From the Daily Mail:
A health expert reveals what performance enhancing drugs are most popular among athletes at the Olympic games
Steroids are most popular among athletes in sports that require a lot of muscle mass such as sprinting
A hormone called EPO is most common among athletes who participate in sports that require endurance
Beta blockers, an anti-anxiety medication, helps athletes concentrate in sports like archery by lowering blood pressure
By MANSUR SHAHEEN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:18 EDT, 22 July 2021 | UPDATED: 17:22 EDT, 22 July 2021
I’ve been an outspoken critic of performance-enhancing drugs since the 1990s.
A question I’ve been wondering about lately, however, is: What if PEDs really aren’t that deadly? What if they provide more health benefits than their costs?
For example, Ken Caminiti won the National League Most Valuable Player award in baseball in 1996 by taking an enormous amount of steroids after the All Star break. He was dead by 2004.
Florence Griffith-Joyner got tired of finishing second in the 200m dash to women who were obviously on steroids in 1984-1987, so she called up Ben Johnson for advice in late 1987 and set records that still stand in 1988, but died in 1998.
On the other hand, most of the other obvious steroid cheaters of the 20th Century, such as Ben Johnson, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, and Barry Bonds are still around.
Similarly, the famous East African runners who set (presumably) EPO-assisted records in the mid-1990s apparently are still around.
The golf tours refuse to test for beta blockers, which are notoriously used by concert musicians with stage fright, because they are great drugs that have saved millions of lives. The golf authorities don’t want to kill off their best golfers by denying them an excellent drug.
So, where are we in 2021? What if we’ve invented drugs that can help you Live Your Best Life without killing you very much?