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Taylor Hooton Foundation spokesman claims fastest fastest growing group of anabolic steroid users are cheerleaders ( no pun intended )12
Security guard Darren Sweeney once gave into the temptation of using steroids to help gain more muscle tone.
‘‘I was on a diet and managed to lose 43kilograms but I was still a bit flabby around my stomach. I wanted something to help tighten up a bit so I tried steroids for about four months,’’ he said.
The then 23-year-old gained 10 kilograms of muscle within two months but it came at a price.
‘‘I had constant muscle pain in my forearms and was more aggressive,’’ Mr Sweeney said.
Now 38, Mr Sweeney agreed steroid use had significantly increased among young men wanting to bulk up quickly.
‘‘I’ve seen kids as young as 15 [using steroids],’’ he said.
‘‘Basically they are just wanting to look good in front of their mates and girls.’’
The most visible sign is severe acne on the back and tricep muscles. Mr Sweeney, who now uses herbal supplements, said steroids were widely available ‘‘if you know the right people’’.
‘‘For something like Sustanon 250, I’ve heard you can pay between $180 to $200 for a 10millilitre ampoule,’’ he said.
‘‘The real worry is these kids don’t know what they are doing to themselves.’’
>Steroid abuse is on the increase again.
Popular some years ago, anabolic steroids fell into disfavour as their side-effects became apparent and “roid-heads” became objects of ridicule.
Sadly, a new generation – one perhaps not yet fully exposed to the downside of steroids – is being seduced by the false promise of a shortcut to a perfect body.
In their own time these youngsters will discover the truth – that a steroid-inflated body is about as convincing and impressive as a fake tan and that the personal cost of abuse can be horrendous.
Even if the purity of black market steroids could be guaranteed (it can’t), abusers run the risk of detrimental impacts on their personalities and behaviour. “Roid rage” is just the tip of an iceberg of psychological symptoms that produce the opposite of the self-esteem and self-assurance that many abusers are seeking.
The physical symptoms are potentially dreadful too. Bodies out of proportion, unwelcome “man boobs”, shrunken genitals and acne explosions are just the beginning. Internal damage is prevalent and can be irreversible.
To the extent that steroid abuse reflects anxiety among young men about their body image, it represents a growing problem that demands serious attention. Like eating disorders in both young men and women, the problem is a symptom of an increasingly prevalent mental health issue.
Hospital admissions and many social studies indicate that growing numbers of young people are so anxious and depressed about their apparent failure to conform to the socially approved body image that they will endanger their physical health in an attempt to attain their perceived “ideal”.
It is hard to isolate a single cause for this trend, but poor diet, coupled with widespread obesity and, ironically, publicity campaigns designed to combat obesity are involved in the mix. The promotion in the entertainment media of a narrow range of body types as “ideal” has frequently been blamed for inducing body image anxiety in females. Nowadays it might just as fairly be blamed for producing the same effects in males.
A Stockton police officer was arrested in a sting Thursday night on suspicion of trafficking steroids, the Police Department reported Friday.
The officer, 26-year-old Darrin Fagundes, was arrested around 9:10 p.m. in a Tracy parking lot, along with Anthony Scott Kubena, 38.
Both were booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of possession for sale of a controlled substance, a felony.
The investigation of Fagundes was an internal investigation by the Stockton Police Department, said Officer Pete Smith, a police spokesman.
Fagundes, hired in 2007, has been placed on administrative leave.
Smith said there is no evidence that the investigation, still ongoing, will reach further into the Police Department’s ranks. Smith also said he did not know exactly what Kubena’s part was.
“He was involved in the transaction (Thursday) taking place during the arrest,” Smith said.
A fired Boca Raton cop on Friday pleaded guilty to 15 charges for illegally peddling steroids and human growth hormones.
Anthony Forgione, 46, faces a maximum 115 years in prison and a $5.7 million fine when sentenced on March 25. He agreed to cooperate with ongoing investigations in hopes of reducing his sentence.
Forgione, who was fired in 2003 under suspicions of steroid use, pleaded guilty in 2008 to similar charges as part of a wide-ranging investigation in New York state dubbed Operation Which Doctor that snared other Palm Beach County residents.
A 32-year-old Hayward man pleaded guilty in federal court in Madison on Thursday to charges of possessing anabolic steroids with the intent to distribute.
Michael Wozny could get 10 years in prison without parole when he is sentenced March 17 by U.S. District Judge William Conley.
According to a press release from the Department of Justice, the Wozny case started in late 2006, when a Minnesota man was arrested for dealing steroids. That individual said he purchased the performance-enhancing drugs from another man in Minnesota, who said he got the drugs from Wozny.
The case against Wozny grew stronger when John Zellers, known as the Label Doktor, was convicted in New Jersey of causing the introduction of anabolic steroids into interstate commerce by providing high-quality labels for bottles of the unapproved drugs.
Investigators found Zellers provided Wozny with labels in 2007, with the smallest of three or four orders containing enough labels for 630 bottles of anabolic steroids.
When police issued a search warrant at Wozny’s residence in Hayward in 2007, about 1 kilogram of powdered anabolic steroids was found, the release said.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a progressively debilitating, muscle-wasting disease.
But a new study is exploring whether a popular pill can help slow the damage.
Muscular Dystrophy leads to progressive weakness of muscles, including breathing and heart muscles. A doctor in Baltimore is heading up a study on whether Viagra could help. The drug inhibits muscle breakdown, which could help improve the heart’s “squeeze.”
Neurologist, Kathryn Wagner, M.D., Ph.D. says, “The actual drug does work on the heart and there’s a lot of data that suggests that not only does it improve heart function, but it actually may remodel the heart, so that you, you get a better heart. If it had the additional benefit of having some improvement in their skeletal muscle, then it’s a homerun.”
Total knee arthroplasty is reported to improve the patient’s quality of life and mobility. However loss of mobility and pain prior to surgery often results in disuse atrophy of muscle. As a consequence the baseline functional state prior to surgery may result in poorer outcome “post surgery” and extended rehabilitation may be required. The use of anabolic steroids for performance enhancement and to influence muscle mass is well established. The positive effects of such treatment on bone and muscle could therefore be beneficial in the rehabilitation of elderly patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of small doses of Nandrolone decanoate on recovery and muscle strength after total knee replacement and to establish the safety of this drug in multimorbid patients.
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( we’ve only bothered with the first half of it the second is the usual anti steroid crap )
They’ve been called a lot of things: the juice, the sauce, D-bol, roids, doping. The polite world likes to call them performance enhancing drugs. I weighed 178 lbs when I started playing rugby. I was 20 years old, and too slow and too short to play anywhere but in the front row.
Up there, I soon learned that I wanted to be as strong as possible. I wanted to dominate my opposition, or, at the least, not let the opposite happen.
I became enthralled with weight lifting – the heavier, the better. My goal was to bench press 350 lbs. In the weight-room (primitive in those days), I met some very strong lifters. That’s when I first heard about steroids.
Rumours abounded – that the new body-building phenom from Austria, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and most other big-name muscle-men used them. My friend and I drove to Mexico and bought some Dianabol; I took it for two weeks, and added 40 lbs to my bench press in 1 month, hitting the magic 350.
Public denials in all sports were the order of the day, and no one much cared what the truth was. Soon we started hearing about American gridiron players using, about the Eastern Bloc women, about the shotput and hammer throwers. It spread and grew.
Wherever fame, money, power, and/or narcissism influenced a sport and/or its players, steroids and their cousins lurked around the fringes and, in some cases, cut tracks right through the middle. American gridiron saw a lot of steroid use in the 1960s and 70s, and probably still does.
Steroid use was called The Edge. In a big money professional game, built on size, strength, and violent contact, having “an edge” on your competition was important if you wanted to earn the big dollars, if you wanted to keep your job. And your competition wasn’t just the other team on Saturday or Sunday, but also younger, faster, stronger players trying to take your spot on your team.
In those days it was a crude practice – changing room syringes, pills from Mexico or East Germany, cooperative doctors, closed-mouth team owners and managers.
Steroid use became a form of job protection, of economic survival in the ruthless crucible of cut-throat big business masquerading as sport.
Then people started dying – heart attacks, liver cancer, cerebral bleeds. That didn’t stop the use, but it brought it a lot of unwanted attention. Testing, then more testing, then a lot of political posturing, some enforcement, education, more policing, more enforcement, more findings, bans, more doping, and so on, and so forth.
Eastern athletes exposed, Ben Johnson stripped of gold, and sometimes it seemed that the floodgates of truth would open. But it hasn’t changed. Wherever money is on the table, whenever performance can be peddled for fame and influence and power and riches, there will always be someone looking for and exploiting The Edge.
Those of us who wake in the morning thinking about how things are going with our favourite rugby teams and rugby players, who pore over the sporting news for rugby bits, who remember individual touches of the ball, who still feel the grains of mud under our eyelids and the water squirting out our bootlace holes, who can hear the forehead hitting the sternum as we close our eyes for sleep, we are worried.
Relatively few incidents of drug use have been revealed in rugby. But no one who really pays attention to this scourge, this plague in professional sports, no one who can see how well steroids’ distortions-from-normal give short-term advantage to certain styles of rugby positional play, can doubt the high level of risk that our game is in to contamination from this array of poisons, and from the deceptions and dangers that go with them.
Personally, I firmly believe they are far more widespread than any testing regime in rugby has shown. I am suspicious that teams, even national test teams, have ignored, if not actually encouraged, their use.
There are individual players whose body size, muscle bulk, and emotionally-unbalanced aggression indicate something at work other than passion for the game and for fair but unbridled competitive play.
What evidence do I have that would hold up in a court? None. Why am I suspicious? I’ve been an athlete for 50 years. I’ve been attached to rugby for 45 of those years. I’ve watched, and taken some sincere interest, in all major international sports and many minor ones.
I spent many years in weight rooms and on training fields. I have more than a layman’s knowledge of diet, nutrition, cell physiology, exercise physiology, and human psychology. I think I have a pretty good idea of what’s normal, what the range or spectrum of normal includes, and what falls far outside that range. I’m a believer in the dictum: If it looks like duck, smells like a duck, quacks like a duck, and flies like a duck, it’s a duck.
You can’t tell a book by its cover, but that doesn’t mean all appearance is a lie. Carl Lewis was one of the most beautiful athletes of his type to ever grace the human eye. His skills were pristine, his efforts enthralling, his competitiveness and confidence supreme. He was a world-beater. But he was balanced – he was mentally sharp at all times, fully conversant, in control, and his physique matched his events and his accomplishments.
Ben Johnson was a physical freak as a sprinter; his biceps and deltoids and pectorals and traps were simply off the charts for a world-class sprinter. There have been heavy-muscled sprinters before – Jesse Owens, Bob Hayes, and a few others. But they generally had other sports for which those muscles were built and used: gridiron, in the case of Owens and Hayes. But Johnson had the cut and bulk and definition that indicates something strange, something wrong. So it was.
We’re starting to see some of these freakish physiques in rugby union. Remember what it takes to build out a 6’4” frame with 240lbs of muscle and virtually no fat.
Remember that, along with Superman muscularity, one of the attributes of anabolic steroid (and their cousins) use is selective fat metabolism, resulting in the cut-and-slash definition typical of body-builders, and now visible in the Web-based shirtless photos of some highly touted – and highly paid – rugby players. When you compare these photos with those of body-builders in the early steroid days, there’s not a lot of difference.
A British medal prospect for the 2012 London Olympics was ruled out of the Games after being banned for two years on Thursday for testing positive for steroids.
Weightlifter Denis Catana, originally from Moldova, tested positive for the banned substance Metenolone before October’s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
He was provisionally suspended from all competition after failing a control in August, meaning he was unable to compete at the Commonwealth Games for England.
The ban, imposed by UK Anti-Doping, rules Catana out of the 2012 Olympics even without the British Olympic Association’s standard lifetime ban for drugs cheats.
Catana had been England’s leading weightlifter in the snatch and clean and jerk events in 2010.
Weightlifting has been repeatedly tainted by doping controversies, leading to questioning of its place in multi-sport events such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.