Homeopathic HCG drops
Homeopathic HCG drops do not work. They are illegal.
They give the genuine physician guided HCG diet a bad name.
Unfortunately they deceive the public, as many people think they are one in the same.
1. HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone and a controlled substance that can be prescribed only by a physician. Believing that this can be purchased online or in a health food store is simply not true.
2. HCG is very temperature sensitive. It must be maintained in a refrigerated environment. In some of the literature which questioned the efficacy of the HCG diet failed to maintain the drug in a refrigerated environment. Most of the drops are sold sit on a shelf at room temperature. Even if HCG did exist in these drops it would not be viable because it is not cold.
3. HCG typically has a shelf life of 42 days when it is reconstituted (or mixed). The HCG you see on the shelves in health food stores have likely been sitting in the warehouses for that long before even getting to the shelf. Additionally, the expiration on these bottles are usually years.
4. The concept of homeopathic drugs is one of diluting a drug so much that there is essentially no trace of that drug remaining in the product. The amount of HCG in this product is equal to a drop of HCG in a bathtub of water. To test this at home, take a pregnancy test after using the product, it will show up negative. Medical grade HCG will yield a postitive pregnancy test.
Those who believe in homeopathy believe that "water has a memory" and that memory is resonsible for producing the drug in the body. This theory has no scientifc support. The AMA believes homeopathy is "quackery", the scientific community call it a "sham", and the remedies unethical. For more information about homeopathy, click here
5. Dr. Simeon's protocol which is widely referenced does not use homeopathic HCG.
6. Some homeopathic HCG companies list they are FDA approved. They only means they fit the FDA requirements of being a homeopathic remedy. This means nothing with regard to the amount of HCG or safety of the product.
From the FDA website
"The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have issued warning letters to firms marketing over-the-counter homeopathic HCG drug products for weight loss. These firms are violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act by selling unapproved and misbranded drugs that make unsubstantiated claims about weight loss. Unapproved homeopathic HCG drug products are sold on websites and in stores. FDA has not evaluated these products for safety or effectiveness.....
FDA along with the Federal Trade Commission has issued seven warning letters to firms marketing these products. We're telling them that they need to stop marketing these unapproved and illegal products."