LOCAL KALISPELL MONTANA WOMAN REPORTS REMOVAL OF HER GALLBLADDER REQUIRED BECAUSE OF HCG DIET ACCORDING TO HER SURGEON.
A local Kalispell Montana, woman has reported that the HCG Diet resulted in her gallbladder having to be removed because of pain caused by the HCG diet. (HCG is the acronym for human chorionic gonadotropin) She reported that her procedure was performed at Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell Montana. Her surgeon indicated the gall bladder swelling requiring removal was likely the result of HCG and the HCG diet. She further reported knowledge of others in Montana have either swollen gallbladders or gall stones in Flathead County and surrounding Montana areas. There are many reports of problems with HCG and gall stones for men and swollen gallbladder attacks in women on the internet.
MedHelp is an example of web post lists that help others who have had experienced similar complaints about gallbladder problems connected with the HCG diet. http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Weight-Loss-Alternatives/Devoloped–Gall-Stones-because-to-HCG/show/1603458 www.livestrong.com further claims “the HCG diet can precipitate gallstones, according to the National institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases.
www.livestrong.com further claims “the HCG diet can precipitate gallstones, according to the National institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases. http://www.livestrong.com/article/216858-hcg-diet-risks/ Symptoms include pain in upper right side and in the right side of the shoulder and stomach pain.
The pictures posed above and below are scars remaining from the gallbladder surgery performed at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. There are many side affects from loss of your gallbladder, including scarring, very restrictive diet.
The function of the gallbladder is to store bile then release it into the small intestine, as and when required for digestion. Right after surgery nausea, vomiting and fatigue are side effects right after surgery. Additional include bloating, pain, diarrhea, constipation, and indigestions.
Long term side effects, include a very restrictive diet, diarrhea after eating a meal, irritable bowel syndrome and phantom pain.
The FDA AND FTC DEEMS HCG DIET FRAUDULENT AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS: Side effects reported by others in the Flathead County Montana greater area, are likely occurring in other areas of the state, Billings, Bozeman, Missoula, Helena, Great Falls all have these treatments available.
On December 6, 2011 the Food and Drug administration sent out warning letters to HCG companies that they are violating federal law by selling drugs that have not been approved, and by making unsupported claims for the substances.
“There are n0 FDA-approved HCG drug products for weight loss.”
Regardless of the FDA warning, the Montanan’s health care costs and losses for an ineffective product is a Statewide issue that should be addressed.
The first issue is under Montana Law is the deceptive advertising that claims HCG is an effective weight loss product. “Any advertiser who makes health claims about a product is required by federal law to back them up with competent and reliable scientific evidence.” according to David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. FDA press release 12/6/2011 www.fda.gov. Montana imposes stricter laws for false or misleading claims under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Montana has adopted the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act for false adversing. Sec. 30-14-101 to 224 MCA.
Misleading claims have been made through advertisements throughout the Flathead Valley that the HCG diet is an effective weight loss tool without the required Food and Drug Administration warning for prescription use. Throughout Montana many have been provided with pictures, brochures and other antidotal evidence that the diet actually works. There are clinics where the drug is administrated without show or advising clients what is being injected and without the proper warnings.
Failure to warn and properly inform Montanans’ about the HCG facts before they expend thousands of dollars on a risky diet plan is another form of violating Federal Law and the Montana Deceptive Practices Act. According to the FDA:
“Hcg has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.”
www.fda.gov Some medical providers may claim that they use a prescription form of the HCG drug “off label”. HCG is a hormone that is produced by the human placenta during pregnancy. HCG is approved by the FDA as a prescription drug for the treatment of female infertility.
The FDA is aware that sometimes the HCG hormone is prescribed for off label use. However, the required warning label must be provided. “The ‘off-label’ use of products usually presents greater uncertainty. FDA has received reports of serious adverse events associated with the use of HCG injections including cases of pulmonary embolism, depression, cerebrovascular issues, cardiac arrest and death.
Moreover, some many marketers on the internet including here in Montana have become sauvey to the fact that the product may cause harmful health effects by making even more medications or therapies to counter-act the side effects. The FDA has strait up stated “HCG DIET PRODUCTS ARE ILLEGAL”
As a result Montanan’s seeking a quick easy weight loss program beware. It it seems too good to be true it probably is. Before you shell out your hard earned money on Montana HCG retailers, clinic or any other weight loss product or program check out the FDA website for dangers and recalls. Not only does the U.S. Government warn Montanan’s that the HCG diet doesn’t work, it also warns that any use for weight loss is potentially dangerous. The result could be no weight lost and an expensive hospital bill. You may also have a Montana legal claim for damages from resulting adverse health effects suffered by those in widespread areas of Montana.
If you live in Montana and feel you have been mislead or injured by an HGC product or diet program and are stuck with medical bills as a result, call Anderson, Bliven and Evans, Trial Lawyers PC. Toll free 888-757-6828
Authored by Scott L. Anderson Attorney at Law serving all of Montana.