HCG Diet Dubbed Miracle; Some Doctors Say it’s Dangerous

HCG Diet Dubbed Miracle; Some Doctors Say it’s Dangerous


A DIET THAT’S BEEN AROUND SINCE THE 19-50’S
IS SEEING A HUGE RESURGENCE. BUT NOT EVERYONE IS ON BOARD WITH THE DRUG
“H-C-G.” IN A KSPR SPECIAL REPORT, JOANNA SMALL JOINS
US LIVE TO EXPLAIN WHY SOME DOCTORS ARE BEGGING YOU NOT TO JUMP ON THE “H-C-G BANDWAGON”
… JOANNA? MORE AND MORE CHIROPRACTORS AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
ACROSS THE OZARKS ARE SELLING H-C-G … A PREGNANCY HORMONE TAKEN UNDER THE TONGUE IN
LIQUID FORM OR THROUGH PRESCRIPTION INJECTIONS. SUCCESS STORIES BOAST A POUND A DAY LOSS…
BUT SOME LOCAL DOCTORS SAY YOU’LL *LOSE* YOUR HEALTH TOO. “nats of weight loss commercials…” NEED HELP LOSING WEIGHT? “nats…” PICK YOUR APPROACH. “nats…” THERE’S NO SHORTAGE OF DIETS… SUPPLEMENTS…
AND APPETITE SUPPRESSANTS CLAIMING TO REDUCE YOUR WAISTLINE. “nats…” HCG ISN’T THE NEWEST OR MOST EXPENSIVE…
BUT IT’S FOLLOWERS ARE CALLING IT THE MOST EFFECTIVE. “last February I weighed 210 pounds and was
wearing a size 18 to 20 clothes, and now I’m down to a six, kind of heading to a four.”
(36:08) SPRINGFIELD ACUPUNCTURIST RENEA BARRETT WAS
LOSING THE BATTLE WITH OBESITY… “I pretty much gave up after awhile because
nothing seemed to work.” (28:40) SHE WAS ALSO LOSING HOPE. “HCG is a pregnancy hormone excreted from
the salts in a pregnant woman’s urine.” (29:40) SHE *LOST*… A TOTAL OF SIXTY POUNDS… ENOUGH
WEIGHT TO CONVINCE HER TO SHARE HER STORY. SHE OPENED HER OWN CLINIC AND SELLS HCG…
IN ITS LIQUID FORM… “nats…” AND AS AN INJECTION OR NASAL SPRAY…. PRESCRIBED
BY A LOCAL DOCTOR. “you do one squirt in each nostril once a
day.” (51:16) FOR FORTY DAYS… *LOSING* UP TO FORTY POUNDS…
AND THEN SOME… IF YOU TAKE A BREAK THEN REPEAT THE PROGRAM. “the HCG is emptying out 2,000 fat calories
a day out of stored body fat. That’s circulating in your system and then you’re having a 500
calorie a day diet so you don’t feel hungry.” (43:00) AND THERE’S THE RUB… FOR FORTY DAYS… HCG
FOLLOWERS EAT JUST ONE-FOURTH OF THE GOVERNMENT’S RECOMMENDED DAILY CALORIE COUNT. “it’s a way to lose weight, you do dramatically
reduce weight.” (49:00) BUT- DOCTOR JAMES BONUCCHI EXPLAINS- NOT BECAUSE
OF THE HORMONE. BECAUSE YOU’RE STARVING YOURSELF…. AND PAYING
THE PRICE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. “problems with hair loss, some irreversible
hair-loss… I see in my clinic problems with thyroid function test being abnormal.” (50:30) BONUCCHI SAYS THE HORMONE IS NOT ONLY INEFFECTIVE- “HCG does not replace any nutrients in the
body.” (53:12) he also says it’S DANGEROUS. “outside of pregnancy it can alter thyroid
function, it can alter a woman’s ovulatory cycle, in a man it can alter testosterone
production.” (51:09) BUT THAT ISN’T MAKING HCG ANY LESS POPULAR.
IT’S ALL OVER THE INTERNET… AND THE OZARKS… WITH MORE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS SELLING THE
SUBSTANCE… WHETHER THEY WANT TO OR NOT. “we had more and more people asking for it
and we really didn’t want to carry it as a product.” (34:40) rebecca still says DEMAND EVENTUALLY GAVE
WAY TO SUPPLY AT HER BUSINESS BOLIVAR… Though she doesn’t believe in the diet. “we had to tell them we don’t feel like it’s
a safe way to go.” (35:00) IN ORDER TO PREVENT CUSTOMERS FROM *GOING*
ELSEWHERE… STILL NOW OFFERS A DILUTED VERSION OF THE HORMONE AND A LESS DRASTIC VERSION
OF THE MEAL PLAN. “we have a thousand calories instead of the
500 calorie diet so we feel like it’s a little better.” (33:50) BARRETT AGREES 500 CALORIES IS UNREASONABLE…
ALONE. “the diet by itself should not be done without
the hormone, seriously. Because it’s barely above a protein deficiency level.” (38:40) WHEN THE H-C-G PLAN IS FOLLOWED TO A “T”… “nats of looking at book…” BARRETT SAYS IT’S THE ONLY ONE…. “nats of commercials…” THAT WORKS. “on the first forty day cycle I lost 28-and-a-half
pounds.” (35:30) DOCTOR BONUCCHI TELLS US H-C-G IS NOT AN APPETITE
SUPPRESSANT. HE SAYS DIETING SHOULDN’T MAKE YOU DROP MORE
THAN A POUND A WEEK… CUT THREE TO 500 CALORIES A DAY AND YOU’LL ACCOMPLISH THAT MICHELLE. THE F-D-A HAS APPROVED H-C-G FOR USE, BUT
NOT AS A WEIGHT-LOSS DRUG. IT’S BEEN OKAYED FOR FERTILITY TREATMENTS
… BUT IT IS ILLEGAL FOR ANYONE TO SELL PURE
H-C-G WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION. AND THE F-D-A WARNS YOU SHOULD NEVER ORDER
IT OVER THE INTERNET.

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