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Thursday 05, Nov 2009

  â€œBigger, Stronger, Faster”

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“Bigger, Stronger, Faster”The movie is a documentary about steroids, with the film starting on the story of director Christopher Bell and his brothers. Bell is a weightlifter and a gym rat who previously used steroids once, while his two brothers, both pro-wrestlers, used steroids regularly.

Bell interviewed several people in this documentary, including Rep. Henry Waxman, although the interview made it clear that Waxman does not know anything about steroids. Waxman, by the way, is the congressional representative who called the steroids in baseball hearings.

He made several points about the negative effects of steroids to the body. For example, in the case of Lyle Alzado, he pointed out that there was absolutely no evidence linking Alzado’s brain cancer with his steroids use.

He also showed some evidence that steroids do not cause teen suicides. Another topic he emphasized was that before steroids were banned by congress, medical experts were against its prohibition.

Aside from these, he honestly talks about his brothers, one is a football coach who lies about not using steroids to his students while the other one is a failed pro-wrestler, Mike “Mad Dog” Bell, who now works in their father’s accounting business but still continues to use steroids.

In December 2008, Mike “Mad Dog” Bell died due to a lethal combination of steroids, alcohol and painkillers.



Wednesday 28, Oct 2009

  SNAC holds another Love your body event

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SNAC holds another Love your body eventSensible Nutrition and Body Image Choice (SNAC) is a peer education group in affiliation with Lafene Health Center. The group aims to reduce body image issues and eating disorders through health education. Healthy eating schemes are discussed on campus and “Love Your Body” events are being organized to encourage students to give importance to their bodies.

All throughout the year, the group travels to different high schools, residence halls, colleges, sororities and fraternities. The 20-member group holds lectures on eating disorders, fitness, nutrition, and body image. According to George Weston, president of SNAC and graduate student in public administration, SNAC’s main purpose is to educate students on healthier ways to treat and use their bodies.

It is the first that SNAC sponsors a free film showing of a documentary about steroids. According to Morgan Theirer, co-chair of Love Your Body day, the group is excited of this recent event. The steroids movie “Bigger, Stronger, Faster” will not only show the negative side of steroids but more than anything, it shows why people use steroids and some of its benefits.

SNAC hosts several activities from compliment cards, free movie screening of the steroids movie “Bigger, Stronger, Faster”, to information kiosks undertaking steroids issues.

Friday 19, Dec 2008

  Mike Bell, brother of steroid documentary writer/director Chris Bell, dies at 37

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bsf-steroids“Mad Dog” Mike Bell, brother of Chris Bell, writer/director of the highly acclaimed steroid documentary Bigger, Stronger, Faster*, dies at 37. The cause of death is yet undetermined as results of a toxicology report are still pending, according to Poughkeepsie Journal.

Mike was a former pro wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment and Extreme Championships Wrestling. He was also a football captain at Arlington and also played at the University of Cincinnati on scholarship.

Mike and the whole Bell family – brothers Mark and Chris, and parents Rosemary and Sheldon – were featured in the steroid documentary which tackled anabolic steroid use within the family as well as in American sports.  The film world premiered in January at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and garnered great reviews.

It was through the film that the public had come to know of Mad Dog’s problems with recreational drugs and alcohol. Prior to his death, he had attempted to stay sober according to Chris. Mike had been living at a sober community in Orange County, Calif., at the time of his death.

“He had decided it was time to clean up his act,” Chris Bell said. “He was 60 days clean and sober and that was a first for him. For our family, it was a big accomplishment for him.”

Thursday 09, Oct 2008

  Another rave review for steroid documentary Bigger, Stronger, Faster

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biggerstrongerfasterThe highly acclaimed documentary ‘Bigger, Stronger, Faster’, which has the famous tagline ‘Is it still cheating if everyone’s doing it?’, is now available in DVD. And this thought provoking film, written and directed by Christopher Bell, receives yet another thumbs-up critique. From EDGE Boston:

“Bigger, Stronger, Faster” is as good as documentary filmmaking gets. It cuts deep to the marrow of American society without telling you what to think. Bell links cheating with winning and winning with America. His brilliant footage from the opening scene of “Patton” seems so eerily prophetic — underscoring the story about American’s drive to win at all costs. Did we ever think footage of Barry Bonds, Marion Jones, and Mark McGwire would sync up with political speeches from George W. Bush (former part-owner of Major League Baseball team the Texas Rangers) and Schwarzenegger (an admitted user of steroids) with so much irony? These indeed are strange days. Bell might not even have answers: his catalyst for shooting the doc seems to be his drive for someone to tell him what happened to his childhood heroes? And moreover, is there still such a thing?

‘Bigger, Stronger, Faster*’ is not only about the use of anabolic steroids in sports. It forces the viewers to have a critical look on the overall social, cultural and moral fabric of Americans.

Why is it illegal to use anabolic steroids to improve athletic performance but not laser eye correction to heighten the visual acuity of such sports celebrities like Tiger Woods? Why is not there a standard guideline in what is considered to be cheating in American sports? Such questions are being pushed to the core by Bell’s film.

This documentary world premiered on January 19 at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. On April, it was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival and opened in limited release in the US on May 30.

The * on the title, by the way, signifies how athletes who are found guilty of using steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs have their career records marked by an asterisk.