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Dieters take a jab at fat with injections for weight loss

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Dr. Jyotindra Shah gives a weight-loss patient a lipotropic vitamin shot at Amari, his Scarsdale, N.Y., wellness clinic. He also offers hCG shots and drops. (Photograph by Alexandra Horowitz)

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Dr. Jyotindra Shah uses injectable hCG (center), sublingual hCG drops (left) and lipotropic vitamin shots (right) at Amari, his Scarsdale, N.Y., wellness clinic. (Photograph by Alexandra Horowitz)

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Dr. Jyotindra Shah uses injectable hCG (center), sublingual hCG drops (left) and lipotropic vitamin shots (right) at Amari, his Scarsdale, N.Y., wellness clinic. (Photograph by Alexandra Horowitz)

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In the name of melting off pounds, would you inject a hormone extracted from a pregnant woman's urine? Even one that studies show does nothing to help weight loss? Based on anecdotal evidence, more and more dieters are saying "yes."


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