Human Growth Hormone Controversy:
Dispelling the Myths
has always been a degree of controversy surrounding genetically
engineered substances and their uses.
Human Growth Hormone is no different.
There are opponents that would like to see its use
brought to a halt altogether.
There are also HGH opponents who consider that use of the
hormone for treatment of medical conditions is acceptable, but
that HGH replacement therapies for anti-aging, weight loss or
other purposes is wrong. This
latter group perhaps corresponds with a way of thinking that
defends the course of nature (as in accepting what comes with
aging, etc.). It is
impossible for any treatment or therapy to satisfy every
individual’s philosophy, as we are all different.
It is however, important to address some of the most
common doubts that people have about Human Growth Hormone and
Myth #1: HGH is Too Expensive or
Difficult to Get
is true that traditional Human Growth Hormone
therapies such as
are prescribed by endocrinologists for people with Growth
Hormone Deficiency require medical testing as well as daily
dosing, which definitely comes with a hefty price tag.
Let’s take, for example, the case of a child with
Idiopathic Short Stature (ISS).
It would cost as much as $100,000 for that child to grow
an average of two inches using Human Growth Hormone therapy over
the course of five years. Even
if you break the dollar amount by year, a family with a child
suffering from ISS would be looking at $20,000 per year.
course, we are looking at the traditional use of Human Growth
Hormone in a medical context.
Perhaps the family’s medical insurance would help foot
the bill for such expensive therapy, but what about the average
Joe who wants to feel and look younger (and better)?
Before a doctor will prescribe HGH therapy, he or she
will generally refer a patient to an endocrine specialist.
After this, several tests are performed to determine if
HGH is necessary and appropriate.
Many doctors, subscribing to the philosophy that if it
isn’t absolutely necessary it shouldn’t be used, won’t
prescribe the hormone unless there is a marked deficiency.
it is true that in the past Human Growth Hormone
difficult to get and expensive at best, there are several
different options that can help people who need or want HGH get
it at a price that they can afford.
Dispelling the Myth
on to the draw of what many refer to as “the fountain of
youth,” there are many different sources of Human Growth
Hormone today. An
entire new school of medicine devoted to anti-aging and
preserving youthfulness has emerged, not only in the United
States but also all over the world.
These doctors and anti-aging clinics are a great start
because they will generally take a look at one’s entire
medical history and outlook first.
Of course, this is not the cheapest way to get started,
but it is a good way to determine if taking Human Growth Hormone
is a healthy and viable option.
Once you have tried HGH replacement therapy and know that
it works for you, you can move on to an easier and cheaper way
of getting the hormone.
medical doctors and anti-aging clinics are not the only ones
that caught the HGH wave. Pharmaceutical
laboratories all over the world have started formulating the
hormone using the recombinant technology for profit.
The mass production of Human Growth Hormone
proliferated into a steady and affordable supply of HGH
injections, sprays and compounds, tablets and pills available to
the general public. Simply
performing a search engine query on keyword terms such as “buy
HGH” or Human Growth
Hormone supplements” will provide a
list of online sources greater than you could imagine.
Myth #2: HGH for Anti-aging is Not
humans have some degree of respect for nature.
Some place more emphasis on nature “running its
course” more than others.
Just as some women are perfectly content to “grow old
gracefully,” others prefer to fight it all the way.
The problem is that zealous naysayers may feel strongly
that using medicine that is essentially altering a human’s
hormonal composition for purposes they themselves view as vain
is wrong. When these
opponents of HGH start talking about their views forcefully in
the media or on the Internet, they may present the facts in ways
that support their case but are not necessarily accurate.
It is common for a young, generally healthy individual to
believe that a person in his sixties who has started losing
energy and vitality should simply accept the fact that it’s a
new season in life and it must be accepted.
However, for that 65-year old man, things can look quite
he would see the increased quality of life that HGH replacement
therapy could provide as medically necessary.
Dispelling the Myth
in and of itself can be a very painful and physically trying
process. There are
many different symptoms and signs of aging, some more painful
and uncomfortable than others.
Some of the indications of aging that many report as
painful and uncomfortable include:
Overall decrease in
vitality and vigor (this can be psychologically painful as
well as physically)
Reduced stamina and
tendency to tire easily
Sleep patterns are
Decline in memory
Loss of skin elasticity,
increased wrinkling and brown spots
Decreased vision and
Decreased sex drive
Abdominal obesity and
difficulty in losing weight
truth is that aging today is different than aging in any other
era. Before the
1930’s, people would only live until the age of 50 or 60.
In 1950, the life expectancy at birth in the United
States was between 65 and 70.
Today, the life expectancy age is 78.
That is an average of eight to 13 more years of life and
many live beyond that. The
main reasons for this extension of life expectancy are
advancements in medicine, awareness of life factors such as diet
and exercise, not smoking, etc. as well as newer technology and
the average human lives longer, he or she has more years in
their Golden Years than humans ever have before.
Living in comfort and health in one’s Golden Years can
save a long and happy story from deteriorating into a sad
ending. It is
important that extra emphasis be put on living in comfort and
pain free as an older adult.
Since Human Growth Hormone
has been proven to provide
alleviation of many of the symptoms listed below, it can help
provide freedom from pain and is thus medically legitimate.
Myth #3: HGH Side Effects Outweigh
have recently been stories in the media or online articles
detailing horror stories of side effects associated with Human Growth Hormone
of using HGH for anti-aging or otherwise have been quick to
inflate these isolated situations and generalize the results to
a broader scale. More
than a few of these sensationalized stories involve cases where Human Growth Hormone
was being abused.
with almost every effective medical treatment, there are some
possible side effects that one must be aware of.
We’ll review and detail the possible side effects in
Chapter 7. Before
considering the use of HGH replacement therapy, one must make
sure to familiarize oneself fully with the possible side
effects, the more infrequent serious side effects, and the
Dispelling the Myth
of the possible side effects associated with Human Growth
Hormone therapy therapy are not
in any way detrimental to overall health nor do they pose any
risk of long-lasting damage.
In fact, the low-dosage amounts of Human Growth Hormone
used for anti-aging purposes have rarely brought on any serious
side effects. The
most common side effects of joint pain, swelling, carpal tunnel
syndrome and risk of diabetes occurred to a very small
percentage of people using HGH and only occurred with higher
dosages administered over a long term.
With the incidence of side effects being so low, and the
fact that most of the possible side effects themselves are not
that serious, many aging individuals deduce that the benefits
outweigh the risks.
Myth #4: Human Growth Hormone is
is true that Human Growth Hormone
is not for everyone.
Certain people should definitely not take HGH
supplements. We will
go over who is and isn’t eligible to use HGH in Chapter 7.
Even if you do not fall into the category of persons who
shouldn’t take HGH, it is highly recommended that you begin
use of Human Growth Hormone therapy or supplements while under
the supervision of a doctor.
Low-dosage Human Growth Hormone
used in moderation has
not been proven to have any serious adverse effects except in
Dispelling the Myth
opponents of using Human Growth Hormone for anti-aging or weight
loss like to sensationalize rare incidences in order to
generalize about HGH use, the fact is that that’s all they are
– rare incidences. GH has been used in the medical community
for over three decades with success and has over 60 years of
study. Normal HGH use has not been attributed to a single death.
Edmond Chein, M.D., and L. Cass Terry, Ph.D., tested over 800
individuals over the age of 40 and reported in their 1995 study
that when used correctly, HGH had substantial benefits and no
side effects. Also, a very significant fact is that there were
no reported cases of cancer among all their patients.