Lately, they’ve been showing early-morning infomercials selling Trudeau’s book. He makes a very passionate case trying to sell it, talking about governmental oppression, etc. etc…
I am dubious of wild claims and impassioned oratory, especially when such is made in the pursuit of money. So I went online and did some research.
First, I went to amazon.com to read reader reviews. Found out the miracle cure has something to do with “hCG”. I googled “hgc weight loss” and that led me to this website:
I read their articles, and here is the gist of it all:
Seems that Trudeau is hyping a treatment “discovered” by a Dr. ATW Simeons in 1954, consisting of daily injections of the hormone human choriogonadotropin (HCG, brand name Novarel), which is normally used to treat female infertility and undescended testes in males.
Apparently, the weight loss protocol described by Trudeau consists of a daily dose of diluted HCG (oral or injected) AND a 500 calorie diet, and requires daily monitoring by a trained physician. Further, it seems that HCG does not affect adipose subcutaneous fat directly (both camps agree on this point)–the weight loss is a result of the restricted caloric intake. Hypothetically, HGC’s role in the diet is to regulate mood and appetite, and increases fat mobilization (I take that to mean it encourages fat burn). The research on those claims regarding HCG’s role is controversial and incomplete. The FDA says that the available research shows no significant impact upon weight loss. Proponents say the FDA’s conclusion is based on flawed research that relied on measures of total weight loss rather than actual fat loss. They present research that claims an actual statistical diffrence in total fat loss, measuring actual levels of subcutaneous fat rather than a person’s total mass. In rebuttal, impartial researchers claim that an analysis of all the research shows no evidence of “fat distribution” “caloric mobilization”, or “appeitite suppressing effects” of any statistical significance. I also noticed that the research used to support their claims has a sample size that’s quite small: at the end of the study, only 5 subjects received the placebo, and only 8 received oral hCG. That makes me doubt the statistical validity of the results.
Here are some sources (all links full of pharmacological technobabble):
For the pro-hcg side:
Here’s the offical website:
Here’s the study mentioned above:
And for the anti-hcg side:
Here’s a critical overview of all the claims:
And this is the impartial review of available research on the topic:
There ya go: the “weight loss cure” is an overhyped starvation diet of dubious, unsubstantiated worth.
Don’t buy the book.