Summertime is approaching, and with it comes swimsuit season. Around this time of year, Americans who are carrying around even just a few spare pounds may consider drastic measures to shed unwanted inches before they hit the beach.
Being overweight or obese can pose serious health risks. In Washington, 62% of people are overweight or obese, and each year that percentage increases. This trend has serious health implications that far surpass looking good in that bikini. That being said, drugs or drastic diets are not safe ways to go about losing weight, be it 5 or 50 pounds.
In 2010, federal agents searched the Natural Healing Clinic in Port Angeles, Washington, a clinic run by Rick Marschall, NP.
The reason for this search? The illegal possession and sale of human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG). Marschall initially claimed to be using the HCG for its FDA approved use as a fertility treatment. After the collection of evidence against him, including his website which promoted the use of HCG as a weight loss drug, Marschall admitted to lying to the FDA and in 2011 pleaded guilty to one count of causing the introduction of misbranded drugs.
No Evidence of Weight Loss Success with HCG
Over the last few years, HCG has become wildly popular as a weight loss supplement. Weight loss clinics “prescribe” it in conjunction with a restricted calorie diet of 500 calories per day. The problem is that there is no evidence that HCG actually promotes weight loss, appetite suppression or changes fat metabolism and distribution, as those who sell it claim. Continue reading