Wikipedia – HCG – Human chorionic gonadotropin or human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) is a glycoprotein hormone produced in pregnancy that is made by the developing embryo after conception and later by the syncytiotrophoblast (part of the placenta). Its role is to prevent the disintegration of the corpus luteum of the ovary and thereby maintain progesterone production that is critical for a pregnancy in humans. hCG may have additional functions; for instance, it is thought that hCG affects the immune tolerance of the pregnancy.
Medline Plus – HCG blood test – How the Test is Performed – Blood is typically drawn from a vein, usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (antiseptic). The health care provider wraps an elastic band around the upper arm to apply pressure to the area and make the vein swell with blood.
WebMD – HCG Diet – What is the weight loss “cure” that “they” don’t want you to know about? According to Kevin Trudeau, author of The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About and late-night infomercial star, it’s a concoction of injections, cleanses, pills, and a slim list of organic foods that will turn your body into a “fat burning machine.”
How Stuff Works – HCG Diet – Another diet trend has caught traction in the American imagination, and it promises to help the dieter lose a pound a day, or even more. It’s the hCG diet, and it was developed by a doctor who believed that a hormone found in a pregnant woman’s body could help overweight men and women lose weight — and keep that weight off after returning to a normal routine.
HCG Weight Loss – HCG injections were first used as a treatment for obesity by a British physician named Dr. A. T. W. Simeons. Simeons spent years studying obesity and weight loss. He noticed that after giving his patients HCG injections, they lacked the “symptoms one would expect from a patient on a very low-calorie diet. For example, his patients had “no headaches, hunger pains, weakness or irritability.” Simeons published a report detailing these findings in 1954.
BYU on HCG Diet – Sometimes the solutions to weight loss are found in the unlikeliest places — in this case, pregnant women’s urine.
The latest diet trend has men and women from Utah interested in what they say is significant weight loss success.
Columbia News Service – HCG – Almost every morning last month, Leigh Cordiner, a Floridian living in the U.S. Virgin Islands, stuck a syringe into her thigh muscle and injected herself with a hormone extracted from a pregnant woman’s urine.
And so far, she said, it’s helped her lose 15 of the 25 pounds she’s hoping to shed.
She’s using a small dose of human Chorionic Gonadotropin, hCG, which pregnant women’s placentas produce to stimulate progesterone production. It’s the hormone detected in a pregnancy test, and its medicinal uses, as far as the Food and Drug Administration is concerned, are infertility treatments and testosterone stimulation in men.
Wikipedia – The Weight-Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About – The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About is a weight loss book written by controversial author Kevin Trudeau. It was released in April 2007 by Alliance Publishing. Trudeau is a convicted felon with no certified medical training and he has been fined by the FTC for making fraudulent claims pertaining to the book. The controversial book describes a plan to change activity in the hypothalamus gland, linked to the pituitary gland, with the intention to control hunger and regulation of fat cells, by using herbal supplements and repeated use of the hCG hormone.
Wikipedia – Who is Kevin Trudeau? – Kevin Mark Trudeau (born February 6, 1963) is an American author, infomercial salesman, radio personality and a self-proclaimed advocate of alternative medicine. He is best known for a number of controversial television infomercials promoting his products, and for several books including Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About; according to Trudeau, the US Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical companies are more interested in profits than cures. In 2005, he founded the International Pool Tour.
University of Michigan Health System – HCG – The human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) test is done to check for the hormone hCG in blood or urine. Some hCG tests measure the exact amount and some just check to see if the hormone is present. HCG is made by the placenta during pregnancy. The hCG test can be used to see if a woman is pregnant or as part of a screening test for birth defects.