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Growth Hormones: Where Do WE Draw The Line?

Posted Oct 14 2008 4:58am


It seems everyone wants to stay young, or at least look young. I can’t say that I blame them, but I feel that at some point you need to just live with the natural course of aging and realize that it’s a part of life. Between plastic surgery and botox, people have themselves pumped full of pig toxins and cut to shreds in the name of vanity. It’s rather pathetic when you’re 60 years old and you’re trying to look 23 again.

Enter Humane Growth Hormone, or HGH. People are getting HGH therapy to curb the natural cycle of human aging. While I think HGH may be a good, effective way to help people with the painful things that come along with aging, I think it’s way overused. It’s used in the sports world to extend longevity of players, but it’s not legal and looked at as a performance enhancing drug.


From MSN Health:

In the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of synthetic human growth hormone to treat children with short stature and some other growth problems caused by childhood diseases.

The FDA, however, prohibits drug companies from marketing growth hormone for “off-label” uses such as anti-aging. But that hasn’t stopped some physicians from prescribing growth hormone to patients willing to pay the price.

It’s estimated that some patients spend as much as $1,000 to $2,000 a month on growth hormone for anti-aging purposes, says the American College of Physicians.

“I suspect that the threat of legal action will be the only way this inappropriate use of growth hormone will be curbed,” said Dr. Mary Lee Vance, a professor of internal medicine and neurosurgery at the University of Virginia Health System, who specializes in pituitary diseases.

Vance is concerned about the potential harm to patients. She once corresponded with a patient who took growth hormone ostensibly “to prevent aging.” He died from a heart attack six months after starting the therapy, which someone else had prescribed, she said.

With any un-natural use of natural or synthetic substances, there can be adverse effects. Unfortunately it usually takes a bunch of people to die before someone steps in pulls on the reigns. I don’t think it’s so much as “Use” as it is to “Over-use” as with most substances that ca be helpful but soon abused. Some are using to help slow the aging process while others are using the grow bigger and stimulate muscle growth, whether it is for medicinal purposes or cosmetic purposes. It’s amazing what people will do to look better and feel better about themselves.

Growth hormones are even feed to livestock to produce more meat and milk. Some have said that this leads to obesity in humans from consumption of GH feed meats.

100 years ago people were less obese and there were less known cases of cancer. Although there are many more options when it comes to junk food and ways of being lazy these days factoring in the equation. But if you look at our diets and the things that people ingest with no clue as to what they could be eating, it’s scary. With all the additives and un-natural techniques in growing plants and producing livestock, it’s no wonder that people have decided to go Organic and turned to Veganism or vegetarianism. To the producers of the foods, it’s a scientific way to increase profits and margins, but to the consumer it may spell certain death. To buy organic foods you have to go out of your way to find them and then pay much more to live healthier. It’s obscene!

To eat healthy you have to pay more? So in order to be healthy and eat healthy you end up paying more money when it’s the people that aren’t living healthy that get to do it cheaper and drive up healthcare costs. So when the people that rarely make a visit to the doctor because they ARE healthy have to pay out nose because of other peoples irresponsibility. It just doesn’t make sense, nor is it fair to the people that at least TRY to be healthy.

Growth Hormones can be a good thing when used for the right purposes, but were do we draw the line and start cracking down on abusers to include the livestock industry?

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