Jan. 3, 2012
The FDA has issued seven warning letters to companies marketing HCG products labelled as homeopathic for weight loss.
The FDA threat has already affected the availability of HCG drops from a number of manufacturers fearful of being fined by the FDA for “false claims” that homeopathic HCG helps in weight control.
I won’t go into all the details here, but the effectiveness of HCG drops, at least those from recommended companies, is unquestionable. I have seen dozens of successes with people I’ve coached through the HCG diet using drops. I know it works. I also now these drops are safe when used in conjunction with a sensible diet — in my mind that is a minimum of 700 calories a day — as outlined in my book, The Super Simple HCG Diet.
The FDA warned that “The HCG products marketed over-the-counter are unproven to help with weight loss and are potentially dangerous even if taken as directed,” said Ilisa Bernstein, acting director of the Office of Compliance in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
There are a multitude of reasons not to trust the FDA and my personal opinion is that the FDA exists to protect drug companies. There’s a new pharmaceutical anti-obesity drug in the FDA’s pipeline (Qnexa by Vivus) that lists heart problems and birth defects among its side effects. It’s also not coincidental that the FDA’s December warning letters were issued at precisely the time of year when many Americans begin diets.
If you are using HCG drops, you may still find them to be available, but as a precautionary measure, I suggest to you buy as much as you think you will need to reach your goal weight–just in case the brand you know is effective for you disappears.
I’d also like to hear about your successes with specific brands of drops. You’ll see the ones I recommend because I know they work, but I am sure there are many others out there that can help fill in any gaps caused by FDA threats. Since this situation is very fluid, please keep visiting my HCG website for the latest information.