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In the words
of our patients

"I healed more in three months than in the past ten years."

"The right tests showed the problem wasn't in my head."


What is hCG?
hCG is human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a naturally occurring hormone found in the body. It is produced by a developing baby when a woman is pregnant. It is also a regulated prescription drug that is FDA-approved to treat infertility, ovarian dysfunction, and testicular dysfunction.

What is your hCG weight loss program?
Our hCG weight loss program involves the medically supervised use of a very low calorie diet, prescription hCG, and various nutritional supplements or herbal medicines to produce weight loss.

How much weight can I lose on the plan?
On average, our program participants lose four pounds a week. Many lose more, but results can vary depending on compliance with the diet plan; eating adequate vegetables & fiber while maintaining restricted calories. Stress, sleep patterns & menstrual cycles can also affect hormones & weight loss. Results vary with any plan, but our average has been four pounds weekly.

Can I expect other improvements?
A variety of benefits are known to be linked with weight loss: improved blood sugars, blood pressure, and reduced risk of diseases like cancer and heart disease. Weíve observed participants in our plan to have more energy and an overall better sense of well-being.

What is the history behind hCG and weight loss?
Dr. A.T. Simeons introduced using hCG and a very low calorie diet in his book ďPounds and InchesĒ published in the 1960s. Since then, many doctors have used hCG as part of a medically-supervised weight loss programs.

How might hCG help with weight loss?
Dr. Simeonís believed hCG improved body tone, mobilized fat stores, and/or reduced cravings or hunger. hCG does influence hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. We know that testosterone can improve lean body mass, progesterone can reduce fluid retention, and estrogen is stored in fat. With that in mind, it makes sense that a hormone like hCG, that can influence these hormones, may impact lean body mass or fat. Like with other hormones, all actions of hCG are not yet discovered.

Iíve seen hCG diets and hCG itself for sale on the internet. What makes your weight loss plan different?
Simple. We are committed to seeing you get great results safely. Although use of any drug and aggressive weight loss carries risk, we take safety steps others donít. For example, unlike other clinics that buy their hCG off the internet or outside the country, we use hCG from reputable pharmacies.

Unlike other clinics that use Dr. Simeonís original diet, we use a healthier diet adding plant medicines and vitamins (when needed) to promote health for you. Unlike other clinics who simply have people sign a waiver, we only enroll participants who have had recent labs and an interview with a doctor enter the programó to make sure no one with known contraindications is inappropriately enrolled.

Unlike other clinics that have you keep coming back week after week, we recognize that the long term use of hCG may have (unknown) risks so we restrict duration of our programs to 3 or 6 weeks at a time. In our weight loss plan, your progress is monitored by a doctor. A doctor instructs you on the initial plan, how to administer and use hCG, and what to do long term to help you keep the weight off.

Am I a candidate for your plan?
Most men & women who have elevated body fat levels can participate in our hCG Weight Management Plan. Women who are pregnant / nursing, or anyone who has had a hormone-related cancer should not participate. There may be others who should not participate in our weight mgmt plan. If you are not a candidate for hCG, we have other plans that although achieve slower results, would be better for you.

Is such a low calorie diet healthy?
Following a restricted calorie diet combined with hCG is safe when under a doctorís supervision. Doing it on your own can lead to nutritional deficiencies, fatigue & the potential loss of lean muscle.

Will I gain the weight back after the hCG Weight Management Plan?
Most of our participants have kept the weight off. After our program, participants report that their appetite & eating patterns have changed for the better. To help you get lasting results, one of our doctors will educate you on a long term healthy eating plan. Healthy weight is a lifelong process. It is important to keep on a long term plan to maintain your good results.

If I want to try your hCG weight loss program, what do I need to do first?
You must be healthy enough to participate in a weight loss program, and you must have a regular doctor or nurse practitioner who oversees your medical care. Recent blood & urine testing (within the past 6 months) are required. Lab tests can always be performed in our office on the date you start. And, if you donít have a doctor, you can establish care with one of our doctors for medical care as a separate service.

What do I do to get started?
Give us a call at (360) 651-WELL and reserve a time to consult with one of our doctors. If our weight loss program is right for you, you can begin that day.

FDA disclaimer: hCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or "normal" distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie- restricted diets. The FDA has not approved hCG for weight loss.

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