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The Steroid Boost!
What is a Steroid and how does it work?
eCureMe unlocks the mystery.

December 13rd, 2004

By Sal Roach

Ok. So what can make you want to risk shrinking of your testicles, reduction of sperm count, infertility, baldness, development of man breasts, female facial hair, drastic changes in the menstrual cycle, and a cessation of skeletal growth?

That’s of course without all of the increased fits of rage, delusions and jealousy.


Perhaps it is the chance to be super human. To be one with the Gods. Unfortunately for many, the path to greatness is strewn with needles and pills that have created machines not athletes. Were you surprised? Those are not cartoon characters you see on television doing those super impossible things.

On ABC’s Nightline last week, track star Kelli White, who won two world championship gold medals on steroids, simply said steroids are taken because in the modern athletic world, "You just need them to compete."

Aside from the social questions about apparent perfections that the consumption of steroids causes, there are serious health concerns as well. But what exactly does it do and how does it increase a personas performance.

Let’s take a look.

Males normally produce about 20 percent more testosterone than women do. This attributed all of the things that give them superior strength and facial hair. What steroids do is they inject a molecule which carries excess testosterone, which then fills the receptor sites in your cells - the more the receptor sites are filled, the greater reaction will be.

It is, in essence, a booster of super hero medicine. The only problem is that this medicine can cripple you just as easily as it can bring you to other worldly heights of performance.

The earliest known tests of these were done by German scientists on Nazi solders during world war II to enhance their performance in combat, thus creating the Uber or Super Man.

Seems like a strange thing to be doing in the modern world, no.?

In fact, it stirs thing up and progresses the muscles in your body to an accelerated state of growth, which gives you the ability to work out at a ridiculously extreme pace. Taking steroids will not give you super strength, but it will give you the ability to exercise and achieve, then surpass, your goals. Often times known as ROID RAGE, it is as if you are looking to keep going on something that never really stops.

While top flight athletes have access to the best steroids, the fact that they are illegal, which causes the black market to be filled with counterfeit steroids, which is thought to be the leading cause of negative side affects.

So the question then becomes, "Is it wrong?"

We pay top dollar to see top performances on the field. We are kidding ourselves if we think that performance is more important than competition.

So are all steroids bad?

In some cases, minor doses of steroids are given to people with MS and other conditions that cause severe inflammation. The muscle building proteins can help to restore normal body tissue growth and ease the pain of deformation. As with everything, moderation is key.

The sad thing is that steroids, on the athletic field, are often started at a young age, mostly at the High school level, and mostly by coaches without their parent knowledge. Athletes learn how to cycle their usage, which means that the steroids are only taken at a certain time, in large doses, to literally shock the body into growing.

If you notice your child with increased acne, an extreme lowering of the voice, and a sudden growth in muscle definition, they might be on steroids, so keep a close eye.

Often times, so as not to be detected by random testing, athletes sometimes use masking agents to hide steroids on drugs tests. These agents limit the amount of human waste production that can show steroid use. All of this for a little extra edge.

Glamorous, no?

Before you judge, think about what you do in your office to get ahead. Think about the moral issues that you face everyday in the competition for survival. Athletes, at some point, become professionals, and with that their career is on the line with every step.

If you were in that position, what would you do to succeed?

Professional sports now stands at a crossroads in culture, but perhaps it is a good thing. After all, it is only entertainment, right?

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