The Dangers of Anabolic Steroids – A True Story

I am not the author of this true story about anabolic steroids.  I’ve included it here with the author’s permission. – Admin.

Male physique after anabolic steroid useThis article is for info purposes only and provides an insightful account of one individuals dealings with the use of anabolic steroids in the fields of sports activities and body building.

All through my teen years I suffered low self esteem induced by my belief that larger was always better. By the age of 18 I stood 5’07” high and weighed in at only 9 stone. I started to compete in mixed martial arts and drug free body building in the hope of silencing my diminished ego. 

Unfortunately my size constantly seemed to hinder me in all my targets regardless of whether that be my social life, love life or my career. I realized that however fit I became it was irrelevant as I still appeared small from a visual perspective.

By the age of 21 having trained in the gym on and off for approximately 3 years I started to read regarding anabolic steroids. The more I learned the more persuaded I grew to become that my life was incomplete without having steroids. I examined other individuals encounters with various kinds of steroids and the phenomenal results these folks had achieved in such a brief space of time. I understood that I could train all my life and still not be the size that I wished due to my poor genetics.  Continue reading The Dangers of Anabolic Steroids – A True Story

Sports and Fitness Supplements – Safe and Legal?

Are sports supplements a safe and legal way to maximize sports and fitness performance?

Athletes who participate in competitive events at the professional, college, and even the high school level are always looking for a performance edge that will allow them to perform at their peak potential.

The same is true of ordinary individuals who enjoy participating in competitive sports or athletic events like tennis, racquetball, pick-up basketball games, company baseball leagues, or charitable walks and runs.

Participating in sports can be highly competitive, and there is always a desire to be just a little bit better.

Even those involved in other non-competitive physical exercise or fitness activities like bodybuilding, aerobic exercise, or rock-climbing are interested in maximizing and enhancing their performance.  In solo exercise like these they are competing with the person they were yesterday, seeking to progress a little farther every day on the way to their personal goals.

Many athletes try to find supplements, techniques, or special equipment that helps them perform at their maximum.  These are sometimes called “ergogenic aids”.  The term ergogenic means to enhance athletic performance by improving energy efficiency, production, or control during exercise. 

Nutrition ergogenic aids include such things as vitamin and mineral supplements, extra protein, electrolytes, carbohydrates, creatine, fish oil, bee pollen, flax oil, and glucosamine/chondroitin.

According to many experts nutrition plays a key part in athletic performance.  It is the position of Dietitians of Canada, the American Dietetic Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine that physical activity, athletic performance, and recovery from exercise are enhanced by optimal nutrition.  They suggest that an appropriate selection of food and fluids, timing of intake, and supplement choices be made for optimal health and exercise performance.

In a departure from statements made in the past, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) now concurs that nutritional supplements can boost athletic performance.  In the IOC Concensus Statement on Sports Nutritiion 2010 issued on October 27, 2010, the organization concedes that some supplements may enhance performance for some athletes.  In the past, the IOC had warned athletes against using nutritional supplements.  Continue reading Sports and Fitness Supplements – Safe and Legal?

FDA Warns Dietary Supplement Marketers About Deceptive Claims

FDA inspector with dietary supplementsThe FDA has issued another warning critical of dietary supplements.  To many people who believe in the value of dietary supplements this was just another example of how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration caters to big pharmaceutical interests and discredits the value of dietary supplements.

However, there is some justification for legitimate concern about “bad actors” in the dietary supplement industry.  These are the companies which make deceptive claims, have no scientific evidence or clinical studies verifying the efficacy or safety of their products, intentionally mislabel their products and don’t provide complete ingredient information.

These unscrupulous manufacturers seem to be focusing on three main health and lifestyle issues: weight loss, sexual performance and body building.

The real issue is how to ensure continued access to legitimate and beneficial nutritional supplements while reining in companies that are giving a black eye to all dietary supplement manufacturers, products, and representatives and may threaten the health of consumers.  Continue reading FDA Warns Dietary Supplement Marketers About Deceptive Claims