Greg Haitz’s campaign sent out a mass email today, March 20, that appears to be from Mesa County Commissioner Bobbie Daniel, saying Daniel endorses him for a seat on Grand Junction City Council and asking people to send a minimum donation of $50 to his campaign.
If Commissioner Daniel actually endorses Haitz for Council, then she is endorsing someone who is openly perpetrating a fraud on Grand Junction citizens by selling a “dangerous” and “reckless” weight-loss program on his business website, RimRockWellness.com.
“Dangerous” and “reckless” are the words the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses to warn people about the type of weight loss program Haitz is currently promoting for $199 — a discount from his usual much higher price of $399, according to his website.
Haitz currently is using Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone derived from the uteruses of pregnant women, for weight loss in his proprietary “HCG Wellness Diet Program.”
HCG is a prescription drug used to treat female infertility and other medical conditions. It is not approved for use without a prescription for any purpose, and it is expressly not approved for weight loss.
Sure enough, Haitz makes these same kinds of bogus claims on his website, claiming his HCG program will “re-sculpt your body,” “reprogram” your body,” “reduce cravings and hunger substantially,” “stabilize your blood sugar” and make you look younger.
“HCG is not approved for use without a prescription for any purpose. It is not approved for weight loss. In fact, the prescription drug label notes 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 the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.”
The Mayo Clinic also warns against using HCG for weight loss, and lists as side effects edema, fatigue, depression, swelling of the breasts in boys and men, and a serious concern for risk of blood clots, or thromboembolism.
The Mayo Clinic adds,
“Companies that sell over-the-counter HCG weight-loss products are breaking the law.”
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit (pdf) in 2014 against the Arizona business HCG Diet Direct, and received injunction against the business for making the same claims about using HCG for weight loss that Greg Haitz is making right now on his Rimrock Wellness website.
After half a century of investigating HCG for weight loss, there is still zero evidence it is effective for weight loss. Moreover, all available legitimate scientific evidence counters these claims and finds use of HCG as a weight loss measure does more harm than good.
Haitz has marketed snake oil treatments to unsuspecting patients before.
- HCG: Yet another fraudulence, Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences, 2012
- FDA, FTC warns of HCG diet (news report)(video)
- FDA Questions and Answers on use of HCG product for weight loss
- Statement before the U.S. Senate of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, “Protecting Consumers from False and Deceptive Advertising of Weight Loss Products,” June 17, 2014