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Age Management, Featured

The Science Behind Dreambody’s Anti-Aging Treatments

November 18, 2014

DreamBody is unique in a variety of ways, but the primary way they provide one-of-a-kind services to their customers is through their anti-aging services. As Dr. Budnick explains in this video, there are only four followed anti-aging doctors in Arizona, making this specific type of service somewhat rare in the state.

The different types of anti-aging services DreamBody provides spans a wide spectrum. Not only does DreamBody reverse the effects of aging that have already begun to settle in, but we also take preventative measures to keep the aging process from occurring.

As Dr. Budnick explains in this video, some of the services DreamBody can provide their customers with for anti-aging include:

• Checking and balancing hormones
• Checking and balancing cholesterol and glucose levels
• Consultations on avoiding life-threatening diseases

Even though all of these services are necessary and important to maintain good health overall, the most popular and effective form as an anti-aging treatment that DreamBody provides is hormone therapy. With how simple the hormone therapy process is and the amazing results it provides you with, it’s hard to argue the effectiveness of this successful anti-aging treatment!

The Science Behind Hormone Therapy

As Dr. Budnick explains in this video, hormone therapy is a term that tends to confuse a lot of people. With the occasional buzz it gets in the news and the misinformation that many people spread around, it can be easy to get lost in a sea of fact or fiction.

Many of the questions patients ask Dr. Budnick about hormone therapy include:

• What is hormone therapy?
• How does it work?
• What types of hormones will I receive?
• What are the results?
• How do I know if I need hormone therapy?
• Is the procedure safe?

If you are considering the possibility of receiving hormone therapy, this video will answer any questions or concerns you may have. Dr. Budnick will walk you through all the details of this popular anti-aging treatment and reveal some amazing benefits that you may not know you could get from simple estrogen or testosterone injections.

Hormone Therapy in Men

When it comes to hormone therapy, there is a difference in how it is approached between men and women. Dr. Budnick states to in this video, that as men age, they get what people like to call “the grumpy old man syndrome.”

As men get older, their hormone levels will undoubtedly be affected in some form or another. For men who are suffering from the lack of testosterone, there will be obvious changes in mood as he will become more irritable and suffer from symptoms that are much like that of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Fortunately for men (and those who spend time with them) there is a simple fix to this long term grumpiness. Testosterone injections can take men who suffer from hormone deficiencies and turn them into a much more lively and upbeat individual. By simply getting small doses of testosterone injected every seven days, this “grumpy old man” will be feeling 20 years younger in no time.

Hormone Therapy in Women

When women think of hormone therapy, they tend to only think in terms of estrogen. However, you may be surprised to find out that middle aged women will gain more benefits from testosterone treatments than they will from estrogen. Obviously, the amount of testosterone women receive in hormone therapy treatments are only a fraction of what men receive. However, this small dose can make a huge difference in their energy levels.

Hearing the words “testosterone treatments” brings up a lot of unnecessary concern in women. They usually think about the misconception of testosterone, which involves excessive hair growth or increased levels of acne or blemishes. However, as Dr. Budnick explains, hair growth is extremely rare in women who receive testosterone treatments and it usually only happens when you are receiving too much testosterone.

Additionally, he has not seen many issues with skin problems either. Only if you were extremely prone to acne when you were a teenager would your face risk the possibility of blemishes during hormone therapy.

The benefits that you get from hormone therapy vastly outweigh the small chances of having a pimple or two. As the video explains, women who receive the proper amount of testosterone treatments have more toned muscles, a quicker ability to burn fat, and an increase in her libido which will simultaneously increase her sex drive.

Best Candidates for Hormone Therapy

Like any other type of medical treatment you may be seeking, hormone therapy requires you to do some research on your own before committing to it. However, if you have been thinking about this option for quite some time, here are some major indicators that make you a good candidate for hormone therapy.


• Feeling depressed
• Low libido
• Losing muscle mass
• Losing zest for life


• Hot flashes
• Inability to lose weight
• Excessive skin wrinkling

A Safe Procedure

Like any medical treatment or drug prescription, it is good to be fully informed prior to taking action. After you have decided that you are a good candidate for hormone therapy, it is time to do some more research to ensure that you are comfortable with the procedure.

Many people are skeptical about the potential side effects of hormone therapy. Patients are afraid that they will be injected with too little or too much, and that their hormones will consequently be even more imbalanced than they were before.

The best solution to this problem is finding a doctor that is knowledgeable in hormone therapy and is someone who you trust. As stated earlier in this article, Dr. Budnick is only one of four followed anti-aging doctors in the state, making him extremely knowledgeable and qualified in this area of medicine.

Taking the Next Step

If you have been suffering from hormone deficiencies for an extended period of time, now is your chance to get the proper treatment and start feeling like your younger self. There is absolutely no shame in receiving hormone treatments when it’s needed, as all people suffer from this problem on some level.

This treatment is quick, easy, effective and safe: so what are you waiting for? Make an appointment for your hormone therapy consultation today!

Age Management, Botox, Featured

Botox vs. Fillers: Differences Between Two Popular Wrinkle Reducers

February 17, 2014

Botox vs. Fillers: Which wrinkle Reducer is right for you?

Looking for the perfect solution to rid yourself of those dreadful wrinkles that undoubtedly come with age? You are certainly not alone.

At DreamBody, we perform not one, but two treatments that do just that. Botox and Fillers! This will give you a chance to learn about both services and decide which treatment you think is right for you. Our highly trained staff will also happily guide you or steer you in the direction they believe is most appropriate for your specific wants and needs if you are looking for the guidance. This handy infographic will show you the main points including similarities and differences between these two popular treatments.

Both services are performed through a simple injection process. When it comes to Botox, you can expect to see results after a few days of treatment, with your results lasting anywhere from 3-4 months (on average). Fillers on the other hand will allow you to see the results instantly, with results lasting up to a year. The main difference between these two services can be found in the final bullet points. Botox smoothes the wrinkles and fine lines in your face whereas fillers do what their name suggests; they fill in the wrinkles and fine lines, leaving you with a fuller looking face. Both treatments will rid you of wrinkles and fine lines, just in difference ways.

For more information on these treatments performed at DreamBody Medical Centers, please give us a call at 480-907-3917 to schedule a consultation and talk with one of our trained professionals! You can also schedule your consultation online here.

Weight Loss

DreamBody Nominated for Best Day Spa & Best Alternative Spa Treatment by AZ Foothills Magazine

October 28, 2013

AZ Foothills Best Of Banner

DreamBody Medical Centers in Scottsdale, Arizona wants to provide you with the best lifestyle transformation services in the Valley. To do so, DreamBody uses alternative and personalized techniques to ensure that your flabs, wrinkles, and aging signs are a thing of the past… and that they don’t make special appearances in your near future.

DreamBody Medical Centers provides a variety of distinct offerings from prolotherapy,B-12 injections, pain management, HCG Diet, fillers, cold laser liposuction, IV Vitamin & Mineral Therapy, Botox, and more. Since our patients are all different, and so are our treatments, we are happy to consult you through the journey from treatment to recovery. By visiting our interactive services page, you can explore the treatment options applicable to your problem areas and decide which treatments are right for you.

Our lifestyle transformation services have distinguished us from any other medical center in the state. Dr. Paul Budnick has enriched the anti-aging and weight management industry in Arizona, and this has been recognized by Arizona Foothills Magazine with nominations for Best Day Spa and Best Alternative Spa Treatment.

By clicking on these two links, you can vote for DreamBody Medical Centers, once per day, to be recognized as the Best of Our Valley. Voting will continue through November 30, so you have all month to help us gain the top vote by voting every day! We deeply appreciate the loyal customers that we have acquired over the years and look forward to serving the greater Phoenix area with beauty excellence for many years to come.

Age Management

Anti-Aging & Anti-Wrinkles at DreamBody!

October 1, 2013

Anti Wrinkles and Age Management
Estrogen deficiency
skin dehydration
thus causing small, sharp wrinkles especially above the upper lip and corner of the eyes. The vaginal wall becomes thin and dry from lack of estrogen, a common complaint in menopause.

Applying bioidentical Estriol, E3 cream to the face will keep the skin soft and thick, without causing estrogen excess. A prescription is needed for Estriol cream from your anti-aging doctor. Maintaining estrogen levels to youthful levels with bioidentical hormone replacement will improve skin and hair as well.

Estriol can actually prevent breast cancer as well. Women who take the
bioidentical estrogen
often use compounded Biest which is a combination of E3 and E2. To help treat wrinkles, I recommend rubbing a portion of a women’s Biest cream on the face.

To maintain beautiful skin, do all the healthy lifestyle things like exercise, drink plenty of water and a have a “clean diet”. Supplements like omega 3, iodine, melatonin, vitamins A, E, C and D, DHEA and all the
anti-oxidants will make your skin youthful.

The vertical wrinkles of the upper lip were thought to be from smoking cigarettes. Actually, thin menopausal women that smoke have less fatty tissue to make estrogen after their ovaries quit working. And conversely the larger women in their fifties and sixties have fewer wrinkles, because their fat cells produce more estrogen. I believe
prescription estrogen facial creams are far better than any expensive anti-aging creams sold at upscale department stores.

Come in for an anti-aging consultation!

Dr Paul Budnick

Age Management, Supplements, Weight Loss

How-To Effectively Mix Different Health & Wellness Treatments

September 20, 2013

At our Medical Center, we offer a long list and wide variety of
health benefiting treatments
and services. Have you ever wondered if mixing some of these different treatments was a good idea? Well to your surprise, we actually suggest that some of our services and treatments be done at the same time or in conjunction with one another to receive the best possible results!

What to mix?

Depending on your end goal, mixing anything from our long list of
age management
weight loss
pain management services
may be the right path for you.

If pain is your issue, a combination of
may be the answer!
, also known as
Regenerative Injection Therapy
(RIT) is a unique treatment that actually injects natural substances into the area of pain, triggering the production of growth factors that then launch a controlled inflammation that will stimulate your body’s natural healing methods. Too complicated? Here it is simplified: The doctors inject a natural substance to your joint or muscle group that hurts. That substance basically causes an unwanted inflammation that forces your body to start a healing process that would never take place had the controlled inflammation not taken place.

Prolotherapy takes anywhere from two to six treatments, all recommended to be performed three to six weeks apart from one another. At DreamBody, we are big believers in taking nutritional supplements. Nutritional supplements can help with a wide variety of health and wellness issues. Our experienced team will evaluate you to determine exactly what vitamins and supplements will best benefit you, and get you on track to living a healthy and pain-free life. This is why we suggest pairing the two, Prolotherapy and Supplements, to give you the best outcome possible.

If weight loss is your focus, the HCG diet paired with B-12 injections, followed by Cold Laser Liposuction may be just the right combination to get you that dream body you have been dreaming of for years.

HCG diet
is typically a 20 to 40 day diet in which the patient follows a strict diet of 500 calories a day while receiving daily injections of HCG, a hormone produced in women during pregnancy. While 500 calories may seem undoable, the injections actually help to increase your energy while you continue to lose weight. We highly recommend pairing B-12 injections while on the
HCG diet
. Not only will the injections help with the weight loss, they will also give you those necessary vitamins and nutrients you’ll need while on the diet.

Once you have completed the HCG diet, you can expect to have lost up to 35 pounds, nearly half a pound per day. This is where we suggest Cold Laser Liposuction. Cold Laser Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure, performed right in the comfort of our office, that permanently removes fat from your body.

These are just a few of our recommendations when it comes to mixing different treatments and procedures, however there are plenty of other combinations that are available, depending on your body and specific wants and needs. For more information on the treatments and services we offer, please give us a call at 480-907-3917, or click here:

IV Vitamin & Mineral Therapy, Pain Management

Prevent Osteoporosis with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement

September 1, 2013

DreamBody Bones

Osteoporosis occurs to menopausal women, bioidentical hormone replacement prevents this disease that leads to fractures. The greatest medical contribution estrogen provides is prevention of hip and wrist fractures that occur with seemingly minor falls. Spontaneous collapse of back bones, known as compression fractures of vertebrae, can occur in post menopausal women just from sitting down too hard.

Doctors that recommend DEXA scans before blood and urine testing are acting as pharmaceutical salesmen instead of thinking physicians. Checking your levels of estrogen, testosterone and vitamin D to prescribe a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, will prevent osteoporosis better than all the biphosphonate drugs on the market. DEXA scans are excellent in grading bone density, but start a preventative plan first!

The biphosphonate drugs; Boniva, Actonel and Fosamax are potentially dangerous to patients, but very profitable for drug companies. Serious side effects like mandible necrosis (jaw bones dying), causing facial disfigurement. Unusual hip fractures only seen in patients with bone cancer, severe osteoporosis or taking the biphosphonate drugs. How can a drug that is supposed to help bones have such serious skeletal side effects?

With a bioidentical hormone therapy the vitamins that should be taken include vitamin D, C and K. Vitamin K is essential to the formation of osteocalcin in the bone, so eat your spinach! Calcium, boron, magnesium, vanadium and manganese are essential, so check your multiple vitamins.

I apply a protective finish to my redwood deck every year; I don’t wait until the wood is porous and cracking. Prevent fractured bones by consulting a board certified anti-aging doctor today!


Paul Budnick, M.D.

Age Management, Pain Management, Supplements

Keep Your Pipes Clean! – Hypertension and Blood Pressure

July 22, 2013

Better Opinion on Hypertension
is the number one risk factor for
heart disease and stroke
is a slow progressing disease of the arteries and begins twenty years before high numbers and symptoms may be recognized.

There are 60,000 miles of vessels in your body; transporting oxygen, food, hormones, waste and your immune system. Vascular disease starts early; a study of 300 hundred soldiers, average age of 22, showed 70% with significant vascular heart disease. They were soldiers killed in battle; probably in good physical shape, but were stressed, eating bad and sleeping poorly. Sound familiar?

The number one reason patients over the age of 45 visit their doctor is for
blood pressure medication
you’re supposed to take the rest of life! Only 10% of patients get off these medications. Regarded as a top physician in hypertension, Dr. Mark Houston at Vanderbilt University, has a strategy to get 62% of patients off their
blood pressure

• As a requirement for survival, our ancestors exerted significant daily physical activity. Our genetic makeup requires us to be active. Exercise makes you healthier, smarter, happier, sleep better, and more attractive.

• Diet should be that of Mediterranean, whole foods, Paleolithic, vegetarian 3-5 days a week, and fermented foods (cottage cheese, sauerkraut, yogurt, natural cheeses). Avoid refined carbohydrates and beef/pork as much as you can. Chew your food thoroughly to avoid drowsiness after meals and obesity.

• Reduce salt, and increase spices and herbs. Cultures with low salt consumption, show average blood pressure of 106/70 (healthy range) in their 50’s and 60’s, with no strokes and little dementia.

Supplements that help vascular health; magnesium, CoQ10, Omega 3, vitamins C, E and D, all B vitamins (especially B6), beta carotene, zinc, vitamin K2 M7, calcium, isolate proteins like whey, soy and brown rice, flavonoids, alpha lipoic acid, NAC, resveratrol, Carnitine, Taurine and green tea. These three products are the best supplement regimen available; Biotics Vasculosirt five/day, Metagenics Omegagenics 3 two/day, and Isolate Whey Protein with water, berries, banana, spinach/kale and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (Mediterranean Diet in a cup!).

• Get a blood test that measures 28 micronutrients by Spectracell, which helped Dr. Houston’s patients adjust their supplementation. The Spectracell Micronutrient analyzes the white blood cell called lymphocyte, which is ever vigilant in all the artery walls. This test is available at DreamBody Medical Centers for $370, $270 with insurance. Results take 3 weeks and come with a comprehensive treatment plan.

• Specific foods proven to lower blood pressure are: 4 stalks of celery/day, 4 cloves of garlic/day, sardines, seaweed, tuna, fiber foods, whey/soy protein, green tea, and dried fish.

• Taking blood pressure readings frequently with note to time of day is valuable; a 48-hour ambulatory blood pressure, ABP, reading is best. These ambulatory blood pressure cuffs are lightweight and only inflate to your top, systolic, reading for comfort, including sleep recordings. Ask the DreamBody Medical staff about using the ABP for a few days.

My better opinion is that
high blood pressure
is completely curable at least 62% of the time, with the side effects of more energy, improved sleep, better skin, less fat, less depression, and improved clarity of thought. Taking blood pressure medication is not curing the hypertension; it’s treating the numbers. Do you accept taking blood pressure medications for 20-30 years or making your arteries healthy?

Book recommendations by two top cardiologists Dr. Mark Houston “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Hypertension” and Dr. Stephen Sinatra “Metabolic Cardiology”

From Dr. Paul Budnick

Age Management

Stay Stimulated This Hot Summer

July 1, 2013

Stay Stimulated This Hot Summer

During summer, the Arizona heat can cause tendency for a person to move from an active lifestyle to a dormant, inside routine. Plenty of studies have shown that even keeping active with indoor activities can help both your body and mind age.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic (Minnesota, USA) studied 197 men and women, ages 70 to 89 years, with mild cognitive impairment, or diagnosed memory loss, and 1,124 people that age with no memory problems. Both groups were surveyed as to their daily activities within the past year and in middle age, when they were between 50 to 65 years old. The team report that during later years, reading books, playing games, participating in computer activities and doing craft activities such as pottery or quilting led to a 30 to 50% decrease in the risk of developing memory loss (as compared to people who did not engage in these activities.)

Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York, USA) researchers studied 488 cognitively healthy men and women, following their habits in engaging in cognitively stimulating leisure activities and charting the onset of accelerated memory decline. The team found that for each additional activity day spent reading, writing, doing crossword puzzles, playing board or card games, engaging in group discussions, or playing a musical instrument, older individuals who eventually developed dementia delayed the onset of accelerated memory decline by more than two months.

Engage in mentally stimulating activities. Crafting, reading books, playing board games, doing a crossword puzzle or Sudoku, and surfing the Internet are not only fun ways to learn new things, but may help protect against future memory loss as well.

The medial temporal lobe is the area of the brain that atrophies to cause the cognitive decline characteristic of Alzheimer’s Disease. Gwenaelle Douaud, from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), and colleagues administered a combination of vitamin B12 (500 µg), vitamin B6 20 mg, and folic acid, or placebo, to 156 older men and women, for a two-year period. The researchers observed that the 80 subjects receiving B vitamins showed significantly less brain degeneration, as compared to the placebo group. Specifically, the plasma homocysteine levels were lowered by 29%. Submitting that: “Our results show that B-vitamin supplementation can slow the atrophy of specific brain regions that are a key component of the [Alzheimer’s Disease] process and that are associated with cognitive decline.”

Adult Stem Cell Prolotherapy, Age Management, Botox, HCG Diet, Laser Liposuction, Pain Management, Weight Loss

Sick of Getting Old? “Anti”- Aging Treatments Can Help

July 1, 2013

Anti- Aging Treatments Can Combat Aging

Aging is unavoidable but making you look and feel younger isn’t! At DreamBody, we offer treatments ranging in service type that can help both men and women look and
feel younger
. Skin, weight, and pain are three of the most common physical and aesthetic problems that come along with aging. Whatever your
aging problem
is, chances are we have a treatment or service to help.

Wrinkles & Skin:

We offer treatments that can help with wrinkles and with your faces fullness. If you have wrinkles that you want gone, Botox is always a viable option. One of the perks of
is that you will start to notice smoother and
wrinkle-free skin
within a few days of the treatment.


Joint and muscle pain
are two common results of aging. At DreamBody, we offer Prolotherapy treatments that can help to reduce and eliminate your pain by injecting
solutions into the area of discomfort. The injection causes a controlled inflammation in the area which then stimulates the body’s natural healing process. Anywhere from two to six Prolotherapy treatments can be required to eliminate your pain but patients tend to notice results in as little as two weeks after the first treatment takes place.


Gaining weight is another common yet unfortunate result of aging. Cold laser liposuction and the HCG diet program are two ways in which you can shed the pounds.
>Cold laser liposuction
is a safe and advanced procedure in which the fat cells are permanently removed, all in the comfort of our medical center office and with very little recovery time. The
diet program allows patients to lose anywhere from 15-35 pounds in 20-40 days.

Another way to lose weight is through our advanced
hormone replacement therapy
Testosterone Therapy
help repair all the cells of the human body. It is truly the best age management drug, but should only be prescribed by an experienced, board certified age management medicine physician.

No matter what changes you and your body go through as you age, remember that there are many ways to combat those changes. The anti-aging treatments we offer can help to leave you looking and feeling younger!

Age Management

Human Growth Hormone – An Education

June 11, 2013

Anti-Aging Human Growth Hormone

Growth Hormone is a hormone composed of a long chain of amino acids, 191 to be exact. Under normal physiologic conditions, growth hormone is secreted by the anterior pituitary gland. This is a gland that lies at the base of the brain in a bony cavity called the Sella Turcica. In addition to growth hormone, the anterior pituitary also secretes prolactin, thyroid stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, and adrenal corticotrophin hormone. The secretion of growth hormone by the pituitary gland is initiated by the hypothalamus, another gland in the brain that lies right next to the pituitary. The hypothalamus initiates growth hormone secretion by secreting growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH); when GHRH is turned on, the pituitary will release growth hormone in bursts of activity. These bursts of growth hormone release occur primarily during deep stages of sleep.

Once released in the blood, growth hormone is very short lived. It is generally completely metabolized and gone within a half-hour. During that time, however, it manages to reach the liver and many other cells in the body, and induce them to make another polypeptide hormone called Insulin-like Growth Factor One (IGF-1). It is really IGF-1 that travels around to the various tissues of the body to affect most of the benefits that we attribute to growth hormone. The secretion of growth hormone itself is regulated by a classic biofeedback loop. This means when levels of growth hormone in the blood reach a certain threshold, growth hormone stimulates receptors in the pituitary to stop further growth hormone secretion. It also stimulates receptors in the hypothalamus to stop GHRH and turn on somatostatin. IGF- 1, which goes up in response to growth hormone, also feeds back on the pituitary and hypothalamus to help control growth hormone secretion, This is nature’s system of checks and balances to assure we don’t have too much of any one hormone.


The nomenclature for growth hormone is a bit complicated, but understanding it from the beginning can save much confusion in the future. Somatropin refers to growth hormone of the same amino acid sequence as the naturally occurring growth hormone.

Manufactured growth hormone is made by recombinant DNA technology. This is a system of genetically modifying either bacteria cells or mammalian cells in tissue culture which contains the gene that directs the cell to make human growth hormone. As the cells in the tissue culture grow and function, they will synthesize human growth hormone. Since this is a natural process, human growth hormone is not considered a synthetic.

The proper abbreviation for manufactured (recombinant) human growth hormone is rhGH. Unfortunately, the abbreviations have been misused even in the medical community, and recombinant human growth hormone is commonly represented by the abbreviation HGH.

The designation is no longer critical since human growth hormone of pituitary origin is no longer used in the United States. The term hGH or GH therefore, refers to human growth hormone from recombinant DNA technology. It is pure and 100% free of any contaminants or microorganisms.


Prior to the advent of recombinant DNA technology, the only source of growth hormone was from human cadavers. More than 27,000 children worldwide were treated with growth hormone of this source (pit-hGH). Due to short supply, children were treated with low doses and interrupted regimens as a result their response and ultimate height was mitigated. Distribution of pit-hGH was stopped in the United States and most of Europe in 1985, with the emergence of Creutzfeldt Jakob disease. This is a rare and fatal spongiform encephalopathy, caused by a small pathogen called a Prion. This is the same pathogen that causes “Mad Cow Disease” recently seen in Europe from infected cattle. It is impossible to catch Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease or any other infection from recombinant human growth hormone because it is not derived from a human or animal source, but from a purified tissue culture.

The bio-potency of commercially available growth hormone is typically represented by either milligrams or units to put it simply; 1 milligram of growth hormone is equivalent to 3 units. The international units were developed by the World Health Organization in order to standardize growth hormone preparations because of the various production techniques used early on in the manufacturing process. By now, the manufacturing process has been streamlined and largely perfected so the bio-equivalency of the various brands of growth hormone (at least those manufactured and approved by the FDA for sale in the United States) is identical. Therefore, a typical 18-unit vial of growth hormone contains 6mg.


Growth hormone was initially used for children of short stature who are growth hormone deficient either because of an inactive pituitary, a tumor of the pituitary, or destruction of the pituitary by surgery or by radiation to remove a tumor. The other pituitary hormones were replaced along with GH. Growth hormone was used only until the children reached an acceptable adult height and then it was stopped because it was thought to be useful only for growth.

It wasn’t until much later that adult growth hormone deficiency was recognized to be a problem. It was discovered that adults who were deficient in growth hormone suffered from premature cardiovascular disease, reduced bone density, central obesity, decreased muscle mass, depressed mood, elevated levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, slower wound healing, fatigue, poor exercise tolerance and poor immune function. At that point the use of growth hormone began in this unfortunate population, resulting in improvement of all of the above. It wasn’t until 1990, however, that the benefits of growth hormone and the treatment of normal aging were recognized.


Somatopause is an extrapolation of the term “menopause”. Menopause is the condition in women whereby the ovaries atrophy and cease to produce the sex hormones Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone. Somatopause signifies the gradual decline in growth hormone production by the adult pituitary gland in both men and women that begins at approximately age 30 and continues at a steady rate throughout life. The decline in growth hormone level that occurs with Somatopause is accompanied by deterioration in the structure and functional capacity of our body, which is ultimately devastating to the human condition. This can be interpreted as the aging process. In fact there is absolutely no difference between the clinical signs and symptoms of aging and those of adult growth hormone deficiency as described above.


Growth hormone can be given either subcutaneous or by intra-muscular injection with equal therapeutic activity. Subcutaneous administration is now used almost exclusively because intra-muscular administration is fraught with an increase in side effects without any additional therapeutic benefit. The reason for this has to do with the biofeedback mechanism for growth hormone. Most of our natural pituitary growth hormone secretion occurs at night during deep stages of sleep. Injecting growth hormone at night raises the serum level of growth hormone precisely during the time the pituitary is scheduled to become active, this high serum level of growth hormone from the injection can suppress our natural pituitary function by negative feedback. We then not only lose the benefit of our own endogenous growth hormone, but also run the risk of suppressing the pituitary, thus making it easy”. For the most part, the pituitary has completed its function and is at rest by 5 a.m. Therefore injecting after awakening in the morning results on top of the peak of endogenous (our own) growth hormone, so as not to suppress the pituitary. By the time the pituitary is ready again for its nighttime activity, the growth hormone given in the morning injection has been completely metabolized. This eliminates the risk of pituitary suppression.


The benefits of growth hormone use in Somatopause which have been clearly documented in the medical literature include the following: a decrease in body fat, an increase in muscle mass, thickening of the skin with decreased wrinkling, improvement in the cholesterol profile, an increase in bone density, enhanced feeling of well being, a decrease in The waist to hip ratio (meaning fat is removed primarily from around the waist where it is associated with a high risk of coronary disease), improvement in aerobic capacity, enhanced immune function and a decrease in the frequency of illness.


Side effects of growth hormone are generally mild and are largely associated with salt and water retention. The minority of patients that experience this typically complain of mild weight gain from water retention associated with a vague feeling of puffiness. This is sometimes accompanied by joint discomfort particularly in the fingers, with a feeling of tightness when making a fist. Other joints may also become uncomfortable.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a well-known side effect of growth hormone that was more common in the early days when growth hormone was given in higher dose with lower frequency. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is also a function of fluid retention, which causes water to accumulate in the closed carpal tunnel compartment of the wrist compressing the median nerve. This results in numbness and tingling in the palm and fingers. Abstaining from growth hormone for about a week, and then resuming the treatment with a 20% dose reduction easily remedy these side effects.

Older patients are more subject to side effects and are generally started at a low dose of growth hormone than younger adults. Another potential side effect of growth hormone is the elevation of blood sugar. Growth hormone mobilizes body fat, causing our fat cells to break Themselves down and release free fatty’ acids into the blood stream. These free fatty acids are energy molecules, which can be taken up by organs and many of our organs to be used for energy. When our muscles are consuming free fatty acids as a fuel, they are far less interested in sugar, therefore they tend to resist the effects of insulin, and extract less sugar from the blood. At the same time, growth hormone can increase glucose output from the liver to the blood. This combination of effects can raise blood sugar and raise insulin levels, neither of which is good. Fortunately, this is only a problem in people who eat a diet high in sugar and starch, and do little exercise.


Acromegaly and gigantism are diseases of growth hormone excess. These are typically seen by persons who have growth hormone secreting tumors. Gigantism refers to the condition of growth hormone excess in children, where their ultimate height is far above normal because the growth hormone excess occurs when the epiphyseal plates of the bones are still open and the bones are growing. Acromegaly refers to growth hormone excess in adulthood after the epiphyses are closed and the bones are no longer growing. In these people the cartilage continues to grow, and the disease is characterized by enlargement of the nose, chin, ears, supra-orbital ridge (eyebrow area), hands and feet.

Patients occasionally ask if Acromegaly can result from growth hormone supplementation in adulthood. The answer is absolutely not. Acromegaly results in growth hormone levels that are two to ten times that of a normal adult. Keep in mind that when we supplement growth hormone in a controlled and monitored medical program, we bring the level only up to the mid-normal range of an adult. In fact one would have to use ridiculously high doses by today’s standards to achieve the growth hormone levels seen in Acromegaly.

Patients with Acromegaly also afforded a research group at UCLA Department of Endocrinology an opportunity to answer questions about cancer risks from use of Growth Hormone. In the November 1999 journal, Hormone Research, published by the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif., USA, they stated” Increased GH levels as seen in Acromegaly has been associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia(BPH) but not with prostate, breast or lung cancers..” In fact, there are very few articles that support the notion that growth hormone cause any kind of cancer. Reports from John Hopkins research of acromegaly patients followed in from 1870s to 1950s showed decreased incidence of cancer, and these were patients with growth hormone levels 2-10 times the high normal level throughout a lifetime.


Since growth hormone is metabolized so quickly, it is not easily measured in a blood test. The levels fluctuate widely, and measuring growth hormone is notoriously inaccurate. The best laboratory marker we have for growth hormone is the measurement of Insulin-like Growth Factor One (IGF-l). IGF-l levels are much more stable in The blood and not only reflect the average daily growth hormone level, but directly reflect growth hormone activity; because IGF-l is the hormone that carries out most of The benefits of growth hormone. So, despite claims about its shortcomings, it remains an excellent marker of growth hormone effect and certainly the best one available in the laboratory. There is one better marker of the benefit of growth hormone, however. It’s what we call the “clinical benefit. This is the feedback we get from patients who are taking growth hormone.

How they are feeling in terms of energy, well being, body composition, frequency of illness, their own physical appearance etc. is far more valuable a marker than any blood test can be. What we really use the IGF-1 level for is to be certain beyond a doubt that we’re not giving too much growth hormone. We titrated the dose of growth hormone to get an optimal clinical response (a happy patient) even if the IGF-1 hasn’t reached a particular goal range. This often allows us to limit the dose and minimize patient costs. After all, we’re treating the patient not the blood test.


Originally taken only from human cadavers, and used only in children of short stature, growth hormone has had an interesting and controversial history. Fortunately, the understanding of its importance in adult physiology came at approximately the same time as recombinant DNA technology, which led to greater availability along with virtual safety. Soon after this, the comparison was made between growth hormone deficient adults and aging adults. Because of the tremendous similarities, growth hormone began to be used and soon gained great popularity in the treatment of normal aging. Growth hormone is clearly useful and therapeutic in this regard as long as it is used in a carefully monitored, professionally managed program. Any growth hormone program must include proper nutrition and exercise with emphasis on a low refined carbohydrate diet.


I make the following recommendations for anyone considering a program of Comprehensive Hormone Replacement Therapy (CHRT); make sure that the Physician is a board certification from the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine and are in good standings with their state board of medical examiners. This is the only means by which you can be assured that the physician is qualified and knowledgeable to diagnose and treat you.
Thank You,

Paul Budnick, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.

Medical Director

DreamBody Medical Centers

Recommended Reading; “Grow Young with HGH” by Ronald Klatz, “Naturally Raising Your HGH Levels” by Dickens Weatherby. Several others at Amazon Books.

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