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The Safety and Dangers of HCG Diet Clinics

hcghCG therapy is a highly controversial practice for those who want to lose weight. While many have found success with shedding pounds by receiving hCG injections, the FDA has only authorized their use for infertility and reproductive issues.

Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone that supports the normal development of an egg in a woman’s ovary, during ovulation. When hCG is injected into the body, it literally tricks the body into thinking it’s pregnant, thereby mobilizing certain hormones and fat stores, using glycogen, fat, and protein in the process for fuel.

But the FDA has not approved the use of hCG for weight loss treatment, obesity therapy or determined that the use of hCG contributes to an individual’s loss of body fat.

The FDA, in combination with the National Institute of Health and the manufacturers of hCG, have gone on the record stating that “hCG has no known affect on fat mobilization, reducing appetite or sense of hunger, or body fat distribution,” and also put forth that “hCG has not been demonstrated to be an effective adjunct therapy in the treatment of obesity and does not increase fat losses beyond that resulting from caloric restriction.”

Aside from those warnings, hCG clinics are popping up all over the country. Many of them are run by medical doctors, while a number of them are run by a non-medical staff.

Since DietsInReview.com recognizes that it is your choice to select a weight loss plan that matches your goals and lifestyle, it is our mission to provide you with objective information so that you can be make the safest and healthiest decision for your health. Here is what we found regarding the availability, protocol and access to hCG.

hCG can take the form of a cream, which is self-administered, and it is also available in an injection form. Since hCG is a prescribed drug, it should only be administered by a medical doctor; if it’s not or if you’re getting it from some other non-medical source, such as an online source, you might be risking your health.

When administered in a health clinic, typical beginning protocol is 26 days of 26 injections. Individuals must come in to the office or clinic daily to receive their injection. Most doctors who specialize in this will limit the number of the injections given at 40 years of age because the body appears to develop hCG immunity rendering them ineffective. Also, menstruating women should not receive any injections during their period, but the strict 500-calorie diet is still followed.

Just like with any product or service on the Internet, you can practically find and purchase anything. hCG kits, injections, and clinics are no different. Doing quick searches will yield a plethora of websites and clinics that claim to sell you or administer the hCG injections or the cream.

Like with any supplement or product, it is important to speak with your primary care medical doctor before beginning any new treatment plan.

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February 23rd, 2010

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John B.

Why do those deny that HCG works, when it actually works? I started the diet 10 days ago and have lost 16 pounds...down 224 from 240. I'm a 6'2" male in decent shape...just want to lose 15-20# of flubber. I love how the "reviewer" makes a ton of assumptions re: the side effects. My experience has been almost the exact opposite than what is supposed to happen according to the reviewer. I have plenty of energy, feel refreshed, am still plenty strong, and pee every 2 hours. The only thing I don't like about the diet is that I am hungry. It's not a weak-hungry, like you assurdly would experience if you did 500 calories w/o the drops, but hungry at time nonetheless. I'm not just being a fan-boy. In respect to the results, it is what it is...in my case the diet clearly does what it says it will do.

posted Nov 9th, 2011 4:36 pm


Mike

I lost 120 lbs. and cured myself of type II Diabetes using hcg. Upon returning to my doctor for blood work to confirm my Diabetes was gone she promptly told me that the hcg diet doesn't work!!! Um, yeah OK doc.

posted Aug 11th, 2011 3:53 am


matt

Jimmy has it right.
I am a 42 yr old male who saw this work with my wife and others and could not deny the results. I am on day 7 of diet and have lost 12.5 lbs. It works! In just this short time I have broken my addiction to caffeine, no more allergy problems associated with the high allergen counts in the air, and I feel fantastic! I'm alive again. No side effects.

posted May 9th, 2010 8:44 pm


sweets2323

jIMMY!!!! Well said, if it was safe enought ofr a diabetic to use it who is on insulin, It must be good. because a DR would not risk someone life who is diabetic a mix medicine together.. I want to take to so bad, I just had a baby and i am afraid.. wish is common. I was wondering about the liver because the doc said that i can take this other shot with it. it starts with LYPR and it helps the live she said that we dont need it. but it wont hurt to take it.. so that had me wondering and i read something bout the ovaries and blood clots. yet taking birth controls can give you blood clot, so are the side effects minimum like that... Please reply..

posted Apr 9th, 2010 10:29 am


Beth

Right... for pregnant women and the baby... not overweight men and women who can't get their diet and exercise needs under control. HCG has one purpose - use it for that. Healthy, balanced eating and regular physical exercise will take care of the rest - not overnight mind you, but our society is too caught up in instant gratification.

I appreciate all the information about the realities of HCG in this form. The naysayers are on to something - don't take a cop out, do it the old fashioned way with hard work (just like I did!!) and it will pay off.

posted Feb 24th, 2010 9:45 am


Jimmy

The Author of this article seems to be ill informed as to the biological process of every adult and fetus.

Every woman who has ever been pregnant full term has produced hCG at the rate of around 300,000 units a day for 9 months. All fetus' are exposed to the HCG at 300,000 units a day and most for 9 months. That is the LITMUS test for something being safe. If a pregnant woman or nursing woman can have it in her body, then it is safe for humans. PERIOD.

Using hCG on a Weight Loss protocol requires only 125 - 150 units a day for up to 40 days. And hCG has been approved safe by an authority far higher than the FDA as safe for pregnant women and babies. There are ZERO side effects to being exposed to hCG, unless you count birth as a side effect. Try getting pregnant and NOT having hCG there and see what happens to the mother and fetus.

Some ignorant people who do not understand that that Pregnancy-fetus exposure/Nursing new borns test is the GOLD STANDARD for safety of substances to be put in the body by the FDA, will write articles like the one above. If they knew that is the GOLD STANDARD for safety they would not write such articles. To support their ignorance, they will quote people who are not attributed to the quote, which is like quoting a source without any way to verify the source. And as a correction of their ignorance where they say, "...the manufacturers of hCG have gone on the record stating...", the MANUFACTURES of hCG are pregnant women NOT some pharmaceutical company. No company in the WORLD "manufactures" hCG if it is real hCG. They can manufacture sCG (Synthetic CG). However, ONLY pregnant women 'manufacture' hCG in their bodies to help in the development of the fetus. Don't believe words of ignorant people who don't understand what they are saying.

Also the author will quote only the people who have a vested interest in MAKING certain others don't use hCG to become healthy rather than those hundreds of thousands who HAVE used it to lose weight and HIGHLY recommend it.

My own 60+ year old brother-in-law was a pill popping, insulin taking diabetic for years before he took one round of hCG in January 2010. Within a week, he did not need any pills or insulin. By the end of his round in February 2010, he had lost 30 lbs of fat, 3 lbs of muscle (measured by BodPod), and was wearing 32 inch pants again that he had not worn since 1967 when he was in the army.

My sister, did the first round with him and lost 33 lbs of fat and 3 lbs of muscle (measured by BodPod) and was EXTREMELY happy as she had tried every diet and exercise program to no avail.

I believe Dr. Jonas Salk met the same objectives from the medical and scientific establishments when he was curing rabies and polio with his vaccine and promoting the idea of washing your hands and instruments in hot water and alcohol before delivering babies or performing operations. Good thing people did not listen to the voice of the medical establishment and institutional idiots back then and instead saw the results and followed the practices that achieved results. Now everyone, including the medical establishment and institutional critics, accepts that Dr. Salk's vaccine and practice of washing before operations as correct. But that ONLY came after people taking the vaccines were cured of rabies and did not get polio after exposure and that patients did not die after operations due to complication, later discovered as bacteria infections. Now all doctors and government agencies say that washing your hands DOES prevent disease and that taking the vaccine IS effective and important for your health. I am waiting for that day when they MUST accept the facts that people taking hCG do lose body fat easier and safely over just restricting your diet.

Maybe some day the medical and established institutions will also see that hCG DOES in fact support and effect fat mobilization, reducing appetite or sense of hunger, and body fat distribution because they can SEE the results on hundreds of thousands of people who used hCG to achieve those EXACT results.

My advice is to NOT listen to those Nay-sayers who say, "Hurumph, Poppycock!" and simply try it yourself to see what nature and evolution did that makes pregnant women produce this very special hormone to help them and the baby during pregnancy.

posted Feb 23rd, 2010 11:39 am



   
 

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