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HGH - Human Growth Hormone

Since HGH was formally approved by the FDA in 1940, and since it is effective only in bio-available intravenous form, it is illegal to prescribe it, except for two purposes; 1) biochemically confirmed true HGH deficiency, and 2) wasting syndrome associated with AIDS. In fact, those who provide it otherwise risk 5 years in prison and up to a half a million dollar fine.

But with Boomers on the roll, it’s hard to get the cat back into the bag. The New England Journal of Medicine, originator of the 1990 article, is especially galled because marketers of illegal and fraudulent HGH have hot linked to the 1990 article as scientific justification. Current editor Dr. Jeffrey Drazen stated recently that the “1990 article by Rudman et al. receives as many ‘hits’ in a week as other 1990 articles do in a year. If people are induced to buy a ‘human growth hormone releaser’ on the basis of research published in the Journal, they are being misled.” The National Institute of Aging, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, the GAO, Scientific America, and AARP have all raised the alarm as well.

So if you’re a Boomer, or related to one, take heed of these wise words from Mayo Clinic’s geriatrician Paul Takahashi, “It’s possible that human growth hormone could allow people to be a little bit better for a little bit longer. The question is, at what price? I think it could be a pretty high price.

Some of the side effects reportedly seen in previously healthy mature people after taking HGH include:
* Edema (retention of fluids) in extremities
* Arthralgia (joint pain)
* Carpal tunnel syndrome
* Hypertension
* Diabetes and other glucose metabolism imbalances
* Gynecomastia (enlargement of male mammary glands)

Chronic use of HGH is not well studied, except when used in children for acute growth deficiencies. A long term increase in colon cancer and Hodgkin's Disease has been observed in these cases.

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