HCG Weight Loss Products Are Fraudulent Says FDA

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k8yk

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 20:58
HCG Fraud - USA Today

"There is no evidence the oral over-the-counter products are effective for weight loss, says Elizabeth Miller, FDA's leader for the Internet and health fraud team. While they may not be dangerous, they're at least "economic fraud," she says.

Because the products do not seem to be "a serious direct health hazard or a serious indirect health hazard," they have been a lower priority for FDA action than other products. Still, Miller says, "they could be subject to enforcement at any time."

One of the issues is the homeopathic label. Homeopathy is an alternative medicine practice of using very small or diluted preparations of medicines or remedies to treat a condition. Miller says, "We are aware of HCG products that claim to be homeopathic, but it is not recognized in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia." Therefore, these products "are not recognized by the FDA as homeopathic drugs, so they are unapproved drugs and are illegal," she says.

Miller says HCG began being used for weight loss in the 1950s when a British physician had a theory that it could help people on a near-starvation diet not feel hungry. "Since then, a lot of research and clinical trials debunked that theory."

Samuel Klein of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis agrees: "Data from most randomized controlled trials show that HCG is no better than placebo in achieving weight loss or reducing hunger."

Stephen Barrett, a retired psychiatrist who operates quackwatch.org, says, "The bottom line is there is no reason to think the product works."

Even experts in the supplement industry say the products aren't legal and don't work. Andrew Shao of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, an industry group, says HCG is "not considered a legal dietary ingredient and therefore cannot be sold as a dietary supplement. I am not aware of any scientific evidence that supports its use when taken orally."

Because HCG is a peptide hormone, it would be broken down by the stomach and rendered ineffective, he says. He says the products are mostly sold over the Internet, so it's difficult to track sales."
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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 21:09
Another Article - AZ Central

"The HCG diet has gained popularity among some naturopathic doctors, clinics and medical spas that tout its benefits.

The FDA long has held that injectable forms of HCG offered by licensed medical professionals are an unproven weight-loss remedy and can cause health risks such as infection and soreness.

The federal agency has approved synthetic versions of the hormone for uses such as fertility in women.

Doctors have the discretion to prescribe drugs as they see fit, and many have found a lucrative niche in prescribing the hormone for weight loss.

Although the FDA doesn't regulate how doctors prescribe drugs for uses other than what they are approved for, Miller said it is alarming that some build their medical practice with the offer of the HCG diet.

"When people are making their business model prescribing things off-label, to me that is very suspect," Miller said."
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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 22:11
I have tried HCG & yes, I lost weight! I am fearful because I have seen this drug be difficult on a friend's body... Her Dr is NOT happy sahe did this. I recommend that you make sure you are in good health before you try it. I don't think there are many general practitioner Doctor's that would recommend it. If I were to do it again I would only do it for 3 weeks. 6 weeks was way to long. 300 calories a day is not going to be good for a body or mind. But I am an immediate gratification person & I do not have patience. I know better but sometimes my <3 takes over instead of my head. I am not recommending it. HCG or most Dr.'s you buy this from do not teach us how to make life changes & that is what it takes to keep the weight off. Aren't many of us doing this to live longer???? Is HCG going to do that?????
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Posted: 02 Feb 2011, 08:56
pretty face wrote:
. But I am an immediate gratification person & I do not have patience. I know better but sometimes my <3 takes over instead of my head.


I think most of us feel like that at some points in our lives. But eventually you mature and realize that anything worth having is worth working and waiting for. It makes no difference if you get something fast if you don't get to keep it.
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Posted: 24 Feb 2011, 15:50
This was on Dr Oz the other day. He was against the 500 cal part of the diet and also the drops that you can buy in stores or over the net.As they are pretty much like a sugar pill that cost a lot. But he said if there was more studies done on the injections it might be a good thing. He said to make sure to do it with a doctors guidance as it can be harmful to a persons health. Then he stressed again that people should eat at least 1200 calories.
He even had a Dr on who did a blind study with some people on the hcg and some on a placebo. They all did same 500 cal diet and all of them lost weight.
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Posted: 28 Feb 2011, 11:25
I'm just bumping this whenever the "Where Can I Get Cheap HCG?" threads appear. Though I've already had one of the HCG dieters inform me that this statement by the FDA was "Because the diet companies got mad that they were losing money to the awesome miracle of HCG." and not because it's actually useless. Sigh.
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Posted: 28 Feb 2011, 11:32
Kate, I know...it is hard to argue when there are doctors who are telling their patients how great it works and that they are using it themselves. I just hope that in a few years we don't find out that the negative effects are much like the banned diet pill Fen-Phen.
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Posted: 28 Feb 2011, 12:05
k8yk wrote:
I'm just bumping this whenever the "Where Can I Get Cheap HCG?" threads appear. Though I've already had one of the HCG dieters inform me that this statement by the FDA was "Because the diet companies got mad that they were losing money to the awesome miracle of HCG." and not because it's actually useless. Sigh.


"The critics can't be trusted because they're in the pocket of [evil organization X]" is a very tedious trump card that WILL be played as a last resort before admitting error.
At the risk of starting a firestorm, the most glaring example of this can be seen in the anti-vaccination debate. It's certainly not the only example, though, and it will be used forever - it's a very convenient and emotionally compelling way to delegitimize whatever argument you don't like.

The internet needs some corollary to Godwin's law for "you're just bought and paid for by Big Pharma/Auto/Oil/whatever"
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Posted: 28 Feb 2011, 12:15
The whole Dr. Oz thing really irritated me! He stressed over and over how extensive his staff researched this. Had a research specialist from Harvard on who SPECIFICALLY told him there was NO EVIDENCE this works. Blind study, placebo effect... no difference is the losses. Talk about the power of suggestion.

Then Oz goes and says he can't find any reason as long as you are under a Dr.'s care ... why you couldn't at least try this. ?? WHAT ??

How ridiculous! I'll give you $800$ reasons why!!! (and yes, that's how much the 'dr.' he had on as a guest who does this...charges!)

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Posted: 28 Feb 2011, 12:21
And you just nailed why I haven't posted anything about the Dr Oz thing. I used to like him, but it seems that his daily show has forced him to go into this mode of controversy "Learn about the thing you eat every day that WILL KILL YOU!!" or "The MIRACLE food that WILL make you DROP 20 pounds in FIVE MINUTES!!" Sensationalism, anyone? I guess they figured nobody would watch a show that told you over and over again "eat less and exercise more".

My faith in doctors is basically zero because there are so many of them that unscrupulously make money by prescribing worthless (or even dangerous) drugs. But most people are not doing this under a doctor's care. Seems to me most people on this site anyway are buying it over the internet. Which is just plain frightening, IMO.

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Posted: 28 Feb 2011, 12:30
well, they made it pretty clear that all the crap you can buy over the internet only has trace elements. not the Rx grade stuff the dr.'s use in the injections.

and there sat these people shaking their heads... no, no, it really does take away your hunger! Are you kidding me? they were all on the internet purchased stuff!

Eat 500 calories/day for a day or two...and your hunger will ease all on it's own. Supposedly these drops are to make your hunger disappear. The drops don't make you lose weight. Even the 'so called Dr.' specialist insisted the drops are NOT used to lose weight, but to curb hunger!

It's crazy what people will let themselves believe.
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Posted: 28 Feb 2011, 12:30
Thanks for posting this, Kate.

This has to be one of the worst diets I've ever heard of--and I knew it was horrible before reading all the horror stories!

Of course, if you starve yourself you're going to lose weight. But then what are you going to expect when you start eating like a normal person again? Not sure how anyone could ever look at this as a WOE.


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Posted: 28 Feb 2011, 12:44
Tubbs McGee wrote:
Thanks for posting this, Kate.

This has to be one of the worst diets I've ever heard of--and I knew it was horrible before reading all the horror stories!


Yeah, I appreciate the FDA work on this, but we're talking about a diet that involves eating 500 calories a day.

I eagerly await their verdict on the safety and long-term efficacy of the Miracle Salmonella Diet.
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Posted: 28 Feb 2011, 13:12
A girl at work is doing this and she gave me the book to read and I read it and was totally FLOORED by how ANYONE would do this. I said the same thing, this has be the worst diet I have heard of! To limit your calories, your protein...everything is crazy! So you may lose weight in that 4-6 weeks but then when you can eat more you will just gain it back. I don't get it!

It is simple really...calories in vs. calories out! There is no "magic" pill out there to make ou drop weight, it is hard work and you have to dedicate yourself.
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Posted: 28 Feb 2011, 13:17
I agree, and seriously, if I had the willpower to eat only 500 calories a day, even if only for a short while, I wouldn't have a weight problem to begin with. I have no willpower.

The scary thing is, the first time I ever heard of this diet was from my doctor, because she's on it.
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Posted: 28 Feb 2011, 13:25
Feisty, that is the same with my sister...her doctor is on it and has lost a ton of weight and highly recommends it!
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Posted: 28 Feb 2011, 13:25
The HCG is what everyone is recommending to me to do, except my doctor. I even asked him on Friday about it. Friends have family or friends on it and they lost tons of weight. However I remind myself that my boss' daughter did it several years ago, lost a ton of weight and put it all back on. I too wonder if there is something to the HCG or its all a hox. To me, if I only at 500 calories a day I would think I would lose overtime as well. I am looking for that magic answer too, but I just don't think its out there unfortunately. The HCG doctors are making a fortune though. Just for the initial visit is $750. Then you have the monthly shots/cream to purchase. I would rather lose my weight and take the money and buy new clothes!
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