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Gerovital
Posted by: Syma
Date: May 27, 2004 5:13 PM

Thank you for the excellent and thorough article on GH3. I am a 70 year old woman and in relatively good health - some arthritis for which I take Bextra and moderately high cholesterol which is being treated by Lipitor. I'd love to get off of both of them. A nutritionist I use is recommending GH3. Since she went to medical school in Europe she is not allowed to practice medicine in Connecticut, however she has passed the boards and is now practicing part time in Arizona. She recommends my coming to AZ for a series of 3 or 4 injections, followed by oral GH3. I cannot do this for many months and asked about the value of simply taking oral GH3. She said it works much more slowly (perhaps 6 months) and it must be taken on an empty stomach, with nothing to eat for at least an hour. Since I can't get there anyway, and since the regimen will not be a problem for me - I do a workout routine first thing every morning anyway before eating, that seems a good solution. Your article however causes me to wonder at the value of a one-time trip to AZ. You barely mention oral GH3, however, and I wonder if there is any value in taking it that way. Also, she said she is importing her GH3 from Dr Aslan's organization in Romania. From your article, it appears that what she is doing may be illegal, or have the regulations changed?

RE: Gerovital
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: May 27, 2004 9:52 PM

I don't know about those regulations, but Gerovital or GH3 is simply 2% Procaine. There is no need to import it. It is available as an injectible to every doctor. However, it is not available to the general public. It would be perfectly legal to inject yourself with 2% Procaine on a regular basis if you could find a doctor to prescribe it for you. That might be a serious challenge. As to the value of taking it, there probably is none in the short term and there may be value in the long term - over years. The research of Ana Aslan has never been replicated or refuted, so if we go by that research which showed the extension of life-span in several different species of mammals and presume the same effect occurs in humans, then there would be benefit provided one wants to extend the probable date of meeting one's maker. Oral procaine has no research behind it, as far as I know, so I have no comments on that. Nevertheless, if injectible is of benefit and if oral procaine is absorbed, then it too should be of benefit.

RE: Gerovital
Posted by: Syma
Date: May 28, 2004 1:10 AM

My understanding is that in the process of extending one's life, there are many side benefits involving increased health and a sense of well being. Are you familiar with any of these side benefits - i.e. reduction in artheritic pain, reduction in plaque in the arteries etc.?

RE: Gerovital
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: May 28, 2004 3:18 AM

Now you are speaking of ameliorating the effects of degenerative disease and degenerative disease is not a natural part of aging although they do tend to run parallele courses in that the longer one lives the longer there is to abuse the body and provoke degenerative diseases. In that sense, if the aging process can be slowed down then there would be a longer life and a longer period of time to experience degenerative disease. Therefore, if one is going to extend life it becomes a war fought on two fronts: (1) to live longer and (2) to avoid degenerative disease along the way. These would be separate but parallel battles. It might be possible to live longer and yet have a lot of degenerative disease in which case some people would wonder "Why liver longer?" My intention is to live long without the encumbrance of degeneration. When it comes my time, hopefully - God willing - I will suddenly decline and die in my sleep within a couple weeks. Either that or a safe drops on my head from a tall building and at the funeral all my friends (if I have any by then) say "Gee, he never looked so....flat!"

RE: Gerovital
Posted by: Syma
Date: May 28, 2004 1:27 PM

In your delightful discourse , I think (although I am not certain) you somehow avoided answering the question. Perhaps I didn't phrase it succinctly enough. Does GH3, in addition to (perhaps) extending life, also provide some of those ameliorating effects on degenerative disease. It rather sounds as though it may simply provide the opportunity to experience them for a longer period of time. Have there been any indications of these ameliorating (nice word) qualities.

RE: Gerovital
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: May 28, 2004 3:38 PM

The reason I danced around the issue is that the question can only be answered theoretically. If in fact GH3 slows aging, then where would be a two fold effect: (1) whatever component of the symptoms of aging which are due to actual aging would be ameliorated and (2) you would be around longer to pick up on the "diseases of old age" which are not directly related to aging but rather to the fact that more time has passed in which the body has not been perfectly cared for. Think of two new identical cars with two different owners. The first owner finds a magic additive which prolongs the life of the engine but forgets to change the tires or the oil. That pretty much negates the effects of the additive. The second owner knows nothing of the additive but does regular maintenance of oil, brakes, etc. The car has a normal life span and operates well. Now think of a third owner who discovers the additive and does the maintenance. The car has an extended life span AND operates well. The idea would be to get yourself into that third category. Now, how you would sort that out in something as complex as the human body and prove which factor caused what result is a little hard to imagine. The best we can do with 2% procaine is notice that Ana Aslan's studies, according to her reports, extended the lives of lab animals. The rest is conjecture. People do report that the regular use of injectable 2% procaine makes them feel better, but that is a very subjective kind of evidence.

RE: Gerovital
Posted by: Syma
Date: May 29, 2004 5:00 PM

Thanks for your thoughtful explanation., and for your time.



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