No one is a stranger to steroids. In fact, if you’re anything like me -born in the 80’s and raised in the 90’s- you’ll know first hand the scathing nature of public perception on the subject. Back then, steroids could be mentioned in the same sentence as cocaine, crack or heroine without a second thought. However, with the passage of time, they’ve come to be accepted as widespread use and unregulated manufacture continues to be the order of the day. But when all is said and done, it’s impossible to speak of a fire without smoke. Somewhere along the line we lost the plot. As Such, we have to stop and ask ourselves a few hard questions and confront the issue of steroids. Because whilst they may be useful to treat a myriad of medical conditions and ailments, there are some people out there who have abused this for profit.
So to get an understanding of what we’re talking about here, it would be of great help to go back into time to the year 1933.
This was the year when testosterone as a hormone was discovered. Before, man was in the dark on what was behind tissue and muscle growth, or what was the trigger behind the development of male secondary sexual characteristics. These were so mystified that, until unearthed by the discovery of testosterone and its physiological effect on the body, were deemed to “just happen”. In later years scientists eventually discovered how to make testosterone in a lab and, to cut the long story short, it was a success.
Primarily, use of steroids was mainly restricted to medicine, when they were prescribed as useful growth and appetite stimulants for people suffering from various conditions. Sadly, there were some who sought to monetize anabolic steroids and abuse them for various reasons besides for medical purposes, and that’s how we ended up here, confronting the health or ethical concerns of steroid use.
3 Myths Associated With Steroids Explained
#1. Steroids are harmful no matter what!
There’s a myth that’s doing the rounds that ALL steroids are harmful, no matter what! What a bold assertion, but you can understand why when you really think about it. Most of them -and I haven’t heard of any specifically labelled as ‘steroids’- go by their pharmaceutical names, which can be a mouthful by the way. So because there a companies manufacturing counterfeit steroids, sometimes it’s almost impossible to know if what you’re taking is safe.
#2. Steroids are steroids, they’re all one and the same thing!
Like I mentioned earlier, it’s had to tell. Which is why you should be extra careful if you play professional sport as you could be banned or suspended for doping when you think you’re on the safe side.
#3. Oral Steroids are safer than injectible ones!
It’s just the same. It all boils down to dosage, frequency of use and, of course, whether they’re original or counterfeit.
I’m a believer in steroids, but legally speaking, I am still of the opinion that there should be tighter regulations on manufacturers, otherwise the war on illegal steroid use will never be won.