Ok.When you're taking an objective look at the products that Advocare offers, you must first look at the reputation of the company
SourceA Dallas County jury recently awarded $1.9 million in damages against Carrollton, Texas-based AdvoCare International LP after finding it engaged in deceptive trade practices and unfairly canceled agreements with two of its distributors.
AdvoCare, which is a multilevel marketer of nutritional supplements and skin-care products, unfairly canceled agreements with distributors Bruce and Teresa Badgett of Arlington, the district court jury found.
According to the Badgetts’ lawsuit, the two were active and profitable marketers of AdvoCare products for more than a dozen years before their distributorship was canceled by the company in 2006 “based upon vague and trumped-up charges.”
After this post, I was asked if I had any affiliation with AdvoCare itself and then was asked "what I would recommend NOT be taken by someone with IBD" I misunderstood when I assumed the question was genuine. I never expected anyone to even comment back but when I'm asked if I'm affiliated with Advocare, OF COURSE I'm going to answer to that and give my website where they can see my photo and our story as well as our contact information to know that I am a REAL person. I'm not twisting arms or spamming anyone into buying things from the website. I know that I did what I thought to be right. I've deleted that now and truly regret ever making that first post. I hope that everyone else that enters this forum and stumbles on this thread will be able to do some genuine research on my recommendations and let their doctor decide whats best for them. I absolutely would not ever want any "sales" conjured up from this for the sole aspect that I don't want to have to deal with someone like you. For an administrator, you have failed at providing good, solid information about the REAL question at hand. Since you're the administrator, help me get approval to change my username, lets delete these posts and start over. I am rational and knowing my intentions were sincere. I don't want anyone visiting my website or having any kind of means to find my family on this site.Hi! I found this forum when doing some extra research on Crohn's for a very sweet friend of mine that has asked me to help she and her husband improve their health (weight loss for him, product info to clear with her Crohn's doctors first) with Advocare. I just wanted to give a little insight to better answer your question about Spark for someone with Crohn's.
AdvoCare is an 18 year old Health and Wellness company *not* a "diet" company or anything of that nature. When you're taking an objective look at the products that Advocare offers, you must first look at the reputation of the company, science behind the products and results from others that have used the products. You can see AdvoCare results all over the web and probably even in your own neighborhood that have changed lives both inside and out. Just to reiterate: I'm not here to "sell" anyone on a box of Spark or Advocare products at all, but I would be more than happy to share any/all information I've gathered for my friend to take to her Doctor to be approved prior to us starting her on her way to better health.
Now, I've found that 2 key nutritional supplements that are recommended for someone with Crohn's are Omega 3's and Probiotics. I tried to attach documents on here but they were too large. Just google "Dr Oz Smart Guide to buying supplements" where you'll see Advocare's Probiotic Restore Ultra and OmegaPlex were mentioned. **EDIT: The findings of Dr. Oz were based on scientific, proven studies done by HIS team-not affiliated with advocare-of hundreds of supplements on the market. If you have Crohn's and look at almost any article regarding supplements/vitamins recommended for those with Crohn's, including the .gov site, you will find that OMEGA 3'S AND PROBIOTICS are highly recommended. THAT was the reason for suggesting taking a look at the guide by Dr. Oz. And YES, it was GENUINE. I don't need to conjure sales from a forum. And if there was a way to delete my name and everything associated with it on this site I would. Since its not, I want to be sure that my point and intentions are clear to others based on the question that was asked. Not just some random judgement from an "administrators" personal experience. The cherry picked information has nothing to do with Spark. Don't discount products that are proven effective for those that are on this forum actually wanting SOLUTIONS-not more problems or a debate. If anyone has had issues with the products themselves, talk to the distributor that sold them. The reason we are distributor based is so that people don't purchase random supplements without instruction and take them wrong.**
Google the "Texas Tech Spark Study" validation to the effectiveness for those with ADD/ADHD to boost mental focus with added energy. Being someone that used to drink red bulls like water and having had ADHD all my life, I can tell you that ONE packet of Spark changed my life forever. But this isn't about me...
...so the last thing I would like to mention that I read about some of the most severe cases with Crohn's disease and how they often must be fed all of their nutrition via intravenous feeding through the tube in their veins to save their lives...One of the Doctors on Advocare's Scientific and Medical Advisory Board , Dr. Stanley Dudrick, *pioneered the invention of TPN feeding* and HE is a part of the formulation of Spark...I would never doubt anything that has his name on it, personally.
Here is one article of many about this: (i hope this link works, i've never written on a forum like this)http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20071854,00.html
NO MATTER WHAT-ALWAYS ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING ANY PRODUCTS! (especially ones on the mainstream grocery shelves)
Hope at least some of this helps you, aubrey!!