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Monday 30, Apr 2007

A former batboy with the New York Mets pleaded guilty Friday to distributing performance-enhancing drugs like steroids and HGH

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A former batboy with the New York Mets pleaded guilty Friday to distributing performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of major league players over a decade, delivering another blow to the image of America’s pastime.

Kirk J. Radomski, 37, admitted to felony charges of distributing steroids and laundering money before U.S. District Judge Susan Illston at the federal courthouse in San Francisco. He faces a 25-year sentence and a $500,000 fine.

Radomski, who describes himself as a personal trainer, agreed to cooperate with baseball’s investigation into steroids that is being led by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. Radomski also worked as an equipment manager and clubhouse assistant while with the Mets, from 1985-95.

If his information can be corroborated, it could be the biggest break since the Balco Laboratories case that involved such stars as Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield.

“This individual was a major dealer of anabolic steroids, including human growth hormones, whose clientele was focused almost exclusively on major league baseball players,” prosecutor Matt Parrella said outside the court.

He declined to name Radomski’s clients. The case, though, underscores the fact baseball’s drug problem is bigger than Bonds, who is 15 home runs shy of becoming the most prolific long-ball hitter in the game. “We look forward to working together with federal law enforcement toward our shared goal,” Mitchell said in a

steroids are overhyped right now for sure!
prepared statement.
Radomski dealt with a variety of drugs such as human growth hormone, deca-durabolin and testosterone, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Mercury News.

The warrant had some information blacked out, including what appeared to players’ names.

According to the warrant, Radomski became a major source of drugs for baseball players after federal investigators shut down Balco Laboratories in Burlingame.

Lead Balco investigator Jeff Novitzky of the San Jose office of the Internal Revenue Service took over the case in 2005 after receiving a tip from the Federal Bureau of Investigations. It fell under the IRS’s jurisdiction because of the charge of laundering money from the illegal sale of steroids.

Signs of baseball’s acute drug problem were evident even as the game flourished during the magical season of 1998, when Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris’ single-game home run record.

The revelation that McGwire used androstenedione, a pro-hormone then banned by the International Olympic Committee but not by baseball, caused a minor stir before almost everyone returned to celebrating the pursuit of the record.

Not even Ken Caminiti’s honesty registered loudly. He told Sports Illustrated in 2002 that he used steroids when he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player in ’96.

“It’s no secret what’s going on in baseball,” said Caminiti, who grew up in San Jose. “At least half the guys are using steroids. They talk about it. They joke about it with each other.”

Caminiti wasn’t taken seriously because he struggled with alcohol and recreational drugs. He died in 2004 of an overdose.

Tony Gwynn, Caminiti’s All-Star teammate in San Diego, lent credibility to the claims when telling the New York Times in 2003 that amphetamine use was rampant.

“People might think there is a steroid problem in baseball, but it’s nowhere near the other problem,” Gwynn said. “Guys feel like steroids are cheating” and amphetamines aren’t.

The drug issue didn’t seem to resonant with fans until after federal agents raided Balco Laboratories in Burlingame in September 2003. Of the more than 30 athletes subpoenaed to testify in front of a grand jury investigating the Balco case, about a third were baseball players. Bonds and the New York Yankees’ Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield were the most prominent.

By then, baseball officials had begun a campaign to rebuild faith in their game. The league and players union adopted what many considered to be a toothless steroids policy for the 2004 season. But that was about to change.

The outcry came in late 2004 when the San Francisco Chronicle reported Bonds acknowledged taking two of the Balco steroids, “the clear” and “the cream,” according to leaked statements of his grand jury testimony. The Giants slugger also said that he thought they were flaxseed oil and an arthritis balm.

Giambi and other players admitted to outright use of steroids, according to the leaked statements.

A month later, former A’s star Jose Canseco released a tell-all book in which he recounted his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Canseco wrote he took drugs with McGwire when they played for the A’s. He also named other prominent players – and even suggested President Bush knew about steroid use when he was part owner of the Texas Rangers in the 1990s.

The weight of the allegations led to a contentious 12-hour hearing by the House Government Reform Committee in March 2005. Lawmakers pressed baseball officials about their weak drug-testing policy; they also questioned some of the game’s biggest names. McGwire’s repeated answer, “I’m not here to talk about the past,” left many wondering about his clean reputation.

Baltimore Orioles Rafael Palmeiro defiantly denied using steroids during the hearing, but five months later was suspended for 10 days for violating baseball’s drug policy.

The game faced more controversy before last season with the release of “Game of Shadows,” which chronicled Bonds’ use of steroids from 1998. While the book didn’t offer much new information about the Balco case, it provided the context to help the public understand the gravity of the drug issues.

With lawmakers pressuring them again, baseball officials revised their year-old drug policy, calling for 50-game suspensions for first-time offenders of steroids. Commissioner Bud Selig also appointed George J. Mitchell, the former Senate majority leader, to head an investigation into steroid use in the sport. Mitchell’s investigation is ongoing.

IRS agent Novitzky continued his work as well. Last summer he led agents into the Arizona home of journeyman pitcher Jason Grimsley, who was caught accepting a $3,200 shipment of human growth hormone. The Diamondbacks pitcher ended his career after news of the raid.

This year, another drug episode erupted in the East Coast as federal agents targeted an illicit steroid distribution network, which allegedly was responsible for Internet sales of performance-enhancing drugs nationwide.

Some of the customers allegedly included athletes, including Los Angeles Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr.


Monday 23, Apr 2007

Steroids in Boxing and the truth

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We all know that professional athletes use steroids, it’s no different for boxing.  Steroid use is prevelant among all professional athletes.  In boxing, moreso then any other sport, steroids are used for aggression and stamina – which are both a factor in a possible 12 round fight!   Halotestin, cheque drops and equipoise are the steroids of choice.  Halotestin is used for aggression, same with cheque drops, equipoise is used for stamina.


Steroids in Boxing

The notion of a professional athlete using drugs to enhance their performance is a throroughly shameful one; some sport fans would prefer to think that their idols would never consciously perpetrate such a contemptible act of dishonesty, and in most cases believe the hastily issued statements blaming general neglectfulness or unwitting participation. Others are a little more open to the minute but ever-present evils that lurk in the background of professional sports. It’s easy to see the reasons behind employing these deceitful tactics but difficult to comprehend the relaxation of all principles and complete disregard of integrity.

One of the biggest sufferers in the everlasting steroid scandal is the sport of cycling, which has been hit by allegations of drug abuse against some of it’s most prominent competitors, and hit hard. Floyd Landis, the 2006 Tour de France winner, was found to have unusually high levels of testosterone in a urine sample taken after the event and may have his title stripped this year. Jan Ullrich, a past winner and a huge presence within the sport, was forced to retire after suffering similar allegations.

Athletics, and in particular sprinting, has been damaged by adverse publicity since Canadian Ben Johnson was found guilty of cheating in 1988 after an other-wordly 9.79 second sprint in Seoul’s 100m final. Since then Tim Montgomery, Britain’s own Dwain Chambers and the legendary Linford Christie, plus countless others have been linked to the shady world of athletic doping. And this is without even dipping a toe into the recent history of the crown jewel of sport in the USA, Baseball.

Boxing has not quite fallen under the broad shadow that darkens the image of other athletic professions, but for this reason the impression is given that it basks in the light of sporting integrity (I am obviously only speaking in terms of steroid abuse, not the fight game in general.) A lack of high-profile cases seems to reinforce that notion, but it also makes you wonder whether they are the tip of a substantial but well-concealed iceberg? Considering some of the more sinister and questionably regulated aspects of the sport, I find it difficult to believe that boxing’s involvement in the world of steroids is minimal as it seems, but as there is only a small amount of damning evidence things certainly point in that direction. Although a number of huge names being linked with allegations of drug abuse in the past couple of years, few boxers have actually tested positive for a banned substance and punished accordingly.

Fernando “Ferocious” Vargas, the youngest ever champion in his weight class and one of the better sub-middleweight fighters of the past decade, tested positive following his grudge match against Oscar De La Hoya in 2002. When the news emerged that Vargas’ sample had contained a performance-enhancing steroid, the notion seemed believable in retrospect: Vargas had entered the bout with an incredibly sculpted and an unprecedentedly (for him) toned physique- the man was a bona fide monster. Considering the tension that had led up to the fight between the two Latin superstars and in particular Vargas’ aggression, it seemed entirely likely that De La Hoya would be eaten up considering the strength and sheer muscular mass of his challenger.

Of course, De La Hoya ultimately prevailed with a superb performance, which also throws up the question of whether Anabolic Steroids actually enhance a fighter’s performance or hinder it. The drugs are known to increase muscle mass, protein synthesis, strength and also bone growth, all seemingly physiological advantages that a user would have over an opponent, but a change in size could also reduce a fighter’s speed and reflexes. When asked a few years ago whether he believed the drug would make a difference to his performance, young prospect Yuri Foreman said, “Technically, I think steroids wouldn’t help much in boxing. You might have more strength, but it’s not going to help your reflexes and make your chin stronger.”

That is the view of one of the fighters, but the benefits of steroids don’t just apply to a boxer’s performance in the ring. They can also boost a fighter’s endurance and recovery time, according to Dr. Margaret Goodman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission: “People tend to think of steroids as something that will benefit the big, heavy-weighted fighter,” said Dr. Goodman, “but that’s not the case. This benefits athletes who want to train harder and recover quickly. If a fighter wants to have heavy sparring sessions all week, he’s going to benefit by steroids, because, by the next day his body won’t be feeling sore or tired. It enables them to work on their skills longer.”

James Toney is the other name of note who provided a positive test, coming after his world title “win” over 2-Time WBA Champion, John Ruiz, in 2005. Toney (briefly, it was eventually returned to the former champion) captured the WBA Belt from the sluggish John Ruiz in a superb display of defensive aptitude and counter-punching, triumphing with something to spare on the scorecards, but the result was nullified when traces of Nandrolone were discovered in his sample. In comparison to Vargas, Toney’s transgression is nowhere near as clear in retrospect in a visual sense, with “Lights Out” coming into the ring against Ruiz with his trademark heavyweight waistline and flabby frame, but with further benefits of steroids being those explained above, a reason for use of the drug can be fathomed in this case.

Toney’s promoter Dan Goosen claimed that the positive test was a result of an oversight: “Toney received medical treatment for recovery from his biceps and triceps surgery last year. His doctor has stated that the combination of medications used to control the inflammation and tissue growth caused the positive test result,“ said Goosen. ”This is further supported, since the body, in combination with the medications, naturally create the form of substance (“Nandrolone”) reflected in the test results … It would be unjust for the sport to reprimand a fighter who was under a doctor’s care and direction many months before in healing a career threatening injury.”

The generic reason/excuse issued by those that test positive almost always seeks to pin the blame on the ineptitude of their doctor, or nutritionist, or at least someone who they work with in that capacity. Toney and Goosen may be telling the truth in this case, but hearing that line of defense got tired some time ago. Are the doctors/nutritionists/whatever in each case really that neglectful? They are all aware of the stature of these athletes and the implications that comes in working with and treating them that such a high number of cases of genuine professional negligence stretches the realms of plausibility.

Although these are the only two high-profile occurrences of proven steroid abuse in boxing in recent times, fighters such as Shane Mosley and Evander Holyfield have all been the subject of rumors involving drug abuse but have never actually tested positive. Both men were linked with companies who were investigated for supplying steroids to athletes- and both have vehemently denied any wrongdoing. After Roy Jones, JR. defeated Richard Hall in 2000, both he and Hall tested positive for the androstenedione, a substance banned by the IBF. Jones admitted taking a produce named “Ripped Fuel” which contained androstenedione, a natural hormone which was available over the counter until 2004 when it was made illegal by the FDA. The IBF took a lenient stance to Jones’ positive test, declining to fine or ban him and letting him keep his title.

A consistency becomes apparent when considering these fighters: Mosley, Jones and Toney have fought in a number of weight classes in their professional careers, and the need to put weight in terms of muscle then becomes an important factor (or weight of a different kind, in Toney’s case.) Holyfield originally campaigned in the cruiserweight division before becoming champion at heavyweight. The use of steroids would certainly appear beneficial to someone who needs to increase their strength and muscle mass. Vargas’ possible motive may lie behind his hatred of De La Hoya and an intense desire to win at all costs, a move that backfired after he was on the receiving end of an eleventh round knockout.

Something which makes it difficult for testers are the use of diuretics, which have been known to be used as masking agents but can also be used to lose weight. It is the duty of state Boxing commissions, the BBBC and other regulatory bodies around the world to ensure that their testing policies and procedures are stringent, widespread and as up to date as possible.

That said, positive tests are still a rarity in the sport, so the statistics do indicate that this form of cheating is not a prevalent problem. The pressure on sportsman to succeed has always been astronomical, and those who choose to use steroids probably believe that it is worth it, despite the possibility of being caught and suffering the consequences. Even with the burden of pressure which weighs on athletes, cheating by use of performance-enhancing products is still an inexcusable act which deserves the heaviest of punishments; the onus is on the athlete to employ trustworthy staff, who are fully aware of the treatments and supplements that they are supplying. I am convinced that the majority of fighter’s do adhere to a regimented code of conduct in their conditioning and the subtances which they ingest, which backs up the lean statistics in terms of those guilty of offences. We are lucky that our sport has not been crippled by use of the drug, and long may the relatively clean bill of health continue.

Friday 20, Apr 2007

Bodybuilder knew dangers of steroids OR did he? ignorance?

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Ok , I have to vent.  I read the whole article.  It’s about a bodybuilder who used anabolic steroids and had some type of negative (life threatening) side effects because of the alleged drug use.  There is talk that he’s been running steroids since 1960s with massive dbol dosages (oral) with no protection for a long period of time, along with NONE STOP steroid abuse.  Now, I ask you, what exactly do you expect to happen when you ABUSE steroids ?  serious ? are you expecting no side effects ? you have to be stupid.  If you abuse tylenol you’ll get liver damage, if you drink a bottle of aspirin – you will DIE, if you eat too much fast food you’ll die and so on… anything is good in moderation.  He did not understand steroids, abused them, then went out there to blame the drug for his health problems – all of which were caused by HIM.  He doesn’t even clearly state his FULL steroid usage, cycles, was he using HGH (human growth hormone) , was he able to buy steroids in large quantities ? use PGF-2a ? IGF-1 ? who knows right….-> Bodybuilder knew dangers of steroids
A champion weightlifter and bodybuilder, Rauch long abused steroids. Years later, he talked to anybody who would listen about the risks.

Rauch’s own medical problems began in 1971, with boils over his entire body. Blood tests found a staph infection, severe liver damage and a diminished immune system.

It would be just the beginning of his health problems – and steroid abuse.

“I think about all I went through since I took that stuff,” he said. “I have boxes of trophies, over 200 of them. I look at that and say, ‘Was it really all worth it?’ Would I take all of that and melt it down and cash out a clean bill of health, swap it out?

“I mean, if I could I would. But I can’t.”

Rauch died of heart failure April 11. He was 65.

A native of Allentown, Pa., he came to Wisconsin in 1960, assigned to the U.S. Air Force’s Truax Field in Madison. In 1984, Lake Geneva became home.

Rauch first started using steroids in the late 1960s, while in the Air Force and training to try to make the 1968 U.S. Olympic weightlifting team. The team physician handed out pills and told the lifters to take two a day for eight weeks, he said.

“We didn’t know what they were,” Rauch told Gary D’Amato, Journal Sentinel sports reporter, in 2005. “They were little blue pills; dianabol. Oh, yeah, they worked. I got stronger.”

He cycled on and off those pills for three years, getting stronger and stronger. Then came the boils.

“I asked the doctor what my choice was,” Rauch said. “He said, ‘Quit and live or take them and die.’ “

Rauch quit and tried unsuccessfully to make the 1976 Olympic team. He turned to bodybuilding, winning a Mr. Wisconsin title.

Later he began “stacking,” the risky practice of combining pills and shots. He was looking good, including in the over-40 division of 1982 Mr. America competition.

Even more happened in 1983, as he used more drugs.

The best thing was meeting the former Trudy Thompson, who became his wife in 1987. The worst was episodes of “roid rage” from the steroids. He won the Mr. America title, but immediately admitted to Trudy that he had been using.

No more, he promised her.

Rauch kept that promise for three years.

“Then I caught him with a needle in his butt,” Trudy Rauch said.

He again promised to quit. One week later, he woke with a lump in his neck the size of a golf ball. It was malignant.

Other health problems followed. Basil cell carcinomas and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Cancer treatments and a bone-marrow transplant. A staph infection that damaged his kidneys, followed by years of dialysis. Arthritis and heart trouble and bouts with depression.

He and his wife ran Rocky’s Gym in Lake Geneva, where Rauch preached the message against steroids.

“I really don’t want to see anyone else go through what I did,” Rauch said. “I could have avoided all that.”

He also became a presence in the community, active with the Rotary and the American Legion.

“My daughter, Jody, said he came into a small community, not knowing anyone, and now everybody knows him,” Trudy said. “He got involved and cared about his community.”

Survivors also include daughters Sally Rauch, Jennifer Humphrey and Jody Brock; mother Dorothy; brother Charles; and grandchildren.

Visitation was held Thursday. A brief visitation will be held at 10 a.m. today at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, W775 Geranium Road, Pell Lake. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m.


Thursday 19, Apr 2007

Pakistant markets sell steroids in the OPEN

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I got to move to pakistan  , the markets there sell steroids lol I mean straight in the open like a flea market for steroids.  That’s funny since it’s demonized everywhere else… this shows you that steroids are not as bad as people think #1, but more importantly are mainly attacked so badly in the USA – no other country in the world is spending $ on hunting steroids.  USA has one of the worst DRUG problems in the world, meth, coke, crack, heroin, E, weed etc… that’s where government resources should be spent , NOT on catching some guy who did an amp of test and works as a truck driver, what a dangeround thing – some truck driver shooting up some steroids!  GIve me a break.


The Karkhano Market is famous for selling medicines containing steroids and most people buy them for sexual potency or physical strength.

“There are around 35 shops and stalls selling these medicines,” said Sher Umar, a shopkeeper at the market. Asked about the price of a packet labled ‘Happy Life’, he said, “These tablets are sold for Rs 250 per packet and are very helpful in improving sex.” All such medicines are brought from India to Afghanistan, and later transported to the Karkhano Market, he added.

However, various sections of society had mixed reactions towards the use of medicines containing steroids. University of Peshawar Pharmacy Department Chairman Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal told Daily Times that steroids also existed in the human body but that medicines containing steroids were harmful to human health. “Anabolic steroids are the most dangerous types and are mostly used by body-builders,” he added. He stressed the need to implement the legal ban on such medicines without a doctor’s prescription. “There are laws for drugs and pharmacies but none for herbal medicines,” he added.

According to a website , “While anabolic steroids can enhance certain types of performance or appearance, they are dangerous drugs, and their inappropriate use can cause a host of adverse health consequences. Anabolic steroids can lead to early heart attacks, strokes, liver tumours, kidney failure, and serious psychiatric problems. Moreover, users who share needles or use non-sterile techniques for injecting steroids are at a risk of contracting dangerous infections, such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C.”

“I used steroids to prepare myself for a body building competition and though I become very strong physically, I become depressed and anxious after a few months,” said Zabihullah.

Sultan Gym’s couch Alam Khan said that he did not advise his clients to use steroids for competitions, but he sometimes guided them about some medicines that were harmless and had no steroids.

Zaman, a body builder from Peshawar, said that steroids could not harm a person, provided its user took a balanced diet.

Health Department Drug Inspector Wilayat Khan told Daily Times there were around 8,000 medical stores and matibs (herbal pharmacies) in the province and 2,200 in Peshawar. “Had former capital city police officer (CCPO) Malik Saad not been killed, we would have finished all illegal stalls in the Karkhano Market,” said Wilayat, adding that the drug inspectors needed government vehicles and security to carry out an operation against all those selling harmful medicines in the market.

“During the 2003-06 period, we registered 1,005 cases against unlicensed drugstores and hakeems, and the Peshawar Drug Court decided 808 of those cases,” said the drug inspector, adding that the Health Department had collected Rs 6,014,000 in fines during that period.

Sunday 15, Apr 2007

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Matt Lindland

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as I predicted earlier last month, Fedor easily took out Linland

2 minutes 58 seconds

armbar by fedor
There was a cut on fedor about 1:28 into the fight caused by Matt ‘s MMA glove but nothing that fedor couldn’t get out of

discuss and watch video

Wednesday 11, Apr 2007

Highschoolers tested for steroids

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should high school athletes be tested for steroids

you decide

IMO, you should NOT test for steroids , instead test for RECREATIONAL drugs

like coke, meth and other drugs!


High school athletes to face testing for steroids
Texas Senate and House aim for random checks starting in the fall
AUSTIN — Thousands of Texas high school athletes likely will face random tests for steroids next fall, as state lawmakers move to crack down on what they consider a serious problem in sports.

The tests and sanctions for offenders were ordered in similar bills approved 28-2 Tuesday by the Texas Senate and given preliminary approval on a voice vote in the House.

Differences between the two measures, including how to pay for the testing program and exactly how many athletes will be tested, will still have to be resolved before the legislation goes to the governor.

Under the Senate bill, the state would pay the costs, estimated at $2 million to $4 million a year. The House version would allow the University Interscholastic League, which would administer the testing program, to cover the costs by imposing additional admission fees at sporting events.

“Until we randomly test, I don’t know that we truly will get our arms around the problem,” said Sen. Kyle Janek, R-Houston, an anesthesiologist and author of the Senate bill, SB8.

Steroid abuse is a rapidly growing problem in high schools, Janek said. Young people are abusing steroids to become better athletes, but they have no idea how they can harm their bodies and minds, he said.
Testing for 3 percent
The Senate bill would require anyone participating in high school athletics to agree not to use illegal steroids and submit to random testing if selected for school teams. It also would require all athletic coaches from grades 7 through 12 to complete an educational program on the health effects of steroid abuse.

The testing program, as outlined by the Senate bill, would randomly test about 3 percent, or about 22,000, of the approximately 740,000 students who participate in Texas high school sports each year.

Athletes from at least 30 percent of the state’s high schools would be tested. The schools would be selected and other details of the testing program would be carried out by the UIL.

The Senate bill sets a minimum 30-day suspension from sports for an athlete who tests positive for steroids the first time, a one-year suspension for a second positive test and a permanent ban for a third positive test.

The House bill, HB346 by Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, would require the UIL, which governs high school athletics, to establish a “statistically significant number” of students to be tested and set ineligibility periods for those who fail.
‘A local decision’
There was no debate on the bill in either the House or the Senate.

“I think school districts already have the ability to do random drug testing now, and I think that’s sufficient,” said Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, who voted against the bill. “I think it needs to be a local decision that’s made by locally elected officials and the parents in the school district.”

State law prohibits the use, possession and dispensing of steroids unless prescribed by a physician. But in a 2004 national study, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan found that more than 40 percent of high school seniors described steroids as “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get.

Some schools already test athletes for steroids, and the House Research Organization cited a study by Texas A&M University showing that steroid use among Texas students in the seventh through 12th grades decreased from 2 percent in 2004 to 1.5 percent in 2006.

Supporters of the legislation say the downward trend is a strong indication that increased testing would be a deterrent to steroid use.

“Young athletes who want to improve their performance by using these substances are putting their lives at risk, and too often adults and peers are looking the other way,” said Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who has made the legislation a priority.
A local testing program
Don Ryan, president of the Cypress-Fairbanks school board in northwest Harris County, said he supports drug testing. His district initiated a three-year random drug-testing program this year, part of a $1 million U.S. Department of Education grant.

So far, Cypress-Fairbanks has tested about half of the 14,381 students eligible for random tests for steroids and other drugs — those enrolled in extracurricular activities, including athletics. So far, only 2.8 percent have failed a test, none for steroid use, said spokeswoman Kelli Durham.

Bellaire High School head football coach Jeff Walker considers the legislation “political posturing” and unnecessary, especially when teenagers are struggling with addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

“I haven’t seen it,” he said of steroid use. “I can think of no more than three occasions that I even suspected someone of it.”

But Walker said he wasn’t opposed to statewide steroid testing of athletes, as long as districts don’t have to pay for it, a sentiment echoed elsewhere in the Houston area.



Monday 09, Apr 2007

Testosterone and HGH

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This article says nothing about read steroids and steroid use
BUT they put it in the news

somehow, anything about steroids and anything NEGATIVE about steroids
or HGH will make it’s way on the internet somehow


An anabolic steroids, the male sex hormone promotes tissue growth. Doctors prescribe it when the body fails to make it. No large-scale research shows whether it can combat age-related changes. Excess amounts can cause sterility, spur prostate cancer and worsen sleep apnea.

Hormone pills, sprays

Some sellers offer HGH as a pill or an oral or nasal spray instead of as an injection. Less is known about the possible benefits compared with injectable HGH.

Natural supplements

Some sellers promote nonprescription protein supplements, amino acids and other substances they contend will spark the body to produce more hormones. No one regulates these, and there’s little data whether they work or are harmful.

Sources: American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Harvard Medical School, WebMD.com

Saturday 07, Apr 2007

Finally Florida Steroids Probe Interrupted

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The steroid probe into signature pharmacy has finally been halted.  It seems that signature pharmacy was operating withing legal limits.  It provided a blood  test and a doctors’ consultation to the patients, which is legal of drugs being prescribed.  Thus, the users who did buy steroids and HGH are not legally responsible for that aspect.  So a judge is finally doing the right thing.


An update on the steroids probe that is stretching all the way from Albany to Florida.
Down in Florida, a judge has ruled that the people who are accused of buying steroids must be notified that their prescription records were seized as part of the investigation.

Those buyers will then have 30 days to object to their records being used in court.

Until then, police are barred from looking at the documents.

This ruling will indefinitely postpone the investigation.. .but the Albany County DA remains optimistic.

Spokesperson Heather Orth says, “This won’t have an effect on the case prosecuted in Albany. Current indictments are based on an investigation that is independent of the signature search warrant

Friday 06, Apr 2007

History of Balco and steroid cases

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Although this is not an “unbias” steroid story, it’s kind of the media history of drugs, steroids and so on

and how the BALCO scandal and labs created that whole barry bonds and cheating thing, along with putting great negative attention to the steroid market

ND sports physician draws lessons from mixing steroids, athletes

Tribune Staff Writer

SOUTH BEND — It seemed to have started innocently. Victor Conte, from the San Francisco Bay area and the former bass player for Pure Prairie League, taught himself sports nutrition, opened a lab and sold nutritional supplements.

His fortunes soared when one of his clients broke world swimming records. Conte became a millionaire.

But two decades later, the founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative would be sentenced to prison for dealing a variety of steroids, including injections, pills and creams.
The name of his lab, BALCO, would become synonymous with cheating and would taint athletes who unwittingly or otherwise became entangled with it.

Most notable of them, of course, is baseball’s premier slugger Barry Bonds, who this week started his bid to break the career record for home runs.

Dr. James Moriarity, chief sports physician at the University of Notre Dame, described the science and skullduggery behind the BALCO scandal recently during a “mini med school” lecture at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend.

Along with rogue chemists and dealers, the story also includes the dogged investigators and brilliant chemists who uncovered the scheme.

‘Learn to cook’

Moriarity, team physician for the Notre Dame football and men’s basketball teams, said he tells college athletes that using steroids carries a high risk for adverse side effects and, under the NCAA’s random testing program, a good chance of being caught and losing a year of eligibility.

He also warns them away from the body-building supplements sold in nutrition stores and over the Internet. They’re not only unproven and unregulated but unnecessary as well. A good diet provides everything that athletes need for muscle growth, he said.

“I tell young people something they might not want to hear, and that is the way to improve your chance of getting stronger is to learn how to cook,” he said. “It’s the best way to know what you’re putting in your body.”

Moriarity said many claims made for body-building supplements are based on faulty science.

“What the industry does is, they’ll look at the chemical reactions that occur in human metabolism and single out an element or compound that’s involved in a particular pathway,” he said. “Then they make this leap of faith that if some of that is good, a lot of it is better”

The body makes its own steroids naturally in the adrenal gland, the ovaries and the testes. They have different functions, but it’s the hormone testosterone, made in the testes, that builds strength and bulk by activating human growth factor inside muscle cells, Moriarity said.

Augmenting an athlete’s supply of testosterone is like adding a second shift of workers at a building site, Moriarity said. Construction soars. Taking supplements, on the other hand, may be more like bringing unneeded supplies to the site, extra hammers the workers don’t need.

Conte began his self-reinvention as a supplements guru by reading up on the rudiments of nutrition in a library at Stanford University.

He also taught himself how to use a gas chromatograph/ mass spectrometer, a device used to test for illegal steroids in urine samples. But he had another use in mind for the machine: testing the “mineral balance” of athletes and using the information to sell them supplements.

His big break came when he tested swimmer Matt Biondi and determined he was low in magnesium, Moriarity said.

At the time, Biondi tended to fade in the second half of 200-meter races. After taking Conte’s magnesium supplement, however, he began breaking records and dominated the 1988 Olympics.

Biondi became a true believer in Victor Conte.

“When something like that happens, athletes think you walk on water,” Moriarity said. “Never mind there are about 150 other reasons (besides magnesium deficiency) that an athlete hits a wall.”

Conte made millions selling a mix of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B-6, which he marketed as ZMA.

But by the 1980s, steroid use had become widespread in Olympic sports, Moriarity said, and many athletes concluded that they needed steroids, not just nutritional supplements, to compete. Records set in that decade in the “strength sports” — shot put, discus and hammer throw — still stand, reflecting the influence of steroid use.

The fall of BALCO

Moriarity traces the beginning of the end for BALCO to August 2002 when cyclist Tammy Thomas was busted with so much extra testosterone racing around in her system that she had a 5 o’clock shadow, a hint of an Adam’s apple and chest hair.

But what was really surprising was the presence in her test of a steroid called norbolethone, which was not then being marketed by legitimate commercial labs.

That meant the supply was coming from a chemist with access to sophisticated equipment rather than being swiped or smuggled into the country, as illegal steroids usually are. Officials have a term for such freelancers: rogue chemists.

The next breakthrough, Moriarity said, occurred in June 2003 at a track and field event. A coach, wishing to blow the whistle on illegal steroid use, gave a U.S. sports official a syringe filled with a clear liquid.

“He said, ‘There’s a steroid in there, but you won’t be able to find it,’ ” Moriarity said.

Don Catlin, the nation’s top anti-doping detective, was willing to try.

Catlin, then with the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, found three known steroids in the syringe and evidence of a fourth, which he could not identify.

But he had a eureka moment and realized the rogue chemist had made the three known steroids by mistake and that his real purpose had been to make the fourth, a novel and undetectable steroid.

So Catlin sketched a chemical diagram of a proposed steroid X, a chemical whose synthesis might entail creation of the other three as contaminant byproducts. He synthesized X and analyzed it with a gas chromatography/mass spectrometry device to find its characteristic pattern. Then he analyzed the contents of the syringe and found the same pattern.

He named it THG, short for tetrahydrogestrinone. But it’s better known as “the clear” to users, as well as to readers of “Game of Shadows,” the recent exposé of Barry Bonds’ alleged steroid use by San Francisco Chronicle journalists Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams.

“This truly was serendipitous,” Moriarity said. “If the rogue chemist had not been sloppy, this may never have been found.”

In September 2003, federal agents from the Internal Revenue Service raided the BALCO lab. They found human growth hormone and various business records, including information about Bonds and other athletes.

They also raided the apartment of Greg Anderson, a boyhood friend of Bonds who had been working as his personal trainer.

Two years later, Conte and Anderson were sentenced to prison for distributing anabolic steroids to athletes. A BALCO vice president was sentenced to probation for supplying Anderson with the steroids he sold to athletes.

The list of performance-enhancing drugs the three admitted to distributing includes a testosterone cream, human growth hormone, injectable and oral anabolic steroids and erythropoietin (a hormone that produces extra red blood cells and increases endurance).

Finally, in August 2006, the rogue chemist who cooked up “the clear” for BALCO was sentenced to three months in prison.

It was Patrick Arnold, an Illinois chemist who worked for a legitimate laboratory called Proviant, in Champaign, Ill. Proviant is the parent company of Soyworks of Illinois, which specializes in projects obtained from soybeans.

Arnold was known for his earlier promotions of “prohormones,” precursor compounds that have been shown to turn into testosterone when metabolized in the human body. One of them is “andro,” used legally at the time by retired home run king Mark McGwire.

Epilogue: Two chemists

Arnold’s career has some ironic parallels to that of Percy Julian, a hero in Moriarity’s take on this story.

Julian, the grandson of a slave, overcame racism to invent dozens of chemical compounds, including a treatment for glaucoma, fire-retardant foam and a synthetic steroid that was hailed as a miracle drug.

The steroid that Julian made is a corticosteroid, a substance naturally made in the cortex of the adrenal gland. Corticosteroids, such as prednisone, suppress immune response and put the breaks on runaway inflammation. In long-term use, they break down muscle and make people weak.

Before Julian’s discovery, people with rheumatoid arthritis had to spend $5,000 a year for corticosteroid injections that offered relief from excruciating pain, Moriarity said. The only way known to make it was to grind up the adrenal glands of hundreds of cows for each dose.

Then Julian figured out a complex chemical process to make steroids out of soybeans. The price plummeted.

“Today we give it like it’s nothing,” Moriarity said.

Julian was working at the Soya Products Division of the Glidden Co. in Chicago when he made this discovery in 1935.

A half-century later, Arnold was working at a firm that also developed chemical products from soybeans, also in Illinois.

Two brilliant chemists, one using his genius to help people walk without pain, the other to help athletes cheat.

Tuesday 03, Apr 2007

Red Star Laboratories got 2 years in jail

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Red Star Laboratories busted for steroids and now sentenced…

so you get 2 years for selling steroids, what are you doing to do? when you boast you don’t get caught, you get caught…


Man charged in steroids ring sentenced to two years
DEDHAM, Mass.— A man who once boasted he sent thousands of illegal packages of steroids without getting caught pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a steroids distribution ring and was sentenced to about two years in jail.

Bruce Kneller, 38, of Canton, pleaded guilty in Norfolk Superior Court to 45 drug and gun indictments related to the steroid manufacturing and distribution ring, which advertised on the Internet. Judge Judith Fabricant sentenced Kneller to two years and one day. He is scheduled to begin serving his sentence April 23.

When police raided Kneller’s apartment last year, they found more than 200,000 steroid capsules and 10 unregistered guns. Prosecutors said he packaged tens of thousands of steroid pills and shipped them to Internet customers around the country.

According to prosecutors, customers would e-mail Kneller for a price list – typically $75 for a bottle of pills – and then would be put in touch with a second man in California for payment instructions. Payments were required to be made in cash wrapped in aluminum foil.

In steroid price lists seized from his e-mail, Kneller boasted that he had “been around for 7+ years” and had “passed the 15,000 orders shipped mark” without “a single one being intercepted” by authorities, prosecutors said.

Kneller’s attorney, Edward Sharkansky, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Norfolk District Attorney William Keating said Kneller, a former registered nurse, shipped the steroids with labels marked “Red Star Laboratories” to make them seem legitimate and safe.

“It is very important that athletes … who are ordering and taking these kinds of drugs recognize that they are not safe on many levels,” Keating said.

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