Ok jude, first off, cut the bowing and 'we are all fellow MAists' routine. That only ever gets used by people in a passive-aggressive manner who try and appear open minded on a subject they are blatantly set in stone on.

That out of the way, here comes my answer(s)

Firstly, If i were pro steroid, I would take them. I do not, and have never done so.
I am however, pro personal choice, when the choice is based on full knowledge of both sides of a situation.

you first cited cocaine as a mental stabiliser for steroid use. Now it is opiods. Cocaine is a competely different drug, from genus through to effect, to any opioid. Which is it? Constant symptoms have constant cures.

A poll of 227 men does not a clinical truth make. In the larger field of medicine, 'roid rage' is not yet considered a proven condition, and nor will it be any time soon. You see, anabolic steroids (a group of drugs that encompasses many many types) were never designed for human use, and as such, NO RECOGNISED CLINICAL TRIALS EXIST IN REGARDS TO THEIR EFFECTS ON HUMANS. All evidence in regards to the psychological issues is, at best circumstancial, and at worst, anecdotal. Not scientific empirical fact.

Even if that study of 227 men were spot on, this in no way is a wide enough, nor thorough enough study to confirm or refute anabolic steroid links with anything at all, good or bad.

Where do I get my observations from in regards to anabolic steroids? Experience. I have trained with, helped train, and socialised with hundreds of competetive athletes, and thousands of hobbyist private individuals in the lifting community over a professional period of a decade, and a personal period of 19 years. I submitted a full CV and checkable references to Mr Caille before accepting the job of moderator in the strength and Nutrition fora, because, along with self defence, these are the areas of the site that advice/info given can have a real impact on peoples lives. Its something i take seriously.

In that spirit, I say again, that I do not advocate or recommend anabolic steroid use. No one with under 5 years of consistent training has even scratched their potential, and so its completely ridiculous to start enhancing performance that is not yet fully developed in the first place.

What i am advocating, is the removal of moral highground in regards to a personal choice made by many, if not all involved at the highest level of competition, where health is not an issue, and where performance is everything to those involved. These people sacrifice more, work harder, hurt more, and achieve more, than anyone who sits in judgement of them.
If their performance and accomplishments is at the expense of their health, then that is a personal choice.

Many people out there see Martial arts as dangerous and embodying nothing but negatives- glorification of violence, ego, the cultivation and focussing of aggression.
We who know better, can see this over simplified view as inherently wrong.
Ronnie Coleman's years in the gym, his spartan dedication to eating, his drive and motivation to succeed made that physique. The steroids are merely a secondary tool. Without the above, taking gear and sitting on the couch all day, he would have achieved nothing.

Another point to consider if your 'clinical' trial proved correct, is that it paints a persuasive argument for removing steroid control from recreational drug dealers, bringing it out from the underground, and looking at organising some real trials and support systems for users. Then they wouldnt be surrounded by cocaine and opioids would they?

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