Two years ago, federal corrections officer Emmitt Landry was taken to a Houston hospital after having a stroke at age 41. About a month earlier, Landry had been feeling fatigued when coworkers told him about Optimum Wellness, a clinic in Nederland, Texas, that could treat him with hormones.
"I was just looking for something to help me get through the day," Landry told CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jonathan LaPook. At the hospital, doctors tried to figure out why someone so young would have a stroke. The only thing doctors could deduce, according to Landry, was that the testosterone caused a clot.A nurse practitioner at the clinic Landry visited in Nederland had prescribed him testosterone even though his testosterone blood levels were normal. Optimum Wellness is one of a number of medical clinics across the country selling hormone therapy that some believe could provide patients a fountain of youth. A CBS News investigation found there are clinics across the country prescribing hormones like testosterone to people with normal blood levels.
Landry says his nurse practitioner only highlighted the benefits and never discussed a possible risk of heart disease, stroke or any other problems whatsoever.
In Texas, nurse practitioners are not allowed to prescribe hormones without a doctor's approval. Landry's treatment was overseen by Dr. James Kern, an OB/GYN in Houston about 100 miles away. In October 2017, the Optimum clinic was raided by the DEA and shortly after that, Kern withdrew his supervision. The DEA declined to comment.
Amy Townsend, a doctor in southeast Texas, told CBS News, "I'm seeing multiple people that are my friends and my family that are being treated completely inappropriately."
So, she decided to report the clinic to the state nursing board. But according to Townsend, they didn't take action.
Oversight comes from state medical and nursing boards. CBS News reached out to both sets of boards in all 50 states and of the 95% that responded, only seven states have both medical and nursing boards who keep track of incidents related to hormone therapy. "Right now this practice of giving testosterone to people who, in your mind, shouldn't be getting it, it's still going on?" LaPook asked.
"It's widespread throughout the country," Townsend said.
Landry said these clinics prey on people's fears of growing old and that when he walked out of the hospital after suffering a stroke, he felt embarrassed.
"I went to these physicians looking for help and I had a stroke," Landry said. "And I'm supposed to be taking care of my family."In February 2018, the nurse practitioner who treated Landry lost his license for inappropriately prescribing hormones to Landry and others and in August, the clinic closed its doors for good.Landry is now suing Dr. Kern and the nurse practitioner who treated him at the clinic. They've denied Landry's allegations.
CBS News reached out to Dr. Kern and the nurse practitioner, but they declined our request for comment.
If you or someone you know have information you'd like to share regarding a hormone therapy clinic, email:email@example.com contact the CBS News Investigative Unit via one of the methods on ourtips page.
2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy Industry Market 2020: Trends, Size, splits by Region & Segment, Historic Growth Forecast to 2025 - AlgosOnline - July 8th, 2020
- Impact of COVID 19 on Testosterone replacement therapy market value chain, upcoming trends and forecasts to 2026 - Cole of Duty - July 8th, 2020
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market is Projected to Grow Massively in Near Future - 3rd Watch News - July 8th, 2020
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market Size, Share, Statistics, Demand and Rev - News by aeresearch - July 8th, 2020
- Testosterone Cypionate Market Growth By Manufacturers, Type And Application, Forecast To 2026 - 3rd Watch News - July 8th, 2020
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market Growth By Manufacturers, Type And Application, Forecast To 2026 - 3rd Watch News - July 8th, 2020
- Testosterone Cypionate Injection Market by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application Forecast to 2025 - Apsters News - July 8th, 2020
- Global Male Menopause Treatment Market to Witness Heightened Growth During the Period 2019 2029 - Cole of Duty - July 8th, 2020
- Global Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market Report 2020 By Key Players, Trends, Countries, Market Size, Forecast To 2024 (based On 2020 Covid-19... - July 8th, 2020
- Transdermal Testosterone Market Growth By Manufacturers, Type And Application, Forecast To 2026 - 3rd Watch News - July 8th, 2020
- Frog love is in the air unless someone gets in the way - IndyStar - July 8th, 2020
- New Lawsuit Tells of 16 Year Old Boy Allegedly Forced By County Officials to Take Estrogen as Behavior Control Medication | - witnessla.com - July 8th, 2020
- Ego might drive men to testosterone therapy, but it helps with certain conditions - The Columbus Dispatch - June 13th, 2020
- Global Testosterone Cypionate Injection Market 2020 Worldwide Industry Size, Key Vendors, Growth Drivers, Opportunity, Forecast to 2025 - Jewish Life... - June 13th, 2020
- QOL and body composition benefits seen with novel oral T treatment - Urology Times - June 13th, 2020
- How to get Bull Shark Testosterone in GTA 5 Online to complete your daily objective - Republic World - Republic World - June 13th, 2020
- Trending News: COVID-19 Impact ON Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market Regional Outlook, Analysis and Competitive Analysis by 2026 - Cole of Duty - June 13th, 2020
- Is There New Hope for Trans Men Trying to Give Birth? - Advocate.com - June 13th, 2020
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market Overview and Outlook Report by 2026 - Weekly Wall - June 13th, 2020
- Viewing Party! Lets All Watch Nine to Five! - The New York Times - June 13th, 2020
- Title IX and transgender athletes - The Boston Globe - June 13th, 2020
- The impact of the coronavirus on the Testosterone Cypionate Market 2019 2025 By Type, Component, Industry, Region - 3rd Watch News - May 31st, 2020
- 3 ways stress is affecting your sex drive - SF Weekly - May 31st, 2020
- Testosterone Booster Market Research Report 2020: Key Players, Applications, Drivers, Trends and Forecast to 2026 - WaterCloud News - May 31st, 2020
- Coronavirus update: Why are more men dying from COVID-19 compared to women? - Express - May 31st, 2020
- Testosterone Cypionate Competitive Market Research Report 2020: Key Players, Applications, Drivers, Trends and Forecast to 2026 - WaterCloud News - May 31st, 2020
- Experts reveal the crucial role testosterone could be playing in boosting coronavirus - Express.co.uk - May 25th, 2020
- Impact of Covid-19 on Testosterone Replacement Therapy 2020-2027 with Focusing Key players like AbbVie, Endo International, Eli lilly, etc - 3rd Watch... - May 25th, 2020
- Lance Armstrong documentary: The characters you'll want to know - ESPN - May 25th, 2020
- LL Cool J says he paved the way for Drake to rap about his feelings - NME - May 25th, 2020
- HSD3B1 Genotype Tied to Worse Outcomes in Low-Volume mCSPC - Renal and Urology News - May 25th, 2020
- Low testosterone levels could be the reason more men are dying of COVID-19 than women - Diabetes.co.uk - May 23rd, 2020
- Men's healthy aging: Herbal superstars - Nutritional Outlook - May 23rd, 2020
- Women in Charge: Success Against the Coronavirus - The New York Times - May 23rd, 2020
- Testosterone Propionates Market 2020: Potential Growth, Challenges, and Know the Companies List Could Potentially Benefit or Loose out From the Impact... - May 23rd, 2020
- Cover COVID 19: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market Size Status and Prospect (2020-2026) Mylan,... - Azizsalon News - May 23rd, 2020
- Jack Monroe: 'My back-up plan is to go back to working at the supermarket' - The Guardian - May 23rd, 2020
- Veterans with COVID-19 Will Be Given Prostate Cancer Drug in Trial - Yahoo News - May 23rd, 2020
- Fire Good. The Surprising Health Benefits of Making a Campfire - Men's Journal - May 15th, 2020
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market Exclusive Study Forecast 2027 | Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, Kyowa Kirin International... - May 15th, 2020
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Impact Testosterone Replacement Therapy to Flourish with an Impressive CAGR During 2019-2025 - 3rd Watch News - May 15th, 2020
- How DIM Supplements Work On Hormonal Acne, According To A Derm - Women's Health - May 15th, 2020
- Vicky Kaushal's 'Josh' has shattered stereotypes, redefined masculinity, and charmed BO too - Economic Times - May 15th, 2020
- Transdermal Testosterone Market Growth by Top Companies, Trends by Types and Application, Forecast to 2026 - Cole of Duty - May 15th, 2020
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market In-Depth Analysis, Growth Strategies and Comprehensive Forecast to 2026 - Bandera County Courier - May 11th, 2020
- Dear Dr. Roach: All X-rays and CT scans use radiation - Herald & Review - May 11th, 2020
- Latest Study explores the Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market Witness Highest Growth in near future - AlgosOnline - May 11th, 2020
- Coronavirus: Men Are Twice As Likely To Die And The Reason Is Testosterone - Latin Times - May 11th, 2020
- Higher testosterone levels in men who smoke cannabis - The Leaf Online - May 11th, 2020
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market 2020 | Growth Drivers, Challenges, Trends, Market Dynamics and Forecast to 2026 - Cole of Duty - May 11th, 2020
- Outdoors: Theres more to turkeys necks than just color - Worcester Telegram - May 11th, 2020
- Many more men are dying from COVID-19 than women. Why is that? - ZME Science - April 25th, 2020
- Viagra and Cialis usually safe for those with heart disease | News, Sports, Jobs - Lock Haven Express - April 25th, 2020
- Here's The Answer To Whether Masturbation Is Affecting Your Muscle Gains & Testosterone Levels - MensXP.com - April 25th, 2020
- New fact: Coronavirus may affect the potency of males, says new study - International Business Times, Singapore Edition - April 25th, 2020
- Extraction review: Chris Hemsworth stars in another testosterone-charged, heroic fantasy - The Independent - April 25th, 2020
- 5 Ways to Improve Testosterone in 2020 - ChartAttack - April 25th, 2020
- Cyberpunk 2077 Introduces Kang-Tao And Animals - GamingBolt - April 25th, 2020
- Dear Dr. Roach: Baldness treatment unlikely to spark more osteoporosis - Herald & Review - April 25th, 2020
- The FEI tribunal has issued decisions in eight doping and abuse cases - Eurosport.com - April 25th, 2020
- Global Human Immunoglobulin (pH4) for Intravenous Injection (COVID-19) Market to Surpass US$ 99,772.2 Million by 2027 - CMI - GlobeNewswire - April 25th, 2020
- Gainzzzz: The science and nutrition of sleep and muscles - Natural Products INSIDER - April 25th, 2020
- Male Hormonal Contraception Market 2020: Opportunities in Grooming Regions WHO, NICHD, NIH and Others - Cole of Duty - April 25th, 2020
- Coronavirus and Men: Why Is the Virus So Much More Deadly to Men? - GQ - April 25th, 2020
- Varicose Veins Doctors Provide Quality Care with Their Team of Highly-Skilled Vein Specialists and Support Staff in New York - Benzinga - March 29th, 2020
- What The Hell Is Period Beauty And Why Is It So 2020? - Sporteluxe - March 29th, 2020
- Americana: The best pick-up line - Daily Herald - March 29th, 2020
- Suffering from thinning hair? Your diet could be the reason why - Telegraph.co.uk - March 29th, 2020
- The 90s Animated Series CONAN: THE ADVENTURER Fueled Kids with Massive Amounts of Testosterone - GeekTyrant - March 25th, 2020
- Best Testosterone Pills And Testosterone Boosters Do They Actually Work? - The RSFE News - March 25th, 2020
- Everyone Else Is Dealing with COVID-19. Idahos Pushing an Anti-Trans Bill - VICE - March 25th, 2020
- Females Live Longer Than MalesAmong Humans and Other Mammals, Too - Smithsonian.com - March 25th, 2020
- Could Going Vegan Improve Your Athletic Performance? The Answer May Surprise You - gearpatrol.com - March 25th, 2020
- 5 Natural Testosterone Boosters - March 13th, 2020
- Coconut Oil and Testosterone: Is There a Connection? - Healthline - March 13th, 2020
- The Science Behind Why Winning Makes You Want To Keep Playing Games | Invision Game Community - Invision Game Community - March 13th, 2020
- Even the playing field: a look at how House Bill 500 affects the transgender community - Argonaut - March 13th, 2020
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy Market 2020 Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Strategies, Demand Analysis and Projected huge Growth by 2026 - Feed... - March 13th, 2020
- Men, The Truly Weaker Sex - American Council on Science and Health - March 13th, 2020
- Testosterone: What It Is and How It Affects Your Health - February 23rd, 2020