Chapter 13 - Talks with a Few Patients
I have interviewed hundreds of persons who have taken GH3, whether in a supervised study or not. (Incidentally, I like "spoken with" or "talked to" rather than "interviewed," the latter being a pretentious, officious-sounding word.)
In all my research, perhaps the most dramatic stories came from my talks with Sidney Cohen and Keith Ditman's patients (in phase one, the open studies).
I spent some enjoyable moments with Dr. Keith Ditman in Beverly Hills, where he conducts a private practice in psychiatry, as well as taking part in clinical research. During my visits to Los Angeles, Dr. Ditman made available the results on his patients (with their permission, of course), and also they volunteered to be interviewed by me whenever they came in for treatment. There was nothing to hide; in fact, the doctors and patients were eager to give information, wanting the truth made public.
I asked each researcher what he would gain by GH3's recognition. "Nothing," was the invariable reply. "Except a lot of patients whom we couldn't take care of because we are already overloaded. What we are seeking is the truth about Gerovital H3 and that is it."
I talked with many of Dr. Ditman's patients, during several trips to Los Angeles.
A lawyer whom we shall call Mr. Eisenstein had been depressed for many years. He had been very successful but, caught up in the rat race we call competition, had "freaked out." Vernacular, but everyone knows what it means, so why use medical jargon to explain his refusal to accept modern society's conditions? All right: if you insist on pedantry, he could no longer carry on in the traditional pattern of modern society.
Eisenstein became a middle-aged rebel without a cause, but still desperately seeking one. But as an intelligent, knowledgeable person, how do you fight without a leader who can explain the plausibility and rightness of your cause? If you are disillusioned with leaders, you have to fight on your own, which is precisely what our lawyer friend did.
"I got GH3 and it's been the real answer to my problems," be said. "I never thought a brain could be changed so rapidly for the better by a chemical. Hell, I feel like living again."
BAILEY: You know most of us are caught up in the rat race we call competition. Did GH3 make you well enough to get back in the rat race again?
EISEN5TEIN: No, I must tell you GH3 did so much for me that I felt I didn't need to get back in the rat race again. This doesn't mean it acts as a tranquilizer so you don't care. You do care, but GH3 puts the whole picture in perspective. I occasionally take on clients who I believe have some validity in their claims, but I no longer have the compulsion to make more and more money and take on more and more clients. I am now more selective. The compulsion of the rat race does not interest me any more—no matter what the financial returns. Also I must say that GH3 has done me a good turn physically. I m happy for that. They tell me it's lowered my cholesterol, which I suppose is good. Also, my hair started growing again on my head and my arms, and legs.
Two other patients of Dr. Ditman turned out to be a beautiful couple; we ll call them Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sparkman. Mr. Sparkman was in his seventies; having lost his first wife, he had married Rhona, a lovely woman in her .fifties. It was obvious that the marriage was successful, judging from intimate remarks and passages of love signs which, although not ostentatious, show to an observer that there is no cover-up in the relationship.
Rhona, being volatile and eager to talk about GH3, carried the bulk of the interview at first. In fact I didn t have to ask too many questions. She had been benefited by GH3 in that she had a new surge of energy (which was very noticeable), lost her depression which had plagued her for years (as it does most of us whether we know it or not). After I ascertained that Rhona had indeed been helped by GH3 (substantiated by Dr. Ditman's evaluation), I asked Joe how he reacted to GH3 treatment.
What follows, although true—as is everything in this book—I consider as dryly humorous as anything I have encountered in my two-year investigation of GH3. For brevity I will condense, leaving in all relevant material so as not to distort the truth by taking it out of context.
BAILEY: Joe, I see that your wife has benefited greatly by the use of GH3. You have been taking it. What are your thoughts about it?
JOE: Well, Mr. Bailey, there was nothing wrong with me to start with. Nothing at all. I just took it because my wife kept insisting I should.
BAILEY: You mean that at your age you were in perfect health and couldn t be better?"
JOE: Well, I wouldn t say that exactly.
RHONA (interposing): Honey, why don't you tell Mr. Bailey the truth? Tell him about the little tremor you had that's now all gone. About the blotches on your face that cleared up, and about your arthritis that you don't feel anymore.
JOE: Yes. (Somewhat sheepishly.) Well, I might as well say my health is a lot better and things don't upset me as they used to. Auto traffic used to really get me mad.
RHONA: It really upset him. He had stomach ulcers and a bad case of nerves. Now he is .a different person. Also the GH3 lowered his cholesterol.
BAILEY: I can see that if I really want to get a good picture of what happens to a man, I should talk to his wife.
RHONA: Also he has a lot more energy. He doesn t mind going out at nights any more; he likes it.
BAILEY: Well, for a man who had nothing wrong with him to start with, you certainly have improved 100%.
JOE: Yes, it's true, now that you mention it. it's just that I suppose that I hate to admit anything was wrong with me. Yet I know it was.
(I corroborated the foregoing with Dr. Ditman.)
Another patient of Dr. Ditman's I interviewed was Peter Hurkos, the famous psychic. Peter and his beautiful wife Stephany live in Studio City, Los Angeles, in a home which they share with two cats, five dogs, and two chickens (the latter live in the backyard of their luxurious home). This book is not the place to go into detail about Peter's prowess as a psychic, as has been done in countless newspapers, magazines and books. (The best book is Norma Lee Browning s The Psychic World of Peter Hurkos.) Peter is probably the foremost psychic of the Western world. I can say his record through the years since 1941 is most impressive. He came by his extraordinary talent by accident in 1941 when, in Holland, he fell from a scaffolding and hit his head severely. When he awakened from a three-day coma, he found he could see, hear, feel, and know things far beyond the ken of our customary senses.
The day I saw him, he had, working with the police and others, solved three mysteries in short order. He found a murderer, a robber and a missing helicopter downed in a remote spot in Arizona. All this by just using what is called "psychometry"; that is, touching an object belonging to a person or going over a map while in intense meditation. The answer usually comes to him in the form of a picture—somewhat like television or sometimes a voice.
Many Hollywood TV and film stars consult him for advice, and most are pleased with the results. However, as fascinating as Peter Hurkos is, we must go on to his part in the GH3 drama, which is equally fascinating.
Peter had been taking GH3 for several months, he told me. He had suffered a severe accident while climbing a mountain; his recovery was discouragingly slow. He could not seem to make his psychic powers act as they had for so many years. Finally he discovered GH3 while visiting his family in Holland. He started taking it, and from then on the road was marked out perfectly for him.
"It was a miracle," he said, "both for my body and my mind. My arthritis [which he was developing] is gone. My energy is up tremendously, so I can now work on three cases a day, when before I could do only one--—even before my accident."
Stephany confirmed his statements and added: "His mind is much sharper. His whole attitude is changed."
PETER: My brain is much clearer. My whole body is more alive. I think the Gerovital must open up the blood vessels in the brain. I know that the answers come quicker now and the pictures--—the images I see--—I don't have to work so hard to get them. Theyflow better.
BAILEY: You mean physical well-being does influence the mental—the psychic—or whatever you want to call it? That GH3 does this?
PETER: Yes. In some ways yes. It raises the level of thinking—of awareness. It does for me. You can feel it. Also you can talk to other people--—they will tell you the same thing.
BAILEY: Yes, but this doesn't mean that GH3 will make everyone a psychic. If you say this, I can't print it because certain skeptics. are out to wreck GH3 just for the physical claims alone. As usual, they can t see the obvious. But let's not give them any more ammunition.
PETER: I believe that if everyone--—and I mean everyone--because I know it does much more than just help old-age depression--—could get it, it would raise the level of awareness--of intelligence--—of the whole human race. It might be the next step in evolution. That's what I would like to see. Not everyone would be on the same level, just as we are not now on the same level, but it would help everyone to be more aware.
Peter's thought was intriguing. Maybe GH3 would raise the level of everyone's awareness—and if the diehard critics would take it, they would see for themselves the brain-and-body reaction and the fight would be won. Then the human race could go on to other conflicts, but with a heightened awareness, so that even the most hardened cynic could catch a slight glimpse of what mankind, his science, his universe, is about, and would not offer such obstinate resistance to new concepts.
Another patient of Dr. Ditman was Tess Damiano, personal manager and secretary of Peter Hurkos. I interviewed her at Ditman's office.
Tess is a handsome woman, age 54, and totally dedicated to Peter Hurkos. Sometimes, to catch people off guard and Thereby ensnare a truth, I use a blunt approach.
BAILEY: Before we begin the GH3 interview, tell me what do you think of Peter Hurkos? Is he a phony?
TESS: I could never work for a phony. His talent is genuine. He has proved it many times over.
She cited many cases where Hurkos had worked with officials and others, and in no case was anyone dissatisfied. On the contrary, everyone was amazed as well as pleased by his psychic abilities.
I explained that I personally was deeply impressed, but I hoped she understood I had to arrive at the truth by every possible means. She understood. Then we talked about GH3, what it had done for her—and as it turned out, her parents too.
Tess had had bad sinus and ear trouble, and also depression. Possibly one cause of her depression was that her aged father and mother were practically apartment-ridden back in New York. Her sinus and ear trouble cleared up after the third week of injections. "I couldn t believe it happened so fast," she said. "I'd been under treatment for years." After she had been benefited so much by GH3, she was determined to help her parents. She managed to get both of them GH3.
She says: "You wouldn't believe this either. Nobody will believe it except those who have tried it. By the fifth shot, my mother was walking her dog around the block without any trouble (she could barely walk before). My father got out of bed, his cheeks now have ‘that rosy glow of health—and further, I was told, it made him potent again! Believe it or not! it's been over a year now and they re still improving."
I told her I believed it, because the evidence was irrefutable, and I had interviewed many persons who reacted the same way.
Another patient of Dr. Ditman was the mother of a doctor friend of mine; we ll call him Dr. E. V. Hamilton (his real name is omitted for personal reasons). He had an office adjacent to Dr. Ditman's. I was unaware that the patient I was to interview would be the mother of a friend and a reader of my previous books. However, after we had established the fact that I was the author of the original vitamin E book and others which Dr. Hamilton told me had much impressed him, we interviewed his mother.
Dr. Hamilton s mother, in her seventies, had been suffering from hardening of the arteries in the brain and elsewhere. This condition had upset her, naturally, because she was a very proud woman. She could not abide the thought of being senile and having to be cared for. Before GH3 therapy she suffered memory loss and inability to relate to present circumstances. (Her nurse, Mary, was with her.) As 1 talked with her, she became more lucid. (She had just received an injection of GH3.)
She had been depressed, as who wouldn't be--—not just from an overabundance of MAO and loss of nor-adrenaline and serotonin, which, as we have seen, causes depression--—but because she couldn't remember, and still worse couldn't communicate to anyone that she couldn't remember. It approaches hell on earth, I have observed, if you can't tell anyone your problems--—the height of frustration, as Mrs. Hamilton told me, since she could now speak (because of GH3's almost instantaneous reaction—reaching the brain in a matter of seconds), and tell me what had been her difficulties.
She had started GH3 about four months earlier. Dr. Hamilton told me his mother was irritable--—both mother and nurse confirmed this. The mother was forthright. She was not trying to cover up anything.
DR. HAMILTON S MOTHER: I was irritable. I didn t know what to do. I had always been busy. But I ll tell you, when I started this other medicine (GH3) it made the biggest difference. The energy is so great. I can feel it within minutes.
MARY (the nurse): She's so relaxed now. I could tell a big difference in a few weeks, when she started getting Gerovital. She used to want to stay in the room all the time and never get out. Now I go with her everywhere in the neighborhood. She's called the "belle of the hotel."
DR. HAMILTON: As a doctor, I'm surprised at the change in my mother. I could see the signs and symptoms of arteriosc1erosis of the brain and elsewhere. Now look at her. I told Dr. Hamilton that we had seen scores of others in controlld studies and hundreds who were not, and it did not take a genius to know what was producing the effect. But it would take a malevolent genius to denigrate the results, especially for elderly people who cannot help themselves. His mother had the last word. She said: "You know, I have noticed another thing. After the GH3, my voice sounds younger. it's hard to explain. it's inside my head, I suppose. But I feel the voice which is me is talking much younger, something much more alive. It makes me feel different, definitely younger, as I once felt. It's strange and yet I know it's me."
I said: "But doesn t that make you feel a bit'strange--or does it? I mean, to feel really younger?"
I'll never foget her answer: "What could be better."
It was reminiscent of Ana Aslan's answer when she was asked about reversing aging? "And why not?" The implication was, of course, "if you can."
I also interviewed several of Dr. Kurland and Dr. Hayman's patients after their double-blind study-- which is now being continued as an open study with at least a hundred additional patients. (See Appen~x 8.)
My associate, Neal Thorpe, and I went to the Doctor's Clinic (Desert Hospital, Palm Springs, California) to interview Some of the patients in the study. The doctors and patients were most friendly and cooperative-as I have found elsewhere in my two-year investigation of GH3. The patients and their doctors are eager to talk about the benefits of GH3. In fact, the details fall into so much the same pattern that we ll have to skip most of the patients testimony, exciting though it is to themselves and to their doctors (and would be to you if you were in the same situation).
We must confine ourselves to the most unusual cases. (Some of the others may be found in Appendix 3.)
We will call one very intelligent woman, Mrs. Archer.
(The patients real names are available to qualified persons.) Mrs. Archer told me that before she started the GH3 test, she didn ' care whether she lived or died.
She said, "My main trouble was with migraine headaches. For the last fifteen or twenty years, I have awakened to a headache. A terrible, throbbing headache. I have had other minor illnesses, but nothing like the pain of a headache. I have been everywhere, tried everything the best doctors prescribed, but nothing helped. Nothing. The analgesics helped a little temporarily, but the next day there it was again—and if anything, worse. Sometimes I couldn t sleep until four or five in the morning, then knowing I would have the dreadful thing coming back, I would have bottles of Bufferin and other painkillers by my bed~ My kids used to laugh at the amount of stuff I took."
I asked her, "Mrs. Archer, do you drink? Could this be a perpetual hangover?"
Her reply was emphatic, and I know was truthful.
You could see she was not an alcoholic, or even a person who drank heavily. Certainly not a person who had a perpetual hangover. Mrs. Archer didn t even believe in taking pills, except those she was told would relieve her headaches. Ergotamine tartrate (the standard migraine reliever) helped not at all, so she went back to aspirin, which doesn't have ergotamine' s side effects.
She said: "I was lucky to be in the same vicinity when Drs. Kurland and Hayman started this experiment. I was persuaded by a friend of mine to volunteer for it, even though nobody knew what he was getting. But after two weeks, maybe three, I knew what I was getting, all right. My headaches gradually stopped, then finally were gone altogether. They were completely gone by the fourth week, which was the end of the experiment."
I asked her about depression and other reactions, such as surging of energy, and relief of other symptoms for which GH3 has been shown to be effective.
MRS. ARCHER: Mr. Bailey, I don't know if I can answer that properly. I was so relieved, so surprised and so grateful about not having the headaches—that I don't know about the other symptoms. I could have been depressed because of the headaches, but the pain of the headaches was so awful I didn't notice the depression, nor anything else. I will say this. For the first time in many years, I went away on a vacation and actually enjoyed it—free of pain and knowing that I would not wake up the next day just about out of my mind with pain. I know that Gerovital did this. I asked her how long it had been since she had Gerovital. "About three months," she said. "And I have no return of the headaches. But do you think it will be available soon to those of us who really need it? I live in fear my headaches will come back. Or do you think it's permanent?"
I told Mrs. Archer, as I tell anyone, that every test required by the FDA has been (or is being) made, and that there is every reason to believe that approval is very close. The United States ‘should not be the only country in the world where such a proven, safe, life-preserving drug is illegal.
Mark 0. Freeman, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist practicing in Beverly Hills, California. His patients range from blase, depressed film stars to frustrated, depressed housewives.
I was with Dr. Freeman many times during my visits to the West Coast. Dr. Freeman (we re on first-name terms privately) is delightfully informal in spite of, or because of, his impressive background as a researcher-clinician. He studied with the great psychiatrist-philosopher, the late. Carl Jung, with whom he became warm friends. Dr. Freeman employs an eclectic approach to psychotherapy—using any method he feels is applicable to the individual.
Mark Freeman, who is an open-minded researcher, took GH3 himself and became convinced of its wondrous potentialities as it completely alleviated his allergies—from which he had suffered for many years.
Further, as he puts it: "I felt myself changing into a new man. My skin texture improved. There was a definite feeling of uplift—and it was not due to autosuggestion, of which I am fully aware."
Dr. Freeman then conceived of another plan which would not only aid his own patients, but similar sufferers throughout the world.
For several years, he had observed the beneficial effects achieved by his patients who had gone to Romania to be treated at the Aslan Clinic. (This was why he took a course of GH3 himself.) These GH3-treated patients came back with the same favorable results we have reported throughout this book.
However, GH3 cannot perform supermiracles. For example, it cannot perform a face-lift or alter a person's nose, chin or breast.
Dr. Freeman had many patients who had undergone plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons; they were benefited remarkably, but were still depressed because plastic surgery cannot supply the chemicals necessary for change inside the body. So Dr. Freeman thought of the old simple plan of putting one and one together —that makes two—which, going beyond mathematics for the moment, makes more than two. It creates a totally new result.
Giving the patient GH3, plastic surgery, psychotherapy, and whatever else is required, should equal successful therapy in those patients who require more than one form of treatment. Dr. Freeman developed the idea of establishing health centers in the United States where total treatment could be administered and thus accomplish total results.
All these plans are predicated on FDA approval of GH3, of course. The plan is sound by any standards.