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I WANT TO USE STEROIDS:
By Jason Meuller
I have often been accused of being pro-steroid. Unfortunately, anabolic steroids
belong to a long list of subjects that our society has forbidden any kind of
intelligent discussion. It's impossible to criticize a homosexual without being
labeled a homophobe. You can't discuss the possible merits of drug legalization
because you are immediately branded a radical. Why in the world would someone
want to defend the use of anabolic steroids, which have been clearly
demonstrated to be killer drugs and the scourge of modern athletics?
I'm considered somewhat of a steroid guru. As such, the vast majority of
questions I get asked on a daily basis deal with the use of these drugs. One of
the most disturbing aspects of my job is all of the emails I read from people
with an interest in using steroids who have absolutely know idea of what they
are getting themselves into. If I had to quantify it, I would say 9 out of 10
people who write me have no business considering the use of steroids.
I'm not concerned with the reasons why a person wants to use these drugs. Quite
frankly, I'd be the biggest hypocrite on the planet if I said it were ok to use
steroids for competitive bodybuilding but not to better your self-esteem. As
long as these drugs are being used for the sole purpose of physique enhancement,
the motivation to use steroids is the same. These drugs will take your body past
a point you could ever achieve naturally. So, if I'm not concerned with why
someone wants to take steroids, what does concern me? Glad you asked. Let's
A Total Lack of any Kind of Basic Knowledge of Anabolic Steroids
I'm always amazed at the cavalier attitude many people exhibit about their
steroid use. I can't tell you the number of times I've received an email from
someone who's just started their first cycle and wants to know how effective the
drugs are. Hello? Isn't this putting the cart before the horse? You've already
taken your shots, swallowed the pills, and now you're writing to me wanting to
know if you're using an effective stack? Sorry, you're a little too late.
The Internet is an amazing tool that allows virtually unlimited research on just
about every topic you can possibly think of. Obviously anyone who can send me an
email also has access to the Internet. So why do I get asked asinine questions
like this time and time again? At the end of this article I'll list several free
online resources where individuals can get very good, unbiased knowledge about
If you don't have access to the Internet, there are a plethora of books
available on the subject of anabolic steroids. Several that come to mind are the
World Anabolic Review, the Underground Steroid Handbooks 1 & II, Performance
Enhancement with an Edge, and the Anabolic Reference Guide. Any one of these
publications would impart enough information to the reader that they could make
an informed, educated decision about steroid use, rather than simply jumping
into the fray totally blind.
Steroids are certainly not the killer drugs our government and mass media has
portrayed them to be. At the same time, there can be very serious consequences,
both medically and legally, with their use. I could never swallow a pill or
inject myself with a drug without knowing all of the possible ramifications of
doing so, yet I sometimes wonder if my attitude is representative of an
Anabolic Steroids are Illegal Without a Prescription
I often wonder if this fact is lost upon people who use these drugs. The
brazenness I see exhibited by people about their use is quite astonishing.
Steroid users tend to associate with other steroid users. Every gym tends to
have its "juiceheads" that all seem to run in the same circle. The Internet
provides a comfortable haven for those to choose to use anabolic steroids, there
are a variety of bodybuilding boards where athletes openly discuss their use of
steroids and get advice from their peers. These groups tend to perpetuate the
notion that steroids are somehow viewed differently by the criminal justice
I must admit that most local police officers do tend to view steroid use as a
victimless crime. However, if you manage to attract the attention of law
enforcement at the federal level, say by having steroids imported to you, things
are entirely different. Agents of the DEA, DOJ, Customs, and other federal
agencies view anabolic steroids in the same dim light as most recreational
drugs. Once you enter the system, you tend to find that most judges and
prosecutors share this same attitude.
I've been through the system because of steroids, and know a lot of other people
who've been in my same situation. Judges and prosecutors have no mercy with
steroid users. Steroid users are viewed as cheaters, bullies, people who prey on
the weak of society. When I was facing charges of steroid trafficking back in
1996, the judge on my case made a comment that she thought steroids were worse
than heroin. Needless to say, my ass puckered a bit after hearing this. I've
heard enough anecdotal reports from associates and readers to know that once
your caught, the consequences are not pleasant.
Certainly steroid use and steroid trafficking are viewed as different ends of
the same spectrum. Most steroid users busted on simple possession charges will
find themselves on probation, probably having to simply pay a fine and submit to
drug testing for a short period of time. Trafficking carries much harsher
consequences. Here's the catch. A lot of drugs have set amounts that clearly
define what is considered personal use and what is considered dealer quantities.
Steroids are not defined in such a manner. Therefore, while you may get busted
with what would clearly only be enough for personal use to those with even a
rudimentary knowledge of anabolic steroids, the DA probably not going to fall
into this category of people. While most prosecutors are very familiar with all
manner of recreational drugs, anabolic steroid cases are rarely seen in most
jurisdictions. Most public defenders or criminal defense attorneys know nothing
about these drugs. So, the most knowledgeable party in the entire case is often
you, the defendant. How much credibility do you think you'll have in your
attempt to prove your stash was for personal use when your supporting
documentation is the World Anabolic Review or Anabolic Reference Guide? About a
year ago I tried to help an associate of mine prove that his positive drug test
was a result of pro-hormone use. Although I sent him to court with a plethora of
scientific references proving his position, both the prosecuting attorney and
judge took the position that he was attempting to dazzle them with bullshit.
He's now finishing his last months in prison as a result of his positive test
due to prohormones.
Anabolic Steroids are Very Psychologically Addictive
What kind of psychobabble is this? Quite simply, once you start using steroids,
you won't want to stop. Anabolic steroids take your body to a level you can
never achieve naturally, and once that line is crossed, it's very hard to ever
train clean again.
I must have weighed around 230-235 lbs when I first started using steroids. I'd
been stuck at this weight for a very long time. No matter how I ate, or how hard
I trained, I wasn't breaking this natural plateau. Every athlete has a natural
genetic limit as to how much muscle they can carry, even under the most optimal
of conditions. Once that barrier is reached, you're not going to progress any
further naturally. Oh, I've seen very dedicated natural bodybuilders add 5 lbs
of lean body mass in a year after having seemingly reached their full genetic
potential. I've also seen a lot of natural bodybuilders train for years at a
time with very little change in their body whatsoever. For an athlete like this,
the temptation to use steroids becomes greater and greater with each passing
So, what happens when a natural bodybuilder like the one above decides to use
steroids? He grows. In doing so, he smashes the natural barrier and his body
begins to transform. Realistically, how do you ever go back to training
naturally again? We can liken muscular size to crack, it's extremely addictive.
I'm certain that most of you who have already gone over to the dark side can
testify to this. It starts out with a small cycle, just one to add 15-20 lbs,
then you'll quit. After you achieve your goal, you decide to do another to add a
little more weight. Pretty soon this becomes a vicious cycle with no end in
sight. You've become so desensitized to steroid use that you start taking more
and more risks with your health. You initial goal of weighing a ripped 215 lbs
went out the door 10 cycles ago, now you're shooting for 300 lbs and trying to
score enough cash for that gyno surgery.
Steroid Have Serious Side Effects
Let me ask you a question? Do you like having a full head of hair? I'm sure the
thought of women's breasts excite you, but what about having a set of your own?
Most importantly, it is your hope to fully enjoy the golden years of your life,
aging gracefully like a fine bottle of wine? These are all things you need to
carefully consider before using anabolic steroids.
For the most part, most of the detrimental side effects of anabolic steroids are
not life threatening. Using myself as an example, I'm completely bald because of
steroid use. Now I'm fortunate in that I have a head that allows me to look
attractive as a bald man, I actually prefer being bald over having hair.
However, you probably don't, especially if you're white like me. As a general
rule, white men look ridiculous bald, the only group that can successfully pull
off the bald look and still look cool are African-Americans.
Most bodybuilders develop gynocomastia to one degree or another if they use
steroids for long enough. If you've been in a cave somewhere and don't know what
this is, it's the condition commonly referred to as "bitch-tits" in bodybuilding
vernacular. Again, using myself as an example, after three years of steroid use,
I had a nice pair growing. It was so bad that I couldn't go outside without
wearing a shirt, and if I wore tight clothing (and what other kind is there when
you weigh a muscular 295 lbs?) I had to put tape over my nipples. I was the butt
of endless jokes from my loving friends. Every time we went out to breakfast and
we ordered coffee, the joke was always the same. "Hey, we don't need any cream,
we like to take ours straight from the tap." If we were out at bars, it was
always the same story. "Hey ladies, if you're ordering a white Russian, don't
worry about the milk, Jason can take care of you." It cost me $5,000 (ok, so I
had my chest lipo'd too) and 6 weeks out of the gym in order to fix the damage
caused by years of steroid abuse.
Other common side effects include testicular atrophy, acne, edema (water
retention), and a host of other conditions that tend to make you less than
attractive. Now, we've all heard from the mainstream media how these drugs are
killers and how they cause an untold number of deaths every year. For the
longest time, the medical community denied that steroids even worked to improve
athletic performance, effectively destroying any credibility they might have in
trying to educate the public as to the real dangers of these drugs. Do I think
anabolic steroids are killer drugs? No. However, I know for a fact that
long-term abuse of anabolic steroids will shorten your life, and probably reduce
your quality of life in your senior years. Steroids have a proven negative
effect on cholesterol levels. Steroids will also cause hypertension in most
people. Over time, these two factors will combine to negatively affect your
It's been proven that most young people are unable to consider the negative
long-term consequences of their actions. However, before you start using
steroids, that's exactly what you need to do. Let's face it, we're not ever
going to see people dropping dead from steroid use, and you can't overdose on
steroids like you can with most recreational drugs. Having said that, what's
your risk to benefit ratio? When you're sixty years old and undergoing a
quadruple bypass, are the rewards of your steroid use in your youth going to be
worth it? I'm not saying this is definitely going to happen, but it is a
I use anabolic steroids. Am I a hypocrite? After reading this article you might
think so. My goal in writing this is not to scare someone into not using
anabolic steroids, it's to give them a realistic assessment of the negative
consequences of doing so. We live in a drug-culture that has taught us not to
trust Big Brother. I really can't blame anyone for not trusting the government,
media, or medical community when it comes to information on anabolic steroids.
None of these sources has every done anything to really engender our trust.
However, I think I have, and I want people to know what the possible
consequences of their actions.
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