Steroid Abuse Affecting All of Baseball

Well another one bites the dust. Yes David Ortiz the drug crazed lunatic seeking a little more “scratch” has imbibed, and to no surprise. but wait…will he make to the HOF (Hall of Fame)? Of course, along with A-Rod and Mark and Miguel…list is getting long isn’t it? More names will be added very soon!

The question of many is did the influence of performance enhancing drugs play a key role in the WS 2004 and 2007? Shall we investigate?

David Ortiz well actually David Arias (yes he was the player to be named later) played 6 seasons for the Minnesota Twins and amassed a mere 58 home runs. High School players produce more than that and in only four years and 100 games. the Red Sox saw something but what could it be? Acquiring Ortiz was thought to be a very smart move on behalf of the front office, however now, with recent allegations, many have a different opinion. Could it be to make his Dominican presence a stabilizing factor to the other crazed drug fiend already present on the team, Mr. Manny Ramirez?

Could it be they saw a youngster who really wasn’t good at all trying to make a mark in the national pastime and could easily be coerced into steroids thus earning them a trip to the WS after so long? Make up your own mind.

• 200; 41 Homeruns, 139 RBI’s (runs batted in) pretty good! he put on the Boston garb in 2003, when steroids became an issue, and already has more Homeruns and …


Steroids in Baseball: Will the Controversy Ever End?

Normally all the discussion in the baseball off-season would be about trades, new prospects, free agent signings and other “hot stove” topics. Today, the discussion is about steroids and other “performance-enhancing drugs” that are apparently being used in baseball. While many people would like to be talking about batting averages, injury reports, and roster moves, they are stuck talking about syringes, congressional hearings, and which person under oath is actually lying to the government. The issue has become less about sports, and more about litigation, press releases, and “spin control”. It seems unlikely that this topic will be resolved anytime soon, for several main reasons.

How much, how many, how long?

More than any other professional sport, baseball is about records and statistics. Even the casual fan knows who has the home run record, but do football fans know who the all-time reception leader is? Do basketball fans know who the all-time rebounding king is? Baseball records are somewhat hallowed, which makes “the steroid era” a particularly troublesome issue. People want to have a sense that those wonderful records were attained by mostly “fair” play.

Steroids taints certain records and forces people to ask whether they will always have a cloud or an “asterisk” over them? Obviously every era of baseball is different due to equipment, training regimens and facilities. However, how do you judge an era where there is alleged steroid use but no one knows how much, how many, or how long? What happens if someone was a star in this era but was totally clean? Do they …


Hyperemesis Gravidarum : Morning Sickness on Steroid

The bouts of nausea would wash over me like a flood, my body would go weak and my eyes dark. It was almost as if someone gave me a right hand uppercut and I was down for the count. Finding out I was two months pregnant and not in the best of circumstances was enough to tax my mind. Having to go through Hyperemesis Gravidarum was an added burden that taxed both my mind and body.

The bathroom became my closest friend. The kids some distant relatives who were left to fend for themselves, A cooked meal was a thing of the past, Only necessary things such as school and work uniforms and underwear’s were laundered. The house hadn’t been cleaned for weeks.

The vomiting was out of control. As I was done one round and got up to leave it would start again. A mixture of things I couldn’t decipher since I hadn’t eaten, but most of it just green. I couldn’t understand why I was throwing up so much . I had gone through two previous pregnancies and my body did not react this way.

The green stuff was bitter and horrible, I later found out it was bile. It would flow from my mouth like a pipe fully turned on. I couldn’t eat. I had tried all the usual, the dry crackers, ginger, nothing worked. I couldn’t drink water or tea. There was nothing I ate that stayed down. It’s like HG and I were playing a cat and mouse game. I’d try to eat to see …


Steroids…Why Not?

Houston Texans Linebacker Brian Cushing recently tested positive for a performance enhancing drug. The Associated Press even revoted on his rookie of the year honor as defensive rookie of the year. Some changed their vote, some did not.

The most glaring part of this debate is the absence of perspective. Think about this…if you had the chance to take steroids and move up about four rounds in the NFL draft to become a first rounder, and you could make about $10 million more then why not do it? That one decision could affect the rest of your life. The decision could affect your family’s financial outlook for generations to come. If you get caught, like Brian Cushing, you only get a four game suspension, but you get to keep your massive signing bonus and outrageously large contract.

In an age where it is no surprise when another athlete gets caught, it seems like our sports culture has already created an even playing field without regulation. Meaning, they are all using. But how much do we really care? We loved it when we thought Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa were hitting homerun after homerun with sheer uncontaminated strength. Looking back, that is still one of the greatest seasons I can remember with or without steroids. Regardless of drug use, I wish I could relive it again.

American sports resemble cycling more and more. The only thing more clear than using steroids helps athletic achievement is that those who did not use in this era should ultimately be commended. Actually, commendation sounds …


Gynecomastia and Other Harmful Effects of Using Steroids

Talk of steroids has been in the news quite a bit lately, what with Barry Bonds dominating the sporting world with suspicion of his steroid usage and the recent discovery of pitcher Jason Grimsley having access to substances banned by Major League Baseball. It is hard to fathom why these players would tempt fate and the wrath of the league, but the temptation of performing better must far outweigh the consequences. Whether or not these players know the harmful effects of steroids are unknown, but there are many that affect both men and women.

People use steroids to gain muscle mass and become bigger. Coupled with the increased muscle mass is a rise in bone growth, and an increase in one’s appetite. There are many reasons as to why someone would choose to use steroids, but it would appear that anyone that uses steroids has learned of its harmful effects at some point in his/her life. Nonetheless, the apparent results allow users to take the chance, when the odds are not in their favor. Listed below are the harmful effects of steroid use in both men and women.

Men experience harmful effects that, essentially, strip them of their masculinity. The increase of estrogen allows the men who use steroids to obtain more female features.

• Men can receive abnormal breast growth, called Gynecomastia.
• Men’s testicles can shrink in size and also cease to function. This is called testicular atrophy.
• Prostate cancer is another potential side effect of steroid use.

Women, just like men, receive side effects that have …


An Overview of Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are usually prescribed to relieve pain, inflammation and stiffness. They are commonly administered in the treatment of arthritic conditions, they do not provide a cure of alter progress; therefore they are frequently prescribed alongside other drugs.

NSAIDs are effective in the relief of mild to moderate pain, and are commonly prescribed for certain types of back pain, menstrual pain, headaches, and pain resulting from soft tissue injuries.

Probably the strongest NSAID, and one of the oldest, is Phenylbutazone. Introduced in 1949, this drug has been illegally used to dope race horses. Phenylbutazone can impair the formation of red blood cells within the bone marrow; therefore it is no longer commonly prescribed, except maybe for relief of the pain, inflammation and stiffness involved in the condition known as Ankylosing Spondylitis.

NSAIDs are usually manufactured in tablet, capsule, and liquid form, or as a gel or cream for topical application. When swallowed, the drug is rapidly absorbed from the digestive system. The most common side effects are nausea, indigestion and changes in bowel activity. Topical NSAIDs produce little or no side effects.

NSAIDs are known to irritate the gastrointestinal tract and prolonged use can cause bleeding in the stomach and/or the duodenum. It is for this reason that NSAIDs are not normally prescribed for those with a history of peptic ulcers.

In some cases, when it is discovered that certain NSAIDs have created gastric problems, an enteric coated tablet can sometimes be prescribed. This enables the drug to be absorbed within the intestine, therefore avoiding complications within …


Mark McGwire Steroids Story Not Shocking

The Mark McGwire steroids story doesn’t seem to be surprising many people. Broadcasters, bloggers and writers across the country are not shocked that Mark McGwire did steroids.

If you haven’t heard, Mark McGwire admitted his steroid use today. He came clean. The McGwire steroids story seems just like the other stories where athletes have admitted steroid use. This story is, however, different for many reasons. It’s also the same old story we’ve heard repeatedly during this baseball so called steroids era.

Mark McGwire waited a long time to admit his use. I personally think it’s great that he came clean and admitted his steroid use.The problem is that the general consensus around baseball and baseball fans was the McGwire steroids use was a done deal a long time ago. Everyone knew it. Nobody thought he’d ever come clean about it.
Mark McGwire was the one big star most people thought did steroids but believed they would never have it confirmed.

Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds were also obvious names that were tossed around when it came to steroid use. People just assumed that Mark McGwire was in the same company. People seemed to just acknowledge that McGwire did steroids even if he said he didn’t or had never previously admitted it. It was something that was just accepted in the baseball fan world.

Why was it allowed to happen? Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire put on one of the most fascinating shows ever with a home run chase that would have stood for ages. Now that has been tarnished. We …


Does the NFL Need to Tweak Its Steroid Policy to Allow for Lesser Suspensions?

When Bears fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo saw his name on the ESPN bottom-line ticker, he couldn’t believe his eyes.

It said that he had been suspended four games for violating the league’s anti-steroid policy. And while the four-game suspension was entirely true, the second part was not. Ayanbadejo actually hadn’t take any steroids, just an anti-estrogen supplement that he claims to have taken on accident.

But even though Ayanbadejo had a good reputation around the league as being a clean player and it was proven that he only took this supplement for about 3-4 weeks, he still got the same four-game suspension that players who use steroids or HGH for longer periods of time would have gotten.

The hard part in all of this is deciding whether to believe Ayanbadejo’s word, but he seemed genuine and forthcoming on ESPN’s “Jim Rome is Burning,” saying that he has hired nutritionists in the past and has been diligent about checking everything he’s put into his body. I know, I know, they all say that.

But even so, Ayanbadejo has a point because players that are accused of crimes and/or caught in adverse situations off the field at least have the chance to tell their side of the story and be judged, whether to the courts or to commissioner Roger Goodell.

Ayanbadejo also believes that the intent of the player being busted for a banned substance should be taken into account, much like how players’ intents in cases involving off-the-field incidents are weighed when levying any kind of punishment.

He at least wanted to …


A-Rod Steroid Scandal: Rodriguez Tested Positive in 2003

Alex Rodriguez has always been a private guy and a guy whose play has been affected by the amount of scrutiny that is placed upon him.

Now, he’s going to have deal with more attention and scrutiny than ever before in his career after ESPN reported A-Rod tested positive for steroids in 2003 during his MVP season with the Texas Rangers.

A-Rod to Be Traded by Yankees?

At this point Alex Rodriguez’s trade value considering his massive salary has to be about as low as it’s ever been and the Yankees might have to release him.

His play will probably suffer and the media spotlight (or should i say circus) will probably be absolutely unbearable at times.

The A-Rod steroid scandal has the potential to be even bigger than Barry Bonds because A-Rod is such a quiet, unassuming guy who has at least tried to be nice to the media unlike Bonds.

It casts an even bigger cloud of suspicion over the rest of MLB now and will even further taint a lot of the records that have recently been set in baseball.

Maybe historians will have to view this era completely differently than others and just call it the “steroid era.”…


The Physical Effects of Anabolic Steroid Abuse

Steroids work. It is naive to overlook the efficacy of steroids in building muscle. Steroids increase physical endurance, muscle bulk and strength. In one cycle alone anabolic steroids may increase the user’s weight by several pounds, most of which is represented by muscle.

Many of the effects of steroids are obvious and fairly immediate. These include a rapid rise in muscle bulk and acne. But the more worrying effects are well hidden, and these may not manifest themselves until much later in life. As a result, it is easy for steroid users to dismiss warnings of medical dangers. In an understandable effort to dissuade people from using steroids, some of the medical dangers have been exaggerated. For example, there have been a few cases of liver cancer caused by megadosing on steroids, but the average steroid user is unlikely to know anyone suffering from this effect. As a result of these true but exaggerated warnings, there is a real danger that all the warnings will be dismissed as sanctimonious bunkum.

Anabolic steroid may have bad effects on liver, especially for anabolic steroid that is taken orally. There has been extensive study on the effect of anabolic steroid to liver. It is known that anabolic steroid usage has decrease the excretory function of liver. It may also cause hepatic peliosis, a liver degeneration that results in fatal bleeding due cystic rupture. There are also reports on benign and malign tumors on liver after excessive anabolic steroid usage. As mentioned in, there is strong proof that the tumor is caused by …