Investigative Report: Human Growth Hormone on the Gold
L. Sales: Yesterday evening, lateline uncovered loopholes in
regulation regarding the performance enhancing drug HGH that make
it possible for Hormone Replacement Therapy HRT doctors to supply
it freely to nearly anyone. One weight lifter that frequently
competes in competitions told us that it was much easier these days
to acquire steroids, and he knew of a fairly significant number of
locations just on the Gold Coast where he could get his hands on
evening, Lateline investigates the anti-aging clinic where Human
Growth Hormone therapy is touted as a wonder drug, though the
clinic denies providing it to athletes for the purpose of
and C. Duffy produced this segment.
C. Duffy: Here at the Gold Coast, the alluring outdoor culture of
surfing permeates the vibrant and young lives as well as the Gold
Coast's vast aging population.
For a lot
of folks, the Surfer's Paradise is entirely about what is seen on
the surface. It is not at all surprising that many that are
approaching their sunset years are taking big chances in attempts
to lengthen those days in the sun.
B. Byatt is
eighty four years old, but he is fighting the concept of becoming
an old man. Every other day he follows the same routine,
administering himself with injections of Human Growth Hormone.
B. Byatt: Well, it seems to have some sort of positive effect on
me. It is pretty clear if you look at me that I'm pretty much
wrinkle, you see?
And as is true with a large number of HGH users, B. Byatt became
knowledgeable about the Hormone Treatment Therapy through his
experience at one of the many antiaging facilities that are
emerging at the Gold Coast. The Entrepreneur A. Jovich believes
that he built the first anti-aging clinic in Australia 7 years ago.
He saw inspiration in a trip he took to Palm Springs, Nevada. He
began a regimen there which included HGH
Facility Proprietor A. Yovich: I am living, breathing evidence that
Hormone Treatment Therapy works. I feel absolutely fantastic. I'm
absolutely not a crook or a swindler. I hear the same compliments
from everyone: €œOh gosh, you look
amazing!€ I'm not exactly sure if they are telling the
truth or lying to me, but I feel amazing nonetheless.
This sixty five year old sincerely believes that the cocktail of
drugs that he administers to himself each week has made his body
feel and look ten years younger. He tells us that HGH was the key
to his successful anti-aging treatment.
HGH can make you less susceptible to many kinds of disease. When
your endogenous hormone levels sag, it seems that is when the body
begins to make problems for the man within it.
Those who practice the mainstream profession of medicine are
incredibly skeptical of these amazing claims. Endocrine scientists
and the leader of the Austrailian Medical Association have informed
Lateline that Human Growth Hormone can lead to conditions such as
cancer, diabetes, and the malformation of the bones and head.
Wales Member of the Board of Medicine A. Reid: This entire concept
of one-facilities causes considerable problems for us at the board.
It appears to be the direction that the practice of medicine is
heading, but it is not a situation that most of us are all that
thrilled about. Facilities that are created in order to combat one
particular issue seem to be flawed at a fundamental level.
Mr. A. Jovich strikes back, revealing that every patient is
required to undergo periodic blood testing, going further to say
that their treatment is always closely monitored. He goes on to say
that the anti-aging facility provides HGH responsibly and very
often turns away young athletes that come in also trying to score
We' do not have any problems. I should know. I've been taking HGH
for the last ten years. I do not have a giant head. I take my
recommended blood tests. It is all working out perfect for me.
But do you believe that there are any ethical issues that result
from participating in a field of medicine that mainstream
practitioners find themselves so intensely skeptical?
When you put it that way, it seems to be a very controversial kind
of question. I feel that I could answer it in a few different ways.
Then again, all I'm thinking is that maybe those guys are just
minding their own yard.
The physician at Mr. Yovich's facility is Dr. M. Tair. He claims to
be one of the pioneers of the anti-aging industry. He owns another
clinic at another location on the Gold Coast.
It was at that facility 4 years back that B. Byatt became sold on
the benefits of Human Growth Hormone.
The only thing that I can express is how thankful I am for Dr.
Tait. That is the man that is going to keep me young as long as I
can afford it. Thank God for him.
I do not
feel that I would be worth 2 cents if it were not for HGH. I really
do not! I can wholeheartedly recommend HGH to any person. It has
had absolutely no negative effect upon me.
B. Byatt claims Dr Tait provides him with free Human Growth Hormone
and has done so for the last three years. The hormone doctor even
supplies him with syringes. Byatt claims he called Dr. Tait the
same day we visited so that he could acquire more Human Growth
B. Byatt: I
called and told him that I was down to my last tube. Dr. Tait told
me that he will always have some HGH saved for me. He is amazing.
He is such an awesome friend in my life.
Why is he so incredibly generous toward you? HGH has to be quite
I'm not sure, really. I guess it is just the way he is, right?
It is not cheap at all for patients who must pay for Human Growth
Hormone, however. The cost of hormone replacement therapy per week
is between two hundred and four hundred dollars each week.
Dr. Tait is viewed as a god by many of his patients, the doctor has
had some run-ins with authorities of the Australian Medical
Association because he has been known to play fast and loose with
the rules when he prescribes Human Growth Hormone. Only 2 years
prior, the doctor was convicted in court of acquiring and selling
HGH. He now faces the threat of deregistration by the Medical Board
of Queensland because he has been uncovered prescribing Hormone
Therapies to cancer sufferers in terminal stages of illness. As a
result of those issues, his old clinic, the Fountain of Life, was
ordered closed. But now, Dr. Tait has formed a new Age-reversing
clinic he has named Life4Ever. It is immediately next door to the
location of his old clinic.
of Medicine claims that the doctor is going to go before a tribunal
of health professionals at some point before October. At that
point, it will be judged whether or not he will be allowed to
practice medicine in the future.
released by the Board claims that complaints have been coming in
regarding Dr. Tait's highly unconventional therapies that he has
prescribed to patients dying of cancer. Among these patients was
the late legend of soccer Johnny Warren. Doctor Tait chooses not to
discuss any of these complaints and allegations.
Tait, I would be particularly interested in asking you a brief
question or two. Do you mind?
Facility Owner, Dr. Tait: Feel free to ask, but I do not actually
have time to answer because I'm heading to surgery.
C. Duffy: I
had the opportunity to speak with one of your old clients, B.
Byatt, yesterday afternoon...
Well, that is nice.
He spoke so highly about you. He told us that you were giving him
free Human Growth Hormone and looking after him quite well. Is this
Indeed it is, yes.
The trial against Dr. Tait revealed that he had provided HGH to a
young Pro body builder, though it is his controversial and
unconventional treatments for cancer that have put his privilege to
practice at risk.
we talk about one of the other€”pending cases
that you are to go before the Queensland Board of Medicine to
Dr. Tait: I
refuse to make a comment about that..
Do you have confidence that you will be cleared of wrongdoing?
Dr. Tait: I
refuse to make any comments at all.
Well, you seem to have founded a new facility at this location, so
you have to have a pretty high level of confidence.
Sure, sure sure. Have to move on to new adventures in life...
Indeed, would you sit down and have a real interview with us?
Dr. Tait: I
do not think so.
How unfortunate...And why is that?
Dr. Tait: I
wish you the best. Goodbye.
Dr. Tait's Clinic: We thank you, and I'm sorry, but if you wish to
speak with the doctor you will have to set up an appointment.
It is entirely clear that Dr. Tait intends to fight the charges
that he will face as he makes his appearance before the Board of
proprietor of an Australian anti-aging clinic, tells us that Dr.
Tait's main goal with his facility is to enhance the quality of
life of his patients through the usage of HGH.
Doctors who specialize in anti-aging believe that our bodies age
because the level of hormones in our bodies to drop. This is the
reason why aging occurs. Think about a seagull, for example. They
do not experience the same problems that we do. They never have
issues with their hormones. They fly constantly, and the aged
seagulls are able to easily maintain in comparison with younger
seagulls, and these birds can live as long as one hundred years!
They just keep flying until one day they die and simply fall into
the ocean. The bird could have been ninety years old. He could have
been one hundred! They always have the same capabilities no matter
their age, though. I dream about being a seagull some days, but
then again, we are trying our best.
Duffy:Seagulls live somewhere between ten and fifteen years on
average. This is the response that the Australian Medical
Association had in regard to the claim that Human Growth Hormone
could slow down or reverse the process of aging.
of the AMA, R. Capolingua: Taking HGH will most likely give you a
nicer looking dead body at the end of your life, but our board does
not feel that localized focused, single-issue facilities that focus
on specialty treatments respond efficiently or honestly to the
needs of the patient. We feel that they merely respond to demands
of the market and profit margins.
N. Roxon, Minister of Health, has yet to pass judgment upon the
Australian Medical Association's clarion calls for tighter
regulation regarding the prescription and sale of HGH.