Many people are surprised to learn that the HCG history and the Dr. Simeons HCG Protocol goes back over sixty years. Although Dr. Simeons’ HCG Diet Protocol has gained widespread attention only in recent years, the basic research behind these programs dates back to the 1950s, and it originated in India.
Dr. A.T.W. Simeons was born in London, U.K. early in the 20th Century. After the First World War, he attended medical school at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, where he graduated with honors. Following this, he went on to additional training in endocrinology at Swiss and German facilities, eventually taking up a post at a hospital near Dresden. Eventually, Dr. Simeons developed an interest in tropical diseases. Over the next few years, this interest led him to Africa and eventually to Bombay (Mumbai), India in 1931. Here he would remain until 1949.
During his years in India, Dr. Simeons studied the effects of malnutrition in expectant mothers as well as the causes and effects of obesity in patients with disorders of the pituitary gland. It was during the course of this research that he came to a startling conclusion about the nature of obesity. In his seminal paper Pounds & Inches: A New Approach to Obesity, Simeons wrote: "...obesity in all its many forms is due to an abnormal functioning of some part of the body and that every ounce of abnormally accumulated fat is always the result of the same disorder of certain regulatory mechanisms. Persons suffering from this particular disorder will get fat regardless of whether they eat excessively, normally or less than normal. A person who is free of the disorder will never get fat, even if he frequently overeats." (1954)
HCG Medical Weight Loss
Treating obese patients, Dr. Simeons discovered that by administering low doses of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), a water-soluble hormone produced by the fetus during gestation and present in the urine of pregnant women, patients actually began utilizing fat instead of lean muscle tissue when fed a calorie-restricted diet.
What has been discovered since that time is that HCG is responsible in part for the regulation of the hypothalamus gland, which controls metabolism and the use of bodily resources such as fat. While all persons are born with an abundant supply of HCG, this is depleted by adulthood. Replacement of HCG corrects the imbalance and reprograms the hypothalamus to use fat stores when caloric intake is reduced.
HOW HCG WORKS
In layman's terms, hCG is said "to perform a metabolic recovery, where the hypothyroid is said to be reset, boosting the metabolism and increasing the person's ability to burn fat at a much higher rate. hCG is also said to break down body fat, causing rapid weight loss by mass even before registering on a scale. Simultaneously, it is said to protect the endogenous fat and muscle which the body needs to stay healthy, but also avoiding sagging and loose skin known of excessive of weight loss." Source: C. Jones, hCG and The Weight Loss Cure, 2007.
FDA, HCG AND WEIGHT LOSS
The FDA states that, "hCG is a hormone extracted from the urine of pregnant women. It is approved by the FDA for the treatment of certain problems of the male reproductive system and in stimulating ovulation in women who have had difficulty becoming pregnant. No evidence has been presented, however, to substantiate claims for hCG as a weight-loss aid." (Source: U. S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA Consumer, November 1982, updated May 1996.)
In 1974, the Food and Drug Administration required producers of hCG to label the drug with a warning against using it for weight loss or fat redistribution. Nevertheless, a few diet doctors continued with the treatment.
"It is legal for physicians to prescribe medications for purposes that are not approved by the FDA -- often handing the patients the drugs and injection equipment so they could administer it themselves." (Source: Laura Fraser. Ten Pounds in Ten Days: A sampler of diet fads and abuse. Health resources special report. Caremark, L.L.C. 2009.)
Since these concerns have prevailed, the FDA now requires all labeling and advertising of hCG used in a weight management program, to include the following notice:
“These weight reduction treatments include the use of hCG, a drug which has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration 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 is causes a more attractive or ”normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restrictive diets.”
However, Dr. Fred Bloem refutes the many studies that have indicated that hCG is not an effective tool in weight management (including the study the FDA used to base their above statement), on the grounds that:
- The dietary protocol that the researchers recommended was not consistent with the one that Dr. Simeons prescribed for his patients.
- The daily caloric intake that the research recommended exceeded 500 calories.
- The research subjects deviated from the dietary protocol that the researchers and/or Dr. Simeons recommended.
- The amount of hCG used for the research subjects was not consistent with Dr. Simeons’ recommendations.
- The hCG was not prepared, administered, or stored properly.
- The study was performed by researchers who had no prior experience or skill in treating patients with the Dr. Simeons hCG Protocol and who were not expert in recognizing and addressing the patients' individual needs and concerns.
- The researcher experienced bias or pressure from industry or political circles.
Glendale Whole Health does agree that hCG on its own, without the entire protocol, will not result in long-term weight loss. The 6-week maintenance program that follows the 500 cal/day diet is critical for weight loss success. Other negative stories often involve patients using homeopathic hCG, rather than prescription strength hCG only available by prescription.
HCG Diet FAQ
If this protocol is so safe and effective why hasn’t my doctor told me about it?
Medical schools and postgraduate medical education programs do not teach this protocol. Part of the reason are the numerous poorly conducted research studies mentioned above that sought to mislead the medical community.
If this protocol were to become well known and recommended on a large scale one may expect the following:
- A drastic reduction in the demand for pharmaceutical and surgical management of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other diseases that are linked to obesity.
- In general, a sharp reduction in demand for a medical industry that uses drugs and surgery to mask symptoms instead of treating the underlying causes.
Wouldn’t you think that everyone would enthusiastically welcome this? It would change the lives of millions! However, there are industries and organizations that are now capitalizing on sickness that would see a decrease in influence and profitability if this were to happen.
How is it possible to be on a 500 Calorie* per day diet while on this protocol?
Some people have a hard time understanding the rationale behind the 500 Calorie per day diet. They may say that anyone would lose weight on a 500 Calorie per day diet or that it would be impossible to follow.
If somebody were to start a 500 Calorie per day diet without HCG, he or she would experience the following: hunger, cravings, feelings of misery, loss of structural fat and muscle mass, and a lack of loss of abnormal fat deposits.
When patients start on the HCG protocol they generally lose up to one pound of abnormal fat per day. Each pound of fat contains approximately 3500 Calories. If people lose one pound of abnormal fat in one day that makes 3500 Calories available to them. This is in addition to the 500 Calories that they consume through their diet, making the total 4000 Calories. If people lose one half pound of abnormal fat, that makes 1750 Calories available to them, making the total 2250 Calories. So although the oral consumption is limited to 500 Calories per day, patients have access to adequate amounts of energy because the rest of the calories is generated internally through the breakdown of fat deposits (lipolysis).
*One food Calorie (1 kcal or 1,000 calories) is the amount of digestively available food energy (heat) that will raise the temperature of one kilogram of water one degree Celsius.
Can I use an IUD or oral contraceptives while on the HCG Diet Protocol?
Dr. Simeons did not object to his patients using oral contraceptives while on the HCG Diet Protocol. However, it is important to understand that oral contraceptives and some IUDs release chemicals that are very toxic to the human body. Side effects include weight gain, mood disorders, altered menstrual flow, and many more. For these reasons I recommend that my patients use natural family planning or barrier contraceptive methods instead of chemical contraceptive methods. In some patients the use of oral contraceptives may cause weight gain, whereas in others there may be satisfactory weight loss while on the HCG Diet Protocol.
What is the long-term success rate?
Dr. Simeons found that the long-term success rate among the patients that he treated and followed in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s was very high. I have found that many patients who start the HCG Protocol lose their desires and cravings for junk food, and that they tend to make permanent changes in their eating habits. To ensure long-term success it is important to stay away from or minimize the consumption of any foods and food ingredients which may adversely impact the hypothalamus. As much as possible, I recommend that patients choose organic, whole foods that are not processed or adulterated in any way.
DO I QUALIFY TO DO THE HCG DIET?
This is NOT a catch-all diet. It is not a diet at all. Not everyone may be ready for this. It is for people who:
- Want to lose weight quickly and safely under a medically supervised program]
- Have no immediate or sub-acute medical issues that need to be addressed first, and
- Are mentally ready to follow a very strict protocol for the duration without deviation.
We invite you to learn more about the origins of the HCG Protocol by reading Pounds and Inches first. You can download it by clicking here. After reading this book you will be able to appreciate and understand the significance and importance of Dr. Simeons’s groundbreaking research that went into developing this highly effective protocol.
The Clean Start HCG Diet under the guidance of Glendale Whole Health will get you the results you want if you follow the guidelines exactly! Please contact our office for more information and to get started!
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