FDA Monitors Online HCG Activity
Hormone Diet Regaining Popularity
POSTED: 2:58 pm CDT May 10, 2010 UPDATED: 5:24 pm CDT May 10, 2010
The Food and Drug Administration said it's working hard to combat illegal Internet-based pharmacies that claim to sell HCG, a hormone that's part of a recent diet fad.
A number of medical spas offer the medicine, human chorionic gonadotropin. HCG is found in elevated levels in pregnant women.
Some dieters using HCG claim they can lose as much as a pound per day by restricting their calories. The HCG in their system then works to nourish the dieters by pulling from their bodies' fat stores.
But the FDA said some are doing the diet without a medical professional, and that's where it becomes troublesome.
Supporters of HCG claims it suppresses appetite and prevents side effects that comes with a low-calorie diet.
Others say the diet is unhealthy, and that buying it online offers an even bigger risk.
It's illegal to sell pure HCG without a prescription. Although some legitimate pharmacies do business online, it's difficult to tell the good ones form the bad ones.
Consumers must be extremely careful and intelligent about the decisions they make about the products they order and put into their bodies.
Please be aware of buying products online. They are not the HCG that Doctors are capable of placing you on. All Doctors (D.C., M.D., D.O., etc...) order their HCG for the Weightloss program from companies that follows guidelines and compliance. They are legitamite pharmaceutical and homeopathic labatories.
Dr. Jon Wise