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It’s no longer business as usual at Herbalife: An inside look at the $200 million FTC settlement
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At this point one might ask: Trying to protect huddled masses yearning to be free? Or trying to save face? Perhaps the best thumbnail précis of this saga was provided by hedge fund manager John Hempton, who runs Bronte Capital, in what was actually a prognostication. Someone is going to lose big. And the victor will be so bloodied that the word victory will sound hollow.

Johnson is the immovable object. Johnson, who headed Walt Disney Co. In July, Johnson, now 61, completed his third Tour TransAlp, the legendarily grueling, seven-day, mile stage race through the Alps during which cyclists traverse ascents totaling more than 60, feet.

That business took off, and he rode it up the ranks until he was heading the international operations of the whole company. Along comes a guy with half-facts and half-truths and a jaded point of view and starts not just shorting your stock but trying to totally demonize me and demolish the company.

Who the hell does he think he is? Six-foot-three, lean, fit, with salt-and-pepper hair, Ackman cuts an intimidating presence. He spits out words with machine-gun rapidity, and often with flesh-tearing trenchancy. We spoke at his offices on the 42nd floor of a midtown building that offers panoramic views of Central Park.

In the corner of the conference room stands a striking memento: It evokes a crucial skill for a hedge fund manager: Yet he is fallible. His first fund, Gotham Partners, had to be suddenly wound down in late after some illiquid investments left him unable to rebound from a handful of redemptions.

He also lost big on stakes in Borders, J. Risk management is not his strong suit. Ackman is astoundingly competitive. His father wisely let him off the hook the night before, and he scored a And then there was a Hamptons bike ride of , described by William Cohan in Vanity Fair, in which Ackman joined several hedge fund guys and serious cyclists on a mile pleasure ride.

Though out of practice, Ackman rushed out in front at an unsustainable pace, became dehydrated, and had to be helped back, barely able to pedal due to excruciating cramping. The battle has taken a toll. Yet he professes no regrets. But if the commission finds that an MLM is a pyramid scheme—which is considered inherently deceptive—it must shut it down. The best definition of pyramid scheme emerged from a case in which the FTC shuttered a cosmetics marketer called Koscot Interplanetary.

Few MLMs are so foolish as to do that. Instead, they typically pay a distributor—as Herbalife does—based on the products he orders, and on the products ordered by his first three levels of recruits, i. Further complicating the analysis is another striking feature of virtually all MLMs, including Herbalife. Whereas conventional businesses pay salespeople based on their sales, MLMs pay them based on their purchases and those of their downlines.

The year-old Johnson, training near his home in Malibu, recently completed his third Tour TransAlp, a mile, seven-day race across the Alps. While judges and economists have proposed other definitions, most boil down to this: With a pyramid scheme, the product is little more than a fig leaf camouflaging what is, at its core, an elaborate chain letter. When the FTC ruled that Amway was legitimate in , all other MLMs took steps to make themselves look like Amway—at least on paper—and an industry exploded.

In recent years, however, with consumer advocates protesting that the industry is rife with pyramid schemes, several market leaders have sought to disassociate themselves from the pack. Tupperware quit the Direct Sellers Association in , and Avon dropped out in Both declined to be interviewed for this article.

But Johnson has made key changes to Herbalife during his 12 years there. The question is whether the great white whale Ackman is so doggedly pursuing still exists. In the beginning Hughes, a ninth-grade dropout, sold weight-loss products from the trunk of his car, according to company lore.

His main product was Formula 1, which then came in one flavor: That year the company became the subject of a CNN series that highlighted dubious medical claims distributors were making about Herbalife products. The California attorney general sued the company, and a Senate subcommittee held a hearing.

His scrappy performance energized his loyal distributors. Hughes wrote for Herbalife a comically complex, page compensation plan. Such impenetrability is typical of MLM remuneration schemes. Critics say these are intended to perplex the recruit, leaving him no choice but to trust what the recruiter tells him. Defenders of the Herbalife plan say its complexity arises from efforts to reward diligence, punish laziness, and ensure fairness.

The plan created nine main levels of distributor. Ackman will later reject this notion, insisting that these distributors are pursuing the business but failing. At level seven they begin accruing additional bonuses. Only a tiny percentage of distributors reach this level, though precisely how tiny is a matter of dispute.

In in the U. Top-tier distributors are also eligible for the subjective and lucrative Mark Hughes bonus. It has always been hard to make money as an Herbalife distributor. That number excludes income distributors may make from retailing, but also fails to take into account any business expenses they may incur. Ackman will later argue that a system so slanted toward rewarding the highest tiers—attainable only through recruiting—must be a pyramid scheme.

In May , Mark Hughes, 44, was found dead in his bedroom. In two private equity firms—W. They went looking for a turnaround team to spruce it up and take it public again. A headhunter approached Michael Johnson, then in his 17th year at Disney. But the private equity guys promised him he would be in control, stressed that it was about nutrition, and offered him a slice of the company. In April , Johnson made the move. Johnson tried to quickly launch a new product without consulting the distributors.

And they deeply mistrusted him. What does he know? A lot of them felt that when the company went public I would exit. The company could annul their distributorship, but that meant forfeiting a business the distributor had built over years.

If expelled, the distributor might take his whole downline—sometimes thousands of people—to another MLM. Top Herbalife distributors ran several dozen such side businesses at the time. They worked like this. They, in turn, would contact the prospective recruits and send them a video that showed testimonials of top distributors describing astounding wealth they had purportedly amassed in very little time and with no discernible skills.

Herbalife shut down Newest Way to Wealth in , before CEO Johnson was hired, and reached a tentative settlement of the suit a few months after he got there. That fall, he considered quitting. He went to see his mentor, Jerry Perenchio, who was then chairman of Univision. Perenchio asked him a series of rhetorical questions, Johnson recalls: You can stick your tail between your legs and go back to Disney, or you can go in there and exercise your desires and will.

The plan was about product, brand, image, and the business opportunity. The company needed its own upgraded manufacturing facilities, he felt, plus labs to ensure that the products really contained the herbs the labels claimed they did.

To tout the brand, Johnson wanted to sponsor sporting events, teams, and star athletes. It now sponsors more than of them, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese soccer star. Finally, and most important, Johnson wanted changes in the way the business opportunity was pursued. That meant curbing some practices while also embracing positive ideas being urged by other distributors, he says.

At a videotaped global management retreat in June , viewed by Fortune , Johnson appeared to walk a tightrope, discussing the need for these changes while trying not to alienate powerful distributors. It puts distributors in debt up to their ears. InnerLight brand products have been in existence for 15 years. Since , InnerLight independent distributors have been sharing InnerLight products with others. InnerLight products are now sold in 32 countries. It is InnerLight's stated mission to ensure that its distributors can build a secure financial future so they are free to help others join them on the path to health and wealth.

InnerLight has a website available to every InnerLight independent distributor for use in marketing their InnerLight business which is easy to navigate, simple to order from, and visually appealing. The new enhanced Virtual Offices include all the information necessary for a distributor to manage his or her downline organization and customer base, as well as a daily commission calculator to keep track of earnings and a system available to advise distributors on how to increase their income and advance their pay rank.

Ascential Bioscience was established by professionals in the fields of nutrition, fitness, elite physical performance, and weight management, who have pooled their knowledge and expertise to create a system for creating positive change in the lives of those who are looking to improve body weight and composition, athletic performance, health status, and overall energy and vitality.

Systems of Acential products have been created for specific application to health, performance, and weight management objectives. Ascential Independent Distributors may order Ascential products at a discount for personal consumption and for marketing to retail customers, and receive the Ascential Business Sourcebook, a compendium of business and marketing tools and guidelines, training and support, a replicated website to help market and manage their Ascential business, and membership in the Ascential Fitness Network with personally-customizable exercise, training, and menu plans.

Ascential's compensation plan is straightforward and easily understood and enables a quick start approach to starting a business. The YOR Health product line offers people the opportunity to improve their health and discover a path to financial freedom.

YOR seeks to empower and educate people with the knowledge and tools to optimize health and discover their potential for financial success. The YOR Health culture is based on an integrated approach to health and to business. YOR has tailored its training programs to give its distibutors the sales and marketing tools to develop their business and to encourage their personal developemnt.

As baby boomers continue to mature, they are placing a high importance on their health and the health of their families, creating a larger demand for wellness products. Health 4 Wealth has positioned itself to make the most of this trend by providing pharmaceutical grade supplements and a financial plan designed to improve the health and wealth of people all over the world.

Health 4 Wealth wants all of its associates to be healthy and financially successful, and provides resources to help each Independent Business Owner set up and run his or her home-based business, as well as a proprietary compensation plan to help each IBO achieve his or her financial goals.

ProMedX sells natural nutritional supplements, vitamins and weight loss dietary supplements. ProMedX reps can purchase products at member price and receive an additional discount of monthly recurring auto-ship order. Each ProMedX rep also receives his or her own unique replicated Web site with a personal back office.

GeneWize, a wholly owned direct-selling subsidiary of a publicly traded genetic biosciences company GeneLink, Inc. GeneWize uses DNA-based genetic tests as the basis for personalizing health, beauty, wellness products. GeneWize's scientific group includes leading scientists and researchers in the fields of biotechnology, genomics, molecular biology, chemistry, medicine, clinical laboratory medicine and nutritional sciences.

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In addition, Menage offers wellness nutritionals and coffee. Nupro's purpose is to help as many people as possible find and keep their Radiant Health. The Radiant Health Club provides people the opportunity to purchase the same nutraceutical products that professionals have been using and recommending.

LifeMax Mila is free of gluten, trans-fats, sugar, is high in fiber and protein, has no taste or smell and can be combined with many foods. For a small enrollment fee new Distributors receive access to an online back office system, their own Personal Business website and start-up and training material.

If a Distributor decides not to continue with their LifeMax business, this annual fee is partially refundable on a prorated basis. Vision International People Group is a company that currently offers a wide range of health care and longevity products. Vision International People Group's mission statement is: Vision's business is about reliability, long-term commitment to its clients, profitability, and health.

Since Vision International People Group's inception on the 14th of July , the Group has been committed to creating a new world culture of health as a priority for the individual and for society in general. LifesMiracle markets a line of nutritional products labeled "Electro-Magnetized Nutrition". According to the LifesMiracle website and Founder Steven Smith, "The creation of a health and wellness company that is focused on the needs of its customers and independent respresentatives demands enormous effort and the entire management team is committed to that mission.

What has inspired us has been the incredible serendipitous events that have built this company thus far. We believe that this company is destined to become a success. SomaLife International was founded in and is a performance, health, wellness, longevity and nutritional company. Safe and effective products are the product line goal at Encoura.

Encoura's product line was established to offer alternatives to the most commonly used items in and around the home. Consumers may buy products or join and represent the OGILife by building a home based business. Headquartered in the Western US, OceanGrown says "OceanGrown International places value on the various 'tides' of life, and seeks to maximize each age through every day activity.

The OGI community indulges in life's experiences and shares a passion for the outdoors. Each OGI employee and sales representative encourages service-oriented activities in their respective communities. Trilogy International offers products for both people and their pets. Somalife International is an international health and wellness nutrition company with headquarters in British Columbia and a US office in Bellingham, Washington.

Founded in , Somalife markets a proprietary line of nutritional products. Somalife markets its gHP product line through an associate network business builders and does direct sales to wholesale buyers. Utah based Orovo states on their website that the company was created by accident, after the CEO's wife watched a segment on 10 superfoods on television. Formulating a new product for weight loss and anti aging, with antioxiant ingredients, the flagship Orovo product was launched.

CoreVital International has a mission to build communities of healthy people. Their nutritional products are focused on restoring pH balance through alkalization. LFVN is a publicly traded health products company based in Colorado. Our vision is to be a leader in science-based health and wellness products. We will develop products that deliver significant benefits to our customers.

LifeVantage's Director of Science, Dr. McCord, is one of the foremost authorities on the body's antioxidant defense system and co-discovered the enzyme Superoxide Dismutase SOD in These enzymes effectively and efficiently neutralize free radicals inside the cells where free radicals are produced. Natural Health Trends Corp. The company is comprised of NHT Global. NHT Global is a marketing company in the direct selling industry creating and distributing personal care products with an emphasis on skin care, lifestyle enhancement products and health and wellness products.

We also have offices and facilities in St. Paul, Minnesota and Branson, Missouri. The international expansion will be fueled by product promoters around the world. The propriety energy blend formula that is a "herbal clean energy" is considere. MXI created Xocai and market it as a health promoting antioxidant. MXI's website states that their products incorporate the most powerful antioxidant form of chocolate, an all natural process cocoa powder in combination with the powerful antioxidant Acai Berry and other fruits.

Poga International is based in Montgomery, Texas. Their key product is Poga Moonga, a beverage made from the leaf and seeds of the Moringa tree, with additional ingredients of pomegranate and aloe vera. Poga Moonga distributors earn commission on retail sales, and may sell directly from their replicated Poga International website.

ZU-B Markets nutritional supplements. Headquartered in Sandy, Utah, ZU-B offers a forced matrix payout structure to their reps with bonus payouts. Lyon Legacy International is committed to establishing and maintaining the balance of life's energies through the combination of bio-energetic and colloidal technologies as well as magnetic therapy. Lyon Legacy distributors may simply buy at wholesale or build a home based business. Distributors make profit on personal sales and earn commission on purchases and sales by distributors in their downline.

The GBG business and personalized Internet store is provided free to all representatives who maintain an active monthly auto-ship, which is needed in order to qualify for commissions. GBG was officially launched in After ten years, the founders chose to change their product line to health and wellness and relaunched under GBG with their new product, GBG in-One.

Each new Nexagen USA distributor is provided with a customized web site with retail store, marketing tools and wholesale store, as well as collateral sales support materials such as videos, business cards, brochures, Point of Sale Displays, and e-mail demonstrations and presentations.

Distributors are compensated using the Nexagen USA Pay Card, a debit card with a personal account used to wire distributor compensation on a weekly basis. GoYin's flagship product is a functional drink created from a patent-pending formula that is based on traditional Asian medicine. GoYin is headquartered in American Fork, Utah. Representatives are compensated with a multilevel sales marketing plan. Zrii is a liquid nutritional supplement containing Amalaki fruit. The company business philosophy is based on Ayuveda - a health system they state is years old and aims to create dynamic balance in all areas of health.

Livinity, launched in August , markets personal care, wellness and home care products. Members can choose different levels of involvement, from Customers who receive a discount on products, to Business Builders, who can earn cash bonuses and sales incentives.

Lim Siow Jin, sells dietary supplements and personal care products through independent distributors. DXN is an MLM company with the "One World One Market" concept, which permits distributors from anywhere to sponsor and be included as direct downline those distributors in another region or nation.

Nature's Youth distributes dietary supplements. Individuals interested in becoming distributors should email the company at sales naturesyouth.

NHT Global markets personal care and wellness products through independent distributors. Distributors may buy at wholesale and sell at retail and earn Override Bonuses based on personal sales and their entire team's sales with no minimum thresholds for earning override bonuses.

From the Peak Energy website: Robert Marshall, you join a company that has 30 years of experience, credibility, respect, and financial stability in the field of clinical nutrition. We have long ago passed the pioneering stage where many new companies fail.

Seabiotics markets wellness supplements which are manufactured and bottled in a pharmaceutically-licensed facility in Norway.

They are shipped to Seabiotics' US warehouse and await distribution in a controlled environment. Products are sold direct to consumers through Seabiotics Members.

From the company website: There is a general agreement in the scientific and medical communities that future discoveries in health and medicine are going to be found deep below the ocean's surface. Lexli MD markets an Aloe based skincare line and wellness formula created by Dr. Lexli MD associates receive a discount on their personal purchases as well as commission on their sales.

Our company is strong and firmly positioned for rapid growth and tremendous momentum. Good Life International sells liquid nutritional supplements through independent distributors. Good Life International's stated mission is "to provide a superior product line and business format so that people can affordably support a healthy lifestyle,increase their time spent with loved ones, and experience a higher quality of life. Dynamite products do not contain chemical preservatives and are formulated to provide maximum efficacy.

Dynamite supplements are sold exclusively through a national network of independent distributors. Alive Worldwide is a new company being launched by Scotty Paulson. The primary product is Cheia Vida, an exotic juice and tea blend. Cheia Vida is made with real brazilian Acai. AVAR Direct is a direct sales company based in Las Vegas which offers immune-boosting products through sales by affiliates - individuals and organizations who can earn additional income for themselves or their organizations.

AVAR Direct offers training to its affiliates focusing on key areas that will enhance the ability to have success in every area of life. Biometics International, a privately owned company based in Camarillo, California, sells liquid nutritional products through Independent Distributors.

Positive product results continue to be the primary driving force of our business and the sharing of product results has come to be the premier feature of the Biometics business. According to the SeaAloe website, SeaAloe began operation January and holds an exclusive arrangement to manafacture and sell a proprietary liquid whole food nutritional product.

Created by Robert H. The products contain a compound called Accelamin derived from a blend of Aloe Vera extracts. Uni-Body International markets LiquiLean. All Uni-Body associates participate in the company compensation plan and earn direct and multilevel commission on sales of the LiquiLean product. From the Solutions IE website: Enzacta offers products for health and well being. Their goal is to offer the best products and services through their Individual Businss Owners and help them build a profitable home business while helping others lead a healthier life.

AlpineV markets a dietary supplement drink made from the Alpine Sandthorn Berry. AlpineV Distributors earn commission on sales of the product various channels including in-person retail sales, online retail sales, downline sales, global pools, and other incentives. Greenwood Health Systems neutraceutical supplements are blended to provide the most beneficial results.

Greenwood Health Systems does not have any group volume requirements for their sales reps. Total Wellness International TWI has marketing nutritional products they call "inch loss" instead of "weight loss" through health practitioners and health food stores since Total Wellness International has recently expanded into the direct sales and home business market space by creating an associate sales program for their products.

BioNovix has a prelaunch event scheduled for January , According to the BioNovix site " wealth of established research shows that xanthohumol acts as a potent wellness agent in the body and plays an active role in counteracting a wide range of conditions associated with chronic health problems.

MeridiumXN is the first and only health product that makes xanthohumol available in a form you can metabolize. From The Balance Company website: The company is based in San Mateo, CA. ViaViente's primary product is a blend of natural whole fruit purees, minerals and herbs that is high in antioxidants. To purchase product, you must be recommended by an existing customer. ViaViente has a seasoned team of executives with diverse professional backgrounds.

Take Shape for Life is a wholly owned subsidiary of Medifast, Inc. Medifast owns and controls its FDA-inspected manufacturing facilities - as well as significant warehousing facilities. United Herbal Sciences independent distributors may attend meetings, seminars, conferences, social events and educational trips, where they can meet people with common interests, goals and desires.

United Herbal Sciences has a focused program that can help distributors achieve financial independence, personal growth and recognition from fellow distributors at quarterly and annual meetings. From the BioPro webpage: By utilizing the fascinating field of Bioenergetics, our company's mission of enhancing the overall quality of life worldwide is being realized. Through the vision and voices of the corporate team, the independent consultants and our customers, we truly are "elevating" the energetic state of processes and people across the globe.

Our products are designed to improve health and well being while reducing physical stress and environmental assaults on the body. The exclusive Breakthrough Personal Development Program enhances and accelerates our individual and collective personal growth. From the FemOne website: One woman's passion to help women look and feel their best, one woman's unwavering love of family and friends, and one woman's deep desire to inspire women to achieve their dreams and goals has led to the creation of one of direct selling's hottest new companies, FemOne, Inc..

This fantastic female-driven company established in May , was passionately created by one woman, Daran Grimm From the Youngevity website: This stability provides a solid foundation for your business. The company uses a simple, proven approach to help you introduce our state-of-the-art products to people worldwide. Imagine waking up each day full of energy and vitality, functioning at top form, both mentally and physically, having that unmistakable glow of radiant good health.

YouthFlow founded their company with the goal to provide superior pharmaceutical-grade nutraceuticals made from the purest quality natural sources to enhance and manage health. From the Affinity Lifesyles web page: Affinity Just-2 is the company that does more than just sell quality, health giving products.

We work hard every day to realize our corporate purpose of elevating the lifestyles of our Associates through enhanced relationships, better health and nutrition, and increased wealth. LifeSpan International markets skin care and dietary supplements. The vision of LifeSpan grew from a desire to educate and empower people everywhere so that they may recapture the harmony and balance of life.

By providing everyone with the tools necessary to achieve the balance, symmetry and harmony needed in our lives and to maintain these qualities so that we can optimize our individual potential throughout our entire LifeSpan. AwarenessLife markets nutritional and wellness products for weight loss, basic health, adult nutrition and the cleanse and rebuild. Total Life Changes is a privately held company founded in Total Life Changes markets nutritional and skin care products.

The vision of the Company is a focus on helping individuals achieve success with easy and affordable products and business building systems.

There is no sign-up fee to become a member of TLC. An Independent Business Owner's first product order assigns them a rep number and entitles them to participate in the compensation plan. Total Life Changes has a binary compensation plan. In order to qualify to earn commissions, TLC IBOs must make a monthly personal purchase of a qualifying product, and must have personally sponsored two IBOs that are currently active in each leg.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Supplements was formed through a licensing partnership with New Health Systems, LLC, an emerging company in the nutritional supplement marketplace. The company markets a variety of wellness products in the areas of Bioenergetics, Nutrition and Beauty through direct sales channels. The ITV Ventures concept is simple: You get paid to connect purchase-ready customers with the products they want.

Abundant Health Ltd commenced in to produce the highest quality natural health supplements available. Zavita is a new division of FirstFitness, a year-old debt-free company. Zavita markets its product through a nationwide network of Independent Distributors. RBC is a 15 year old publicly traded nutritional and wellness company. The company was started and is run by Dr. For Ultimate Nutrition Unlimited Inc. FUN Unlimited was founded in with one clear and simple goal in mind, and that is to improve healthy living.

Ky-äni Sun's mission is to share the "Miracle of Alaska" with families around the world, offering health-enhancing products and a fun and rewarding business opportunity.

SeAcai is a division of Total Life Changes. From the SeAcai website: Total Life Changes is a privately held company led by two industry experts with over 20 years of combined experience.

The vision of the Company is dynamic and exciting with a focus on helping individuals achieve success with easy and affordable products and business building systems. TLC has built a world class company that offers people a business that is free to join no sign-up fees , free websites and a top tier compensation plan for the cost of one bottle of product each month.

Univera Lifesciences is now Univera. Management and other company details have changed. Please see the Univera Profile for current information. From the Univera website: Oasis was born out of the shared vision of the right people in the right place with the massive financial and natural resources to make their vision a reality. But it all began with the dream of one man, Bill Lee, founder of Oasis LifeSciences and one of Asia's wealthiest businessmen.

Harmonde is a division of the Trevoca Corporation and is the exclusive distributor of Resensa Green Iced Tea worldwide. Freedom America markets a variety of nutritional and personal care products.

From the Freedom America website: The FA Team comes from a experienced sales and marketing background,as well as business management. This creates a great leadership team for our company. FA has the foundation for operating a large, financially sound, debt-free company that is currently experiencing explosive growth.

The FA Management Team brings all of their knowledge, experience, and a unique marketing plan that people from all walks of life can understand.

The hallmark of the company is a distinguished product line that makes Freedom America an organization with a vibrant future!!! Orenda International markets All In One nutritional products. Orenda International exists to lift people by helping them to discover and develop their God-Given Power to enhance the quality of their health, their thoughts and their lives and return to them control over their time, finances and career. Founded in , Vitamark International was founded by former network marketing distributors and corporate officers David Bertrand and Jana Mitcham.

From Amigo Health Website: This product is formulated and manufactured "in house". With nearly 20 years of experience in formulating, and private label manufacturing of natural supplements for naturopathic physicians, and healthcare practitioners. This insures the highest quality control standards and maintains a consistent product.

Amigo is co-founded by a software development company exclusively dedicated to programming for the network marketing and direct sales industry.

Amigo distributors have "state of the art" free business tools to enhance their marketing efforts. Including video conferencing, video email and contact managment sofware. ViSalus Sciences, which launched in , calls its Body by Vi Challenge the "original 90 day challenge. Participants in the Body by Vi Challenge choose from five kits, each designed to address a specific nutritional or fitness goal.

Some kits also include products to support metabolism, appetite suppression and energy. Anyone who participates in the Body by Vi Challenge can receive their product for free each month by sponsoring 3 or more people who purchase a kit of equivalent value. From the Nussentials company website: The mission of Nussentials is to positively impact the life experience of individuals by introducing new and revolutionary products that enhance personal health and wellness, add distinguishable quality of life, and provide financial opportunity through a network of Independent Marketing Representatives.

Nussentials provides health and wellness products based on all-natural stabilized rice bran. The products nourish your body by providing an incredibly potent mix of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. The company utilizes a cooperative marketing and distribution model. Part of the direct selling industry, Nussentials distributes it's products through a network of Independent Marketing Representatives. LoCarb5 is dedicated to being authorities on Wellness, Diet and Nutrition and disseminating research-based knowledge in the development of healthy low carb foods and wellness products.

The 5 in LoCarb5 stands for the five areas of life that LoCarb5 feels are important. Vergance, Inc markets the Natrience and Quickcare wellness products.

The Vergance website states their mission as "To educate and empower people to take control of their health and achieve well-balanced, healthy lifestyles using superior quality wellness products and services. The Remedyblue website states that their nutritional supplements are derived from key nutritional elements every body needs.

Remedyblue only uses elements found in nature such as grape skins, vitamins from meats, plants and vegetables. Qing Mei, Inc markets XING a beverage made from the qing mei fruit and exotic fruit juices, plus antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. Denali Health Systems markets two primary products, Denali Blue and Denali Red, through network marketing distribution. The Denali websites states that founder Jay Sampson wanted to bring the world products that actually made a difference in people's lives.

ForeverGreen manufactures and markets FrequenSea, a blend of marine phytoplankton, ionic sea trace minerals, aloe vera, and other organic and nutritional elements. StemTech Health was founded in StemTech markets a phytoceutical dietary supplement called StemEnhance. Waiora promotes healthy living - their philosophy is to eat well-balanced meals with foods high in fiber, like fruites, vegetables, and grain, excercise regularly, and incorporate a nutritional regimen that addresses aging at the cellular and biological level.

From NutriSource International website: NutriSource International is dedicated to bringing you the very best fuel for your body. From the latest in clustered water products and all natural energy beverages, to a complete line of Low Glycemic meal replacement shakes, herbal formulas and natural dietary supplements, our high standards for product quality, taste, price and performance combined with a special attention to ingredient detail sets us apart from the rest.

Make the commitment to your health, vitality, and well-being. La compañía fue fundada por el empresario Mark R. Hughes en y emplea a alrededor de personas en todo el mundo.

La estructura de compensación de marketing multinivel consta de comisiones, regalías y bonificaciones en las ventas hechas por un distribuidor downline las personas han patrocinado como reclutas nuevos.

De los aproximadamente miembros totales en Estados Unidos a principios de , aproximadamente 62 recibió bonificaciones de alguna clase de Herbalife: Herbalife fue fundada por Mark R.

Hughes en California , en el año Tras un breve paso por Golden Youth , dedicado a la venta de equipamientos de ejercicio para el control de peso, ya contaba con la experiencia y el dinero suficiente para crear, junto con el fabricante Richard Marconi de Slender Now, su propia empresa.

En , Hughes fundó la Herbalife Family Foundation , una fundación dedicada a la caridad y la ayuda de niños. Dicha organización recibe donaciones tanto de la empresa Herbalife, como de los particulares dentro y fuera de la compañía. En el año , Hughes falleció a la edad de 44 años debido a una mezcla de alcohol y un medicamento llamado doxepin.

Tras el fallecimiento de Hughes, en Michael O. Johnson se incorporó a Herbalife como Director Ejecutivo , gracias a su experiencia en el desarrollo de negocios. Por esta facturación y muchas de las anteriores, destacados personajes del mundo de los negocio apodan Herbalife Int. Esto se ve facilitado por la oferta de productos provista, a través de los macronutrientes y micronutrientes contenidos en sus productos.

En base a la Formula 1 de "Banana Caramel" en inglés: La Fórmula 1 Barrita de Comida Exprés es una caja de "barras" hechas con el propósito de reemplazar el uso de la Formula 1 Comida Saludable Mezcla Nutricional, disponible unicamente en sabor "Cookies 'n Cream" en inglés: El Té Herbal Concentrado es un mezcla de varios tipos de tés e ingredientes que principalmente destacan: Sabor Original embaces de 1.

El Té Verde ayuda a: Estimular la actividad antioxidante del cuerpo, Ofrece protección contra el efecto dañino de los radicales libres, Sin colorantes, saborizantes o edulcorantes artificiales y Cero calorías. Calmar el estómago, Apoyar una digestión saludable, Aliviar la indigestión ocasional y Ayuda a la absorción de nutrientes y la salud intestinal.

Contiene 24 vitaminas y minerales , 15 g de proteínas provenientes de soya y 5 g de carbohidratos por porción.

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