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Thursday 24, Sep 2009

  Anabolic Steroids – where it all began

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Anabolic Steroids – where it all beganThe history of anabolic steroids use date back to the time of ancient Greece. Professional athletes during those times take a form of steroids, however, using natural substance. This is to help them increase their anabolic and androgenic growth, needed during competition.

After the ancient Greeks, a German scientist accidentally discovered the substance in the 1930s. It was not until 20 years later, during the 1950s, that Dianabol or Methandrostenolone came into the limelight. The FDA in the United States approved the substance.

Steroids became quite popular after its approval by the US FDA. However, no trials proved the effectiveness of the substance in enhancing anabolic growth and performance.

In 1972, a group of people was tested to see if steroids indeed exhibited an effect to the human body. One group received anabolic steroid injections while the other received placebo. Results showed that there was no significant difference in the effects of anabolic steroids and placebo.

In the early 90s, the National Institute of health began some controlled experiments, using testosterone enanthate. The team administered the substance to as high as 600 mg per week for a period of 10 weeks. This time, those who received steroid injections showed a significant gain in muscle mass and a decrease in fat.

However, in 1990, the Anabolic Steroid Control Act was approved by the US congress. This placed the substance under Class 3, the controlled substances classification.

Wednesday 08, Oct 2008

  Barack Obama’s stance on steroids clashes with that of his VP Joe Biden

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barack-obama-steroidsWhen Sen. Barack Obama recently took a swipe at Sen. John McCain’s anti-steroid stance, the Democratic presidential candidate has also (unintentionally or intentionally?)  criticized his running mate Joe Biden’s political posture.

We’ve recently posted Obama’s views here and basically the Democratic presidential hopeful thinks that probes on steroid use in sports are a huge waste of government time and funds.

“I gotta admit that seeing a lot of congressional hearings around steroid use is not probably the best use of congressional time,” Obama said.

“Kids are watching sports. They’re modeling themselves on athletes,” Obama said. “It’s a serious problem, but it’s one that you want to see the leagues themselves handle in a more appropriate way. We’ve got nuclear weapons and a financial meltdown to worry about. We shouldn’t be worrying about steroids as much as I think sometimes we do.”

Is Obama unaware of the fact that Biden was the author of the Anabolic Steroid Control Act? Did Obama commit another political faux pas?

The above legislation, signed into law in 2004, added 18 substances to the list of banned anabolic steroids, including androstenedione (also known as “andro”) and tetrahydrogestrinone (THG).

Biden has been a staunch critic of steroids; he has been a key player in criminalizing non-medical use of this class of drugs. If Obama had doubts about his running mate’s view on steroids, then probably the following statement made by Biden in December 2007 during the release of the Mitchell Report would give him a clear perspective of his running mate’s viewpoint.

“We have worked hard over the years to make these dangerous drugs illegal,” said Sen. Biden. “The Mitchell report nonetheless concludes that steroid use in professional baseball has been widespread. If crimes were committed, then they should be prosecuted. I call on the Justice Department to investigate and follow-up on the information and allegations contained in today’s report.”