- Reviewed by David M. Kinchen
In her foreword to Dr. James Forsythe’s “Anti-Aging Cures; Life Changing Secrets to Reverse the Effects of Aging” (Vanguard Press, 304 pages, $25.99) Suzanne Somers says the saga of the Reno, NV physician is like something out of a John Grisham novel and that if it were a novel it would fly off the shelves.
The actress and New York Times bestselling author has it nailed: This is one shocker of a book and shows the brutal face of the federal government, Big Pharma, turf wars of medical specialists and “conventional wisdom” medicine.
If you want to see what Somers means, start reading Dr. Forsythe’s personal horror story on Page 175, at the beginning of Chapter 13. He was arrested in February 2005 at gunpoint in his house by agents wearing FBI and FDA insignia on their ballistic vests. The agents asked Forsythe and his wife Earlene, a registered nurse, if there was anyone else in the house and if there were any guns in the house. At the time of his arrest, Forsythe, who had more than three decades of medical experience in both military and civilian medicine in San Francisco, Honolulu, Reno, San Antonio and Vietnam, was hauled off to jail, where he stayed until his team of lawyers got him released.
His crime? He was the first and only doctor in the U.S. to be charged with prescribing human growth hormone (HGH) to a patient for an off-label use as an anti-aging treatment. At the risk of spoiling this story, I’ll give a brief summary of what happened. He was indicted by a federal grand jury (another hangover of a past legal heritage that was abolished by the Brits in the 1930s; the legal saying is that a grand jury instructed by a skilled prosecutor will indict a ham sandwich!) on Sept. 27, 2006 and charged with one count of Causing Introduction Into Interstate Commerce Unapproved New Drugs, one count of Distribution of Human Growth Hormone, and Aiding and Abetting. If convicted, Forsythe faced up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the causing introduction count and up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the distribution count.
On November 1, 2007, a 12-person jury acquitted Forsythe of all charges. His acquittal cleared the way for medical professionals nationwide to issue legal prescriptions for human growth hormone. The verdict also resulted in Forsythe emerging as a leader in the anti-aging medicine movement.
To me and to Forsythe, this sordid episode in what passes for jurisprudence in this country reeks of a conspiracy of Big Pharma, traditional medicine and the naked brutality of a federal government out of control. Add in protecting the turf of medical specialties like endocrinology — doctors specializing in diabetes and similar diseases, and you have a perfect medical storm.
“Anti-Aging Cures” tells how injected HGH slows and even reverses the aging process, naturally, without the use of Big Pharma’s drugs that more often than not have serious side effects. What the heck is off-label, you ask? I’m glad this fellow native of Michigan (He was born in Detroit in August 1938, I was born in South Haven in October 1938) explained that It’s the common practice among doctors of prescribing medication for something other than what is indicated in the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR), the bible of medications. In the PDR, HGH is specifically prescribed for dwarfism, relieving the wasting effects of AIDS and short bowel syndrome, but thousands of doctors have used HGH for treating other diseases and for slowing and even reversing the aging process.
If you’re as interested as many people — and the present reviewer — in the benefits of non-traditional medicine, including Asian medicine and homeopathy (a branch of medicine widely used in Europe, especially Germany) Forsythe’s book will be an eye-opener. Firm medical science evidence cited by Forsythe shows how all of these natural cures for aging work their magic on the human body.
Speaking of something author/lawyer Grisham would love, after Forsythe was exonerated of all the phony charges he was instructed by the government to write the official United States government protocol for administering growth hormone to fight aging. The protocol is included as Appendix A in the book. Appendix B is a list of doctors around the country who practice HGH medicine.
“Anti-Aging Cures” describes how readers can harness the power of Bio-Stimulators safely, legally, and naturally, to combat the ravages of aging. The book also describes simple ways to release more growth hormone in your body by using combinations of everyday foods, exercise, and quality supplements. Sounds great, doesn’t it? There’s one fly in the HGH ointment: You have to inject them six times a week, each shot costing about $25 or $7,800 a year! On top of this, these shots are not covered by most prescription drug plans. Forsythe suggests that people who are short of cash consider selling one of their cars if they have two or more and cutting back in other ways. He believes that costs will come down and points out that Lipitor, one of the most prescribed cholesterol lowering medications costs almost $400 for a 90 day supply. Of course, most people have prescription plans that cover the cost of Big Pharma drugs like the Lipitor that I take daily.
Forsythe also distinguishes between steroids — infamously used by athletes to enhance and extend their performance — and Human Growth Hormones, naturally produced and something that should be available to athletes. This is controversial to say the least, but I can see the logic in it: If HGH is good for the rest of us, why not for athletes?
I’m far from being an expert on medicine — I’m an English major, after all! — but Forsythe’s book makes sense to me. I’ve had personal experience with non-Western medicine, specifically acupuncture and acupressure, and found it to work when traditional Western treatments failed. Real “Anti-Aging Cures” and decide for yourself.
About the author
James Forsythe, M.D., H.M.D., has long been considered one of the most respected physicians in the United States, particularly for his treatment of cancer and the legal use of human growth hormone. In the early 1960s, Dr. Forsythe earned his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, before spending two years residency in Pathology at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu. After a tour of Vietnam, he returned to San Francisco and completed an internal medicine residency and an oncology fellowship. Dr. Forsythe maintains a conventional medical clinic, the Cancer Screening and Treatment Center, and a homeopathic practice, Century Wellness Clinic, in Reno, NV. A former associate professor of medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Dr. Forsythe has conducted numerous original clinical outcome-based studies on many natural substances. For more than 20 years, he has been interested in integrating alternative and conventional medicine. His website: www.drforsythe.com