Steroid Abuse- Youth Is The Biggest Target

Steroid Abuse- Youth Is The Greatest Target

Steroids, otherwise called anabolic steroids, have progressively turned into a medication of abuse among teenage guys. Steroid abuse is the matter of concern. Anabolic steroids are manufactured forms of hormones like testosterone, normally created by the body.

Due to impacts, for example, the mutilated perfect self-perception and peer pressure which the media propagates, teenage guys, particularly the athletes are prone to the allurement of utilizing anabolic steroids for their muscle and building the impacts of muscles strength.

On an individual level, sedate addicts constantly lose confidence. Addiction to drug hinders subjective capacities like addicts may encounter memory and learning issues, and basic leadership challenges.

Accordingly, students who are drugs addicted frequently drop out of school. This causes strife inside families. Addicts end up irritated from their associates, prompting sentiments of loneliness and feel isolated.

Athletes of secondary school are especially prone to the steroid abuse. Most steroid abusers are male, yet females are progressively manhandling steroids. While treatment is critical for all medication addicts, it is basic that young people get quick treatment for their habit.

Inability to look for timely mediation generally prompts more consumption of drug and medical issues, which could demonstrate lethal. Luckily, steroid recovery is promptly accessible for youngsters and others.

Some common side effects of steroid abuse

Bunches of latest surveys and reports handle the side effects of steroids particularly the negative ones. Such undesirable impacts are amazingly conceivable to happen once the substance is mishandled or abused.

  • Hypertension

Steroid Abuse- Youth Is The Greatest TargetMaybe the most extreme of steroids’ reactions is hypertension and sudden changes in one’s cholesterol level.

Steroids assert to enhance the levels of bad cholesterol or also known as Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) and decrease the levels of good cholesterol or also known as High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL).

This may likewise make alterations in the anatomical structure of the heart like the thickening of the left ventricle. Along these lines, steroids can open somebody to heart issues, congestive heart failure, or stroke.

  • Violent attitude

Steroid Abuse- Youth Is The Greatest TargetA term devised to demonstrate one of the antagonistic impacts of steroids consumption is “roid rage”.

Studies demonstrate that contrasted with the individuals who don’t utilize steroids, users of steroids have more noteworthy inclusion in fierce practices and will probably consume other different medications and drugs.

It is said that the expanded testosterone in the body additionally builds forcefulness and violent or aggressive behavior which causes different disorders of mood, threatening vibe, stress, paranoid thinking pattern and irritable attitude.

  • Liver damage

Steroid Abuse- Youth Is The Greatest TargetAnabolic steroids which can ingest orally may likewise link with damage to the liver. Anabolic steroids manhandle could cause tumor and blood filled cysts (Peliosis Hepatitis) within the liver.

At the point when such cyst or tumor rupture takes place, the abuser will experience the ill effects of internal bleeding.

  • Gynecomastia

Likewise, there is the physical impact on the client due to abusing anabolic steroids. Steroid medications will help estrogen levels in the body to counterfeit all the testosterone and this associate with the growth of female like tissues in male clients.

This is a condition called gynecomastia that must be treated with surgery. Large amounts of testosterone may likewise cause untimely hair sparseness (premature baldness) on guys who manhandle anabolic steroids.

Female clients, on the other hand, may experience increased body hair and deep voice. Skin inflammation breakouts can be another noticeable reaction to anabolic steroids.

  • Compromised reproductive functions

Side effects of steroid abuse incorporate alteration in the functions of reproduction. For guys, mishandling anabolic steroids show with testicular decay. In some cases, even the contracting of the testicles, decrease count of sperms, and additionally infertility happens.

Steroids’ reactions for ladies incorporate unpredictable menstrual period, an extension of the clitoris and even infertility.

Some studies likewise uncover that when anabolic steroids are taken when pregnant, it may influence fetal advancement by making female embryo to develop male highlights (virilization) and male fetus to develop female highlights.

For juvenile users, steroids either can prevent the lengthening from the bones causing hindered development or quicken maturation of bones. Also, it causes expanded recurrence and the term of erections, and untimely sexual ascent in immature clients.

  • Psychological and mental impacts

Other than physical impacts, steroids’ reactions in like manner include mental ones. Research demonstrates that anabolic steroid abuse incorporates a specific impact on the neurological pathways in the cerebrum.

Individuals that take steroids in high dosages influence by dependence syndrome and withdrawal once they endeavor to end the abuse of these medications.

Anabolic steroids can lead and normally think to bring about another sort of medication mishandle bringing about much more extreme symptoms.

Some common warning signs and symptoms of steroid abuse

There are numerous guardians who are unaware of the fact that their kids are utilizing steroids. There are numerous signs which can enable you to know whether your youngster is taking steroids yet the clearest one is quick muscle development.

In case if you see that your kid is achieving quick muscle development within a brief timeframe then you should be extremely concerned.

Moreover, for instance, your youngster is gaining weight fast within three months then you should begin researching whether they are on steroids.

Different signs to keep an eye out is skin break out, jaundice, male pattern baldness in females, females begin chatting with a bass, increment in facial hair in ladies, men then again begin developing breasts and expanded hostility and mood disorders.

The mental impact of the steroid is additionally a sign to look out for. A portion of the mental impacts incorporates sleeping issues, paranoia, hallucinations, anxiety, and euphoria.

Converse with the youngster

When you see the above signs in your youngster the subsequent stage includes conversing with your kid. Try not to converse with your youngster in a fierce way however rather utilize the friendly tone.

Adolescents are exceptionally defiant and in case you endeavor to compel they won’t listen to your single point. You have to tell them about all the symptoms related to steroid manhandle both in the short run and over the long haul.

Treatment of steroid abuse

Mental changes have been noted in individuals who manhandle steroids like mood swings, antagonistic vibe and demonstrations of outrageous behavior have been noticed. Furthermore, euphoric and other dysfunctional behaviors have been credited to steroid mishandle.

Since not a single type of treatment is appropriate for everybody, diverse kinds of restoration programs are accessible to enable substance abusers to defeat their addiction. Inpatient restoration programs in state-authorized centers are exceedingly fruitful.

Groups of medical experts treat the patient’s brain and body as per an itemized and customized recuperation design. An extensive outpatient program includes private treatment that considers dealing with addiction, with an attention on aggregate treatment in the night times.

Private restoration is a transitional stage that readies the person for come back to the group. Therapeutic detoxification washes down the group of medications and is central to recuperation.

Experienced specialists limit the inconvenience of withdrawal, and are steady all through the procedure.

Final say

Last but not the least, clinically, steroids endorse for the treatment of an extensive variety of illnesses and disorders. Be that as it may, anabolic steroids utilize non-medicinally to enhance athletic performances and muscle-building.

Steroid abusers look for an inexpensive alternative, yet it comes at an incredible cost. Steroid mishandle or abuse causes severe health issues.

Recuperation is an on-going procedure, and it is critical for recouping addicts and their families to remain in contact with the treatment/recuperation center.

Steroid Abuse- Youth Is The Biggest Target

Hooton Foundation honors Sale, Pedroia

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and left-hander Chris Sale were presented with canvas prints of their 2018 “It’s All Me” public service ad for the Taylor Hooton Foundation prior to Wednesday’s game against the Twins at JetBlue Park.

Taylor Hooton Foundation President Donald Hooton Jr. and Red Sox conditioning coach Kiyoshi Momose made the presentation.

The Taylor Hooton Foundation is widely acknowledged as the leader in the advocacy against appearance- and performance-enhancing drug use by the youth of America.

Sale and Pedroia are among the 32 MLB members of the Taylor Hooton Foundation advisory board. Each member of the board has taken the pledge that they believe that using anabolic steroids and other appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs is illegal, dangerous to his body and to use them as an athlete is cheating.

Bullying: It may be why gay and bisexual boys are using steroids at five times the rate of straight boys

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A recent study published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has raised alarms about the way some gay teens are responding to bullying.
Researchers analyzed government surveys from 2005 to 2007 of boys whose age averaged 16, 4% of whom self-identified as gay or bisexual. While only 4% of the survey’s straight respondents said they used steroids, 21% of the gay ones did.
A 2012 study of high school students found that “increasingly muscular” images of men, combined with relatively easy access to steroids, puts pressure on boys to look a certain way — what Michael Kehler, a professor at the University of Western Ontario, calls the “hypervisibility of the masculine body.”
While Aaron J. Blashill and Steven A. Safren, both affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and the LGBT health clinic Fenway Health, mentioned poor body image in their study on gay teen steroid abuse, they took it a step further. Comparing their data to the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Study, they discovered that bullying was a more important factor.
Kehler has studied extensively why some boys dread gym class. For them, he tells The Advocate, the locker room becomes a place where “masculinities are policed and scrutinized.” They see working out as a way to “gain membership, to gain status” among their peers and, by extension, in a world that defines masculinity as muscle mass. For boys who are not straight, masculinity — and therefore status — is a matter of outsized significance. Those who do not appear masculine enough can be subject to bullying.
“Schools and parents,” Kehler says, “need to rethink body image as it relates to youth understandings of what it means to be a boy and to be a man.”
Significant muscle mass can be the result of hard work rather than innate masculine characteristics, something both boys and adult men would do well to acknowledge. As a therapist once told me, “If they look like they go to the gym all the time, that’s because they go to the gym all the time.”

London Bridge attack trio ‘had taken large quantities of steroids’

Members of the emergency services tend a person injured in the attack on London Bridge on 3 June 2017.

The three men who carried out the London Bridge terrorist attack had taken large quantities of steroids before killing eight people, a court has heard.

Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22 were shot dead by police after using a van to plough into pedestrians on the bridge and then stabbing people in nearby Borough Market on 3 June last year.

Before the attack, the three had all taken the steroid dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a pre-inquest hearing at the Old Bailey in London was told on Friday.

Last month a separate pre-inquest hearing into the Westminster Bridge attack revealed that the assailant, Khalid Massoud, had also taken steroids before killing five people. Four people were killed after Massoud drove a car into pedestrians on 22 March last year. He then fatally stabbed PC Keith Palmer, who was guarding an entrance to the Houses of Parliament, before being killed by armed police. 

Youssef Zaghba, Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.
 Youssef Zaghba, Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane. Composite: Metropolitan police/PA

In an apparent copycat attack, Butt, Redouane, and Zaghba also targeted pedestrians with a vehicle on another of the city’s bridges, before attacking people with knives.

Christine Archibald, 30, from Canada, and Xavier Thomas, 45, from France, were killed in the the van attack on London Bridge. Minutes later, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, Sara Zelenak, 21, Kirsty Boden, 28, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39, were stabbed to death. 

The victims of the attack: (top) Christine Archibald, James McMullan, Alexandre Pigeard and Sebastien Belanger (bottom) Kirsty Boden, Sara Zelenak, Xavier Thomas and Ignacio Echeverria.
 The victims: (top) Christine Archibald, James McMullan, Alexandre Pigeard and Sebastien Belanger (bottom) Kirsty Boden, Sara Zelenak, Xavier Thomas and Ignacio Echeverria. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA

Leading the inquest, the chief coroner of England and Wales, Mark Lucraft QC, started the hearing on Friday by expressing his condolences to the victims’ families, who were present at the court. He said he hoped the inquests would provide the families with answers and would give “comfort in such difficult circumstances”.

Jonathan Hough QC told the court that a toxicologist would be called to give evidence at their inquests next year after a steroid was found at high levels in their bodies.

He said: “Analysis of samples taken from the attackers revealed the presence of DHEA, a steroid hormone, above the acceptable physiological range in each of the attackers.

“These findings suggest use of the steroid DHEA recently prior to death, ie in a period ranging from several hours to days before death.”

Hough added: “A suitable expert has been instructed to prepare a report on the implications of these findings.”

About 1,800 witness statements have already been taken for the inquests.

Among those to be represented are the security services, police, fire authority and ambulance service as well as the families of both victims and attackers.

The inquests would examine what MI5 knew about Butt before the attack, the court heard.

The coroner ordered the inquests into the deaths of Butt, Redouane and Zaghba be heard separately to their victims during the pre-inquest hearing attended by family members.

Lucraft said he would first hear the inquests into the deaths of the victims at the Old Bailey in early 2019 followed by a jury inquest into the deaths of the the three assailants.

Victoria Ailes, a lawayer representing five of the victims’ families, said they were particularly concerned to find out about any CCTV footage or mobile phone film showing the attacks on their loved-ones. 

The hearing continues.

Professional Kayaker Banned For Sabotage, Spiking Rival’s Water With Steroids

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Japan’s Yasuhiro Suzuki competes in the men’s kayak single race at the 16th Asian Games in Guangdong province, China, November 25, 2010

A Japanese kayaker who spiked a rival’s drink with a banned steroid was barred from competing in the sport for eight years Tuesday and could face further sanctions including a lifetime ban. 

Yasuhiro Suzuki, 32, admitted to lacing rival Seiji Komatsu’s drink last year at the Canoe Sprint Japan Championships with a banned anabolic steroid. Komatsu, 25,  then failed a doping test and was suspended and had his records stripped by the Japan Canoe Federation (JCF), the governing body that oversees kayaking. The JCF overturned his suspension Tuesday.

Suzuki laced the drink after the competition, which Komatsu won. 

The Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) handed down the suspension, but the JCF is considering even tougher sanctions on Suzuki — possibly a lifetime ban, according to Japan Times. Suzuki had hoped to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the September championship where he cheated was a qualifying event. JADA said this was the first time an athlete has sabotaged another athlete in this way.

Suzuki allegedly had a history of sabotage stretching back to the November 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. Suzuki had broken and hid paddles of at least five of his competitors over the years, according to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

Suzuki admitted to spiking the drink in November after the JCF handed out a punishment against Komatsu. Suzuki called the federation’s director and said “I committed the act .. I was stupid and [mentally] weak,” according to Asahi. 

“I was overcome by despair that it would be impossible for me to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It was mental anguish,” said Komatsu to Asahi Tuesday. “If Suzuki had not confessed, I would have faced a long suspension so I guess on that point I have to thank Suzuki for coming clean and confessing. Now I just have to focus on doing my best toward the Tokyo Olympics.”

London attacker took steroids before deadly rampage

Khalid Masood, the man responsible for the worst terrorist attack in London in more than a decade, kept to himself in recent years, neighbors say. But he had a checkered past involving a series of aliases and a string of convictions for violence and possession of weapons.

LONDON (Reuters) – The man who mowed down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before killing a police officer outside Britain’s parliament last year had taken steroids beforehand, a London court heard on Monday.

Last March Khalid Masood, 52, killed four people on the bridge before, armed with two carving knives, he stabbed to death an unarmed police officer in the grounds of parliament. He was shot dead at the scene.

It was the first of five attacks on Britain last year which police blamed on terrorism.

A submission to a pre-inquest hearing into the fatalities at London’s Old Bailey Court said there was evidence that Masood had taken anabolic steroids in the hours or days before his death.

“A more specialist pharmaceutical toxicologist … has been instructed to prepare a report addressing how steroid use may have affected Khalid Masood,” the submission by the inquiry’s lawyer Jonathan Hough said.

Eight top athletes share their nutrition tricks for a high-performing new year

January is nothing if not full of diet advice. But when it comes to the life of an athlete, simply watching calories or losing weight doesn’t cut it. So we asked eight world class competitors to share the best advice they ever got about eating not just to stay in shape, but to perform at the top of their sport. Here’s what they said.


Gwen Jorgensen
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Front-load your meals for the day

Gwen Jorgensen, Olympic gold medalist, triathlon

I used to struggle with a decrease in performance late in the day, and I’d feel hungry in the afternoon, so my nutritionist suggested I front-load my meals. That means making my first two meals more calorie-dense, and making dinner a lighter meal.

For breakfast, I will often have a large bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter, coconut butter and fruit, and then put two eggs on top. I’ll fuel with a Red Bull during my morning workout, and afterward I’ll have a full fat yogurt with nuts and berries. Lunch is usually red meat with rice, veggies and cheese. This keeps me energized all the way through my mid-morning and early evening sessions.


Rebekkah Brunson
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Your body’s talking — listen

Rebekkah Brunson, five-time WNBA champion

Throughout the years I have received plenty of advice on nutrition: some of it good, and some of it just plain silly. I have tried different diets and cleanses, eating only protein and veggies, drinking only juices, parting ways with sugars and carbs altogether. Some ways have been more successful than others. As I have gotten older I find that some things work better for others and what is great for you may not be great for me.

What’s really worked for me? Learning to listen to my body. Your body lets you know what is working and what isn’t. We sometimes ignore the signs because we enjoy certain things, but the signs are there. If you still feel hungry after eating, it may be because you’re not getting the nutrients you need so your body is still asking you to feed it. If you’re feeling tired or heavy after eating two servings of pasta or a piece of cake, it may be that you need to work on moderation.

For me, I try to get all of the nutrition I need without feeling hungry or tired. That means limiting carbs and eating more protein and vegetables, which leaves me feeling energetic and ready to perform. I am also not afraid to treat myself. I don’t want to feel like life is a constant diet. If I really want something that I wouldn’t consider healthy, I will eat it. But I understand those things won’t necessarily leave me ready to perform, so I eat them in moderation.


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Eat your (fruits and) veggies

Tori Bowie, world champion sprinter

When it comes to nutrition I keep it extremely simple. On a day-to-day basis I try to get most of my nutrients based upon the food pyramid — emphasizing the produce. Whether it’s fruit in a juiced smoothie or snacking on chopped cucumbers, I’ve found that both fruit and vegetables are great sources to staying hydrated. My strength coach makes it his duty to remind us of that often.



Rebecca Soni
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Eat small and eat often

Rebecca Soni, six-time Olympic medalist in swimming

Swimmers are endlessly hungry. I could eat a big meal and be hungry within an hour. Instead of eating a lot during one sitting, I learned to eat small and eat often. You should feel like you could go for a run after a meal.

I also focus on clean foods to help keep my recovery time quick, and keep me feeling good. By eating lighter meals more often, I started feeling better in my workouts and throughout the day. It’s not just about eating well to prepare for competition, but eating well while training, and then maintaining that through a competition.



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Refuel immediately

Emma Coburn, steeplechase world champion

The best piece of advice I’ve received about eating is that eating right after a workout is very important. There is a short window, 30-60 minutes after a workout, where your body can restore the glycogen in your muscles.

Eating right after a workout will help your muscles recover and prepare you for the next day’s workout. I always bring a bar, a banana or a smoothie with me to have as soon as my workout ends.


Elana Meyers
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Keep everything in moderation

Elana Meyers Taylor, Olympic silver medalist in bobsled

About eight years ago, my then coach Dan Pfaff said this: Everything in moderation. He believes nutrition is about eating the proper foods but not restricting yourself too much.

It took me years to finally get it. I’ve been on every diet possible and am now working with a nutrition coaching company called Working Against Gravity. I’m leaner than I’ve ever been, and all I do with them is count my macros — which is counting carbs, proteins, and fats, and balancing them to meet my training needs. Everything in moderation. If only I understood that eight years ago when Dan told me!


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Treat yourself to the best

Alysia Montaño, seven-time U.S. champion in track and field

Think of your body as a machine that needs to be well-oiled and well-fed. If you think about a premium vehicle, you give it premium fuel. I think of myself as the best car out there. I’m not going subpar because I want my vehicle to operate in a manner that’s elite.

It’s a personal decision, but for me if I have a choice between conventional fruits and vegetables or organic, I’m going with the organic. I want the best of the best in everything I put in my body.

I also try to make sure my food is working for me. If I’m going to make pizza for myself I’ll use oat or quinoa flour that’s really packed with protein. I’ll put yogurt in my oatmeal and toss in some nuts for a breakfast that will stick in my belly and get me through my workout. I’ll add tart cherries to help with inflammation. I don’t have a diet with a name — I’m not paleo or vegan. I eat food and I eat real food. It’s all about balance. I go for unprocessed when I can, obviously, but I hang out with friends from time to time and get pizza or go to a ball game and get a hot dog.


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Eat for what you’re doing today

Elena Hight, Olympic snowboarder and X Games gold medalist

The nutritionists at Clif Bar taught me that fueling for exercise, training and competition is different than fueling for life. I used to eat pretty much the same types of foods and portions of macronutrients no matter what my day consisted of. Now I base my meals, snacks and recovery foods on the type of exercise I am doing, how intense it is, and what I am expecting out of my body after eating. I have found that this outlook has given me way more energy and helped me fuel in a smarter, more sustainable way.

Joe Morgan pens letter to all Hall of Fame voters: Steroid users don’t belong

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The Baseball Hall of Fame never has issued a clear statement about how voters should handle the steroids issue, until now.

Hall of Fame second baseman and Hall vice chairman Joe Morgan sent an impassioned emailed letter through the Hall to every eligible voter from the Baseball Writers Association of America on Tuesday, the day after the 2018 ballot was released, imploring them that “steroid users don’t belong” in Cooperstown.

”Over the years, I have been approached by many Hall of Fame members telling me we needed to do something to speak out about the possibility of steroid users entering the Hall of Fame. This issue has been bubbling below the surface for quite a while,” Morgan’s letter began. “I hope you don’t mind if I bring to your attention what I’m hearing.”

Morgan, a two-time National League MVP with the Reds in 1975-76, continued by stressing that he doesn’t “speak for every single member of the Hall of Fame,” but says he was speaking on behalf of “many” of its elected members.

“I think the Hall of Fame is special. There is a sanctity to being elected to the Hall. It is revered. It is the hardest Hall of Fame to enter, of any sport in America,” Morgan wrote. “But times change, and a day we all knew was coming has now arrived. Players who played during the steroid era have become eligible for entry into the Hall of Fame.

“The more we Hall of Famers talk about this – and we talk about it a lot – we realize we can no longer sit silent. Many of us have come to think that silence will be considered complicity. Or that fans might think we are ok if the standards of election to the Hall of Fame are relaxed, at least relaxed enough for steroid users to enter and become members of the most sacred place in Baseball. We don’t want fans ever to think that.

“We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame. They cheated. Steroid users don’t belong here.” 

According to Morgan, any players who either failed MLB-administered drug tests or admitted using performance-enhancing drugs or were cited in the investigation into steroids known as the Mitchell Report “should not get in.”

Still, Morgan acknowledged that player denials, including their inclusion in the Mitchell Report, make the handling of voting for them “a tricky situation.”

“But it still occurs to me that anyone who took body-altering chemicals in a deliberate effort to cheat the game we love, not to mention they cheated current and former players, and fans too, doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame,” Morgan wrote. “By cheating, they put up huge numbers, and they made great players who didn’t cheat look smaller by comparison, taking away from their achievements and consideration for the Hall of Fame. That’s not right.

“And that’s why I, and other Hall of Famers, feel so strongly about this.”

Slugger Mark McGwire admitted using PEDs and never got close to being inducted into Hall.

Slugger Mark McGwire admitted using PEDs and never got close to being inducted into Hall.

PED-linked former stars Roger Clemens (54.1 percent) and Barry Bonds (53.8 percent) received their highest vote totals last year in their fifth time on the ballot, moving closer to the 75 percent threshold required for enshrinement. Others such as Mark McGwire, an admitted user, and Rafael Palmeiro, who was suspended by MLB for failing a drug test in 2005, no longer are on the ballot, while linked players including Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramirez and others have garnered scant support.

Several players suspected of PED usage, yet never proven, including Mike Piazza, Ivan Rodriguez and Jeff Bagwell, have been elected to the Hall in recent years, while former commissioner Bud Selig, who presided over that era, also was enshrined in 2017.

“It’s gotten to the point where Hall of Famers are saying that if steroid users get in, they’ll no longer come to Cooperstown for Induction Ceremonies or other events,” Morgan said. “Some feel they can’t share a stage with players who did steroids. The cheating that tainted an era now risks tainting the Hall of Fame too. The Hall of Fame means too much to us to ever see that happen. If steroid users get in, it will divide and diminish the Hall, something we couldn’t bear.”

Morgan also cited in his letter Section 5 of the Rules for Election, which states, “Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”

“I care about how good a player was or what kind of numbers he put up; but if a player did steroids, his integrity is suspect; he lacks sportsmanship; his character is flawed; and, whatever contribution he made to his team is now dwarfed by his selfishness,” Morgan wrote. “The Hall of Fame has always had its share of colorful characters, some of whom broke or bent society’s rules in their era. By today’s standards, some might not have gotten in. Times change and society improves. What once was accepted no longer is.

Roger Clemens received more than 50% of the vote last year as he is trending upward.

Roger Clemens received more than 50% of the vote last year as he is trending upward


“But steroid users don’t belong here. What they did shouldn’t be accepted. Times shouldn’t change for the worse.”

The 2018 Hall of Fame ballots were sent out on Monday, and featured first-time players such as Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel.

Morgan hopes no proven PED users receive the necessary votes for enshrinement when votes are cast by Dec. 31.

“Steroid users knew they were taking a drug that physically improved how they played. Taking steroids is a decision. It’s the deliberate act of using chemistry to change how hard you hit and throw by changing what your body is made of,” wrote Morgan, who was first-ballot electee in 1990. “I and other Hall of Famers played hard all our lives to achieve what we did. I love this game and am proud of it. I hope the Hall of Fame’s standards won’t be lowered with the passage of time.

“For over eighty years, the Hall of Fame has been a place to look up to, where the hallowed halls honor those who played the game hard and right. I hope it will always remain that way.” 

FDA issues consumer warning on sports products that contain SARMs

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The Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer warning against supplement-like body building products that contain SARMs, or selective androgen receptor modulators.


Unlabeled Ingredients in ‘Herbal’ Supplements (body-building, weight-loss products) Causes Liver Injury

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WASHINGTON — Herbal products and supplements are frequently mislabeled and may contain unlisted ingredients that are harmful to the liver, researchers said here.

Of 272 herbal dietary supplements analyzed, 51% had inaccurate labels in which some or all of the listed ingredients were not detected in the product, Victor Navarro, MD, of the department of transplantation at the Einstein Healthcare Network, in Philadelphia, and colleagues found.

“Herbal supplements are a common cause of liver injury,” Navarro said at a press briefing at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. “There are lots of products that are difficult to identify what they are and what they’re used for.”

A group of investigators known as the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network, supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, collects cases of drug-induced liver injury; in 20% of cases, the injury was caused by dietary supplements, said Navarro, a member of the network. Many of the products are sold as body-building supplements or weight-loss supplements.

“A lot of the literature tells us supplements can be mislabeled or adulterated” — the latter occurring when something is secretly included to support the purpose for which it is being marketed, such as for sexual enhancement, he added.

Members of the 14-year-old network, which comprises six clinical centers and a data coordinating center, documented drug-induced liver injuries in 1,775 patients from 2003 to 2015. Of those, 375 reported taking at least one dietary supplement, and 101 patients contributed 337 supplement samples for analysis.

Of those samples, 272 had labels and were suitable for chemical analysis. Within that group, 96 products, taken by a total of 71 patients, were determined to be causes of liver injury.

Dietary supplements are regulated very differently from drugs, and they are not tested for safety, he pointed out. “If you look at the definition of a dietary supplement, it implies there is a deficiency in the diet.” While he and his colleagues can’t name a specific supplement to avoid, “When a provider is asked which supplements someone should take, if there’s no dietary deficiency, there is no reason to recommend that a patient should take supplements,” said Navarro.

Click here for video comments from study authors and discussants at AASLD 2017.

All of these injury cases have been reported to the FDA MedWatch database, he said. “Many products we have identified as having these ingredients are not even marketed any more, and that could [happen over] a matter of months … We’re at the leading edge of this; we’re going to have to tighten that association [between the products and the injuries] and that’s going to be a challenge. We’ve identified some products we’re convinced cause liver injury [but] right now it’s very circumstantial.”

One positive outcome of the study is that it highlights the fact that these herbal products contain ingredients that are unknown to the patients taking them, said Norah Turreault, MD, of the University of California San Francisco, who moderated the session where the research was presented. However, the researchers are being cautious because “establishing what’s in them that’s related to hepatotoxicity is where they’re really working to build a stronger causality argument … But some awareness that there are things in the products that are not labeled is an important message to get out.”