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A Note from Dr. Hammes

I’m so glad you have begun your exploration of the HCG Diet. May this be the beginning of your amazing transformation! The following information will introduce you to the HCG weight loss protocol developed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons over 60 years ago and to our 11-week program here in Brecksville.

Three members of our Integrative Wellness healthcare team have experienced success on the program. I was happy to lose the baby weight after my third child and fit in size 4 pants again.

As I began to investigate the HCG Diet to consider adding it to my medical practice, the experience my physician friend Imber Coppinger, D.O. had using this program in Athens, Ohio convinced me to bring the HCG Diet Protocol to my clinic in Brecksville. Here is part of Dr. Coppinger’s personal story:

“Many of you have watched during these last 4 months as I have dropped over 10 sizes and lost over 20% body fat (from 44% grossly over fat, to 22% total body fat) all with a mere 38 pound weight loss! I was originally placed on this diet by my personal physician for the purpose of anxiety reduction. The HCG diet has worked fantastically for that! All the weight loss was a happy side effect!”

“I know that nothing is right for everyone, but I must say that for me it has truly turned my life around! In addition to losing weight and inches, my skin transformed from acne prone and congested to radiant. My experience helping my patients use HCG has been even more amazing. Within days, patient’s arthritis pain disappeared, irritable bowel syndrome symptoms were relieved and gastro esophageal reflux was resolving. People are often finding they need 1-2 hours less sleep nightly and that their energy and enthusiasm have become incredible. All while they were dropping inches weekly.”

So what is this amazing program?

“Part of it you won’t be the least surprised about. The focus is getting back to the basics of whole foods (fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats). We cut out sugars, unnatural sweeteners, grains, chemicals and drastically cut back on calories. The diet is a 500-calorie diet. This small number of calories initially scared me, because from everything I knew as a physician, that is not enough to be healthy. So when I did my first round of the diet, I used more like 800 calories of the same foods and lost 20 pounds in 6 weeks. I was thrilled to find how doable this diet is. The diet worked exactly as Dr. Simeons described. I then began to trust his understanding that the HCG mobilizes extra fat stores. So the body is NOT living off of 500 calories, but instead living off the fat stores that Dr. Simeons describes. In my next round of the HCG diet, I did the 500 calorie diet and felt even better, more satisfied, less hungry; all the while continuing to get the feedback from others about how healthy and radiant I looked. My experience is that the only reason we are able to eat such a small amount of calories is because of the HCG itself. Those of us participating in the program found that our cravings changed from milkshakes and pizza to oatmeal, beans and popcorn. All of a sudden, we found we were able to buy cakes & ice cream for the 4 year-old’s birthday party, without the faintest desire to partake in these sweets.”

Dr. Simeons was an amazing scientist and physician born in London in 1910 who pioneered the HCG protocol back in the 1940s. He became a physician, graduating summa cum laude with his medical degree from the University of Heidelberg. His early career was spent developing techniques to diagnose and treat malaria. In India, he developed the Simeon’s Stain, the protocol still used today to identify the parasite causing malaria.

HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is a substance created by the human body for use in pregnancy to allow the body to access abnormal fat stores in the likely case (in caveman days) of famine during pregnancy. This way a pregnant woman, eating a calorie deficit, could still have a fat healthy baby, even though she herself became gaunt due to depletion of extra fat stores. This is exactly what Dr.Simeons witnessed when he was studying in India in the 1930s.

This piece of information was tucked away, to come to mind again when he was working with Frohlische’s syndrome, an endocrine imbalance where young men, so called “fat boys” had genital underdevelopment, a ravenous appetite and impressive central fat stores (a huge gut). The treatment of Frohlische’s syndrome at that time was the use of HCG. With treatment, these young men lost their ravenous appetite and their central obesity.

Dr. Simeons started to put two and two together and for the last 30+ years of his life ran a thriving medical weight loss clinic in Rome, Italy treating thousands of people while refining the successful protocol still used today. Physicians from all over the world came to study with him, and luckily for us, he wrote down and published the protocol we use today.

HCG is a very safe, protein-based hormone, unlike the cholesterol-based somewhat scary hormones like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. One of its main purposes is to be the key to release the body’s fat stores in times of need, the most obvious need being to nourish the developing fetus. HCG is an FDA-approved medicine for the purpose of treating infertility. For infertility purposes a woman or man receives 10,000 international units in one shot once per week, or 4,000 international units 3 times per week for up to nine months. In comparison, for weight loss we use one fiftieth to one twentieth of this amount, 250 international units daily for up to 42 days.

Our weight loss protocol has been around for well over 60 years and has been found incredibly safe when used under a physician’s guidance. We will be starting 1 or 2 new groups each month, so as you explore this information, if you feel this program is right for you, please fill out the enclosed questionnaire and return it to our clinic in Brecksville as soon as possible. We will contact you within a few days of receipt to set up your free educational consult. We look forward to delighting in your physical and emotional transformation as you embark on this exciting program!

Integrative Wellness Comprehensive HCG Program Package

We offer the following comprehensive 11-week program to take you through all phases of the dieting process. One week of preparation; 6 weeks of weight loss; 4 weeks of weight maintenance.

Our HCG Diet Package Includes:

  • Intake history & physical exam
  • Food preparation counseling
  • HCG Troches
  • Initial education consultation
  • Online Facebook support group

Our Program Cost:

  • Our 11-week program costs a total of $ 850.00
  • No add-ons or up-charges! No hidden extras!
  • This program is NOT covered by insurance but is eligible for your HSA medical savings accounts
  • The entire cost may be tax deductible as an eligible medical expense

This is a 11-week program. Please fill out our 14-page Health Questionnaire and either mail it to: 6909 Royalton Road, #104 Brecksville, OH 44141 or fax it to: 1-866-517-8990. Once we have received the questionnaire, you are ready to schedule your Free Individual Consultation. If you need additional information, please call the office at 440-792-4096.


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