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5 Proofs Exposing Anti-Aging Industry Lies

Posted by Jerry De Luca on Sunday, October 13, 2013

Medicine Scams

The anti-aging and regenerative medicine industry in the U.S. rakes in at least $6 billion annually. Celebrities like Suzanne Somers and the numerous anti-aging clinics and companies promise a Fountain of Youth through the magic anti-aging products and treatments they provide. They use a well-known conspiracy theory tactic common to all charlatans. Their favorite phrase is: “What the pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to know.”

The astronomical profits of many of these companies are close to that of the biggest pharmaceutical firms. As for Somers, her web site – suzannesomers.com - makes a fortune selling every kind of supplement, serums, patches, specialized food, cookware, sweeteners, skin-care and weight loss products, anti-aging items, herbs, electric face-lift machines, radiation protection shields, exercise equipment and detoxifiers.  

1) To combat the inevitable scourge of aging and the debilitating effects of menopause, Somers and many anti-aging companies advocate “natural bio-identical hormones”. Their claim is that replacement hormones made and sold by conventional pharmaceutical firms years ago are not natural. That’s why they caused cancer and heart disease in many women and were discontinued. These new, better hormones are made from plants and compounded by relatively much smaller pharmaceutical companies. They don’t cause harm, and they work, because they’re natural. 

Problem is, there is no essential difference between Big Pharma’s replacement hormones and the new “natural” alternative. Chemically, the structures of the two products are 100% identical. Chemist Joe Schwarcz of McGill University: “The properties of a substance depend on molecular structure, not ancestry. When it comes to assessing effectiveness and safety, whether the substance is synthetic or natural is totally irrelevant.”

As a result, both products carry the same risks. Lauren Streicher of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine explains that both hormones “are primarily all made at the same factory in Germany. There’s a couple of large factories in the United States. They’re the ones that synthesize it from plants and then send it to small compounding pharmacies and to the major pharmaceutical companies.”

2) Somers is the most popular advocate of this “natural” hormone, claiming it will put vigor and health back into the aging mind and body: “The second half of your life can be better than the first half. A better life, a healthier life, a life of youthful energy comes from embracing this new medicine.” However, just this one product is not nearly enough.

If anyone truly wants the elusive Fountain of Youth, they better have a lot of money to spend. Try not to be too bewildered by the List Of 60 Supplements Suzanne Somers Takes Daily:  http://www.seacoast.com/topic.php?health=list+of+60+supplements+suzanne+somers+takes+daily

For a better perspective, here is a 2 minute 48 second video of Somers displaying her health regimen on the Oprah Winfrey Show: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/29/suzanne-somers-daily-rout_n_162342.html

3) In spite of taking endless anti-aging medicines, what else does Somers use to look young? In 2006 she appeared on Larry King Live and admitted to frequent facial Botox injections. Botox is one of the most potent toxins on earth.

4) The following medical agencies have warned against bio-identical hormones: the FDA, the Mayo Clinic, the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

5) Statement by three leading aging scientists:
 --Jay Olshansky, professor, School of Public Health at the University of Illinois, author of The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging
--Leonard Hayflick, professor of anatomy, University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, author, How and Why We Age
--Dr. Bruce Carnes, professor of geriatric medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

“No currently marketed intervention – none – has yet proven to slow, stop, or reverse human aging. Anyone purporting to offer an anti-aging product today is either mistaken or lying. Systematic investigations into aging and its modification are in progress and could one day provide methods to slow our inevitable decline and extend health and longevity. That day, however, has not arrived.”

Paul A. Offit, M.D. Do you Believe in Magic: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, Harper Collins, 2013

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Jerry De Luca is a Christian freelance writer who loves perusing dozens of interesting and informative publications. When he finds any useful info he summarizes it, taking the main points, and creates a (hopefully) helpful blog post.

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