Lowcarbfriends sells hhCG despite declared illegal by the FDA

FDA, FTC act to remove “homeopathic” HCG weight loss products from the market

Joint action is first step in halting sale of the products

Lowcarbfriends, a popular lowcarb bulletin board, established a support forum for the HCG diet about a year ago. This coincided with Netrition, the company that owns Lowcarbfriends, starting to sell the homeopathic hhCG drops and pellets.

Netrition’s response to the FDA/FTC action was to declare:

Netrition has not been contacted by the FDA but will comply with all FDA rules and regulations. Therefore, we are removing all marketing text from all of the HCG products that we sell.
As of this moment, we will continue to sell HCG products but be advised that HCG products could be taken off the market at any time. If this is a concern to you, you may want to stock up as soon as possible.

Now, I’m sure that FDA and FTC know that the actual drops and pellets are harmless as they don’t actually contain any HCG. However,

The labeling for the “homeopathic” HCG products states that each product should be taken in conjunction with a very low calorie diet. There is no substantial evidence HCG increases weight loss beyond that resulting from the recommended caloric restriction. Consumers on a very low calorie diet are at increased risk for side effects including gallstone formation, electrolyte imbalance, and heart arrhythmias.

The prescribed “very low calorie diet” for hhCG consists of 500 calories of low fat and relatively low carb foods. Considering the controversy that surrounded the Kimkins diet, another starvation diet that was initially also sponsored by Lowcarbfriends, you would think that they would know that such a diet is not healthy. In case you don’t recall, you can read about it on Kimkins Survivors.

Following the HCG forum on Lowcarbfriends over some time, there has been many reports of similar adverse effects as previously reported for Kimkins. The non-existent HCG in the homeopathic hhCG will not protect against damage from an extreme low calorie diet, no matter how much you believe in homeopathy. FDA is asking anybody that has suffered adverse affects due to hhCG use to report it on MedWatch.

While I do not believe that the hhCG drops and pellets do any harm, I find it sad to see how people now rush to “stock up” before they are taken off the market, and the suppliers, like Netrition, take advantage of this panic in order to increase sales.

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Why am I not surprised? Low Carb Friends is fueled by sales from Netrition. Of course they are not going to eat it on all that inventory they have sitting on the shelves. Hence the veiled threat to “stock up” in case Netrition decides to comply with the law or until they are contacted by the FDA. (As if the FDA has the time to contact every single vendor out there hawking this useless product.) Greed is alive and well at Netrition. Belly up to the bar!

Nothing less from that site. They really do seem to promote (and profit from) the latest starvation diet!

LowCarb friends never “sponsored” the Kimkins diet. The person who started Kimkins used to post on the LCF before she began her own site.

LowCarb friends may not have sponsored the KimKins diet but they sure did nothing to stop it. Now if you even mention LCF’s involvement you get banned from their site. I got banned because I was a man. Their moderators are a bunch of bitter diet failures who have created one heck of a women’s dieting site as long as you bow to them.


You are right John I was banned, first time in my life from them for answering a question someone asked. Why is Kimkins still on the internet after being suied for Fraud ? I said because of de-regulation That got me banned for life lol They said that was political. Thank God there are much better sites than theirs on the internet

I agree. They over moderate the men or any male posts and then fail to respond to legitimate responses from said men.

I did nothing wrong in the public forums and participated in a thread making the same comments (and being in agreement with) the women. However, they put me on moderation so I can’t post or edit any of my details or do anything at all (other than post and wait to see if it’s approved).

I asked a few times for an explanation and while they’ll still approve posts, they will not respond to me. It’s basically a site with overzealous megalomaniac moderators and administrators who do everything they can to keep males off the forums or from saying anything helpful. And if they do allow your posts through, they edit it so heavily that all of its original meaning is lost or completely altered to support their point of view and not what one was actually meaning to say.

Seriously, that site is pathetic. I’m glad I’m no longer using it even if I didn’t receive the ban hammer.

I’ve been “monitored” for 4 full wks now and although I haven’t said one bad word in all that time, I finally was respected enough to get a reply as to when they will stop reviewing my posts and without any proof of wrongdoing, I was sent this email and I’m just flabbergasted and I guess they can accuse away without any backup. I’m not a customer so that probably has a lot to do with the attitude!! Just shocking and unbelievable???
Admins have no plans to remove you from moderation status. We are very close to unregistering your account due to the fact that several of your posts are inappropriate and mean spirited towards other members. We have had to either edit your post to remove comments directed towards others
or not approve it at all. We realize it takes you a good amount of time to construct your post but we cannot allow you to continue to post things that are hurtful towards other members. If you are unable to abide by our Terms of Service, then perhaps it is time for you to move
on to another weightloss support forum. This is the last time we will reply to your emails.

Thank you.

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