So what’s the truth here? steroid abuse or steroids in baseball ? or chewing tobacco.  Ironically, I believe smoking (my view) kills about 400,000 people per year, while steroids have only been DIRECTLY attributed to 0 deaths.  That’s right, I’m not a steroid nuthugger but figure this, what kills more people? alcohol and smoking ? or steroids? LOL

and alcohol and smoking is LEGAL!!!!!! while other drugs the pharmaceutical companies sell kill and injure millions aka vioxx, the concentration is on goofy steroids – it’s idiotic! 

Formula: Steroids < Alcohol , Steroids < Smoking , Steroids < Prescription drugs that kill millions

Alcohol = Smoking on death in short term

Prescription drugs < Smoking > Alcohol

====anabolic steroids are NOT dangerous

the media is though! same with the government.

Reality is that, we all know steroids are around on a very small scale; get over it, it’s just steroids.  Concentrate on the 100,000s that die yearly from smoking and alcohol, then look at the prescription drug users.  Then you can come back and blame steroids.

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First of all, I want to stress that I’m totally against steroids and support any approach or programs that keep them out of college (not easily done) and, more importantly, high school and youth athletics.
But this obsession with steroids at the professional level, currently focused on baseball – with Barry Bonds at the center of the controversy – is getting way overblown, especially when football has, and still is, a major steroid sport (and let’s not overlook cycling, track and field, basketball, tennis, golf and other pro sports).

We must remember that drugs and alchohol have been part of professional sports forever – which means the beloved baseball era of Aaron, Mays (my idol) and Mantle. And it is a fact that these issues are not just confined to athletics, because dependency is both an inherited and often crippling aspect of humanity.

What really is irritating about this problem is how the government has gotten involved, fueled by our righteous and out-of-control administration which needs another hopeful distraction from the current real life and death issues, topped by the Iraq War.
There are so many high-priority problems in this country and throughout the world that can desperately use the valuable time and resources of our governing body than the “steroids in baseball” problem.

Also, pro athletes are professional entertainers and you don’t see drug-testing and banishments (unless it becomes a realistic crime and not a political ploy) in the world of theater, film, TV, music, art, etc. If professional athletes/entertainers want to screw themselves up and put their health in danger with steroids, that’s their choice.

What major league baseball and our government continue to overlook is the more dangerous problem of chewing tobacco, which can lead to cancer.

Locally, a top-notch and respected Petaluma high school baseball coach got mouth cancer from chewing tobacco – which he was turned on to in high school – and ended up dying not too long ago as a young man with a wife and children.
Though there was a campaign against chewing tobacco at the pro baseball level, it has been made mostly invisible by the steroid obsession.

Sonoma held its 10th annual “Relay for Life” – which raised valuable funds to help the American Cancer Society in cancer research, education and patient services – over the weekend. If you were there, you would experience the total importance of keeping our youth from getting addicted to tobacco-related products.

What it all comes down to is the education and real priorities in our society that must be addressed, especially pertaining to our children, before going after professional entertainers, who we say are role models for our youth, which makes them scapegoats for parents and other adults who need to be the true role models.
Ciao!

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