reviewed journals Nutrition and Metabolism and Nutrition Journal. “Don’t leave home without these,” Dr. Messina advised, “these are what doctors know and if you hand them these they will know exactly what to do with them and be able to see that Isagenix is effective for improving health.” He suggested having multiple copies printed out so they’re always ready to share with any health professional or person asking for independent research to support Isagenix products.
The science behind Isagenix products and systems is a differentiating factor, Dr. Messina said. He pointed out that not many other companies have a study that looked at use of its own products in comparison to a physician-prescribed, heart-healthy diet, not to mention showing significantly better improvements across the board for nearly every health marker like Isagenix did. And the best thing, Dr. Messina hinted, “is that the science supporting Isagenix products and systems and how good they really are is only beginning. More studies and peer-reviewed published papers are on the way. Now that’s exciting, people!”
Exciting it is, and Dr. Messina could not be more right. Isagenix is fully committed to providing scientific evidence for use of its products in safely and effectively reaching health goals. Be sure to look for more scientific papers to share with doctors and other health professionals. And keep in mind what Dr. Messina said – “Doctors need Isagenix, too!”
- Soeliman FA, Azadbakht L. Weight loss maintenance: A review on dietary related strategies. J Res Med Sci 2014;19:268-75.
- Barnosky AR, Hoddy KK, Unterman TG, Varady KA. Intermittent fasting vs daily calorie restriction for type 2 diabetes prevention: a review of human findings. Transl Res 2014.
- Brown JE. Can restricting calories help you to live longer? Post Reprod Health 2014;20:16-8.
- Rothschild J, Hoddy KK, Jambazian P, Varady KA. Time-restricted feeding and risk of metabolic disease: a review of human and animal studies. Nutr Rev 2014;72:308-18.
- Chungchunlam SM, Henare SJ, Ganesh S, Moughan PJ. Effect of whey protein and glycomacropeptide on measures of satiety in normal-weight adult women. Appetite 2014;78C:172-8.
- Miller PE, Alexander DD, Perez V. Effects of whey protein and resistance exercise on body composition: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Am Coll Nutr 2014;33:163-75.
- Tang JE, Moore DR, Kujbida GW, et al. Ingestion of whey hydrolysate, casein, or soy protein isolate: effects on mixed muscle protein synthesis at rest and following resistance exercise in young men. J Appl Physiol 107: 987-992, 2009.