December 20, 2011 — The FDA is demanding that companies stop selling homeopathic weight loss products that contain human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a protein found in the human placenta that is excreted in a pregnant woman’s urine. Although the FDA has approved injections of HCG to treat infertility, there is no evidence it can promote weight loss.
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In the FDA press release regarding the Homeopathic HCG Weight Loss Remedy, they reiterated that no HCG products are approved for weight loss.
The FDA took action against seven companies selling the products, sending them warning letters. If the companies do not correct the violations within 15 days, they may face criminal prosecution, forcible seizure of all products, and legal action. It is against federal law to sell products with health claims that are not backed up by any scientific evidence. All health claims must be backed up with evidence.
In recent years, the use of homeopathic products has increased, along with interest in “alternative remedies” and “natural medicine.” Most of these products have not been shown to be more effective than actual medicine — when they are, the FDA approves them and they become “medicine.” The homeopathic products are marketed with mystical-sounding claims of a “vital force” and “healing energy.” These claims are not backed up by any scientific evidence.
Most doctors believe homeopathic remedies are harmless, because the active ingredients are diluted to a negligible amount. However, the FDA is taking action against the homeopathic HCG remedies because the labels direct people to use them with a severely restrictive low-calorie diet — usually around 500 calories per day. On such a diet, the products claim people can lose 20-30 pounds in a month. Most doctors say that healthy weight loss should be a maximum of two pounds per week. Experts warn that such dramatically restrictive diets can cause gallstone formation, electrolyte imbalance, and heart arrhythmias.
Furthermore, for people who are losing weight while taking the HCG products in conjunction with a restrictive-calorie diet, the weight-loss is due to the calorie-restriction — not the HCG.
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