In an article I penned here February 3, 2011 I titled it “HCG Diet Is a Sham and …” In a December 6, 2011 article on Medpage Today the authors stated “FDA Yanks HCG Weight-Loss Agents from Market.” Wow, I didn’t know I had such power! LOL
The Medpage Today article states …
“The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission said over-the-counter weight-loss products containing human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) are fraudulent and illegal, and the agencies have told seven manufacturers to stop selling them.
Noting that the product labels call for the pellets, liquids, and sprays to be taken in conjunction with a very low-calorie diet, an FDA official said it did not appear that oral HCG offers any extra benefit.
“There is no substantial evidence HCG increases weight loss beyond that resulting from the recommended caloric restriction,” said Elizabeth Miller, acting director of the FDA’s fraud unit for OTC products, during a conference call with reporters.
The recommended diets call for daily calorie intake as low as 500 calories, low enough to create a risk of malnutrition, electrolyte imbalance, cardiac arrhythmias, and gallstone formation, Miller said.”
Okay, a point of clarity to make here. The FDA has yanked over-the-counter homeopathic products claiming to have HCG in them. So this hasn’t quite reached the medical professionals administering injectable HCG. Not yet. But I suspect it will and for very similar reasons as the authors stated above.
The HCG diet is stupid, it’s 500 calories a day and “low enough to create a risk of malnutrition, electrolyte imbalance, cardiac arrhythmias, and gallstone formation.” So even if the medical world is using the “real deal” injectable form of HCG the whole premise of it is a farse and there just ISN’T good data, at all, to support that HCG is a beneficial diet aid. 500 calories a day? Ya, you’re gonna lose a lot of weight eating that little. But remember – IT’S FRIGGIN STUPID SO DON’T DO IT!
This week it was over-the-counter HCG products. I suspect the prescription-based HCG products are next. Docs doing HCG clinics better make sure they have a back up plan to generate revenue.