Included are a number of articles and links regarding Growth Hormone, Lyme Disease, Chronic Fatigue syndrome and Fibromyalga.
2. Hormone Balancing
Thyroid, Adrenal, Ovarian/Testicular and Pituitary gland disorders are common in those with Lyme Disease.
These glands produce vital hormones that are critical to your health and well being and importantly, for the normal functioning of your nervous and immune system: both vital systems which are very much affected by the Lyme Bacteria and its co-infections.
If your hormones are unbalanced or low, you will develop many signs and symptoms which may at times mimic the Lyme Disease symptoms, and which may also make your existing symptoms very much worse.
Your hormones exert a powerful influence over your immune system and by retuning your hormones to a more balanced level, your immune system will in turn become strong and resilient. This is a vital aspect to regaining your health and should not be overlooked – it is not a matter of just trying to “kill” the lyme bacteria – if your body is not hormonally balanced you will never recover your full health. This is what we are after all trying to achieve.
As Part Of This Unique Program, We Assess And Balance Your Hormones Using Natural Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy To Return Your Whole Body Back To a State of Balance and Good Health, Giving You The Very Best Chance of Regaining Perfect Health and Vitality!
- Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
by cavalier » Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:15 am
Here is one on HGH - if the overseas clinic i clipped below has so much experience it is hopeful in their saying all autoimmune diseases can be helped - other ways to increase HgH too other than injections.
Human Growth Hormone treatment reduces skin wrinkling by its ability to stimulate protein synthesis, which leads to higher production of collagen and elastin, two essential skin proteins that form skin's structure. It also reverses the rigidity of collagen and elastin. This becomes increasingly important as we age, since both collagen and elastin tend to become more brittle and lose their elasticity. "With growth hormone, the skin turgor (plumpness) is markedly better," related Vincent Giampapa, M.D. plastic surgeon. "The skin doesn't seem to hang as much."
THE TRUTH ABOUT HUMAN
The Real Story Behind Growth Hormone:
Can It Safely Reverse Aging?
Have you been hearing a lot about the Human Growth Hormone (hGH) lately? It's been hard to avoid hearing about its ability to reverse the aging process and restore the aging body. Study after study has detailed the rejuvenating effects of hGH on almost every system of the body.
Just what is the human growth hormone (hGH)? It is a substance naturally produced by your own pituitary gland. It is necessary for the healthy functioning and the rejuvenation of every cell and every system of the body.
your immune system won't function
your thymus gland shrinks
your skin wrinkles and thickens
your hair turns white
your eyes grow dim
you lose your memory
you gain weight and flab
you lose interest in sex
How is hGH responsible for all these functions? It appears that hGH jump-starts older cells. It pushes the cells so that they go into the repair and reproductive stage more quickly.
Unfortunately, our repair and reproductive cycle starts to slow down as we age. Growth hormone starts declining shortly after the average person reaches their 20s. It declines even more in the 30s and 40s and beyond. By the time the average person reaches age 60, the pituitary secretes only 25% of the growth hormone it did at age 20. This results in the shrinkage of major organs and the onset of all other symptoms related to old age.
Studies Show Amazing Rejuvenating Effect of hGH
On July 5, l990, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine published a clinical study that stunned the medical establishment: A group of men between the ages of 61 and 81 were given injections of human growth hormone (hGH) - a substance naturally produced by the pituitary gland. The author of the study, Daniel Rudman, M.D., concluded:
"The effects of six months of human growth hormone on lean body mass and adipose tissue mass were equivalent in magnitude to the changes (that) occurred during 10 to 20 years of aging."
After six months of treatment, the group gained an average of 8.8 percent in lean body mass and lost an average of 14.4 percent in fat mass. In addition, the skin thickened by 7.1 percent, and the liver and spleen grew by 19 percent and 17 percent.
Stanford University researchers came to the same conclusion in 1992 and reported, "It is possible that physiologic growth hormone replacement might reverse of prevent some of the 'inevitable' sequelae of aging."
Other researchers agreed with these findings. According to Dr. Bob Goldman, President of the National Academy of Sports Medicine:
"Growth hormone replacement therapy may be the most powerful tool in slowing human aging, and human growth hormone may yet prove to be the silver bullet against the demon of the degenerative diseases of aging."
Noted medical researcher, Vincent Giampapa, M.D. underscored this point,
"What growth hormone does is jump-start the older cell. Growth hormone pushes the cell so that it goes into the repair and reproductive stage more quickly."
Study after study has detailed the rejuvenating effects of hGH on almost every system of the body.
Studies on the human growth hormone have shown that it actually reshapes physical contours. Belgian physician, Thierry Hertoghe, took body measurements of his patients before and after two months of treatment with growth hormone. He recorded a shrinkage of about 23 to 30 percent in the pockets of fat around the abdomen - which are typically the hardest to eliminate with dieting.
Burns Fat and Builds Muscle
According to Dr. Edmund Chein, hGH is unlike any other treatment or therapy for removing fat because it works with the body rather than against it. He claims that hGH actually changes the hormonal message that tells your body to store fat.
"When you end a diet, you immediately regain the lost pounds because you have not changed the hormonal message that tells your body to store fat. Growth hormone actually changes that message."
In another study headed by Dr. Franco Salomon in London, England, results were astounding: a group of adults deficient in growth hormone received daily doses of it. After six months, the group averaged an increase of 10 percent in lean muscle tissue with a corresponding drop of 7 percent in fat!
The immune system is the foundation of a long and healthy life. Many researchers have shown that when the immune system is compromised, life span is cut short.
Researchers have show the hGH therapy can directly impact immune function. It dramatically increases the activity of all major immune cell types, including T-cells, B-cells, natural killer cells, and macrophages. Even more surprising, it boosts levels of cytokines (critical immune system messengers), such as interleukin 1, immunoglobulin G, and tumor necrosis factors.
Dr. Keith Kelley, an immunologist at the University of Illinois, showed that hGH can actually reverse the inevitable shrinking of the thymus gland, a key component of the immune system. In fact, the disappearance of the thymus gland with age is one of the hallmarks of aging. The older we grow, the more the thymus gland shrinks.
Strengthens the Heart
In a l996 study published by The New England Journal of Medicine, a group of patients with moderate to severe heart disease were given hGH every other day for three months. When the patients were re-tested, their heart walls were thicker and showed an enhanced ability to contract and pump blood. They also showed a dramatic improvement in endurance and exercise capacity.
A group of scientists at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, found that injections of IGF-1 (a metabolite of hGH) regenerated damaged neurons in the brain. Other studies show marked improvement in memory, the ability to think and reason, and in improved mental clarity, alertness and concentration.
Lifts Mood and Energy
Researchers at the St. Thomas Hospital in London administered hGH to a group of patients to determine its effect on mood and energy. Within one month of treatment, many of these patients reported a noticeable increase in energy. After six months of treatment, their psychological well-being improved markedly.
Rejuvenates Skin; Thickens Hair
Dr. Ronald Klatz described the effect of growth hormone on the skin:
"Growth hormone is the only anti-aging treatment known that actually makes people look younger. Creams and lotions that contain antioxidants, like vitamins E, A, or C and retinoic acid, have been shown to erase fine lines (but) do not stop the skin from sagging or shrinking. Only growth hormone therapy can take a decade or more off your face."
Elmer Cranton, M.D., of the Mount Rainier Clinic in Washington, has treated patients with hGH for over five years and witnessed firsthand the reversal of skin wrinkling: "The skin gets thicker, and the dehydration that occurs with age is reversed."
Human Growth Hormone treatment reduces skin wrinkling by its ability to stimulate protein synthesis, which leads to higher production of collagen and elastin, two essential skin proteins that form skin's structure. (ME- the 1st part is good the 2nd maybe OK IF the increased production is healthy & regulated as it was when we were normal)
It also reverses the rigidity of collagen and elastin. This becomes increasingly important as we age, since both collagen and elastin tend to become more brittle and lose their elasticity. "With growth hormone, the skin turgor (plumpness) is markedly better," related Vincent Giampapa, M.D. plastic surgeon. "The skin doesn't seem to hang as much."
Likewise, it also thickens hair growth and stimulates faster growth. 38% of 202 patients given hGH supplements reported new hair growth.
The elasticity of the lens of our eye declines with age, and it becomes harder and harder to keep objects in focus from a short distance, or adjust to darkness quickly.
Warning: The Little-Known Dangers
Although hGH produces amazing results, it also has a dark side that is rarely publicized. When taken alone or in excess dosages, growth hormone can actually exert an unnatural stimulating action and can lead to insulin resistance, diabetes, fluid retention, carpal tunnel syndrome, gynecomastia (enlarged breasts), lowered output of the body's own growth hormone, and acromegaly (abnormal bone growth in the wrists, hands and feet).
Even worse, other studies published in Cancer Research and the Journal of Endocrinology suggest that excess hGH may promote tumor growth (Cancer Research 1995, 1997).
Research indicates that hGH dramatically improves both night vision and near vision - in some cases, to the point of no longer requiring reading glasses.
Sam Baxas, M.D., of the Baxamed Clinic in Basil, Switzerland, included hGH replacement nine years ago in his therapy for patients suffering from Parkinson's, Lou Gehrig's, and Alzheimer's diseases: "The combination has been explosive. We are healing just about everything - heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, muscle wasting diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, lupus, all the autoimmune diseases."
Not something I would want to do without some medical guidance & most doc’s in the USA don’t know about Scleroderma enuf to really say – but holds some interest. from - http://www.therealessentials.com/hgh1.html
Jill SD & Lyme
HORMONES & LYME
Increasingly, Lyme patients are being diagnosed with hormonal imbalances that are complicating their illness. Because hormones are important for regulating the immune system, treatment of these imbalances can be a necessary component to treating Lyme disease.
It is worthwhile for Lyme patients to be evaluated for thyroid, adrenal and pituitary disorders by a physician knowledgeable in these conditions. Typically, endocrinologists are the physicians who diagnose and treat hormone irregularities. However, it can be difficult to find an endocrinologist who uses bio-identical hormones and/or growth hormone, and many doctors in the holistic field are taking this approach. Patients and compounding pharmacies are good places to turn for referrals.
LYME DISEASE & GROWTH HORMONE UPDATE
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–Fibromyalgia and Lyme Disease Is there a link?
When a patient begins to experience the pain of fibromyalgia, the person’s body will be weakened, and as a result, the symptoms of lyme disease may concurrently appear.
The Infection’s Effects On Hormones
The bacteria that cause the disease will slowly excrete neurotoxins that can decrease the amount of key hormones that the pituitary gland creates and releases. The hormones control the body’s response to pain and can limit the production of prostaglandins, which are compounds that trigger an inflammatory response.
If a person is diagnosed with lyme disease, doxycycline is usually injected near the bite or the rash. In order to simultaneously reduce the inflammation, a patient can ingest numerous herbs and medications, such as ginger, cinnamon and aspirin.
A study that was conducted in 2007 showed that injections of human growth hormone are able to substantially reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia by strengthening the immune system and replacing the hormones that the pituitary gland should be producing.
Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Overview
Hormone Imbalances: Consider and treat as necessary hypothyroidism, low or borderline adrenal function, and sex hormone deficiencies. DHEA and 7-Keto DHEA may be useful; routine endocrine tests are normal in suspected cases of fibromyalgia. Current research is focusing on growth hormone irregularities. Insulin-related growth factor-1 (IGF1) is secreted mainly by the liver in response to growth hormone release. Growth hormone deficiency in adults has been associated with many symptoms that are similar to those described by fibromyalgia patients: low energy, poor general health, reduced exercise capacity, muscle weakness, cold intolerance, impaired cognition, dysthymia and decreased lean body mass. IGF1 levels are often found to be low in FMS patients and the few studies done so far have found symptomatic improvement of CFS and FMS patients with growth hormone injections.
Using Human Growth Hormone in Anti-Aging Therapies
About Human Growth Hormone Precursors
Is there a way to get the benefits of human growth hormone without the dangerous side effects? The answer is still unknown but many tests are being done on hGH precursors called secretagogues. Specific names of hGH precursors include glutamine, arginine and ornithine. What is a precursor? It’s an amino acid that tells the pituitary gland to make hGH. When a person ages, the pituitary gland rapidly slows down production of hGH. It’s hoped that this indirect method can help prevent aging without putting anyone in an early grave.