Among amateur and semi-professional bodybuilders, steroid use has traditionally been viewed as a double edged sword. One school of thought eschews the use of performing enhancing substances, while another has held them up as the key to rapid muscle mass gain.
Many high school physical education teachers inform their units on weightlifting with an ominous warning about the dangers of anabolic steroid use. Yet, young athletes see their idols — from baseball players to bodybuilders — using performance enhancing substances. The obvious question is: how much of that fame and achievement stems from the athlete’s natural ability — and how much came from the aid of performance enhancing substances?
The Internet and Steroid Sales
In 1991, possession of anabolic steroids without a prescription was made a federal felony in the United States. By the mid- to late-1990s, the proliferation of the Internet as a global marketplace meant a proliferation of steroids and steroid alternatives on offer from countries where anabolic steroids were still legal without a prescription.
Proponents of steroid alternatives claim that a number of substances that are not directly related to synthesized, or anabolic steroids offer many of the benefits of anabolic steroids — an increase in muscle mass and a metabolism geared toward burning fat — but without detrimental effects of anabolic steroids. A short list of those negative side effects includes hormonal imbalances, liver damage and elevated “bad” cholesterol.
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