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Deciding Where to Purchase Hcg
I get this question a lot, and I’m just going to be perfectly honest- I have used 5 different brands of hCG myself in my 5 rounds of hCG, and guess what? They all worked perfectly fine. So I really don’t have a preference. I promise, I really don’t. Just make sure you purchase the real thing, RX hCG- that’s all that really matters. The 4 sources that I recommend I can vouch for as being real, high quality prescription hCG.
2 of the companies I used when I was on my own hCG journey- Escrow Refills and US hCG Shots, and the other 2, Nu Image Medical and Advance hCG are also U.S. based companies that I have communicated with at length, so I know that the hCG they send is both real, and their staff has been very easy to work with.
Escrow refills is an overseas company, meaning their hCG is produced and sent from overseas. The other 3 sources on my blog are U.S. made. The main difference between U.S. made hCG and overseas made hCG is that the FDA regulates the hCG made here in the states. There are no such regulations for overseas.
At the time of my own weight loss journey, U.S. made hCG really wasn’t available to buy online, so I made due with what was around, and since I lost the majority of my weight with Escrow Refills and everything seemed to be fine, that is why I continue to have them on my blog as a source- it’s certainly the least expensive source.
However, knowing what I now know about what’s called sterile compounding – the process for making something you inject in your body SAFE to do – which I learned all about when I recently visited an hCG pharmacy in person – if I were to be losing weight now, I would most likely use a U.S. source.When you inject something in your body, you are bypassing the majority of your body’s defense mechanism for protecting itself against something bad (if the substance were to contain a virus, or bacteria, etc.) When you eat a strawberry and half of it’s partially decayed, it tastes nasty, but nothing bad happens in your body because it does through your digestive system where your body destroys stuff and prevents you from getting sick. When you inject stuff, you are skipping this step, and so it’s much more important that what you inject is truly STERILE or not tainted in any way.
I want to start off the answer to this question first by saying I’ve purchased hCG from overseas several times and never had an incident of fraud or identity theft or any other horrible thing through the sites I’ve mentioned to purchase hCG. But there are certainly some things you can keep in mind just to keep yourself and your assets extra safe should anything like that ever happen.
Use a Credit Card that is NOT linked to a bank account
This is actually great advice from Tim Feriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek. He states, “never use debit cards for online transactions….Reversing unauthorized credit card charges, particularly with American Express, is painless and near instantaneous. Recovering funds withdrawn from your checking account via unauthorized debit card use takes dozens of hours in paperwork alone and can take months to receive, if approved at all.”
I had this exact experience actually, totally unrelated to hCG thankfully. I pretty much always use a regular credit card for online purchases, but for some reason we were using our debit card for a time. Somehow, someone in China ended up buying plane tickets for like $1700 to some other foreign land and also subscribed to some not so classy websites. It really did take hours and hours of paperwork and several weeks for the money to get put back into our account. In the meantime, we were left having the problem of needing to use that $1700 that was taken but not having it.
However, when we use our credit cards, not linked to any bank account, anytime there has been the slightest problem, they take care of it immediately and there are no “funds off limits” if you will while they investigate the matter.
Remember, this doesn’t happen frequently, but be prepared by using credit cards for online purchases, not debit cards or cards linked to a bank account.
Can you take a look at the ingredients on your bottle of hCG drops? There are basically three types of “hCG” out there now.
1. Prescription hCG – the real hormone
2. Homeopathic hCG – if it’s true homeopathic hCG it will contain something like “hCG – 10x, 30x, 60x, etc type numbers)
3. hCG Activator products – these do not contain any hCG at all, but contain amino acids. It’s claimed these these amino acids cause your body to make hCG. I do not know if I believe this at this point you guys. I like to keep an open mind.
When it comes down to it, my personal choice is that I really only feel comfortable using prescription hCG, the real hormone. One example given to me was the question, “would you feel comfortable taking homeopathic birth control?” Hmmm. Hormones are powerful! I do not think the hCG hormone is a placebo so, so the muscle sparing effects that hCG seems to create in the presence of such a low calorie diet is very important to me. However, I have to admit that I have seen some great results with homeopathic hCG as well, so I can’t knock it completely, and some choose to go this route and feel completely comfortable with it. I have not seen enough feedback from these hCG activator products (that don’t contain hCG) to feel comfortable recommending them at this time. The truth is, anyone will lose weight on a 500 calorie, regardless of taking any supplement or hormone.
The questions are:
1. how much of that weight loss is fat vs. muscle,
2. how is your hunger while ON the diet itself, and
3. how will the diet effect your metabolism during and after the diet (and thus ability to maintain)?
To me the hCG hormone is what kind of guarantees a positive answer to these questions, whereas I do not have proof of such with the other hCG type products at this time. The others MAY work, I just can’t be sure, and I feel best sticking with what I know can be relied on since I only have one body and no time for do-overs.
The current sources for real prescription hCG that I feel comfortable recommending, if you end up choosing to go that route, can be found here: http://hcgchica.com/buy-hcg-injections-worldwide/
And all my tutorials for injections are here to help you with mixing and injecting!: http://hcgchica.com/hcg-injections-tutorials/