October 1, 2020

Steroids in Supplements

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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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…]

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…]

GNC Feigned Outrage at A-Rod’s Claim that Supplements Could Trigger Positive Steroid Test

General Nutrition Centers (GNC) expressed feigned outrage in a statement released to Newsday. Alex Rodriguez made the allegation that dietary supplements that have been sold in the past at GNC could have triggered false positive steroid results in athletes subject to anti-doping procedures. A spokesperson did not directly deny the claim as false but made a strong effort to cloud the real issue rather than acknowledge it (“GNC not happy with A-Rod’s steroid saga,” February 19). [Read more…]

Major League Soccer Players Test Positive for Anabolic Steroids After Using Dietary Supplement

Two professional soccer players tested positive for the banned performance enhancing substances androstatriendione (ATD) and metabolites of the anabolic steroid boldenone according to the MLS. Red Bulls Jon Conway and Jeff Parke were suspended and fined ten percent of their respective salaries for violating the MLS substance abuse and behavioral health policy (SABH).

The Red Bulls team manager claims the doping violation was unintentional. Conway and Parke allegedly purchased a sports nutrition product from a nationwide dietary supplement chain [Read more…]

DEA Identifies 22 Dietary Supplements Containing Anabolic Steroids

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) identified 22 dietary supplements containing anabolic steroids that are marketed and sold on the Internet in proposed rules published last week in the Federal Register. According to the DEA, the following three steroids meet the criteria for “anabolic steroids” under the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004 (“Classification of Three Steroids as Schedule III Anabolic Steroids Under the Controlled Substances Act,” April 25).

  • Boldione (aka androsta-1,4-diene-3,17-dione)
  • Desoxymethyltestosterone (aka DMT and 17a-methyl-5a-androst-2-en-17b-ol)
  • 19-nor-4,9(10)-androstadienedione (aka 19-norandrosta-4,9(10)-diene-3,17-dione and esta-4,9(10)-diene-3,17-dione)

Apparently, this is a shocking surprise to supplement industry lobbyist Loren Israelsen. Israelsen recently forwarded the following remarks (written by Rob Eder) to members of the United Natural Products Alliance. [Read more…]