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    My daughter had a pituitary gland problem as a young adolescent, and was prescribe HGH injections by her specialist. It has made a huge difference in her quality of life, allowing her to grow into a normal height and weight range. She's now a senior at an excellent university, doing quite well, and this would not have happened without the HGH.

    Her specialist believes that in ten years or so, taking HGH in small doses from middle age on will become a normal medical practice, like taking vitamins is now. It has remarkable impact on healing and retarding the aging process, and in small doses isn't harmful (because that's what our body makes naturally up until middle age).

    The primary reasons this isn't happening how are:

    1) it is expensive because there aren't many labs producing it, and insurance companies don't want to pay for it.
    2) it can be harmful in large doses
    3) tradition in the medical community.
     
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    interesting.
     
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    10 years??? I'm 57 now. I guess I better start searching the net.
     
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    There's a pharmacy in Orlando........oh never mind.
     
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    Delighted to hear about your successful outcome!
     
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    Thanks for the info, it saved me the time to search it on google, I was wondering what the hell it was and what it did
     
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    My wife had a pituitary tumor removed and was prescribed HGH because her pituitary was only 1/2 functioning. After a few weeks of taking it she had felt better than she had in years. I too agree that this will become legal one day and don't fault people in the least for taking it for health reasons. I'd take it in a heartbeat if I could get it,or afford that is. My insurance pays 2 to 3 thousand a cycle for this stuff.

    I truly believe that more than 1/2 of the major sports injuries are being aided by HGH. Especially athletes in their 30's.
     
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    Good story. I had a student a few years back who began taking small amounts of doctor prescribed HGH and she is doing great now heading into HS. She was, at one time, a very nervous, shy girl because of her tiny stature but she is now a confident young woman who I believe will go very far and some of that change is her new found self confidence in being at a more "normal" height.
     
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    As I understand it, this is a very controversial area of medicine right now -- do you prescribe HGH to otherwise healthy kids just because they're small? Apparently there's a lot of pressure from parents, especially parents of boys.
     
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    Girls also in the more developed nations of the far east where medical ethics and attitudes are a bit different than in the US. I actually know a pianist who's around 5'9" and she has no qualms about admitting that her parents, both doctors by the way, administered a regiment of HGH to both her and her brother. Evidently, it's not at all uncommon for those who can afford such treatments. I just want to clarify that in none of the things I listed above am I making value judgements in support or in opposition to HGH usage especially in the last anecdote because it strikes me as getting into an area bordering on social engineering that I'd rather not get into.

    And to the OP, glad your daughter is healthy and doing well.
     
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    I have been planning on taking it in my mid 30's for the last 4 years (when I first read about it).

    Im only 28, so by then, the stuff will likely be legal and precribed to many.
     
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    Interesting thread, but curious if it so beneficial, why does the NFL ban it?? It seems to have the same taint as steroids.. but seems so much different.
     
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    Yes, there are difficult moral questions. In my daughter's case, it was clear that the pituitary problem was caused by another medication she was on, so we felt like it was the right thing to do for her.

    If she was naturally small, rather than made small by a medication, we probably wouldn't have done it, instead opting to work on her comfort level with who she was naturally.

    Thanks for all the nice comments, gang.
     
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    The so-called "moral" questions don't apply in your daughter's case because her height "deficiency" was caused by an outside agent and wasn't a "natural" occurrence.

    I've put quote marks around words that I feel reflect social judgments or cultural attitudes.

    Where drugs are concerned these are the areas we are constantly embroiled in, but if there is one thing students of history learn it is that social judgments and cultural attitudes change quickly or evolve slowly,especially where science is involved, but they rarely remain static in a dynamic society.

    HGH will become commonplace in the near future and the miscreants of the present, such as Harrison will, will be exonerated--like all those Catholics who ate meat on Friday before that prohibition was eighty-sixed.
     
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    Surprised that there isn't more negative threads on HGH. Maybe because Harrison got caught. Wonderful news on the people who are taking HGH to cure their ills. Just one word, ok two, Barry Bonds. There are lots of medicines out there that are benefiting society which are barred from sports. Is everyone suggesting that it's ok to use HGH to overcome injuries. If thats the case, it opens the floodgates to 'everyone' using the drug. You only have to look at baseball (sorry) to see the disastrous effects of HGH (I'm assuming Bonds takes HGH). Would you want a league where all players take the drug? Great benefit to society, not so for sport.
     
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    Bonds most likely takes a ****tail.

    The key here is a doctor's supervision; setting aside the failings of unethical doctors, those who have a legitimate concern for the well being of their patients should have access to those medications which will aid patient recovery. While I have my frustrations with the FDA, doctors, the pharmaceutical lobby, etc. the system does work. If there are approved uses for HGH, great. If there are other areas where HGH can be used effectively and safely, find them. Let the appropriate law enforcement folks deal with the Barry Bonds of the nation and the quacks who feed them.

    EDIT: :enranged: Accursed profanity censor messing with my "rooster's" tail!
     
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    I sprinkle it on my cereal.

    Glad to hear of success stories, and regrettable that one of our own is being pilloried by Shank for his transgression.
     
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    I would take hgh, but it's pretty spendy stuff.
     
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    Essentially, steroids is the same story - a drug (class) that was developed to improve health and recovery, and which is largely used for that purpose, but when misused creates a lot of problems, for the individual, the people around him/her, and society.

    Steroids have saved a lot of lives, and reduced a lot of pain and discomfort. The world is a better place because of steroids.
     
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