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The Importance Of Medical Supervision and Using Prescribed hCG When Following The hCG Diet Protocol

A concerned reader wrote to our medical directors about one of our articles she found online titled “Homeopathic HCG Drops Not Recommended as a Safe Weight Loss Method”.  Our medical directors from Inches and Pounds responded by beginning a national campaign to educate all hcg dieters about the potential dangers of following a medically un-supervised 500 calorie diet program using a product from distributors claiming that they are selling “HCG” for weight loss.  The following is a synopsis of our reader’s letter to our physicians concerning her potential current health status.

I found your article on the internet and based on the information I read, I think I’ve probably been “duped” by a purchase of homeopathic drops.

A family member in another state has lost about 80 lbs. using “HCG”; however, I don’t know her source of the drops and was just told she had done it using “HCG.”  So, I looked online, did a few searches without doing alot of research, and made a purchase.  An expensive one.”

“So now, I have lost about 12 pounds in 20 days – but have been hungry most of the time.  If a person is on a 500 calorie a day diet, I know they will lose weight, regardless of the drops.  So I’m just wondering, based on the article you wrote, am I just losing muscle and slowing my metabolism down more by using these drops?  The ones I purchased list the following as ingredients.”

“Active Ingredients: (HCG) 6X, 12X, 30X, 60X Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
Inactive Ingredients:  USP Ethanol Alcohol 16%”

 

I am so wanting just the simple truth.  If you can shed any light, I would greatly appreciate it ASAP so I don’t continue to further damage my health.”


Here is our response: Our medical directors discourage starting a 500 calorie diet without medical supervision and the assistance of medically prescribed pharmaceutical hCG hormone.  Potential damaging effects to the heart, kidney, liver and other vital organs may occur while on a 500 calorie diet.  Other ill effects may include; iron deficiency anemia, headaches, fatigue, lethargy, stomach cramps, severe hunger pangs, irritability, lack of concentration, and blurred vision.  In addition, yes you will lose weight on homeopathic “HCG” drops or any over the counter weight loss aid while on a 500 calorie diet, of course but you may lose the wrong kind of tissue-muscle tissue.  As most dieters already know, losing weight is just the simple task of burning more calories than you consume.  However, a diet that is structured around too few calories for your body’s daily needs can actually shock it into a starvation mode from consuming less than 800 calories daily.  In “starvation mode”, the body lowers its metabolic rate and changes its energy sources.  This may cause your body to start to burn up your muscle mass.  Muscle loss can slow down metabolism and that is why fast weight loss crash diets most often result in yo-yo dieting where all the weight lost is quickly gained back.  The hCG hormone is only programmed to utilize fat, not lean muscle as a source of energy when the body is in “starvation mode”.  Microscopic trace amounts sold over-the-counter do not have the strength to unlock this mechanism.
As with aging, our hormone levels are continuously dropping along with our metabolism.  This is why the hCG hormone is so effective because it assists the hypothalmus to reset the body’s metabolic rate control system, helps to preserve healthy muscle tissue, curbs the appetite and nourishes the body by utilizing up to 2000 calories obtained from the body’s own excess fat reserves.

Don’t Risk Your Health, Only Use Prescribed hCG When Following The hCG Diet Protocol

The ingredients you listed are typical of Homeopathic Manufacturers.  Basically a tiny drop (0.05ml) from a 10ml vial of real hCG hormone is placed into a large bucket of water.  It is then shaken 6x (times), then a tiny drop from that mixture is extracted and placed in another bucket of water and shaken 12X, then the same process for 30X and 60X.  So what your end result becomes is microscopic trace amounts of hCG , if it contains any at all.  Dr. Simeons, the originator of the hCG diet protocol, discovered that only pharmaceutical hCG hormone can be administered and contain a minimum of 125-200 IU’s of real hCG hormone, certainly not microscopic trace amounts that can be purchased on the Internet that cost about $2.00 per bottle to make.  Some ingredients tested from these websites have been shown to contain vitamins, herbal stimulants and possibly trace amounts of hCG if any at all.  These websites are marketing a vitamin mixture and claim it is “HCG” and state they do not require a doctor’s prescription, of course not, only real hCG hormone requires a doctors written prescription.  These people do not care about your health.  They are not even doctors.  They market fake “HCG” and refer their customers to follow the “Pounds and Inches Manifest-The New Approach to Obesity”, a 500 calorie diet written by Dr. Simeons 50 years ago.  If Dr. Simeons were alive today he would be outraged!  Dr. Simeons spent years to write the Pounds and Inches Manuscript and countless hours of trials that did not include homeopathic “HCG”.  His research showed that only physician prescribed pharmaceutical hCG hormone could be administered and no less than 125 IU (international units) per day.  Homeopathic “HCG” is NOT real hCG hormone, it does not have the ability to unlock the body’s abnormal fat- spare your lean muscle as only real hCG hormone can, and raise the body’s metabolic rate to maintain your weight.  Doctor supervised legitimate pharmaceutical hCG hormone programs require blood testing, a physical exam and a complete medical health history in order to prescribe the hCG hormone for weight loss.  In addition, it is illegal for physicians to purchase hCG for office use from internet pharmacies overseas, such as India for quality and safety purposes.  The hCG hormone medication must be manufactured and dispensed from a reputable US based pharmacy.

The Importance of Proper Blood Testing When Following The hCG Diet Protocol

Proper blood testing is important because there are several potential underlying health issues that many people are unaware of.  They are either asymptomatic or  figure their symptoms are related to the low calorie diet, such as weakness, irritability and fatigue.  For example, an obese male that has a fasting blood sugar of 220 and an A1C level of 8.1 (blood test that measures the average blood sugar level over a 6-8 week period), could be at risk and/or would most likely be medically diagnosed by his personal physician with adult onset “uncontrolled” diabetes type 2.  If this patient had purchased “HCG” homeopathic drops from the Internet without physician supervision, a physical exam, proper blood testing and a completed medical health history, the outcome of this person’s health could cause serious and damaging effects that could lead to a diabetic coma.  This is a serious and sometimes fatal condition caused from dangerously low blood sugar levels.  The signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) are dangerously similar to the signs and symptoms caused by a 500 calorie daily diet without the assistance of the hCG hormone.  Such symptoms may include; hunger, irritability, fatigue and confusion.

Overweight or obese people with unknown cardiac disease are at the greatest risk.  Such effects from following a 500 calorie diet can be extremely taxing on the heart due to the loss of electrolytes; sodium and potassium and essential minerals; copper and magnesium, which may increase the chances of developing an electrically unstable heart rate and rhythm.  More serious risks have been reported of sudden death due to ventricular cardiac arrhythmias.
In addition, a deficiency or lack of essential vitamins and minerals from A-Z, if not ingested daily has also been shown to cause kidney and liver problems.

It is of vital importance to understand the adverse effects that can be caused by following a 500 calorie diet without the proper supervision of a medical doctor.  We hope that this article has changed your mind about starting or continuing the use of homeopathic “HCG” drops.  Remember this, although hCG hormone programs may be more expensive, ask yourself is this small expense worth preventing a lifetime of health and weight issues?

 

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1) HCG is not an FDA approved method of weight-loss therapy. 2) HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or "normal" distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.