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Steroid Supplements

A study from UCLA showed that most over-the-counter pills that are advertised to contain steroids to help make a person stronger do not contain the amount of steroids that the labels claim.

The authors analyzed twelve over-the-counter brands of pills containing eight different steroids and found that some contained high doses of steroids that would have caused positive urine tests to disqualify athletes from Olympic competition. Some contained far lower doses of steroids than would be effective, and only one of the twelve brands had the dosage that was on the label. That means that taking these pills could cause competitive athletes to be disqualified from competition, while many weight lifters who take these products will get no benefit whatever.

In 1994, Congress passed a law which keeps the Food and Drug Administration from regulating products that are sold as foods, thus preventing any government agency from protecting you against mis-labeled products such as these. Let the buyer beware.

Analysis of over-the-counter dietary supplements. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 2001, Vol 11, Iss 4, pp 254-259. GA Green, TH Catlin, B Starcevic. Green GA, Univ Calif Los Angeles, Dept Family Med, Div Sports Med, 924 Westwood Blvd, Suite 650, Box 957087, Los Angeles,CA 90095 USA

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May 11th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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