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Can we do HCG diet program ?

Hi I have been diagnostic with Hepatitis, and I would like to know if I can do HCG diet program?
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Thank you so much for your detailed answer!
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It seams like every day there is a new fad or a repeat of a fad diet that could have dangerous effects   Juicing in moderation Ok  but to detox or for most of your dietary intake NO

Juicing: Healthy detox or diet trap?
By Jacque Wilson, CNN
updated 1:54 PM EDT, Fri April 11, 2014
Juicing is low-calorie, right?
Not exactly. While juicing is probably low-calorie compared to a cheeseburger and fries, it's a very concentrated source of calories.

Consuming your food in liquid form may also leave you feeling less fulfilled, meaning you'll eat more calories than you would if you simply chewed the food, says Jennifer Nelson, director of clinical dietetics and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic.

Will it help me detox?
First, let's start with why you think your body needs to detox. Your organs -- particularly the liver and kidneys -- and your immune system already work hard to rid your body of toxins.
"There is nothing in the medical literature to affirm that the body needs an outside source to cleanse itself," says registered dietician Deborah Levy.

Although going on a liquid diet might help you lose weight in the short term, it can seriously mess with your metabolism. And lean muscle mass starts to break down after just a few days -- meaning your body will burn fewer
calories overall.

"Very few people will ever voluntarily consume a liquid diet for life," Nelson says, and the pounds will quickly pile back on once you re-introduce solid foods.

So what's the bottom line?
Juicing in moderation can help you consume essentials nutrients, but it's not a good way to detox or diet

Some juicing is ok but there are other suggestions for those older and/or with dental pain, an upset stomach, or a dry mouth makes eating difficult, mealtime can feel more like a chore than a joy. It can be frustrating if you’re no longer able to enjoy some of the foods you’re used to eating. And you may worry about how to get all the nutrition you need. But, with a few small changes to your diet or the way you prepare food, you can continue to enjoy meals that are healthy and taste good.


Always talk to your liver specialist before starting any different diet than what the provider has already suggested.

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I don't think that it would increase the progression of HCV.  However, it is essentially a starvation diet and doctors advise against anybody doing it.

I would also like to inform you that HCG hormone has been pulled from the market in the USA.  It was banned by the FDA.  

Many unscrupulous companies CLAIM to sell HCG.  Some call it "homeopathic HCG" or "natural HCG."  This is also illegal under US law (although the government has been slow to shut these companies down).  These products are all fraudulent.  There is no such thing as "natural HCG" because HCG is a hormone that can not be synthesized in a lab.  It must be extracted from human cells (usually a pregnant woman's urine).  And calling a product "homeopathic HCG" is fraud because HCG is not listed in the homeopathic pharmacopoeia.  
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The FDA has probably banned it because they can't make any money off of it.  Let's be real here...It's all about the money.  I doubt that the FDA gives a hoot about us...
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My non professional opinion HCG diet probably not a good idea and could be dangerous..

With hepatitis C you need to be under the care of a hepatoligist or an gastroenterologist experienced in HCV, hepatology and Cirrhosis. Patients with decompensated cirrhosis (moderate or severe hepatic impairment; CTP class B or C) should be referred to a medical practitioner with expertise in that condition (ideally in a liver transplant center). Only they can evaluate any diet programs or herbs other then the recommendation they provide you with when managing your HCV.

Is it safe to go on the HCG diet/shots during hepatitis C?
Dr. Tulasi Raman
Liver condition (which includes Hepatitis C) is a contra-indication for HCG
shots/diet. So to say it is definitely better for you to avoid HCG shots/diet.

None of this is approved by the FDA for weight loss. The shots themselves are legal, as long as a health care provider gives them to you. (They're approved to treat fertility issues.) But over-the-counter hCG products are not. The FDA has sent warning letters to several companies that market homeopathic hCG products

What does a healthy diet include?
• Eating foods from all the food groups: grains,
proteins, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and fats
• Eating foods that have a lot of fiber such as
fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain
breads, rice and cereals
Are there diet changes for those with liver disease?
It is important for people with liver disease to
maintain a healthy weight by eating a balanced
diet with foods from all food groups. Also,
• Do not eat uncooked shellfish such as oysters
and clams
• Limit eating foods that have a lot of sugar or salt
• Limit eating fatty foods

As a non professional my guess is, but with your doctors approval.  Generally those who need to lose weight should:follow similar to the above diet reducing portions and total calorie amount for gradual weight loss. Combined with exercise approved by your doctor.  Specific other medical condition and/or advanced liver disease probably will change your diet ands recommend by your HCV medical provider.  

Attempts at severe calorie reductions with/or without specific food groups can be dangerous. Most people who are successful at rapid weight loss who don't suffer serious side effects are at a higher risk of regaining that weight and even more.

I wish you the best with your safe weight loss goals and getting the new meds to get rid of this HCV varmin.
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