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Anabolic Steroids


If you are trying to get bigger, if you desire to be stronger there are many things you can do to aid in this pursuit. Maybe you have a desire to simply look and feel better; maybe you have a sport in which you compete and there are many things you can do to improve your set goals. You can eat healthier, exercise harder; you can take better care of your body by sleeping and resting more adequately, drinking less alcohol; you can take vitamins and minerals; there are truly a host of things you can do but there is one thing that tops them all and it tops all of them combined. I am talking of course about anabolic steroids.

Anabolic steroids first made headline news when the Soviet Union crushed the U.S. Olympic teams in the 1950’s and their crown of superhuman tabs and oils has been steady ever since. Anabolic steroids come in many forms and can be taken orally, by injection or by administering a cream or patch. Although studies have shown the potency of anabolic steroids is the same no matter how administered, the metabolism can vary greatly depending on how it is taken. Both oral and injecting leave the user with the best possible results, although oral can be toxic to the liver if taken in high doses. There is however great debate as to how toxic they can be; many over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen are toxic to the liver as well.

Although studies and test concerning anabolic steroids are limited compared to most other commonly used drugs there have been controlled studies performed that lead to undeniable proof that anabolic steroids work and work well. There was a period of time when it was assumed that anabolic steroid use was only significantly effective in well-trained athletes but the New England Journal of Medicine crushed this inaccurate theory in 1996. During a ten week trial the New England Journal of Medicine proved that even with a beginner dramatic results could be reached. In this study the NEJM administered anabolic steroids in the form of testosterone Enanthate to a controlled group of healthy adult males at a dose of 600mg per week accompanied with a set exercise program. The findings were sufficient to state that the group given the anabolic steroids was superior versus the group that was not. Granted, this was evidence already apparent by many who had already used anabolic steroids but it was a study that gave the claim some teeth.

It is no secret, anabolic steroids work well and better than anything else you can use or take when it comes to aiding in performance but they are also in many cases, depending on where you live illegal without a prescription. In 1990 anabolic steroids became illegal in the U.S. and were placed on the controlled substances list as a schedule three drug. With the 1990 steroid control act it was thereby deemed illegal to possess or sell anabolic steroids without a prescription given by a doctor for medical purposes. An interesting note regarding the steroid control act of 1990 that is often overlooked; congress called upon the American Medical Association (AMA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and despite a strong prodding by the sitting congress all four of the called upon government agencies opposed the steroid control act and ban. All four agencies urged congress to discontinue the act, finding there was no evidence of harm from the use of anabolic steroids therefor no reason to place them on the controlled substance list; congress ignored the findings of all four agencies disregarding their opinions and evidence they had asked for.

Why then are anabolic steroids so often given a bad reputation when as we can see they work, they are safe to use according to four different federal health and drug agencies? It’s hard to say and it is a debate that has raged on for many years and continues to flood the airways of both TV and radio and plagues the internet on various message boards and media outlets. Bodybuilders use them, baseball players use them, athletes of all sports use them and speculation backed by strong suspicion estimates far more use anabolic steroids than is truly known. The dead bodies are not mounting up; no one is dropping dead left and right yet they remain a sore spot in popular culture and throughout society. Some things in life are confusing; when it comes to anabolic steroids hopefully you are a little less confused than you were but the confusion regarding perception and legality of use, that no one can help you with.

American Medical Association (AMA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)