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Kay

United States

#1 Jun 26, 2008
If you’re a sales rep for this over-priced juice called MonaVie, be careful, the FDA is cracking down on the business you’re a sales rep for. Here is the link to MonaVie FDA Warning: http://www.fda.gov/cder/warn/cyber/2007/UTVok...

The part that stood out to me was.

“The therapeutic claims on your web site establish that the products are drugs because they are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. The marketing of these products with these claims violates the Act.”
“MonaVie products are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced conditions and therefore, they are also “new drugs” under section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C.§ 321(p)].”

All I can say, it’s the beginning of FDA warnings. If MonaVie does not comply, the FDA and FTC will step in and force action upon MonaVie. FDA reviews their warning for a year and if claims are still being made, then bam,,,,, They will shut them down and lots of sales reps will be fined and some will go to jail. MonaVie uses 3rd party info for health benefit claims and people on posts, MySpace.com and meetings are making false health claims that cure health problems. That is a no, no with the FDA!!!

Then, I read a test was done to see the effectiveness on MonaVie to measure the antioxidant levels in the juice. It appears Blueberry Juice is more potent and is a fraction of the cost of what Monia Vie would cost and without the pyramid scheme tied to it.

It just goes to show you MonaVie is a marked up product to support a pyramid scheme to pay their sales reps. The focus is on recruiting not the sale of the product. The Customer base are the Reps. Another No, No according to FTC.

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deadmeat

Ogden, UT

#2 Jun 26, 2008
thank you for the news.
drc

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Jul 8, 2008
Hi
The website in question is a distributor website and no longer on there. Irresponsible distributors give this amazing product a bad name. It is pricey because it is quality. Just drink the stuff and you will realize that quality nutrition is powerful....it is just as simple as that.
Brenda

United States

#4 Jul 21, 2008
drc,

MonaVie is pricey because the money is funneled through the pyramid scheme to pay people commission, otherwise no one would get paid.

Also more unfortunate info about MonaVie. The owner is a Serious Scam Artist!!! Just look at his previous leadership skills with a overpriced Superfruit Juice Company called Dynamic Essentials that marketed a juice called Royal Tongan Limu Juice. He was happy to market and promote false claims for treating various diseases like cancer, arthritis and ADD even after a warning put out by the FDA a year prior. Since the company did not comply to the warnings the company eventually stopped selling the product and its remaining inventory of $2,700,000 was destroyed under FDA supervision. Some business owners never learn.

Fact 1) Overpriced ineffective juice. You can get the same benefits if you drink a couple of glasses of orange juice a day, at a fraction of the cost of MonaVie. Give a 3 month challenge and be consistant like the sales reps are with MonaVie and you will see a difference with Orange Juice.

Fact 2) Violates FDA regulations, warnings issued, and under the radar.

Fact 3) Very Critical!!! FTC is starting to crack down on companies like MonaVie measuring the amount of sales to distributors compared to the dollar amount generated by sales to end consumers. Basically, MonaVie Reps cannot be all of their own customer in order to profit in the commissions. Purchasing product solely for the purpose of collecting bonuses and residual is prohibited. A minimum of 50% commissions must come from end consumers, customers that do not belong to MonaVie marketing pay plan, which is hard to do with a true binary comp plan.
National Story on MonaVie

Atlanta, GA

#5 Aug 1, 2008
I'm a reporter for a national print publication that's working on a story about MonaVie. Because I've already heard positive testimonials, I'd be interested in hearing any alternative points of view on MonaVie, especially from former distributors or drinkers. I can be reached at tony.dokoupil@gmail.com My deadline is 6pm EST, Friday 8/1
SOMETHINS UP

United States

#6 Aug 2, 2008
National Story on MonaVie wrote:
I'm a reporter for a national print publication that's working on a story about MonaVie. Because I've already heard positive testimonials, I'd be interested in hearing any alternative points of view on MonaVie, especially from former distributors or drinkers. I can be reached at tony.dokoupil@gmail.com My deadline is 6pm EST, Friday 8/1
Every blog site I have have visited in researching this product has some bonehead saying that they have heard positive testimonials and they are doin a news report just like the one above. escept with a different contact. What's up with that?
Anonymous

Dacula, GA

#7 Aug 3, 2008
Interesting that you posted information from the FDA for this year when the letter is from 2007. No followup from the FDA has occurred since. Yet the site still exists, probably the one who put up the site took out the claims that should not have been in there in the first place as it is not a cure all, but juice that will work for most people from the fruits acclaimed benefits.
Brandi

Suwanee, GA

#8 Aug 6, 2008
MonaVie doesn't make false claims...distributors do. The website in question, as mentioned before, is from a distributor, NOT the MonaVie website. I would be wary internet people of where you find your research. Anyone just looking online who didn't DO their true research would have believe this load. I'm glad someone got me to drink it instead of giving me a sales pitch, because I'm just as skeptical as the next person. I'm glad I didn't miss out on my changes that have occured by things such as this article. It's fruit people. Give it a rest. I don't even see people attacking COCA COLA like this. It seems a little absurd, and we wonder why our world has so many people who are not healthy. Well, because we have people who have nothing to do than bash fruit.
Brandi

Suwanee, GA

#9 Aug 6, 2008
Brenda wrote:
drc,
MonaVie is pricey because the money is funneled through the pyramid scheme to pay people commission, otherwise no one would get paid.
Also more unfortunate info about MonaVie. The owner is a Serious Scam Artist!!! Just look at his previous leadership skills with a overpriced Superfruit Juice Company called Dynamic Essentials that marketed a juice called Royal Tongan Limu Juice. He was happy to market and promote false claims for treating various diseases like cancer, arthritis and ADD even after a warning put out by the FDA a year prior. Since the company did not comply to the warnings the company eventually stopped selling the product and its remaining inventory of $2,700,000 was destroyed under FDA supervision. Some business owners never learn.
Fact 1) Overpriced ineffective juice. You can get the same benefits if you drink a couple of glasses of orange juice a day, at a fraction of the cost of MonaVie. Give a 3 month challenge and be consistant like the sales reps are with MonaVie and you will see a difference with Orange Juice.
Fact 2) Violates FDA regulations, warnings issued, and under the radar.
Fact 3) Very Critical!!! FTC is starting to crack down on companies like MonaVie measuring the amount of sales to distributors compared to the dollar amount generated by sales to end consumers. Basically, MonaVie Reps cannot be all of their own customer in order to profit in the commissions. Purchasing product solely for the purpose of collecting bonuses and residual is prohibited. A minimum of 50% commissions must come from end consumers, customers that do not belong to MonaVie marketing pay plan, which is hard to do with a true binary comp plan.
There are other commission based businesses out there...are you also opposed to them? Are you also aware that the majority of people who are purchasing the juice, are drinkers, and are not actually distributing it but joined in to get the cheaper price? It's fruit. And no, Orange juice does not have the SAME effect as 19 DIFFERENT fruits. That is just an incorrect statement.
Dave

United States

#10 Aug 6, 2008
Kay wrote:
If you’re a sales rep for this over-priced juice called MonaVie, be careful, the FDA is cracking down on the business you’re a sales rep for. Here is the link to MonaVie FDA Warning: http://www.fda.gov/cder/warn/cyber/2007/UTVok...
The part that stood out to me was.
“The therapeutic claims on your web site establish that the products are drugs because they are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. The marketing of these products with these claims violates the Act.”
“MonaVie products are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced conditions and therefore, they are also “new drugs” under section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C.§ 321(p)].”
All I can say, it’s the beginning of FDA warnings. If MonaVie does not comply, the FDA and FTC will step in and force action upon MonaVie. FDA reviews their warning for a year and if claims are still being made, then bam,,,,, They will shut them down and lots of sales reps will be fined and some will go to jail. MonaVie uses 3rd party info for health benefit claims and people on posts, MySpace.com and meetings are making false health claims that cure health problems. That is a no, no with the FDA!!!
Then, I read a test was done to see the effectiveness on MonaVie to measure the antioxidant levels in the juice. It appears Blueberry Juice is more potent and is a fraction of the cost of what Monia Vie would cost and without the pyramid scheme tied to it.
It just goes to show you MonaVie is a marked up product to support a pyramid scheme to pay their sales reps. The focus is on recruiting not the sale of the product. The Customer base are the Reps. Another No, No according to FTC.
The FDA has the same warning to XanGo
MonaVie Drinker-Dist

United States

#11 Aug 12, 2008
The FDA is an organization that allows harmful medicine, food and drink to flood our markets. I do not trust this organization... and love the benefits of this fruit juice. I love healthy organic food rich in all nutrients and antioxidants... Greek black olives are my candy! MonaVie is a healthy and delicious fruit blend that makes me feel and look good. My skin glows of health. I am 40 and most people always think I am 25! Now that is a compliment and a sign of health. Not a line on my face naturally! I am in it for life, so don't bash this elixir!
JustJudy

Woods Cross, UT

#12 Aug 12, 2008
Is this stuff just like Xango? It seems to have same price and MLM marketing structure. Please, someone out there in Topix land, give a straight answer.
Zac Z

Tulsa, OK

#13 Aug 13, 2008
THIS IS A LIE, it was not to the company. it was to a specific individual.
Zac Z

Tulsa, OK

#14 Aug 13, 2008
This was not to the company as a whole. it was to a specific individual.
Kay wrote:
If you’re a sales rep for this over-priced juice called MonaVie, be careful, the FDA is cracking down on the business you’re a sales rep for. Here is the link to MonaVie FDA Warning: http://www.fda.gov/cder/warn/cyber/2007/UTVok...
The part that stood out to me was.
“The therapeutic claims on your web site establish that the products are drugs because they are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. The marketing of these products with these claims violates the Act.”
“MonaVie products are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced conditions and therefore, they are also “new drugs” under section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C.§ 321(p)].”
All I can say, it’s the beginning of FDA warnings. If MonaVie does not comply, the FDA and FTC will step in and force action upon MonaVie. FDA reviews their warning for a year and if claims are still being made, then bam,,,,, They will shut them down and lots of sales reps will be fined and some will go to jail. MonaVie uses 3rd party info for health benefit claims and people on posts, MySpace.com and meetings are making false health claims that cure health problems. That is a no, no with the FDA!!!
Then, I read a test was done to see the effectiveness on MonaVie to measure the antioxidant levels in the juice. It appears Blueberry Juice is more potent and is a fraction of the cost of what Monia Vie would cost and without the pyramid scheme tied to it.
It just goes to show you MonaVie is a marked up product to support a pyramid scheme to pay their sales reps. The focus is on recruiting not the sale of the product. The Customer base are the Reps. Another No, No according to FTC.
MonaVie in the Laboratory

Phoenix, AZ

#15 Aug 13, 2008
Laboratory Compares MonaVie Active vs. Vivix

Laboratory Studies Prove Vivix is More Powerful then MonaVie Active

Third-party laboratory clinical studies have proven Vivix to be more powerful, beneficial, higher in antioxidants, oxygen radical absorbance (ORAC), and overall healthy and well-being, then popular "super-fruit" products (like MonaVie, ZanGo, and Noni).
Furthermore, these same studies reveal that your nutritional company may be lying about the quality/value of its product. For example, MonaVie claims 1,000-1,250 Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC), but Brunswick Laboratories (July 16, 2008 ) ORAC test value was 610 for MonaVie Active – that’s less then half of the value that the company claims. Nonetheless, even if MonaVie could substantiate its claims of 1,000-1,250 ORAC, our revolutionary anti-aging product claims 5,000 ORAC, and laboratory test show 5,048 ORAC. That’s more then 5x the unsubstantiated MonaVie claims, and more then 8x its laboratory findings.
Plus, out of 14 domains of cellular anti-aging properties and overall general health, MonaVie Active only held beneficial to 5 domains out of 14 -* Six domains of anti-aging were tested, MonaVie Active only had an effect in one of the six anti-aging domains. On the other hand, Vivix proved to be beneficial on 12 domains of the 14 tested -* and had an effect on all six domains of anti-aging.
How reasonable would it be to continue using a less effective product? How rational is it to continue placing faith in a company that has lied to you?
Make a sound decision, switch to a company with integrity, honesty, and the most powerful products on the market. But, don’t just take our word for it:$250 million dollars have been invested in clinical research: 83,000 test are conducted each year to ensure product quality; more then 100 scientific papers, 90 of them published-peer-reviewed clinical studies all support product quality, performance, and safety. Additionally, over 2,000 research publications have referenced the ingredients in Vivix. These clinical research studies and over 50 patents assure our customers they are consuming the finest quality available on the market.
For more information, visit our website at: www.agelessfountainofyouth.com
Go to www.agelessfountainofyouth.com/compare_Vivix_... for a Comparison Sheet from the results of the laboratory study.
LosAngeles CA

United States

#16 Aug 15, 2008
Every day I have patients ask me about these "super-fruit" juices. All I have to say is this... There have been very few truly unbiased clinical studies and all of them have shown that the "benefits" obtained from these fruit juices are no better than a healthy diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables. There is nothing in any of the medical literature to support any other outlandish claims.
Additionally, many companies mislead and exaggerate their claims about antioxidants. Yes, the Acia fruit may have nearly 10 times the antioxidant levels of the blueberry but most of those antioxidants are in the inedible thick rind of the fruit! You get more antioxidants eating a fresh apple and a small handful of blueberries than an ounce of any super-juice.
Regards,
Dr. J. A. Sorenson
Get Your Facts Straight

Irvine, CA

#17 Aug 18, 2008
The FDA warning was sent to a Distributor, and CC'd to MonaVie, so please stop making it seem that the complaint was filed against MonaVie. If you read the letter it was not directed at MonaVie, just the offending Distributor. MonaVie nipped it in the bud the day the letter arrived and had the Distributor remove the problematic information.
Wake up people

United States

#18 Aug 28, 2008
My wife got all excited about this stuff and got one of those sales clones to come to our house. She got two bottles for us to try ($90). Well, I just finished it and my life and my body feel the same as before I started drinking it. I done alot of research and discovered that drinking all these friuts was good for you, but spending $45 a bottle was crazy. The same results can be carried out by a good diet. How gullable has the American people become. Seems as if everyone is looking for the little pill for perfect health or to win the lottery so they will have plenty of money. Newsbreak! If you want alot of money - get a real job and work! If you want good health - get out the house and exercise and eat good foods! Take control of your own life and stop letting others dictate how you feel and act. And for the clone reps of monvie, look at what you are doing. Ask yourself if you have made any money. I found in a report released by the company that 90% of the profits come from the distriberturs purchasing the product for themselves. And from that 90% the reps themselves made less than $100 a month. So I ask you, Is it worth it to be looked down to by all the people in America who are actually responsiable, productive members of our society. All in all, when you lay your head down at night, can you fall asleep with a clear consceince? If you can, take a look at who you are giving your money to. The owner of the company has already done this same thing with another juice drink. It came from remote location in Hawaii. It was packaged in fancy wine bottles. It's reps claimed it had all these healing powers. So what happen to it? It was shut down by the FDA. I can't believe some people will keep falling for the same scam over and over again. If you take the $45 a bottle and use $10 of it to buy real fruit and the remaining $35 you can save. You will make more money in a year than most of the thousands of sales reps at this company. Life ain't hard people, use common sense. If you support scams and become part of the scam itself they will continue to grow.
On Point

St Thomas, Virgin Islands, U.S.

#19 Aug 30, 2008
I've always been taught that it's better to let people think you're ignorant than to open your mouth and confirm it. It seems folks are not aware that the FDA controls prescription drugs, not food supplements. And if you can purchase the 19 fruits in MonaVie for $10 per daily dose, then you need to quit your "real job" and try owning your own fruit business. I'm calculating if you're selling your doses of fruit for $10, then you'll be purchasing your fruit at wholesale prices which will be about $5.00 per dosage. But since common sense isn't sold in most supermarkets, I'll take my chances with a $40/$45 bottle of a quality food supplement & do some research on how I can minimize that cost from a wholesale point of view. The real scam is the one at your "real job." I guess in your "real job" you'll soon be making more than your supervisor, your manager, your director, your VP, your President, and lastly, your CEO. So tell me, where's the scam? Life ain't hard people, use common sense.
Kay

United States

#20 Aug 30, 2008
On Point wrote:
I've always been taught that it's better to let people think you're ignorant than to open your mouth and confirm it. It seems folks are not aware that the FDA controls prescription drugs, not food supplements. And if you can purchase the 19 fruits in MonaVie for $10 per daily dose, then you need to quit your "real job" and try owning your own fruit business. I'm calculating if you're selling your doses of fruit for $10, then you'll be purchasing your fruit at wholesale prices which will be about $5.00 per dosage. But since common sense isn't sold in most supermarkets, I'll take my chances with a $40/$45 bottle of a quality food supplement & do some research on how I can minimize that cost from a wholesale point of view. The real scam is the one at your "real job." I guess in your "real job" you'll soon be making more than your supervisor, your manager, your director, your VP, your President, and lastly, your CEO. So tell me, where's the scam? Life ain't hard people, use common sense.
When you look at a piece of fruit in a store you know indeed it is a piece of fruit with nutritional value. Now on the other hand, you have no idea if your getting your moneys worth or not with Monavie. There is no proof that 19 fruits equal a bottle of Monavie or that it serves any nutritional benefit. Is there any claim to back up your statement or is it just what it is "Hype".

As far as your comment on a real job. MLM recruiting 101 at best. That is such an old saying, that you must be new to the industry.

This is interesting: Excerpts from a January 28, 2002 distributor training conference call featuring Dallin Larsen:
http://web.archive.org/web/20020205212919/63....

http://web.archive.org/web/20020205072337/dyn...

Download them for future reference.

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