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.”

Sailor’s Energy Drink Withdrawal Highlights Navy’s Workload Problems

A selection of energy drinks located at the Navy Exchange in Bahrain.Energy drink abuse has long been reported as a problem within the services, particularly in combat zones.

MANAMA, Bahrain — Sitting in his air-conditioned hotel room, Petty Officer 2nd Class Marcus Salmon began to sweat profusely.

As he was overtaken by body tremors, he could barely muster enough energy to crawl out of his bed. After spending a few minutes with his head in a freezer to cool down, he called a co-worker, who was already on her way to pick him up for work, and asked her to bring him some food and a drink.

“After I called her, I basically crawled over to the door,” he said. “I opened it up and crawled back over and just sat there.”

He didn’t know what was wrong with him. He would later learn that the culprit was his daily consumption of energy drinks.

With focus increasing on the Navy‘s long work schedules and sleep deprivation after collisions that resulted in a combined 17 deaths aboard two ships, the service’s medical professionals are warning sailors about the dangers of excessive energy drink intake.

Energy drink abuse has long been reported as a problem within the services, particularly in combat zones. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study in 2010 showed that soldiers and Marines deployed to Afghanistan who consumed three or more energy drinks per day were more likely to sleep less than four hours per night, and more likely to fall asleep during duty.

The Navy’s recent accidents led senators to question whether sleep deprivation might be partially to blame. Sen. John McCain asked Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson last month whether some sailors were working 100-hour weeks on board ships, to which Richardson replied, “I will not deny that.”

A Navy internal message last month ordered ship commanders to develop watch schedules that align more closely to natural sleep rhythms. The Navy is also supplementing crews and studying sleep deprivation aboard its ships, Richardson said during Senate testimony.

Besides the potential for hindering operations, excessive energy drink use poses long-term health problems for servicemembers.

With 54 grams of sugar in a NOS Energy Drink — Salmon’s drink of choice — just one can exceeds the daily recommended limit of 36 grams for men and 25 grams for women. NOS also contains more than 200 milligrams of caffeine. The daily recommended limit for a healthy adult is 400 milligrams.

“The No. 1 thing is cardiac problems,” said Lt. Matthew Farnham, health promotions coordinator at the Bahrain naval clinic. “So, you’re looking at arrhythmias. You’re looking at long-term heart enlargement, because after a while your heart’s beating at such a speed that over time your heart can enlarge, and that can cause problems over time.”

The Navy has long had a reputation for running on caffeine. Years ago, it seemed aboard a ship that half the crew had a coffee cup in their hands. Since ultra-caffeinated beverages hit the shelves, the younger generation seems to prefer a quicker pick-me-up and a sweeter taste.

“The marketing is geared toward those younger guys,” Farnham said. “And then we supply — if you go to any of the (exchange stores) it’s there and there’s tons of it.”

Energy drinks were part of Salmon’s daily routine for more than five years, with few days off. He said life aboard his ship years before the recent incident helped him form the habit.

“I would wake up in the morning, stop by the store and grab a NOS,” he said. “I drink one of those, maybe drink another one during the day, depending on how long the work day was. If I knew it was going to be a long work day I’d get the one liter can of it.”

Salmon said he knows many other sailors who ingest the same amount or more daily. A co-worker on the ship showed him his own cache.

“He’s got a little spot for socks and shirts, and he’s got a whole larger spot dedicated to nothing but energy drinks,” Salmon said. “I started looking around and it seems like that’s a common trend.

“Just the work schedule, you know,” Salmon said. “Long hours, short break, long hours, so you got to keep going.”

Salmon had just arrived at his new duty station when the tremors began. He hadn’t had his usual energy drink intake.

Food helped a little. He was able to walk the short distance to the base medical clinic, but they immediately sent him to the local hospital.

“Once I got there they thought I had diabetes, because my sugar level was at like 256,” Salmon said.

Normal blood sugar levels for a person should be less than 100 milligrams per deciliter after fasting for eight hours and less than 140 milligrams per deciliter two hours after eating.

Salmon is a fit, healthy-looking guy. He goes to the gym regularly. He has a relatively healthy diet. He had never been told he had high blood sugar before.

The hospital kept him overnight. He later called his mother, a nurse, to tell her what happened. She mentioned that he might be withdrawing from energy drinks.

“Sure enough, I looked it up online and the symptoms seemed to match,” he said.

Many sailors have no idea how much caffeine they consume in a day. Pre-workout drinks and supplements are also very popular and can cause similar problems.

“It’s not just the energy drinks, but a lot of these pre-workouts are just chock full of caffeine,” Farnham said. “Who knows what could happen (to Salmon) after consuming caffeine like that after a couple of years, especially to his heart?”

Salmon now closely monitors his caffeine intake, but he says the problem among other sailors isn’t going away.

“The amount of work with the amount of sleep that you get — honestly we don’t have a choice,” he said. “We have to have something to keep us up, to keep us going.”

Six Gatesville, TX high school players suspended – Steroids supplied by former coach

District 13-4A superintendents voted 3-1 Friday to suspend for 30 days six Gatesville High School players accused of using steroids provided by a former coach.

The ruling by the District Executive Committee at the 11:30 a.m. meeting in Lampasas takes effect today and has no impact on games played prior to tonight. An emergency appeal by the players and Gatesville ISD is being made to a state executive committee meeting at 3 p.m. today at Georgetown ISD.

In July, GISD launched an investigation after an unknown caller accused a coach of injecting players with testosterone during summer workouts at the school. The coach later resigned and was not charged with any criminal activity. Gatesville ISD, per local policy, suspended the six players for the first scrimmage of the season against Glen Rose, but allowed the players to play in seven regular-season contests after they passed drug testing administered by the district.

Burnet CISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett first learned about the situation on Sept. 14 when it was brought to his attention in a casual conversation and later on that same day by email. He reached out to the UIL for instruction on what to do on Sept. 19 and again on Sept. 27 when he did not receive a response from the UIL after his first attempt. The UIL answered the second email saying he should use the District Executive Committee for a decision, and so he did.

Many reports have claimed that the inquiry came the week of Burnet’s game versus Gatesville, but that was inaccurate information. McBurnett presented a timeline at the meeting representing when all of these conversations and emails took place. 

The six players in question admitted at Friday morning’s DEC meeting to having been injected with performance-enhancing drugs during their workouts. Superintendents from China Spring ISD, Lampasas ISD and La Vega ISD all voted to suspend the players, while the superintendent of Liberty Hill ISD voted against the suspension.

Burnet CISD was not allowed to vote, as it brought the charges to the committee, while Gatesville ISD could not vote as the impacted school district.

An attorney for the players argued Friday the DEC has no governing policy to hand out punishment to the players since it would have been governed by local policy, which is what Gatesville ISD used to administer its own punishments in the case. He also argued they did not break state law as they did not actually “possess” any drugs on school property.

Supplements: What is third party certification?

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Third-party certification organizations provide independent testing to evaluate supplements and their ingredients. Although this does not ensure the effectiveness of a product, certification programs do verify that a product is of high quality, consists of the ingredients listed on the label, and does not include any undeclared ingredients. Note that such testing is essentially a snapshot in time of a particular product and is no guarantee that future batches will be the same.

The most prominent organizations that offer third-party certification are NSF International, United States Pharmacopeia (USP), Informed-Choice, ConsumerLab, and Banned Substances Control Group (BSCG). One program, NSF’s Certified for Sport®, ensures that sports-oriented products do not contain banned substances. They also conduct safety reviews to evaluate whether the combinations of ingredients in these products might pose harm. A certification/seal is provided to appear on the label of the approved product upon completion of the certification process.

Energy drinks cost new father part of his skull, wife claims

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A woman is claiming that her husband’s habit of “excessive energy drink consumption” caused him to suffer the brain hemorrhage that ultimately cost him part of his skull.

Brianna, who did not reveal her last name, wrote on Facebook that her husband Austin started consuming the energy drinks “when he started working longer hours and commuting,” AOL reports.


 The two were also expecting their first child together when Austin suffered the severe medical complication that his doctors blamed on energy drinks, wrote Brianna in a post that has since been removed from Facebook.


“Being pregnant is supposed to be one of the most amazing journeys you will ever embark on,” Brianna wrote. “You’re creating a new life. You are experiencing unconditional love for someone you have not even met.”

Austin’s accident happened when Brianna was nine months pregnant, she wrote. She said she went to bed, then woke up to a life-changing scene.

“I still remember my mother in law waking me up that morning. ‘Austin had an accident,’” she said. “All I knew was that my husband was in the hospital. The worst part? I didn’t know why.”

Brianna wrote that her husband had suffered a brain hemorrhage, and says doctors blamed it on “excessive energy drink consumption” after running a toxicology screen and ruling out drugs.

Austin was already in surgery by the time Brianna and family arrived at the hospital. It wasn’t until nearly five hours later that she got to see her husband, Brianna wrote.

“The next day was round two of brain surgery. Following this were strokes, seizures, swelling, and more things we weren’t prepared for. There was a moment, sitting by his hospital bed, just praying he would be okay, that I knew I would never give up on him. No matter how messy our life would become. I was going to be by his side through all of it.”

Judging by photos shared of Austin and Brianna shared on Endres Photography’s Facebook page — which, too, appear to have been removed from the site — doctors had removed part of Austin’s skull during his surgeries. 

Brianna, meanwhile, was still unsure of her husband’s fate. “After two weeks of living in a hospital, wondering if he would survive or be taken from us, [the family] made our way back home. The time had come for me to deliver our baby.”

Austin was still in the hospital when Brianna delivered their baby, but she said that “a beautiful miracle happened as I delivered our son. Austin woke up.”

“I went about a week without seeing him. I thought about him every day. I cried as I looked at my child who looked just like his daddy. When the baby was only a week old, I left him with my in-laws. I knew I needed to see Austin. I needed to tell him that our baby was here,” she said.


In her final paragraph on Facebook, Brianna wrote:

“Our life isn’t normal. There are doctors visits and hospital trips- so many that I loose[sic] count. But we are here. Fighting. I wake up every day to take care of our beautiful little boy and my husband. I prepare the meals, do physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. I help him with personal hygiene. I help him walk. I help him with every aspect of his life. And in between these tasks I take care of our very busy eight month old. It is hard, and I am tired, but we make the most of it. He isn’t the same man I fell in love with, but I still fall further everyday, We are fighting to help him recover. To make his life better.”

The couple has declined requests for an interview.

Bone Broth Protein tested: found steroids, chemical pesticides, pharmaceuticals, more

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TUCSON, Ariz. (October 5, 2017) – The non-profit Consumer Wellness Center has completed testing of eight popular bone broth and bone broth protein products to determine the possible presence of chemical pesticides, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, toxicological chemicals and food additive chemicals.

No companies paid the CWC to be included or excluded from these tests. All products were purchased from in the year 2017. Lot numbers of each product tested are included in the full results. No one involved in this testing has any financial stake in the success or failure of any bone broth product.

Tests were conducted by, an ISO-accredited analytical laboratory headed by Mike Adams, author of Food Forensics. Adams is a published science author whose papers have appeared in the LC/GC science journal and the Natural Science Journal. Adams is noted for co-developing a pioneering LC-MS-TOF method for quantitation of cannabinoids in hemp extracts. He’s also an inventor with two patents approved by the U.S. patent office; one patent describes an invention for the removal of radioactive cesium isotopes from the human body following nuclear events. Another patent describes an invention for removing toxic heavy metals from the digestive tract through the use of ion exchange technology.

As a pioneer in forensic food science, Adams has also spearheaded science warnings over lead in rice protein products and zeolites “detox” supplements. Adams does not sell bone broth products and has no financial conflicts of interest with the bone broth product industry.

Chemical analytes were confirmed using five different scientific analysis methods. Those methods, encompassed in LC-MS-TOF analysis, include accurate mass, retention time, isotopic ratios, isotopic spacing and ion fragmentation “fingerprint” analysis. Adams explains the science behind the analysis in a one-hour press release video to be posted at

A summary of the findings is offered below, but full details of the results are being released exclusively through Good Gopher Mail, a free online email system developed by Adams to bypass scientific censorship of Google, Facebook and other internet gatekeepers that routinely censor science conducted in the public interest. Users may sign up for new Good Gopher Mail accounts at

Bone broth product brands tested

  • Ancient Nutrition
  • Jarrow Formulas
  • Sports Research
  • PrecisionNaturals
  • Left Coast
  • LonoLife

Some of the things found in bone broth products

(Note: Not all chemicals were found in all products. This is an aggregate summary. For detailed results, see the full announcement via Good Gopher Mail.)

  • Antibiotics and Antimicrobials
  • Multiple Insecticides, including an organophosphate chemical
  • Multiple prescription drugs
  • Parabens
  • Steroids

Selected highlights of what the lab tests found

Ancient Nutrition: Bone Broth Protein Meal (Chocolate Creme)Was found to contain:


Ancient Nutrition: Bone Broth Protein (Coffee)Was found to contain:

Butylparaben (Butyl paraben)

Ancient Nutrition: Bone Broth CollagenWas found to contain:

Dipropyl isocinchomeronate (MGK-326)

Jarrow Formulas: Beyond Bone Broth (Chicken)Was found to contain:

Dipropyl isocinchomeronate (MGK-326)

Sports Research: Bone Broth Protein (with Collagen)Was found to contain:


PrecisionNaturals: Bone Broth Protein PowderWas found to contain:


Left Coast: Bone Broth Protein Powder (Natural)Was found to contain:


LonoLife: Savory Chicken Bone Broth (Paleo)Was found to contain:


Anti-steroid advocate Don Hooton talks about impact Dr. Gary Wadler had on protecting kids

Dr. Gary Wadler, seen here testifying during a hearing on Capitol Hill to examine the use of steroids in baseball in 2005, died Tuesday. He was 78.

Dr. Gary Wadler, seen here testifying during a hearing on Capitol Hill to examine the use of steroids in baseball in 2005, died Tuesday. He was 78.

In the immediate aftermath of his son’s suicide in July 2003, when Don Hooton struggled to understand the hows and the whys connected to Taylor Hooton’s death, all the while navigating through unimaginable grief, Don Hooton says a comment a member of the Plano, Texas law enforcement had made to Don Hooton resonated loudly.

The detective, Hooton says, had inferred that the steroids authorities had found in Taylor’s bedroom might be connected to his suicide. Hooton says that his son suffered from depression and was prone to outbursts, both common symptoms of hardcore steroid users.

“My first instinct was to go to work to find out why,” Hooton told the Daily News in an email. “I began feverishly looking for information and for experts that were willing to talk to me. One of the names that came up regularly was Dr. Gary Wadler.”

Hooton, the founder and the executive chairman of the non-profit Taylor Hooton Foundation – whose mission is to educate the youth in America about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs and unregulated dietary supplements – spoke fondly of the friendship and impact Wadler had on him and the foundation following Wadler’s death Tuesday. Wadler was 78.

“I called Dr. Wadler and he was more than willing to spend time with me on multiple calls helping me understand the causal relationship between anabolic steroid usage and severe depression and, therefore, suicide. During one of our many conversations, Gary suggested that we form a non-profit organization to raise awareness about the widespread scope of the problem and to educate parents about what to look for that might tell them that their kids are using,” said Hooton. “So, in early 2004, we filed our paperwork and formed an IRS-approved non-profit. Dr. Wadler was our first chairman of our board of directors and we got to work together for a number of years on this cause.

“Since then, we have educated well over one million adults and kids across the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Along the way, the board unanimously elected (Wadler) Chairman Emeritus where he has remained ever since,” added Hooton.

Wadler’s wife, Nancy, told The News that it was the one phone call between her husband and Hooton “which started everything.”

“Gary said to Don, ‘Why don’t you start a foundation, and find a way to make this a meaningful journey?’” said Nancy Wadler.

Don Hooton posses for a photo in a room with remembrances of his late son Taylor Hooton at his home Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in McKinney, Texas.

Don Hooton posses for a photo in a room with remembrances of his late son Taylor Hooton at his home Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in McKinney, Texas.


A year after Taylor’s death, in July 2004, Hooton testified at a Senate hearing in which former Vice President and Sen. Joe Biden and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) presided. In 2005, when the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on performance-enhancing drug use in baseball, both Hooton and Wadler testified before committee members.

“Gary was a fierce advocate for clean sport,” said Travis Tygart, the chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. “He was selfless in his service and his impact on the movement is immeasurable.”

Wadler, a Long Island internist, and who was also the former chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List and Methods Committee, died from complications of a neurodegenerative disease called multiple system atrophy, his wife said.

“It’s rare, and it’s confused with Parkinson’s,” Nancy Wadler said.

Gary Wadler, who is survived by his wife, a daughter and son, two grandchildren and a brother, was a frequent voice in media coverage of the doping issue in sports during the last two decades. And it was Wadler’s years-long friendship with Hooton that helped propel the Taylor Hooton Foundation to the forefront of the anti-doping movement.

“I will always cherish the time that I got to work with Dr. Wadler and admire his intellect and compassion on this important topic,” said Hooton. “He was certainly ahead of his time in recognizing the importance and danger of this growing epidemic. He will be missed.”

Dr. Gary I Wadler, doping expert, dead at 78

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Gary Wadler, the Long Island physician and early authority on performance-enhancing drugs in sports whose extensive resume of titles, appointments, memberships and honors included the International Olympic Committee’s President’s Prize, died Tuesday morning. He was 78.

Nancy Wadler said her husband had been suffering from Multiple System Atrophy, a rare neurodegenerative disorder, for more than five years and most recently had been in hospice care at their Port Washington apartment.

 “He was a great physician,” Nancy Wadler said. “He never saw a patient for 15 minutes; he saw them for an hour. And he never told a patient bad news on a Friday because he didn’t want to ruin anybody’s weekend.”
Wadler’s 1989 book, “Drugs and the Athlete,” was a seminal work in its field and was followed by scores of articles, and regular participation in international conferences, dealing with sports doping. When the World Anti-Doping Agency was founded in 2000, Wadler became the only American on the organization’s committee to determine the official list of banned substances. The 1993 IOC president’s award was in recognition of his work in that area.

After 16-year-old Texas high school pitcher Taylor Hooton’s 2003 suicide, which his parents believed resulted from steroid withdrawal depression, it was Wadler who encouraged Hooton’s father to create a foundation to raise steroid awareness among young athletes, coaches and parents. In 2005, Major League Baseball formed a $1 million partnership with the Taylor Hooton Foundation to further that cause.

Wadler also created a drug treatment center at North Shore University Hospital and a drug-education program for Nassau schools. In July, North Shore named its dialysis center for Gary and Nancy Wadler.

Beyond his private practice as an internist in Manhasset, Wadler served as associate professor of clinical medicine at NYU, as medical advisor to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, as a trustee for the American College of Sports Medicine and chairman of the American Ballet Theatre’s medical advisory board. In 2008, he edited the book, “The Healthy Dancer” as an ABT guideline.

Never a competitive athlete, Wadler nevertheless became a key player in the elite sports world after volunteering to serve as U.S. Open tennis tournament physician in 1980.

In his role with the Open, he made two especially newsworthy diagnoses — of the mysterious toxoplasmosis, a viral infection caught from her pet cat that derailed No. 1 Martina Navratilova’s 1982 title bid, and the solution of Jimmy Connors’ cramping from dehydration by prohibiting Connors’ soda intake, augmenting Connors’ surprising run to the 1991 semifinals at 39.

But it was an unexpected 1986 request by representatives of the pro men’s tennis tour, that Wadler submit to a urine test to demonstrate that no one associated with the Open was exempt from drug screening, that triggered his curiosity in doping issues.

Wadler also was board chairman and president of the Nassau County Sports Commission which, among other activities, won the 12-city bidding that placed the Women’s Sports Foundation at Eisenhower Park in 1993. In the mid 1990s, in a rare Wadler project that didn’t materialize, he worked to relocate the Mets to Nassau County, with a new stadium envisioned adjacent to Belmont Racetrack.

Along the way, Wadler met Jackie Robinson, who had lost his son to a drug-related death, worked closely with tennis great Billie Jean King, and became so widely known during his global travels that he once got a Christmas card from Sweden’s Queen Silvia.

Besides his wife, who works in intellectual property law, Wadler is survived by his son David, daughter Erika and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:30 at Riverside Nassau North Chapels in Great Neck.