Archive for April, 2004

More Steroid Madness

Friday, April 23rd, 2004

Elbert Lytle wins Jr USA

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

Finally I was able to obtain the results of the NPC Jr USA. Complete results here. Thanks to Dan at Repetrope for sending them to me. Let’s see how many weeks before the results are posted to npcnewsonline.

I’m still trying to find the results for this year’s Wheelchair Nationals. Heck, I’m still trying to find last year’s complete results. If you have better luck than I in getting phone calls returned or emails answered, please give it a shot.

The IFBB Hungarian Pro Invitational is now listed on ifbb.com for June 5.

This weekend’s contests

Sunday, April 18th, 2004

There were many bodybuilding contests this weekend, including the IFBB Hungarian Pro Invitational, the NPC Junior USA, and many local contests. So far I’ve had limited success in finding results.
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Mike Scarcella

Saturday, April 17th, 2004

AAU Mr America Mike Scarcella died August 25, 2003 from siezures due to GHB withdrawl. Shortly after his death there were stories of him dying while in police custody only hours after being arrested. This article paints a little more complicated, but no less tragic story.

For more info on GHB addiction, see projectghb.org.

Smart Consumer – part 3

Friday, April 16th, 2004

One last rant about how all HGH supplements are scams: Know your metric units
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Smart Consumer – part 2

Monday, April 12th, 2004

How can you tell if a supplement is worthwhile, or just a scam? For starters, read the label.
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Be a smart consumer

Sunday, April 11th, 2004

The supplement industry is big business, with multi-billion dollars of sales per year in the US. Most supplements are crap. How do you prevent yourself from being ripped off? Here are some hints.
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more Steroid Madness

Wednesday, April 7th, 2004
  • Steroids for Everyone!, Wired Magazine

    “Drugs make athletes better. So why ban them? Let’s regulate instead.”

  • Trainer accused of selling steroids

    What’s significant about this article is that the unnamed suspect placed in the 2002 NPC Emerald Cup, so they go to Elaine Craig, the co-promoter, for a comment:

    “I don’t support the use of drugs, and the majority of bodybuilders don’t,” she said. “It isn’t done freely, and it isn’t mainstream.”

    There are people who choose to cross the line, she added.

    Craig said she would be hard-pressed to take the trophies from the suspect, since she likely couldn’t prove he was using steroids during the competitions.

    What a joke. The Emeral Cup is not a drug tested contest, so they know that most everyone in the contest is on steroids or growth hormone. After all, it is the NPC, where steroids are done freely and are in the mainstream.

    Only five out of the twenty contests on the CraigPro site (covering Washington, Oregon, Utah, and Alaska) are listed as drug tested or has the word “natural” in the title.

Steroids Again

Thursday, April 1st, 2004

The rational behind extra penalties for selling drugs near a school is that children are innocent, unable to make decisions regarding their health and safety on their own, and need protection. None of those apply to adults at the local gym.

Prior to the Steroid Control Act of 1990, you could find a doctor specializing in sports medicine who would prescribe reasonable doses of anabolic steroids, monitoring your blood and liver all through the process. The Steroid Control Act of 1990 made anabolic steroids C-III controlled substance (possession without a script from a US doctor is a felony), and made it illegal for a doctor to prescribe them for performance enhancement. Fourteen years later, anabolic steroids are more popular than ever. But you can’t go to a doctor for advice. Instead you go to your local drug dealers and hope that what he gives you is not fake, diluted, contaminated, or counterfeit.

Then because of a loophole in the Hatch Supplement Act, steroid precursors (prohormones) were discovered and became available at every local health food store. They’re not as good as anabolic steroids. Some may be harsher on your liver than injectables, but at least you know what you’re getting. Now the US government wants to outlaw prohormones and increase the penalties for selling steroids near a gym.

Adolescents under the age of 21 should not use anabolic steroids or prohormones. They’re not done growing. Limiting the sales of prohormones to adults is a reasonable measure to take. But that would just force adolescents to buy real steroids off the black market.

The only way to prevent children from buying steroids is to dry up the black market. The only real way to do that is to allow doctors to prescribe steroids for cosmetic or muscle enhancing purposes. I, as an adult, have the right to change my appearance as many times as I wish through surgery. Why not through hormones?