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Thomas Lutz

It is not that he used it, it is how he got it. No doc prescribes it. The correct analogy has to be more Clintonesque: "I used weed, but I did not inhale." Give me a break.

JDM3MD

As an emergency department I know of no evidence that HGH is effective for the treatment of any injury. At least there is some evidence that THC (marijuana) is effective.

No reputable MD would prescribe HGH for any injury.

qetzal

Malcolm Gladwell wrote:

>But a doctor can prescribe a drug for any reason he or she chooses (with a few exceptions).

HGH appears to be one of those exceptions. There is a specific provision in the US Code that prohibits this (21USC333(e)). Admittedly, this section prohibits *distribution* for off-label use. Whether it was illegal for Vina to *use* it is another matter (I don't know).

rone

"HGH is an artificial way to improve your athletic performance."

It isn't.

http://www.sabernomics.com/sabernomics/index.php/2007/09/the-media-and-porformance-enhancing-drugs/

http://www.sabernomics.com/sabernomics/index.php/2007/04/i-dont-worry-about-hgh-in-baseball-and-neither-should-you

gbaked

""HGH is an artificial way to improve your athletic performance."

It isn't."

Does that make it better or worse?

gbaked

""HGH is an artificial way to improve your athletic performance."

It isn't."

Does that make it better or worse?

Steve Sailer

This, by the way, is a very good use of Malcolm's blog. Malcolm has lots of interests and ideas, but he's not very good at reality-testing his ideas. So, rather than putting one of his many bad ideas into an authoritative-sounding New Yorker article and getting it spread all over the world, thus exacerbating the amount of nonsense on the loose, he tries it out here, his commenters shoot it full of holes, and nothing more is ever heard of it again.

Bravo!

malcolm gladwell

You need to chill Steve. Seriously. You're creeping me out.

Matt

Regarding the use of injury as an excuse to use HGH, it should be said that recovering from injury is a weekly if not daily process for many professional athletes. Players in all sports suit up for games with sore joints, muscle strains, deep bruises, and countless other ailments, all of which could easily be considered "injuries". Recovery from injury is not some special circumstance that should allow an athlete to bend or break American laws or rules of sport; it is a common phenomenon that even the healthiest athlete is forced to deal with, and, unless games or practices are missed, usually goes completely unnoticed by the public.

Matt

Regarding the use of injury as an excuse to use HGH, it should be said that recovering from injury is a weekly if not daily process for many professional athletes. Players in all sports suit up for games with sore joints, muscle strains, deep bruises, and countless other ailments, all of which could easily be considered "injuries". Recovery from injury is not some special circumstance that should allow an athlete to bend or break American laws or rules of sport; it is a common phenomenon that even the healthiest athlete is forced to deal with, and, unless games or practices are missed, usually goes completely unnoticed by the public.

James

Two comments creep you out?

Esteban

I will see the second part
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Calvin

Ibuprofen is a drug that has no performance enhancing attributes. HGH is a performance enhancer that has medical applications. Sports are supposed to test the limitations of human physical prowess, not the limitations of the pharmaceutical industry. That's why dual application drugs are banned.

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HGH

Yes HGH improves performance, so does taking protein everyday, so does taking many other supplements. Women have been taking hormone therapy for many years and no one says anything. Now men start and everyone automoatically thinks they are trying to look like a bodybuilder. I know someone that had horrible back pain and started taking hgh and within months the pain and suffering was gone. Should sports figures just get old and decrepit and retire?

David J. Thomson

I think Vina said it was wrong more because of pressure than from his own conscience. Hgh cannot give any other benefits to the normal person who is age 21 because at this age it is at the peak and cannot really get higher. It is only after age 21 that Hgh begins to decline and it is know that it really does not give significant benefits until one is in their mid thirties and on. For any age younger the benefits are just not there. It is not like he was using testosterone and there are natural products that can really boost testosterone high that are legal. And why would they use needle injected Hgh which requires a doctor and prescription when homeopathic Hgh is over the counter and has been shown to be just as effective in double blind placebo clinical trials? The Father of Growth Hormone, Howard Turney, is quoted in his book, “Feel Younger with Homeopathic HGH” as follows, “My wife and I have been using (homeopathic HGH)…for some time now…and we are receiving the benefits we were previously experiencing with the injectable form of HGH and at a greatly reduced price”. I am sure there are many professional athletes using homeopathic Hgh and I doubt it would be detectable and they would have to be in their mid thirties and on to gain any significant advantage. It seems we sheep always go overboard and throw out the baby with the bath water.

konteyner

Is it wrong for him to bet on his own team to win?

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Imagine Mantle on steroids!

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Gordon  Murphy

MLB players have been publicly known to take other medicines off label to speed recovery, such as using osteoporosis medicine to recover from broken bones faster (I distinctly remember Eric Chavez taking Forteo to recover a few years back). What is the difference between a drug designed to fix a osteoclast (bone growth cell) deficiency being used off-label than a drug designed to fix a hormone deficiency? There is a treatment vs. enhancement issue to worry about but if the HGH is used solely to recover from injuries (long-lasting effects notwithstanding) I can't see a real difference here.

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