[ExI] glutamine and life-extension

Gordon Swobe gts_2000 at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 17 14:45:31 UTC 2010

--- On Tue, 2/16/10, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:

>> All this talk of neurons reminds me of a paper I wrote
>> circa 1999:
>> Glutamine Based Growth Hormone Releasing Products: A
>> Bad Idea?
>> http://www.newtreatments.org/loadlocal.php?hid=974
>> My article above created a surprising amount of
>> controversy among life-extensionists. I closed down my
>> website, but recently found my paper republished on the site
>> above without my permission.
>> Thought you might find it interesting given your
>> profession and the general theme.
> Thank-you for this, it is not something I knew much about.

You're welcome.

> It's important to know about the *negative* effects of any
> treatment, and this is often overlooked by those into non-conventional

I agree completely. You might find it surprising how much controversy my paper above created. At the time (1999-2000) some people interested in life-extension considered megadoses of glutamine as a means for delaying the effects of aging. My paper exposed the risks associated with such megadosing. 

I took my research over to the LEF forum. As I describe in the article, they put a temporary moratorium on the subject of glutamine in their online forum (no surprise there: LEF sells the stuff) until they could get their facts straight. To LEF's credit, they took my findings seriously enough to stop promoting megadosing of glutamine on their forum, and invited me back to educate people about the risks. A small victory for me.

As you can see I'm no stranger to controversy. :-)



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