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Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Diet Assignment

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is currently being used as an aid to weight loss in conjunction with an extremely restricted caloric intake of 500 calories per day. Many people are buying the HCG through the Internet with no medical surveillance. Research the HCG diet and share your thoughts on the efficacy, safety, and validity of the diet. What strategies would you use to educate patients on the diet?

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Diet Assignment Week 2:

 You will receive an example Briefing Book Section 1: Sugar sweetened beverage tax as a model.

 You will be assigned one of four categories of other policy options. This will be your topic for Briefing Book Section 2.

 In studio, you will learn to do a targeted literature search and produce a search strategy for your Section 2 topic. Your search strategy must be turned in no later than 11:59 pm that day.

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Week 3:

 Remember Briefing Book Section 1: Sugar sweetened beverage tax? That was produced from a larger set of articles gleaned from a targeted literature

search.

 Be ready to talk – from an informed perspective– about the evidence and perceptions on SSB tax in studio on Friday.

 You will get feedback on your Section 2 topic search strategy no later than noon on Tuesday. Use that feedback to run your own good literature search

for your Briefing Book Section 2.

 Bring your early findings from your Section 2 search and be ready to discuss during studio on Friday.

 Using the Section 1 example as your model, you will complete your draft of your Briefing Book Section 2 and turn it in on Sunday.

 You learned how to do peer review in 602. We advise you to ask a fellow student whose opinion you value to go through your Section 2 with the

rubric and give you constructive critique for your next draft. This type of

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peer consultation is valuable, and it’s not cheating unless they take over and

do the thinking or writing for you!

Week 4:

 This week you will choose your “wild card” option for your Section 3.

 Since you already know how to do a targeted literature search, you will set up your search strategy and run your search.

 Again, you’ll need to come to the studio on Friday ready to talk intelligently about your early findings from your Section 3 search.

 Draft Section 3, and get a peer to review it with you.

Week 5:

 Are you satisfied with your work on Sections 2 and 3? Now you’ll complete the whole Briefing Book (Executive Summary, Sections 1-3, and the

compendium of your chosen articles).

 Your whole final Briefing Book will be submitted on Thursday.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Diet Assignment

Has the HCG diet been shown to be safe and effective?

Answer From Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.

No on both counts. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised consumers to steer clear of over-the-counter weight-loss products that contain HCG. HCG is human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced during pregnancy.

As a prescription medication, HCG is used mainly to treat fertility issues. HCG is not approved for over-the-counter use, nor has it been proved to work for weight loss. HCG medications are required to carry a label from the FDA noting that the medication is not effective for weight loss. Some over-the-counter HCG weight-loss products are labeled “homeopathic” — but the FDA says they’re still not safe. Companies that sell over-the-counter HCG weight-loss products are breaking the law.

So why has there been so much talk about the HCG diet? Perhaps it’s because the diet recommends severe calorie restriction — typically just 500 to 800 calories a day. People who follow such a very low-calorie diet are likely to lose weight, at least in the short term. Some research has linked HCG weight-loss products to a possible increase in cancer risk. HCG might encourage the production of androgen cells, which could result in the growth of certain types of cancers.

However, diets that so severely limit calories have risks, such as gallstone formation, irregular heartbeat, limited intake of vitamins and minerals, and an imbalance of electrolytes.

Side effects have also been reported with the HCG diet and include fatigue, irritability, restlessness, depression, fluid buildup (edema), and swelling of the breasts in boys and men (gynecomastia). Another serious concern is the risk of blood clots forming and blocking blood vessels (thromboembolism).

If weight loss is your goal, there are safer ways to lose weight. Talk with your doctor or other health care provider about how to make healthy changes that lead to permanent weight loss, such as eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise.

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