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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Congress to reclassify growth hormone and DHEA- Should we be concerned in the HIV field?

Should we be concerned in the world of HIV?

Human Growth Hormone (Serostim) is currently approved for HIV wasting. DHEA is a supplement sold over the counter.

Currently, growth hormone is a class IV drug ( no triplicate or DEA number required for prescribing it). DHEA is an over the counter supplement not shown to increase testosterone at all in men, but they will try to stop its sale over the counter...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071218/ap_on_go_co/congress_steroids

"The bill by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., would classify HGH as a "Schedule III" substance, equating it legally with anabolic steroids and bringing it under the watch of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
A second proposal by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, would make it illegal to sell dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) to anyone under 18. DHEA is a naturally occurring precursor to testosterone and a dietary supplement that some athletes are using as an alternative to illegal anabolic steroids, Grassley said."

Friday, December 14, 2007

Testosterone Pellets for More Sustained and Longer Term Blood Testosterone Levels

I just got back from seeing Dr Richard Cavender in New Albany, OH (ammedicalcenter.com) which is close to Columbus. This man has a full wellness clinic like I have always envisioned with exercise equipment that collects your progress data and feeds it wirelessly to a computer for tracking purposes. He also provides hormone replacement and nutritional support. He has a doctor in exercise physiology, physical therapists, registered dietitians, and a psychologist. He has a very charming personality and treats his patients like equals. Great concept and ahead of his time.

He inserted 12 75- mg testosterone pellets (Testopel) under my skin in the upper gluts area. No discomfort and no pain. He has been using them for years and he says most people can sustain proper testosterone levels for 4-6 months. We took baseline blood work and I will do them again in a month and then 3 months after that to see how I respond.

I have been using testosterone for 15 years now without any side effects. However, my busy travel schedule sometimes gets in the way of perfect adherence to gels or shots, so I decided I would give this a try. Bad adherence to testosterone delivery methods can cause swings in mood and energy levels, so I definitely want more constant testosterone levels!


I will let you know when I get my next testosterone level results.

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