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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. Roseann says:

    Obviously, Food Tech, YOU have all sorts of time - probably don't have a full-time job or family to take care of. I DO. So no - I haven't taken the time to wade through all of the literature out there to simply convince you that just MAYBE there's something you've missed. There are PhDs on MonaVie's staff and others that are contributors that disagree with what you've written here, so why don't you contact them directly and post those comments where everyone can see them? If you ask them direct questions about the product, they will answer you. If you want to spout ORAC scores, that's where you need to do it. I'm not the expert and don't pretend to be, so you're not proving anything here - the only place to have the discussion is with them if you're so sure you're right.

    In response to any of the rest of you that would like to tell me what I can and cannot say, well tough. I will say what I know to be facts. You can call me a liar and say I have all sorts of reasons (though you've yet to come up with any real ones) to make all this up. That doesn't change anything. I can and will tell you what has happened to me, my husband and any other person that I have personal experience with, period. And perhaps you all missed it, somewhere above, where I've told you that I am not technically the distributor - my husband is - so even if you tried your best to get me in trouble with MonaVie (whom I seriously doubt would have any problem with me telling MY personal experience and personal knowledge of what others have had happen to them) you'd be SOL.

    As for MonaVie commissioning a study - I finally asked them that myself, and guess what? They ARE. I can't wait till the results come out and you all have to eat your words.

    Until then, I'm going to do my best to ignore those little emails that keep reminding me that there are more nasty people out there than good ones on this blog - it should be easy since they always go to my junk mail folder - and just delete it before I get sucked into more of your nasty remarks and waste anymore time on this site. I'm just amazed that people like Julianna have to try to jump in here and ask me what I don't understand when she's had absolutely nothing to do with the product and is OBVIOUSLY the one that doesn't understand. Exactly how informative would this blog - or any other - be w/o people giving their experiences and opinions? What exactly would the point be? Even if I WAS the distributor, what is it that offends you so much that you want to keep all of the distributors quiet? It's a free world honey, so get used to it. Just because you said so doesn't keep everyone else from putting their 2 cents worth in. This has become a huge waste of time because all anyone's been saying recently is "you can't say that" and that I'm lying when they have absolutely no proof of that (since it's not true).

  2. Juliana James-Thomas says:

    Roseanne - I'm quite sure I don't know you well enough that it's appropriate for you to call me honey. I'm not your honey.

    Also, I don't make the rules and neither do you. MonaVie corporation does, as well as the United States Federal Trade Commission and Food and Drug Administration.

    You dissembling and saying you can't be compelled to follow either, because it's your husband and not you who's the distributor while you and your household benefit from either free or reduced juice prices or even niggling amounts of money, makes you culpable.

    If you don't think so, while you're on the phone with MonaVie, which you've already told us you're familiar with, while you're on the phone ask to be transferred to compliance. Tell them what you're posting here, passing on by word-of-mouth, and the fact that YOU'RE not the distributor.

    Then about the law? Call or email the Federal Drug Administration. It should be a toll free call. The information is simple to find on line. Ask THEM if what you're doing is allowed in the instance of MonaVie.

    If you doubt this then do it. Isn't that the responsible thing to do? Shouldn't a business owner and his spouse be informed and operate within the guidelines of their company and the federal government?

    If you don't understand then ask questions. I don't mean that in any way catty. Seriously, you are posting long diatribes as if you are an authority but you want to dissemble and defray comments and questions by shrugging your shoulders and saying none of it applies to you.

    You're right, it's a free world. I'll keep doing everything in my power to stop people like you from taking advantage of others. Whether they're sick, morbidly obese, scared of aging, or just simply greedy.

    Incidentally, I don't buy the poor boy defense of you don't know. If you believe in what you're saying if you believe in what you're doing, you should have no difficulty posting your name or your husband's name and ID#.

  3. Roseann says:

    No - I don't know you well enough, thank goodness, to call you honey - and you don't know me well enough to call me a liar.

    I've already posted my ID number way back up at the top - I'm not hiding anything. I did it so that the initial writer could go online to the application to see that what he was posting was WRONG. If I keep posting that information then I'll be accused of trying to get people to sign up under me and therefore make money off of people here - which I'm NOT trying to do - though you've said as much since you seem to think it's your job to "protect" people from me from "taking advantage of them". Listen to yourself. How exactly am I taking advantage of people? By telling them what a product has done for me? What's wrong with you people? Are you so negative and nasty that you can't just take something that someone says for what it's worth? If everyone were a little more honest in this world, maybe you wouldn't have to try to police everyone. Don't assume I'm lying - I have nothing to gain here.

    And I already know that MonaVie doesn't approve of ANY of their distributors getting caught up in these stupid blogs, so no, I'm not going to contact them. I didn't understand why at first, but I do now. It's because there's nothing to be gained because of people like you. The ONLY thing I've tried to do here is give the truth about what this product has done for me and those I know. You can't tell anyone your honest opinon and results here w/o having some holier than thou person trying to make you out to be some sort of demon. Whatever your motives are, I assure you that they are no better than mine. I don't know you, but I don't just automatically assume that you're evil and a liar. Perhaps you should treat the rest of mankind the same. Or maybe you're just an atheist.

    And by the way, I've never said I was an authority on anything except the results I know of. And at all of the meetings I've gone to - corporate run included, they've NEVER said that we can't tell people what the product has done for US. They've said we can't say it CURES anything - which I have not done. So I've checked into this and while they don't approve of us on blogs, I've said nothing that they've said I can't say unless you're telling me they're lying at their conventions about this up on stage now. So you can stop with your nasty comment about a "poor boy" defense. I don't need to defend myself from the likes of you. But you need to take a look at yourself in the mirror and see why you're such a negative person, and why it is that you take such offense to someone sharing the results they've personally had with a product. And WHY do you care about what MonaVie likes or doesn't like? You obviously hate them and anything to do with them, so why do you care? You're just trying to find some way to shut me up - and why would you want to do that? If I WERE lying, I wouldn't blame you. Obviously that's not the case.

    Just for kicks - what if I was actually telling the truth? If you could remotely fathom that, would you be so nasty here? If you can wrap your mind around that, then you'll see why I'm so disgusted with you and others like you. Regardless of what you think Monavie would or would not approve of.

  4. Food Tech in CA says:

    Roseann wrote: "There are PhDs on MonaVie's staff and others that are contributors that disagree with what you've written here, so why don't you contact them directly and post those comments where everyone can see them? "

    **Exactly, what do they disagree with me about? I use the information provided by Dr. Schauss, and compare it to information provided by the USDA. Which of these two don't you believe?

    I did email Dr. Schauss awhile back. He never responded.

    She writes: "I'm not the expert and don't pretend to be, so you're not proving anything here –"

    **Yet, you consider yourself enough of an expert to recommend a fruit juice for treating cholesterol, diabetes and fibromyalgia? Are you a doctor? If not, you have no business recommending any alternative treatments, whatsoever.

    She says: "where I've told you that I am not technically the distributor – my husband is"
    Then she says: "I've already posted my ID number way back up at the top – I'm not hiding anything"

    **So, are you the distributor or are you using your husband's number? Make up your mind.

    She writes: "As for MonaVie commissioning a study – I finally asked them that myself, and guess what? They ARE. I can't wait till the results come out and you all have to eat your words."

    **Really? Who did you talk to? When? When was the study proposed? What will they be testing? Funny, that you didn't mention that before. Slipped your mind? Or hadn't you invented the lie yet?

    She writes: "And at all of the meetings I've gone to – corporate run included, they've NEVER said that we can't tell people what the product has done for US. They've said we can't say it CURES anything – which I have not done. So I've checked into this and while they don't approve of us on blogs, I've said nothing that they've said I can't say unless you're telling me they're lying at their conventions about this up on stage now"

    **Well, someone is lying

    Here's what MonaVie's Black Diamond University U.S. Compliance says about making treatment claims:

    Unauthorized Health Claims
    1. Do not use terms or phrases that suggest the product can prevent, mitigate, diagnose, treat or cure a disease.
    2. Do not use terms or phrases that suggest an Ingredient can prevent, mitigate, diagnose, treat or cure a disease.
    3. When promoting the product, do not use scientific studies or other publications that discuss the effects of the ingredients if they conclude or suggest the ingredients can prevent, mitigate, diagnose, treat or cure a disease.

    You've broken the law and MonaVie's own regulations numerous times.

  5. Mike says:

    This is awesome! What's funny is that if you go to all the anti MV websites 95% of the people posting are the same handful of people and they think their message is getting out to people who give a S! The internet truly makes people feel what they say matters when it makes no difference! Haha! No testimonies here! :)

  6. Cyberxion says:

    You are a liar though, Roseann. You're a liar motivated by money to make false claims about a product that has been proven to be nothing more than expensive fruit juice.

    Here's the most glaring example of your deception, Rosanne. In spite of the damage that Food Tech's science has done to the varacity of your claims, you say that you cannot be bothered to find any of the information to back up your claims. However, you have plenty of time to spend writing up more of your stubborn-headed diatribes, wherein you employ the age-old Monavie tactic of deflecting attention from the fact that you and your product are a sham by calling everyone's character into question. You have the time for that, but can't be bothered to counter the potentially irreparable damage that Food Tech has done to your products validity?

    Please Roseann. We can see right through you. It's not that you don't want to bother with it, it's that you don't have anything with which to refute his science and you know it. But much like you've done in every other respect over the course of your many long-winded responses, you're crazily spinning this to suit your purposes.

    You're out of touch with reality. Monavie isn't a miracle cure for anything like you claim it is, and the company doesn't want you posting to blogs, not because posts like yours tend to be met with healthy skepticism, but because you can get them and yourself into trouble doing it. Your greed has deluded you, so much so that you seem to believe the nonsense that you spout. You're sick. Seek help, please.

    By thee way, I fully intend to contact the FDA immediately after I commit this post. As a responsible consumer and a decent human-being, I can't stand by and watch someone like you prey on sick people to feed your greed. You disgust me, and I will take great pride from seeing you taken out of the game.

  7. Nan says:

    Roseann, you've done a nice job here. Monavie is awesome and each one of us has our experience. Every person arguing with you has NO personal experience of Monavie. They have come here because other blogs are falling apart. There are only so many times they can repeat themselves before people leave. They then go trolling for new playgrounds. Meanwhile, we enjoy Monavie and are now looking forward to the new gold label that will be coming out in January. It just drives them crazy.

    You, me and many many others enjoy Monavie. Yerba Mate is called a green vegetable by the Brazilian lumberjacks. It is their energy drink. It is so bitter that it is an acquired taste. A small amount in Monavie EMV is fine with me. One aspect of Monavie EMV is mental clarity, an even keel and focus. There is great nutrition in EMV and no jitters. The fear mongers gathering on this site are the ones missing out. It's all good. We drink, they don't.

  8. Food Tech in CA says:

    What Nan fails to mention about MonaVie EMV is the huge amount of sugars in the product, bringing with it a lot of calories. Yerba mate is a potential carcinogen, and adds caffeine to the drink, along with the other sources of caffeine, such as guarana and green tea.

    Nan has been ridiculed on just about every blog she posts on because of her unwillingness to verify even the simplest of claims. (nanpurks, Breezy, B of VA)

  9. Cyberxion says:

    Just as frustrating to me as all the transparent BS that Monavie's distributors traipse about from blog to blog spouting (because none of it is coming from honest-to-goodness users...), is the self-delusion that the likes of Nan and Roseann both engage in. I find that ignorant, stubborn-headed refusal to come to grips with reality to be terribly frightening. No hyperbole intended here, it actually scares the ever loving crap out of me how divorced from reality you folks are.

    The most frustrating thing about it for me is that it's all for nothing. Facts don't stop being facts because you nuts stick your fingers in your ears and refuse to hear them. Moreover, you folks have divorced yourself from reality for the benefit of a bunch of suits who grow ever more fat off of your efforts, while you're barely getting buy selling their snake oil for them. That's just incredibly pathetic. Not that I would condone a disconnect from reality this severe if you were making money hand over fist, but at least I'd be able to understand it.

    At least there's a small silver lining on this dark cloud. It's always amusing to see the degree to which you crazy people will spin things that you're unequipped to come to grips with. For example, rather than meeting our skepticism and the hard science that Food Tech brings to the table, you folks spin it all as being fear-mongering.
    Thank God that people aren't as stupid as you folks are apparently counting on them to be, or those transparent deflection tactics might actually be effective. As it stands, folks with half a brain in their skulls will see right through it, passing over your vacuous nonsense to get right to the pertinent question; does Monavie really work to cure all that ails us? And being the intelligent, level-headed folks that they are, they'll come to the same conclusion that the rest of us have, which is that it absolutely does not. They'll read the research and scientific proof that Food Tech has thoughtfully provided, and they'll come to the same conclusion we have; it's just overpriced fruit juice, and not even remotely worth the asking-price.

    Hell, it's not even worth it to join as a distributor, as you folks average minimum-wage at best, and put in substantially more effort than folks working full-time jobs in order to get even that little. There is absolutely no reason why anyone should give your juice a second thought, be they sick individuals looking for a panacea, or financially distraught individuals looking to make a quick buck. You folks and your juice are on the way out. You are no longer relevant if you ever were, and thankfully folks are smart enough to see through your lies and deception. Thank God.

    So hey, while you folks and your self-delusion scares me, I take great comfort knowing that you're only fooling yourselves.

  10. Juliana James-Thomas says:

    So, you get nothing from your testimonies, Roseanne? You mean you pay $45 a bottle for your juice? Really? I just don't buy that. Anything less would make you a beneficiary for your husband's juice sales. That's a very basic concept. Whether or not you accept it doesn't matter. Ignorance isn't a defense in these types of things. If you and your husband take it on yourselves to become business people it's up to you to read and understand the fine print and the laws that apply to you. You can't just claim you didn't know, or you thought differently, or you had good intentions.

    You call me and others negative, well I think it's people like you who are negative. Rather than helping people get the educational and common sense building blocks to get ahead in life it's people like you and your upline who steal peoples' dreams by making them think they're failures for having a Just Over Broke...a job. When in the world did having a skill set or multiple skill sets become a bad thing? Who are you to nay say and denigrate 40-hour a week workers as some sort of scourge of the Earth?

    Then, making people believe MonaVie is going to help their child's autism, ADHD, erectile dysfunction, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, eczema...it's people like you, Roseanne, you and anyone who's ever alluded to MonaVie being anything other than a fruit juice beverage; not much better than Sunny D at 10X the price, you're the ones who are negative and hurtful, all in the name of selling another bottle.

    You talk about atheists, you better hope there's no final judgment, eternal fires or even karma. I wouldn't want to be walkin' in your moccasins if any of those are true. No, the best you can probably hope for is to be abducted by alien space craft. I can see where if you're lucky you may be able to parlay that into an anal probing....even Martians would have to be curious as to how Monabots function with no conscious and a complete absence of any moral compass. Probably one of those things like where cockroaches can live for hours even though their heads have been cut off.

    And you really think you're on the side of truth and righteousness. Yeah, right.

    4 oz. of MonaVie is not the equivalent of even 1 serving of fruit.

    4 oz. of MonaVie is not high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, prophenols,

  11. Juliana James-Thomas says:

    pigments, fiber, essential fatty acids, or any significant amount of any recommended daily allowance of anything.

    (Sorry about that....premature submission....probably shoulda been drinking MonaVie.)

  12. MonaNot says:


    OMG, remember me. We met last month at the Benny Hinn Revival. Wasn't that an amazing weekend. I love how you were just flopping around like a fish when Benny slayed you in the spirit, Amen, Hallalujah sister! I just can't understand why people don't just believe in this amazing healing. Maybe some people don't get healed but its definitely their fault cuz they just don't believe, right! What morons they are. They just lack faith. Benny is the real deal and he is the righteous healer! I know when he touched me, I felt the holy spirit just coursin' through my body, just ripping that cancer right out of me. I've already stopped taking all my medication and going to my radiation treatments cuz Benny healed my whole body. I know it, I'm healed, no one can tell me I'm not. Hallulujah!

    How are you doing, sister? You really got a good dose of Benny that night. He was loving you! I know you said you just felt the holy spirit flow through your body and loosening that tight ass sphincter muscle of yours real good. Maybe a few more meetings and revivals and you might be able to get that stick out of there. Hallelujah! I'm so happy for you! You have more faith than all those neigh-sayers put together! Keep believing and we'll get that stick out of there soon!

    And you know what, I saw you put your whole paycheck in that love pot there on stage that Benny prayed over. I know God's just gonna triple your money, just like Benny says. Man, you just start spending that money like it's already in your account cause, like you said, our Benny only speaks the truth and wants the best for us. I saw his $20k watch and $250K car and I know that's just what God wants for us. Hallelujah! I can already see you living in your mansion and driving that Bentley.

    There was some report on TV about Benny and some bad stuff he's been doing with our money but I'm just not believing it. They're just bad people who just don't wanna believe and don't wanna have faith. They're just jealous that we're happy and they're just angry nasty people. Benny can do no wrong cuz he's working for the Lord! Hallelujah, sister! If only they would go to a meeting and see the truth, feel the healing, the power, and join us. One day, yes, one day.

    Well, let me know when you're going back for another meeting and slaying. We'll carpool.

    Love ya, sista!

    P.S. You're a dumbass!

  13. Roseann says:

    So - Cyberexion and Juliana got bored with the other blogs, huh? Well, seems they must've had a lot more time on their hands than I do.

    For your information, I've ALWAYS worked AT LEAST 40 hours/week and have NEVER said anything derogatory about anyone that does. Where did you get that? If you're going to try to insult people, at least read what they've written - but none of that really matters to you. You just want to insult for the fun of it. You're a bunch of idiots and jerks. At LEAST Food Tech seems to have some actual knowledge in all of this. I'm not going to try to get into a technical discussion with him or on this blog because, as I've said, I'm not an expert and have never claimed to be. Simply telling people what MY experience and others I know personally have had as a result of drinking MonaVie doesn't make me an expert and again, I've never said it does, so you're, once again, WRONG when you say I did.

    And where did the "and none of this is coming from honest to goodness users?" What exactly Am I?

    I said "my" number because it's the number WE get our juice from - yes, it's my husband's, and anyone with a brain would know that. You couldn't find anything better to pick on that THAT? Of course not, because I've never said it cures anything - and that's all that what you posted forbids us to do. Read it again.

    And to clear up your question (as if it really was one) about the study they're doing, I heard it at the last meeting I was at in Orlando about a month ago - that's why I didn't mention it before. And I don't have any details which is why I didn't give any. I have no idea exactly what they're studying and I have no idea when it will be done. But if you're so interested in it, ask them. It's not important to me because I know what results I get. I couldn't care less if you believe me or not.

    You're SO STUPID because you THINK that by acting like such a jerk you can take away the FACT that ALL I've ever tried to do here is tell people that I've had a very good experience with the product and so have others. Why exactly do you feel you have to keep someone from trying it for themselves? Is it REALLY the $32/bottle they'd spend? BTW - Julianna - what exactly did you mean by: "So, you get nothing from your testimonies, Roseanne? You mean you pay $45 a bottle for your juice?" I get PLENTY of benefit from drinking my juice - my HEALTH benefits. And nobody I know pays $45 because nobody HAS to. And when we buy it more than one case at a time the price goes down, so you can stop trying to exaggerate the price - I never said it was cheap. And for your information, NO - we don't make much money at all from this - we live off of my job - and have never thought we would get rich with it. We've told enough people that were helped by it as well to get our juice for free but would continue to drink it even if we didn't.

    And I can't WAIT For judgement day because YOU won't be going where I am and I'll be able to stare DOWN at you and laugh because you'll be able finally to see how rotten you've been to people for whom you have NO IDEA of their motives. I suppose I'll feel sorry for you but I certainly won't lose any sleep over it now. But I do hope they have a special anal probe waiting just for you!

    And finally, you can stop wasting your time trying to antagonize me anymore. I'm going to unsubcribe my email address from the site because I just can't help myself from looking at these idiotic posts when they come through. Your rantings will go unanswered because I'm not going to know when or what you've posted. So have fun - I won't miss any of you. And Nan - I'd suggest you do the same - and anyone else with a decent bone in their body - because it looks like most of the people that actually wanted to have a conversation as opposed to just insult people have gone from here so there's no point.

  14. Roseann says:

    Gosh, one more just slipped through under the wire. If anyone can actually read what MonaNut writes and not think she's nuts, then they're obviously even worse than she is. You're much worse than a Dumbass but I won't lower myself to your level SISTA. Go back under that rock you crawled out from under. You're disgusting.

  15. MonaNot says:

    hahaha You make it just too easy, Roseann. Toast to your Monavie!

    I definitely recommend you get off this blog, rest, relax and enjoy the holiday with your man. Give your blood pressure a rest. :o)

    Love it!

  16. Cyberxion says:

    Argh, this is what you get when I write a post at 1am. If anyone needs me to clarify anything I wrote there, then please ask and I'll be happy to do so.

  17. Juliana James-Thomas says:

    Why is it someone like Roseann can jeopardize a site like this month after month but it's the ones who ask for ANY substantive discussion who are flamed. It's got to be frustrating to be the juice panderers.

    Acai and a good number of the other fruits in MonaVie are loaded with B vitamins, but there are none listed in MonaVie itself. Why's that?

    Acai has omega 3, 6, and 9, essential fatty acids. MonaVie has -a-billion-dollars-in-revenue-corporation not have clinical trials before now? If something's in the works where are the press releases, their web site? What a bunch of hooey.

    My point about $45 a bottle is that's retail, right? If you personally get your juice for anything less you're b-e-n-e-f-i-t-t-i-n-g from you husband's juice sales. Right? Otherwise you would have to sign up yourself, and buy it in dozen case quantities, for the best deal. I really don't believe you fail to understand this. It's a pretty simple, basic concept. The dope dealer's wife can't hand off quarter-papers through the mail slot and get high at a discount then tell the feds she's the guy's wife, so she should get a pass. I'm really beginning to wonder if there's a constant in the people who sell this crud. The inability to ration logically seems consistently damaged. What's up with that?

  18. denver says:

    I was a distributor for this crap once.
    It has been said that if you consume the product that ALL your medical problems would some how be cured. It's crap!!!!
    I drank for about a year but still ended up having a couple of surgeries that the crap was supposed to cure.
    It's crap.

  19. Brad says:

    This is definitely a pyramid scheme. The only people that will be buying this is your friends and family. You will turn good relationships into business deals. Just not appropriate. These schemes always work when the job pool is scarce. However, it will fade away like every over MLM scheme. You will definitely not make the money they are promising. It will be time to go back to normal working conditions like the rest of humanity. Sorry for the word of truth.

  20. Denver says:

    It's kind of funny now that since the Monacrap peddlers have to publish their name and number in any emails, etc, the "Claims" most of their lies have disappeared. Thank you FTC. I hope they keep up the great work and run them out of business completely.

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