Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the update on Herbalife. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos--please feel free to explore them as well!

For some context, please check out my associated blog post: Soymilk: shake it up!

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the update on Herbalife. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • Mrbazzzzinga

    I think i can vouch for this because after taking herbalife for 2 years i lost lot of weight it goes away comes back etc but i have made some damage to either intestine or liver or spleen my stomach was always upset
    left upper quadrant i had bloating and pain if someone wants to guide me or help me pelase contact at bazzzzinga@yahoo.com

  • Marie Gilman

    I have consumed the Herbalife products every day for 20 years – for my health (after initially eating it for weight loss). You have obviously not consumed the Herbalife products otherwise you would not be writing such nonsense. The Herbalife products could never cause any harm to any bodily organ whatsoever. There can be no Vitamin A toxicity because the body gets rid of any extra that it does not need at that particular time. If anyone develops liver disease it must be from a completely different cause. Regarding the “bloating and pain” in the next post, many such bad feelings are caused by drinking cow’s milk (don’t have the lactase enzyme to deal with it).  There are over 60 million people in 84 countries who consume Herbalife nutrition products DAILY. Many of my colleagues have been eating the products for 25-30 years, staying healthy and at their correct weight. Please try some yourself!

    • WholeFoodChomper

      It is good to hear that you are healthy.  However, based on some of the scientific evidence available regarding Herbalife and other products like it, if I were in your shoes I’d get my liver function checked out by a doctor, just to be on the safe side.

      Also, I encourage you to learn more about vitamin A. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, and extra doses of it are not excreted from the body the way  that water-soluble vitamins (like B12) are.  Fat soluble vitamins are stored in the body for a long time (mostly in the liver). An excess of vitamin A (or any other fat-soluble vitamin) poses a greater risk for toxicity.

      http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-HealthProfessional/ 
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin

    • nik

      lol what when they tell you to make the shakes with MILK! baahahaha!

      • Cat

        No they dont. My rep tells me to make all my shakes with WATER.

  • Jordan Hale

    Okay Dr. Michael,… the frickous is on!  Perhaps you could make another video with just a little more information on why Herbalife is causing problems.  Anyone with a commercial interest in it will require hard facts.  
    Thank you for all you do.
    –Jordan Hale

    • http://tweakyourdiet.com/ Stevo

       Have you look at the ingredients of any herbalife product? It is the cheapest ingredients I have ever seen. Way far from being healthy or even natural.

    • Denise

      Did you check out the sources? There are studies. Perhaps you could read.

  • paul

    hi doctor my have liver failure…if i give him herbal life nutrician can he cure.

  • paul

    sorry my uncle have liver failure is that herbal life product help him to cure

  • PrettyGirl

    This video does not explain why it causes liver problems. If you post a video you must explain why and give details. Many people have lost weight on Herbalife and they love the products. So if your going to post a video be more detailed cause this video says absolutely nothing.

    • Thea

      PrettyGirl: Actually, this video says a lot. This video says that people are getting very sick on the product. It doesn’t say that everyone gets sick. So, this video is very helpful. In absence of detailed studies at this point, people who take Herbalife can be made aware of the potential serious risk. Then, it is up to that person whether or not he/she wants to take the risk. I, for one, am grateful for this type of information.

      FYI: If you want to learn more about the cases of induced liver injury from Herbalife, you can expand the Sources Cited section just below the video.

      For me, I’d rather not risk it. But if you consider it worth the risk, then go for it! Best of luck to you.

  • Jose

    I think that people that are looking to use or are using Herbalife or similar products should instead just buy a quality juicer. That way you’re sure of what’s in the juice that you’ll be drinking.

  • Gary Brever

    So, I have not ever used Herbalife. I also know that the ingredients include soy (which is linked to cancer) as well as many artificial flavors and sweeteners. However, It would be great if Michael would put a bit more context to this video. What exactly is causing liver toxicity? I think it’s important to note that not all shakes are created equally. I’m an organic vegetable farmer and am a strong supporter of local, fresh foods. However, I’ve also transformed my health over the past year by using a system (all organic, nutritionally dense, including undenatured whey protein, adptagenic herbs and other fantastic products for cellular cleansing).