Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on June 18, 1970 · Page 78
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 78

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New drugs are touted as true elixir of youth World Book For hundreds of thousands of Europeans and for hundreds of Americans who have the contacts and can afford it, the fountain of youth has been discovered. They have been using two controversial drugs which are claimed to slow aging, revitalize brain and body, and even cure baldness. People in Britain, Germany, Switzerland and other countries can buy 200 youth capsules for as little as $11.70, while the same number cost $250 in the United States, if you can get them. Some physicians say the pills and injections produce miraculous results; an American medical study indicates they merit further investigation, while Russian doctors say the drugs are not only useless but cause dangerous side effects. A brand new entry into the fountain of youth field is a drug called ceirtrophenoxine, which a French scientist discovered in a fit of frustration. He flung some chemicals he had been working with out the window, and found to his amazement that a withering plant whose yellow leaves caught the solution developed a healthy green color in a short time. Dr. Kalidas Nandy, of the Emory University Medical School in Atlanta, is attempting to determine if the same drug can slow down aging. Dr. Nandy bases his work on knowledge -that a compound called lipofuscin appears in the nerve cells of aging persons. So far, he has demonstrated that injections of centrophenoxine cause the lipofuscin to disappear in laboratory animals. They become "more alert and active" and "live, longer than their normal life expectancy." cy." Youth drugs have been around since 1956, but they have only come to public attention in the past months. It all started when Dr. Ana Asian began giving the pain killer procaine, familiar to U.S. dentists and their patients as Novocaine, to arthritis sufferers in her native Romania. She tried the drug to relieve a number of other maladies and later added additional in- ingredients. In her opinion, when she gives the formula to elderly patients the results are miraculous. Among a number of claims, Dr. Asian maintains that a senile 109-year-old man given Gerovital, as she calls the drug, now has the sharpened mental capacity of a much younger man. Since Dr. Asian announced her rejuvenation potion, more than a thousand foreign doctors and countless others in search of youth have beaten a path to her Bucharest Geriatric Institute in Bucharest, Romania. One 70-year-old doctor in New York City, who takes Gerovital injections, says that he fishes, hunts, skies and makes love twice a week. The doctor claims to be treating Science Service about 50 patients with the injections Soviet scientists under Prof. D. F. Chebotarev, a leading gerontologist, studied a thousand patients using Gerovital and concluded that they showed no improvement. Rather, patients taking it showed a host of side effects such as irregular and rapid heart beats, undesirable changes in the blood vessels, double vision, shortness of breath, Insomnia and anxiety. The scientists advised anyone with heart problems, or in a weakened condition, not to take procaine drugs. An American study conducted at the University of Chicago, however, said that European procaine "had a beneficial effect on psychological functioning and it merits further exploration." Dr. Paul Gordon, associate professor of pharmacology who was principal investigator of the Chicago study, says: "There's no question that it did something striking to those people. It hasn't been given a fair shake in this country ..." One of the nation's leading authorities on aging, Dr. Nathan Shock of the National Institutes of Health, remarks: "If these claims for procaine were true, you'd be adding 10 years to your life every time the dentist filled your tooth." But Dr. Gordon points out: "We found that procaine doesn't do a damned thing, but procaine plus the additives ... do — that's a fact." A West German physician, Dr. Fritz Weidemann, added something called hematopor- phyrin to procaine and this is now sold in Europe under the name KH3. Last year 40 million capsules of KH3 were sold in Britain, and Germans bought $20 million worth of them without prescription. Customs officials stop all packages of the drug mailed into the United States, or brought in by travellers. This has created a lively and profitable black market for the drugs. Although KH3 sells for from 8 to 12 cents a capsule in Europe, Americans reportedly have been charged $250 for a package containing 200 capsules. Recently a supply of KH3 was seized from a U.S. purchaser — a Los Angeles woman — and confiscated at the request of the Food and Drug Administration. 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