Archives for October2015

Steroids: Keighley Cougars Rugby player given four-year ban

Keighley Cougars centre Daley Williams has been given a four-year ban after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

Williams says, steroid abuse is “widespread through all levels of rugby”

Williams, 29, tested positive for drostanolone and a metabolite of stanozolol in an out of competition test by UK Anti-Doping on 5 March 2015.… Continue Reading...

Don’t let supplements send you to the ER

Human Performance Research Center

More than 20,000 Americans go to an emergency room every year for reasons related to dietary supplements such as allergic reactions and adverse events, according to a government study. Adverse events can result from ingredients in dietary supplements themselves or from drug-supplement interactions and can have serious side effects.… Continue Reading...

Protein for the Growing Athlete


By Jill Castle, MS, RDN

Do you believe protein is the “magic pill” of sports nutrition or are you just “making ends meet,” trying to get enough protein in your young athlete’s diet? Boasting benefits like enhanced sports performance, muscle gain and improved post-event recovery, protein seems to have magical powers, and young athletes are looking for more.… Continue Reading...

Hooton: Hood’s steroid efforts deserve praise


Sometimes in the middle of a fight, people lose focus of what the fight was to begin with. So, let me remind you what part of Attorney General Jim Hood’s beef with Google is about: Protecting kids from online drugs.

That is a subject near and dear to my heart. In 2003, I lost my 16-year-old boy Taylor after he committed suicide while coming off anabolic steroids.… Continue Reading...

Energy Drinks: A No-No for Young Athletes

By Jill Castle, MS, RDN

Jill Castle, MS, RDN

Red Bull, Rock Star, Amp, Monster Energy—enticing labels for a tired and thirsty athlete. Energy drinks are one of the fastest growing segments of drink sales in America and their popularity is growing, especially among youth. Athletes use energy drinks to rehydrate after a workout, boost attention and focus during school, “wake up,” or as a routine beverage at mealtime.… Continue Reading...

GNC accused of selling drug-spiked dietary supplements


GNC Logo.

GNC, one of the world’s largest retailers of supposedly all-natural dietary supplements, has knowingly sold products spiked with two synthetic drugs, according to internal company records and a lawsuit filed Thursday by Oregon’s attorney general.

The suit accuses GNC of selling thousands of units of 22 workout and fat-burner supplement products that contained picamilon, a prescription drug in Russia that is used there to treat neurological conditions.… Continue Reading...

Performance Supplement Creatine Commonly Recommended By Health Food Stores For Use By Teens

Use by anyone under 18 not recommended by AAP and American College of Sports Medicine

Despite recommendations against the use of creatine by anyone under age 18, more than two-thirds of sales clerks at health food stores told a researcher posing as a 15-year-old male football player to give it a try.

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Why Supplement Manufacturers Should Verify the Quality of Their Ingredients

Quality Supplement Ingredients

There’s an old adage – garbage in, garbage out. If you can’t verify the quality of your ingredients, you can’t verify the quality of your end product.

Manufacturers often rely on trusted suppliers to provide quality ingredients. But is trust enough? Not anymore. In today’s world of increasingly complex global supply chains, it’s okay to trust, so long as you verify. … Continue Reading...

Steroid users speak out against stereotypes as drug use among teenagers and young men surges

Steroid user Paul shows his results five months after undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer.

YOU’VE heard the steroid horror stories. The bloody bar fights blamed on roid rage, the exploding biceps, the withering testicles and the sudden strokes taking young lives.

But experts say there is a major problem with this popular narrative.… Continue Reading...

Police warn of fake steroids after raiding home lab

Saskatoon police say these drugs, packaged to look like pharmaceutical-grade hormones and steroids, are fakes. They were seized from a home drug lab on Oct. 2.

Police say these drugs, packaged to look like pharmaceutical-grade hormones and steroids, are fakes. They were seized from a home drug lab.

Saskatoon police are concerned about fake pharmaceuticals on city streets.

Police issued a warning to the public based on an Oct. 2 search of a home in the 600 block of Main Street East, near Oskayak High School in the Nutana neighbourhood.… Continue Reading...