Book Report on Steriods

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Steriods





Steroids

Ever since their introduction into sports in the later 1950's the use of anabolic steroids
has been a controversial issue. Much debate has arisen dealing with whether steroids
should be allowed for performance enhancement. If you're not familiar with them, The 1994
Merrian-Webster Dictionary defines an anabolic steroid as, "any of a group of synthetic
hormones sometimes taken by athletes in training to increase temporarily the size of their
muscles."


However, it's not just the athletes preparing for rigorous competition that have been
using these drugs. Business Weekly told of a study performed by the University of
Illinois School of Public Health in which the results were shocking. According to Paul
Goldstein, the chief investigator, individuals from all walks of life have admitted to
the use of steroids. He states,"We're finding firemen, students, lawyers, teachers-
people from all economic classes--most of them taking the drugs for cosmetic reasons"
(177) All of these individuals had admitted to use because of the positive effects the
steroids provide for their appearance. Along with these positive effects also come the
negative ones. Symptoms such as acne, psychotic states, paranoia, headaches, high blood
pressure, heart failure, strokes, and liver and kidney damage with quite a lengthy list of
other harmful side effects related to extensive use. According to Dr. Robert Vow in his
book Drugs, Sports, and Poli!


tics, along with trying to keep competitions fair and equal for all who entered, these
were the main reason that anabolics have been banned from sports since the 1976 Olympic
games.


Since these early years, not much has been heard about the use of steroids. True,
occasional incidents remind us they are still around . For instance, when Ben Johnson was
stripped of his gold medial in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and Lyle Alzado's death in 1992.
For the most part though things seemed to have quieted down. This is speculated to be
from the growing efforts to educate athletes and individuals on the extreme dangers
associated with these steroids. Along with this education, one can not escape hearing the
horror stories about what these drugs have already done to others and what it will do to
them after prolonged use. With such an impressively long list of harmful side effects
associated with steroid use, one could be certain that individuals would shy away from
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