September 20, 2020

Steroids in Society

Articles related to anabolic steroids reference in popular culture and their influence in society

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…]

Anabolic Steroids for Sale on Don Catlin’s Website

Don Catlin advertises anabolic steroids for sale on his website via the Google Adsense contextual ad service. When Catlin receives a check from Google, some of that money will likely be linked to sale of “anabolic steroids” generated directly from advertisements that appear on his website.

It represents the height of hypocrisy for the founder of Anti-Doping Research to attack Amazon.com for “trafficking steroids” and selling “Schedule III controlled substances” via merchants in the Amazon Seller program when he is guilty of doing something similar.

The criticism of Catlin’s hypocrisy is justified given Catlin’s recent criticism of Amazon.com.

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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…]

iForce Nutrition Pleads Guilty in Supplement Steroid Investigation

iForce Nutrition pleaded guilty to charges arising from a federal criminal investigation involving the alleged distribution of anabolic steroids, unapproved new drugs and/or misbranded drugs by various sports nutrition companies including Bodybuilding.com, Genetic Edge Technologies (GET), Kilo Sports (KS), and Innovative Delivery Systems (IDS).

IForce Nutrition was required to pay a $125,000 as part of a plea agreement that allowed the principals of the company to avoid felony charges and/or imprisonment. iForce Nutrition admitted to selling the following products which contained synthetic steroids and unapproved new drugs: 17a PheraFLEX (Madol), Dymethazine (Superdrol) and Methadrol (Superdrol).

The settlement roughly represented the gross revenue iForce earned from a single internet retailer of their product (Bodybuilding.com) which purchased approximately 2,828 bottle from iForce for $120,000.

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“Jersey Shore” Uses Well-Known Steroid Reference to Promote Series

“Jersey Shore” has been broadcast to an international audience in 30 countries with commercials using a well-known reference to anabolic steroids. “Get Juiced, Get Jersey Shored” is the slogan in a television commercial targeting English-speaking markets overseas.

The hit MTV reality television series has courted its share of controversy with its portrayal of Italian Americans as “guidos and guidettes” but one ad spot appears to capitalize on suspicions that some of the more muscular cast members may have used anabolic steroids to obtain their physiques.

The New York Times discusses the use of the steroid reference “get juiced” to promote “Jersey Shore” along with MTV’s denial that this is the case.

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“Shock and Awe” in Florida Steroid Raid

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office in Florida used “shock and awe” to conduct a raid of a personal trainer suspected of distributing anabolic steroids. Lt. Harold Minch described the SWAT team’s raid of a small-town suburban home as “shock and awe at the beginning” conjuring imagery from the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The phrase “shock and awe” has been used to refer to the “military doctrine based on the use of overwhelming power, dominant battlefield awareness, dominant maneuvers, and spectacular displays of force to paralyze an adversary’s perception of the battlefield and destroy its will to fight”.

The Sheriff’s Office didn’t take over a Middle Eastern country but they did seize approximately $20,000 of suspected anabolic steroids. [Read more…]

Steroids and “Million Other Products on Sale on Amazon That Are Similar”

Illegal anabolic steroids are for sale on Amazon.com according to Don Catlin of Anti-Doping Research (ADR). Amazon.com does not actually sell any of the dietary supplements which allegedly contain anabolic steroids. Rather, merchants participating in the “Amazon Seller” program offer steroids for sale. Amazon.com most likely has not knowingly offered steroids for sale via Amazon Sellers since the steroid products are sold and marketed as “dietary supplements”. [Read more…]

“Whatever It Takes” to Demonize Steroids

Several years before Congress found it politically expedient to explore steroids in wrestling and bodybuilding, Hollywood decided to treat us to its own perspective on the issue. The result was the 1999 movie called “Whatever It Takes”, starring Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Andrew Dice Clay who played two undercover cops investigating the illegal distribution of anabolic steroids to bodybuilders and wrestlers.

The movie’s  anti-steroid propaganda is pretty extreme. The movie goes one step beyond the usual sensationalistic treatment of steroid side effects. It doesn’t just suggest testicular atrophy or even penis shrinkage as a side effect. The possibility that a steroid user’s penis may actually “fall off” is introduced to the audience. [Read more…]

Epidemic of Steroid Use Among High School Girls

Don Hooton Jr. of the Taylor Hooton Foundation recently told student-athletes at the University of Waterloo that the fastest growing group of anabolic steroids users are high school girls. The prospect of muscular high school cheerleaders injecting steroids is a sensationalistic visual that should cause concern. Is there an epidemic of high school girls using anabolic steroids? [Read more…]