There is a lot of hype going on in the news and on blogs about the FDA’s recent action on HGC. To help some of you with the confusion the FDA went after a bunch of companies that sell homeopathic HCG. The regulators said the marketing of the products makes them “unapproved new drugs.” The FDA is citing that a person would lose as much on a 500 calorie diet without homeopathic HCG as they would with it.
On December 6th, 2011 the FDA sent out warning letters to six of the largest online homeopathic HCG retailers. The letters told retailers that they have 15 days to remove any information on their websites, products or marketing material that suggests in any way that homeopathic HCG helps users lose weight. A few of the websites have already completely shut down.
For the companies that received warning letters, they are trying to tip-toe around the vague FDA regulations by labeling bottles differently. Instead of bottles that say ‘Homeopathic HCG,” they will instead read ‘Homeopathically Processed HCG.’ Also, the homeopathic HCG will now no longer be able to even contain trace amounts of the actual HCG hormone as indicated by 6X, 12X, 30X etc. The HCG companies will now be required to sell an HCG type appetite suppressant which, when boiled down to the truth, will mostly be a vitamin cocktail.
The FDA says that HCG, whether prescribed or homeopathic or vibrational or any other way, has never been approved for weight loss. I have been approved for use in fertility treatments and for some late blooming males, but never for weight loss. Aside from the issues with HCG, the FDA says a 500-calorie diet by itself is pretty risky, “You can get gallstones and develop other health problems from such severe restrictions on what you eat.”
This has created a lot of buzz in the HCG community, even spurring HCG Weight Loss Cure Guide author, Linda Prinster to start a petition in an attempt to reverse the ban.
All the publicity is causing a lot of uncertainty in the HCG community. Many people are now questioning the reliability of HCG products, retailers, and information. “Nobody knows who is selling ‘real’ HCG or if it will work,” says Samantha Hargeen, first time HCG user. “I wanted to lose a few pounds BEFORE the holidays and don’t know what to believe.”
There are many people, myself included, who can attest to the effectiveness of the HCG diet. Some say it’s the drug companies and the government trying to intervene. We can’t say. There are so many great success stories and issues like this are what give a bad name to dieting. Humans are volitional beings and as such should take note of the facts presented by the thousands of blog posts on this site alone as the testament to the positive effects of HCG.