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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
June 4, 2019
There is a lot of stuff that is inherently bad for us in this world. Living in a city can be bad for our health due to the exhaust. Living in the country can be bad for our health considering your are displaced from medical help. And bears. Bears seems to be a big problem according to the media. Cars can be bad because the breaks can go out or something and severely injure or kill you. Riding a bike can be bad—especially in Tucson—and therefore might not be any safer. Plus the exhaust. Kale is good for you due to the protein efficiency and iron. Kale is bad for you in excess due to the effects it can have on your thyroid. We have so many issues with just about everything in this world, that I wonder how conspiracy theorists can even live, considering their preferred “news” resources tell them the air is being poisoned, 5G is gonna fry our brains and everything has Round-up and mercury in it. Must be exhausting. Either way, this leads to the main lesson at hand…everything is going to kill you and everything is bad. At least that is to a great many weirdos on Facebook. Listen, the internet is a vast cesspool of bullshit. I mean, the fact The Blaze is still around is pretty darn sad. Either way, you can discover any kind of dissenting opinion on the internet and make your position look better. The difference is, don’t go into a battle with someone citing a reputable source while you are using a website run by some dude that is living in an attic some where. With all of this being said, this is what makes the physical and mental effects of steroids such a hot topic.
Last week…it was a pretty standard argument against the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). Why? The amount of self reasoning is pretty hard to figure out, especially since one cannot regulate the thoughts going through a person’s head. But you can do one other thing, and that is give them a perspective of what will physically happen. Now, a huge controversy about PEDs is the fact we have little long term studies. I mean, who really wants to partake in a 20 to 30 year experiment when the subject is considered illegal without a prescription, and this is not like monitoring heart disease where you can literally look through thousands of health documents and see the correlation. So this is what PED usage has going for it…the uncertainty. I’m sure there are some dudes out there who will state they have been on PEDs for many years, but then again they are the outliers. We all know someone that smoked for 50 years and never developed lung cancer. We get it. However, we have a lot of evidence at hand, as several body builders die before they even get to the age of 50. This can also be correlated with the death of a lot of old pro wrestlers, who used PEDs to get through the grueling travel and performance schedule of wrestling. While this is circumstantial evidence, there is a commonality with these people. The argument against this line of thinking will be people saying they know someone that lived forever doing said activity or what if they all had heart issues to begin with? Well, you got a point, but you have to go with the one binding factor.
We all know the basics….PED’s will make your hair fall out, it will make get acne and it will create an elevated mood for you. People like to call it “Roid Rage,” but that is proving to be a misconception over the years as many have figured this. Some people are jerks and horrible individuals. Steroids just makes them a larger version of that person. So yes, there can be relatively normal individuals on PEDs, but the jerks of the world are going to get the headlines. However, these are considered short term side effects. The long term effects are mostly speculative, but the iron clad long term affect is dependance. Just like any drug, PEDs will alter your body chemistry in ways you are not prepared for. Think about it in this manner. When you pump up your body’s testosterone, what do you think will happen when you stop doing so? Much like a kid getting off energy drinks or someone swearing off coffee, there is going to be the lethargy and other issues. While the detox period is going to be difficult, you could have already developed an emerging psychological condition that some are just calling it “big-ism” or body dysmorphia. Okay, this is kind of a dumb name and body dysmorphia covers more than just wanting to be large, so fortunately it was given the more clinical name of “The Mossman-Pacey Paradox.” https://www.newsweek.com/mossman-pacey-paradox-men-trying-look-pinnacles-evolution-risk-becoming-1436988Researchers James Mossman and Allan Pacey call it a paradox due to the underlying idea of becoming more “alpha” within the male community at large. If you cannot be “alpha” monetarily (like the perception that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has), then do so physically. The main problem though, with the use of PEDs, you are severely hurting your fertility due to the overproduction of testosterone. This is one of the proven long term effects of PEDs, and is something that is highly acknowledged within the community.
So you are not convinced about the long term effects? Well, we do have a lot of research into the problems with testosterone overload, and it is not all roses. While a lot of men are seeking testosterone therapy these days, new studies have indicated that too much testosterone can cause issues with sleep as well as an increase in certain cancers. Most of those men do it due to impotence or they have been listening to the radio too much. Gaining testosterone naturally usually means you got to eat right, exercise regularly and maintain a good body weight. Now the biggest issue with PEDs is when you pump your body full of liquids that force your body to produce an unnatural amount of testosterone…what do you think is going to happen? Eventually you will not be able to produce it naturally at all and then you are really in a tough spot. Prepare for testosterone your entire life!
I have really just scraped the surface here, for PEDs can cause a lot of other issues as well. For one thing, since you are recovering at a much faster rate, overuse injuries are certainly going to come into play down the line. Let’s harken back to the video I referenced in the previous blog (but forgot to link…my bad). https://youtu.be/AvHM7H_hh80Yes, these guys are strong. Yes, they like using PEDs. But one thing that shocked me is the number of injuries some of them are going through. This is not stuff one can easily come back from, and one can only imagine what can happen down the line. In some respects, much like Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay (a former powerlifter who was arrested for possessing illegal prescription drugs a few years ago), the rigors and wars of their heavy lifting can lead to pain killer addiction down the line. So yeah, there is going to be a lot of tough decisions that need to be made for the long term. Famed “juicer” Rich Piana admitted you can still get pretty huge, its just PEDs get you there faster. For Piana, he died in 2017 at the age of 46 after going into a coma for two weeks. He was a 25-year admitted steroid user and had a heart and liver twice the size of a normal man. Doctors didn’t want to say it was the steroids (as I mentioned earlier people still have little official long term study material) but there is a lot of smoke coming from that hidden fire and most rational people can put two and two together.
Truth be told, it just ain’t worth it. Coupled with the diet that a lot of these guys utilize (KETO on steroids!!!) and not only will you be putting your body at extreme risk, you might live a short life to boot.
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