The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Consumer Alert: Human chorionic gonadotropin

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers to avoid taking “homeopathic” human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) weight-loss products.

    They’re sold in the form of oral drops, pellets, and sprays and can be found online and in some retail stores.

    Many HCG products are marketed to be taken in connection with a very low calorie diet. It’s a convenient ruse because it’s the decrease in calories (not the HCG product) that accounts for any weight loss.

    The bottom line?

    There are currently no FDA-approved HCG products designed to help lose weight.

    FDA and the Federal Trade Commission have jointly issued warning letters to companies illegally marketing over-the-counter HCG products labeled for weight loss.

    12/12/11 21:17 JR

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