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New Year’s Resolution: Find Safe Supplements

New Year’s Resolution: Find Safe Supplements

Whey ProteinIn Part 1 of our newsletter on Dietary Supplements, we gave you an overview of the unregulated dietary supplement industry, how products become adulterated through deliberate use of prohibited ingredients by the supplement company or the cross contamination and poor quality control of the supplement manufacturer. In Part 2, we will discuss the challenges with the supplement purchasing process, the missing link to solving this problem, and how to determine if the products you are taken have been tested by a 3rd party lab to ensure they are clean and free of banned substances.… Continue Reading...

UFC suspends Carlos Diego Ferreira 17 months for doping violation


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USADA is deviating from a Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) sanction in the case of Carlos Diego Ferreira.

The UFC’s anti-doping partner suspended Ferreira for 17 months for admitted use of a banned substance and a positive drug test for another banned substance, USADA announced Wednesday.

The NAC only suspended Ferreira for one year back in June.… Continue Reading...

16 Year Old Girl Suspended for Doping

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BUDAPEST, Hungary — The International Weightlifting Federation has suspended 16-year-old  for four years and banned Yuliya Kalina for two years for doping.

The federation says Popovici, Romania’s national champion in the 48-kilogram category, tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol in an out-of-competition test.

Popovici, a member of the Botosani Sporting Club, tested positive after she won the national title this year.… Continue Reading...

Children as young as 12 using steroids

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Sheffield Hallam University is launching a new scheme to target doping in sport – after research showed children as young as 12 had admitted using performance enhancing drugs.

European-wide research by universities identified a number of children who had reported use of performance enhancing substances like anabolic steroids.

The SAFE YOU project also showed at least one in 10 young adult recreational exercisers had used anabolic steroids.… Continue Reading...

Why Men Have More Body Image Issues Than Ever

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How Hollywood ideals are messing with men’s heads, leading real-world guys to take dangerous drugs

Superheroes today are a lot more shredded than they used to be. The original Superman and Batman look almost willowy compared to our muscle-bursting modern-day versions.

That’s no coincidence. America is in the midst of a cultural shift in terms of the ideal male body image, and as the ideal man grows more muscular, men stuck in the real world with real bodies are growing less satisfied with theirs—with potentially dangerous medical consequences.

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Ex-USC football player pleads guilty to running drug ring


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Owen Hanson, a former USC football player accused of running an international drug ring, pled guilty Tuesday and agreed to a minimum prison sentence of 20 years.

US Magistrate Judge Mitchell Dembin of San Diego federal court said the sentence could be extended to life for Hanson’s admitted crimes of dealing hundreds of kilos of cocaine, heroin and steroids.… Continue Reading...

Adam Silver Responds to Allegations of PED Use in NBA

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Former NBA head coach George Karl alleged in his new book Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs and Poor Shot Selection that the NBA has a performance-enhancing drug problem it has yet to confront, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver responded to those claims at a press conference Thursday.… Continue Reading...

Another NFL player suspended: Cowboys’ Gregory banned one year for substance abuse

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Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy for the third time.

The NFL announced the suspension on Thursday. The punishment begins immediately and prevents Gregory from playing for Dallas in the playoffs.

All three of Gregory’s suspensions have come in the past year.… Continue Reading...

Carleton University football player suspended 2 years for doping

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Daniel McNicoll

Canada’s leading anti-doping agency has issued a two-year sports suspension to a Carleton University football player who tested positive for a banned substance following last year’s Panda Game.

Ravens defensive back Daniel McNicoll provided a urine sample to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) on Oct.1, 2016, the day Carleton took on the University of Ottawa in the annual cross-town classic.… Continue Reading...

Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids Pose a Critical Health Issue



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More research is needed to address the critical health problems associated with the use of anabolic-androgenic steroids among American men, according to Harrison G. Pope, MD, MPH, writing in a new opinion paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Pope is the director of the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory at McLean Hospital, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and first author of the Viewpoint paper.… Continue Reading...