Human growth hormone (HGH) supplementation

Human growth hormone (HGH) is a peptide hormone which stimulates growth and cell reproduction. Regular use of HGH may lead to several negative side effects such as joint swelling, joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and an increased risk of diabetes.1) It may also interfere with immune function.

Not enough is known with regard to how HGH impacts on immune function, but there is some reason to believe that may have a negative impact on cellular homeostasis. For this reason, use of HGH is not recommended for Marshall Protocol patients.

General advice about hormone supplementation

Due to the nature of chronic disease, it is common for patients suffering from chronic diseases to have low levels of hormones. This is often due to high levels of the vitamin D metabolite 1,25-D which interferes with the production of hormones such as T3, testosterone, etc. Because the vitamin D system is dysregulated in chronically ill patients, supplementing with other hormones tends to further dysregulate the receptors rather than increase hormonal expression. Thus, hormone supplementation is contraindicated. If the patient is already on hormone “replacement” therapy, judicious use of low-dose hormone therapy (to relieve intolerable symptoms) may be necessary until the patient is able to wean from the hormones.

Marshall Protocol (MP) patients are advised to work with their doctor to use the lowest dose of medication that is effective.

As patients begin to kill the Th1 pathogens causing their disease, vitamin D metabolism restabilizes and 1,25-D's effects on hormonal stabilization becomes less of an issue. Once this happens, there is no longer a need to take extra hormone supplements, and patients can then wean off their steroids.

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===== Notes and comments =====

Any drug you introduce to your body will affect it profoundly. If HGH reportedly induces palliation, then it most probably would be doing that by suppressing the immune system. Which will affect progress on the MP.


===== References =====

Liu H, Bravata DM, Olkin I, Nayak S, Roberts B, Garber AM, Hoffman AR. Systematic review: the safety and efficacy of growth hormone in the healthy elderly. Ann Intern Med. 2007 Jan 16;146(2):104-15. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-146-2-200701160-00005.
[PMID: 17227934] [DOI: 10.7326/0003-4819-146-2-200701160-00005]
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