Book Review | Anti-Aging Cures
Author: Dr. James Forsythe
At first, I though this would be a book emphasizing a healthy diet, exercise and a few essential vitamins and supplements. Imagine my surprise when the first thing this doctor recommends is injectable human growth hormones (both he and his wife take it). He goes on to extoll the virtues of this naturally occurring hormone that your body produces during the growing years of your life then slacks off as you get older. Then he recommends supplements that will encourage your body to start producing the hormones in larger quantities – royal jelly and deer antler velvet – both of which have been used in Asian medicine for centuries.
Only then does he begin to delve into healthy eating, recommending foods with high levels of certain vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids. After this he does touch briefly on exercise. Not to mention colonics and enemas. Now we’re right back to where we started… Human growth hormones. At this point, my mind is screaming at me to remember something… Oh yeah, someone at a sporting event was disqualified for using human growth hormones – a performance enhancing substance. So, I did a little research. I will admit that the Internet seems entirely biased about human growth hormones – headlines blasted it in news stories and sporting events ban them. I did find a medical site that recommends it for the treatment of children with hormone deficiencies. Most sites do not recommend the use of human growth hormones for healthy adults, even going on to point out that the side effects include carpal tunnel syndrome, gigantism, insulin resistance (DIABETES) and water retention.
While I find some of this doctor’s research and methodology questionable, I hesitate to completely discard this book. The sections on diet and exercise have some good advice. I doubt I’ll be signing up for human growth hormones as a way to reduce the appearance of aging, though. It sounds a little too good to be true. Come to your own conclusions, research the man and his methods before investing in this book.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*