Possible downsides of HCG in weight loss?

Those of us with lupus or other chronic illnesses, have seen claims for ‘ cure-alls,’ or claims like “THIS POTION WILL HELP YOUR SYMPTOMS..” Others have fallen hook, line and sinker, for the “THIS WILL CURE YOUR DISEASE. Dr. Lederman, has written an article dispelling several myths about the claim that HCG is the ‘cure-all’ for wieght loss.

Why do I include this in my lupus blog? Because those with lupus,. there is a need to exercise, a need for daily exercise. That is a tall order considering that in many autoimmune diseases, the sheer act of getting out of bed is painful But the need to exercise is REAL. Following, is a guest article about some pros and cons of the use of HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)

HCG for jaw dropping quick Weight Loss: Fact or Fiction?

“Despite severe criticism from FDA and the media, neither the makers or the users of HCG are deterred. Ads like-‘30 pounds in 30 days’,‘Lose an inch everyday’,‘45 days to a flat belly’ may sound outlandish, but the popularity of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin a.k.a HCG isn’t plunging one bit.

HCG, a hormone secreted by women during pregnancy was actually discovered in the 1950’s by Dr. Albert T. W. Simeons, an English Endocrinologist.

Let’s explore why it’s criticized, why it’s believed in and why it loves to court controversy.

Deciphering the Elusive Medicine

Usage of HCG involves an intake of 500 calories per day, followed by HCG injections, serum drops or pills. The rest of the calories are squeezed out of the stored fat in your body without letting your muscle mass getting the wind of it. So, after HCG’s consumption your blood doesn’t signal your brain about the hunger as you don’t feel it.

But quite intriguingly, if you take HCG out of the equation, a low-cal diet such as this would leave you famished. And that’s the bone of contention- as skeptics say it suppresses your appetite which can be devastating for your body.

Whereas HCG experts argue that weight loss is brought into effect only by adjusting or resetting your metabolism.

What’s the danger?

There’re no quick answers.

Scientific researches say that HCG puts your body in a starvation state, which is harmful in any case. Some of the common conditions the body can face-:



  • Bloating (mild, moderate or severe)
  • Severe Stomach or Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Difficulty in Breathing
  • Decreased amount of urine
  • Vomiting, nausea or diarrhea (continuing or severe)
  • Indigestion
  • Severe Pelvic pain
  • Swelling of feet or lower legs


  • Acne, Flushing of skin, rashes
  • Welts or Hives
  • Difficult or labored breathing
  • Slurred speech
  • Large, hive-like swelling on tongue, throat, face, eyelids, legs, feet, hands,  lips, vital organs
  • Sudden severe headache
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Sudden severe weakness or numbness in legs or arms

Apart from the above, gallstone formation, irregular heartbeat, electrolyte imbalance, even blood clots can happen. However, it’s also true that no lethal harm has been detected till now. That’s because studies are still going on to fathom what HCG can do to the body.

So, if people don’t care about how they lose weight at such an incredible speed, and don’t even realize how unhealthy they can become in the process, they’re treading a risky path.

HCG- The eye of the storm

If you’re on HCG or are planning to take it, you must be knowing that its usage is unquestionably questionable .

In fact, it was FDA’s disapproval that has led more fuel to the fire. Even renowned doctors are heard saying- it’s too good to be true.

But be that as it may, there aren’t just detractors but endorsers of HCG too. And not just its users but opinion makers like Doctor OZ– the popular television host, Cardiothoracic surgeon and author who says- HCG makes him curious .

 Wrapping up

The statistics of  obesity in North America especially in the US are not just uninspiring but worrisome. It is found that two-third of the average American adults are always on some sort of diet. Besides there’s an awful lot of money that’s spent on ineffectual dieting products. HCG too is quite a costly remedy for weight loss and should only be consumed under a medical practitioner’s supervision.

So not only health, even from an expense point of view, use HCG on your own peril.”

Dr. Michael Lederman, N.D., is a licensed Naturopathic physician in British Columbia. Since 1999, Dr. Lederman, has been practicing as a primary health care physician offering individualized treatment programs for patients of all ages. Dr. Lederman merges safe and effective natural therapies with current advances in modern medicine. You can reach him at: info@drlederman.com



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