FDA says HCG weight-loss products are illegal
December 6th, 2011
03:11 PM ET

FDA says HCG weight-loss products are illegal

Over-the-counter HCG products being sold for weight loss are illegal and claims that the drugs work are unsubstantiated, the Food and Drug Administration warned consumers Tuesday.

HGC products are sold online and in stores as pellets, sprays or oral drops. These products are considered by the FDA to be unapproved new drugs.

Last week, the FDA, along with the Federal Trade Commission sent warning letters to seven companies manufacturing human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG, products labeled "homeopathic." The products in question are "hCG Diet Drops Weight Loss Formula," "hCG Diet Pellets Weight Loss Formula," "Alcohol Free hCG Weight Loss Formula,""HCG Fusion 30," "HCG Fusion 43," "Homeopathic Original HCG," Homeopathic HCG," "HCG Platinum X-30," "HCG Platinum X-14" "HCG Diet Homeopathic Drops," and "HCG Extra Weight Loss Homeopathic Drops."

According to the labels, these products should be taken with a "very low calorie diet." This is a very dangerous way to use the HCG supplement, according to the FDA.

“These HCG products marketed over-the-counter are unproven to help with weight loss and are potentially dangerous even if taken as directed,” said Ilisa Bernstein, acting director of the Office of Compliance in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “And a very low-calorie diet should only be used under proper medical supervision.”

The FDA says people on such diets have an increased risk of heart arrhythmia's, electrolyte imbalance and gallstones. Currently no HCG products for weight loss have been approved by the agency.

Companies have 15 days to tell the agency what corrective actions they will take, otherwise the FDA will take legal action ranging from seizure to criminal prosecution.

“Deceptive advertising about weight loss products is one of the most prevalent types of fraud,” said David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Any advertiser who makes health claims about a product is required by federal law to back them up with competent and reliable scientific evidence, so consumers have the accurate information they need to make good decisions.”

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  1. BeyoncesEvilTwin

    I did some research into HCG and my hairstylist said they are bad news. She has some clients who were doing the diet and started losing their hair. Also it's just not healthy to lose 1 to 2 pounds a day as some medspas and manufacturers of this stuff claim. Eat right and excercise! If that doesn't work see your doctor cause you may have a thryoid problem or some other medical issue preventing you from losing weight. Diet pills, HCG, diet tea...it's all crap.

    December 6, 2011 at 18:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Barry

      I am a Physician and was skeptical of HCG too until I started seeing results in patients. Trust me the FDA is not looking out for your health. Anything that interferes with all the needless and dangerous surgeries done for weight loss is considered a financial threat. I look at the whole picture, balance the patients hormones, thyroidm insulin etc, put them on a healthy diet and exercise program and sometimes use HCG to help stimulate things further. It is not the HCG that causes hair loss. It is the low calorie diet, especially the low fat aspect. This is the main reason for hair loss, you cannot absorb fat soluble vitamins like A, E and D without enough fat in your diet. These vitamins are very important for hair and skin health. So include extra A, D and E in whole food supplement forms like cod liver oil and wheat germ oil and you probably won't have any hair loss. Also add a good natural source of vitamins and minerals like a Green Superfood powder.

      December 6, 2011 at 19:11 | Report abuse |
    • Richard Fiendler

      I am skeptical that you are a MD.

      December 6, 2011 at 19:19 | Report abuse |
    • Barry the fraud

      Barry is no M.D. I work with many physicians every day and not a single one would ever write something like that on the Internet. Barry is an alternative medicine/health nut who is trying to use Argument From Authority by pretending s/he is a physician. Shame on you Barry, shame shame. People get hurt taking harmful advice like this and while foolish people reap what they sow, fertilizing the field doesn't help.

      December 6, 2011 at 21:01 | Report abuse |
    • kareninca

      I did HCG for 37 days and dropped 20 lbs. I felt fantastic while I was on it and still feel fantastic. I was definitely skeptical but watched a co-worker drop 30 lbs in 40 days and she felt great the entire time she was on it, too. I've suggested it to friends who have also found HCG protocol to be highly effective in weightloss. The FDA is funded by the pharmaceutical industry and will never approve something that can't be patented. HCG has been around since the 1950s so even though there aren't any formal medical studies out there, I trust that it's perfectly healthy due to long term results of others who have used it. It is also safe for men. While the book Good Calories Bad Calories doesn't talk about HCG, I would suggest to anyone wanting to learn more about weightloss to read the last 145 pages of this book. It's quite educational and many of the concepts go against modern medicine and their unsupported claims.

      December 6, 2011 at 23:07 | Report abuse |
    • KingHippo

      Why do I get the feeling that Barry and kareninca both work for a store that sells these products or a company that manufactures them? Plus, NO WAY Barry is a physician. First, the FDA doesn't lose money if less weight-loss surgeries are being performed. And second, did you notice the endorsement at the end of his comment regarding a product sold at the same type of store that sells HCG pills? And as far as kareninca, her comment about the FDA is not only just plain stupid, it's absolutely not true. The FDA has never approved these types of pills because they're homeopathic, another word for BS.

      December 7, 2011 at 01:07 | Report abuse |
    • Roland

      I HIGHLY doubt that Barry is an MD. On a seperate note, has anyone acknowledged anywhere what HCG is used for in the medical field? It is used for hypogonadism and fertility issues. Do you really want to be messing with your hormones just for the sake of weight loss? I would worry about the effect HCG would have on the HPA axis.

      December 7, 2011 at 01:52 | Report abuse |
    • Brad M

      My sis-in-law did the HCG diet for 42 days and she has 0 fat left on her. She just looks increasingly toned. HCG absolutely works but most people don't have the will power to consume a 600 calorie a day diet for 6 weeks.

      December 7, 2011 at 03:36 | Report abuse |
    • sinoway

      I do not have any financial interest in HCG drops. I am however a satisfied user. I have lost from 192 to 155 and I gained back 10 lbs when I started eating candy. went off the candy and I am back down WITHOUT HCG. If you have problems with aspirin...don't take it but don't blame everything in you life on aspirin. Some people are lactose intolerant and some have allergies so take anyone else s results with a grain of salt and try it if you feel the need....don't if you do not.

      December 7, 2011 at 10:27 | Report abuse |
    • Anna


      The Anti Obesity drug makers and diabetes drug makers take in 10 billion$$$$ every year with no cure!!

      Food Chemicals are the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis

      The FDA and Drug makers know this and are laughing to the Billionaire$$$ bank

      The food chemicals break the gut(insulin) and this is the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis

      A filmmaker has been reversing diabetes and Obesity in now 10 countries and the drug makers do not promote the story

      just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

      December 7, 2011 at 13:23 | Report abuse |
    • Anna


      The Anti Obesity drug makers and diabetes drug makers take in 10 billion$$$$ every year with no cure!!

      Food Chemicals are the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis

      The FDA and Drug makers know this and are laughing to the Billionaire$$$ bank

      The food chemicals break the gut(insulin) and this is the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis

      A filmmaker has been reversing diabetes and Obesity in now 10 countries and the drug makers do not promote the story

      just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

      December 7, 2011 at 13:24 | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Yeah I've lost hair before, but it's not chemo. I'm not going bald. Out of the 5 times I've done this, I've only started loosing hair once, and it grows back.

      December 8, 2011 at 23:38 | Report abuse |
  2. cykill

    ...but smoke all the cigarettes you want...

    December 6, 2011 at 18:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • us1776

      Actually, all drugs need to be legalized. And then regulated. Meaning proper labeling and education. Produced by legal U.S. businesses and then taxed so that we all benefit with increased tax revenues. Far better than all this stupid drug prohibition that does nothing but create massive black markets, violence, and sends hundreds of billions of dollars out of the country into the hands of the drug cartels every year.


      December 6, 2011 at 19:15 | Report abuse |
    • legalize?

      Really? Even though the motherf-cker who hit my car while totally wasted was caught, I still went through the hell of being hit by a guy who was absolutely wasted on a legalized drug (alcohol). Believe me, people will NOT make good decisions and that is always brought slammingly home to those who who are impacted (pun intended) by individuals who choose to use/imbibe. If alcohol is legal and it causes gigantic economic and social chaos as-is, how is legalized heroin and crack going to make our daily lives better? Tobacco is legal and there's been enormous educational efforts to make people aware of the dangers and they smoke anyway. It's taxed heavily and yet everybody pays for lung cancer treatments though our health insurance. I'm tired of paying for preventable illnesses. Keep hard drugs and some others illegal!

      December 6, 2011 at 21:10 | Report abuse |
  3. Douglas Smith

    The plural of arrhythmia does not include an apostrophe. Please proofread before posting.

    December 6, 2011 at 18:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jennie

      Oh, to be as perfect as you, Douglas Smith. Dear God, stop feeding the gremlins. If this is all you're worried about, go find world peace and leave the "little people" alone.

      December 6, 2011 at 19:14 | Report abuse |
  4. I lost 35 lbs in 45 days, no negative side affects

    BeyoncesEvilTwin, if only it were that simple. There are many reasons why some people struggle and are still unable to "eat right." There are also so many success stories about HCG dieting. What is "unhealthy" about losing a pound a day is that it leads to loss of muscle tissue. That is exactly what HCG prevents. You can test if you are burning muscle tissue by measuring protein in your urine. I checked mine every day and it never went to abnormal levels.

    It's not all crap. The truth is that different things work for different people. Not everyone overweight person is overweight for the same reason, therefore not everyone will benefit from the same solution.

    December 6, 2011 at 19:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Blake

      I lost 30lb in 55 days using homeopathic hcg drops. The side effects? I was awake and alert all the time from not eating any grains and gluten, terrible huh? If the government can't dip their hands in the money pot, they'll ban anything. Very unfortunate to be losing such a terrific weight loss product.

      December 6, 2011 at 19:24 | Report abuse |
  5. Piper R

    Don't knock it till you've tried it, FDA. The FDA is just another corrupt government organization that wants the American people to be fat and addicted to various meds for all sorts of health problems. HCG works! I have had weight problems for most of my adult life and have tried almost everything out there. I have diabetes and multiple other medical ailments and my weight has yo-yo'd higher with each successive diet that I've tried. I went on HCG in August and have gone through two protocols so far with a 42-lb. weight loss. My blood sugar went steadily down until it now reads in the normal range (It was reading over 200 and reads consistently under 100 now). I have one more protocol to do to reach my weight-loss goal and I've never felt better! I'm confident that when I have blood work done in Feb. that I'll be able to get off blood pressure, cholesterol and Diabetes meds. Interesting that 4 women here at work have all used HCG and have all lost significant amounts of weight and lood and feel great. THAT's why the FDA wants this diet pulled from the market. If we have anything to say about this, let's not let them get away with this!!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 19:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • "alternative" means not verified

      Piper: please disclose all real and apparent financial interests related to HCG products....

      You are "taking" HCG as a drug because it is a drug. The job of the FDA is to insure that all drugs offered for legal consumption in the USA have been assessed for efficacy and toxicity/safety. It also insures that what's on the label is actually what's in the bottle. If it isn't FDA approved, you have NO IDEA what you are putting into your mouth/applying. It may even adversely affect your health. Alternative medicine goes wrong when no testing or trials have been performed for safety and there is no regulatory protocol for manufacturing, bottling or distribution. You are Snow White biting into that shiny red apple and one day, you will drift off and not wake up and your fool family will sue the manufacturer because YOU could never be responsible for the risks you chose to take. Science is a better bet but you have the freedom to choose and risk. Choose wisely.

      Financial disclosures: none.

      December 6, 2011 at 21:20 | Report abuse |
    • So does Atkins ...

      diet and the potatoe/cottage cheese diet and so on and so on. All diets work while you're on them. That does not make them good for your body nor does it make the effects lasting. As soon as you get of this diet, just like any other one, you will not only regain the weight but you will also add extra pounds. Why? You just starved your body and your body is in starvation alert and will pack on extra for the next starvation period.
      Diets are a bad idea all around. In the long term they will destroy your metabolism. If you think loosing weight now is hard wait until your metabolism is gone. Get over this "I have to be a certain weight" stupidity; learn to be a healthy weight with a balanced diet/exercise program. These short term solutions are only there to feed your need for instant gratification, nothing else.

      December 7, 2011 at 16:11 | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      So Does Atkins... you're not starving your body. If you were, you would *gasp* Be starving! Shoot, what a concept. Ever think that it's not your stomach that wants food, but you're brain telling your stomach to remind you to eat? And why aren't you hungry on hCG? Because your body is GETTING WHAT IT NEEDS. People really need to read Dr. Simeons protocol before ranking on hCG. It's a completely scientific trial. Unless it's too advanced for you.

      December 8, 2011 at 23:46 | Report abuse |
  6. Laurel

    The HCG diet is the best diet I have ever done. It really works and I feel healthy. Women lose around 1/2 pound a day while men lose 1 pound/day. What's more, you don't feel hungry and you eat normal, healthy food, just less of it. It was recommended to me by a medical doctor who was doing it herself and raving about it. The reason it is so popular is that it works. Seriously obese people should work under a doctor's supervision. There are many doctors who support and supervise patients on this diet. Obesity is killing people, not the HCG diet.

    December 6, 2011 at 19:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • pregnant men??

      HCG is Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. It is a pregnancy hormone that allows a fetus to be supported. Men really should not be taking this. Women who are young should not be taking this since taking large amounts could lead to developing antibodies against it. If that happened, any pregnancies that developed later would have abnormal development or most likely, miscarriage. For women taking hormonal contraceptives, HCG can induce ovulation and allow a "whoopsie" to occur.

      Why does the HCG protocol work? A strict calorie-reduced diet is required. People: you are losing weight with the diet, not the HCG. Give yourselves some credit. Everyone using this is so "anti drug" and yet that's exactly what you're taking and it isn't even approved. Don't like drugs? Don't take them. Want to use a drug? Use something approved. It's that simple.

      December 6, 2011 at 21:32 | Report abuse |
    • PhillyRN

      If SO many medical doctors, MDs, are doing this diet, why are there no doctors studying it to prove that it is effective?

      December 7, 2011 at 10:31 | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Okay, I don't know why people are forgetting that Dr. Simeons is the one that pioneered this diet. He developed a CLINICAL TRIAL. He wrote it all down for anyone to read. How it works, why it works, why u gain if you don't follow... everything you need to know, in very medical terms. I keep having to tell people that a body can not survive on 500 calories a day alone. You try it and see how it works for you. Try not being hungry. Prove you're never hungry just doing 500 calories a day for 42 days. And again, the ketone sticks, people! Geez!

      December 8, 2011 at 23:51 | Report abuse |
  7. Wootings

    The real tragedy here is that it's legal *at all* to sell "homeopathic" remedies of any kind. It's a heinously deceptive practice that at best merely empties the wallets of the stupid...at worst, it allows treatable conditions to progress unchecked...causing untold suffering and needless deaths.

    If anyone in our government had any brains in their heads, anything that isn't a clinically-proven medicine would be absolutely illegal. But of course, we know about the relationship between government and brains...

    December 6, 2011 at 19:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kareninca

      Your trust in our government is unquestionably naive.

      December 6, 2011 at 23:11 | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      you're a naive idiot. take your head out of the sand and get with the program.

      December 7, 2011 at 00:49 | Report abuse |
    • So does Atkins ...

      I am sorry but your blind trust into your government is scarry. You may want to look up some history on your beloved FDA; they have and continue to approve drugs and foods that are not safe for human consumption (aspertame for one) and people like you cheer and want them to have more control simply because what they approve has done no harm to you. Who cares that a few young women die because the FDA approved birth control pills such as Yaz prematurely without extensive trials, right? You probably believe they had it coming because they took birth control pills to be "doing bad things". I don't want the FDA messing around with everything; they have enough control as it is.

      December 7, 2011 at 16:18 | Report abuse |
  8. Fnordz

    If it says "homeopathic", it's nothing but water. Don't buy that quackery.

    December 6, 2011 at 19:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Barry

      Homeopathy is not quackery, sometimes it works amazingly well. However, it doesn't make sense to try to get the benefits of a hormone that is only found in trace amounts in men and non pregnant women in a homeopathic form. Homeopathic remedies of more dominant hormones like testosterone, estrogen and insulin have at times been able to balance the patients own levels of these hormones if used by a competent Homeopath. Dr. Gabriel Cousins uses homeopathic insulin successfully in diabetic patients. Homeopathy is hit or miss and needs to be done by a professional so using it in this form for weight loss isn't the best idea. I doubt any homeopathic group advocates it's use that way.

      December 6, 2011 at 19:16 | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      @Barry... homeopathy IS quackery. If you have to defend whether or not it is quackery... chances are – quack quack quack

      December 6, 2011 at 21:39 | Report abuse |
    • JeramieH

      Unless you're injecting it, any form of insulin is a protein that is catabolized by enzymes in your saliva and stomach long before it ever reaches your bloodstream.

      December 7, 2011 at 13:23 | Report abuse |
  9. Unsub

    Look people, there's nothing in this world that's going to make you miraculously drop weight. It's a simple formula eating normal (healthy is normal, not high carb/high calorie poor nutritional foods like chips and sugary cereals) + exercising equal healthy maintainable weight. All you fatty's who make me uncomfortable on airplanes need to heed this advice and stop spilling onto my lap and arms with your layers of fat.

    December 6, 2011 at 19:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jjb123


      December 6, 2011 at 19:34 | Report abuse |
    • PhillyRN

      Unsub is right - look at what is required on the hCG diet. There are doctors who offer this service in weight loss centers who already work with VCL diets, or very low calorie diets, intensive exercise, goal setting, behavioral modification, intensive nutritional counseling.

      They see people come in, take their program, and refuse to do what every medically supervised weight loss program outlines - decrease sugar consumption, processed foods, fast foods, junk, do portion control, work out intensively - and they see people walk right out and never come back.

      Then they have people ask about hCG, and the docs say OK, I'll supervise your weight loss as you try this homeopathic substance, but the diet requires... then they list all of the tough requirements of their weight loss program you do without hCG. And people say, I'll do it! I'll try anything! Anything to get into this miracle hCG program!

      Of course bariatric medicine works if people do it. The question is if it is ethical to allow people to take a placebo when the placebo is obviously so motivational in getting people over the hurdles of the requirements of the program, and many docs say yes. Weight loss, even if it is accomplished with a bit of trickery, is the ultimate goal.

      But the FDA says no. This is not science; this is not medicine. This is not ethics. We have to find a way to persuade people that it is not that hard to lose weight if you work a medically supervised weight loss program just as enthusiastically as you would if you took a "magic potion" that gives you the hope to believe it will work.

      December 7, 2011 at 10:40 | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      PhillyRN, you don't have to go to a weight loss clinic to lose the weight. All the information you need is in Dr. Simeons protocol and on youtube. In fact, I don't even like the homeopathic stuff; I don't think it works nearly as well as the real thing. I bought it myself, mixed it myself, and take it sublingually. I follow the diet, and I don't need a doctor's supervision. It's not a hard thing to follow. I've lost 90 pounds, and need to lose 60 more. It's worth it for me.

      December 8, 2011 at 23:57 | Report abuse |
  10. Sagebrush Shorty

    All advertising is deceptive.

    December 6, 2011 at 19:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. I lost 30lb in 55 days using homeopathic hcg drops.

    The side effects? I was awake and alert all the time from not eating any grains and gluten, terrible huh? If the government can't dip their hands in the money pot, they'll ban anything. Very unfortunate to be losing such a terrific weight loss product.

    December 6, 2011 at 19:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Karen in CA

      I believe the article says the FAA has a problem with their advertising claims, not that they are pulling the products.

      December 7, 2011 at 17:14 | Report abuse |
    • Roseanne

      I was on the HCG Diet for about two months and I lost almost 20 lbs. I did not do the strict low calorie protocol and still lost weight. I returned to eating in my normal way and still did not gain any more weight, I was still taking the drops but not often. I felt great on it and took some vitamin b sublingual drops with it. For me, it was the best diet that I had been on.

      December 7, 2011 at 17:47 | Report abuse |
    • Gullible People Make ME LAUGH!

      No.. you STARVED yourself. as it been proven that THERE IS NO HCG in Homeopathic Drops.

      December 29, 2011 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
  12. Diane P

    I am 51 years old and recently lost 25 lbs on the HCG diet using injections from a local doctor. I am at a goal weight that I never thought I would see again! I have maintained this weight loss for over two months now and have had no side effects. I can't say enough good things about HCG. It is a miracle diet as far as I am concerned and I recommend it to everyone who wants to jump-start a diet or shed significant pounds.

    December 6, 2011 at 19:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. PDEngineer

    Legalization of narcotics will do little to root out illegal drug production. The reason? The cost for even the most expensive cocaine is on the order of a few thousand per gram. One of the products that I am currently working on costs 12-14 million per gram (we are working to make it cheaper). No established company will take this flimsy product...let alone take on the vast stigma associated with it. What you will be left with are shady businesses that will require even more FDA oversight and time to be brought up to a functional level. It is sometimes a sad reality, this world.

    December 6, 2011 at 19:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Piper R

      Sorry, but you have no idea what you are talking about. Do the research and talk to some people who have used the product before you criticize it. This product has been tested and used since 1950 and is only now experiencing a resurgence because of its phenomenal results and word of mouth advertising. The life-changing results speak for themselves and no one, not you nor the FDA can take that away from us. You sound intelligent, but have not done your homework on this one.

      December 6, 2011 at 19:41 | Report abuse |
  14. Tash

    I lost 26 pounds in 40 days or a total of 35 pounds altogether and I think the diet is really an amazing miracle diet but II think that the recent posting is correct about the them not getting their share of the money pot so they will shut it all down and its crazy.

    December 6, 2011 at 19:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Stormy

    After working out 5 days a week, as well as running 3 miles a day and ONLY maintaining my weight, even though I ate healthy, I tried the hcg diet. I went though a clinic, and it was supervised. And my regular doctor weighed in on the diet as well. After 2 months, I lost 35lbs, and 7 months later it hasn't come back, even though I quit the hcg after two months. It worked for me, and as long as you are using it while under supervision and consulting with your doctor I don't see a problem with it. No one I know who used it had any negative side effects.

    December 6, 2011 at 19:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Chris

    Snake oil salesmen/women!!! They have always been around and always will be. You lose weight because you are starving with only 500 calories and you will lose your hair because of 500 calories a day is dangerous and unhealthy. Come on people, losing weight is about eating healthy and exercising – you didn't gain it overnight and you will not lose it overnight. It took me 6 months to lose 50 pounds. I ate 1300-1500 calories a day and I exercised 1-2 hours a day 4-6 days a week. It takes your ACTIVE PARTICIPATION and for all great efforts comes great rewards!

    December 6, 2011 at 20:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stormy

      I agree, you have to work to lose the weight. But I was working out, 5 days a week. the only Diet change I made with the HCG diet was adding protein shakes. I am a very healthy eater, and didn't sit around wishing to lose weight. I quit working out when I started the 1500 cal a day diet, not 500 like you all keep mentioning. Some clinics may limit the cal intake to that, but not the one I went to. I lost 35lbs with hcg, and once I lost that weight I quit the diet and went back to my workout routine, and have maintained the weight. HCG worked for me.
      However, I did have a friend do the same diet, same clinic, lost the weight and then went right back to NEVER working out and eating like crap, and wondered why she was fat.
      Not a believer, I agree that weight doesn't magically appear, nor does it magically melt off. Hard work, dedication, and in some cases, hcg.

      December 7, 2011 at 17:14 | Report abuse |
  17. Campbell

    For all of you people saying how much weight you lost...


    THAT'S IT.


    December 6, 2011 at 20:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Blake

      Wrong. If you starve yourself your body actually works against you, your metabolism will crash and you will stop losing weight for a while. When you start losing again you will be losing muscle and good fat, instead of just bad fat. Also when you stop the diet your metabolism will be at a standstill and you gain it all back. HCG is a hormone that tells your body to burn fat stores for energy. You are fooling yourself if you think anyone can lose this weight on eating 500 calories alone, they will never last, and if they do they will be so hungry and so out of energy they won't be able to function throughout their day to day activities.

      December 6, 2011 at 22:34 | Report abuse |
    • PhillyRN

      Blake's reply to Campbell states that the hormone directs fat loss and muscle retention, yet how is that a function of hCG? Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is produced to grow a placenta and to support pregnancy. If anything it's role in weight will be to support weight gain rather than precipitous weight loss.

      I really recommend that people wiki "placebo effect" and understand by the science, by studies, how powerful the placebo effect is. People will report that a placebo cured them of all symptoms, and caused the desired result. Sugar pills. This effect is so powerful that all medical studies must severely control for it - double blind, randomized trials where neither the research nor the client knows which they are taking in a study.

      The history of medical research becoming reliable and effective is one of teasing out the trickster placebo effect, the tendency of all humans to innately believe in good and desired outcomes so strongly that it is really a form of self-hypnosis.

      December 7, 2011 at 09:56 | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Try not being hungry, having energy, not feeling faint on 500 calories alone. Try it, tell me it's the same thing. KETONE STICKS!

      December 9, 2011 at 00:02 | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      KETONE STICKS DO NOT LIE! For goodness sake...

      December 9, 2011 at 00:04 | Report abuse |
  18. Brenda

    I have had great success on the HCG Ultra Diet Drops. It comes with a vitamin B12 supplement and Weightloc for added assistance with blood sugar spikes. I have three friends who have lost over 60-75 pounds. We did it all at the same time. Two of them have had such a decrease in blood sugar numbers that the doctors are having them speak at their clinics. I dont know why people are happy to feed you to death, drink and smoke you to death, but when a product comes along that will help you get a jump start on changing your life, it's a problem. I will take HCG any day over OBESITY! It is not meant to take all of your life, just to jumpstart and readjust your metabolism. Minnesota Loves HCG!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 21:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mitch

      Minnesota does not love HCG

      December 6, 2011 at 21:38 | Report abuse |
  19. David

    I have read all your comments, it's obvious some people open their mouth before they engage their brain...I have been on this protocol for 12 days so far, lost 17 lbs. You only eat 500 calories a day correct, but your body can burn up tp 4000 calories a day because the discovering doctor found out the hcg hormone actually resets your metabolism. So that your body will burn what you eat within reason vs storing it as it did previously. The hormone "tells" the body it's ok to burn fat reserves to sustain the daily caloric requirements of your activity level. The same way the body tells the pregnant womans body to send calories to her new growing baby. Doctor supervision a must, blood work too. It's a great medical solution for weight loss and resetting your metabolism to improve your quality of life. If you know, you know ! Most don't have a clue, just read their posts...:) merry Christmas

    December 6, 2011 at 21:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mitch

      May you please give me the citation for your "discovering doctor" and his test? Otherwise all I hear from you is "quack quack quack quack"... and not the enchanted Disney movie "The Mighty Ducks" quack.

      December 6, 2011 at 21:34 | Report abuse |
  20. Lost 90lbs

    I have lost 90lbs doing HCG drops and Atkins following the protocol in less than two years. I know at least 10 people who have lost over 100lbs doing HCG. My cholesterol is down. I have lost in 15-20lb increments. I eat healthy. Now, I have 30 more pounds to lose and am doing weight training, swimming, and walking. Taking the bulk of the weight off has helped my joints. I can do more with less pain. Why would the government want us to lose weight? Who is getting rich off America getting fat? HCG is not a fix all. The person needs to change and HCG gives some people a boost to do the right things. Isn't that what bariatric surgery does? Lifestyle has to change...period. HCG is safer and less expensive than bariatric surgery.

    December 6, 2011 at 21:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • PhillyRN

      The story of hCG is like the story of stone soup. A harlequin comes to town, and begs for food and is turned away. He promises to make soup from stones, magical soup. The townspeople listen.

      He says here are my stones from which I will make soup. All I need is one carrot. They give him a carrot. Of course, even stone soup, he says, is not complete without celery and salt. They give him salt and celery. The soup starts to smell good, the townspeople are intrigued that soup can come from stones.

      The harlequin praises the townspeople for their openmindedness, and points out that a few of their smallest potatoes for the soup, nothing too big, because the stones are the key component, will support the soup turing out well. They give him their little fresh potatoes.

      Of course, the harlequin points out, a few remnants of your butchered animals are going to make stone soup taste a little more stocky, so if you would be so kind. Even stone soup can take just like vegetable broth without it. Sounds reasonable, thought the townsfolk. They give him the fat, skin, and feet of their butchered meat animals.

      Voila, the soup is ready, announces the harlequin. The townspeople are awed that they have come together to perform this miracle, and they elect the harlequin mayor.

      This is the story of hCG.

      December 7, 2011 at 10:05 | Report abuse |
    • marvy

      PhillyRN apparently is on a mission. Employed by a Philly Pharmaceutical company?

      January 7, 2012 at 20:03 | Report abuse |
  21. Mitch

    Homeopathy = quack quack quack quack quack quack quack.

    The amount of dilutions that are done in a homeopathic "drug" makes it equivalent to adding one molecule of the "drug" into Lake Huron and selling a scoop of water taken from the other side of it. Nothing but water. If any of you people ever bought anything homeopathic, congrats... you just paid for a placebo effect.

    December 6, 2011 at 21:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jake


      The close minded people (like you) who just post over and over that homeopathy is a "quack" is ridiculous as well. It is highly unlikely that all of these normal people somehow have "vested interest" in anything to do with homeopathic hcg.

      Also, continuing to repeat what many of us who have done hcg clearly know, that less calories will drive increased weight loss is nothing new. The funny part is you must think that people who have dealt with obesity have never tried another diet where we are supposed to "eat less" and lose weight? You don't think we already know that? Many of us have tried many different diets, foods, and exercise routines with no significant success. We notice a major difference when using the hcg, for ourselves and our experience, nothing more and nothing less. Nobody is saying that is gold plated proof, but interesting experience. If it doesn't work for you, so be it.

      If you really are following any "Science" as opposed to being just a quack-basher, you would have noted research published out of MD Anderson in Jan. 2010 by Mosche Frankel MD, Montagnier (Nobel Prize winner for Aids Virus) published interesting data in Jan 2009 Interdiscp Sci Comput Life Sci, and was interviewed and commented on homeopathy in Science in Dec 24, 2010 News of the week, and even more recently last month in October 2011 Nature you would have seen data showing the first clear evidence of "hydrodynamic memory" in water molecules. None of this is conclusive proof of homeopathy doing anything, but it also shows me, every time we science folks get "arrogant" in our opinions, 100 years later we typically look like the fools. Stop quacking, you just look silly and if you are going to comment on something, do your homework.

      December 6, 2011 at 22:10 | Report abuse |
    • ziploc chopstick

      @ Jake: Most overweight people do not realize how many calories they are actually eating. Granted, there are individuals who have a genuine medical condition causing weight gain, but they are in the far minority.
      The vast majority of overweight people are fat because they overeat, and then sit around all the time.

      December 7, 2011 at 00:29 | Report abuse |
  22. Homeopathy= the less you use the more you get.. Yeah, right.

    Homeopathic products are formulated by taking a sample of a substance and repeatedly diluting it with water, water/alcohol, or milk sugar. The products are derived from minerals, plants, zoological substances, microorganisms, and several other sources. If the allegedly medicinal substance is soluble, 1 part is diluted in either 9 or 99 parts of distilled water and/or alcohol and "succussed" (shaken) vigorously; if insoluble, it is finely ground and "triturated" (pulverized) in similar proportions with powdered lactose (milk sugar). One part of the diluted medicine is diluted, and the process is repeated to reach the desired concentration, after which it may be bottled or used to impregnate sugar granules.

    Dilutions of 1 to 10 are designated by the Roman numeral X (1X = 1/10, 2X = 1/100, 3X = 1/1,000, 6X = 1/1,000,000). Similarly, dilutions of 1 to 100 are designated by the Roman numeral C (1C = 1/100, 2C = 1/10,000, 3C = 1/1,000,000, and so on). Most remedies today range from 6X to 30C, but some carry designations as high as 200C.

    Advocates claim that the lower the concentration of a substance, the more potent it becomes. This concept, often referred to as the "Law of Infinitestimals," is the equivalent of saying that the less sugar you put into a cup of coffee, the sweeter it will become. This is just the opposite of the dose-response relationship that pharmacologists have demonstrated.

    The laws of chemistry state that there is a limit to the dilution that can be made without losing the original substance altogether. This limit, which is related to Avogadro's number (6.023 x 1023), corresponds to homeopathic potencies of 12C or 24X (1 part in 1024). Modern proponents claim that even when the last molecule is gone, a "memory" of the original substance is retained. A 30X dilution means that the original substance has been diluted 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times. Assuming that a cubic centimeter contains 15 drops, this number is greater than the number of drops of water that would fill a container more than 50 times the size of the earth and a 30C solution would require a container more than 30 billion times the size of the Earth.

    For practical purposes, this means that "30X" and "30C" solutions do not actually exist, because it is not possible to create a solution in which one molecule of an original substance is dissolved in a container of water bigger than the Earth.

    Oscillococcinum, a 200C product "for the relief of colds and flu-like symptoms," involves "dilutions" that are even more far-fetched. Its "active ingredient" is prepared by incubating small amounts of a freshly killed duck's liver and heart for 40 days. The resultant solution is then filtered, freeze-dried, rehydrated, repeatedly diluted, and impregnated into sugar granules. If a single molecule of the duck's heart or liver were to survive the dilution, its concentration would be 1 in 100200 This huge number, which has 400 zeroes, is vastly greater than the estimated number of molecules in the universe (about one googol, which is a 1 followed by 100 zeroes).

    Homeopathy's founder (Samuel Hahnemann, M.D.) himself realized there was virtually no chance that an original molecule would remain after extreme dilutions. But he declared that vigorous shaking ("succussion") or pulverizing between dilutions would leave behind a spirit-like essence that cures by reviving the body's "vital force." No proof has been found of this.

    Modern chemistry, which has developed understanding of the molecular nature of matter, and of the size of molecules, has found no "spirit-like" essence that could be left behind following dilutions past Avogadro's number.

    Modern proponents postulate that the solution retains a "memory" of the substance. If this were true, every substance encountered by a molecule of water, alcohol, or milk sugar might imprint an "essence" that could exert powerful and unpredictable medicinal effects. Moreover, water is never 100% pure, and impurities can enter the solution from the container or surrounding air. So if a few molecules could determine how a remedy acts, there is no reason to assume that the original substance will prevail over the impurities encountered along the way.

    Many proponents allege that homeopathic products resemble vaccines because both provide a small stimulus that triggers an immune response. This comparison is not valid. The amounts of active ingredients in vaccines are much greater and are measurable. Immunizations produce measurable antibodies, but highly dilute homeopathic products have no measurable active ingredients and produce no measurable response. In addition, vaccines are used preventively, not for curing symptoms.

    December 7, 2011 at 00:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • vinde

      I have been using oscillo quite effectively for the past few years. I ALWAYS keep some on hand. Its like a miracle "drug" if used properly. LOVE IT...LOVE IT...LOVE IT!!

      December 7, 2011 at 04:52 | Report abuse |
  23. ziploc chopstick

    I eat as much as I want, of whatever I want. And I'm in excellent physical shape, with no excess fat whatsoever.

    Want to know how it's done?

    Exercise. It's really that simple. All those fad diets are just a waste of money, time and effort. Put down the fork every now and then, and get off your ass for a while.

    December 7, 2011 at 00:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • suzie

      Um get off my ass and exercise funny took me 5 mths of working out 2 times a day and counting calories to lose 20 lbs but w hcg 3 mths and 45 lbs...I hate workin out I culd go a day forever without wrking out..why do people think fat people do nothing that's a bunch of bs

      December 7, 2011 at 00:42 | Report abuse |
    • PhillyRN

      I have to agree with ziploc chopstick here. He probably eats a balanced diet high in veggies and low in processed foods. You can exercise constantly, but if your diet is still bad, you'll not lose much weight.

      Does anyone watch "The Biggest Loser?" Those folks don't use hCG, but get hCG like results because they do everything the hCG diet requires, just without the hCG.

      People get it in their minds that they just can't lose weight, and when a new thing comes out that tells them they can, they start doing all the real things that actually do work. It's a classic case of "Stone Soup."

      December 7, 2011 at 10:09 | Report abuse |
    • suzie

      Like I have said before, I have done the standard way of losing weight many times over and the only time I lost weight was after I had my son hadn't lost all the baby weight, other then that the standard way of dieting for me hasn't worked, so who the hell cares when something comes along and does work, its the only thing that has worked for me and since I have been off hcg I eat better and feel better, I am 100% more conscience of what I eat, I watch it every single day, I weight myself everyday and i haven't gained a single pound back, DOESN'T THAT TELL YOU SOMETHING? it does work, so you 2 people can go take a flying leap, seriously, lol I am betting you 2 are overweight, let me guess you are right?

      December 7, 2011 at 10:14 | Report abuse |
    • PhillyRN

      Most people using hCG are in a medically supervised weight loss center. These are places that already did very low calorie diets to jumpstart weight loss in medically at risk individuals, assigned people to trainers, not just had them working out by themselves where they are retaining old habits they don't realize sabotage their efforts, do intensive nutritional counseling, do weight loss and emotion journaling and review, meet in support groups, meet with therapists and behavioral modification experts, have people work out in support training groups, etc.

      Bariatric medicine works. It is likely that you are doing hCG in a highly supportive weight loss setting supervised by a doctor. What you may not realize is that if you came into that setting with the same mindset of trying something new, making changes that you never wanted to make before with a religious fervor like you see with the hCG fad, you would also have the same level of success on a very low calorie VLC diet.

      People make up their minds that they can't lose weight, so why change? hCG VLC programs force people to do the toughest parts of weight loss daily, right up front, or they tell you "the hCG won't work." Right? So what does that tell you?

      December 7, 2011 at 10:52 | Report abuse |
    • marvy

      I think it's great you succeeded in your way. But have you heard of bariatric surgery? Is THAT illegal? No, because medical centers, doctors etc make HUGE profits from the surgery - not because it's good for anyone. That's a lifelong deformation of the human body and many people die after the surgery, while others never work it and still manage to stay obese.

      I believe that YOU shouldn't be forced to use hCG if you don't want to. But just because you found what works for you is no reason to condemn people who are succeeding in a different method. I'm perplexed by people who seem to feel that the whole world must conform to THEIR belief system. In USA, we supposedly have freedom. Why would you want to take that away from us and force us to knuckle under and bow down to what YOU believe?

      January 7, 2012 at 20:09 | Report abuse |
  24. Dave

    If the FDA hasn't evaluated it yet, how come it's being outlawed? Plenty of chemicals have been for sale and claimed to do all kinds of amazing things but they are legal because they carry a label something like "this product has not been evaluated by the FDA, It is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease" This product my be dangerous but the article doesn't include any facts to support their claims.

    December 7, 2011 at 01:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Shawna

    Who gives a rats ass? It's called survival of the fittest. Would you please let nature take it's course!!??!!??

    December 7, 2011 at 01:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Estelle

    II am on HCG as we speak and I have no problems. I have lost 60 lbs and plan to continue using it until I weigh 150 lbs. So I am going to buy me a supply to last for at least another six or 8 months.

    The FDA really want you to have heart attacks, diabetes, etc. Then they can sell you drugs. You know it cost about a dollar a day to test your blood sugar and they tell you that you have to be on diabetes medication for life. That sounds like a good business to me. There are many health risks associated with obesity and the FDA which shares a bed with the AMA is looking forward to selling you drugs that kill. Just watch television and there is always ads about Bad Drugs and lawsuits. Why did the FDA approve these drugs????? The have a financial interest in poor health.

    December 7, 2011 at 03:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • PhillyRN

      I'm glad Estelle posted this. The reason those law firms advertise so heavily is that adverse events are really so RARE. It takes heavy advertising to find a real case of an adverse event from that drug, so even though there is a court case that was decided that gives awards, they have to sift through thousands of cases to find one real one.

      That is why medical lawsuits should be outlawed in my view, like they used to be. The public has the impression that the FDA is approving "dangerous drugs."

      I wondered why my mother in law refused to get a bone density scan even though she has lost four inches in height. Turns out she's convinced that bone building medication actually "causes" large bone breakage. This is in fact a rare outcome from taking the medicine incorrectly. You'd never get that impression from the television though.

      Any tips on convincing my MIL that Fosamax is safe and is preventing millions of hospitalizations a year from needless bone breakage from osteoporosis? You can see I've tried logic.

      December 7, 2011 at 10:15 | Report abuse |
    • PhillyRN

      Sorry meant to type medical lawsuit ADVERTISING should be outlawed like it used to be. It misleads people into thinking that the FDA is approving unsafe drugs when these adverse events are truly very very rare, hence the heavy advertisement.

      December 7, 2011 at 10:17 | Report abuse |
  27. fatty

    I just got the HCG drops and I am on my 3rd day so I can't tell if its good or not. BUt i wonder: if the problem is with the 500 callories- than why not use it with a 1000 callories diet?

    December 7, 2011 at 03:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. End the War

    Umm, it's my body I'll put whatever the F I want into it. Keep the govt out of my body and out of my wallet! PS...The real HCG does work..the fake "homeopathic" one..not so much. End of story, next

    December 7, 2011 at 05:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. End the War

    I thought the FDA couldn't regulate suppliments; Until they seem to work that is. Didnt' they do the same thing with androstene which supposedly built up testosterone. Nothing happened for years until Mark McGuire blabbed about it, then the FDA took it off the market and congress made it illegal. I'll never forget people started buying up the product like crazy. Whenever the govt messes with the free market it screws things up.

    December 7, 2011 at 05:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Homeopathic is junk science & FRAUD.

      The FDA CAN regulate a supplement & homeopathic medicine if their using a known regulated RX prescription drug as Hhcg is said to contain OR by using the name of a RX prescription drug on their labels. You cant don't that as its against the FDAs regulations.. So it was only a matter of time that the FDA swooped in.

      December 7, 2011 at 05:59 | Report abuse |
  30. Manny

    I suspect this push by the FDA is driven by lobbyist in the pharmaceutical and diet industry. Any diet protocol regardless of products being used should be done under the supervision of a doctor. So why single out one product? The answer is easy, because it is working for many of us. I still have not met one person which did not drop the pounds they wanted to with this product. A family member has tried every possible method including dieting with exercise to no avail. HCG did the trick and made the pounds go without any health problems (and yes a doctor was consulted). I did it myself and lost 20 pounds in 23 days and the pounds stayed off. I took vitamins as recommended. I would encourage everyone to write your congressman/congresswoman and request they look into the motivation of the FDA singling out this product and not going after the many other products that make claims and actually don’t work.

    December 7, 2011 at 07:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Nootch

    On This Page:

    Idiots thinking they know things about drugs
    Idiots thinking they know more about the other idiots about drugs.

    Whatchya thinkin' about?

    December 7, 2011 at 09:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Brenda

    I have been on the HCG diet for 6 weeks and have lost 35 lbs so far. I have in the past tried every diet out there with little success. This works! It was actually referred to me thru a physician as he and his wife were both doing the diet and had amazing results. After I started losing the weight, several people at my work (a hospital) started asking me what diet was I on. There are probably 15 people here on this diet and all are losing weight that they couldnt before. My sister is also on this diet. She went to her cardiologist just last week. Her BP for the first time was normal...her Cholestrol was perfect...and after looking at the ingredients, he told her there was NOTHING in this HCG product to hurt her and to continue. I like most believe the FDA wants thier hands in this as it has become a widely popular diet. It will not surprise me to see this product show up on web sites outside of the US.

    December 7, 2011 at 09:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Beth

    Bottom line is this: NOTHING works better than changing your lifestyle. This includes adapting a healthy eating plan, eating whole, natural foods and God forbid, EXERCISING on a regular basis. When you hop on all of these 'fad' diets, and then hop off... the weight comes running back. Without fail.

    With all of the hormones in our food already, why are you willingly adding more? Why in the WORLD would you want to mess with your hormones??? Aren't they out of whack enough as it is? YES.

    Sadly, we aren't going to put any common sense into those who lack it already. Those who stand behind this HCG crap aren't going to be swayed. They have been fooled to believe that the HCG is really what is causing them to lose weight.

    It's a sad affair. To think that these people think they can lose weight so quickly... Why would you think that? Think about this: You didn't put all that weight on overnight, did you? What makes you think you can take it off as quickly??? You can't. It's all a process. Step-by-step. Day-by-day. Change one habit at a time.

    Yes. It's really that easy.

    December 7, 2011 at 09:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Sara

    This is the same FDA that approved toxic food dyes, food additives, aspartame, saccharin, trans fats, and countless dangerous prescription drugs for human consumption. I am not saying hCG is good or bad because i haven't done my research. However, the FDA is not someone I listen to before I choose to consume a product. They have lost ALL credibility in my eyes, period, end of story.

    December 7, 2011 at 10:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Susan

    HCG WORKS! I did the diet last spring and lost 20 pounds in 6 weeks. Yes, it is a very low calorie diet, although I did eat a little more protein than the diet calls for, but because of the drops, I was able to stay with it and lose the weight I wanted to lose. I was looking forward to doing the diet again after the holidays because I still have more weight to lose. I am 67 years old – not a 20-something – so this is a health issue for me as well as just wanting to look better. Losing the wiehgt lowered my blood pressure WITHOUT blood pressure medication which carries its own risks. I hope the FDA gets over this and approves HCG., I will try to find it elsewhere in the meantime!

    December 7, 2011 at 10:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Its the low calories not the HCG

    To those of you reporting your "success" stories; you do realize that your weight loss was due to the "very low calorie diet" that the manufacturers promote to go along with their pill. The HCG had nothing to do with it. If HCG truly worked as a weight loss product a person could continue to eat as they normally do and still lose weight. What the FDA is criticizing is that the companies have failed to do the research necessary to prove their claims. If the stuff works, PROVE it. And hearing how your second husband's third cousin lost 300 pounds in 10 days after starting this crap isn't proof.

    December 7, 2011 at 10:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Adrienne

      Shut up! You don't know anything about HCG.

      December 7, 2011 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
  37. Margaret Thatcher

    It would be really interesting to know how many of you HGC "true believers" will be getting your pants from Lane Bryant again in three months.

    December 7, 2011 at 10:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. PhillyRN

    I can't tell you what people will do to try the hCG diet. They'll do things they've put off for years just to get the chance to hop on board, like start doing physical therapy for old injuries so they can handle the tough workout regimen, finally spend the money for expensive but critical orthotics for their flat feet or high arches, etc.

    They will remove the obstacles that sabotaged their last attempt to lose weight and stay on a consistent exercise program in order to be allowed in the hCG program.

    My recommendation is to take care of removing these obstacles to working out. If you have pain, fix it. Get surgery on injured backs and knees, get orthotics, get PT and work it as long as required. Docs are demanding patients do all of this before they will let them try hCG. The truth is that you need to do this anyway to succeed at weight loss.

    December 7, 2011 at 11:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. ERand

    I too have done this diet and have lost a total of 100 lbs and feel great!. Go figure!

    December 7, 2011 at 11:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. ERand

    Oh...and I now work out every day. I've been a proponent of diet & exercise for years as a matter of fact. Every comment is not one-size-fits-all. Pun intended.

    December 7, 2011 at 11:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Showmeproof

    PhillyRN is my new hero! Thanks for being such a great voice for science-based medicine and rationality.

    December 7, 2011 at 12:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. cindy

    once a natural supp threatens the big business of pharmacueticals it is taken off the market
    anything they cant make money on that takes away from drug sales is taken away, wake up people
    There are thousands of drugs and poisons prescribed every day that are unsafe, listen to all the side effects on those commercials

    December 7, 2011 at 12:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Lori

    There are much more drugs APPROVED BY THE FDA WITH WORSE SIDE EFFECTS!!!!!!! Ever watch tv and see a commercial for a drug to cure one thing but creats 100 other problems???? Drugs in general differ with side effects to each and every person!!!! FDA approved doesnt mean CRAP to me!!!!! They are part of our corrupt government!!! What about so many FDA approved drugs that have been pulled for killing people???? I havent heard of anyone dying from HCG!!! HCG is messing with the corrupt health care system in the United States by helping people get healthier!!! Is HCG for everyone? No its not. Can it be great for some? Yes it can. Dont be so nieve people. Why are fast food restaurants allowed to sell food that is known to cause birth deffects, other reproductive harm, and cancer????? YES this is true bc in California warnings signs have to be posted on the buildings........not to mention this food is making America FAT on top of SICK......this is what they want.....they do what they want.....American people no longer have a say on what goes on anymore!!!!!

    December 7, 2011 at 12:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. anyfishinsea

    This just in... Ilisa Bernstein, the FDA representative credited with this "report", is a career bureaucrat who received her law degree while employed by the FDA. According to her bio, she has been in bed with big drug companies since 1998. And she has never held a real job. Or actually practiced law. For those of you who smell a rat when reading this kind of dribble about a product that actually works, you can bank on this one. This article is, in reality, a social media blog for some drug company that can't compete with HCG.

    December 7, 2011 at 13:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JeramieH

      If it "really works", where's the double-blind, placebo-controlled studies showing it?

      December 7, 2011 at 13:45 | Report abuse |
  45. Renee

    Before I began the diet, I did my own research and found that Dr. Simeon's formula works. I am on the modified version of HCG. I love the HCG drops and the low calorie diet. They work well hand in hand. My friend and I have been on it for 3 weeks and I have lost 21 pounds. My friend has lost 26 pounds. We feel great and look even better. We don't have the gitters or hunger that may come from just a low calorie diet. We also take multi vitamins daily. This is the best diet I've ever been on and will continue to recommend it to anyone that is looking for a safe way to lose the excess weight and keep it off. I will begin the maintenance portion soon, but just want to encourage those who are hearing the negative comments. Regardless of what they say, I've tried it for myself and I'm a witness that it works for me. It really is the weight loss cure. Be encouraged!

    December 7, 2011 at 13:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Adrienne

    HCG works- I have used the shots and lost considerable weight and felt fantastic while on the diet. I gained excessive weight when my thyroid crashed and HCG combined with exercise and good eating is the only product that helped me with the weight loss.

    December 7, 2011 at 13:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Ester

    Since the "scientific method" has been used largely as a political tool and the only firm evidence to support it is the technology around us. The drug companies that are constantly being sued for producing their "scientifically" based drugs are a perfect example of this what the problem is and overcoming the so called placebo effect has for some reason become more and more difficult in the last couple of decades. Why is it that we are trying to control for these placebo affects instead of enhancing them. If a persons experience is that the HCG diet works for them, whether its the placebo or not, its not my place to tell them otherwise, nor is it the FDA's. Once we really grow up and take responsibility for this simple truth, we won't need the FDA anymore.

    December 7, 2011 at 13:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Mizzy

    There are doctors studying HCG, but studies take time, usually years. A friend of mine in Utah applied for a study on HCG at the University of Utah, a year or so ago. She didn't make it into the study because of other health risks she has, so she bought the drops online. She lost 20 lbs in 15 days. It is just a matter of time before we start to see the published results of the studies. Considering my results and the results I've seen from 5 other people, I think a lot of skeptics will soon be eating their words.

    December 7, 2011 at 14:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. So does Atkins ...

    From reading a lot of these posts I am guessing about 50% of the posters are paid to advertise for this drug?

    December 7, 2011 at 16:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amy

      I WISH!! The real hCG isn't that cheap. Works better, though.

      December 9, 2011 at 00:11 | Report abuse |
  50. Not a believer....

    I personally have lost 90 lbs this year through proper diet and working out. All these fad diets are such garbage. If you have a lot of weight to lose, what is eating 500-600 calories a day and ingesting some stupid drops/shots/pellets/whatever going to teach you? I have had 3 people in my life do this diet this year, and I have seen each one of them go back to old habits and gain the weight right back. Sure, different things work for different people. But, I personally believe that unless you are learning something, it is not really working for you in the long run. I have been the person wanting a quick fix, but it doesn't work that way. It didn't happen overnight, it is going to take a lot longer than overnight to lose it. This "diet" is definitely not a healthy lifestyle change.

    December 7, 2011 at 16:35 | Report abuse | Reply
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