Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Supplements under the gun...

The recent outing of Rafael Palmiero as a steroid user has intensified the media critism of the supplement market which is something I've predicted here and in other places for a long time.

The lack of regulation and testing of nutritional supplements lends credence to the claims of players who say they were caught unaware by positive tests, one researcher said Tuesday.

The claims they are making are not true, but they provide good media run nonetheless:

Steroid building blocks known as prohormones can cause a positive test - and may not be listed on supplement labels, said Anthony C. Tommasello, a professor and director of the Office of Substance Abuse Studies at the University of Maryland pharmacy school in Baltimore.

"Some are extracts of natural products that are also metabolized into anabolic hormones but the substances are not on the banned list," Tommasello said.

One such ingredient is DHEA, Tommasello said. Mostly manufactured in China from the dried roots of a wild yam, it is a popular muscle-building supplement in the United States. While not on Major League Baseball's list of banned substances, it is converted in the body into an anabolic steroid, Tommasello said.


DHEA is hardly a popular muscle building supplement. It's effectiveness in bodybuilding has been widely disputed. Where DHEA IS most effective is for senior citizens in their fight against muscle wasting.

Never mind the following:

Palmiero tested positive for Stanazolol. which is not found in dietary supplements, except by those 'outside of the mainstream' companies.

Rafael Palmeiro's positive steroid test was for stanozolol, a powerful anabolic steroid that is not available in dietary supplements, according to a newspaper report.

The New York Times, citing a person in baseball with direct knowledge of the sport's drug-testing program, reported on its Web site Tuesday that Palmeiro tested positive for the drug known by the brand name Winstrol, most notably linked to the Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson of Canada.

The person who said that Palmeiro tested positive for stanozolol did not want to be identified because the testing policy prohibits anyone in baseball from disclosing information about test results without authorization, the Times said.

Yes, there have been instances of supplements containing banned substances, but once that fact is known, the industry has done a good job of pulling those products off the market.

We need a true, honest debate about supplements in America, not media hype and half-truth's designed to prop up Big Pharm.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Echinacea a hoax?

If you believe the study released today by the New England Journal of Medicine it appears that the efficacy of this herb is in question.

The study is hardly applicable to the real world, as the subjects spent 5 days in a sequestered setting, but they are negative enough to suggest that further study is needed in relation to this herb.

The only issue that I take with the whole study is the certainty of the scientists that their results are conclusive:

The results of this study indicate that extracts of E. angustifolia root, either alone or in combination, do not have clinically significant effects on infection with a rhinovirus or on the clinical illness that results from it.

Note: it proves that in a sequestered setting, with presumeably little physical activity.

Big difference between that setting, and the immunosuppresion drivers in the bodybuilding lifestyle.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

DHEA an anabolic Steroid?

It will be classified as such unless you act now.

Senate Bill 1137 was authored with the explicit goal of classifying this supplement as an anabolic steroid:

To include dehydroepiandrosterone as an anabolic steroid. (Introduced in Senate)

S 1137 IS


1st Session

S. 1137
To include dehydroepiandrosterone as an anabolic steroid.


May 26, 2005
Mr. GRASSLEY (for himself, Mr. MCCAIN, and Mr. ALLEN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To include dehydroepiandrosterone as an anabolic steroid.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


Section 102(41)(A) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802(41)(A)) is amended--

(1) in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking `corticosteroids, and dehydroepiandrosterone' and inserting `and corticosteroids';

(2) by redesignating clauses (x) through (xlx) as clauses (xi) through (xlxi), respectively; and

(3) by inserting after clause (ix) the following:

`(x) dehydroepiandrosterone (androst-5-en-3b-ol-17-one);'.

The Sports & Fitness Supplement Association (SFSA) has teamed with Save our Supplements and is asking for the public to lend a hand.

You can go to and send a form letter to your representatives today.

If we don't draw the line somewhere, then the Government will draw the line for us.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Lee Labrada's new book:

Ron Avidan over at GetBig has reported that Houston Bodybuilding Icon Lee Labrada's new book is scheduled for release June 14,2005

The Lean Body Promise is available for pre-order on at a great price.

If you are looking to expand your fitness library, I advise you check this book out. Labrada is a bodybuilding great and his fitness ideas are sound.

Steroid Legislation is on the way...

Republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Senator Henry Waxman are drafting steroid legislation that would impose stiff testing standards and penalties for use on the Big Four Sports Leagues in a move designed to bring America closer to Socialized Athletics.

Due to the exclusionary nature of this law, the prediction is that it will be struck down as Unconstitutinal by the courts, clearing the way for more sweeping legislation that will include ALL SPORTING GROUPS, including the IFBB (for contests in America)

Earlier in the year I wrote a letter to the IFBB, urging them to take the lead in fighting some of the negative press that bodybuilding is receiving in America. The official response from Ben Weider was that the IFBB has over 117 member nations, 116 of which could care less about the state of Bodybuilding in America.

Then and now my mantra is the same: By ignoring the realities in the United States, the IFBB is effectively killing bodybuilding as a viable industry. Most competitions are held in this Country, most of the top athletes in bodybuilding come from here, and most sponsorship money is realized from American Companies.

Sticking our heads in the sand and hoping this problem goes away will not serve to protect the financial viability of bodybuilding in the future. There needs to be a clarion voice calling out to the public, identifying the POSITIVE aspects of the bodybuilding lifestyle. We do not deny that steroids are a integral part of our Sport, just as they are an integral part of ANY sport, what we reject is the notion that bodybuilding is ENTIRELY predicated on the use and abuse of performance enhancing substances. Without work and effort bodybuilder's cannot succeed.

Such has it always been, and it will always be that way.

We have to get out to the public and make our case known.