AnaSCI - Fitness Evolved

Buy Needles and Syringes with NO PRESCRIPTION   Synthetek Muscle Building And Fat Loss Products   Cheap Pure Supplements

İALL CONTENT OF THIS WEBSITE IS COPYRIGHTED AND CANNOT BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE ADMINISTRATORS CONSENT 2003-2019

   
  Synthetek Syntherol  
   
   
   
Largest Selection of Bodybuilding Products   Largest Selection of Bodybuilding Products   Largest Selection of Bodybuilding Products


User CP FAQ Members List Calendar New Posts Quick Links Log Out

AnaSCI Fitness Evolved  AnaSCI Fitness Evolved  AnaSCI Fitness Evolved  AnaSCI Fitness Evolved  AnaSCI Fitness Evolved


        
        
        
        
        

Automatic Translations (Powered by Yandex):
Albanian Belarusian Catalan Czech Danish Dutch English Estonian Finnish French German Greek Hungarian Italian Latvian Lithuanian Macedonian Norwegian Portuguese Russian Slovak Slovenian Spanish Swedish Turkish Ukrainian

Go Back   Anabolic Steroids Discussion and Bodybuilding Forum > Anabolic Science Section > Anabolic Science Forum

Like Tree23Likes
  • 12 Post By basskiller
  • 1 Post By chicken_hawk
  • 1 Post By JackMo
  • 4 Post By butthole69
  • 3 Post By srd1
  • 1 Post By Humana
  • 1 Post By chrisr116

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Reconsidering the War on Steroids
Old
  (#1)
AnaSCI VIP
 
basskiller's Avatar
 
Online
Posts: 843
Join Date: Oct 2004
Reconsidering the War on Steroids - 12-13-2013, 03:40 PM

Reconsidering the War on Steroids



After a successful bout of testosterone therapy, Jonathan Miller now argues that professional sports should abandon a hypocritical and wholly ineffective testing program.

I’m coming clean: I use performance-enhancing drugs.

Indeed, I’ve had a serious testosterone problem.

Of course, unlike my fellow Jewish recovering politicians (ahem…Mssrs. Spitzer, Weiner and Filner), my body doesn’t produce enough of the über-manly hormone. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a free-testosterone level akin to an octogenarian eunuch. Who’d been dead for a decade.

The option of traditional testosterone therapy, however, frankly frightened me. I’d heard the woeful tales of back acne, hair in strange places, ’roid rage, the link to prostate cancer. I also remember vividly football superstar Lyle Alzado’s final days, his brutal death from brain cancer blamed on PED overuse. And as an ESPN Radio addict, I’d been bombarded for years by its omnipresent, perversely mixed messages: the screaming sports-host anti-steroid hysteria, interrupted every 20 minutes by snake-oily “Low T” elixir ads, using the kind of incredulous performance hype that would discomfit even Bernie Madoff.

So I tried an alternative route — medically sanctioned natural vitamins and minerals, prescribed by a well-respected medical doctor, whose practice focused on integrative health.

Nothing. And I was suffering.

While our sex-obsessed culture focuses on the libido-suppressing side effects of a “Low T” diagnosis, the ramifications for me were quite more significant. My immune system was shot; my body had become a petri dish for every new virus of the week. Worse, my mood and energy levels had plummeted: Despite enjoying perhaps the happiest and most successful years of my life, there were far too many mornings when I struggled simply to get out of bed.

So I bit the bullet.

Well, more accurately, I bit my lip every Wednesday and Sunday morning, when I used a tiny insulin needle to inject into my belly fat 0.5 milliliters of a clear, yellow-tinged solution—a blend of testosterone propionate and testosterone cypionate. More recently, nine bio-identical hormone pellets—each the size of a grain of rice–were inserted just under my skin, near my glutes.

There are many cases in which a doctor could conclude that hormone therapy--which helps a person rebuild muscle--is preferable to sport-sanctioned painkillers which might place the athlete at risk of further injury.

In return for the slightest, fleeting discomfort (I’m a baby; but both procedures were less painful than giving blood), I’m rewarded with a measurably higher quality of life. I’m a morning person again, and now have the energy both for a full day’s work and an aggressive exercise routine. I’ve lost weight, I sleep better; and most significantly, my frame of mind is sublimely serene—no Prozac-fueled euphoria, no Lithium-hazed mental dullness—just a rested, clear-headed self-satisfaction.

I’m me again.

I’ve also been buoyed by my simple, myth-shattering research about this “father’s little helper.” The widely publicized steroid-poster-boy horror stories—teen deaths, female athlete disfigurement, Barry Bonds’s gargantuan head. All were the result of PED misuse and overuse. Further, the link to prostate cancer has been vigorously disputed, and any connection to Alzado’s death is less scientifically reliable than Jenny McCarthy’s anti-vaccine campaign.

Indeed, Penn State Professor Emeritus Charles Yesalis, an epidemiologist who’s one of the nation’s most-quoted PED experts, insists that there is “no way, shape or form” that anabolic steroids, even when misused, are “a major killer drug,” such as heroin and cocaine, or even alcohol or tobacco. As with most drugs—Yesalis cites as examples aspirin, ibuprofen, Tylenol, and valium—“you put yourself at risk when you take steroids at high doses for protracted periods of use.” But when used as directed by a physician, schmoes like me, who aren’t naturally producing hormones critical to a healthy lifestyle, can see real benefits with few risks. “The logic of letting people get back to their natural level of testosterone,” Yesalis suggests, “makes common medical sense.”

The case for anabolic steroids becomes even more persuasive in the cases of men who are recuperating from muscle-skeletal surgery or debilitating diseases. Josh Bowen, a nationally celebrated personal trainer, credits judicious anabolic steroid therapy for the healthy recovery of some of his clients: “It speeds the injury process and allows them to get back to normal activities quicker.” And my fellow juicer/blogger Andrew Sullivan has written powerfully about the dramatic quality-of-life enhancements provided by steroids for men like him who are struggling with HIV.

So as Big Sport ramps up its War on Steroids by inflicting ever-more onerous punishments on PED users, it’s quite ironic that its trophy transgressor could possibly have been the exemplar for proper steroid use. Let’s not forget, in 1996, Lance Armstrong lie near death, diagnosed with testicular cancer: a testicle was removed, his lungs filled with a dozen tumors, some the size of golf balls, and lesions were found on his brain. We’ll shed no tears today for the disgraced cyclist because of the way he deceived the public and slandered honest people who came forward with the truth. But professional sport’s zero-tolerance policy toward doping seems draconian in the special cases of athletes recovering from degenerative diseases for which testosterone treatment might serve as an ideal remedy.

Then take the much more broadly applicable case of Ryan Braun. The baseball player admitted to using banned products to facilitate his rehabilitation from a “nagging injury.” While Braun may not be the most trustworthy witness, no one argues that he’s bulked up obscenely like the sluggers of the 1990s, when ’roids were all the rage. And the argument for denying testosterone therapy treatment for injury recovery, while allowing most every other widely accepted treatment, is medically illogical.

First, there are many cases in which a doctor could conclude that hormone therapy—which helps a person rebuild muscle—is preferable to sport-sanctioned painkillers which might place the athlete at risk of further injury. In his recent “The Ethicist” column for The New York Times’ Magazine, Chuck Klosterman argues that “it’s difficult to explain why we’ve collectively agreed it’s O.K. for an injured football player to take a shot of Toradol to help ignore an injury, but not a shot of testosterone to help that injury heal faster.”

More significantly, PEDs, when administered appropriately, impose significantly fewer health risks than many sports-legal PESs (performance enhancing surgeries). Malcolm Gladwell recently illustrated the strikingly convoluted sports construct that forbids some athletes from overcoming genetic disadvantage through noninvasive, natural treatment, while permitting others to undergo laser eye surgery which imposes a small chance of blindness or Tommy John elbow repair, which raises dangers from infection as well as permanent nerve irritation and numbness.

Ultimately, however, the case against the War on Steroids rests less on debunking the perverse parsing of medical treatments, and more on a simple, indisputable notion: PED testing just doesn’t work.

As the high-profile BALCO and Biogenesis scandals clearly revealed, the underground illegal steroid industry is perpetually a step ahead of state-of-the-art drug testing techniques. It’s no wonder that so many the highest profile violators—Armstrong, Braun, Bonds, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, yada, yada, yada…were outed by testimony, not testing. As Dr. Yesalis concludes, “if you and I had performed our jobs as well as drug testing has, we’d have been fired long ago. All it has done…is provide plausible deniability to journalists and fans who think they are watching clean sports because of drug testing.”

And that’s where we are left. As Klosterman posits, “the motive [of PED bans] is to create a world—or at least the illusion of a world—where everyone is playing the same game in the same way.” And that illusion, of a level playing field, is as fanciful as Kevin Costner’s field of dreams.

So, in the end, the consequences of Big Sport’s War on Steroids are morally antithetical to any notion of fairness, and ethically antithetical to its own purported justification, the long-term health of its athletes. Beneficial testosterone therapy is unavailable to men in precisely those professions that could most take advantage of the recuperative benefits, while the drug misuse and overuse continues, in shady, nefarious settings, enriching illegal suppliers and endangering the health of desperate athletes.

By Jonathan Miller


Tren is God, I am he

Last edited by basskiller; 12-27-2013 at 05:14 PM. Reason: forgot to add the original author
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#2)
Registered User
 
Offline
Posts: 81
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Mount Olympus
12-13-2013, 06:24 PM

Great writing brother and interesting read as always! Loved it
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#3)
AnaSCI VET
 
srd1's Avatar
 
Online
Posts: 2,291
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: midwest usa
12-13-2013, 07:54 PM

If the politicians and law makers could just pull their heads out of their asses long enough to see the benifits wouldnt that be fantastic. Great read man thanks for posting this.


Only God Can Judge Our Enemies, Im Just Here To Arrange The Meeting.
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#4)
AnaSCI VIP
 
chicken_hawk's Avatar
 
Offline
Posts: 1,634
Join Date: Feb 2013
12-13-2013, 09:47 PM

While the war is not over...more and more people are becoming educated to some degree about the benefits of HRT for both men and women. And this is going along way to at least soften the mainstreams view of PED's.

Hawk
srd1 likes this.


PASSION TRUMPS EVERYTHING-DAVE TATE
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#5)
AnaSCI VET
 
Daniel11's Avatar
 
Online
Posts: 1,139
Join Date: Jul 2013
12-14-2013, 01:34 AM

Nice write up. Thanks for posting it here.
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#6)
Registered User
 
JackMo's Avatar
 
Offline
Posts: 51
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Middle of somewhere
12-14-2013, 04:29 PM

I remember back in 1990, the original Congressional testimony for the AAS Control Act, even the heads of the FDA and the DEA testified before Congress that steroids DO NOT meet the criteria of a Schedule III Controlled Substance! Of course Big Sport got their way, as always. I've argued for years about women being able to treat menopause with hormones, why can't men? It's slowly getting more accepted but what holds it back is testosterones (unqualified) Schedule III status. Thank the good Lord for the UGL's!
butthole69 likes this.
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#7)
Registered User
 
Offline
Posts: 213
Join Date: Feb 2013
12-14-2013, 05:58 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by JackMo View Post
I remember back in 1990, the original Congressional testimony for the AAS Control Act, even the heads of the FDA and the DEA testified before Congress that steroids DO NOT meet the criteria of a Schedule III Controlled Substance! Of course Big Sport got their way, as always. I've argued for years about women being able to treat menopause with hormones, why can't men? It's slowly getting more accepted but what holds it back is testosterones (unqualified) Schedule III status. Thank the good Lord for the UGL's!
I think it is part of the wider neo-liberal war on masculinity. Women and transexuals can have all the hormones they want, but men aren't allowed to become masculine and virile.
BigBob, chicken_hawk, srd1 and 1 others like this.
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#8)
AnaSCI VET
 
srd1's Avatar
 
Online
Posts: 2,291
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: midwest usa
12-14-2013, 07:00 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by butthole69 View Post
I think it is part of the wider neo-liberal war on masculinity. Women and transexuals can have all the hormones they want, but men aren't allowed to become masculine and virile.
I think theres more to what you just said gov doesnt want big strong mother fuckers with attitudes and opinions and the ability to back them up...they want meek sheeple that do what their told...research some of the shit they put in our water it would prob piss ya off.
BigBob, chicken_hawk and Humana like this.


Only God Can Judge Our Enemies, Im Just Here To Arrange The Meeting.
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#9)
Registered User
 
Offline
Posts: 142
Join Date: Mar 2013
12-27-2013, 12:17 PM

I agree^^^. I've been in and around aas for almost 20 years and to this day I'm still amazed as to why it's so scrutinized. Also to this day I know guys who have been "on" since the early to mid 80s and they look and feel fabulous. No health issues whatsoever. they get their normal yearly checkups...no enlarged prostates, etc. Now granted, they aren't using large doses at all now, they are in their 50s and60s and one is in his 70s, but if you saw this fellas you would freak. Just like everything in this world, over consumption or indulging causes the issues I believe.
chrisr116 likes this.
   
Reply With Quote
Old
  (#10)
AnaSCI VET
 
chrisr116's Avatar
 
Offline
Posts: 3,788
Join Date: Nov 2012
12-28-2013, 10:27 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by srd1 View Post
I think theres more to what you just said gov doesnt want big strong mother fuckers with attitudes and opinions and the ability to back them up...they want meek sheeple that do what their told...research some of the shit they put in our water it would prob piss ya off.
Reminds me of something....When I was contracting in Iraq I was out and around the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah daily, it was said the government over there closed all the gyms cause they didn't want their men to get big and stong and develop attitudes (like us infidels). Just want em to be sheep that can be led to slaughter.
srd1 likes this.
   
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:05 PM.



Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright © 2003-2019 AnaSCI.org. All rights reserved.