Lose Weight AND Get Rich! You’re Kidding Me, Right?

by Chloe Jeffreys · 84 comments

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Lately my Facebook newsfeed has been peppered with an odd assortment of weight loss/miraculous medical cure testimonials along with intriguing invitations to join mysterious “secret groups” where I’ll be let in on the amazing secret behind my friends’ successes. Is Xyngular a Scam?

Finding myself curious about this magic solution for everything that ails you, I did a little detective work. It didn’t take long to discover that my friends are using and selling Xyngular, a multi-level marketing opportunity geared to help you and me lose weight while making money off of everyone we know.

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A Get Rich (and Thin) Quick Scheme? The Perfect Scam-a-Lam-a-Xyng-Dong Combo

At last someone has combined the two things we Americans want the most: to be thin and rich.

A quick little poll of my own Facebook friends revealed that nearly every single person I know thinks they need to lose weight.

And get rich? Who doesn’t want that?!? I didn’t bother asking my Facebook friends who wants to get rich because I don’t need to. We all do. And the quicker the better.

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What Does it Mean to Get Xynged?

Let’s have a look at the 8-Day Magic Plan to Health, Wealth, and Prosperity, shall we? (click image to enlarge)

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Well, now this looks like a sustainable dietary lifestyle, doesn’t it? I mean who would want to eat a diet full of chemicals like this…

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…when you can eat a natural diet like this?

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You Can be Rich and Thin, But It’s Gonna Cost You

To get an idea of the price points of these products, a 60-tablet bottle of Flush costs $42.90. Holy shit! That’s a lot of money for a laxative when you consider that you can get 90 tablets of pretty much the same stuff from Amazon for $3.69.

And an 8-day supply of Ignite Fat Burning System will put you back $339.00, retail.

That’s $339 for a week’s worth of smoothie powder, a bottle of vitamins, a bottle of laxatives, 28 ounces of fruit juice with some vitamins thrown in, and two different stimulants, Xyng and Accelerate. But only suckers pay retail for Xyngular. Savvy Xyngbats get their friends and family on board, and get them to pay for their Xyng.

What is Xyng Anyway?

The active ingredients in Xyng are caffeine and beta-phenylethylamine HCL. What’s beta-phenylethylamine HCL? According to the National Institute of Health, related compounds include:

phenylethylamine and amphetamine

No shit you feel terrific when you take this stuff! Having once been addicted to amphetamines, let me reassure you that when you take them you feel WONDERFUL!

For awhile.

What Goes Up Must Come Down

When you start taking amphetamines you will feel like the world is your oyster. Everything will seem possible to you, and you will absolutely love everybody. (Everybody except for anybody who tries to harsh your mellow by pointing out that the feelings you’re having are artificially created by the DRUG you’re taking. These “dream-stealers” you will NOT like. Not even a little bit.)

And yesiree Bob, you will lose weight.

Because suddenly it’ll all become incredibly clear that you don’t need to eat food. All you need is love. And to clean your house. Housecleaning will in fact likely become one of your favorite occupations. You’ll be cleaning because suddenly you’ll have all this untapped energy you never knew you had before.

And, WOW!, will you feel euphoric! The Xingular website (no, I’m not linking to them) promises users a full day of euphoria from their drug, er, naturally-occurring compound they are manufacturing and packaging in a plant somewhere in Utah.

Naturally Occurring Compound?

You need to know one thing: The FDA does not regulate the word “natural”. Anybody can use the word to describe anything. You can call something “naturally-occurring” even if what you mean is that you are manufacturing it in a chemical plant somewhere in Utah.

Why does this matter?

It is true that phenylethylamine does naturally occur in plants (and even in our own nervous systems), but in its natural form  it is not a stable compound and is metabolized in 5-10 minutes after hitting the digestive tract.  But according to the Xyngular website, the effects of Xyng last all day. How is this possible?

It’s also impossible to tell how much penylethylamine is in Xyng because the amount is hidden within something called the “Proprietary Blend”. For a point of reference, I will tell you that there is approximately 1,920 grams of phenylethylamine in 3.5 ounces of raw soybeans.

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So some chemical processing must be taking place to create this concentrated, time-released, stable form of phenyethalamine that causes all-day euphoria.

Xyngbats will tell you that their products are natural.  But I couldn’t find out what these natural ingredients are, or where they’re grown. All I could find was this little snip from Dr. Troy McHenry’s Doctors in Xyngular Corporation* Facebook page:

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For the life of me I couldn’t find out what these “raw materials” are that the good doctor has a relationship with. If a product claims to be natural then it only seems reasonable that the company should be able to provide a stable ingredients list.

Natural or not, the Xyngular website claims that beta-phenylethylamine HCL is not a drug. But the National Institute of Health calls it a drug, and in this publication: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3129549, compares its effects on dopamine in the brain to that of amphetamines.

A Sucker Born Every Minute. Xyngular is a Scam.

Look, if something sounds too good to be true, it is. There’s no magic pill that is going to make you or me skinny and rich.

And let me tell you another secret. The people who prey upon others know how to manipulate people to make them feel special and important.

Wrap Yourself in Recognition

They rely on the fact that we trust ourselves that we can spot a scam when we see one. This is especially dangerous if you’re the sort of person who relies on your “spiritual gift of discernment”. This “gift” can, and does, lead people to ruin all of the time.

People, there is no secret to weight loss. Eat less food than you expend in energy, every day, and you will lose weight.  Get thin quick schemes are always unhealthful and always end up with the poor person weighing more than they started.

Are MLMs Legitimate Businesses?

According to the FTC:

“Not all multilevel marketing plans are legitimate. If the money you make is based on your sales to the public, it may be a legitimate multilevel marketing plan. If the money you make is based on the number of people you recruit and your sales to them, it’s not. It’s a pyramid scheme. Pyramid schemes are illegal, and the vast majority of participants lose money.”

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The Case (for and) against Multi-level Marketing By Jon M. Taylor, MBA Ph.D:

“Our studies, along with those done by other independent analysts (not connected to the MLM industry), clearly prove that MLM as a business model – with its endless chain of recruitment of participants as primary customers – is flawed, unfair, and deceptive. Worldwide feedback suggests it is also extremely viral, predatory and harmful to many participants. This conclusion does not apply just to a specific MLM company, but to the entire MLM industry [emphasis mine]. It is a systemic problem.”

The Beanstalk to Nowhere. Xyngular is a Scam.

I have no doubt that my friends will get thinner and feel terrific. For awhile. But when they wake up from this amphetamine-fueled MLM high they will be poorer, their dopamine-receptors will be fried, and they will be sorry indeed that they sold their social media influence for what will, in the end, amount to a bag of magic beans that a grew a beanstalk to nowhere.

*For the record, Doctors in Xyngular Corporation Facebook Page appears to be just one chiropractor by the name of Dr. Troy McHenry. This isn’t Dr. McHenry’s first time at the MLM/Weightloss rodeo. McHenry is also the doctor behind MonaVie, a magical juice MLM that crashed and burned right around the time that Xyngular was created.

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Gloria June 15, 2016 at 3:12 pm

This is my second time using these products… I know, stupid. The first time I was so excited to lose any weight because no matter what I did, nothing would come off. I mean nothing. I was post menopause, late 50’s. Never had a problem losing weight prior to menopause. Always ate well, honestly always, and always exercised several times a week, all the time. I was able thin and could drop weight by just eating well and exercising. But then that stopped after menopause. So a friend convinced me to try this. I was reluctant because of some medical issues. But I did lose weight. However, I found that I was not losing weight before because I did not eat enough and exercised too much, causing my body to hold on to what I had. Well with Xyngular, I lost 5 pounds the first week and maybe 4 the second. So I was excited. But I told my coach, I only wanted to use the products for a while and then get off because I did not want to always pop a pill or drink a citrus drink all day long. She assured me I would not have to but said, these products make you feel great. More energy. Cleansing the bowels. I lost maybe 15 pounds. But then i stopped all the products. I continued to eat very healthy and exercise. But slowly I gained 7 pounds back. So of course, I did not eat much again and exercised more. Nothing happened. A y ear later, I order another package, foolishly. Well have been on it almost 4 weeks and only lost 5 pounds, even though I am doing their program 100 percent. Found out that my coach and all the distributors use all the products all the time. Never get off. Number one, Flush is a colon cleanser and should not be used more than one week. They never tell you to stop taking products for two weeks either. The coaches and distributors get all their products free because of the pryamid affect. Anyway, I am done. I may not be as thin as I want to be, but eating like they want you to and constantly popping pills and drinking juices is not the answer. I found that I just need to eat more, more frequently, if I keep exercising the way I do, so my body does not go into starvation mode.

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Chloe Jeffreys June 21, 2016 at 5:48 am

I’m glad you’ve stopped taking these dangerous, unhealthy products. I also am experiencing postmenopausal weight issues. It’s frustrating, but I’m trying to remain focused on health not weight because this aging body of mine needs to last another 30-40 years and it can’t very well do that if I feed it poison so I meet done unrealistic cultural expectation.

Good luck in your pursuit of health!

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Maria Sanchez September 28, 2015 at 11:45 am

I will strongly suggest that a consumer think twice and hard about using these products. Though they may work for the selected few, the products did not work at all for me. The program was quite confusing and the schedules were not suited to a normal persons lifestyle. Not to mention, my Canadian contacts knew nothing of the apparently “new Weight Loss” box added by Xyngular. I was skeptical but decided to try as there was a 30 day money back guarantee. The was the biggest mistake ever! It’s been almost 10 days product has been returned and still after numerous emails and “long distance” call to the U.S., still waiting for a REFUND. Very poorly handled.

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Jill Seaes July 13, 2015 at 5:58 am

Gosh was I ever glad to see this. I was recently unfriended by two long time friends because I kept pointing out that the program was not healthy. Pills to bring you up during the day then pills to bring you down to sleep. They make claims that it has cured diabetes, fibromyalgia, burned retinas arthritis and many other diseases. I will sit back and wait to see the devastation. I hope someone can finally stop these people.

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Laura Grayce July 13, 2015 at 6:00 am

Yea – speed in the morning, quaaludes at night.
I had a sample sent to me. I was CERTAIN I was bound for the E.R.
complete fail.
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Jill sears July 13, 2015 at 6:03 am

I am glad you are ok. They need to be exposed

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Laura Grayce July 13, 2015 at 6:05 am

Thanks, it was scary. Not touching THAT again!
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Jill Sears July 13, 2015 at 8:55 am

I find myself getting angry when I continue to see people on Facebook promoting this product. People that I have known most of my life being sucked in. Any suggestions besides unfriending them?

Dave March 7, 2015 at 10:27 am

It’s a pyramid scheme. After I left the service, a salesman answered my ad for a job. I took the bait and I purchased two boxes. All I had to do was pass out samples and try and get people to try out xyng. He convinced me to meet up with someone in Lake Havasu and himself. Of course, he waited until I got out there then claimed he wasn’t able to make it…so my friends and I partied. Lol. Fuck that guy and this company!!

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Kathy May 3, 2014 at 6:15 am

I would be interested to know if you have reviewed/researched into the newest “health” craze of Visi Trimma/Probita. I am trying to convince several people that this also is a “too good to be true” supplement/powder and that eating healthy and lifestyle changes are the way to go. Even with a science background I seem to have a hard time convincing them. A true cult mentality!

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Chloe Jeffreys May 3, 2014 at 11:14 am

Kathy, I have not. I’m guessing it’s just another “get rich and thin scheme” masquerading as a mind-control cult. From what I’ve found though these things are all the same people. They just run from one scam to the next. These MLM con-men and women draw the newbies in by appearing wealthy and successful and claiming that their product is what got them there.

I don’t know what to do about it because it all seems so patently obvious to me. Weightloss that lasts is a result of the lifestyle choices we make, not the next biggest, flashiest diet program or pill.

Thank you so much for your comment.

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harley August 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Visi is has their own scientific advisory board, a retired Pharmacist and preacher from Albany Georgia, a Chiropractor from Canada and another retired Pharmacist from Canada. Hmmm , yes very scientific.
Visi is also being promoted by a notorious ex con and con man named Sherman Unkefer who was given a ten year prison sentence for fraudulent schemes.

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Galit April 29, 2014 at 6:31 pm

2 things:
1. “. For a point of reference, I will tell you that there is approximately 1,920 grams of phenylethylamine in 3.5 ounces of raw soybeans.” I think you meant 1,920 MILLIgrams. 1,920 grams is about 4 lbs. Even in mg it sounds like an overestimate. 1,920 micrograms seems more reasonable.

2. beta-phenylethylamine is the psychoactive ingredient in chocolate. Yes, it can be related chemically to some really scary stuff, but in chemistry there are many similar-seeming compounds with vastly different properties. This kind of scare-tactic does nothing to advance your case.

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Chloe Jeffreys April 29, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Thank you. Yes, there is a typo.

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Laura B. April 29, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Well, ain’t that a tart and a trit. Here is what I don’t understand: (well, one thing at least). IF, I choose a product to help me lose weight, isn’t the purpose of that to be MORE HEALTHY? or, healthier? (duhh, yes!) of course it is! Simply put, if I need to lose weight, then the rest of my body is suffering. So, without a glimpse I buy (into) something to prove that I ‘can’ lose weight, and do so quickly. I (being the subjective form of I, not “I” personally) don’t even read the ingredients, and if I do, don’t understand them. That is foolish at the root. Looking slim doesn’t equal healthy body. I may have shed some fat, my knees may feel better, heck, my boobs might even have gone back to where they should be, but, if I’m toxifying the inside of myself, then to what end? Not an end which I will venture. I honestly looked at the ingredients of said product, and said UHHNOPENOCANDOWILLNOTDO! I shared my reasonings with the distributor, yet, she didn’t connect the dots.

I don’t know a thing about the company, nor the way they do business, so to that I won’t speak. I just really ‘really’ wish people would wake up and realize that eating food is good for you! You can choose between a bag of Ruffles or, you can roast some sweet potatoes and have them with your burger. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for those Ruffles, but, it boils down to sensible EATING, not DRINKING; by that I mean liquid nutrients.
I probably have more words,,, but, I’ll save them.
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ashley March 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm

,,,I REALLY wish I would have before I started the products and was fooled by trusted members of my town and became a distributor and sold these products to my friends and family…I feel horrible, deceived and stupid!! But in the state of health I was in with PTSD from a widely publicized assault and all that follows…I would have tried anything and I guess I did,and you were 100% correct,once off the Xyng,,I feel horrible,both myself and my husband in SO many ways, thank you for your article ,now I have to some how get to feeling better and apologize for falling for this and getting friends and family on it ,and yes we did loose the weight we wanted to,,but none of that matters now.

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Laura B. April 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Ashley, I’m so sorry you were duped! I so understand that desire to get ‘skinny’ and feel/look better. Just a practical question, where you not able to back out? If this company is part of the DSA, then you can get your money back.
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Pissed off! February 26, 2014 at 3:28 am

Thanks for this article! I wish I would have seen this before I purchased this product last year from one of my “friends”. By simply following one of several ever changing “plans” I consumed about 600-800 calories per day… So of course I lost weight in 8 days by starving! Then when I went back to a regular (post 8 day) eating plan I gained all the weight back almost instantly plus another 8lbs! Not to mention I was then auto billed for another shipment! My “friend conveniently never told me about the auto bill.”So I spent a total of 1000 dollars on this crap and lost ZERO lbs! Then I had to keep getting all of these facebook invites to more xyngular cult like clubs. Finally I had enough and did some similar research to what you did and posted it for everybody to see. So of course I get the predictable response of “I didn’t follow the plan correctly” and so on. But I actually did follow the plan correctly. The products just don’t work period! So we had a long back and forth that I eventually won. And now I don’t get anymore stupid xyngular invites but I’m still one thousand dollars poorer with nothing to show of it!

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Chloe Jeffreys February 26, 2014 at 11:32 am

Dear Pissed, I am so sorry you were ripped off. I watched this crazy MLM rage out of control like wildfire through my Facebook community. I was shocked, SHOCKED, at who fell into it. People I never would have expected were trying to get other friends, who I knew and they knew did NOT have the money, into this all with the promise that they’d get rich and skinny.

I guess you can take some comfort that all it cost you was a thousand bucks instead of some health problem. This stuff is expensive garbage that does not work. When I saw that a bottle of xyng fruit juice (with some vitamins and caffeine thrown in) went for something like $25 bucks for a liter I was dumbstruck.

Thank you for taking the time to comment and tell your story. As the sparkle of xyng wears off I’m afraid there will be many more just like it.

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Kenneth McLennan December 29, 2013 at 9:08 am

Thank you for this article. I have to lose 50 lbs. In 2013 I went to changed to a sedentary job with lots of travel, little time for exercise and then ate more due to boredom. I know that I need to do 2 things to lose weight: eat less and move more. Simple it works.
However – I still found myself looking at this system just in case it offered a fast track to a lighter me. As you have so clearly explained, this is not true. Thank you again.

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Chloe Jeffreys December 30, 2013 at 8:32 am

Hey Kenneth! Thanks for commenting. Please, please, please, do not use this (or any other) quick weight loss product. No matter what anybody says, there is no substitute for exercise and calorie reduction. I wish there were, but there isn’t. Lots and lots of gyms will be offering great specials this month on memberships. I strongly suggest hiring a personal trainer at least for the short term to help you set realistic goals. Good luck on your journey! Please let me know how you’re doing. I care.

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Toni October 24, 2013 at 8:41 am

Wow, had to dig to find someone who had done a real review on what I had found, through my own research, to be another diet scam.
A friend started waxing poetic over the “natural”
Program she was starting. I automatically suspect any “magic weight loss” program and searched til I found the ingredients list.
After debating the natural aspect of this with what appears to be her “dealer” I was unceremoniously told to shut up, and have lost my friend because I tried to warn her of the dangers of this program, especially for someone,like her,in recovery from drug addiction.
When it makes her ill, I expect to hear from her again. Hopefully, it does not do too much damage. 🙁

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Chloe Jeffreys October 28, 2013 at 12:50 am

Sadly, yours is not the first story I’ve heard like this. Xyngular like other MLMs has a frightening cultlike aspect. Inductees like your friend are told by their leaders to separate themselves from anyone who doesn’t buy in. I hope your friend’s health isn’t harmed.

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Lucy September 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

No one has ever tried to sell me this stuff. Is it bad that I’m thinking – well the 10 lbs won’t shift maybe I should take it for a while and my house will get clean as well?

I won’t of course but I can see the temptation. Oh to be young and able to lose weight over night.

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Kim Jorgensen Gane September 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Well. Done. Xcellent Xpose, though it seems anything that starts with an X (skull & crossbones, anyone?) should be suspect just on principle. Natural, my big fat patooty! I’ve yet to see anyone promoting this crap (gads! The price!), but now I’ll be on the lookout and will share your article. I’m terribly disappointed that it’s a chiropractor doling this out. I remember when the MonaVie crap was making the rounds. What do you bet it’s the same juice recipe, or maybe he even had to figure out how to use up vats of leftovers.

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Chloe Jeffreys September 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm

One would think it would be obvious, wouldn’t one?

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Beverly Diehl August 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

The only thing missing from their pitch is “find love.”

Undoubtedly, some people are depressed and could use some pharmaceutical help, but NOT via a scam like this.

My sister lost one of her friends during the big phen-fen craze. Young woman with a nine-month old baby, trying to lose her “baby fat” and instead lost her life.
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Chloe Jeffreys August 27, 2013 at 11:37 am

Beverely, I am so sorry! That is very sad. People need to realize that the words “natural” and “herbal” mean nothing. And disreputable marketers and scam-artists know that.

I am all for being healthy and weighing a healthy weight for your body type. And the best way to do that is the tried and true method of exercise and eating right.

I am truly stunned that people who ought to know better have fallen for this scam. Solomon says their is nothing new under the sun, and P.T. Barnum said there is a sucker born every minute. Put those two things together, and you have Xyngular distributors.
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Sheryl August 27, 2013 at 7:20 am

It scares and angers me that there are unscrupulous marketers who prey on innocent people. And we always want to do something to “better” ourselves! But we must, must remember: “buyer beware.”
Great research!
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Chloe Jeffreys August 27, 2013 at 11:38 am

Thank you. Yes, the buyer needs to beware. And if something sounds too good to be true, it is.

Anything that gives you energy and euphoria all day should raise a thousand red flags. Honestly, if there were truly something like that, that was safe, wouldn’t we all know about it by now?
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Susan Williams August 27, 2013 at 7:01 am

Good post, Chloe.
Not too long.
I really appreciate the time you put into researching this.
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Chloe Jeffreys August 27, 2013 at 11:39 am

Thank you, Susan. And thank you so much for commenting. I am deeply concerned that some people might be led astray by this to the detriment of their pocketbooks and their health.
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Midwest Mom August 27, 2013 at 5:42 am

Actually, you are a little late to the Xyng party. It is in the late MLM stage, the one where it collapses. Some of the ‘big names’ at the top of the pyramid have already jumped off and started Innutra. Jim Ayres, the ‘natural product developer’ (and object of a court injunction about the older scam of “Fiber Thin”) is at the heart of both.

The other ingredient Xyng used until just a few months ago, and it’s still floating around in the products as they push out the last of their supply, is DMAA.

I’d also direct you to this blog for more insight.

http://www.sequenceinc.com/fraudfiles/2013/08/xyngular-v-innutra-lawsuit/

There’s a lot of other stuff there, too, but she’s been on this particular scam for a while now.

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Chloe Jeffreys August 27, 2013 at 9:58 am

Thank for your comment. I count myself fortunate that I already know to avoid MLMs, and would have no interest whatsoever in this one or any others if it weren’t for the fact that they are showing up on my FB newsfeed, and some of my vulnerable friends are being sucked into it. I tried sharing those articles, but they were shot down.. I suspect that my friends who’ve been sucked into this have already been warned against those sites. I hope that by lending my voice to this that they might listen.

One of the hyperlinks in my article is to the sequenceinc website where there is a lot of great information about various personalities involved in this scam. In particular, there is one blogger whose reputation is highly suspect. It is a great read for anyone interested.

I tried to make this article more about the product itself rather than the people involved. The main defense I’ve seen on FB about this product is how “natural” it is. Well, I’m sorry, but a tub full of powder made from Lord knows what, and bottles filled with pills made of God knows what, and that came from who knows where, is NOT natural. The company gets away with saying that because the FDA doesn’t define the word “natural”. People need to know that just because a substance DOES occur in nature doesn’t mean that the ingredients in Xyngular do. The fact that Xyngular won’t tell customers where the “raw materials” are grown, or even what they are, is highly suspect.

In doing research for this article, I did come across Innutria. What people don’t realize is that the same people continually move from one MLM to the next. Therefore the top tier people are always the top tier people. The MLMs make it appear as though the top tier people got in on the ground floor and made their way up to fame and fortune. But that’s not the case. They come in from their last scam, drag new marks into the scheme, and then before it crashes they take off to another scheme.

No matter what, someone is always left holding the bag in a pyramid scheme. Xyngular is a pyramid scheme. If you are selling it to your friends you are defrauding them.

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jill sears July 13, 2015 at 10:13 am

I still see it everywhere and it’s 2015. I have been waiting for the big news story and warning and collapse

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Diane Barlow August 27, 2013 at 4:33 am

Great research Chloe. It is so important that this stuff be exposed. When I was just a kid my dad hammered the saying ” if it sounds too good to be true then it probably isn’t” in to my head. Not everyone has that inner voice that says “run away” so thanks for this article, hope it stops someone from making a bad decision.

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Chloe Jeffreys August 27, 2013 at 11:43 am

I guess this is one of those times where it was good to be raised by cynics. I also was warned repeatedly against con-artists and get-rich-quick schemes.

The fact is that con-artists are “nice” people that other people like. Of course they are! Just like they say Satan is beautiful and beguiling, that’s how con-artists present themselves. That’s how they do their con. Nobody would follow a con-artist who didn’t appear friendly, personable, and successful.
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Elizabeth Lee August 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Thank you. A friend of mine has been acting oddly for months. I’m terribly worried about her. Thanks for doing the research into this dangerous product.
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Chloe Jeffreys August 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

You are more than welcome. It is concerning, especially when you understand the chemical realities of the products they are using.
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Ginger Kay August 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I had never heard of this before, but now that I know it could make me want to clean my house, I will bury the information in the deep, dark, cobwebbed recesses of my mind.

It’s always something, isn’t it? We don’t seem to be able to go more than a few years without yet another miracle weight loss cure. A few years ago I kept hearing people talking about giving themselves some sort of hormone injections they were buying in Mexico. How does that even sound like a good idea?
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Chloe Jeffreys August 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

LOL! I’m glad to know that you won’t be lured into frenetic housecleaning anytime soon. I can mark you off the list of people I’m worried about.

I have no idea how it is that people talk themselves into these things. It looks like the Xyngular people know how to push all the right buttons. Health, Wealth, Prosperity, Fame, Fortune. What American doesn’t want those things?
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Kristi August 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

*Applause* Thank you!

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Chloe Jeffreys August 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

You are welcome.
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Kyle August 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Where’s the FDA when you need it?
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Chloe Jeffreys August 27, 2013 at 11:48 am

It seems to me that the FDA has its hands full. New products that slip through the legal cracks get manufactured and until there is enough harm (think Phen-fen), or enough evidence that it could cause harm (think Ephedra) they get away with it for awhile.

And when the pyramid starts to collapse, these con-artists just move onto their next scam. A big lumbering thing like the FDA can’t keep up. And these scammers depend on that.
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Kristi R. August 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Ummm, I’m so glad you wrote something about this. I had wondered what I was seeing and didn’t want to ask or delve into it.

MLM’s are bad but ones that affect health are worse, in my opinion.

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Chloe Jeffreys August 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Kristi, I did the research for you. I wouldn’t have bothered except I’m seeing even pregnant women being encouraged to take this shit. There is nothing “natural” or “safe” about it. Just like Ephedra before it, it’s legal speed that has fallen in between the cracks, for now anyway.
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Kristi R. August 26, 2013 at 8:06 pm

They’re marketing to pregnant women? Really? That’s just scary and so wrong.

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Chloe Jeffreys August 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

The company doesn’t market to pregnant women, but the distributors appear to have no ethics on who they will promote their products to. Granted, most of the lower-tier distributors believe the company propaganda that these products are safe and “natural”. They don’t realize they are doing harm. And let’s not forget that they themselves are under the influence of mood and mind-altering chemicals that have induced a sense of euphoria that makes everything they do seem okay in their own eyes.
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Kristi R. August 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm

That’s true. I don’t think the top-tier people actually use this stuff.

The whole thing reminds me of this commercial I hear on siriusxm for some weight loss powder that will fill up 2/3 of your stomach so you feel full. How can that sound like a good idea to anyone? Impaction and obstructed bowels are horrible things to experience!

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Chloe Jeffreys August 28, 2013 at 10:56 am

The top-tier people have to know the whole thing is a pyramid-scheme scam, and that they are defrauding people. They know darned well where their “raw materials” are coming from. You can’t tell me that a company that supposedly is making $1 billion dollars a year, and manufacturing this stuff by the truckload doesn’t know where the ingredients are coming from? Does that even makes sense? Mott’s apple juice has large contracts with apple growers. They know at least a year in advance, in not years in advance, where they are going to get their juice from. It’s absolutely ridiculous to think that Xyngular doesn’t know where their raw materials are coming from.

And they don’t even label their over-priced snake oil as organic. I looked up and found that their Super Global juice, which is really just apple juice and grape juice with some vitamins thrown in, costs $34.00 for 28 ounces! For $34 I’d at least expect the stuff to be organic.

But see the FDA DOES regulate the word organic.

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