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The MonaVie Acai Berry Super Fruit Juice - Mona Vie Scam?

Published 12/30/08 (Modified 3/8/11)
By MoneyBlueBook

Review of MonaVie and The Acai Berry Fruit Juice Company's Health and Marketing Claims

MonaVie. Mona Vie. The word actually sounds like a spin off of some french phrase (mon ami), but when I hear the name, two things immediately come to mind - acai berry juice and multi level marketing pyramid scheme. The MLM business scheme or pyramid marketing concept usually elicits a series of red alert alarm bells in my brain's BS scam detector, however, I'm willing to take a closer look at MonaVie before rendering my personal critique and verdict. After having tried out and actually tasted the MonaVie acai berry fruit drink, I have to admit, it's a rather sweet and tasty beverage - sort of a crisp combination of grape juice, blue berries, black berries, and a hint of dark chocolate. There's not much negative commentary I can sling at the MonaVie product in terms of taste alone, but the outrageously expensive price tag and the rather suspicious marketing approach of the company leave much to be desired.

As an ordinary American consumer and a casual observer, I'm not sure what to make of this whole MonaVie acai berry fruit juice craze that seems to be sweeping the health and fitness world. The product's been featured on the Food Network and on daytime talk shows for women like the Rachel Ray show, and eagerly touted by popular television hosts like Oprah Winfrey as the ultimate nectar of the gods. At least several medical commentators have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show recently to promote the acai berry as an invaluable source of super food nutrients and as a magical method to promote youth and bodily rejuvenation. While most of the on-air health commentators were on the Oprah show to promote their individual books, even Oprah herself seemed to jump on the acai berry bandwagon, endorsing the nutritional claims of the tiny purple berry in her own boisterous way.

And it's not just celebrity women either (who in my sexist opinion tend to be very ultra health conscious). Even celebrity guys seem to be getting in on the acai super fruit craze as well. There are numerous photos floating around on the internet of well known celebrities (both male and female) photographed with���� their MonaVie acai juice bottles. I've seen hip hop stars and motor sport athletes on MTV's Cribs show opening up their refrigerator doors for the camera to proudly display their prized rows of ultra-expensive MonaVie branded acai juice bottles. To top it off, when the Boston Red Sox won the Major League Baseball World Series in 2007, you even had several pitchers and players publicly thanking the Mona Vie company and attributing their athletic success to the seemingly magical healing powers of the MonaVie acai berry drink. When professional athletes who have just won the most competitive pinnacle award of their profession celebrate their triumph by giving a ringing endorsement of a particular enhancement product, citing the competitive advantages it allegedly provided their bodies through the grueling eight month long baseball season, I definitely take notice. However at the same time, my curiosity is greatly tempered with a strong dose of skepticism and suspicion at the celebrity's personal motivations for such a resounding product recommendation - and I find myself wondering if the celebrity was partly motivated by financial considerations.

Without a doubt, MonaVie is a popular and highly promoted superfruit juice product, frequently mentioned in popular entertainment and athletic circles among the rich and trendy. It also has a strong growing presence online and on TV, but then again, so do many of the numerous get rich quick schemes and snake oil scams out there, featuring all types of facial cleaning products and useless weight loss shakes and pills. All such popular products have their own legion of compensated celebrities ready to help make the sales pitch and enthusiastically promote the product to the audience. Just because a product is heavily marketed and seems popular does not make it legit. Thus I wanted to take a more objective look into the MonaVie product itself, its health claims, and its marketing approach to decipher for myself the legitimacy of the brand. My primary goal is to answer these series of questions - Is MonaVie a scam? Does MonaVie acai juice berry drinks actually provide the health benefits re-soundly touted by its army of rabid distributors? And finally, is MonaVie a product I would actually purchase and consume for myself as an average, everyday mildly health conscious consumer?

The MonaVie Acai Berry Juice Product

MonaVie is a fruit juice drink made up of a blend of 19 different fruits. In a nut shell, it's like Odwalla or Naked branded smoothie drinks - except the drink is marketed as an acai berry product and it comes in a fancy looking wine bottle to give it allure. While the company refuses to disclose the actual numbers detailing individual juice makeup, it eagerly markets the fruit juice cocktail as some type of specially formulated super fruit juice, citing its composition of acai berries for its supposed magical ability to cure all sorts of physical and mental ailments. While the company does not expressly state that the MonaVie acai berry juice drink is capable of amazing healing properties, that is the marketing direction the company seems to strongly hint at. Obviously due to legality reasons, MonaVie can't officially claim its juice drink to be a health elixir, but it sure seems like it unofficially wants to based on the promotional dance it's constantly engaging in.

Inside of its fruit juice drinks, MonaVie lists as one of its primary ingredients - the acai berry (pronounced ah-sai-ee) - a small purple black fruit about an inch in size and produced from the acai palm tree in the Amazon of Brazil. Through its network of distributors, the MonaVie company promotes the message that its unique acai berry juice blend contains many of the antioxidant related health benefits associated with the acai berry and other special fruits. Supposedly, these super fruits are packed with powerful nutrients and antioxidant compounds that uniquely protect the body's cells from damage and disease, boost the immune system, and slow down the otherwise inevitable process of aging. However, much of the alleged health benefits of MonaVie and the extent of the nutritional value of acai have been called into constant debate and frequently questioned by naysayers that cast suspicion at what exactly is contained in MonaVie and the extent of its alleged nutritional value if any. Certainly, the company's reluctance to share detailed information about the specific acai berry concentration found in its bottles and its mysterious refusal to reveal detailed proportional make up of how the���� fruit juices in the MonaVie blend are made up continue to fuel discussions abut the health claims made by the product's distributors.

Monavie Acai Is Sold Exclusively Via A Questionable Multi Level Direct Sales Approach (AKA Pyramid Scheme)

Mona Vie acai juice drinks are not available in traditional supermarket chains or grocery stores like Safeway, Kroger, or Wegmans, and they're not even available via specialty health minded retailers like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. You definitely won't find the company's products at discounters like Walmart or Costco - no, the MonaVie company shuns the traditional sales outlets in favor of a more personalized and almost cult like marketing approach.

MonaVie was launched in January 2005 by a long time direct sales marketing veteran and since then, the company has relied exclusively on a multi level marketing strategy to promote and sell its expensive juice drinks. For all intents and purposes, the company's more of a powerful marketing machine than a health food provider. Certainly there may be substantially better fruit juice products out there at much cheaper prices, but frankly, and somewhat commendably, MonaVie does a pretty powerful job of hyping and cleverly convincing health fanatics that they absolutely must drink this product everyday to live their lives to the fullest.

By tapping into a sales stream that takes advantage of trusted personal relationships to generate sales, the company has become wildly successful - at least on the sales side. Those unfamiliar with multi level marketing (MLM) may be more familiar with its common nickname - the pyramid scheme. A MLM or pyramid scheme relies on a direct sales technique based on a relationship referral business model whereby trusted people are the engine components that drive the commission based sales. Whenever a sale is made, a lofty commission is paid out, not only to you (the person who made the sale), but also to the person who referred you into the marketing program as well as to the person who referred your direct referrer - hence the pyramid nature of the arrangement. Because these multi level marketing programs are so potentially lucrative for those at the top of the pyramid (the upline), the system strongly encourages and incentivizes participants to zealously promote the product and heavily recruit new entrants into the program (the downline) to further earn sales and commissions for those on the up line.

Now, the one thing that must be made clear is that not all multi level marketing programs or pyramid schemes are inherently evil or illegal. Not all pyramid schemes are blatant scams or disreputable shell games the same way that Ponzi Schemes are. In fact, there are many otherwise thinly legitimate multi level marketing programs out there such as Amway, Avon, Mary Kay, Herbalife, Tupperware, and all sorts of online affiliate programs. However, many of these MLM based companies suffer from the same stigma and questionable scrutiny that MonaVie faces as well. While not outright frauds or scams like the way Nigerian 419 scams are for example, the same scammy concerns arise because many of these MLM programs really only benefit those at the top of the marketing pyramid and often encourage overzealous sales techniques that frequently lead to almost predatory recruiting tactics and pitches. Oftentimes as well, many of these MLM programs demand contractually obligated sales quotas that members must satisfy every month or face having to purchase the products themselves to meet the sales quota requirement. In the case of MonaVie's contractually obligated arrangement for wannabe new distributors into the program, new entrants are obligated to buy at least 4 bottles a month of the pricey acai berry juice. They don't come cheap and failure to sell enough bottles every month will require that the distributor contractually purchase the required quota for personal use.

As noted by an investigative news article from Newsweek, according to income disclosures, most of the million strong sales team of MonaVie appear to be really just drinking the juice themselves rather than selling them as originally intended. More than 90% of supposed distributors of MonaVie are actually considered wholesale customers, whose earnings were mostly discounts on sales to themselves. Remarkably according to the article, fewer than 1% of the MonaVie marketing pyramid's sales people qualified for commissions and of those, only 10% made more than $100 a week. The Newsweek article even goes on to state that according to a top MonaVie recruiter, while obviously not disclosed by the company, the MonaVie multi level marketing program's drop out rate's around 70%. It's certainly a fascinating tidbit to keep in mind as you ponder the question of whether MonaVie's a scam. While I personally don't think MonaVie is a scam as they do offer an otherwise legitimate fruit juice product, the acai juice company sure has rather unsavory fringe elements to it.

In regards to the secret world of direct sales and pyramid marketing, I had my first negative exposure to MLM programs when I was recruited by a company called Vector Marketing to sell Cutco branded knives back when I was just an 18 year old high school student. For some odd reason, many fellow high school students such as myself were targeted with elaborate marketing sales pitches by Vector Marketing recruiters to become trained in the art of tapping personal relationships to sell ridiculously and insanely overpriced Cutco steak knives to our friends and family members. Obviously, our recruiters were eager to train us into becoming their commission earning downline so that they could profit from our sales as our upline referrals. While the Cutco knives we lugged around and sold were of obvious high quality, they were no where even close to being worth the exorbitant price demanded of each individual cutlery. Quality is one thing, but they were and to this very day, are still vastly overpriced. While I was able to tap into my personal relationships and beg a few neighbors to shell out hundreds of dollars for a few knives out of pity, I remember always feeling extremely scammy and sleazy during my rehearsed sales pitches to supposed loved ones. As a mere 18 year old at the time, I wasn't too fond of���� having to take advantage of my close relationships for financial gain. There was nothing illegal or deliberately evil about the whole sales system, but the whole multi level marketing approach simply felt shady and rather manipulative to me.

Mova Vie Is Extremely Expensive and Overpriced Despite Its Alleged Acai Berry Health Properties

The MonaVie acai berry juice product is not cheap. In fact it's downright expensive - ridiculously overpriced at astronomically rip off levels if you ask me. A single MonaVie juice bottle will cost you $30-$40 per bottle, for a little more than 25 fluid ounces of the fruit berry mixture. According to the promotional material, to fully appreciate the nutritional benefits of acai berry juicing, you're supposed to drink at least 2 fluid ounces of the purple stuff in the morning, and another 1 ounce at night. At the rate suggested by the MonaVie company, a single bottle will last you about a week. At $30-40 a bottle, that comes out to $120-$160 a month, and $1,440-$1,920 a year. Unless you are swimming in money and flush with dollars like the professional athletes or financially well off���� like celebrities Oprah Winfrey or Rachel Ray, chances are, you're going to find regular consumption of this product to be well beyond your financial means. The lucrative price of each expensive bottle of Mona Vie can probably be traced back to the high cost of commission maintenance that must be paid out to the entire pyramid marketing chain upon each sale.

Because of the multi level marketing nature and aggressive direct sales promotional tactics of MonaVie distributors, a wide array of ridiculous health and nutritional claims seem to have blanketed the internet. Sometimes it's a little difficult figuring out which writer is trustworthy and which one is blatantly a sales guy. I have personal gut-feeling suspicions that sizable portions of these favorable web-based health comments and supposed online testimonials were made by MonaVie distributors and financially interested sales promoters trying to hype up the appeal of their pricey cash cow via fake product reviews. A quick browse of the internet quickly reveals all sorts of outlandish testimonies and anecdotal stories by random people - claims of how MonaVie acai juice drinking cured their heart disease, healed their arthritis, alleviated stress and depression, cured their acne, reversed their aging, repaired joint damage, got rid of joint and back pain, cured their cancer, treated their diabetes, made them more energetic, and even improved their sex life. The craziest claim I've seen was some gentlemen who claimed that his steady diet of Mona Vie acai berry juice made his special male anatomy organ larger and more virile. I've even read a few ridiculous claims by anonymous female commentators on various Mona Vie related blog posts touting how acai berry juicing grew their chests and helped make their breasts larger. The myriad of outlandish and totally unsubstantiated claims are quite abundantly available online - an unfortunate side effect that distorts the truth, whenever there is a lot of sales money to be had.

Now it's one thing for a product to be expensive and it's a whole different matter altogether if the product doesn't actually do what it says it is supposed to do. The literature and research on the amazing health benefits of drinking MonaVie and the supposed God-like healing properties of acai berry juice are still not entirely definitive. While there is little doubt that berries and fruits such as acai, blue berries, blackberries, and pomegranates common loads of nutritional vitamins and powerful compounds such as cell repairing antioxidants, the research is not yet entirely supportive that these are indeed super fruits that can cure all and heal all. There is scientific evidence that the acai fruit and other dark berries are uniquely high in Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC), a rating system that evaluates a food product's ability to fight harmful free radicals in the body, but that doesn't mean that a single fruit can potentially replace all other alternative sources of vital nutrients.

To be fair, the MonaVie company doesn't actually go out of its way to blatantly promote the MonaVie product as a magical berry elixir anymore. MonaVie does not actually make the health and nutritional claims itself. Due to stricter federal scrutiny of Mona Vie's official claims, the company has drastically cut back on its previous assertions of health benefits and healing properties. The company is now content with marketing the MonaVie drink as merely a high end fruit juice product, letting its legion of cult like Mona Vie acai berry drinkers and promoters hype the unbelievable health benefit innuendos on their own. After all, the motto of the MonaVie company is - "Drink It, Feel It, Share It" - which sounds more like a sales focused marketing directive of sorts to me.

Acai Berries Do Contain Lots Of Nutrients - They Just Don't Have Super Healing Powers As Suggested By Some Independent MonaVie Distributors

As a mild defense for the key heralded component of MonaVie's juice product - the acai berry does indeed contain abundant nutritional value. There is quite a bit of research touting the health benefits of acai berry as a good source of fiber, minerals, vitamins, polyphenols, and antioxidants for healthy bodily performance. The expensive acai fruit does indeed contain a wealth of nutritional benefits compressed into each little purple berry, but then again, much of the same health benefits can easily be found in large concentrations in other more common and cheaper fruits such as bananas, blue berries, and apples as well.

Despite my admitted fondness for the taste of acai, I'm extremely wary of buying into the whole MonaVie acai juice product because I simply do not know how much of acai can be found in each bottle. Because MonaVie refuses to disclose the actual composition of its juice drinks, we do not know for certain the exact breakdown of its juice cocktail and the exact amount of expensive acai berry concentrate in the blend. It's very important to keep in mind that the MonaVie juice mixture doesn't contain acai berries exclusively. It's comprised of an admitted blend of 19 fruits - including many common and cheap fruits like bananas and apples, easily found in your neighborhood grocery store. If you really buy into the claimed health benefits of juicing and nutritional potency of acai berries, there are much easier and cheaper ways to get your purple berry fix. Most grocery stores sell acai berry juice variations and even certain online stores sell similar acai berry laden juice drinks, acai powders, and acai capsules for much, much less.

The fact of the matter is that people are always looking for the easy way out and frequently are all too eager for a magic potion that will make take away the need to put in effort. There is plenty of research touting the overwhelming health benefits of a low fat, low sugar diet comprised of lots of fish and whole grain foods. There is also overwhelming evidence that smoking and excessive alcohol drinking wrecks havoc on physical and mental health, and that daily consistent exercise is absolutely essential to healthy living. Yet, we as humans seem to ignore those simple practices and remain perpetually enamored with the possibility that there are super fruits out there that can serve as magic silver bullets to our health problems and ailments. The reality is that there is no such thing as a one size fits all super fruit. Proper health and nutrition requires a good moderated balance of fruits, vegetables, and proper exercise - not the services of a single food product - especially not one that is so expensively priced.

How To Buy MonaVie Online And Test Out Acai Berry Juices For Yourself (Remember, It's Not Cheap and Its Health Claims Are Not Fully Substantiated Yet)

Recently, I purchased a few bottles of MonaVie online simply to test out and review the juice product for myself since I didn't know how else to try it out for free. While I have no intention of actually signing up as a distributor or getting myself locked into some multi level marketing contract, I think it's perfectly understandable if there are people out there who remain curious about the fruit juice blend. It's admittedly rather tasty, albeit extremely expensive and somewhat overrated. Personally, I don't buy the magical juice berry claims of the MonaVie supporters and chose to consume the drink on a one time limited basis as I would any new drink. If you really want to start juicing, buy a fruit juicer for yourself or buy pre-made fruit smoothies from the grocery store. Many of these pre-made blends contain acai berry and they're a much cheaper way to get exposed to the nutritional value of acai should you so choose to partake. If you really insist on joining the MonaVie acai berry craze, there are plenty of equally good generic acai berry brands out there as well - in various just-add-water powder products and pills.

In the event you are determined to test out MonaVie acai berry drinks or similar acai berry products based on curiosity, here are a few ways to buy them online. Remember, it's not an endorsement, and I'm just pointing the way for you if you insist:

  1. MonaVie Active Health Juice With Acai (Amazon) - 1 Bottle of the dark purple stuff.
  2. MonaVie Active Juice Bottles With Acai (Amazon) - 4 bottles - A way to buy MonaVie online without having to agree to some recurring sales contract.
  3. MonaVie Juice Bottles With Acai (eBay) - Cheapest method to buy MonaVie online without commiting to a distributorship agreement, but requires eBay auction bidding.
  4. Natrol - Acai Berries 1000mg Per Serving 60 Capsules (Amazon) - 60 capsules
  5. Organic Acai Fruit Capsules with Camu Camu (Amazon) - 60 capsules - The Brazilian acai berry in pill form.
  6. 100% Pure Acai Fruit Powder with Camu Camu (Amazon) - 90 grams - Just add water to make an acai powder juice drink.

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329 Responses to “The MonaVie Acai Berry Super Fruit Juice - Mona Vie Scam?” 

  1. Colette says:

    I agree with Sasquatch and Roseanne, using it is a matter of choice ; just like people choose to supersize their fast food, get addicted to two and three packs of cigarettes a day, exclusive high priced caffienated coffees & energy drinks, that have negative side effects, all averaging about $5.00 or more dollars a day.
    People can whine about how lazy we are because we don't have time to sit around and juice 19 different fruits, or go shopping and purchase these same fruits weekly, not knowing how long they've sat in the grocery store, etc. etc. I have an autistic teeneager who takes up 99.9% of my day, and I consider it a blessing, because I don't have the time or energy, also working 40 hours a week as a nurse, to eat and provide the fruit for my family as I desire. While we eat some, we could never reasonably eat as much as the juice can provide.What a person is willing to pay for a product depends on how VALUABLE it is to them. Sometimes perception is reality, folks. I have been behind people in the pharmacy line and seen them pay over $300.00 dollars a month for pills; and a doctor prescribed it so do they do it. This company has doctors research and independent doctors not paid by the company who support it; but now people want to call those doctors quacks because they support the benefits of this amazing juice blend!
    As far as knowing how much Acai berry is in the product; do you know the major soft drink company's secret formula? I THINK NOT! Thank God it's a free country and we have free will. No one is making anybody drink it; it's a choice. It works for me! Video opinions of the juice can be found at healthmatters.com , amazingjuice.com
    Thanks and God Bless you all in your quest for better health.

  2. Jay says:

    You don't need to juice 19 fruits to get the same benefit of Monavie. Just eat around a dozen blueberries and you'll get the same level of antioxidants (based on Monavie's own study of their product). Half of a grapefruit has roughly the same vitamin value of a daily serving of the super juice. You are NOT replacing the fruits you should be eating by drinking this juice, not even close.

  3. DorineB says:

    Jay,

    You are my hero! Don't let these Monavie addicts push you around with their acai laden craze. They are brain washed with dollar signs in their head and motivated to push their acai berry snake oil to get more people into their sales down line. If I were an acai sales gal, I'd probably do the same honestly...but I'm not. Just tired of those who try to push unproven health gimmicks onto others and profiting from the health needs of others.

    I'm sure acai is healthy for the body just the way most fruits like bananas, grapefruits, and pomegranates are healthy for the body....but by no means is it some magical super fruit capable of curing all ailments, cancer, or even old age. Only exercise and a good balanced diet can really do that.

  4. Scott says:

    I'm just glad to see there are some people on here with common sense, and who are not blinded by greed.
    Everyone I know who pushes this stuff use the same lines. I guess it's part of the brainwashing which goes on at these so called tasting parties.

  5. Jakers says:

    It just occurred to me. I've been noticing a spike in uptick in long winded anti-MonaVie acai juice sentiment on these blog posts comparable to the long text type stuff that the MonaVie supporters dish out. Are there major competitors to MonaVie that also operate MLM type businesses whereby the competitors are now motivated to try to take down the MonaVie brand by spreading rumors and MonaVie bashing online? I'd just like to find out what everybody's motivations are. I know the motivations of most acai juice supporters...but what about the anti acai people? Are they seriously just here to do some supposed public service good of exposing some health and fitness lie?

  6. Steven says:

    I do not want this to turn into the Steven vs Roseann blog, but can be entertaining I suppose to some. If you look back, I did not call out any names until you pointed me out on your March 22nd write up. You said I called you evil and you even said I must be the anti-christ. You said I must be trying to sell some other product. I just gave my scenario and that was it. You turned this into a personal vendetta against me because I did not agree with you and did your best to personally slam me. You acted as if I committed some great crime against you and your family. I just gave an opinion and you acted like a dictator in oppressed countries when some speaks up. (I first said to myself, who is this Roseann chick and why is she personally trying to attack me?) So, of course I went on the offensive against you.

    Your last write up is probably the best so far. You did not attack me that much, but still think everything I write is aimed towards you, which is not the case.

    To answer both you and Jakers, I do not have any alterior motive besides expressing my opinion. I do not have any product to endorse and am not on some personal Monavie vendetta. I just do not like what they have done and rarely find any distributors who actually have a valid point to make me believe they know a single thing they talk about. Too many distibutors have published too many false claims. Even the company made many false claims until the FDA warned them to stop. As said numerous times above.

    In these rough economic times we face with a major part of the problem being greedy executives, I honestly can't see how so many people want to endorse this product. Now lets say that even if everything that was falsely claimed was true. Lets say that this was the miracle drink of the 21st century. All the ads to hype the distributors and the conferences is only about money. The videos do not show people living healthy lifestyles to spend with their family, they show cars, houses and jets. We sit back and show shock that the big car company CEO's took their jets to DC to ask for money, but we are happy to try to sell a product so much that we can acquire wealth beyond our dreams? We want to see people like Dallin Larsen take his jet everywhere? It just proves the hypocritical nature of our society. We are all so two faced.

    If you look above Roseann, my original article was on Feb 27th. I did not harass or slam anyone. I then made my next article on Mar 22 where my attitude was with Dallin Larsen and the problems he continues to cause. I also was directing some of it towards the Monavites that are ridiculous with their claims. If you feel the need to continue to bash me then I will continue to add you in my write ups. I think we are past that and do not need to express that anymore with the name calling. You asked if I was open minded? Absolutely 100% I am. I do believe you want to make a point like I do and it does not have to be all about money. Again, a blog like this is for people to express their opinion no matter how crazy it may appear to you or me. We all have a voice here and no one needs to pick out which articles should stay or go. That would make us like CNN posts that get removed if they are trying to sway an opinion. This is a good blog and I hope to see more information as it is available or peoples stories (both good and bad), because, like I said, we all have a voice here.

    Happy Easter Roseann and the others subscribed to this blog.

  7. Steven says:

    Roseann, I have to ask again, do you read what you write? I made it clear that my attitude was towards Dallin Larsen and those distributors that make false claims. (Read it above). You even then put my words in your write up "I praise those people that believe he is our new savior and to all the other "Monavites" that think money is more important than anything else. Good job "Monavites", you have a great future to look forward to."

    "Those people that believe" = not all inclusive and directed at a few.

    "the other "Monavites" that think money is more important than anything else" = again directed towards the people that believe money is more important.

    If you respond to that, it tells me you are in one of these categories. You then go on to write how you used the word "If" to say how you didnt actually call me that unless I believed it. Is your ego that big that you can't admit you are wrong? You pull out random sentences and try to believe they mean something different than written? I know Jehova's Witnesses do that, but didn't think it would happen here.

    You attacked me first and I responded. That is the bottom line. No matter how many times you try to play innocent and want to rally support for yourself, you began the attack. Please swallow your pride, admit you are wrong, and move on. A very simple process. Surprise me Roseann and step up and just say "Yes, I did that and lets move on."

    Now as to your latest comment, "So I think this blog would be much better off if we all stuck to whether or not the product is good and worth the money."

    Here is a paragraph from your March 13th write up:
    Let me make my point here by simply pointing out to anyone ELSE out there that is actually interested in the TRUTH that Jay (above) apparently doesn't really pay much attention to his "research" OR if he DOES, then he obviously is doing what he's accusing the awful distributors of doing, and knows that he's misleading people. (I don't really think that's the case because I'm not one of those perpetually negative people. I think he's just SO negative and thinks he knows everything that he's just GOT to SAVE all the rest of you from the EVIL MLM juice monster! Isn't that NICE of him to protect you like that so he can - what? Sleep better at night? While he is at the same time, depriving you from just TRYING something all natural that might actually HELP whatever ails you so you can decide for yourself?)

    You attack anyone that does not agree with you. You are such a hypocrit. It is only for you to sit back and cast judgement on anyone that disagress with you. When did you become judge and jury here? A majority of these articles are written with a persons opinion, then you call them out and try to demean them. What in your life has made you such a rotten person? Why are people not allowed to give their own opinion around you? His article was not directed specifically at you. It was his opinion and, of course, Roseann the Almighty has to swoop down and cast judgement. My god your ego is ridiculous. Thanks for not being one of our founding fathers in this country or none of us would be allowed to say anything that was not first approved by your holiness. You need to take a look at yourself Roseann. Maybe a little self reflection time and realize that you are not the final say in this world! You might then find people would actually want to have a discussion with you that didn't end up with you casting a harsh judgement on them.

  8. Roseann says:

    Wow. Must've hit a nerve with you. Wonder why.... If you read what I wrote, I said I would stop if others would. And as for my "if" - it wasn't to act innocent. It was to show what a ridiculous statement you made about Dallin being the Messiah. I made one just as ridiculous about you being the anti-christ. I would hope you'd know that I don't believe that either.

    I think it's funny that you chose to print what I wrote to Jay because I'm not sure what you were trying to point out by that. If I remember correctly, he posted some incorrect comments about somebody (Dr. Niles) and a link that showed his comments were wrong. He just didn't take the time to really read what he was refering everyone to or did and knew he was wrong, so he WAS misleading them by saying it proved something that it didn't. So - what was wrong with my pointing that out? That I turned the tables on him for saying that MonaVie distributors shouldn't be able to sleep at night because of how awful they are? It's ok that he says that but I'm not supposed to point out that his comments could keep someone from trying something that could help them? It's postings like that that might sway someone from giving this a shot, and I know that I wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I thought I'd kept someone from something that might help them feel better. It's one thing to not tell anyone about it (as most people do because they don't care, or don't have time, etc.) but another to stop them when it's right in front of them.

    And I will not "admit" anything because you've never relented in your comments that lead anyone to believe you think we're all only in it for the money. So don't YOU try to act so innocent as if you're just singling out a "few". If you look at YOUR postings, you like to make up "cute" names for people. I haven't done that to you. In fact, my last postings have been much kinder than yours. You're the one with the apparent ego, and YOU don't like people talking back to you and not agreeing. I have no problem with someone not agreeing as long as they don't attack whole groups of people for the actions of a few. You've directly said I was in it for the money: "Roseann can not appreciate it because the $$ will continue to maintain her focus on why the product is so miraculous." so it's not my imagination that you're saying these things about me. If I've said anything to make you believe that, please point that out to me. Otherwise I think you need to retract that statement. I'm not going to defend myself to you anymore because I don't need your or anyone else's approval. I know why I tell people about MonaVie and don't really care what you think.

    So I'll tell you what. I'll apologize FIRST to you for antagonizing you - which I admit I have done intentionally because I did take your comments personally - and we'll see if you can do the same.

    Still haven't heard back from Jon.

  9. Jon says:

    I have been away for the Easter break and simply ran out of time last week before heading off to the beach...but I had promised Roseann before leaving that I would post a retraction of an earlier comment I had left on this blog concerning her apparent lack of response to the information I had sent her. Roseann did write back to me on several occasions and I am left with the opinion of her that she has listened closely to what I had to say and asked reasonable questions based on the information I provided to her. Roseann, I apologise for suggesting you would not respond and that I didn't really care whether you did or not. I do care, and that is why I wrote to this blog in the first instance. I have no problem with you choosing to stay with Monavie - it was never my intention to convince you or anyone else from using it or to switch to another product - all I really wanted to do was to make sure that any decision you and others made was made with a fuller understanding of what the product is and what it isn't, because in my humble view, there is an awful lot of misinformation being spread around about Monavie (and similar products that contain acai) and while this misinformation MAY not have been initiated by the pronciples of the company, I don't see them doing a lot to correct it. And that concerns me, because my company and I presonally have a deep interest in seeing the acai industry moving on from a fringe position to becoming a long-term mainstream food industry enterprise, and some of the short-term scam activity has the real potential to harm this prospect. Thanks for the opportunity to contribute.

  10. Robb says:

    Jay, Jay, Jay,

    Get a freakin' life man. All I've seen here is one person trying ever so desperately to negate any positive information or offering that's been given. If you're not into it, just bugger off. If what these people are doing is not illegal, and it most certainly is not, then back off and let them be. Your opinion is noted but we don't need to answer to someone like you and I advise everyone from this point on to just ignore the rantings of those who have nothing of value to add, just a lot of time and energy to waste on negative crap instead of achieving something worthwhile. Again, get a life of your own and mind your own damned business... if you had one.

  11. Jay says:

    Sure thing Robb I'll just sit back and let people spread obviously false information. Like Monavie somehow replaces the fruits we should be eating or that false/illegal claims didn't originate with high level distributors and trickle down the product based pyramid scheme. If you consider spreading false information and lies to be the traits of a positive person I feel for ya buddy. Your entire post was off topic, full of negative crap, and of no value but thanks for the tip.

    Oh and not that it matters but I have a great life, thanks for being so positive...

  12. Jason says:

    Jay don't be offended by anything said to you here. You've provided a wealth of helpful information and I for one applaud your efforts to expose this scam for what it is. It's not surprising that you would be subjected to attacks by distributors. You are exposing their sub par juice blend, and dishonest business practices, for what they are. Anyone who takes the time to understand the facts you've presented would be appauld that this company is allowed to opperate. Those who have something to lose when this information is put out in a public forum naturally have a negative reaction. Those who are open minded and able to see through the cloud of misinformation put out there by distributors appreciate what you're doing.

    I say keep it up.

  13. Scott says:

    Jay

    Obviously you have struck a nerve with some people. But bottom line is the truth hurts. Keep it up, I enjoy reading the blogs. But I don't think this site will be around much longer, since mona-vie, like many other scams before it eventually will be gone. I just feel sorry for the honest people who got suckered into this because of the false health promisises it made.

    So again Jay, you have done an outstanding job on keeping the information flowing.

  14. Roseann says:

    I disagree that I've been "suckered" since the product has worked for me and quite a few others I know. I also admit there are a few (many less than the ones it has helped though, in my group I've worked with) that have felt no effects. And it is FAR from a Scam - and that's where I have an issue with people who seem so intent on leading people to believe that it is. How is it a scam when it works for at least SOME (and really most that I've shown it to) people? I've already said I don't agree with SOME distributors - the ones that are really only in it for the money and are giving out misleading information, and that I wish the company didn't emphasize the money end of it more so than the product itself. I also can point to charts that show that MonaVie is VERY high in antioxidant capacity, much more so than a few blueberries, supposedly done by "independent" labs. I'm not saying that I don't believe what Jay believes where that's concerned, but he's obviously looking at results from a different "independent" lab, or they used different quality produce, or it was done under different conditions, etc. I don't think he's lying but I know I'm not either. SO - I'm not so sure we're going to be able to agree on the specifics here, so I'm just going on the results I've felt and seen in many others. If someone here is really interested, go look for the information yourself. It doesn't take that long with everything that's out there on the internet - just be careful that what you're looking at is coming from some source that's not tied to one of these companies - including MonaVie - or it means nothing. Jay has made some very good points (when he's not spending his time bashing distributors, which he now agrees isn't ALL distributors)where it comes to lifestyle changes that would benefit us all. But I doubt that most people are willing to commit to that, and I'd bet this product (or others like it) would help most people that aren't. If it helps you and you think it's worth the money (which is for everyone to decide for themselves after they consider how much it helps them and what the other alternatives would cost) then fine. If not, you've wasted about $130 to try it for a month. I know plenty of people that spend a lot more money than that on things I wouldn't even THINK about paying that much for, but I'm not going to spend my time telling them how stupid they are and how they're being suckered and how Starbucks is a scam. Really people - let them decide for themselves.

  15. Sasquatch says:

    an outstanding job..............of keeping the information flowing..............What information is that exactly? Did no one get the one thing that I said over and over????!!!! be your own judge, make your own decision, dont let other ppl sway your opinion and dissuade u from trying something. People that claim their information is correct and others are wrong, i claim mine is right, others claim it is wrong. I love the mis-direction. Any of you..........have any of you taken that actual time of day to TRY MONA VIE? Any of you who are bashing it, who are making other people doubt themselves. Why? Why must you do this in some self righteous attempt at "saving people from themselves" from "misleading information". I will have you know I did lead a healthy lifestyle for the most part. I ate 3 square meals a day. Busted my ass at a construction site 12 hrs a day, 7 days a week. Yet after a while that wasnt enough. It wasnt enough my body began to scream and yell at me, telling em it was wearing out and breaking down pre-maturely. Now.........I still bust my ass at work, yet I have time in the morning to work out and actually tone my muscles rather than just having bulk and a strong core. You take any body builder and put him up against a construction worker. Both been doing their things for 10 years. The construction worker will whip the body builder hands down at anything. They have the strong tendon strength and the stamina and the endurance to keep going and doing more than the body builder. he is all for show, while the construction worker is show and results. Muscle that does more than just look nice or makes it so I can lift this heavy object once or pull this semi once. I got on this for the health benefits. It works wonders and anyone willing to spread their own dose of mis-information on here who have not tried this product should have their tongue cut out. Since it is on here, maybe their fingers cut off. Just cause you guys are too afraid to try something, doesnt mean you need to make everyone you can be afraid too. Instead of duping people into believing you. Let them be adults, and make their own decision without any biased information from you. I say this over and over. Butt out we dont want you here, you do more harm than good. Whether you realize it or not, whether you are willing to admit to it or not. Now, I am gonna be gone for a week. I have to go visit my parents, to get them started on this. I look forward to all the foolish responses i will get to this post. Get a life people. No matter what you do, the lies you say. This WILL go forward, people WILL try it and they WILL prove you wrong. You cannot stop it, no matter how scared you are. Change is coming and it is called Mona Vie, call me a fanatic I dont care. I am involved in this, believe in it and will no matter what you say. Those I share it with will believe as i do and will share the knowledge. Not my knowledge, they are their own success story. Sad to see that many of you will not believe this until it is too late, too bad for you. The stubborn and bullheaded will refuse to see that which is plainly in front of them and the truth of it.

  16. Jay says:

    Roseann the study I've referenced that shows Monavie has low levels of antioxidants when compared to small amounts of fruit wasn't done by an "independent lab" as you say (why you'd hint at sarcasm on that is beyond me). It was sponsored by Monavie and performed by AIBMR. I know they aren't a reputable lab but still that's who Monavie chose to use for their study and since distributors trust the info Monavie is providing I chose to use that study as an example. But I suppose you'd have to actually be reading the information that's been provided to know that. Please show me a study that shows that it's high; I'd love to see it. Other lab tests have shown it to be lower than AIBMR's findings. And there has been a test that showed it was higher than AIBMR findings, but not significantly higher.

    I'm as open minded as they come Roseann although I'm sure you don't believe that. I've done my homework on this product and this company and it's most definitely a money making scam. The juice is nothing special, regardless of how many people you say it's "helped." How a juice with low nutritional values and low antioxidants could "help" someone is puzzling. Perhaps they were told it would help and believed it. I believe it's called placebo effect, and it's very real. There are even studies that show expensive placebos are more effective than cheap ones. If it's expensive it must be good for you right?

    Sorry Roseann the evidence is overwhelming that this a giant product based pyramid scheme. If you could show concrete proof, something tangible, that showed it was something else you'd be much more convincing. Saying I've seen it and believe me I know doesn't really do the trick to someone with some intellectual curiosity. The evidence and documented facts all say you're wrong so just insisting that you aren't isn't going to convince many people.

    You're right I don't think all distributors are bad. I don't recall saying that they were but if I did that was over the top. I think some people really think this stuff is good for them. They bought the sales pitch. Many of these people spread the lies about the product without even realizing they are lying. There is a long history of fad MLM supplements that people thought were doing amazing things. But of course if something sounds too good to be true it probably is. Most of these fad products are taking up space in landfills these days, much like Royal Tongun Limu. The onus is on Monavie, and you Roseann, to prove the products value but it hasn't happened. If you have some facts that you'd like to share I'd really love to see them. I'm not interested in testimonials, I'd like solid reasons why this product is good. I've provided solid reasons why it's not so please show me I'm wrong. If my anti-monavie stance just relied on saying well I've talked to a lot of people and they say it does nothing so I know that wouldn't be very convincing would it.

    Sasquatch - So people should just try it and find out for themselves huh? That would pump some cash into the money making scheme wouldn't it? The dropout rate after the 1st month is around 70% so many people are doing just that and corporate loves it because they already have their dough. Sorry but that argument is just extraordinarily weak. There are a lot of products available for sale that I don't have to try to know they aren't good for me or worth the money. Monavie is certainly one of them but I could go on and on with that list. I'm sure if you stepped down from your Monavie pedestal you'd agree that there are many products you wouldn't need to try for a variety of reasons. Wouldn't you agree?

  17. Jason says:

    Hi Roseann,

    I don't think you are trying to cloud the issue by posting the link that you posted but I do want to make it very clear that the link you posted doesn't speak about Monavie but rather Acai. I know you mentioned it but your post was quite long and it could easily be missed by someone skimming over it. Opti Acai is high, there is no question about that. BUT Schauss, who I believe is behind Opti Acai, and AIBMR have tested Monavie and have shown that it's not very high at all. He's connected with Monavie and his data points to the fact that 2-4 ounces of Monavie does not compare to actual fruit on a serving to serving basis.

    As far as your husbands back pain goes I feel very bad for him. My sister was in a serious car crash and suffered for years with extreme levels of back pain. Then she met with Dr John Sarno and her life changed dramatically. I know this is a bit off topic but I think it's info that could really help your husband. Dr. Sarno has authored many books like the MindBody Prescription, and Healing Back Pain. Your mind can have amazing power over the pain you experience and I hope you look into it and that it helps.

    Take care...

  18. Sasquatch says:

    I didnt make my trip, just got a new job I am started on, expanding the main bridge here in my town so no road trips for me for a while. Just sent them the info and told them to call me or come visit me if they want to know more. Wow, by the way. Seems those who were the ones saying everything they could to de-fraud Mona Vie have gone, yet we still have some skeptics. I too apologize for being so defensive in all of my responses. It just seems like most ppl who are screaming about how we are being lied to are being rather stupid. being ignorant is one thing, being blatantly stupid is what annoys me to no end. Now yes, Jay I will agree some products I do know about that I know I dont need. I had seen things here and there on Acai berry. then a good friend of mine introduced it to me. Gave me a bottle of it to try and told me to call him in a week to see how I felt. I honestly was very skeptical. i had tried many things, from Sea Silver, to natural herbal supplements to help re-align your body to the way it should be. Nothing worked. I was told that results vary. Ppl that are really screwed up usually feel the results faster than those who are fairly decent in health. The results are un-deniable, for me at least. It isnt something in my head, no placebo effect, nothing of the sort. I had given up and figured what the hell, why not I am not out any money to try it for a week. Most ppl you meet who sell this product, believe in it so much that they will give u a bottle to try for yourself. No cost to you. I know that it is different other places but here, it is this way. Every person I have met, it has helped and they are willing to help me any way they can to spread the word. Most will say it is them looking out for their investment. I make money, they make money. No...........them making money is an extra perk. they want others to experience what they have. To see how it has affected their lives. Going so far as to drive up here, to host a tasting event, having brought bottles of mona vie to hand out to ppl if that is a bit too much financial strain for me at the moment, expecting no compensation in return. For driving up here, for the bottles, for the hotel, expenses while they are here and the drive back, they ask nothing and expect nothing. That shows commitment and belief on my part. U got 20 ppl at an event with each bottle wholesale at about $32.50 wholesale, which goes done in price per bottle the more in bulk u buy. that is well over $600 in product alone. That is saying a lot. I am asking ppl to try it for themselves. Because it cannot be explained why their blend of Acai works like it does and helps people like it does. No one can quite explain it. Being told they are lying to me about having the only processing plant down there. Having the patented process they do for getting 96% of the nutrients of the Acai berry. That none have come close to getting. Oh well, I am done trying to convince people. There are too many people who think that something like this is too good to be true and therefore is a scam. Some scam when if I busted my ass hard enough I could surpass the very people who signed me up. Making more money then they do, if I was in it just to make money I probably would. Not that concerned with it. It is something I am working at part time. That helps me be able to take it a bit easier each week and not work 7 days a week. I can work 6 days a week now. I can go swimming with my family on a Saturday, maybe even go camping. The Juice sells itself to those who are willing to give it a chance and try it. Those who are un-willing to try it. Can stay that way. Be skeptical, be bullheaded, be stupid, what ever you want to call it. It works for me, it works for others and it will work for you if you gave it the chance. I am done trying on here. Too many negative people, too scared to even try it.

  19. Sasquatch says:

    by the way, here is a list of a few websites i have compiled. Read them if u want to, call them mis-informed, not verified or paid off by Mona Vie to say these things. These go right along with your information backing your claims. Plus some videos if u want to watch them. Just some info for people. I do a lot of research when i have the time. Sitting at a computer doesnt amount to doing very much besides looking at a computer screen, typing and moving a mouse.

    http://www.entertheknow.com/

    http://www.acaiberrymarket.com/monavie-juice-review.html

    http://blog.cleveland.com/health/2008/08/mona_vie_enthusiasts_drink_to.html

    http://www.acneway.com/Monavie_review_distributor.html

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Get-True-Information-about-Super-Juices-like-MonaVie--Noni-and-Xango

    Here are some videos if u want as well

    http://acaiguide.com/mona-vie-revisited-on-fox-news-acai/

    http://acaiguide.com/abc-news-reoprt-on-mona-vie/

    http://acaiguide.com/abc-news-report-in-california-on-mona-vie/

  20. Lisa Fowler says:

    To be completely honest I was where all of you when I first heard about this miracle juice. But, my husband needed something done with his knee it was hurting him really bad all the time and has for about a year. And he didn't want to have surgery. His friend was a distributor and he brought it over. I am a Prove it to me type. So I watched my husband drink 2 oz. in the morning and 2 oz. in the evening. And in 2 short days he had relief drinking the Active, Mona Vie. I also noticed he wasn't as grumpy and had so much energy it was making me sick, just kidding of course. So, then I decided a serving of 13 fruits a day can't be bad for one. I started to drinking it. Yes, It is pricey but when you break down to how you feel after a few days and the energy alone is worth it to me! Around $4.50 a day.
    I noticed that I just felt happier too.
    My hair is shinner my nails are growing my skin has cleared up and I don't crave food like I used to, so I am losing weight. With no side affects!!! There is no side affects to eating fruit. You pay for the quality of anything and our health is priceless! Our immune system is a wonderful thing if it has the right nutrients to work well. I watched a lot of the videos and I did a lot of reading up to come to this conclusion. I have a niece who is drinking it for her ADHD and her results are very promising. With no side affects to her 11yr. old liver and kidney. The Pharmaceutical Companies aren't gonna like us healing ourselves with fruits. The Mona Vie company also uses recycled glass for the bottles. And has a MORE project helping the People and Children of Brazil from which the Acai Berry is harvested. It is a Win/Win for my family just to be healthy. We have actually saved money drinking Mona Vie. We don't need to buy separate Vitamins, pain relievers, skin care and pricey hair care products. Everyone knows that they can change the quality of their life with their diet. Have you priced what it would cost you to have 13 servings of fruits a day lately? They will never advertise on tv it is a word of mouth type of business! And yes they pay you to sell it but it a job and everyone who works gets paid right?
    If you have any questions feel free to call me @ my home. (919) 554-1402 24/7 or email me @ Nicksmommy512@aol.com God Bless, Lisa

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