This is a medically supervised weight loss program using the prescription medications of HCG and Vitamin B12 with Lipotropics. The HCG is to be injected into the abdominal region one daily for 7 days before a follow up and maintenance with refills and a Vitamin B12+Lipo injection is given. This process will continue for 4 weeks before a break is needed to ensure maximum weight loss effectiveness. Patients may begin again with another 4-week cycle max before another break is needed. The first break time period will be for 3 weeks and the patients will follow the phase 2 hold criteria. This “holding” process includes 1 week of HCG injections plus an increased amount of calories. The following 2 weeks are just new diet alone.
Depending on the desired amount of weight loss, the patients may be on the program for maximum of 1 full year. During this time, as well as the short term program level, all patients will be well monitored and progress strictly documented.
The process will be as follows:
1. Fasting Labs - This is to be performed BEFORE the patients have their consult with the physician.
2. At this time, a Health and History Information packet will be completed as well.
3. Once the lab results have returned, we will then set the patient up for a consult with the
physician for final approval, Rx’s signed off on and chart notes completed.
Vitamin B12 program
This program is managed and maintained by the RMA/CMA. This program will consist of 4+weeks of Vitamin B12+Lipo injections, as well as a reduced calorie intake diet and exercise program that will be as much as possible tailored to each individual patient's needs and desired weight loss goals. Weekly visits will be performed, weekly Vitamin B12+Lipo injections given, as well as constant encouragement and nutritional education given.
Basic information about HCG
The following describes some basic facts about HCG that are not widely known among the dieters on this program, nor among most doctors. HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin. It is best known as a pregnancy hormone that is produced by the embryo soon after conception. HCG is the hormone that is used to test for pregnancy.
Most of the research on HCG, and many of the patents that use it, involve testing for cancer. While HCG is most commonly associated with pregnancy, it may also be produced when the body becomes infected with certain types of tumors. Therefore, testing for elevated levels of HCG can also help doctors recognize the existence of tumors in a patient's body.
When produced during pregnancy, HCG is meant to help the corpus luteum remain intact. The corpus luteum, which is part of the ovary, is integral in maintaining production of the progesterone that is an important component of human pregnancy. In addition to preventing the disintegration of the corpus luteum, researchers believe that HCG provides pregnant women with extra immunity during pregnancy. The high levels of HCG that are produced during pregnancy have no negative effects on the pregnant woman's body. In fact, doctors have used HCG for many years in order to help women who are experiencing hormonal issues or fertility problems.
More recently, however, researchers have found that HCG can actually help the body burn fat and can be used to aid in weight loss when combined with a healthy low calorie diet and a moderate exercise routine. This discovery confirmed the work of Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, who used HCG plus a 500-calorie per day diet to direct the bodies of overweight people to burn fat instead of muscle. Although HCG is associated with pregnancy, it can safely be used by both men and women that are looking to get their weight under control. *
*Results may vary.
Several other positive side effects have also become associated with HCG therapy. These include:
• Increased energy without experience a sense of nervousness *
• Clearer thought processes *
• Improved sleep at night *
• Feeling less irritable *
*Results may vary.
A few negative side effects are associated with HCG therapy, in spite of what some practitioners believe. These are generally mild and are not very troublesome to most people. They include:
• Breast tenderness *
• Headaches *
• Edema *
*Results may vary.
How HCG is produced
Calling HCG a hormone often leads people to confuse it with steroid hormones such as estrogen and testosterone. HCG is biochemically nothing like these steroid hormones. Indeed, HCG is a protein hormone. Because it is a protein, it can be produced through genetic engineering as well as harvested from the urine of pregnant women. Pregnyl, Follutein, Profasi, and Novarel are the brand names of HCG that is isolated from urine.
Ovidrel, on the other hand, is the brand name of the genetically engineered product. The production process involves growing Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells in large scale cell culture. These are the cells that have been genetically engineered to contain key human DNA for making HCG. Although the HCG that is made by CHO cells is identical to native human HCG, it is not complete. Nevertheless, most forms of genetically engineered HCG are as active physiologically as the full native form.
Views of modern medicine
Generally speaking, modern medicine has almost nothing good to say about HCG and weight loss. Some studies show positive results, and some studies show no results in comparison with placebo. Non-scientists, including doctors, have no chance to really know what the truth is by reading this body of research. A quick survey of physicians' websites shows a majority of doctors to be against it. The key to understanding research, however, is to know exactly how an experiment was designed, how the researchers accounted for variation among the subjects, how the experiment was carried out, the statistical techniques that were used to analyze the data, and the validity of the conclusions in comparison with the results.
Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get at the truth, even in scientific publications. Medical bias exists against treatments of any kind that do not make money for pharmaceutical companies. Many books have already been written on this subject, so there is no need to review the details here. Virtually all significant treatments outside mainstream medicine that offer real benefits to human health have been suppressed. When the FDA starts to see the HCG weight loss program to be a big enough threat to mainstream medical money, politics will take over. You will see a propaganda campaign against it, and the FDA will ban it completely for use in weight management. The FDA is very good at enforcing mainstream medical views such as the one against HCG for weight loss.
Will HCG work for you?
The grass roots use of HCG in weight loss is growing fast. Local radio stations are advertising the program in spas and clinics. Hundreds of blogs and forums on the internet expound on the miracle of HCG. Kevin Trudeau and his Weight Loss Cure book and products are getting a lot of attention because of his infomercials and intense marketing. Positive testimonials are pouring in by the thousands.
None of this information, nor the dim views of modern medicine, can predict with certainty whether any one person will get the desired results on HCG. The creator of the program, Dr. Simeons, never had 100% success. I have watched closely those who have not been so successful. In every case the lack of success corresponded to not following the protocol closely enough. This, by the way, is the root cause of scientific experiments that give negative results – i.e., an experimental design that does not follow the protocol exactly.
The answer to the question, therefore, is that you must find out for yourself if you want to know for sure whether HCG will work for you. By the way, you will also be like scientists who have a bias before designing their experiments. Your bias will influence the success of your own experience on HCG as research on even the most hardcore prescription drugs shows that personal belief about a treatment influences its outcome. Not even the most highly acclaimed, powerful drugs have 100% effectiveness in everyone. Your success with HCG will absolutely be better when you believe it works. This is not a placebo effect. This is simply the power of the mind to control physiologically processes.
Why HCG works!
A lot of nonsense is being thrown around about why HCG works. The bottom line is that this hormone evolved to direct the bodies of pregnant women to use their own fat as a source of calories for the developing fetus. Dr. Simeons simply discovered that this hormone will do the same thing in women who are not pregnant, as well as in men. It directs the body to use up calories from fat. That is the fundamental explanation. *
*Results may vary.
The way that HCG works is, of course, much more complicated. Dr. Simeons explained that it influences the hypothalamus of the brain to guide the metabolism of fat. Although medical people have mostly ignored this explanation, a key discovery in 1994 about the master fat-burning hormone provides support for Dr. Simeons. This was the discovery of a hormone called leptin, which is also a protein hormone that directs the body to burn fat by communicating with the hypothalamus. This is the most significant scientific discovery on fat metabolism in the past century, and doctors either don't know about it or don't know what to do with it. *
*Results may vary.
The key point here is from a recent scientific article in the Journal of Endocrinology (Aug. 2007): “HCG significantly stimulates the secretion of the pro-adipogenic factor, leptin, from human adipose tissue.” Nobody yet knows how these hormones work together, although the interdependence of HCG and leptin, plus insulin, is undoubtedly at the core of how we store and burn fat. It is also a delicate balance, since we can develop resistance to all of these hormones, which undermines our ability to use storage fat for energy. *
*Results may vary.