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Thursday 27, Aug 2009

  GH termed illegal for off-label usage

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GH termed illegal for off-label usage Off-label distribution or provision of growth hormone for treating aging and other forms of age-associated illness is illegal in the United States as per a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The authors of this study were Dr. Thomas Perls, Director of the New England Centenarian Study at Boston Medical Center and associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine; Dr. Neal Reisman, clinical professor of plastic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and associate chief of plastic surgery at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, who is also an attorney; and S. Jay Olshansky, professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.

It was remarked by Reisman that this study paper can prove its worth by creating enough awareness about legal issues surrounding improper distribution, marketing, and discouraging criminal practices in respect to growth hormone.

Wednesday 12, Aug 2009

  HGH illegal for anti-aging use

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HGH illegal for anti-aging useAccording to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the use of human growth hormone (HGH), to treat anti-aging illnesses is illegal in the United States. This is in accordance to the amendments made in the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

Human growth hormone is legally prescribed on only three conditions: Syndromes causing short stature in children; rare pituitary tumors in adult and muscle wasting associated with HIV / AIDS. Any other use not mentioned above is prohibited according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

Many anti-aging clinics and anti-aging product manufacturers claim that HGH can have an effect on reversing the aging process. Other benefits presented include nail and hair growth, improved skin tone, better sleep, aids digestion, increased strength, enhanced sexual function, improved eyesight and promotes weight loss.

Millions of dollars are spent by those who want to reverse their aging process but there are still no studies to prove that HGH has anti-aging properties. In fact, HGH pills are destroyed in the stomach. The molecule is too large to enter the bloodstream, so they have absolutely no biological effect in the body, even if HGH was taken in sublingual form or in nasal spray.

According to the Medical News:

According to Olshansky, “off-label use for many drugs is a normal and accepted practice in medicine, but that is not true for growth hormone. According to laws instituted by Congress more than 10 years ago, HGH can only be distributed for indications specifically authorized by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and aging and its related disorders are not among them. The use of HGH as an alleged anti-aging intervention is a major public health concern not just because it is illegal, but also because its provision for anti-aging is not supported by science and it is potentially harmful.”

Friday 18, Jul 2008

  DSHEA and Steroids

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Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) is being blamed for the LEGAL prescriptions of steroids.  That’s right, wall street journal writers show enormous amount of ignorance by agreeing to this ludicrous story.  WSJ claims that anti-aging clinics were allowed to prescribe anabolic steroids and HGH because of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).  The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act is basically nothing more then an act to help the supplement industry come up with innovative, up to date herbs and health supplements without having the government spend BILLIONS of taxpayer dollars trying to manage something so simple as vitamins.  DSHEA is NOT a ticket to sell anabolic steroids or HGH, it’s not even on the same playing field.  How can a reporter interpret a law that helps the dietary supplement industry survive selling health products and vitamins into something that helps the sale of steroids? you do the math.

We also know why these clinics are essentially unregulated. In 1994 the federal government passed an utterly crazy law known as the DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act), thanks to the work of Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), whose home state is ground zero for the supplements industry. Under DSHEA, supplement makers don’t have to ensure their products are either safe or effective, and their manufacturing processes and labeling are not held to the same standards as pharmaceutical companies’.

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The truth is that as long as you can get a doctor to certify you have a medical need (such as an alleged preexisting deficiency), you can buy and/or take human growth hormone or steroids without getting arrested.