The distribution and marketing of human growth hormone (HGH or GH) via
Web sites and antiaging clinics has grown into a multimillion-dollar antiaging
industry.1- 4 Despite
congressional hearings warning of deceptive marketing claims and the potential
health and economic dangers associated with the antiaging industry,5,6 and statements issued by the National
Institute on Aging7- 9 and
the Federal Trade Commission,10 the distribution
and use of GH for antiaging is now common. For example, entering the terms
“HGH” and “anti-aging” into the Google search engine
generated 3 410 000 hits as of September 26, 2005, many representing
Web sites and clinics marketing and selling GH.
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