Drugs That Make You go Hmmm! Part 1
With all the wild and rambling chatter both for and against the use of any form of Performance Enhancing Drugs making their side effects and silent advantages known throughout the alleys and byways of the Internet, I came to the conclusion that most people might be like me and only have a very limited exposure or set of ideas as to the types and uses for these PEDs by their users.
And with that, I have decided to do a three part series over the next several days to try and throw a little more light onto the total subject and to expose a little more knowledge and insight into the types of PEDs currently “Banned by most sports”, ” Still legal to use in competition” or even the types still “under banishment in “official competitions”.
There is a plethora of information just at our little fingertips among the many files and annuals of the Internet for us to begin to grasp a better understanding of what these “magical pills” can do to even heighten personal workouts and even create an edge without setting off red flags and alarm signals from here to China and back. And all of this hit me about a few minutes after the conclusion of the Bob Costas interview with former slugger Mark McGwire on the MLB Network channel.
So as you can tell, this is going to be a series of blog posts that have taken me a few days to check and double check with various websites and even drug company informational material furnished online to try and get some added intelligence out here for the average fan. So I am going to start this first installment with the drugs that are currently totally banned by most sports organization throughout the world, and especially Major League Baseball.
The first one I am going to discuss is the drug Human Choronic Gonadotropin (HCG). This substance is generally used by an athlete when he is about to finish a steroid-type cycle of another manmade chemical substance. So this drug can sometimes be also “piggy-backed” while coming down off another substance to try and mask any chemical fingerprints or traces of the user taking unnatural means to get results during participation in a sport.
Sometimes when a user abuses his body a bit in a drug cycle by pumping himself full of a synthetic product, his body can actually start to cut-back or even eliminate its natural reaction to produce testostrone. This is mostly a female fertility used drug that can make the body restart the process of testotrone production. Unfortunately for Los Angeles Dodger Manny Ramirez, this was the nice little surprise additive to his body that earned him a 50-game vacation from the game in 2009.
High levels of HCG are usually the chemical that set off most of the home pregnancy testing kits we currently purchase in the stores. Most users do take HCG in connection with their usual Anabolic Androgenic Steroid (AAS) cycles. This drug can be used for weight loss, but generally it is considered a bit unconventional for use to jump start a ultra low calorie weight loss program due to its unsafe nature.
The second drug of choice by some users is called Furosemide or by one of it’s better known drug company names, Lasix, which is short for “last six hours”. Seriously, this is a diuretic usually used for a certain type of performer, but they run on four legs instead of two like we do. The drug was actually developed to stop nosebleeds in throughbred horses. The World Doping Agency has officially banned this substance because it can sometimes mask the chemical evidence of other drugs in a user’s system.
The drug does have human applications, but it is mostly for heart failure, cirrhosis,renal impairment and some forms of hypertension. But it is a drug that can cuase side effects like dehydration, electrolyte imbalance becuase it robs the body of potassium,calcium, sodium and magnesium and these side effects are severly amplified in humans using them. Some people might remember that several female weightlifters from Mayanmar(China) and Uzbekistan failed drugs tests during the Asian Games and were stripped of their medals.
The third drug that could produce an instant positive test is Clenbuterol, or sometimes just known as Bute. This drug might not set off the bells and whistles for most people unless they use a high stress swimming program during the cold winter months to try and speed up some muscle mass or even get some of that extra poundage off fast and furious. It can also be used to give a lifter an edge of extra oxygen for an extended workout by opening constricted airways.
But some users can get medical clearance for this item due to their high asthma in the form of Clenbuterol hydrochloride in a bronchodialator. This drug has also been making the rounds on Internet sites as a quick weight loss wonder drug aka dietary supplement and some uneducated personal trainers have been known to include it in a users intake to produce a quick lean and “cut” look to muscles. Most trainers introduce it not as an illegal drug, but as a weight loss advantage during the off season.
The fourth chemical I am going to introduce you to is Tri-Test 300 which has been known to known to have lasting steroid effects depending on your dosage and your cycle length. It is another form of synthetic testostrone that can be used as a quick fix after staying inactive an extra amount of time in the off season. This is also a drug that might go undetected in a sport that has a weak drug testing system for this type of steroid.
It is very fast-acting substance that can bring about remarkable physical changes in as little as three weeks usage. It has a habit of almost time-releasing itself to expolde in your system, then another segment blasts off about five days later, then the long lasting effects kick in a bit later to give you an extra groove to work hard in the least amount of time. Major League Baseball’s drug testing system is not outfitted at this time to find low does of thi
s chemical in their player’s system.
The fifth nice little fast acting chemical I am going to introduce to you is Oxandrolone/Oxandrin(Anavar) which is considered by many to be the beginner’s level to introduction to a chemical that can sometimes go undetected by some tests. The first appearance of this drug was mostly as an anti-aging pill given out by doctors because of its low list of side effects.
But this is also a nice little advantage that baseball players could use to develop muscle mass without triggering weight loss. It has been a great interactive drug to combat osteoporosis in women without a huge dose of estrogen being delivered quickly to the body. But it is an anabolic steroid that can be detected in the system if the user did abuse the medication, or if the user goes off a cycle too close to his testing date. This could produce a ticking timebomb positive test result.
The sixth chemical that a user can use actually might produce a pair of easy steroid detection bodily disformation if you look closely for them. It is the drug Letrozole/ Femara. This drug can actually make it easier for the journalist and the fellow players on your team to automatically throw assumption out the window when you come into the clubhouse with a new set of enlarged breats, which are a usual indicator of this chemical in your system.
Femara was first developed as a estrogen-inhibiting drug for post-menopausal women for use as an anti-cancer inhibitor. It has been used as a treatment option after breast cancer surgery. The drug is beneficial to users who want to get rid of extensive water retention and can be used to mask the formation of gynecomastia, which is a side effect of anabolic steroids.
Lucky number seven on my list is an item each of us males need to keep our masculinity intact, but sometimes with age and other complications, the body can not keep up the high demand. Of course I am talking about Testosterone. In the sporting areans, this can be obtained by a bevy of products both injectible and topical. So let’s start with the topical ones since that is one of the items Mr. McGwire used to have out in the open in his locker in St. Louis.
The form of topical Big Mac had on his self of course was Androgel. But there is another item called Testim that also helps with the production of testostrone, but can be flushed from the body within a period of a few days. Some people say that this drug can be used to taper off a tad without completely eliminating the steroid cycle and get your body tuned up for a potential drug test. This could be a quick fix for a player trying to mask coming down from a cycle right before training camp opens after a long off season.
But then we also have the injectable type of testostrone which has probably been a gym favorite for as long as we all have lived. It is a fast acting muscle growth chemical that has greatly reduce a workout’s recovery time. This is one of the main drugs that have been thought to have been used in endurance races like the Tour de France. In the 1940’s it was being touted as an anti-aging drug, but most people know the name from the U.S. Congress including it as a “controlled substance” during the Anabolic Steroid Control Act in 1990.
And the last one I am going to talk about today is the granddaddy of them all. The one that people seem to know the most about, and fear the least at times. I am talking about Human Growth Horomone (HGH), which can also go by the name Somatropin. This has been the basis of steroid cocktails for years, and throws an instant fix when combined with another chemical to induce your muscle building by smacking your insulin growth facotr in the behind and sets it off at high speed.
This has seemed to be the chemical of choice in recent years because before recently, it has been pretty much invisible to most drug testing systems. But because of the high profile anti-aging properties and its claim to be a great weight management stimulant for the body. Traditional urine tests have been known to complete be fooled by the drug,but a blood test will set off instant red flags and alarms. One huge future side effect of this chemical could be the faster development of diabetes in some subjects.
So here we go with the first level of highly regarded and outlawed possible cheating chemicals list. I am not forgetting some of the newly developed ways by smugglers to dupe the system by soaking ricepaper in anabolic steroids then cutting them into small blotter pieces almost like some drug dealers did in the 1960’s with LSD.
These Paperbol,Papervar,PaperDrol items being on paper doesn’t mask a dog or even a wet surface from accidently activating the chemicals, but it also doesn’t make them any more legal either.
Tomorrow I will bring out a short list of about six items that are not on any drug testing systems “banned list, but can promote some of the same results as anabolic steroids, but are over-the-counter medication like Viagra. Common medication that each of us could get at a doctors office can also increase some performance levels in sports dues to the extended properties of these medications. So until tomorrow, please look before you pop that pill in your mouth or take that liquid medication…….It could cost you a positive drug result!