Updated: Oct 20, 2021
This article is a transcribed edited summary of a video Bob and Brad recorded in January of 2021 . For the original video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tTCs-BAHwA&t=92s
Bob: I am exactly one half of the Bob and Brad team, and I'll be your host today. I'm joined by Chris the pharmacist.
Chris: Hi, guys.
Bob: The smartest man I know. In fact, Brad and I were talking. We think he's a cyborg or something. So, anyway, we're going to talk about human growth hormone. Does it slow aging, increase height? And then we're going to talk about at least 10 ways to boost it naturally. So why don't we talk first about the possible benefits, Chris, of human growth hormones. What are some advantages?
Chris: When you really look at growth hormone, from a prescriptive standpoint, it's really designed for about three generalized categories. If you're born of short stature, for a variety of different reasons, and there's multiple syndromes within that umbrella.
Bob: Should be used with a child, right?
Chris: Yeah, generally for childhood use. It's going to be used for the wasting of muscle in people that have HIV or AIDS, to help to kind of stimulate that and just kind of distribute some of the fat problems that are sometimes associated with HIV medications. And then really it's going to come down to people that have had tumors, things that mess up with the pituitary glands. So whether there's been some cancer or just something that's just simply not functioning properly. So those are really the real medical reasons why you would use growth hormone.
Bob: That's as a prescription?
Chris: Yes, as a prescription version. And there's a lot of non-prescription things and aspects that certainly go on. I mean, there's a reason why it's illegal in athletics and the Olympics. I mean, frankly, it works.
Bob: And we talked about earlier how it's being used a lot in Hollywood? In fact, I read, nobody's coming out and telling you they're using it or anything.
Chris: No, they're not going to tell you, but when you're 65 years old and you look like you're 45, something's going on.
Bob: And you're ripped. So, I mean, there was some that admitted to it. It was Sylvester Stallone, well they caught him.
Chris: Yeah, he got busted.
Bob: Suzanne Somers did it in the book. Oliver Stone and Nick Nolte. And Nick Nolte, oh, my gosh, he looks like he should be using it.
Chris: What a hard living.
Bob: Yeah, hard living. But I had looked up a few too. I wanted to get your opinion on this. So advance loss of body fat.
Bob: So enhanced muscle growth.
Chris: Yes. It's interesting because growth hormone, that's the interesting thing when you look at athletes. A lot of times when athletes use it, they stack it with a steroid base. That's how they get the strength aspects. It creates more lean muscle mass, but it doesn't necessarily make you stronger. So it's kind of interesting. One of the reasons that drives that bus is they use insulin-like growth factor, and that's one of the things that helps with the development of muscle tissue. So it works, and it's a hormone. I mean, it's 191 free peptide chain of amino acids that's strung together.
Bob: So an athlete probably wouldn't want to use it just purely alone. I mean, even illegally use it for strength.
Chris: Not that we would ever recommend that an athlete would use that, Bob, but, I mean, if they were going to cheat, they would probably be using it with something else.
Bob: Sure. So get your facts straight. Okay, next thing. Increased exercise capacity?
Chris: Well, it's one of those things where growth hormone drives the bus in everything that we do, whether we're working out or whatever. It does so many other intrinsic things in our body. But for recovery rate, so, the Lance Armstrong's of the world. I mean, I think that's a pretty graphic example. Unfortunately, professional cycling has been wrought with, whether it's doping, whether it's HGH, whether it's steroids, and it really was all three, which is kind of interesting.
Bob: You didn't have a chance, I don't think.
Chris: You did not have a chance.
Bob: You're leveling the field, unfortunately.
Chris: And they had to be smart about it. But the reality of it is that it does speed up recovery and/or aspects of injury, it will help you to promote a faster recovery. But the weird thing is, and I couldn't find an exact reason, and I looked, it does increase, if you have more muscle mass, you would think intrinsically you'd be stronger, but they haven't been able to show that in laboratory studies.
Bob: That's just so strange.
Chris: A lot of these things, too, these studies were done mostly on short stature kids. So when we talk about some of the other things we're going to progress through to, they just noticed the good effects of the product on these children as they grew and aged and developed. And there are other doctors were making the extension of thought for people and other categories, as adults, as aging adults, as aging athletes. And so that's how a lot of these things ended up occurring.
Bob: So I take it it's used fairly short term for children, or are these used for several years?
Chris: Well, no. If you have a short stature child, whether it's premature birth, whether it was a tumor, whether it's one of the syndromes that they use it to treat for, they want to get it in there as quickly as possible, and then for as long as possible. At the end of the day for growth, you have a limited spectrum of activity, so when those bones fuse, you're pretty much done. But there's other superficial bones that grow, and then we can talk about, acromegaly and things like that which are side effects that can happen to adults when they're done growing, and you get the longer hands and fingers and feet. So those smaller bones definitely still continue to grow, which is unique and somewhat problematic.
Bob: Yeah, I don't think it would be the desired effect you’re looking for.
Chris: No, no. You don't want the elongated face, big jaw.
Bob: So they also talked about possibly improved fracture healing and tougher bones?
Chris: Yeah, again, it's a hormone, so we have receptor sites all over our bodies, and so it helps to stimulate bone growth. And so we know that for a fact. And when you're younger, and for obvious reasons, when we're growing, we want you to have more rapid bone turnover rate.
Bob: So I wonder are they being used at all if they have someone that's not healing very well? And I wonder if it's used in that.
Chris: I think probably more off label. I don't think you're going to see most physicians... Because they're dangerous, with growth hormones. So we'll touch on that as we go.
Bob: We'll get into that, yeah.
Chris: But, it's one of those things where, yes, it works. And so there's a reason why it's banned by the IOC. It's banned by MLB. It's banned by the NFL. It's banned NC2A. I mean, it's banned, but it does help. It does promote healing. It does help to enhance bone strength. It helps with the matrix. So it works with your body's natural systems.
Bob: Now one thing we had in the title, does it slow down aging? And could you speak to that, Chris?
Chris: Slowing down aging…
Bob: Like living longer.
Chris: Yeah, yeah, it does. It seems your appearance gets better. Your hair will be restored. You're going to have a better color.
Bob: And that's why it's so popular in Hollywood.