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Dr. Erika Schwartz: Hormone Therapy Criticism Misses Mark

By Aaron Stern   |   Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 05:52 PM

Author and human growth hormone advocate Dr. Erika Schwartz fired back Tuesday at a recent Wall Street Journal story linking HGH to higher risks of cancer and early death.

"It's very disappointing, first of all, to see the Wall Street Journal being that uncaring and really not doing their homework, because the editors should never have allowed this article to come out," Schwartz, author of "The Hormone Solution," told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

The Journal story cited studies released this year. One, conducted by the Women's Health Initiative, suggested that giving estrogen to women over the age of 50 could increase the risk of stroke and breast cancer.

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Another, run by researchers at the University of Southern California, found that people ages 50 to 65 who show higher levels of IGF-1, a chemical associated with HGH use, showed a 400 percent increased risk of cancer and a 75 percent increase in overall mortality.

Schwartz said the Journal's presentation of the studies was misleading, and that giving growth hormone to people with HGH deficiencies is approved by the FDA. She also said that many people undergoing HGH therapies try to administer the drugs themselves, and often have doctors who aren't looking out for their patients' interests.

"The thing is, you want a doctor who knows what they're doing, who has experience, who cares about you. You don't want a doctor who's just there to make money off of you," Schwartz said.

"You want a doctor who cares, and you also want a doctor who has experience, who knows how to read the studies, who also is giving it to you because you need it. I mean, if you have a growth hormone deficiency syndrome, which many of us do, a low dose of growth hormone actually protects you from heart disease, improves your mood, helps you build muscle, not to mention libido. It helps that, too."

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Schwartz is also finishing a book that will explore the different stages of human sexuality in modern culture.

"It's really interesting, because it's time to stop looking at marriage or relationships and define them in our 50s and 60s the [same] way we do in our 20s and stop trying to be 20 when you're 50. It just doesn't work," she said.

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