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"Want to be healthy, vital , alert, and active on your 100th birthday? Then you must read this book."
—Dr. Bob Goldman, president, National Academy of Sports Medicine
What if I told you could live to be age one hundred in as healthy and vigorous condition as you are now? Or if you are already suffering the ill effects of aging, you could turn back the clock twenty years and stay that way until the century mark? Would you be interested? And what if that extra thirty years added to the average life span allowed you to live long enough to take advantage of new scientific breakthroughs so that your healthy functional life span could be extended to 120 or 130 years and beyond? And what if the launching pad to that wonderful prospect involved taking a substance that caused your body to lose unwanted fat and build muscle, regrew your organs, improved your heart and lung activity, made studs out of men, increased sexual pleasure in women, and gave you the energy, sleep, and wonderful sense that the world is your oyster? Would you say, "What is this substance and how can I get some?"
There is such a substance. It is an Alice-in-Wonderland kind of hormone. Too little of it makes us dwarfs and too much of it turns us into giants. But the right amount of it at the right time promises to bring about the most fundamental revolution in society today--the beginning of the end of aging.
The "Fountain of Youth" Hormone
In interviews with reporters, the men in the study and their wives reported other startling changes. The gray hair of a sixty-five-year-old man was turning black. The wife of another man had trouble keeping up with her newly energized husband even though she was fifteen years younger. A third man, who saw the wrinkles disappear on his face and hands, was now opening jars with ease, passing younger people on the street, and gardening for hours on end. Some of the users and their spouses made sly references to reinvigorated sex lives. What happened to the control group? In group 2, as they were called in the study, "there was no significant change in lean body mass, the mass of adipose tissue, skin thickness, or bone density during treatment." In other words, they continued aging on schedule.
Drugs and therapies that claim to reverse aging are nothing new. For decades youth seekers have trekked to the four corners of the world seeking youth and immortality. Recent examples include Ana Aslan's clinic in Rumania for injections of Gerovital H3, which is essentially the same Novocain your dentist uses. Konrad Adenauer, Gloria Swanson, Groucho Marx, and more than 50,000 lesser-known patients have had their buttocks shot with fresh fetal lamb cells at Clinique La Prairie in Switzerland. Others swear by ginseng or placental extract or nucleic acid therapy, which unleashed a craze for eating RNA-rich sardines. While some of these therapies might have genuine merit, none of them has passed the gold standard of drug testing: controlled, randomized, double-blind clinical study. Today there is immense interest in the hormone melatonin, released by the pineal gland in the brain. But melatonin has yet to be tested in double-blind trials in human beings. The only age-reversing drug that has passed placebo-controlled double-blind clinical trials with flying colors is human growth hormone. Not once, but many times over.
Following up his own work, Rudman found that HGH given to twenty-six elderly men regrew the livers, spleens, and muscles that had shrunken with age back to their youthful sizes. Improved muscle strength, he pointed out, could make the difference between someone's being on his feet or being confined to a wheelchair, between being spoon-fed or cooking a meal, between living independently or living in a nursing home. "The overall deterioration of the body that comes with growing old is not inevitable," he concluded. "We now realize that some aspects of it can be prevented or reversed."
Rudman's landmark discovery opened the floodgates to the point that there are now thousands of studies in the world medical literature documenting the benefits of growth hormone therapy. The National Institute on Aging has funded a multimillion-dollar effort in nine medical centers that will run for five years to test whether human growth hormone and other trophic factors--defined as substances that promote growth or maintenance of tissues--can reverse or retard the aging process. In 1992 medical researchers at Stanford University stated, "It is possible that physiologic growth hormone replacement might reverse or prevent some of the 'inevitable' sequelae of aging."
But many people are not waiting for the results of these studies. In this country and abroad, doctors at dozens of clinics are treating thousands of old and middle-aged people who wish to erase the effects of aging. Hundreds of case histories have now become available, some of which you will read about in the coming chapters.
As we go to press, the FDA has just approved HGH for use in adults. Until now the only indication had been for treatment of children who failed to grow due to lack of growth hormone. The adult indication is for somatotrophin (growth hormone) deficiency syndrome (SDS). Signs of SDS include decreased physical mobility, socialization and energy levels, along with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and lower life expectancy. Grow Young with HGH. Copyright © by Ronald Klatz. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
|1||No More Grumpy Old Men (or Women)||3|
|2||The Story of Growth Hormone||16|
|3||GH Therapy in 202 Aging Adults||30|
|4||The Biology of Growth Hormone||39|
|5||A Disease Called Aging||49|
|6||The Global Impact of Growth Hormone: Case Studies||64|
|7||Immune Rejuvenation: The Key to Longevity||77|
|8||The Medical Miracle||85|
|9||Losing Fat, Gaining Muscle||103|
|10||Losing Wrinkles, Growing Hair||115|
|11||GH and Sex: The Hard Facts||122|
|12||Powering the Brain||132|
|13||Determining Your Need: A Self-Test||153|
|14||Finding an Anti-Aging Doctor||166|
|15||Replenishing the Hormones||174|
|16||Growth Hormone Naturally: A Guide to GH-Releasing Nutrients and Drugs||198|
|17||Maximizing the Effect: Diet and Nutrition||226|
|18||Maximizing the Effect: Exercise and Strength||249|
|19||A Shot at Youth||274|
|20||Minimizing Side Effects||282|
|21||Growth Hormone: The Next Generation||290|
|Epilogue: Bridges to Immortality||307|
|App||Resources for HGH and Anti-Aging Therapies||315|
|App||Physicians Who Specialize in Anti-Aging Medicine||317|
|App||Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of HGH||320|
|App||Suppliers of GH-Releasers, Secretagogues, and Anti-Aging Nutrients||321|
|App||American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine Survey||323|
Posted November 4, 2003
Well written and informative, Dr. Ronald Klatz walks the reader through the history and promise of HGH. What was held as promise in the later chapters has come to fruition and more. I'd love to share what I've learned.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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