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Stay Away from Non-medical Steroid Usage
By: John T Jones, Ph.D.

Non-Medical Steroid Usage

Hormones: Peptides and Steroids

“Hormones carry messages from glands to cells to maintain chemical levels in the bloodstream that achieve homeostasis. ‘Hormone’ comes from a word that means, ‘to spur on.’ This reflects how the presence of hormones acts as a catalyst for other chemical changes at the cellular level necessary for growth, development, and energy.”

The above quote did not come out of my head. It came from wiseGeek at

Before you go on, did you read the article at the above URL? That will save us a lot of time and will make you very wise like the wiseGeek.

Okay! I’ll wait for you to come back.

Peptides or protein hormones control sleep and sugar concentrations. Insulin is one you know because it is a treatment for diabetes. This report is not about peptides.

Steroids are sex hormones. The control human growth and allow athletes to knock a baseball three city blocks or run the mile in 3 minutes.

Youngsters in the teenage years are full of these precious hormones. Old people are bone dry. Old people seldom sit in the back of a car to make out.

Most athletes would like to get into the Hall of Fame for their sport. Steroids can either help them jump right into their properHall of Fame or to be banned for life from such glory. If athletes can’t be good enough to get into a Hall of Fame unless they take steroids, I guess some take their chances.

Some of the current athletes who have busted records for years may have taken steroids before their particular athletic organization banned them. Some of these may have stopped taking the steroids when they were banned; others, perhaps not.

Here is my take on steroid usage. It is a drug to be taken under a doctor’s supervision. Steroids are used in medicine for different reasons daily and legally. I say that if a professional athlete needs steroids for his health, then have a doctor prescribe them and monitor their use. Making them completely illegal for athletes only endangers the athletes who need them.

I think that steroids should be banned at the college or Olympic level. I think the professional organizations are right in banning them to other than for their use described above. An athlete who takes steroids without medical surveillance is risking his health and his life. Even with medical supervision, negative results health wise may occur.

The Dangers of Steroids

So are steroids dangerous? Some athletes say they are not. I copied the following from who copied it from the Physicians’s Desk Reference:

WARNINGS: Peliosis hepatis, a condition in which liver and sometimes splenic tissue is replaced with blood-filled cysts, has been reported in patients receiving androgenic anabolic steroid therapy.

These cysts are sometimes present with minimal hepatic dysfunction, but at other times they have been associated with liver failure. They are often not recognized until life-threatening liver failure or intra-abdominal hemorrhage develops.

Withdrawal of drug usually results in complete disappearance of lesions.

Liver cell tumors are also reported. Most often these are benign and androgen-dependent, but fatal malignant tumors have been reported. Withdrawal of drug often results in regression or cessation of progression of the tumor. However, hepatic tumors associated with androgens or anabolic steroids are much more vascular than other hepatic tumors and may be silent until life-threatening intra-abdominal hemorrhage develops.

Blood lipid changes that are known to be associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis are seen in patients treated with androgens and anabolic steroids. These changes include decreased high-density lipoprotein and sometimes increased low-density lipoprotein. The changes may be very marked and could have a serious impact on the risk of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease.

It’s good I never took steroids. I got plenty of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease without them.

Doctors who specialize in hormone therapy know the proper range of levels for hormones in the human body. Leave hormone therapy to them. Don't go out on your own and endanger your health.

The End

John T. Jones, Ph.D. (, a retired VP of R&D for Lenox China, is author of detective & western novels, nonfiction (business, scientific, engineering, humor), poetry, etc. Former editor of Ceramic Industry Magazine. He is Executive Representative of IWS sellers of Tyler Hicks wealth-success books and kits. He also sells TopFlight flagpoles. He calls himself "Taylor Jones, the hack writer."

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