Senility: Mental Decay or Malnutrition?

On being asked if he was tired after a performance, the ninety-three (93) year old Cellist, Pablo Casals, said, “Why should I be? I’m the same man I was fifty years ago.” – The New York Times, January 3, 1971.

Dr. Abram Hoffer, M.D., PH.D., in his book, “Nutrients to Age Without Senility” (1980), states that “long considered a natural condition of old age, the confusion and mental decay called senility is an abiding fear among the aging, their friends and family.  Yet dramatic case histories provide over and over again instances of “senile” patients restored to full mental and physical health.”  Dr. Abram Hoffer’s research and practice, and those of other physicians the world over have led to this startling conclusion: senility is a form of malnutrition – and can be avoided, even reversed, by sound nutritional planning and therapy, including the use of specific vitamins and minerals and routine daily exercise.

What is “Senility”

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of Senility is: a state or condition “showing a loss of mental ability (such as memory) in old age”.  With this premise, getting to old age is getting to senility. Gerontologists concur that as the body grows older, definite physiological changes occur. Many patients exhibit some of the following group of symptoms:

  • Diseases of the aged – loss of memory, energy and vitality
  • Diseases of the nervous system – diminished hearing abilities, visual acuity and dulled mental functions
  • Diseases of muscles and joints – rheumatism and arthritis
  • Diseases of cardiovascular system – angina pectoris and varicose veins
  • Diseases of the gastrointestinal system – ulcers and stomach disorders

These diseases or symptoms may occur when the body’s inherent natural ability to replace cells lost through disease and age, diminishes through the years.

Dr. Hymen Stein (1951), Dr. Ana Aslan (1956) and Dr. Abram Hoffer (1980)

What do all of these three medical doctors have in common?  They all believe strongly in procaine hydrochloride or Gerovital H3 (GH3) as one of “the most valuable weapon in the treatment of a variety of ailments.” In his 1951 publication on “Use of Procaine in Peripheral Vascular Diseases”, Dr. Hymen states that Procaine Hydrochloride has been more extensively studied and tested than any other drug used in medicine.  However, Dr. Aslan’s special moment came in 1957 when procaine was prepared to the new formula now known as Gerovital-H3 (GH3).  She stated that this formula is more active and has practically no side effects if administered in therapeutic doses.  Furthermore, in Chapter 10 of Dr. Hoffer’s book, “Is Aging Reversal Possible with GH3?”, Dr. Hoffer describes GH3 in this form, “This chapter is an outline of a vitamin-containing substance used in reversing senile changes.  The vitamin is para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), and the compound is GH3 or Gerovital.” [the_ad id=”1396″]

What is GH3?

GH3 is a formulation of procaine hydrochloride buffered and stabilized with potassium metabisulfite and benzoic acid. Procaine hydrochloride is metabolized in the body, producing PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) and DEAE (diethyl amino ethanol), which are vitaminic precursors to the formation of folic acid, choline, and acetyl-choline. Thus GH3 is rightly considered a “pro-vitamin”, or, a compound that leads directly to the formation of vitamins in the human body. As such, domestic GH3 tablets are protected for sale by the Dietary Supplements Act of 1994.

How does GH3 Gerovital Work?

As we age, MAO (monoamine oxidase) builds up in the body taking the place of other substances that are present in higher proportions when we are young. This causes an imbalance. High MAO levels can cause depression, pessimism, tiredness, confusion, mental decay and loss of vitality.

GH3 restores normal MAO levels and increases serotonin. This will:

  • Restore Sexual Potency
  • Regulate Blood Pressure
  • Reduce Ulcers
  • Improve Memory
  • Improve Eyesight
  • Prevent Hair Loss and Greying
  • Ease Symptoms of Senility

Still the Original Formula

American-made GH3 Gerovital is an exact duplicate of the original formula, nothing added or taken away except that the coating, instead of being sugar, is enteric. GH3 remains at the fore-front of many life-extensionists programs.  This is not surprising when you consider that GH3 has such a myriad of profound uses, both for preventative and curative purposes.


  1. “Use of Procaine in Peripheral Vascular Diseases.” – Hymen D. Stein, M.D., Philadelphia, Pa. Published May 15, 1951.
  2. “Nutrients to Age Without Senility”. – Abram Hoffer, M.D., P.H.D. and Morton Walker, D.P.M. (1980)
  3. “Ana Aslan; Gerovital-H3 Therapy in the Prophylaxis of Ageing”. –  Rom. J. Geront. Geriatrics. Bucharest, 1980, 1,1 p5-15.


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