[Nanci Hellmich: "HCG weight-loss products are fraudulent, FDA says" (2011/01/24) on USA TODAY]

A popular type of weight-loss products, heavily promoted on the Internet, is fraudulent and illegal, Food and Drug Administration officials say.


HCG weight-loss products that promise dramatic results and claim to be homeopathic are sold as drops, pellets and sprays on the Web, in drugstores and at General Nutrition Centers. They are supposed to be used in combination with a very low-calorie diet of 500 calories a day.

Many of the labels indicate the products contain HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone made by the placenta during pregnancy. The hormone itself is approved as a prescription treatment for infertility and other conditions.

劇的な減量効果を約束し、ホメオパシーな製品だと主張されるHCG減量製品が、液体や錠剤やスプレーとしてネット上や薬局や"General Nutirtion Centers"で売られている。これらは、1日500キロカロリーという超低カロリーダイエットと組み合わせて使うことになっている。


There is no evidence the oral over-the-counter products are effective for weight loss, says Elizabeth Miller, FDA's leader for the Internet and health fraud team. While they may not be dangerous, they're at least "economic fraud," she says.

Because the products do not seem to be "a serious direct health hazard or a serious indirect health hazard," they have been a lower priority for FDA action than other products. Still, Miller says, "they could be subject to enforcement at any time.

「経口店頭商品が減量に効果があるという証拠はない。これらは危険ではないかもしれないが、少なくとも経済詐欺である。これらの製品は健康について直接あるいは間接的に重大な被害を与えるものではないので、FDAの対策の優先順位は低い。しかし、いつでも規制措置を行うtことができる」と、FDAのネットおよび健康詐欺担当チームのリーダーであるElizabeth Millerは言う。


Miller says HCG began being used for weight loss in the 1950s when a British physician had a theory that it could help people on a near-starvation diet not feel hungry. "Since then, a lot of research and clinical trials debunked that theory."

Samuel Klein of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis agrees: "Data from most randomized controlled trials show that HCG is no better than placebo in achieving weight loss or reducing hunger."


セントルイスのWashington Universitu医学部のSamuel Kleinは「大半のランダム化比較試験のデータは、HCGがプラセボ以上に減量や空腹感の緩和に効かないことを示している」という。
One of the issues is the homeopathic label. Homeopathy is an alternative medicine practice of using very small or diluted preparations of medicines or remedies to treat a condition. Miller says, "We are aware of HCG products that claim to be homeopathic, but it is not recognized in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia." Therefore, these products "are not recognized by the FDA as homeopathic drugs, so they are unapproved drugs and are illegal," she says.

問題の一つは、ホメオパシーのラベルである。ホメオパシーは非常に希釈された薬品あるいはレメディによって症状を治療するという代替医療である。Millerは「我々は、ホメオパシーな製品だと主張されるHCG製品を知っているが、それは"Homeopathic Pharmacopeia"(ホメオパシー薬局方)にはないものである。したがって、これらの製品をFDAをホメオパシー薬品とは見なさない。すなわち、未承認で違法である」と言う。

[Nanci Hellmich: "HCG weight-loss products are fraudulent, FDA says" (2011/01/24) on USA TODAY]

[Kendra Pearsall: "Does Homeopathic HCG Work?]

Some physicians like myself, have discovered that people are getting comparable results using the HCG hormone injections. and the Homeopathic version of HCG. The difference between the two treatments is that the HCG hormone is made into a homeopathic remedy (diluted hundreds of times and potentized) so that it is an energetic imprint of the original substance that works in the body on an energetic level.


So how would homeopathic HCG fit into this method? It doesn't. However, Homeopathy works in many ways besides reversing symptoms. For example, there is a type of homeopathy called Oligotherapy which provides very small doses of vitamins, minerals, supplements and hormones that can be very powerful in nudging the body in the direction of health.

では、ホメオパシーHCGがこの方法[希釈の法則]にフィットするのか? フィットしない。しかし、ホメオパシーは症状を逆転させるもの以外に、多くの方法で働く。たとえば、Oligotherapyと呼ばれるホメオパシーがある。これは身体を健康な方向に押す効果のあるビタミンやミネラルやサプリやホルモンを極微量摂取するものである。

[Kendra Pearsall: "Does Homeopathic HCG Work?]

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