Dietary supplement is taking America by storm; Will you be taking it?

 

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BY DANIEL MESA

FEATURES EDITOR

A fairly old dietary supplements company has found new life in recent years due to the results the supplements have been providing to its customers.

Plexus Worldwide began in 2006.  Their first product sold was a breast check kit, which allowed women to do self examinations for breast cancer. However, the company quickly turned for the worse when it began to decline in 2008, due to the recession, according to Jennifer Workman Pitcock of Direct Selling News.

It was not until 2009, that Plexus would develop Plexus Slim. “Plexus Slim is the most-natural way to lose weight and inches by burning fat, not muscle. Plexus Slim also helps keep blood sugar, cholesterol and lipids at healthy levels. In addition, Plexus Slim helps reduce binge eating and increases your willpower over food,” according to Plexus’ website

By 2010, Plexus’ revenue reached $1 million, “In my opinion, weight-loss products are king if you can find a product that works,” said Tari Robinson, CEO. Had Robinson not found Plexus Slim, “Alfred Pettersen and Robinson think Plexus might not be around if their next product hadn’t walked through the door—literally. A couple of formulators came into the Plexus headquarters with a weight-loss drink,” according to Pitcock.

The next four years would bring a great deal of growth for the company, making $310 million in 2014, according to Inc. 500. The company that once sold only one item, now has a variety of products that address the issue of overall health. Plexus’ goal is to better the lives of individuals with natural ingredients, such as it has with Lyndsay Donaldson.  Donaldson had gastric bypass surgery in July of 2005, resulting in a 225 pound weight loss. However, due to the surgery, she would now be deficient in iron along with other important vitamins needed for daily health, as well as needing IV infusions every six to eight weeks for the rest of her life.

Donaldson’s hemoglobin, responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood, was a four. For this reason, she was told by her doctors, “if you have an emergency, no doctor would try to save you because your blood levels are too low.”

Donaldson had a minor back injury four years ago that lead to three surgeries, including having three rods and some screws in 75 percent of her back. Donaldson, as a result would have Sciatic nerve pain, twenty-four hours a day, and was told that the pain would only grow worse as she aged.  She is now proud to say,since she began Plexus in 2014,

“All of my blood work is up 75 percent, including my hemoglobin, which is now between 12 and 15 consistently. I’m off all medications including depressants, nerve stimulators and sleeping aids. My last IV infusion was Aug. 2014 (18 months ago).   I’ve been 100 percent pain-free for 8-1/2 months. My body no longer craves medications. Six of my seven doctors now take Plexus products because of my health success. My psoriasis patches are now gone. I’ve lost 63 pounds and 80 inches off my waist. Now that’s a life forever changed!! This is why I will always continue to share Plexus.”

However, like all dietary supplements, Plexus is not guaranteed to work for everyone. Alec Clark, president of Plexus, stated, “Sometimes they just don’t work for everybody. That’s the name of the business. We want them to work for everybody. Sometimes, our body makeup, chemistry, doesn’t allow for work. So, it’s not 100 percent for everybody.”.

ABC’s Chief Health and Medical Editor, Dr. Richard Besser said, “There are things in supplements that can interfere with some medication. Talk to your doctor.”  Plexus advises people to talk to their doctor before taking any product.

It should be noted that information regarding Plexus was not all shiny and sparkly.  In several news reports, including ABC7 KATV channel 7 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Fox10, WALA in Mobile, Alabama, it was reported that:

  • There were 584 complaints against Plexus at the Better Business Bureau (rated a C) in the last 3 years.  510 were in the last 12 months.
  • Plexus Slim has a retail price of about $125 for a one month supply.
  • Plexus Slim isn’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. FOX10 News also found out that in 2013 one of the Plexus products had an ingredient called DMAA. It was touted as a natural stimulant but later found by the FDA to have adverse cardiovascular affects.
  • The FDA issued a warning letter to Plexus Worldwide stating three of its products were “not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced uses.” The letter went on to say “these drugs are misbranded. You should take prompt action to correct the violations.”
  • KATV Facebook page responses: We heard from a few of those people on our KATV Facebook page. Jinnie Fallis wrote “Tried it. It did nothing for me.” Dina Hubbard wrote “I was on it for 8 months and it made my blood pressure go up.” Stephanie Wilcher wrote “Didn’t work for me. I personally think it’s a waste of a lot of money.”

(These stories may be found at: http://katv.com/news/health/plexus-slim-does-it-work-is-is-safe and http://www.fox10tv.com/story/28122799/plexus-slim-the-pink-drink-diet-craze)

As with any product, consumers should be informed as completely as possible and be able to decide as to whether or not to use them.  If anyone desires to try Plexus, they can reach a local ambassador, Dan Mesa, by calling (760)-625-8178 or visiting his website at shopmyplexus.com/danmesa 

 

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