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Growth Hormone Scaremongers Debunked

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Human Growth Hormone

Recent negative coverage of the use of human growth hormone to treat adult hormone deficiency are part of an ill-informed media witch hunt.

Hysterical media reports about the use of human growth hormone (HGH), have helped create a climate where misguided legislation is now being advanced to apply a restrictive classification to a safe and proven therapy, according to Fintan Dunne, MyLongLife.com editor.

The Judiciary Committee of the U.S Senate is examining a bill proposed by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, that would add human growth hormone to a list of federally regulated controlled substances.

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Schumer has decried the use of HGH in the context of its easy access "with just a few clicks of the mouse." Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares described the proposed legislation as a good "first step" towards getting HGH "off our streets... and out of the hands of our children."

Dunne says both views are laughably misinformed. The HGH available on the internet is pretend HGH -- a low-potency amino acid secretagogue which in large doses may prompt the body into producing its own endogenous HGH. Millions of athletes have consumed these amino acid compounds for decades with detrimental effect only to their bank balances. And Internet-available spray HGH contains only trace concentrations at best, if at all.

True human growth hormone cannot be easily abused off a street corner. It is an expensive synthetic HGH, which is administered prudently by licensed physicians, usually by means of daily injections. Yet this medicinal HGH is what the legislation aims to restrict.

According to the MyLongLife.com report, neither the legislator nor the district attorney seem able to distinguish between scam internet anti-aging marketers and the legitimate anti-aging medicine practiced by trained physicians, where HGH is used to treat adult hormone deficiency.

The media has not fared much better. Associated Press reported that the proposed law seeks to regulate "one steroid, human growth hormone." In fact says Dunne, HGH is a peptide, not a steroid. Compounding the confusion, some media have relied on partisan critics to demonize adult use of HGH -- a proven therapy with a fifty-year safety record behind it.