Pro-hormones now controlled substances

October 23rd, 2004

On Friday, President Bush took time out from the campaign trail to sign the Steroid Control Act of 2004. This bill makes all pro-hormones and steroid-precursors illegal.

More details here and here

Anabolic steroids became controlled substances by the Anabolic Steroid Control act of 1990. That bill also made it illegal for medical doctors to prescribe anabolic steroids for cosmetic or performance enhancement purposes. But demand today is much higher than prior to 1990. And supply is plentiful on the black market. Prior to 1991 you could go to a medical doctor and get reasonable doses, and be monitored while you take them. Today people are taking much larger doses of what ever they can get on the black market without ever discussing it with a medical doctor.

Another example of how The War On Drugs™ is a failure.

Show of Strength

October 9th, 2004

The IFBB Pro Show of Strength was tonight in Atlanta.

1. Victor Martinez
2. Darrem Charles
3. Gustavo Badell
4. Branch Warren
5. Troy Alves

Complete results here. Women results here.

Andro Ban Passes Senate

October 7th, 2004

S 2195, the Senate’s version of the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004, was approved by the Senate and has been sent to the House. The House had already passed a similar bill, HR 3866. Now the differences will be worked out in committee.

Among other things, the HR bill provided for increased penalties for anabolic steroid offenses near sports facilities. Have to protect adult athletes the way we protect kids in grade school, you know.

One feature in the Senate bill is kind of strange:

Authorizes the Attorney General, upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to exempt from regulation any compound, mixture, or preparation that contains any anabolic steroid, that is intended for administration to a human being or an animal, and that does not present any significant potential for abuse because of its concentration, preparation, formulation, or delivery system.

What does this mean? It means you’ll still be able to buy pro-hormones in concentrations and forms, as long as they don’t work. Expect to see lots of ads with “The maximum legal dose allowed by law.”

2004 NABBA Universe

October 7th, 2004

The results for this past weekend’s NABBA Universe (the “real” Mr Universe) have been entered into the database. Steve Sinton of the UK won the amateur men’s, Hassan Al Saka of Syria, last year’s amateur winner, won the Pro Universe, Sandra Watershoot of Belgium won the women’s physique, and Lorena Bucci of Italy won the Figure. James (Flex) Lewis of Wales won the Junior, Brian Peters also of Wales won the Masters. Sixty-one year old John Citrone, who entered his first NABBA Universe in 1964, and won his class four times in the 1960s, this year won the Masters over 50. Ben Rodriguez had the best American showing, placing fourth in the Masters.

Complete results: amateur, pro, and women.

Update: Spelling correction – the overall winner was Steve Sinton, who had also won the NABBA World Championships back in June

Palumbo’s day in court

October 6th, 2004

From today’s Los Angeles Times:

David Palumbo, a bodybuilder and editor-in-chief of Rx Muscle magazine, pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego to charges of conspiring to distribute a human growth hormone to other bodybuilders.

Palumbo, 36, faces a maximum five years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 17.

See previous blog entry for more details.

Pro-Hormone ban one step closer

October 2nd, 2004

This summer, the US House of Representatives passed HR 3866, the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004, which would ban all steroid precursors and pro-hormones, and increased penalties for anabolic steroid offenses near sports facilities. It was then sent to the Senate.

Now, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved and sent to the full Senate a similar bill, S 2195. While this bill is not as extreme as the house bill, HR 3866′s language could be added later.

This bill could come up for a vote in a matter of days, or it could sit there until the end of the session, and then they’d have to start all over.

If you don’t want to see the War On Drugs to be extended to pro-hormones, now is the time to write your senator.

Obituary – Harold Zinkin

September 23rd, 2004

Harold Zinkin, one of the original members of southern California’s Muscle Beach, inventor of the Universal Machine , died yesterday after falling and hitting his head the day before. He was 82.

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Australian Ironman

August 13th, 2004

For everyone in Australia, be sure to read the September issue of Ironman Magazine on newstands now, specifically pages 106-109. There’s a nice article about me and the Muscle Memory website. Thanks to Daniel Nash for thinking this story was worth telling, and for sending me a few copies of the magazine.

There are a few lines in the article that I would have stated slightly differently. For example, “Almost all of the 65,000 entries on MuscleMemory have come from magazines.” While in the 1950′s and into the 1970′s, even local contests got mentioned in the back of magazines like Strength and Health, we’re lucky if national level contests receive any coverage today. While most of the vintage results in my database came from magazines, almost all of recent contest results have come from other websites. Also, about 10,000 entries came from Harry de Jonge, who had created his own personal database in the mid 1990′s. His contributions almost doubled the size of my database at the time.

Also, I believe in the quote I gave regarding drugs in the 1990s destroying the aesthetics of bodybuilding, I said “growth hormone, insulin and diuretics”. But that’s a minor point.

And everyone whom I’ve shown the article to has commented on the same thing. In the article they use my last name 15 times, but only mentions my first name once, such as “Fogarty said” and “Fogarty believes”. In the US it would be more common to use one’s first name. The last time anyone called me by just my last name was high school gym class.

FOLLOW-UP: It was pointed out that I’m mentioned in the Editorial as well. Very cool.

Team Universe

August 8th, 2004

Kai Greene wins the overall for this year’s NPC Team Universe, held last night in New York City. Kai also won it in 1999. Vickie Nixon wins the women. Complete results for men and women.

Its been two weeks since the NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters Nationals, and I’ve still been unable to obtain complete results. The time to start advertising next year’s contest is the day after this year’s event, and the way to do that is to publicize this year’s results.
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Snake Oil Revisted: Creatine Serum

August 3rd, 2004

In an Auckland New Zealand district court, Muscle Marketing USA has been fined $70,000 NZD (about $45,000 USD) for false claims about their Creatine Serum. Muscle Marketing claims that each 5 ml serving contains “the equivalent of” 2500 mg of creatine monohydrate. Analysis showed the product only contained 11.5 mg per dose.
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