Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Is Max International just another miracle pill scam? (review)

Mmm, the ripe smell of miracle pills and phony doctors. Sound like a nutrition MLM?

Turns out, Max International’s med cred might actually be somewhat legit…But does this mean I’m involved?

This video explains everything:

Make sense? Either way, here’s the full review on Max International.


Max International – or “The Glutathione Company” – was launched in 2007 by three entrepreneurs and direct marketers: Steven K. Scott, Fred Ninow, and Gregory Fullerton. They’re headquartered in, of course, Utah.

Less than a decade later, Scott is the only original founder who’s still around. The other two seem to have moved on and launched other companies already. Clearly they really believe in the vision and goals of Max International.

Scott’s founding story starts back in 2007 when he met Dr. Robert H. Keller, who is supposedly a renowned research scientist and medical doctor. On Scott’s website, he claims that Keller is an immunologist, oncologist, and hematologist, and has written over 100 peer-reviewed articles.

They met at Chuck Norris’s home (LOL, sorry, can’t hold in the laugh on that one), and Dr. Keller whipped out some studies he’d been doing on a new nutritional formula that increases Glutathione production with phenomenal results for the user’s health.

This Dr. Keller sounds pretty incredible – dude is like three doctors in one. And according to his Curriculum Vitae, his education and training is actually legit. He got undergraduate and Masters degrees in Biology from Fordham University and then went on to get his MD from Temple University. He’s been a faculty member at the Mayo Clinic, University of Wisconsin, and Medical College of Wisconsin, among other places. [1]

Unfortunately, the company has come up against a handful of lawsuits in the past. They had to pay a $1.2 million settlement in 2011 to Melaleuca for poaching Melaleuca’s sales reps. In the same year, they came under fire for supposedly infringing upon patents that Tripharma held in one of their products, but this claim hasn’t been proven.

Max International’s mission is “to empower people to build a legacy of significant change in their lives and the lives of others.”

How much does Max International cost?

It costs $49 to become an independent distributor for Max International. There is also a $35 annual renewal fee.

Product packs vary in price based on how much product you want to keep in stock. The larger ones give you access to some extra FastTrack bonuses.

  • Personal Pack: $130-$179
  • Professional Pack: $549
  • Premiere Pack: $999

You also have to hit 100 PV each month to stay qualified.


Max International sells nutritional products based on the concept of increasing the body’s glutathione production.

According to Steven K. Scott, glutathione is “the cell’s first line of defense and even reduces inflammation at a cellular level”.

Max International has fully disclosed all of their product ingredients, and they’ve posted a number of independent studies and clinical trials to back the health benefits they claim.

Their flagship product, Max GXL, costs $85 for a 30-day supply. Other products include a performance boosting drink, an immunity boosting supplement, a weight loss program, and skincare products.


A study done by nutrition faculty at Texas A&M in 2004 showed that glutathione production has the following benefits:

  • Antioxidant defense
  • Metabolism regulation
  • Cellular regulation
  • Anti-aging
  • Increased immunities and protection against disease [2]

Another study was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2011 in which 40 adult volunteers with acute or chronic disease were given glutathione supplements for 4 weeks. The study concluded that there were no differences in oxidative stress biomarkers between treatment groups, and measures of glutathione in participants were also unchanged.

Basically, the supplements had no significant effects on participants. [3]

Side Effects

Some reported side effects of long-term glutathione consumption include:

  • Lower zinc levels
  • Wheezing
  • Unknown effects on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding [4]


Max International offers a pretty extensive 90-day training program, which is key to banking it with any MLM. If you come in with no sales and marketing knowledge, and the company doesn’t take the time to train you (which most MLMs don’t), you’re not going anywhere.

There are nine ways to earn with the Max International compensation plan.

Retail Profits

Distributors make the difference between wholesale and retail price on personal sales.

Preferred Customer Bonus

These are extra commissions earned for customers that are on autoship.

FastTrack Bonus

FastTrack bonuses are offered on a weekly basis every time you personally sponsor a new recruit who buys their start-up pack.

  • Personal Pack purchases net you a $15-$60 bonus.
  • Professional Pack purchases net you a $75 bonus.
  • Premiere Pack purchases net you a $150 bonus.

Double FastTrack Bonus

If you sell three Premiere or Professional packs in a month to new associates that you personally sponsored, your FastTrack bonus doubles.

Team Bonus

Team bonuses are given out to you based on the sales performance of your downline in a binary structure. You get 10% of the commissionable volume that your weaker leg generates each month.

Unlimited Seven-Level Matching Check Bonus

This bonus offers up to 50% on the team commissions of anyone you personally recruited down to 7 levels.

Platinum and Diamond Leadership Pool

These are the high roller, livin’ large, penthouse with a pool bonuses. If you can get all the way up to Platinum and Diamond ranks, you can start ranking in some pretty sweet bonuses.

Global Bonus Pool

This bonus comes from 2% of the company’s global CV and is given out to affiliates who have grown their team’s weaker leg as compared to the previous month.

Max Living Bonus

These are passive earnings that affiliates at the rank of Platinum or higher can earn.

  • Platinum: $500/month
  • Diamond: $750/month
  • Double Diamond: $1,000/month
  • Triple Diamond or higher: $1,500/month


Max International seems to be one of those rare nutritional MLMs that actual has real science and doctors backing their products. However, there really hasn’t been enough conclusive evidence to show that glutathione supplements do WONDERS for your health, especially to justify paying $85/month.

My guess is that most people are paying that just for the rights to resell products and recruit a team of affiliates – they want to get rich quick.

However, 99.9% of people in MLM don’t get rich quick…or ever.

But if you like automated ways to build passive income, there are better ways.

(and you can trash those old MLM habits, too)


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