Saturday, April 07, 2007

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Offers CNN Radio Affiliates Prescription for ‘Chasing Life’

CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta sifts through hyperbole and facts as he details for CNN Radio listeners the latest therapies and regimens designed to slow down the aging process. For the hour-long “Chasing Life” program, Gupta and CNN Radio take a hard look at dietary supplements, human growth hormones, stem cell treatments and calorie-restriction diets.

The program, available to affiliates beginning Friday, April 6, serves as a companion piece to the CNN: Special Investigations Unit documentary, set to premiere on Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m. (ET) on CNN/U.S. and to Gupta’s first book, Chasing Life, scheduled to be released by Warner Books on Monday, April 9.

CNN Radio’s “Chasing Life” will be produced by CNN Radio supervising producer Sherri Maksin.

Guests for “Chasing Life” include Dr. Andrew Weil, a Harvard-trained physician who introduced alternative medicine to the United States; Dr. Nir Barzilai, professor of medicine and molecular genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Dan Buettner, an explorer and founder of; Dr. Jay Olshansky, the School of Public Health for the University of Illinois; Dr. Jacqueline Springer, a Kansas doctor who faced scrutiny for prescribing human growth hormone; and Dr. Eric Ravussin, professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

“Chasing Life” also will be available on’s podcasting page, which can be found at, and at CNN’s dedicated space on iTunes. Additionally, CNN Radio programming, including long-form programs, can be heard streamed for the Web on the home page.

CNN Radio is a full-service network, providing its approximately 2,000 worldwide affiliates with the latest information in news, sports and business. Utilizing CNN’s 36 bureaus worldwide, CNN Radio offers an unmatched menu of actualities and reports through satellite feeds and an affiliate-accessible Web site. CNN Radio is based in CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, with personnel, including radio-only correspondents, located at the CNN bureau in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York. CNN Radio programming is distributed exclusively for radio broadcast in the United States by Westwood One. CNN Radio audio can also be heard via a link on the Web site.

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Blogger Jeffrey Dach MD said...

Dr. Andrew Weil Says Human Growth Hormone is "Snake Oil"

You may have seen the June AARP magazine article by Dr. Andrew Weil, which gives the mistaken impression that there is only one medical publication which reports the beneficial effects of growth hormone on the physical parameters of aging, namely Rudman, NEJM 1990.

In reality there has been over 20 years of research with thousands of medical studies showing benefits from Growth Hormone therapy, and extremely high safety profile.

Growth Hormone is a patented FDA approved pharmaceutical with proven efficacy, and therefore Dr. Weil's "snake oil" label for growth hormone is hardly appropriate.

Benefits of (HGH) growth hormone include improved body composition, improved bone density, improved wound healing, improved cognitive function, and improved sense of well being.

Burn victims heal faster with growth hormone and have increased muscle protein synthesis. Patients with Crohn's disease and short bowel syndrome show improved nutritional status with HGH treatment. Cardiac cachexia patients gain weight, get well and leave the hospital. Hip fracture patients heal with fewer complications.

The AARP Dr. Andrew Weil "the Debunker" article fails to tell us that our hormone levels decline dramatically after age 50, and by the age of 60 most adults have Growth Hormone levels indistinguishable from those of hypopituitary patients with organic lesions in the pituitary gland.

For more info and references, see

Dr. Andrew Weil Says Human Growth Hormone is "Snake Oil"

Jeffrey Dach MD

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