H.E.A.L Medical Corp is now offering an amazing weight-loss system that specializes in detoxification, HCG, and long-term maintenance. Find out how our patients are losing weight at an astonishing rate and keeping it off.
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The HCG diet
What is HCG and is it the solution for weight loss?
HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotrop, is a hormone secreted in enormous quantities during pregnancy. HCG can stimulate young or poorly developed sex organs but has essentially no effect on adult sex organs. It has been used in men to increase LH which can increase testosterone if the testes are capable. It has also been used in young boys who have failed to develop sexually with resultant change in body habitus to more masculine and development of secondary sex characteristics.
The HCG diet was originally proposed and developed by A.T.W. Simeons in the 1950’s. He developed a hypothesis that obesity was not the cause but the result of a problem in an area of the brain called the diencephalon (hypothalamus). This part of the brain controls all of our autonomic functions such as breathing, digestion, hunger, satiety, heartbeat, etc. It also controls the pituitary gland which manages our endocrine system. His theory is that the diencephalon because of various hormonal imbalances causes storage of fat that may not be readily accessible to the body. This fat is deposited when there is a surplus of food or energy that the body has to deal with. Because of the hormonal irregularities, when a person tries to lose weight, they end up losing muscle mass and what fat they lose comes from the face, breast, and muscle rather than the belly, hips, and thighs. A dysfunctional hypothalamus is supported by our ever-increasing girths and the direct toll that stress and toxicity have on our health and this part of the brain.
What does HCG do?
HCG appears to help the body lose unwanted fat and maintain muscle mass utilizing a very low-calorie diet. Simeons’ results showed positive effects on the hypothalamus with significant abnormal fat reduction and better muscle mass retention. HCG appears to accumulate in the hypothalamus when injected and likely affects the adipocyte through mediators in the hypothalamus. The adipocyte or fat cell is mobilized and decreased by HCG. The most sensitive fat cells to HCG seem to be the supra and infra umbilical regions.
Many studies were done around Simeons’ protocol but only one actually followed his recommended protocol (Asher and Harper). This involved 40 patients with one group given placebo injections. There was a significant difference in weight loss in those patients on the HCG than those on placebo. Many “fat clinics” opened up eager to utilize this new therapy using various forms of the protocol and having varying degrees of success. Of course, eventually the FDA got involved and after investigation, in 1976, the FDA concluded that HCG was of no use in the management of obesity. The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) required that patients be informed of these findings. The FTC ruled that a disclaimer must be included in any advertising. “These weight reduction treatments include the injections of HCG a drug which has not been approved by the FDA as safe and effective in the treatment of obesity or weight control. There is no substantial evidence that hCG increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restrictive diets”. Well, there are literally thousands of people who beg to differ.
While HCG may not be FDA approved for weight loss, it has helped many people to lose weight. The best programs are those that offer a complete program that supports you before, during and after your weight loss. Unfortunately, it is not unusual to regain the weight rather quickly once you go off of the protocol. HCG does not cure obesity, reset the hypothalamus, or allow you to eat anything you want after treatment. HCG, with appropriate medical supervision, offers a safe and reliable method for obesity treatment. People lose fat and not lean mass. Results are fast and long-lasting if you are willing to make changes to your diet and lifestyle that will allow you to maintain your new body.
Thanks to Dr. Beth Golden and her invaluable experiences with the HCG diet and her incredible expertise in helping us to understand and launch our program.
*Results are typical but not guaranteed. The FDA has not approved hCG for weight loss and states there is no substantial evidence that hCG supports better weight loss than with a low-calorie diet.