Friday, April 06, 2007

HGH is NOT a performance enhancing drug

Well, bless my soul, and hush my mouth. Turns out that the media was caught napping again. According to the Sabernomics blog, Human Growth Hormone doesn't do anything for baseball players. So let me first say sorry to Barry for thinking he probably took it and writing it in a variety of posts.

According to that blog's author, who is a professor, he just happened to talk with a fellow professor friend with expertise in exercise physiology after reading from another expert that HGH does nothing. And his professor friend essentially said, "Duh!" Apparently reporters never bothered to ask any expert in HGH, else this would have been a non-story for a long time. Here is some excerpts:

Me: What do you think of this argument?

John: Oh yeah, I agree with him. This isn’t even controversial in exercise physiology.

Me: Why haven’t I heard about this in the media?

John: I guess no one has asked anyone in the profession to comment. People think andro works, and that is laughable.

Me: How does HGH work?

John: Unlike anabolic steroids, growth hormone doesn’t target muscle, everything grows. You will get bigger muscles, but you’ll also do things like enlarge your organs. In an adult who has finished growing, it’s going to result in acromegaly. Remember Andre the Giant’s gut? That wasn’t fat. That’s where his organs had to go because there wasn’t room in his chest cavity.

Me: But, doesn’t the subject benefit from bigger muscles.

John: There is no evidence of this. It seems that the muscle that is developed is abnormal and not mature. I’ll point you to some studies (see below).

Me: Wow. So you think there are no performance-enhancing benefits to using HGH?

John: Little to none, especially in baseball. An offensive lineman in football might benefit just from gaining mass, but there are probably easier and cheaper ways to gain mass—HGH is very expensive. If I were to use PEDs, I’d take steroids and there is no way I’d even touch HGH. If benefits to taking HGH exist they are tiny, and the health consequences are not pretty.


Don't that sound lovely, "your organs grow and has no place to go."

There goes another thing that Bonds has been accused of taking and helping him out. All he needs to do is have another outstanding season and that should prove to his detractors that, if he had used steroids, even inadverdently because of his friend giving it to him unknown to him, it was of little help to Bonds, because, with all the scrutiny he is under, plus government agents bringing their vendetta against him full-steam, there is no way he could be receiving any PEDS of any sort unless it is one of those sold in your local vitamin or health store.

3 comments:

  1. but havent small quantities of hgh provent to improve eyesight and slow the aging process?

    im not saying that this is performance enhancing persay, but women in bev hills get hgh treatments all the time due to these factors

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  2. And doctor's for years used to use leeches to try to cure many other things, but it didn't do anything, making its use disreputable. It was only in recent years that researchers re-discovered why leeches were so good for what they originally was meant for. So doctor's don't always do the right thing, often the original use that was so successful is not so successful when applied to other things.

    So, do you believe what professors in exercise physiology have found to be true for what HGH has been proven to do (or not do) or do you trust these Bev Hill doctors using HGH for purposes it was never meant to be used for? One would think that if small doses improves eyesight, which is helpful for sports (but not slowing the aging process, as much), one would think an exercise physiology professor would know about that, particularly one interested enough in baseball to discuss it.

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  3. A user named "Kelly" (User profile: http://www.blogger.com/profile/00711678910960687272) posted this with a link, but I removed that comment and am providing this text only, in case it was a link to spam or something bad, but include the text here in case it happens to be real (but the profile looks bogus, no info at all, no other weblinks, only a link to their genf20 scam site; just don't feel like taking time to research this):

    My son is into sports, to boost his energy I give him genf20 and I can see it really works for him. but I should say they beware of genf20 scam.

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