Archives for November2013

IOC to act after new testing methods reveal hundreds of positive results

New revelations over positive drug testing could lead to a new programme of checks in sport

Following claims by a German TV programme, the IOC confirms it has started testing frozen urine samples.

Hundreds of urine samples have tested positive for heavy-duty anabolic steroids in recent months after they were analysed by scientists in laboratories in Cologne and Moscow using a new testing method, according to a report broadcast on German television on Monday night.

Continue Reading...

FDA seizes another $2 million worth of DMAA products

The FDA moved to seize more than $2 million worth of DMAA-containing products from Georgia-based Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Inc.  US Marshals seized the goods after agency investigators determined they contained 1, 3-Dimethylamylamine HCl (DMAA) or its chemical equivalent. Reading...

Olympic officials to retest urine samples from 2006 Turin Winter Games

LONDON — Olympic officials are using a new steroid test to reanalyze frozen doping samples from the 2006 Winter Games in Turin to catch any drug cheats who avoided detection at the time.

The International Olympic Committee tells The Associated Press “we can confirm we are using the new long-term metabolites method to detect anabolic steroids.”

The IOC said in March that it would retest Turin samples, just as it did for the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics in Athens and Beijing.… Continue Reading...

Podcast: Talking nutrition with Lance Berkman

Podcast Notes:

  1. His dietary habits when he first entered the league
  2. His highest playing weight vs. where he is today
  3. His body transformation and work with trainer Ben Fairchild and how this improved his performance.
  4. Some the challenges you face nutritionally with a long season and does his weight fluctuate during the season
  5. How does he manage to eat healthy when traveling from city to city
  6. The types of food available in the clubhouse for players and do some ballparks have healthier options than others
  7. Does he get hungry during a game, especially one that may go into extra innings?
Continue Reading...

Feds: Drug ring was importing steroids from China

Feds: Portland drug ring was importing steroids from China

DEA agents seized this custom truck during a raid on Thursday morning to break up a suspected steroids ring.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Federal prosecutors say a Portland car dealership served as a front for a drug operation that imported, manufactured and sold steroids and other drugs.

Drug Enforcement Agency and other federal agents on Thursday morning raided several locations associated with the operation as prosecutors unsealed an indictment against sixteen people they say conspired to distribute anabolic steroids, marijuana, oxycodone and hydrocodone.… Continue Reading...

FDA Uses New Authorities To Get OxyElite Pro Off the Market

OxyElite Pro Recall Art (350x350)

Just recently we had a case that illustrates both the limits of FDA’s authority to regulate supplements and the promise of new enforcement tools provided by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Dozens of people were suffering acute liver failure or non-viral hepatitis so severe that several needed liver transplants, and one died.… Continue Reading...

Lance Armstrong claims UCI president helped with cover up

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles earlier this year by the US Anti-Doping Agency. (Getty Images)

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles earlier this year by the US Anti-Doping Agency

Lance Armstrong says that International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen helped cover up the cyclist’s doping during the 1999 Tour de France.

The Associated Press reports that Armstrong told Great Britain’s Daily Mail that Verbruggen helped him cover up a positive test during his ’99 Tour win in an effort to save the sport from embarrassment:

“The real problem was, the sport was on life support,” Armstrong said in the article.

Continue Reading...

Athletes, Stop Taking Supplements

Jessica Hardy

Jessica Hardy competes during the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials on June 26, 2012 in Omaha, Neb.

They’re expensive, they don’t improve performance, and they might make you test positive for dope

American swimmer Jessica Hardy set two world records in 2008 and was poised to take home medals from the Olympics, but she never made it to Beijing.

Continue Reading...

WADA introducing new steroid profiling technique

John Fahey, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), speaks during a news conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Fahey says he is confident that cycling’s new leadership will set up an independent commission “within weeks” to look at the sport’s drug-stained past. Fahey says his agency has been in communication with new UCI President Brian Cookson

JOHANNESBURG — A new urine test designed to catch athletes who take steroids will be introduced by the World Anti-Doping Agency next year and used at the World Cup in Brazil.

Continue Reading...

VADA Sponsors Free Health Event to Help Fighters Take Control

index a86cb

Dr. Margaret Goodman, former ringside physician for the Nevada State Athletic Commission and founder/president of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), said she’s excited VADA can help offer an educational opportunity to professional and amateur boxers, MMA fighters, trainers and managers.

On Friday, November 15, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada is hosting the health event from 5:45 -8:45 p.m.… Continue Reading...