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This hard-boiled exposé probes not serious antiaging research but the hucksterism in one seamy corner of the longevity industry: the booming field of hormone replacement therapy, whose physician-entrepreneurs prescribe human growth hormone, testosterone, and a medley of female reproductive hormones to help oldsters build muscle mass, restore libido, and go surfing. Weintraub, a former senior writer for Business Week, portrays the hormone replacement sector as a cesspool of unproven claims, unacknowledged side-effects, and marketing scams. ItÖs also a zoo of colorful quacks, presided over by actress Suzanne Somers, author of best-selling alternative medicine treatises. Weintraub mixes acute reportage with a censorious tone; she deplores the notion that old age is a disease. Weintraub makes a good case that hormone therapies are useless, but she will likely not quell the hopes of enthusiasts.
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Wrinkles, fat, and low libido start to sound pretty good after reading this unnerving exposé by journalist Arlene Weintraub. Her elixir of deep research and smooth storytelling delivers a sometimes-gag-inducing dose of reality... --Fast Company<p>
Some of the stories are shocking....[Weintraub's] scepticism [sic] will be food for thought for anyone tempted by promises to turn back the clock. --New Scientist <p>
Business Book of the Week: ...as Arlene Weintraub reveals in her meticulously reported book, over the past decade the revenue of the "anti-aging industry" has ballooned to an estimated $88 billion worldwide. --The Week
Weintraub generates plenty of feverish prose and cautionary tales to highlight this powerfully seductive syllogism of the "anti-aging industry..." --AARP Magazine
Weintraub offers a soup-to-nuts accounting of how an $88 billion industry grew out of baby boomers' vanity. --Bloomberg BusinessWeek
I applaud Ms Weintraub for the excellent read. I read the boo last night in one reading, great book. I am a Vegan for 18 years and really try to stay as natural as possible. Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by lacy
Selling the Fountain of Youth: How the Anti-Aging Industry Made a Disease Out of Getting Old - And Made Billions comes from an author who spent more than ten years as a science... Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
Sad, but true. According to Businessweek (8/30/2010), the anti-aging industry has an answer for every attack: Big Pharma is just jealous and would sell these products if they... Read morePublished on September 4, 2010 by Teadrinker
...someone has corralled all this information in a highly readalbe book. Are bio-identical hormones safe? According to Suzanne Summers (still very attractive), they are safe. Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by Tom Cutrofello
I have seen the ads showing before and after photos of men - before with a flabby mid-section, positioned next to an after shot of the same person- robust, and vigorous. Read morePublished on August 18, 2010 by Sherry B.