Once upon a time in my dreary days as an office receptionist, my
next-desk work buddy and I would often lunch at our desks and surf
the web as we exchanged office gossip. Sara (not her real name),
then 30 and single, was constantly obsessed with her weight, despite
being 5’9” and a size 12 (US size 8). From cutting out
carbs to drinking a glass of apple cider vinegar before every meal,
Sara had tried it all.
lunchtime Sara happened upon a site promoting Human Growth Hormone.
Commonly known as HgH, the hormone is naturally produced in the
pituitary gland and stimulates growth and cell production in young
bodies. It also helps to increase height and muscle mass, reduce
fat and calcium retention, keep bones healthy and many other important
functions. The secretion of HgH begins to decrease in our late twenties
and continues to decline the older we get, causing us to look older
and experience loss of energy and muscle mass and so on.
I can no longer recall the specific site we were looking at, but
it was promoting HGH as the new miracle ‘fountain of youth’.
Instantly enthralled, Sara and I searched for and eventually found
a local distributor. At $130 (US $160) for two bottles (including
the buy-one-get-one-free offer), we agreed it would be a small price
to pay for younger, slimmer and healthier bodies.
The stuff was vile. Best described as cross between castor oil and
rancid viscous cough medicine, it took Sara and I about two or three
weeks to decide we couldn’t stomach any more (besides the
taste, it also made us feel nauseous). If only we had the willpower
to keep going a little longer, we lamented, of course we would have
Not so, says Dr Ron Kennedy, featured on Penn & Teller: BS!
2: Fountain of Youth). According to Dr Kennedy’s interview,
the HgH drug had still not been properly tested (the interview took
place in 2004 I believe – at least two years after I tried
it). Not only that, but Dr Kennedy believes that there may indeed
be a good reason why our bodies slow down the production of HgH.
Apparently there is no concrete evidence that taking the HgH drug
slows down the aging process. In fact, Dr Kennedy believes the reverse
may be true. In clinical trials it was found that when HgH was given
to healthy middle aged people, there was a significant decrease
in average life span as well as many unpleasant side effects including
hypertension, diabetes, joint pain, fluid retention, carpal tunnel
syndrome, gynecomastia (enlargement of male mammary glands) and
enlargement of the testicles (see wikipedia
for more details).
‘Just because nature makes something doesn’t necessarily
mean it’s good for us,’ says Dr Kennedy, reminding us
that nature also creates many poisons such as lead.
Clinic agrees that there is little evidence to support the assertion
that HgH is the ‘fountain of youth’. They state that
synthetic human growth hormone is ‘available only by prescription
and is administered through an intramuscular injection. It's currently
approved to treat adults with true growth hormone deficiency - not
the expected decline in growth hormone due to aging.’ It is
also approved for the treatment of children with extremely short
stature or muscle-wasting syndromes.
So I guess the message is – don’t mess too much with
what the Goddess gave you. You are already perfect as you are, and
Mother Nature will be on your side as long as you stay on hers.
Forget fad diets, miracle drugs and anti-aging creams. The only
people who benefit are the shareholders of the corporations who
plug them to you.
Live life, love life, eat well, exercise and be happy!
by Dione Green
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