So my parents own one of those "anti-aging" clinics and just got back from a Regenerative Medicine conference in Orlando, FL. My parents are looking to start adding in some new procedures that other businesses aren't so they can hopefully draw some new revenue. I talked to my dad about the conference yesterday and he said one of the main selling points of the conference concerning diet was the use of HCG to suppress appetite.
I mentioned to my dad that I thought HCG was just used to prime the testes to produce their own testosterone but he said the doctors there were saying it is an effective appetite suppressant.
He didn't give me the exact doses for what they plan on using since he still needed to research the protocol and see what needs to be done. But the gist of it was this: a subcutaneous HCG injection everyday for 6 weeks. During this time calories are kept at 500. Supposedly the HCG is to keep you from getting hungry and obviously only 500 calories will make you lose weight.
Have any of you vets ever heard of anything like this? I have never heard it mentioned that HCG suppresses appetite either.
edit: just talked to him, he said there are supplements run as well. Multi-vitamins, "probiotics" which is apparently something new that isn't an antibiotic but provides the same benefits, and other immune system boosters and what not