24 March 2012 I attended an appointment at Bouari Clinic in Las Vegas. I signed up for a 50 day round of HCG injections with B12 and received 1/2 of the "HCG". From 3/24 to 4/18 I lost a total of 15 pounds. This is not my first HCG rodeo however. I have completed 2 23 day rounds with another clinic in Las Vegas. I lost 34 pounds the first 23 days and 20 pounds the 2nd 23 days. To lose only 15 pounds in 25 days coupled with side effects i DID NOT experience on the first 2 rounds suggested to me there was a problem. I began to research the symptoms and relationship to HCG and found that these symptoms are common when supplied with HOMEOPATHIC "HCG". I had severe headaches, severe dizziness, right arm and joint pain and hunger.
I went back to the original Simmeons protocol from my previous clinic as this worked for me. Bouari claims their HCG is real however I found a few complaints online about people who suspected what I did and that it wasn't real. Those people had it tested and found it was homeopathic. I expressed my concerns to Bouari clinic staff on 4/18 and was told it was "detox" and totally normal. 25 days of detox??? Right. Then they claimed I wasn't following their protocol. I explained that for nearly 2 weeks my weight hovered between 257 and 260 and that I wasn't a newbie. I suggested there was something not right with their HCG and was told that wasn't it. I was also told no refunds would be given for the program. They wouldn't even give a refund for the 1/2 of the "HCG" that they didn't give me.
To prove my point, my last shot was 2 days ago. In the last 2 days the headaches disappeared, the dizziness is gone, the hunger is gone and my arm and joint pain is greatly diminished. I have since gone back to my original clinic and am already down 3 pounds. Coudln't possibly be the Bouari "HCG" at all right?
Color me pissed. I also filed a complaint with the FTC and BBB of Las Vegas. I urge anyone who wants to try the HCG diet to do your homework and find an alternate clinic. You'll be glad you did.