May 20, 2009

Sports & Steroids (very controversial)

Let’s be clear, I do not condone the use use of steroids.

If an organization such as the MLB has banned a substance, irregardless of whether prescribed by a physician, everyone MUST be on the same playing field.

I would just like to point out some facts.

Let’s talk about steroids use for a second.

Our society has always looked down on the use of steroids and condemned it as very dangerous.  Which it can be very dangerous when  not used properly.  All drugs must be closely supervised by a doctor to ensure proper dosage and usage.

Think about it for a second.

If you have have a headache, you can get rid of it by taking an aspirin.

Or you may prescribe to the more is better approach and take ten of them to kill the pain.

Not only is this dangerous with steroids but with anything in life.

Okay let me get this off my chest right now.  There is something I have had on my mind for a very long time and now with the Manny Ramirez subject it lets me get this off my chest.


For example, imagine you are a guy and you want to increase muscle tone and decrease fat.  The results will be that you look better feel better and will boost your self esteem. This is the same exact reason most woman (especially here in southern California) get plastic surgery.

You have worked out, tried everything, nothing works.You go to the doctor to see if he will supervise you on anabolic steroids for cosmetic purposes.

Most doctors and society will frown upon you and label you as out of line.

However the same person, that same guy, can wake up in the morning and decide that he wants to become a woman.  He  will have an easier time becoming a woman than  a manlier man. Society in general doesn’t seem to dare to say anything about that.

recently I saw a documentary titled “Bigger, Stronger, Faster”  in which there are three documented cases of deaths attributed to steroid abuse per year.

Do you know how many people die each year from tobacco, alcohol and other prescription drugs.

Again I want to be very clear that I do not condone the use of steroids unless it is supervised and controlled by a medical professional.

Going back to Manny Ramirez, he knew from the get go that the use of HCG (human chronic gonadotropin ) is illegal in the MLB whether prescribed or not.

Manny Ramirez should have known better.

Leave me a comment and let me know what your thoughts are on the subject.

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May 21, 2009

Steve Cote @ 4:34 am

Although my job is largely comprised of eating, drinking, and entertaining with Chinese lawyers and businessmen, I have managed to lose about 15 pounds. This is because I must walk to work every day (about a mile each way) and usually only eat fruits and vegetables The way they prepare the veggies over here makes it an absolute joy to eat them. Thank you and the nutritionist (who’s name escapes me right now) for this great tip.

I couldn’t agree with you more about steroids. I am totally opposed to their ban in baseball because they are “performance enhancing drugs.” If I pay $60 for a ticket, I want enhanced performance! I read the Mitchell Report and have seen a couple of documentaries on public tv about steroids and there is very little evidence of the harmful side effects when prescribed and taken properly, but there is much evidence of the benefits. The detractors talk about the violence it induces. Nonsense. When the lady in Texas drowned her 5 children, nobody blamed it on steroids. When Timothy McVeigh blew up Oklahoma City, the Korean kid killed 32 people at Virgina Tech, and the kids from Columbine shot up their classmates, nobody blamed it on steroids.

In fact, the only scientific fact that has been proven is that when you inject testosterone, it causes your testicles to produce less because it is not needed making it very difficult to impregnate a woman. Isn’t that every professional traveling athletes dream? Just ask Dirk Nowitski and Steve Garvey.

I will see you and Maria in July when I get back.

June 17, 2009

Dr. Saman @ 5:15 pm

You are so funny Steve. Have fun and I will see you back

May 21, 2009

Jay @ 5:05 am

U are the man. It’s always been my beliefs. The problem i too many people worry about what others may think. Your not a juicehead if your balancing out your own hormones to help you feel better. What’s wrong with looking and feeling like your 25 years old. As long as u don’t abuse your fine. If you try to replenish potassium or vitamin c there are negative side effects.

Just go under the care of a physician to monitor your program.

Thanks Sam great article, anyone needs more info let me know

June 17, 2009

Dr. Saman @ 5:15 pm

Exactly my point Jay. Well put.

Annmarie Mayes @ 5:01 pm

I have no problem with anyone doing what they want to their bodies. If they cant work hard enough to get the results they want then why not take something to get the look you want instead of working harder? That is the problem with our society, there is never a “good enough” attitude. You can have all the money you could ever spend, but you always want more. You can have plastic surgery and look good, but its not “good enough” so you want more. More…more..more..what a society we live in. However, when these are professional athletes and the substance is banned, then they have a choice, work harder in the gym and be the best that your body allows you to be or juice up and get caught. It’s as simple as that. These guys are so juiced it must affect their brain cells to think they wont get caught. What a message to our kids.

Dr. Saman @ 5:23 pm

You are so right Annmarie. We live in a society that nothing is food enough. That can be a blessing and a curse. I guess one of the reason that we are the #1 nation in the world is because of this attitude. If you go to most other countries they are happy living in small apartments, drive the bus to work and have a simple life just working 25 hours a week.
In our great country we work 40-60 hours a week to better ourselves but are we really doing that? That’s a whole different blog post. I can tell you one thing and that’s when someone is in trouble they always call on United States to help. Why because we work hard to get where we are at. Unfortunately sometimes at a cost.

April 28, 2010

Jeremy @ 6:21 pm

I agree they should be allowed in certain sports as well as available under the close monitoring of a physcian. But over the counter access should not be allowed.

Dr. Saman @ 9:28 pm

I agree 100% Jeremy