Steroids Pros And Cons Essay

The Anthony Catanzaro Approach to Natural Bodybuilding
The Pros & Cons of Steroids

by David Robinson

Steroids have been available within the sporting community for at least 50 years, with their use increasing in line with added pressures placed on athletes to perform.

Developed in the late 1930s to treat hypogonadism (a condition in which the testes do not produce sufficient testosterone for normal growth, development, and sexual functioning), steroids, as they are commonly known as, are actually a class of drugs (variants of the naturally occurring male hormone testosterone) that stimulate, through various hormonal pathways, an anabolic, tissue-building, process.

In their class categorization, steroids are termed androgenic (promoting masculinity) anabolic (tissue building), hence their full title: androgenic anabolic steroids. The androgenic effects of steroids are typically experienced naturally by males during puberty.

Anabolic, on the other hand, refers to the anabolism that occurs due to steroid enhanced protein synthesis. It is the anabolic effects of steroids bodybuilders and other athlete's desire.

The Debate

In light of research and anecdotal reports concerning the pros and cons of steroid use for bodybuilding purposes, it seems there are definitely two major camps, each with fundamentally differing perspectives regarding the merits of these drugs.

Pro-Steroid Camp:

The pro-steroid camp would say that steroids, taken under a doctor's supervision, will enhance one's health and well-being and, of course, keep them ahead of the pack in terms of bodybuilding success. This camp sees no ethical dilemmas associated with steroid use as these drugs, in their view, are a reflection of progress and the belief that one should keep up with all the bodybuilding trends to excel to the fullest possible degree.

Given steroids are synthetically derived versions of the natural male sex-hormone testosterone, it is thought they could actually assist the male who, for whatever reason, experiences declining levels of this hormone, they say.

Anti-Steroid Camp:

However, firmly positioned on the opposite side of the fence are the anti-steroid camp who strongly regard steroids as dangerous drugs to be used only for the purposes for which they were originally intended (to improve weight loss due to severe illness, control breast cancer, treat anemia and treat osteoporosis).

They say steroids have dangerous side effects, which could even, in extreme cases, result in death. The anti-steroid camp also feel that the use of steroids in bodybuilding unfairly disadvantages those who choose to go the natural route (steroids used in this context is commonly referred to as cheating).

Steroid detractors also site the fact these substances are illegal and can only be obtained legitimately with a doctor's prescription. Illegal steroids are sourced primarily from dealers who smuggle them from certain countries. They are also diverted from pharmacies or synthesized in clandestine laboratories.

Steroids Are Here To Stay

Whichever view one has, the truth is, with pro sport increasing its grasp on society, coupled with the pressures placed on athletes to win at all costs, steroids are here to stay. The best course of action for anyone undecided as to whether steroids are for them is to make an informed choice.

Read the research and various case studies concerning these drugs to help determine what is the right choice. Above all, don't take advice from unqualified sources as to whether steroids are suitable for you. Everyone is different, and it takes a specialist to determine the effects a steroid will have on a certain individual.

Tony Catanzaro:
Natural Bodybuilding Advocate.

One man who is staunchly in the anti-steroid camp is Anthony Catanzaro. Anthony has trained for over 20 years as a natural bodybuilder, along the way winning numerous bodybuilding titles. Rather than taking the steroid option, Anthony persevered and through an intelligent approach to dieting and training has crafted a physique anyone would be proud of.

Professing an unwavering level of respect for his health and well-being, Anthony feels putting potentially toxic chemicals into one's body is a sign of disrespect and should be discouraged. Anthony has never been tempted to use any form of performance enhancing drug to accomplish his bodybuilding goals and feels to do so would compromise his integrity.

In this interview, Anthony shares his secrets to building a great physique the natural way and gives his candid views on the controversial topic of steroids in bodybuilding. Given his bodybuilding success, Anthony does talk with a degree of authority, which makes this interview compulsory reading for anyone contemplating steroid use.

[ Q ] Hi Tony. How did you initially become interested in natural bodybuilding?

Hey David. I have always been interested in bodybuilding and the human body for as far back as I can remember. I have always been interested in how the body works and how to achieve greatness in one's physique. The human body was designed to meet the demands of what its environment would shell out.

In other words, if you are going to sit at a desk all day and the only exercise you get is from lifting your arm to get those chocolates next to you, you are not going to have the body of your dreams. Remember, you become your environment. I'm always looking for ways to challenge my body and in return, that strengthens my soul.

[ Q ] What is it about bodybuilding that you love most?

I have to say that it's the one sport where it's all you! You can't rely on a team member, or a coach to get you out of a mess. In other words, if you fail on stage they cannot bring in a relief poser. You have to be confident enough to know you could win.

Read my confidence article to "bring out the best in you." Bodybuilding is one of hardest sports. For example, a baseball team can go get hamburgers and beer after a game. But there is no way a bodybuilder could do that after a workout, or as he or she is in training for a show.

With High Intensity Interval Training you can burn more fat while spending less time in the gym. I will explain how you can get the best results from this.

Therefore, it is a 24 hour seven-day-a-week sport. You have to give credit to bodybuilders as we are probably the hardest workers in sports history.

[ Q ] Why did you opt for the natural approach?

I'm asked this question all the time and I'll tell you the same thing that I tell others. I want to be healthy on the inside, not just on the outside. I know many guys that are using drugs and they have encountered many problems from it. From skin damage to liver and kidney failure: it's pure GARBAGE!

I do not recommend anyone use it, try it, or think about it. It's not what the sport is about! This sport is about building your body and your mind, not destroying it!

[ Q ] When you say steroids destroy the mind, what do you mean here?

What I mean is that it is not physically but mentally damaging. A person on steroids will know in the back of their mind that he or she needs the stuff to be on top. It's like that old saying that I have, "if you are unhappy with yourself being poor, then you will never be happy with yourself being rich."

You must learn to love yourself regardless of your financial status, height, weight and race. It all begins with the mind. Remember, it doesn't take a championship win to be a champion. You can be a champion to your family, and friends and that's what really matters.

[ Q ] The issue of drugs in sport has always been controversial. What is it about drug taking for performance enhancing purposes that you oppose?

I'm against the whole thing. I don't judge a man on how he earns a living to put food on the table, but you have to understand the tone you are setting for others like your kids, your family, and your friends.

Do you know that I have fans around the world that look up to the fact that I have never used enhancement drugs and that inspires them to do the same. That alone makes it all worth while for me.

[ Q ] What negative effects of performance enhancing drugs have you witnessed?

Well I see it all the time... a guy will walk in the gym that I haven't seen in a few months, and he would be pumped out with crazy veins and looking like he is flexing when he is just standing there. He also has a look on his face as though he is guilty of something.

I truly feel that a person on steroids and growth hormones has a feeling of emptiness inside them. It's almost like when a person cheats someone out of something. They don't feel as though they accomplished anything. Again, this is my own opinion.

I understand that in order for a lot of them to win, they have to use what everyone else is using. But stop and think about it. What are you gaining? Forget the prize money and the pro card, look inside yourself and ask yourself, are you really a winner? Think about it...

Benefits & Costs Of Steroid Use:

As mentioned, steroids can have a variety of effects - both good and bad. They can be legitimately used to treat several types of disorders, in addition to re-building muscle mass lost through illness. Steroid inhalers have proven very useful in combating death from asthma and local steroid injections are beneficial for treating painful joints and ligaments.

It is clear anabolic androgenic steroids have a legitimate place in medicine. However, they also can cause a variety of deleterious side effects. Anyone using steroids will experience a trade-off between the positive and negative effects these drugs present.

The following is a list of commonly reported costs and benefits. You decide.

Writer's Note:

In considering the following effects it must be understood that the degree of effect a particular steroid has will depend on several variables. These include: individual susceptability, type of steroid, amount of steroid taken and degree of risk.

Benefits (Positive Effects)

Increased leanness and muscle definition.
Increased muscle mass and general weight gain.
Increased strength.
Increased effectiveness of training.
Improved recovery rate.
Euphoria (feelings of positivity and confidence).
Increased aggressiveness.
Increased sex drive.

Costs (Negative Effects)


Increased risk of mood disturbances including mania and depression.
Increased risk of psychosis.
Increased risk of aggressive acts which may injure self or others.
Increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Increased risk of liver disease and cancer.
Increased risk of kidney disease and cancer.
Risk of HIV and Hepatitis B & C from contaminated needles.
Bad breath.
Decreased sex drive.
Water retention.
Muscle cramps.
Aching joints.
Increased risk of muscle tears.
Increased risk of tendon injuries.
Increased risk of nose bleeds.
Decrease in immune system effectiveness.

For Men

Increased risk of prostate enlargement and cancer.
Decreased testicular size.
Gynecomastia (growth of breasts).

For Women:

Increased risk of cervical and endometrial cancer.
Increased risk of osteoporosis.
Irreversible enlargement of the clitoris.
Irreversible hoarsening and deepening of the voice.
Irreversible increase in facial and body hair.
Decreased breast size.
Amenorrhea (the absence of menstruation).
Uterine atrophy.

For Children:

Short Stature.
Premature ephiphyseal closure.

[ Q ] What are the benefits to being a natural bodybuilder in your view Tony?

You can inspire others to follow in your footsteps you can show people that you can build muscles naturally with proper diet and training. That's why I create customized diets through my web site. I can create a diet to get you where you want to be the right way.

I Can Create A Customized Diet Just For You. To Learn More Click Here.

Whether you're looking to gain mass or get ripped, I do all the work for you. With my 20-plus years experience, it's the best investment you can make for a lifetime.

[ Q ] What other benefits are there to being a natural bodybuilder in your view Tony?

There are so many, but I think the best reason is the motivation it gives others to go out there and learn as much as they can, and to be able to have an outlook that a champion body can be made without the use of steroids and other drugs. Inspiring others is a true gift.

I would encourage those reading this article to get off steroids and to become one with their body again. You don't realize the effect it's having on you right now. You don't need it! I can guarantee that getting off the stuff will be the best decision you ever made. I promise you that you will be rewarded for it from above.

Just like any other drug, it destroys you mentally and physically. Just think of it as the devil going inside you. Do you think he is out for your best interest? No, of course not. He is out to destroy you! Stay natural and put your hand in the hand of the man upstairs.

[ Q ] What are some of the things a non-drug user should do to ensure bodybuilding success? What kind of attitude do they need?

It's just like anything else, you have to put everything you have into your workouts, your diet and your rest. You also need to have a clear outlook on what you want to achieve. You have to "believe it to achieve it." In other words, if you really don't think that you can make your arms grow two inches, then they won't grow at all.

You need to have what I like to call mind to muscle concentration. Otherwise, you are just spinning your wheels and staying in the same spot. Your attitude should be this: "everyday I am getting closer and closer to my goals". It's like climbing a ladder, keep going up... not up and down.

[ Q ] Drugs are often seen as an easy road to gaining size. What unique struggles do natural bodybuilders have compared to their drug using counterparts?

Size is always considered a plus in bodybuilding, but I never thought of it that way. You see, I look at the body as an ice sculpture, while one person might consider adding size to his shoulders for a more V-taper look, I would look to make the waist smaller to give even more of a V- taper approach.

You see, bodybuilding doesn't mean build size it means build a body. That means looking at yourself like a statue, or how a car is designed. I just bought a Jaguar XK8 because I was drawn to the body style. This car in my opinion one of the sexiest body styles I have ever seen on a car! The bottom line is I don't think bigger I think better. Forget the HUMMER!

[ Q ] Describe the feeling being a good natural bodybuilder gives you?

First of all... don't you mean great? I'm only kidding! It's just a great feeling to know that you are of clean body, mind, and soul.

[ Q ] We know that various drugs make it easy for a bodybuilder to progress in their sport. What does a natural bodybuilder have to do differently when aiming to pack on the muscle and arrive onstage ripped?

Basically the same thing a bodybuilder on drugs would do, gain as much lean muscle mass in the off-season as he or she could. That's lean muscle mass, not bloat, fat, or water.

There are some guys in my gym who compete in drug shows. I have respect for them because they are nice guys, but of course I don't agree with what they are doing. One guy would gain 50lbs in the off-season, which of course he had to lose to make his weight class for the show.

What's the purpose of gaining mass if you can't keep it? I never understood that. I'm never more than 15lbs higher than what I would compete at. Therefore, in the past I have done middleweight shows coming in at 176lbs, which is the top off the class. So my weight in the off season would be around 190lbs.

This year, I will compete for the first time ever in the light heavy weight class. I will weigh around 190lbs on stage so that means I need to be at least 205lbs for my off season. This is how I do it and believe me it works. Why would you want to kill yourself dieting for 12 weeks to get rid of the so called mass you built during the off season?

Anthony's Titles

2005 INBF Natural NYC Middle Weight Champion
2003 Fame America Model Universe, First Runner Up
2002 NPC New York State Bodybuilding, Middleweight winner & overall champion
2001 INBF Tournament of Champions, Middleweight Champion
1998 Natural Bodybuilding, Middleweight Champion
1997 Mr. Fitness Champion

[ Q ] Have you ever considered using drugs to gain additional size?


[ Q ] What has stopped you from considering drug use?

It's not what I'm about. I'm not into putting garbage chemicals in my body to win a show or to impress people. It's much more impressive winning a show or looking pumped the natural way. When your body is naturally pumped, your mind will be as well.

[ Q ] Have you ever been offered steroids? What did you say? What would you say?

Luckily, I have never been offered steroids. I didn't start working out at a gym until I was 26yrs old, so for 11 years I trained in that little home gym I made when I was growing up. I think that the decision to use steroids would be made early on in the first year or two of training.

So kids that are 17-18 years old, would be a high risk since the majority of them are unaware of the effects, they would just think that it's normal to use it. I want to speak to those kids right now and tell them first hand: you do not need steroids. Even guys that are using them agree that it's not a wise choice.

Like I said before, they let the competition or the peer pressure take a hold of them. You don't need it. Even to this day I don't even know what steroids look like. That is the God's honest truth - remember these words:

"Eat clean to be lean and workout tough to be buff."

[ Q ] What advantages do you have over a steroid user do you think?

Well like I said before, bigger doesn't necessarily mean better. It's the whole package and there are a lot of steroid users that are completely bloated and out of proportion. Then there are also some who are flawless, but the bottom line is that I will never lose what I have developed. That is because I did it naturally.

I don't have to see myself shrink away to nothing. That is what happens when you stop taking the drugs. That must be very depressing to see yourself shrink more and more each day. It's like the wicked witch of the West, I'm melting. Stay natural, and you will have those muscles for life. Muscles don't age so you can always gain, at any age!

[ Q ] Can you think of any specific examples of the adverse effects of steroids?

Like any other drug, it alters your mind. You aren't the same person because your hormone levels including your testosterone levels are altered. Plus who wants to be around a bodybuilder when he's having mood swings?

[ Q ] It has been said that drug using bodybuilders work very hard and make greater sacrifices to reach the top. Do you respect those who use drugs to enhance their physiques?

Like I said before, I don't judge them, that's the decision they made, and yes they do work very hard. I have made plenty of decisions and choices in my life that others would not agree on, but one thing I can say is that any choice I made would come from my love and honesty for something.

If they truly love the sport of bodybuilding they wouldn't need it. It's not what bodybuilding was made for! It gives the wrong impression to those who are just beginning to lift weights.

[ Q ] Do you think steroids have a place in professional bodybuilding? What do you think of compulsory drug testing?

I feel that professional bodybuilding or any professional sport for that matter, would open a path for drug enhancements. We are talking about thousands of dollars. These guys do this for a living, and most of them do nothing else but this. So yes, being the best bodybuilder, football player, baseball player and wrestler would mean they would do whatever it takes to win, but in the end they loose.

[ Q ] What are the best non-drug methods for gaining muscle in your experience?

Diet. You can train until your arms fall off, but like I always say, "If your diet ain't right you'll never be tight". Learning about nutrition is key. I put it all together for you with my customized diets.

[ Q ] Do you think more people will take the drug-free approach, or are drugs becoming more popular?

This is funny my brother-in-law, Anthony, always told me that I'm a legend before my time and that one day people will look at my photos and say this guy did it natural back when. I don't think drugs are becoming more popular.

The look of bodybuilding is changing and there is more information available now than ever before. Men and women are more into the hard lean look so the use of steroids is becoming less and less I feel.

[ Q ] What would you like to achieve as a drug-free bodybuilder?

I have already achieved it. I inspire people all over the world. I have fans in places that I didn't even know existed. I never thought I would have an impact on people like I do. It is truly a blessing from God.

[ Q ] What message would you like to give to the younger bodybuilder contemplating drug use?

Don't do it. I have been training for over 20 years and have learned that within time like wine, your body will get better and better. Understand that bodybuilding is not to impress girls, or to look good on the beach during spring break. Bodybuilding is a lifestyle for you to follow for the rest of your life.

It's like this... a person who does something for the wrong reason will never truly be one with himself. He or she will go on through life looking for ways to get things without the right intention. Remember, when your body is pure then and ONLY then will you be given the greatness from God.


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As society merges from day to day and norms get more in percentage >there >are many things that are corrupting the American society. Of those many >things, there is the word that many people are familiar with and that is the >word "drugs". Many drugs come into the United States and flood each state >and town from North to South. In 1995 Newsweek came out with an estimate >that over 85% of teenagers have used or are using drugs at this present >time. >I am going to discuss one of the most dangerous types of drugs that is used >as a medical advancement as well as a lethal drug to young teens. This drug >is known as "steroids". Steroids is the up and coming drug of the >future[MM2K.1993] At the rate of 2.5% >increase in teenagers using these drugs on a day to day basis. This rate >is going to lead to very high percentage of deaths in the future and as well as in the >present now. There are many things that need to be discussed on the use of >steroids. Many people do not know who are using them, but there are a variety of people such a laywers and business people that use them. This topic >will all be clarified in the upcoming passages. Most of the use of steriods in the young years is related to peer pressure.. This is where the young teenagers lead themselves to death, and do not know it. >They do not know what they are getting themselves into. They only look at >what others are doing and what good things happen to their appereance. Of all >these topics >the real question here is: Is it worth taking steroids and why are so many >people taking them?? >

> Steroids first came into the United States from importation from Europe. Steroids in the past were >used for cattle in the process to make the cattle stronger and heavier. >The heavier >the cattle was the more money the farmer would get per head. As steroids >emerged >into the United States many people were taking the opportunity to get these >drugs very easy to promote dog racing and horse racing. With the use of >steroids these animals can run faster and go farther than any other type of >animal that was not using them. This drug is simply used to out better the >opponent.

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When steriods got into the hands of humans people >started using them as a way to get stronger, like the animals and obtain >that perfect body. Steroids is a hormone stimulate[Bodywise med.] that >increases the insulin level in your body which initially makes you get >bigger and stronger. By taking steroids you start developing muscles that >you would not on a regular basis. People started taking steroids in the >mid-1900's with >a common testosterone from the vet store. Most of the steroids that are >being used to this day are from Vet stores that are used in animal medicine. >

> When one person started taking it and others started seeing >results in strength, then it started a chain reaction in the youth >community. The first known use of steroids was in the Olympics where they >tested users in the running and jumping fields The first time steriods were heard of was in the Olypics in China. . Many people thought that >the use of steroids was not true and only made you think that you were >getting bigger and stronger, but the real reason was that you were training >harder and working out more than you were before you were on steroids. >this is also known as the "Placebo effect" in which you think that >something is happening to you and it really isn't. Testing in the Olympic games is becoming more frequent every year. >

> When the youth community started coming out with steroids that we >not illegal then everyone started to take advantage of this in many different sports. It was used in body building in which a person created >there body to be the biggest universal man ever. Steroids became more >popular in this sport than in any others. Of the most popular sports in >the steroids field. body building is the most known for the use of >steroids. Many body builders on the >professional circuit today uses steroids[Arnold Encyclopedia] Most only >use steroids for the better look in the end as well as they use them >because they want equality of all the others. If you did not use them >then someone somewhere else would and he would get away with it. He would possibly win a competition. This is not a fair way to compete! So now everyone is using them in the body >building world to make everything on an equal margin. There are many ways >that steroids can be covered up so that they can be used in competition, >therefore there is never going to be a clean atmosphere in the sports >world. [ Flex Mag. 1988] >

> Why are people using steroids if they know what the harms are? Well >in today's society people do not know what they are getting themselves into >at all. They look at what everyone else is doing. Many young teens have >ventured into the use of steroids to be able to play better in high school >football or track or soccer. They do not look at the side effects and long >term effects that are down the road. Believe it or not many college >athletes are using steroids in the football field[Sports I.] many of them are pressured into situations to use steriods because of the pressure to >succeed by the parents and coaches. How is the >person going to be able to compete with someone that is on them, because >steroids enhances your athletic performance. It boils down to the fact >that it is not fair, and if one person is using them then others are going >to, just to get a fair chance. >

> When you read about steroids or here about it there is something's >that you dont hear, and that is the side effects. This is a clear example >why teens are abusing these drugs, because they are not intact with >everything that goes a long with them. A steroid is a hormone stimulate. >A hormone stimulate enhances the production of testosterone on your body. >When you have a lot of testosterone in your body then you start getting >bigger. Steroids double receptor cells and stunts growth[Body Wise MD] Your body produces 3.5 mg per day of testosterone in >the body when you are between the ages of 18 and 25. If you were to start >taking steroids you would not see any major side effects that you are going >to encounter down the road. The typical John Doe would see minimal side >effects like aggression, acne, cramps, and weight gain. Most people that >take steroids are in it for the weight gain. These are the typical side >effects, but other ones are gynoclemestia and liver disease. Gynoclymestia >is a disease in the pectoral muscle that comes from the over load of >testosterone in the pectoral muscle. As the testosterone sits in there it >cannot be burned of therefore it turns into female estrogen. This is >where your pectoral muscle turns into the structure of a woman's breast. >Gynoclymestia has a 1% chance of happening to you, but it does happen. >

> Lets say that you that you are thinking about taking steroids. What >are people doing these days? A commom steroid that is on the black market >is the common TESTOSTERONE 200. [ Sport ILLUS. March 1992 ] When taking >this drug many athletes cycle it by taking ten shots in ten weeks. That >comes out to a shot a week. Of the first cycle you do not see many side >effects on the outer body, but inside it is destroying your liver and >killing sperm cells. Initially this makes you sterile. Steroids its self >is not an adicting drug. The reason that people get addicted to this drug >is because once they take a cycle they are not satisfied with the results. >They want to be even bigger and better, so they take another one and >another one until they are seeing bad side effects like testicle Shrinkage. >If only people could see the side effect of the liver that it produces. >That would change people from shooting the needle to playing it clean. >

> Testicle shrinkage is one of the many side effects that you encounter >when you taking steroids. 45% of steroids users encounter these effects >when taking them. That means that on the first cycle you will see these >results. Not all people will see them, but most of the users out there >these days do. Other side effects according to [Flex 1996] are: >1. testicle shrinkage > 2. Stunt of growth > 3. Impotence > 4. sterile > 5. weight gains > 6. liver cancer > 7. gynoclamestia > 8. balding > 9. aggression > 10. DEATH >By looking at this long list of side effects don't think that everyone >experiences these. 10% of users will experience these, unless they are >using steroids on a everyday basis. >

> We have been discussing all the bad effects and the fact that the >use of anabolic androgen steroids in sports is increasing. Many sports >players hook up with people that will tell them that they will set them up >for the future if the start using steroids. One of the reason that people >in the Olympics still use steroids is because testing is random and spotty. >The federal officials stated that they spend thousands of hours prosecuting >steroids cases and that they are trying to keep the banning of steroids in >sports. >

> Steroids are very bad for you and by looking over the passages so >far you realize what you are getting into when you start taking hormone >stimulates. Of all the bad things that we have gone over there still is >another topic. The pros of using steroids. Steroids are used in medical >research on animals for science experimentation. Most common diseases that >you see today are cured or altered by the use of steroids. [ Dan Duchane] >stated that 87% of HIV carriers are using anabolic steroids to help cease >there illness. These people are still seeing the side effects that it >produces but they are not over doing the medication like other users would >do. Endocrinologists give patients different types of steroids to help >them grow and obtain proper growth spurts at the age that they should. In >medical research doctors are giving patients other types of steroids to >help them recover nice and effectively. It promotes hormones in the body >that will fight diseases and keep you strong. Steroid medical research >is a positive for Americans also for the use of male birth control that is >going to come out in the near future. Steroids is only a positive when its >used right and in a responsible manner given by a doctor. >

> Through the pros and cons you have seen you are probably debating >on whether your friends are using steroids. Steroids are everywhere and >are being shipped into the united states on a regular basis. Mexico >has the highest rate of importation on the Back Market. Many people get >these drugs from Pharmacies with out a prescription. The people that sell >these steriods are in for a big profit, but a long jail time if they were >to get caught. I small bottle of steriods goes anywhere form 5 dollars to >60 dollars. When taken into the United States it is jumped up another >hundred dollars. That is a really good profit. On the other hand it is >comsidered a class D felony and a minimum of 5 years to life in jail. It >is not worth it. >

Doctors are trying to come up with a way that it can be legalized >in the Untied States. Their only fear is that people are going to over >doss themsleves with this drug. Testosterone is going to be used as a male >birth control once the doctors come up with a way that they can write a >prescription for these users. I think that this is a good thing thing that >steriods can do for us. Many people pay high dollar for football tickets >and other sports. Most of the reason that they go is to watch the big >players rumble and what not. Steriods is taking over the Sports world, but >it is ironic because people are not going to pay high dollars for a ticket >to see someone that it small or out of shape. Many people do not look at >these things and that is why most assume that they are bad. >

In conclusion, there have been many reasons to let people know that >steriods are bad for you and the publics use of steriods is only going to >get worse. The side effects of steriods surely show the reader that the >use of steriods will hurt you in the long run. I think that the public >should start taking action in the lives of teenageers and their actions >upon using steriods in highschool.

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