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HCG Diet History

During clinical work in the early 1950s, Dr. ATW Simeons, a British endocrinologist, pioneered the theory of using hCG to help people lose weight and abnormal belly fat.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, or hCG, is comprised of 237 amino acids.  It is produced in large amounts in a pregnant woman's placenta, extracted from her urine, and historically used, in part, for the treatment of infertility in females to help induce ovulation.  When males are given much lower doses than would be given to a female for infertility,  hCG acts as a precursor to increase low testosterone levels.

While treating adolescent boys' low testosterone levels with hCG,  Dr. Simeons observed they began to slim down and began losing abnormal belly fat.  Knowing that hCG positively affects the hypothalamus gland, he hypothesized this gland was responsible, in part, for the regulation of normal and abnormal fat.

Over the next 10 years, he experimented with specific amounts of hCG and specific foods.  He discovered when both were administered as he had determined were correct, both males and females had the ability to lose extraordinary amounts of abnormal fat in relatively short periods of time.

As word spread about Dr. Simeons work with hCG and dieting, doctors and health practitioners from around the world traveled to Rome to learn more about his work.  Due to this extraordinary interest, in 1967 he published Pounds and Inches, a New Approach to Obesity to help professionals and lay people better understand his findings.  Following the publication, so-called "Fat Clinics" mushroomed all over Europe and the US.

Over the years, the HCG Diet popularity declined, mostly due to the attrition of practitioners who believed in and understood Dr. Simeons' work.  Even though there were several HCG Diet studies conducted in the mid 70s, they didn't follow Simeons' protocol exactly and Simeons' HCG Diet never received FDA approval for better weight loss results than common dieting.

In 2007, Kevin Trudeau released a book called "The Weight Loss Cure, What THEY Don't Want You To Know", which included enough information about the hCG Simeons diet to create yet another interest in Dr. ATW Simeons original work.  Shortly thereafter, a few 'pioneer' Professional Clinics began offering hCG for weight loss.  As more people started reading "The Weight Loss Cure" and interest stirred again, the general public became eager to find a 'cure' to weight loss and began doctoring themselves.  Many began ordering hCG from outside the US in an attempt to save clinic fees. An internet HCG Diet Q & A Yahoo! Group was formed, comprised mostly of people wanting to try to do the HCG Diet without professional supervision. Most were purchasing hCG from outside the US and needed information as to how to mix hCG; administer injections; and somewhere to get competent answers.  Due to HCG Diet-related product merchandisers joining, the group eventually became fairly commercialized with many trying to sell their hCG related products.  Homeopathic hCG remedies were formulated as an alternative to hCG prescription injections for Professional practitioners to offer to their Clients. Shortly thereafter though, a large  manufacturer of homeopathic hCG allowed lay people to purchase the product wholesale and that was the start of just selling product on websites and eBay without the necessary professional knowledge and experience. Even though internet sites mostly began from lay people wanting to help others successfully complete the HCG Diet, it is becoming extremely commercialized with websites that only sell bottles of homeopathic hCG; no professional health care professional experience, nor web ownership identify revealed.

The HCG Diet Council is getting reports of a resurgence of people across the US seeking out trained and experienced health care Practitioners to help oversee their HCG Diet successfully because the failure rate is too high when attempting to complete the diet without the proper guidance and internet sites. To date, even though the HCG Diet is gaining popularity, there still is only a relatively small number of adequately trained and experienced health care Professionals for people to work with.

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