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'Wonder drug' is not the answer

Published 26/02/2012 | 05:00

Madam -- I refer to an article by Niamh Horan (Sunday Independent, February 19, 2012) outlining the effects of a 'new wonder drug', namely HCG Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin. This is a hormone which is secreted in the urine of pregnant mothers. It is given to the "dieter" in the form of drops twice a day and claims to increase the metabolic rate and so cause weight loss, while only consuming 500 calories a day!

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Surely anyone with a bit of intelligence will realise that consuming only 500 calories a day will ensure substantial weight loss, without paying the astronomical price of €600 for the first 21-day course of these magic drops -- especially as it must be alien to the body to be consuming HCG, and with no research into the long-term effects of same.

P O'Hagan,

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