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10/26/2008

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Millard Baker

The question would be why so many NFL players decided to use that diuretic to mask something

Indeed, this is the big question! There are serious implications IF they all used the same diuretic FOR THE PURPOSE OF masking anabolic steroid use.

It would suggest some sort of organized doping effort within the NFL. That so many players from at least three different teams would use the exact same substance (bumetanide) as a masking agent tells me that somehow (1) they knew that the NFL did not test for bumetanide (at least not up until recently) and (2) they knew how to use bumetanide to mask their PED use.

IF this was the case, then it seems unlikely that 3 different teams would arrive at this knowledge independently.

BUT I think an easier explanation could be a contaminated weight loss drug that was fraudulently spiked with bumetanide (given that at least one weight loss supplement was known to be spiked with this drug).

However, WITHOUT sealed samples of contaminated weight loss supplements to support this scenario, suspicions about steroid use will persist justifiably so.

Millard,

Don't you think it is too much of a coincidence for all of these players to be using the same contaminated weight loss supplement? Players should just be forced to stick to the NSF supplements, if they are going to keep claiming that they have spiked supplements.

I am sure there are plenty of Victor Conte types in the NFL, but more low key, who are "performance enhancement specialists". After all these players are not picking up anabolic literature and learning how to dope themselves, someone is behind the scenes.

I really enjoy Meso-RX, by the way.

Student

I hate when I get logged out of typepad.

bruno

Are you sure they're using it to mask other drugs? Could it be they are using it to get ripped? There's not much job security in the pros, and I'm wondering whether they feel pressure to look good- it might affect how a coach views their performance.

Millard Baker

I think it's an incredible coincidence either way - if they are using that same weight loss supplement or if they are using the exact same protocol to mask PED use.

Neither scenario would surprise me. I don't think we should rush to dismiss a "supplement" link just because so many guilty athletes have used that excuse.

Carrot Juice

Are you sure they're using it to mask other drugs? Could it be they are using it to get ripped? There's not much job security in the pros, and I'm wondering whether they feel pressure to look good- it might affect how a coach views their performance.

Posted by: bruno | 10/27/2008 at 14:30


Not for an interior linemen. Most O linemen and D-tackles try to be as heavy as possible without becoming too slow. They almost all have big bellies, and I've even heard they have to eat and be stuffed all the time, so they don't lose weight just from all the intense exercise. Extra weight=leverage. For a D-tackle, Juicing + masking agent makes a lot more sense than a weight loss pill.

cochranruss

I think natural or herbal weight loss pills are safe too use. They don't have side effect.pills like stratzol burn fat in a natural way.Choosing the right pill is important.

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