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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
6/2/13 4:58 P

Perhaps the best message here is to stay away from ANY "diet".

Eat a variety of foods, mostly healthy. Get moderate exercise.

The rest is fluff.

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6/2/13 9:45 A

While recovering from my own time on the hCG diet, I did find people online who are certain their cancer was caused or, at the very least, spread rapidly by this diet.

As pointed out, the hCG drops are placebos. They are just little bottles of purified water and the only thing they truly cause to lose weight is your wallet. I did the Omnitrition version which are called Omni Drops and, although I was harmed by this diet, I know it was the 500-calorie diet that did all the damage. There have been reports that that company has hidden ingredients in their products so maybe there was something more but I know now that it was not hCG.

Proper nutrition is important and on this diet, you really are losing out on so many vital vitamins and minerals. I know the version I did, they'd try their level best to sell me all these additional products (to make my wallet even thinner). Turns out, a number of their products are actually harmful as well. One study gave their Omni IV (which is supposedly packed full of vitamins) the worst rating of more than 500-plus vitamins. Out of all of them, it was the worst. You have to wonder what is in them and can that play a role in cancer development as well?

I think the take away message here is just stay away from this diet (and the associated products). You may be taking a serious risk if you use them.

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5/10/13 6:41 P

Yeah, the only real risk with the homeopathic drops comes from the dangerously low calorie intake you're supposed to adhere to while taking them. Any weight loss and side effects (Which are, incidentally, potentially life-threatening in and of themselves) come from starving yourself, not the magic water you're drinking. :)

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
5/10/13 4:52 P

A worry if you're on the injections.

The pills, however, are homeopathic. There's no actual HCG on them, and the bod can't absorb the HCG orally anyway, so anyone on pills is fine - they won't have any issues because they're not actually taking any HCG. It's purely placebo.

BECCAAPPLE SparkPoints: (7,529)
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5/10/13 10:10 A

Not judging anyone using HCG.....But this information may be worth looking into.

An unfortunate resurgence of human chorionic gonadotropin use for weight loss, JC Lovejoy and M Sasagawa, International Journal of Obesity, 36: 385-386
“Some 55 years ago, English physician ATW Simeons proposed to treat obesity by administering human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Simeons’ protocol involves a combination of up to 6 weeks of daily low-dose HCG injections and a very low calorie diet (500 kcal per day). In recent decades, several randomized controlled trials demonstrated that HCG was no better than placebo and experts concluded that HCG has no merit for weight loss. Thus the use of HCG for weight loss is discouraged by legitimate clinicians who treat obese patients.
However, since the publication of a 2007 popular book, and most recently the promotion of HCG for weight loss on the Dr. Oz television show, some conventional and many alternative medicine clinics have been offering HCG weight loss programs because it is a lucrative business for a prevalent health issue, obesity.
Anecdotal stories indicate that many patients are satisfied with these programs because of the success of weight loss, although any weight loss that occurs is very likely due to the hypocaloric diet that accompanies the injections rather than any effect of HCG per se and; as there is usually no maintenance program provided, weight is quickly regained after the end of the program.
In addition to its lack of efficacy, it is concerning that the HCG dosage administered to obese patients is sufficiently high to cause certain physiological responses and the quality of the HCG used by many “obesity clinics” is unknown. A typical dosage used for weight loss programs is the daily dosage of 150 US for six times per week or a weekly dosage of 1000IU. In a clinical trial of oocyte production, a daily dose of 200IU has been successfully used for maintaining late follicular phase as a gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonist.
The likelihood that HCG administered for weight loss is having reproductive effects is further suggested by the finding of luteinizing hormone/HCG receptors on various tissues. Preliminary studies showed that HCG facilitated decidualization of stromal cells of human endometrium, which raises concern of possible leimyoma formation and exacerbation of endometriosis.
For males, animal prostate cells expressed HCG receptor gene upon stimulation, and the authors concluded that luteinizing hormone/HCG receptors are linked to the development of prostatic hyperplasia and prostate carcinomas.
Carlson et al, report that luteinizing hormone/HCG receptor mRNA was found from autopsy archival samples of benign gynecomastica and male breast carcinoma, and suggested that luteinizing hormone and HCG might have a role in the pathogenesis of male breast disorders at sufficiently high dosage.
Given that HCG has no demonstrated weight loss effects and has potential safety concerns, it is incumbent upon the scientific and clinical community in the obesity field to educate their patients about the lack of efficacy and potential risk of off -label HCG use and to speak out strongly against its use.”

Edited by: BECCAAPPLE at: 5/10/2013 (13:53)
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