September 25, 2020

The Real Reason Why the Barry Bonds Witch-Hunt Was a Waste of Money

If you think the government’s prosecution of Barry Bonds was justified because no on is above the law, perjury is a serious crime, yada, yada, yada, then this article is for you. You are entirely missing the point. The pursuit of Bonds was clearly a witch-hunt. Celebrity athletes who use anabolic steroids were an acceptable target. However, the government could have just as easily targeted an “immoral” behavior other than steroid use…

What if the government targeted prominent Christians and asked them about infidelity under oath? What if they prosecuted those Christians who would inevitably lie to protect their community standing and their families? After all, they did break they law – they committed perjury. Would that have been a good use of taxpayer money?

Why is it any different than the witch-hunt targeting celebrity athletes who use steroids? [Read more…]

Why Ordinary People Should Fear the World Anti-Doping Agency

Elite athletes may have little to fear from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) as doping in sports persists unabated. However, ordinary people should be afraid of how WADA’s increasing influence in national policy affects them.

The United States Government recently mandated that a sports nutrition company comply with aspects of the WADA Prohibited List as part of a criminal plea agreement.

The government did not simply require that the company produce dietary supplements compliant with the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the Anabolic Steroid Control Acts or any other relevant local, state and federal laws affecting the dietary supplement industry. The United States felt it necessary to incorporate a moral agenda above and beyond existing law into the plea agreement.

WADA supposedly exists to keep athletes in sports from doping. However, WADA’s dangerous influence threatens to influence laws that will affect tens of millions of ordinary people around the world who are not competitive athletes and have no aspirations of sports competition. They are simply individuals who are looking to feel better, to look better and to perform better with the help of supplements. [Read more…]

You Can Be Healthier Doing the Tour de France on Steroids

Former professional cyclist Christophe Bassons describes a doping philosophy where sometimes it is “healthier doing the Tour de France on drugs than without anything.” In an interview with CyclingNews.com, Bassons attempts to explain the larger perspective in which doping occurs in the sport of professional cycling. Bassons characterizes the doping issue as much more complicated than the usual contexts in which it is discussed e.g. healthy vs. unhealthy, good vs. bad, right vs. wrong. [Read more…]

Profiling Steroid Users Based on Acne

The profiling of steroid users based on various physical characteristics seems to be gaining popularity. The federal government appears prepared to use physical characteristics (e.g. changes in muscularity, etc) as indicative of steroid use in the perjury trial of Barry Bonds. Muscularity has been used as putative evidence of steroid use in order to obtain search warrants in Oklahoma. Pro bodybuilders have been detained and forced to submit to drug testing in Sweden simply because of their muscularity.

Muscle profiling isn’t the only type of profiling that has been used in the war on steroids in sports.  Some sportswriters use acne as irrefutable evidence of steroid use. For example, Murray Chass has maintained for years that Mike Piazza used anabolic steroids because he observed acne on Piazza’s back. Since (back) acne is a common side effect of steroids, steroid users are more likely to experience acne. However, not all steroid users experience back acne and most people with back acne don’t use steroids.

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Steroids Not a Scapegoat for Rhabdomyolysis at University of Iowa

The media’s knee-jerk reaction was to blame dietary supplements and/or anabolic steroids for the highly unusual cluster of rhabdomyolsis cases recently affecting the University of Iowa Hawkeye football program. “You have muscle breakdown from intense workouts. You have dehydration and then supplements which are nephrotoxic are damaging to the kidneys directly. That’s a perfect storm for kidney failure,” according to Dr. James Williams, of the St. Joseph Medical Center. While a dietary supplement would be a convenient scapegoat, evidence has yet to surface that suggests creatine or any other supplement is responsible.

Anabolic steroids are unlikely to be a scapegoat. Dr. Richard Auchus, an expert on steroid biosynthesis at UT Southwestern Medical School, summarily dismissed the connection between the muscle disorder and performance-enhancer drugs such as anabolic steroids and human growth hormone while suggesting recreational drugs as one possible culprit. “You don’t see rhabdomyolysis with anabolic steroid use or growth hormones. You can see rhabdo with GHB. It’s is one of those recreational drugs that can cause this,” according to the consultant to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). [Read more…]

Steroid Users in the NBA? OJ Mayo and Rashard Lewis

There has been another “steroid suspension” in the NBA – but it is really only for DHEA. The NBA suspended the basketbally player O.J. Mayo for after he tested positive for DHEA. The use of DHEA is a violation of the league’s SPED policy (steroids, performance-enhancing drugs and masking agents).

Sportswriters are mistakenly reporting that Mayo is the second basketball player in the NBA to test positive for DHEA. Orlando Magic Rashard Lewis did not test positive for DHEA. [Read more…]

Trenbolone Shows SARM-Like Potential in Androgen Replacement Therapy

Selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) may be the current darlings of scientific research into alternative options for androgen replacement therapy, but University of Florida researchers are excited by the “SARM-like potential” of trenbolone. They suggest that the actions of trenbolone are similar to selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs).

Low-dose trenbolone was called “SARM-like” because of the positive anabolic effects in muscle and bone without negative side androgenic side effects of prostate enlargement or polycythemia. [Read more…]

Lance Armstrong vs. Anti-Doping Movement: Who Is Really Defrauding the Government?

The United States government wants to charge seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong with “conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, racketeering, drug trafficking and defrauding the U.S. government” according to Sports Illustrated.

Everyone in the world knows that the goal of this exercise is simply to prove that Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and make a moral statement that steroid use is bad. [Read more…]

Alberto Contador Clenbuterol Case Highlights Problems with Zero-Tolerance Policy

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador may have used performance-enhancing drugs en route to a victory at the 2010 Tour de France. One doesn’t need to believe Contador is “innocent” to recognize significant problems with the anti-doping rules regarding clenbuterol. [Read more…]

Powerlifting Steroid Scandal Links Ryan Kennelly and USA Labs

Ryan “The Bench Monster” Kennelly faces criminal charges in two separate but related cases involving anabolic steroids in an unwelcome scandal for the sport of powerlifting. Kennelly holds the World Powerlifting Organization world record in the assisted bench press of 1075 lbs (489 kg). Law enforcement was allegedly surprised to find anabolic steroids in an October raid at Kennelly’s Moses Lake home. This led to another steroid raid at a Kennewick apartment in December. Kennelly purportedly distributed steroids under the underground “USA Labs” label according to ebodybuilding.info. [Read more…]