October 26, 2014

Steroid History

Articles related to the history of anabolic steroids in medicine, sports and society.

Patrick Arnold Didn’t Destroy Baseball – Brown-Séquard Was Baseball’s First Evil Chemist

Jose Canseco may like to be credited as the man who introduced anabolic steroids to baseball. And sportswriters may like to blame Patrick Arnold as the evil chemist who ruined baseball with the nefarious scheme to cook up designer steroids in his Illinois lab. But the truth is that anabolic steroids have been used long before either Canseco or Arnold were linked to the modern-day steroids in baseball scandal. If anyone is worried about an admitted steroid user finding their way into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame, well it’s a little too late for that. Hall of Famer “Pud” Galvin famously and openly used the Brown-Sequard Ellixir named after the man who created this anabolic steroid-containing PED. [Read more...]

Next Proteins Founder Talks About Former Business Partner Dan Duchaine

Next Protein founder David Jenkins talks about his former business partner Dan Duchaine the “Steroid Guru”. Duchaine worked with Jenkins at Next Nutrition and appeared in print advertisements for Ultimate Orange: “Hey Dan, What’s up?” I asked answering the phone in the wee morning hours. I hear Dan say slowly all nubained out, “Why do you wrap a hamster in masking tape?” Perplexed I answer, “What?” Dan chuckled and slurs out, “So it doesn’t explode when you fuck it. See you in Anaheim tomorrow.” Dan hangs up. “You know I don’t eat fish.” he said. “Well you would know if you bothered to read my books.” This was a typical Dan-style opening line as we sat in an Anaheim hotel during our first meeting. [Read more...]

How Underground Steroid Handbook Was Written

The story of how Dan Duchaine and Michael Zumpano, founder and CEO of Champion Nutrition, co-authored the “Underground Steroid Handbook” is very interesting. An account is included in the book “Steroid Nation“. While “Steroid Nation” has been criticized for its sensationalistic attacks on Duchaine’s personal life, an excerpt that includes the interesting backstory behind the “Underground Steroid Handbook” is worth reading. [Read more...]

Shaun Assael’s Steroid Nation and Dan Duchaine

Dan Duchaine is featured in the book Steroid Nation by Shaun Assael. Assael’s narrative is very antagonistic towards bodybuilding / supplements /steroids and makes every effort to demonize Duchaine by relentlessly attacking his personal life. The book’s portrayal of Duchaine has been criticized as being overly sensationalistic with several inaccuracies. [Read more...]

Jeff Novitsky Transferred to FDA to Focus on Steroid Cases

IRS Special Agent Jeff Novitsky has been transferred to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigations as a special agent to give him greater freedom to focus on anabolic steroid-related investigations (“No Longer With I.R.S., Novitzky Joins F.D.A.,” April 23).

In regards to Novitzky’s new job, Dwight Sparlin, a retired I.R.S. manager who led the San Francisco office when the Balco case started nearly six years ago, said he had been hearing for two weeks that Novitzky was going to the F.D.A. to continue focusing on drug cases.

“I think it would give him more exposure to just doing that type of work,” Sparlin said by telephone Tuesday. He added: “For Jeff to go as far as he did in Balco was a stretch for the I.R.S., too. I think he was allowed to go a lot further than he would otherwise because of the impact.”

Jeff Novitsky has been involved in almost every aspect of the BALCO steroid scandal and steroids in baseball investigation.

(Hat tip to Steroid Nation for the story.)

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Loses Its First Doping Case

Track sprinter LaTasha Jenkins is the first athlete to win a doping case against the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). She was charged with an adverse analytical finding after testing positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone in both Sample A and Sample B in July 2006. She was banned from competition for two years. Last week, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) dropped its appeal of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision which exonerated her (“LaTasha Jenkins first athlete to beat the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on a doping charge,” April 22).

A three-member arbitration panel ruled last December the testing of her sample, given at a meet in Belgium, was not done in accordance with WADA rules that require tests be run by two different technicians.

That broke USADA’s perfect record in front of arbitration panels, which was 35-0 according to the best available statistics.

To the question of Jenkins’ appearing to have won on a technicality, Valparaiso Sports Law Clinic director Michael Straubel had said, “[The arbitrators] set aside the test results because they were not based on reliable lab results.”

She was represented by the Valpo Sports Law Clinic with free legal assistance. [Read more...]

USADA Longitudinal Testing Program – Project Believe

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has been conducting a formerly secret pilot program for longitudinal testing for anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. USADA recruited twelve U.S. athletes for voluntary participation in “Project Believe.” News of the anti-doping program was leaked when decathlon champion Brian Clay and runner Allyson Felix discussed it at a press conference possibly violating USADA’s code of secrecy on the program (“US sports stars try to dim doping fears with ‘Project Believe’,” April 17).

“I may get in trouble for talking about it but I want people to know I’m doing everything in my power to stay clean,” said Clay, who began having extra tests done before last month’s world indoor championships.

In spite of Clay’s concerns, it is unlikely that Clay or Felix will face any sanctions by USADA for revealing the existence of “Project Believe” prior to its official launch. [Read more...]

Growth Hormone Will Not Be Added to Controlled Substances List

Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have modified a bill that would have added human growth hormone (HGH) to the Controlled Substances List. The bill was introduced as a kneejerk reaction to revelations of widespread HGH use in professional baseball. But in the end, legislators avoided making the same mistake with HGH as they did with anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) with the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 1990. (“HGH bill altered to help children,” April 16) [Read more...]

Pro-Steroid Sylvester Stallone Endorses Anti-Steroid John McCain for President

Sylvester Stallone has apparently endorsed anti-steroid crusader John McCain for President. Sylvester Stallone has been using his Rambo promotional tour to advocate growth hormone and testosterone in age management medicine. Senator John McCain is well-known for his anti-steroid grandstanding in Congress. Nonetheless, Senator McCain’s positive reaction to the endorsement was priceless as seen on Fox & Friends stating “I’m going to Philadelphia and running up the steps.”

Senator McCain has expressed his disappointment with Roger Clemens’ alleged use of anabolic steroids and growth hormone, but that is probably only because Clemens has not endorsed him. [Read more...]

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steroid Use in 2008

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is once again going to be confronted with his own admitted use of anabolic steroids as a former professional bodybuilder with his promotion of the 2008 Arnold Classic Bodybuilding contest in Columbus next month. This has become an annual ritual with the steroid-addicted media and it is sure to continue as long as Arnold is in politics and continues his involvement in the sport of professional bodybuilding.

But there may be further attention given to Schwarzenegger and his relationship, past and present, with anabolic steroids. Sources tell the Steroid Report that the steroid documentary “Bigger, Stronger, Faster”, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this month, will be highly critical of his conflicted positions on anabolic steroids. [Read more...]