Chapter 14 - My Personal Experience
I believe firmly that an investigative writer (especially in medicine) should experience what he writes about, that is, if there is no known harm to the treatment. I would not take heroin in order to write about it, being aware of its addictiveness and having known addicts and ex-addicts. We already know enough about "hard stuff" so that we don t have to become hooked to write about them.
The ideal researcher tries a proposed substance on himself—whenever possible—before he gives it to patients. That way he can be assured of the effects and side effects of the iemedy; also, his courageous action gives a psychological lift to patients and/or subject-volunteers, who know he chose to be the first guinea pig.
"Subjects." What a horrid word, instead of "patients" or "volunteers." I did not consider myself a subject or patient when I was treated with GH3. I was a volunteer. I have tried just about every new medical discovery I have written about, and I wanted to find out what effect GH3 would have on me.
I was treated at first by Dr. Nathan Kline and his staff of excellent clinicians in New York City. Then, after a few weeks I transferred to my old pal, Dr. Edward Harvey, a brilliant researcher and general practitioner in Seymour, Connecticut I had been troubled by a low-back stiffness on arising, which sometimes would take an hour or two to work itself out. There was considerable pain. Sound familiar? It probably does, as this low-back syndrome afflicts about 90% of those over 45--—often it hits before. At times I had stiffness of the fingers, and sometimes swollen finger joints—also very painful. I had a bad knee which troubled me almost constantly. An old war injury so tore apart my knee-binding ligaments and cartilages that surgical repair was impossible. Naturally, arthritis came to visit me in the weakened knee and also had crept into the fingers of both hands.
After two or three weeks of treatment with GH3, all the symptoms of arthritis disappeared and have not returned (two years at this writing). I now get out of bed without muttering that old, yet true, tritism: "Oh, my aching back! How long will it be this time before I can straighten up and walk normally?" My back is completely free of stiffness and pain; my fingers are no longer stiff, swollen, reddened at the joints and painful. My knee, although irreparably impaired, no longer aches, and I can use the leg with less trouble than I have had for many years. -
Also, as we have noted, GH3 acts as an "energizer," without the customary depressive aftereffects of amphetamines and other pep pills. But since I take vitamin E and practically every other vitamin and mineral known, I am not a good example for GH3 therapy--—except for the arthritis. That alone is enough to sell me on GH3. While vitamins C, E, the B complex and all the other nutrient substances have worked wonders for me, considering the extreme pressures to which I am subjected, none helped my progressive arthritis much—only GH3 did that. A sort of longitudinal controlled study, with me as my own control.
I no longer have doubts when GH3-treated patients tell me: "My symptoms are gone! it's hard to believe after trying everything, but I have no more pain—and I feel good!" I no longer doubt because I know with the deep understanding which only personal experience can impart.