What’s the truth about Dr Aslan’s GH3 anti-ageing complex?

“What’s your take on Dr. Aslan’s GH3 complex? I believe it was used as an alternative to Valium, Zoloft, etc. It was finally declared a food supplement instead of a drug, since it contains 15% procaine.”
Asked by Rich Ranspot via email

Pill tablet by @Doug88888, on FlickrIf Sergey Brin and Larry Page really wanted to invent a feature that would do the world some good, it would be a ringing warning bell sound effect that was heard every time you typed in a word or phrase that found websites that claimed “miracle cure” or “anti-ageing”. Any website that sells GH3 will quite possible use such words.  Let’s make something quite clear: the ageing process is irrevocable and ultimately fatal. It cannot be stopped and it certainly cannot be reversed, and any organisation that claims as such is lying to you.

Certain creams may – and here’s the phrase that’s missing in most claims for such ‘miracle cures’ – “reduce the appearance of ageing”, by moisturising the skin, but that’s about it. The catchy-sounding GH3 (or to use it’s creamier marketing name ‘Gerovital’) is a preparation that is better known to scientists as procain hydrochloride. It sounds pretty dangerous and, to a degree, it is. Procain is an anaesthetic normally wielded by your friendly dentist (an unfriendly dentist would rip out your molars without using anaesthetic). Injected as a solution, procain can be your best friend when you have someone prodding around in your mouth with sharp instruments. However, according to WebMD, it’s not all that easily absorbed if you take it orally in tablet form. GH3 is available in tablet form.

It is true there have been some geriatric studies that suggest that patients who had been given doses of procain seem to show some degree of general improvement, but a number of double-blind studies have shown that among hospitalised geriatric patients with organic symptoms, Gerovital H3 had no ameliorative effect on either psychologic or physiologic functioning.

Personally I wouldn’t give GH3 to my neighbour’s dog – and he barks all night!

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Article by Daryl Ilbury

February 5, 2013

Daryl Ilbury is a former multi award-winning broadcaster, now a science journalist and op-ed columnist based in South Africa. He has a Masters degree in Science Journalism from City University, London. You can see an archive of his work on his website www.darylilbury.com or follow him on Twitter at @darylilbury.

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