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by Cody Chiuzan, Ph.D., student
College of Graduate Studies
Situated in Southeastern Europe, halfway between the equator and the
North Pole, Romania descends from the Roman Empire that defeated the
native population in 106 A.D.
This Latin-language country changed political regimes throughout
the centuries, moving from a monarchy to communism and finally becoming
a republic in 1989. A member of the European Union and NATO,
Romania has experienced a very steep transition to democracy. The only
institution that survived and continues to be a stable “inner-motor” of
the Romanian people is the churches. Romanian spirituality is reflected
in the multitude of monasteries and churches, and in architectural
attractions that are constructed on a monumental scale.
The premise that a young and balanced spirit builds a healthy, strong
body can be seen through the efforts of one of the most famous
researchers in the history of gerontology and geriatrics. Ana Aslan
(1897-1988) was a Romanian scientist who dedicated her life to the
fight against aging. In 1952, she invented and patented the H3 vitamin,
known as Gerovital (from Greek word “gero” meaning old and the Latin
word “vita” meaning life), based upon Novocain.
This medicine was designed to reduce the aging processes at molecular
level and consequently reduce third-stage chronic and degenerative
diseases. The product was tested on thousands of people and the results
indicated that the aging process was slowed down by 40 percent. Critics
claimed that Gerovital was nothing more than a drug with dangerous side
effects such as low blood pressure, respiratory difficulties and
convulsions. Overall, though, the launch of the product was an
In the same year, Aslan founded the National Geriatrics and Gerontology
Institute in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. The place was designed
to be a resort for people seeking never-ending youth. Notables such as
U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Charlie Chaplin, Salvador Dali, Indira
Ghandi and Charles de Gaulle were among those who were treated with
Gerovital. In 1980, the new, improved product was renamed Aslavital and
entered mass production. Aslavital was used for prophylactic treatments
of cerebral and cardiovascular aging processes, and physical and
psychic asthenia or memory losses.
Since 1985, the original anti-age discovery is produced in tablets and
vials for injections. The Romanian Ministry of Health extended the
product to two cosmetic lines with a 100 percent satisfaction
guarantee. Today anybody can take advantage of this spectacular
anti-aging treatment at the National Institute on the Black Sea, where
under strict medical supervision, patients can combine therapy with
We are always looking for treatments and medicines able to turn back
the clock, to put life into years and slow down the inevitable aging
process. The Romanian discovery might not be the only solution, but it
definitely deserves some consideration.
Beards for Babies
Last year’s Beards for Babies fundraiser raised almost $30,000 to help
support pediatric resident training in critical care in the MUSC
What is it?
A fundraiser started by the MUSC pediatric residents in 2009 to help
raise money for worthwhile ventures within the Pediatric Residency
Program, the MUSC Children’s Hospital Fund, and beyond.
When does it run?
March 1 to March 31
What does it support?
- The Safe Kids program, which will provide bicycle helmets to children in Charleston.
- The Pediatric
International Health elective, which will help allow pediatric resident
doctors to travel overseas to provide care to children in
- The creation of a
“Wilderness Medicine” elective, to help pediatric residents learn to
care for patients in rural areas or those with specific environmental
injuries (bites and stings, near-drowning, heat-related injuries, etc).
For males at MUSC and in the community, you must be clean shaven on
March 1. From then on, grow a beard up until March 31, which you can
trim as much as you like to remain professional, or not at all.
Friday, March 5, 2010