In this vid I propose a controversial approach to ending performance enhancing drug (PED) testing once and for all.
The recent MLB steroid scandal has made steroids in sports a hot topic again.
Most people only know what they hear about these drugs from the media, and the objective facts, few and far between.
This week, I cover steroids in sports with attorney Rick Collins, an authority on steroids and the law and a well known author who covers the topic of Performance enhancing drugs in sports. Forget what you have heard on some sports talk show on this topic. We will cover the reality behind performance Enhancing drugs in an objective science based manner minus the hyperbole and hysteria over these drugs in sports.
Listen to the show HERE
Last night there was a podcast dedicated to my late friend Dan Duchaine. Yours truly, Pat Arnold, Mike Mooney, John Romano, Millard Baker, as well as other guests to talk about the first true “guru” in bodybuilding. Dan was a pioneer, a nut, a unique thinker, a genius, a total trouble maker, a weirdo, to name a few traits of his. If you don’t know who Dan was, you don’t know sh%& about bodybuilding and who was the true pioneer in “chemical enhancement” as well as supplements. For better or for worse, he probably had a greater impact on all sports then any single person who ever lived. A bold claim, but true. You can listen to the show here:
Here’s what I wrote about Dan shortly after he died
The state of ‘drugs in sports’ is about to take a monumental leap into the unknown with the introduction of gene therapies/gene doping. It’s a term people have heard for a while, but it’s going to be a reality in the very near future, perhaps even by the next Olympic games.
Gene therapy is being looked at as a treatment for a wide variety of diseases. As with many drugs/treatments intended to treat or avoid some disease, there is an overlap to possible athletic uses. Gene doping will make anabolic steroids, growth hormone, insulin, and the countless other drugs often employed by athletes to get an edge look like Pez candy. Furthermore, it will be difficult to impossible to detect. For example, to this day, there’s still no reliable test for growth hormone use, although the IOC keeps hinting there is one, I suspect only to scare the athletes off from using it….which does not work BTW… To give the reader an idea of this brave new world of gene therapy, below is a report –via The Associated Press – from a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
Human Growth Hormone: The Mother Of Over-Hyped Hormones
If there’s one over hyped misunderstood hormone out there, it’s human growth hormone (HGH). It’s constantly pushed as the mother of all anabolic hormones and mentioned in virtually every supplement add and every news story about athletes of all kind.
The “Health” section of the BBC News web site is my browser home page, so it was impossible to miss this headline: “Bodybuilder scarred from steroids.”
Hoo-boy…here we go again…
Anyone considering using steroids to bulk up may want to think again after seeing pictures of the horrific scars suffered by one young bodybuilder.
German doctors were shocked at the extent of the massive, deep ulcerating sores on the chest and back of the 21-year-old man.
After antiseptic and antibiotic therapy the wounds healed but left permanent scars, The Lancet reported.
You might want to pause before clicking that link, btw…the pics aren’t very pretty.
The Facts about anabolic steroids in sports
Hello folks, welcome to my new blog. Although I am best known for my writings on nutrition, weight loss, supplements, and bodybuilding, I also like to comment on larger issues, in this case, drugs in sports.
As some of you know, the “Mitchell Report” came out in 2007 and named names as far as steroid use in pro baseball. Those who may wish to read the entire report can see the URL below1. Of course anabolic steroid use goes MUCH further than baseball. If anything, baseball is a sport that has minimal steroid use compared to other sports. If any of you ever read the book that broke the baseball steroid story entitled Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports., yours truly is quoted on page 46 of that book2.
Back to the Mitchell Report…
I was interviewed by Senator Mitchell’s group about this issue during their research, though I have nothing directly to do with pro baseball or any pro baseball players, but I am well known for my expertise in this area.
Q: Dear Will, I read an article in ESPN magazine which blaimed the death of some wrestler on steroids and linked steroid use to all sorts of deaths and pother problems. Did you read that article and what is your opinion on that?
- Lisa Choret, NY NY
A: Yes, I read the article…Some times I don’t know why I even try anymore. Every time I think we are making some headway over the truth about things such as anabolic steroids, supplements, and other controversial topics, up pops some new hysterical article claiming creatine causes brain cancer or steroids caused the death of some athlete.
Readers note 2009: Since “andro” supplements, pro hormones, and most “designer supplements” are banned since this article was written, much of the info is moot at this point. Regardless, it’s a good article to see how much things have changed since it was published, and it goes in the “oldie but good” file.
The End Of Andro Supplements?
It was only a few years ago that androstenedione exploded onto the bodybuilding scene touted as the greatest thing since the invention of the squat rack for building muscles. For a while, androstenedione was bodybuilding’s little secret as the outside world was oblivious to the fact that people all over the country were popping this testosterone precursor like candy in hopes it would increase their muscle mass.