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Monday 30, Jun 2008

NFL’s Bradshaw clarifies steroid comments

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Terry Bradshaw SteroidsTerry Bradshaw has recently clarified his comments on his use of steroids. On the Dan Patrick radio show last week, the Hall of Fame quarterback admitted use of legal steroids back in the 1970s. On Sunday, he drew a distinction between legal steroids and banned anabolic steroids.

“We did steroids to get away the aches and the speed of healing. My use of steroids from a doctor was to speed up [healing after] injury, and I thought nothing of it. . . . It was to speed up the healing process, that was it. It wasn’t to get bigger and stronger and faster.”

Bradshaw further explained that he was referring to therapeutical corticosteroid injections, which are used to reduce inflammation. He emphasized that they were not anabolic steroids that build muscle and sometimes cause extreme side effects.

“I’m not bodybuilding here,” Bradshaw said, laughing about the confusion that stemmed from the interview. “They were not those kind of steroids. They were anti-inflammatories.”

Bradshaw offered the clarification while appearing at a news conference to welcome Michael Strahan to the Fox NFL Sunday team.
Bradshaw suffered neck, wrist and elbow injuries during his career and quit the game for good after suffering an elbow injury near the end of the 1983 season.

Several Steelers players from the 1970s have admitted to using steroids, including the late Steve Courson, whom Bradshaw mentioned in the interview with the program’s host.

Anabolic steroids have legitimate medical uses. They are commonly used in hormone replacement therapy for men with low testosterone levels to improve libido. Other medical uses of anabolic steroids include growth and appetite stimulation, treatment for certain types of anemia, as well as gender dysmorphia.

Non-medical use of anabolic steroids is widespread in sports that require speed, power, and strength. Athletes, such as those in bodybuilding and weightlifting, use anabolic steroids because they enhance performance and physique.

Monday 30, Jun 2008

Use of anabolic steroids on horses hard to determine

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horse_steroidsThe recent testimony of Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg at a Congressional hearing drove home the point that it is very difficult to determine if equine athletes are on anabolic steroids.

In humans, the tell-tale signs are more obvious – acne breakout, incredible physique on both in male and female users, hair thinning on males, hair growth on females, plus an enhanced performance in the playing field. Most of these physical indications of steroid use do not apply to horses.

In said hearing, Van Berg compared horse training to “chemical warfare” and that there is dearth of scientific proof that would suggest that anabolic steroids make better, stronger, and faster horses.

Dr. Scot Waterman, executive director of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, seemed to agree with the trainer. “It’s an impossible question for us to even answer. A .01 (percent) change in performance would alter the outcome of a 1-mile race 50 percent of the time. That is an impossible change to measure with scientific study,” Waterman said.

However, the issue gets more contentious as anecdotal evidence suggests that anabolic steroids could act as performance boosters.

Rick Dutrow openly admitted that all of his horses are administered with anabolic steroid Winstrol (stanozolol) every month. This drug is not banned in three states where the Triple Crown is held. Dutrow is the trainer of Big Brown, who recently won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness races of the Triple Crown.

Big Brown performed poorly in the Belmont Stakes and some speculated that the reason was because Dutrow did not administer the horse with steroids in the 5-week interval between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.

“Everybody is trying to figure out why Big Brown didn’t run,” said Dr. Don Catlin, president of the Anti-Doping Research Institute. “I don’t know why. But I do know if I’m on steroids and if you stop them a couple of weeks ago, I’m going through withdrawal and I’m not going to feel like running. But you can’t test for that.”

Sunday 29, Jun 2008

Steroid Cycles: Sustanon and Deca Durabolin

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There is very under rated cycle.  Sustanon and Deca Durabolin is always under rated because people don’t understand their quality.

A good 10 week Sustanon and Deca Durabolin cycle:

week 1-10: 500mgs Sustanon 250/wk

400mgs Deca Durabolin /wk

1mg arimidex /day

This cycle will yield good hard bulking gains with at least 20lbs. of muscle mass in the 10 weeks of steroid use.

Saturday 28, Jun 2008

Are steroids that bad?

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There is much talk about how bad steroids are, which is of course false.  Did you know that almost half a million people (a little over 400,000) die from smoking every year? or did you know that almost 100,000 (past 80,000) die from drinking alcohol per year? and did you know that there have been 0 (thats right ZERO) deaths linked to anabolic steroids !

In fact, steroids are routinely used to help AIDS patients and cancer patients, over and over for the past 30 plus years! that’s right, millions of people have relied on steroids to safe their lives.  How many people do you know that rely on smoking or alcohol to save their life? NONE!

Friday 27, Jun 2008

Boxer Sugar Shane Mosley used Steroids

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Shane Mosley steroidsAnother trainer has bit the bullet and snitched on his client. Former trainer of Boxer Sugar Shane Mosley has come out saying that Shane Mosley used steroids before fighting Oscar De La Hoya in 2003. Although he has no proof, he is throwing wild accusations about Mosley about steroid use and use of EPO. EPO is not a steroid, it’s a blood doping drug. Long story short, this is steroid witch-hunting without any proof.

Boxer Sugar Shane Mosley’s former trainer and the mastermind behind a sports doping ring claimed in court papers filed Friday that they watched Mosley inject the endurance-boosting drug EPO in the weeks before a title bout.

Trainer Derryl Hudson and convicted steroids dealer Victor Conte said they both saw Mosley take EPO during a meeting in which Mosley was told the benefits and risks of performance-enhancing drugs and how to use them.

Thursday 26, Jun 2008

Safe Steroid use

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The misconceptions about steroids run deep.  It seems that people believe steroids are dangerous, that’s not true.  Steroid abuse is dangerous, not steroids.  0 (zero) people have ever died from direct steroid use, unlike 85,000/year from alcohol and 490,000/year from smoking!  In canada, personal trainers know about steroids and they do sell steroids, but they seem to lie to the media saying they don’t use or sell steroids, face it buddy you’re a liar.  People buy steroids all the time and if they are shown the safe steroid usage they’d be fine!

When searching for a personal trainer most people look at experience, price and location, but a few are looking for something more dangerous — steroids.

“I let them know the effects it has on the body and the psychological effects,” said Jeff Flunder, a personal trainer who doesn’t work with people who use or are interested in using performance-enhancing drugs. “I’m very blunt.”

STRIPPED OF TITLE

He said some trainers do use steroids and may assist others in doing the same, noting there are no requirements to use the title of personal trainer.

Earlier this month, Manitoba resident Julie Coram was stripped of a FAME fitness model title after she tested positive for three types of anabolic steroids. Coram holds the Miss Fitness Manitoba title as well, although the Manitoba Body Building Association is waiting for legal advice before making a decision on whether she will have to relinquish her championship.

Wednesday 25, Jun 2008

Terry Bradshaw admits using steroids

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Terry_Bradshaw_steroidsFinally a major NFL star , Terry Bradshaw, came out and admitted he used steroids. He’s the best case of why if someone was to buy steroids and use steroids, it wouldn’t mean they would die in 20seconds as claimed by the ignorant media. Bradshaw is 60 years old and he’s in fine shape even after brutal NFL beatings and clear steroid ABUSE not use! football players don’t use anabolic steroids , they abuse them. Just like you can drink one glass of wine or finish a bottle of vodka, that’s obviously being an alcoholic.

Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw admitted that he took steroids while playing football in the 1970s, according to several reports.

Bradshaw said on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, “We did steroids to get away the aches and the speed of healing. My use of steroids from a doctor was to speed up (healing after) injury, and I thought nothing of it. … It was to speed up the healing process, that was it. It wasn’t to get bigger and stronger and faster.”

Tuesday 24, Jun 2008

Another head rolls in steroid crackdown

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trevor-grahamWhat now for Trevor Graham?

The once admired track coach is now facing an insurmountable obstacle – a prison term. He was found guilty last month of one count of lying to federal investigators about his relationship with steroid dealer turned prosecution’s witness Angel ‘Memo’ Heredia. Jurors were unable to reach a verdict on two other counts because at least one juror had doubts about the star witness’ credibility.

Prosecutors, who can retry the Graham on the other two charges, had no comment on their next move. Graham’s attorney William Keane said he is hoping the government would not retry Graham.

“The jury obviously had problems with the government’s case on the other two counts, including the allegations that Mr. Graham instigated and facilitated the use by a few of his athletes of performance-enhancing drugs supplied by Angel Heredia,” Keane said. “As we maintained all along we did not believe that the government could prove that case. It simply was not true.”

Graham sentencing hearing is set on September 5 before US District Judge Susan Illston. The maximum penalty for Graham’s guilty verdict on one count of perjury is five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. However, he is expected to receive much less than that.

Graham has consistently denied his relationship with Heredia – a Laredo, Texas, discus thrower who testified that he bought steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in Mexico and sold them to many star track athletes who trained under Graham.

Heredia narrated for the jury in U.S. District Court in San Francisco his business dealings with Trevor Graham. He said their association began in 1996 when Graham wanted a reliable supplier of steroids and PEDs. Graham, according to Heredia, also wanted someone to teach him the tricks of the trade, including how to beat steroid screening. He said he taught the Graham many things, including about clearance times of steroids and what kinds of drugs were undetectable that would boost performance.

Monday 23, Jun 2008

Steroids still reigns Belmont Stakes

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horse_steroidsCome Saturday at Belmont Stakes in New York expect a winner who may be running on anabolic steroids; this despite the recent public outcry on the use of steroids on equines.

Among those competing on anabolic steroids is Big Brown, the winner of the 134th Kentucky Derby. It was during this race that the tragic end of Eight Belles happened. Eight Belles was euthanized on track after she suffered injury after finishing second to Big Brown in said race. Her injury was rumored to be caused by improper medication.

The autopsy report on Eight Belles, however, showed she was negative for steroids. Same report said that she had no diseases or pre-existing bone abnormalities before her breakdown. The other 19 horses in the Derby were also tested for improper medication levels and the results came back negative.

The excerpt from International Herald Tribune article reads: “Among the nine trainers who are planning to run horses in the Belmont, only Rick Dutrow, the trainer of Big Brown, and Barclay Tagg, who trains Tale of Ekati, said their horses would race on steroids. Dallas Stewart, the trainer of Macho Again, said he had yet to decide whether his horse would receive them. The trainers Todd Pletcher and Nick Zito would not comment on whether their horses would.”

Anabolic steroids are widely used in the industry for bulking up young horses in sales. In competitions, these compounds are known to enhance appearance and performance of show horses and racehorses. Use of anabolic steroids on horses is legal in 28 US states; however, with the recent controversies, it is expected that many states will adopt a prohibitive stance on such practice.

Opponents of a blanket ban on steroids worry that this may prove detrimental instead of beneficial to horses. Steroids, they say, are necessary to aid in horses’ recovery from different conditions, which include abdominal and respiratory illnesses, and physical injuries. Further, they say there is no evidence that this group of drugs make horses run faster.

Sunday 22, Jun 2008

Steroid use in sports

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First, it was the sentencing of David Jacobs on May 1. This former Plano bodybuilder was slapped with three year’s probation and a monetary fine of $25,000 for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids. Two other co-conspirators were sentenced along Jacobs. The other four co-defendants are still awaiting their sentencing.

Jacobs was the ring leader of the Texas-based steroid distribution network. Based on his confession, he had supplied anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs to NFL players. He said he sold steroids and human growth hormone directly to NFL offensive lineman Matt Lehr and another NPL player. The players, in turn, supplied said compounds to a handful of NFL players.

Then the trial of controversial track coach Trevor Graham. Graham was found guilty of lying to federal authorities regarding his relationship with Heredia, a self-confessed steroid dealer and user. Heredia has testified that he had supplied Graham performance-enhancing drugs, including steroids, to the latter’s Sprint Capitol track team. During the trial, several names were mentioned by Heredia. Heredia said he provided steroids and other banned substances directly or through Graham to high-profile athletes, such as Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery, and Antonio Pettigrew.

Major League Baseball has also been rocked by steroid scandals. Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Mark McGwire’s careers have been tainted by use of steroids and other banned substances.

What are steroids and why is their use so rampant in sports?

Steroids are synthetic substances similar to the male sex hormone testosterone. They do have legitimate medical uses; they are used in treatment of diverse conditions such as anemia, HIV-related symptoms, and hypogonadism. The term steroids, however, became a household term because of their use as physique- and performance-enhancing drugs.
There are many studies and anecdotal reports that steroids are capable of boosting both the physique and performance of an athlete. Pettigrew, for example, in his testimony in the trial of his former coach has acknowledged that once he started taking banned substances, he was able to run 400 meters in the 43-second range for the first time. “I was running incredible times as I was preparing for track meets,” he said. “I was able to recover faster.”

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