Steroids: Could Your Child Be Next?
"Players that are guilty of taking steroids are not only cheaters, you are cowards. ...Show our kids that you're man enough to face authority, tell the truth and face the consequences." - Donald Hooton of Plano, Texas, who testified before Congress that his son, Taylor, a high school baseball player, committed suicide in 2003 after steroid use.
Does your child use steroids?
Of course not.
That's what concerned parents want to believe.
Yet scores of young people are consuming a toxic stew, drugs they believe will enhance physical strength, performance and stamina, and build confidence.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows steroid use among male high school students rose 65 percent from 3.7 to 6.1 percent between 1999 and 2003; among female students it jumped from 2.2 to 5.3 percent, or a whopping 140 percent.
Many of these young people have as their unfortunate role models certain high-profile athletes who have been implicated in steroid use.
So, parents, be wary. Steroids are stealthy predators. Watch for warning signs: rapidly bulked-up muscles, preoccupation with "getting big," unusual acne, major mood swings, muscle magazines, pills or powders promising muscle development, and vials and syringes.
If you suspect a problem, get between the drugs and your child, impressing upon him or her the fact that what they're doing is illegal and very dangerous.
You may be what saves your child from devastating health problems or from death.
What Are Steroids:
So-called anabolic-androgenic steroids are man-made substances related to male sex hormones.
"Anabolic" refers to muscle-building, and "androgenic" refers to increased masculine characteristics, as defined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
"Steroids" refers to the class of drugs, often legally prescribed for people with wasting diseases such as AIDS.
But illegal use, which can add body size, is just as likely to destroy or impair the liver, heart and kidneys, emotional stability and normal sexual development of kids.
I know all this because I abused steroids for three and a half years in the mid - 80's -- and they almost killed me. They also ruined relationships and hurt my parents, parents who had raised me lovingly.
As a user, I learned to lie to my father and steal from my mother's purse.
I had no conscience.
I had good reasons for steroid use -- or so I thought.
Steroids primarily appeal to young people who are looking for an athletic edge or those who want a quick fix to a better body. All want to "supersize" themselves, to create a new and improved version. I had suffered in school due to my short stature and a stutter, both of which attracted bullies and teasing. Steroids looked like the perfect remedy. My heroes, after all, included The Incredible Hulk and a giant of a man named Arnold Schwarzenegger -- who eventually admitted to using steroids.
Finally Broken by Steroids:
Eventually steroid use broke me, literally. My body and mind were in shambles. A long, long road back included physical and mental evaluations, addiction support group meetings, and exercise -- workouts not meant to "bulk up" but to help my battered body and mind reacquaint themselves.I am now the father of two boys.
My life has been resurrected from the disaster known as steroids. That is why I am here to caution other parents: It doesn't just happen to someone else's kids.
When young people look at the hard, muscles bodies presented by smiling, oversized human beings, they see a tempting portrait.
Potential users are seduced by this fake picture of health and vitality and virility. The picture doesn't show the strain on the arteries, the wear and tear on the heart and the psyche.
It doesn't show the caskets.
By: Jeff Rutstein
Jeff Rutstein, author of The Steroid Deceit and owner of Boston's Custom Fitness, is a former steroid addict who almost died from steroid abuse. For more information on the consequences of steroids and how to combat today's epidemic of steroid abuse, go to http://www.StopSteroidAbuse.com
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Date Added: Friday 7th March 2008
"John, Steroids is a drug with deadly adverse effects as stated above. I took them and it rocked my world with pain and torment because of the numerous painful and long lasting side effects. Most of the side effects are not listed. I personally am experiencing throbbing under my left nipple with no apparent cardio damage (CAT scan of chest fine and BP actually below 120/80). The truth is that steroids are dangerous. Also, a true statement would be that the effects are not the same in each individual. My friend who was on them with me at the time is completely healthy (or so is thought to be) at the current time. Your are blinded like I was at one time, but now I see the other side and it quite frankly stinks."
Date Added: Thursday 22nd November 2007
"A quote from the BNF (responsible for the prescription of all drugs in the UK). "The protein-building properties of anabolic steroids have not proved beneficial in the clinical setting. Their use as body builders or tonics is quite unjustified;some athletes abuse them. " "Cautions:cardiac and renal impairment, hepatic impairment, hypertension,diabetes, mellitus,epilepsy,migraine,monitor skeletal maturation oin young patients, skeletal metastases )risk of hypercalcaemia) "Side-effect: acne, sodium retention with oedema, virilisation (sic - makes you male) with high doses including voice changes (sometimes irreversible), amenorrhoea (sic - periods stops), inhibition of spermatogenesis (sic lowers sperm count, premature epiphy-seal closure (sic - stunts growth); abnormal liver-function tests reported with high doses;liver tunours reorted occasionally on prolonged treatment with anabolic steriods." "net-price 1-mL amp = £3.29""
A UK Doctor
Date Added: Thursday 22nd November 2007
"What a lot of poorly put together information. How did steroids make you steal? You chose to steal be a man for your two kids and say the truth. Stop looking for a scapegoat. (explain) The actual heaLTH PROBLEM AND STEROID/s you used I bet it was left out because it showed your lack of research.Surely you do not truly believe the cliches you wrote. Because a true steroid uses knows the media cliches are lies. To those poor parents that lost a child maybe they should do some research and realise steroids did not kill their child; they are being played by the media and the prosecutor. Do you think the boy took as many steroids as schwarzenneger. Why isnt he dead? Because the reality is roids are not dangerous .do you think they would give them to terminally sick aids patients if they were bad,why dont these roid finish off the aids patients.People make there own mistakes maybe you people should face up to yours or is the truth too much to face.If it is you caN BLAME STEROIDS FOR IT CAN'T YOU!"