September 29, 2020

Permitting Anabolic Steroids in Competitive Sports

Wow! This is the most impressive panel of intellectuals arguing that performance enhancing drugs, such as anabolic steroids and growth hormone, should be accepted in professional sports. An Oxford-style debate presented by Intelligence Squared US and sponsored by the Rosenkranz Foundation debated the motion, “We should accept performance-enhancing drugs in competitive sports.”

Panelists for the debate were Radley Balko of Reason magazine, Norman Fost, director of the Bioethics Program at the University of Wisconsin, and Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and of the Program on Ethics and Biosciences in the James Martin 21st Century School, speaking for the motion. Sportcaster George Michael, former Major League Baseball all-star and founder of the iWon’t Cheat Foundation Dale Murphy and Richard Pound, former chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency, spoke against the motion. Sports and broadcast host Bob Costas served as moderator. [Read more…]

BALCO "Cream" Protocol and Problem with Drug Testing

What if every baseball player used the BALCO “cream” according to protocol? Would anyone fail the current MLB doping controls?

I could figure out how to take a fair amount of testosterone and you’d never catch me, and if I can say that, a lot of others can too.

Who is accredited with the aforementioned statement? Patrick Arnold? Victor Conte? [Read more…]

Steroid Common Sense from Dr. Charles Yesalis

Two of my favorite steroid writers are John Hoberman, PhD and Charles Yesalis, PhD. I read their books. I read their articles. I have “Google Alerts” set to notify me when they are quoted by the media. I have even invited them to write for my website (and I’ve been fortunate to have Dr. Hoberman write a few feature articles for me).

Several of my friends and colleagues wonder why I enjoy works from these “anti-steroid guys.” While I may have a different perspective regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, Dr. Yesalis and Dr. Hoberman represent the few prominent “steroid experts” that generally stay above the histrionics and scaremongering.

Dr. Yesalis recently discussed the topic of steroids in an interview published on Testosterone Nation website: [Read more…]