Archive for December, 2004

Fools and Money

Sunday, December 19th, 2004

I get email. I get lots of email. Most of it is spam, of course. Some of it is “You forgot my 2003 8th place finish in the something-or-other Championships.” Much of it is “I think our websites are a good match. I’ve placed a link to your site on my links page, along with a couple thousand other links. Will you list a link to my teeth-whitening or penis-extending site? If not, I’ll remove your site from mine.”

Then today, I get an email offering me to be a distributor for this new and exciting product, endorsed by Ronnie Coleman.

I go to the site, and the product is a set of patches that you place on your skin. Oh, I think, another homeopathic concentration of growth hormone, or something like that. But, no, not even that. From their website:

  • Convenient Non-Transdermal patch; nothing enters the body
  • Constructed from water, Oxygen and amino acids sealed inside a plastic shell

So it’s not a transdermal patch. Its a NON-transdermal patch. Nothing enters the body. You wear two pieces of plastic with water and amino acids inside.

Then they go on to talk about “passively interact with the human body for the purpose of inducing electron flow and thermomagnetic frequency modulation.”

Now I took quite a bit of [physics] in college, and I don’t remember any mention of thermomagnetic frequency modulation. So I googled it. Thermomagnetic is the conversion of heat directly to electricity. The term is usually used regarding superconductors, ceramics at very cold temperatures, -200 degrees and below, where electricity flows without resistance. Frequency Modulation is a method to place information in a signal, by modulating the frequency. You know, like FM radio. No where is the term “thermomagnetic frequency modulation” used anywhere on the web other than with regards to this product. There are no examples of frequency modulation, thermomagnetic or not, in biological systems. I know of no examples of the thermomagnetic conversion of heat to electricity in the human body. (Please let me know of any.)

And how does one passively interact with anything? I think that qualifies as an oxymoron.

As part of their news items, they state the product is once again proven to be non-transdermal! Yeah, well, hard plastic will do that.

If pieces of plastic filled with water, oxygen and amino acids have an effect on the human body, what has my soft contact lenses been doing to me all these years? How much of an effect would a bottle of Gatorade stuck down your pants have?

We are truly an illiterate society.

Palumbo sentenced

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

On Friday in San Diego Dave Palumbo was sentenced to 5 months in a federal prison, and another five months of house arrest with limited traveling/working privileges. He could have received a maximum penalty of 5 years in custody and/or $250,000 fine.

In October, he pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiring to unlawfully distribute human growth hormone.

From the October press release:

United States Attorney Carol C. Lamannounced that David Palumbo, bodybuilder and editor-in-chief of Rx Muscle magazine, entered a plea of guilty today in Federal Court in San Diego before United States District Court Judge Thomas J. Whelan to the charge of conspiring to unlawfully distribute human hormone.

In connection with his guilty plea, Palumbo admitted that he obtained counterfeit Serostim from Bill Young in San Diego, which he would then sell to bodybuilders who did not possess a lawful prescription. Palumbo acknowledged in his plea that between July 1, 2002 and August 13, 2002, he received in New York two shipments of 50 boxes each of counterfeit Serostim (a form of human growth hormone) from Young in an Diego. A third shipment of 100 boxes of the counterfeit Serostim sent by Young to the defendant was lost in transit and never delivered.

Palumbo further admitted that he sold 90 boxes of counterfeit Serostim between June 2002 and September 2002 for approximately $63,000 to multiple persons believed by himto be bodybuilders, and who the defendant knew could not provide a valid prescription from a physician that would allow them to receive legitimate Serostim.

Serostim is a prescription drug containing theactive ingredient ?somatropin,? a formof human growth hormone. Serostim is approved by the FDA for use in the United States to treat AIDS wasting.

United States Attorney Carol C. Lam stated, ?With this plea, the last of an organization that counterfeited and distributed this human growth hormone has been brought to justice.?

Daniel Dzwilewski, Special Agent in Charge, San Diego Division of the FBI explained, “This multi-faceted investigation removed a significant criminal element from the community. The illegal distribution of unapproved pharmaceuticals is a felony and those who engage in this type of endeavor will always be held accountable.”

more Roid Madness – Governator Style

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

Lots of articles in newspapers about steroids. On thing I can’t let go by:

Legislator will try again to pass laws curbing steroid use

Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Terri Carbaugh. [said,] “Governor Schwarzenegger personally stated that he had, in fact, used steroids as a youth. But had he known then what he knows now, he would have steered clear.”

So, the governor considers 43 as being a youth, as that’s how old he was when he did Total Recal and Terminator 2.

And don’t think for a second that if a 16 year old Arnold knew what he knows now, that he would choose not to use steroids, as that would mean that he would choose not to be a bodybuilder, not to be Mr Universer, not to be Mr Olympia.

Don’t know if politicians are all the same, but spokespersons for politicians are.