St. Petersburg, Fl (PRWEB) December 31, 2011 — In response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent stance on the HCG Diet and the use of hCG for weight loss, the HCG Diet Council has launched two petitions to garner support of the HCG Diet from the Health Care Industry, as well as from the public. The Council is seeking HCG Diet support and input from both the private and the public sectors in an effort to convince the FDA to reconsider the HCG Diet as a viable option for weight loss.
Founded in January 2010 by Beth Golden, PhD, ND, the HCG Diet Council was formed in an effort to: 1) expose and correct false claims being made on websites, by Health Care Practitioners and others offering the HCG Diet; 2) gather standardized HCG Diet research from Health Care Practitioners and HCG dieters in regard to all forms of hCG; and 3) promote standardized HCG Diet training, including legal liability, for Health Care Practitioners. As part of The Council’s HCG Diet Research Program, Health Care Practitioners and HCG Dieters are asked to submit standardized information pertaining to their direct experience with the HCG Diet. “The Council’s goal is to uphold the validity and efficacy of the HCG Diet by offering the only standardized research program focused on weight loss through the use of both prescription hCG and homeopathic hCG”, says The Council’s founder, Beth Golden.
The HCG Diet dates back to the 1950s when British endocrinologist Dr. ATW Simeons began researching the use of hCG to help people lose abnormal fat. Knowing that hCG positively affects the hypothalamus gland, which is responsible for regulating the body’s ability to store and release fat, Simeons hypothesized that people who could not lose weight or who stored abnormal fat potentially had a problem with the function of the hypothalamus gland or the association with it regulating abnormal fat. After years of research with hCG, combined with a food plan of specific foods, he successfully created the HCG Diet Plan to help people lose extraordinary amounts of abnormal fat in a relatively short period of time.
While Dr. Simeons’ focus was on the use of hCG through injections, today hCG can be found as either a prescription or a homeopathic and is administered through injections, hCG drops, pills, lozenges, sprays and/or topically through hCG creams. As reported by Mehmet Oz, MD on the Dr. Oz Show in February 2011, the HCG Diet is helping reduce obesity, Type II Diabetes and Insulin Resistance at extraordinary rates, as well as offering a successful weight loss program for many unsuccessful life-long dieters. He also stated on his show that his wife had successfully tried the HCG Diet with homeopathic ‘hCG Drops”. Current statistics indicate the HCG Diet is also working quite well for many Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and Nutri-System type of diet program drop-outs.
The HCG Diet Council agrees with Dr. Oz that the HCG Diet should only be done under the direction of a Health Care Practitioner who is correctly trained in overseeing HCG Dieters and that more research should be done in clinical settings as to the efficacy of the HCG Diet and long-term weight loss. In recent months, the HCG Diet has come under scrutiny by States’ Attorneys General, the FDA and the FTC based on false claims, off-label advertising and the use of homeopathic hCG. Through The Council’s HCG Diet Research Program and by submitting the petitions to the FDA, The Council seeks to offer empirical data to the FDA that the HCG Diet does produce better results on the loss of abnormal fat compared to diet and exercise alone, and that homeopathic hCG can be used as effectively as prescription hCG.
The HCG Diet Council’s FDA Petition is available for electronic signature online and The Council is also asking that people email the link to friends and contacts to increase the number of signatures and participation. Health Care Practitioners are encouraged to digitally sign the Petition, email the link to their data base, as well as request a hard copy to gather in-office signatures from their patients.
Source: HCG Diet Council