Are Your Dietary Supplements Spiked With Illegal Substances?
From C.J Hunter, disgraced track star Marian Jones’ ex-husband to Marion Jones herself and others. There has been multiple instances where an athlete caught cheating – as in testing positive for steroids – have blamed supplements for their plight. Maybe there is something to it after all. One bodybuilding supplements company boss recently pleaded guilty for selling supplements containing steroids.
The founder of an online fitness and bodybuilding company in Idaho pleaded guilty Monday to illegally selling misbranded dietary supplements that contained steroids, according to federal prosecutors.
Ryan Deluca, CEO of Meridian-based Bodybuilding.com, also agreed in a plea deal to pay a $500,000 fine for the company’s sale of five products between 2007 and 2009 that contained synthetic anabolic steroids or chemical clones of steroids.
DeLuca, 34, acknowledged the five products — I Force Methadrol, Nutra Costal D-Stianozol, I Force Dymethazine, Rage RV5 and Genetic Edge Technologies SUS500 — were drugs sold improperly under the label of “dietary supplements.”
“DeLuca acknowledged at the plea hearing that as Bodybuilding.com’s CEO, he was responsible for Bodybuilding.com’s sales of misbranded products,” prosecutors said in a statement. See original story
Bodybuilding.com is one of the largest online distributors of nutritional supplements in the US, if not the largest. They have their own brands of supplements but also sell other brands. And yes, we are currently affiliated with them but we don’t shy at bringing supplements news to you even when they involve our associates (and so hopefully not get accused of hypocrisy).
Dangerous Supplements Not Entirely A New Thing
This is not the first time supplements distributors have been successfully sued for selling apparently spiked products. Baseball player J.C Romero successfully sued some big-name supplements distributors after failing after failing a drug test. The supplements companies appear quick to settle lawsuit, perhaps to avoid ruining reputation.
Dr. Oz, in an episode on his show titled “Who is Spiking Your Supplements?” uncovered an apparent dangerous trend of dietary supplements makers spiking their products with dangerous prescription-strength medications. Naturally, an uproar ensued with some praising Dr. Oz and others vilifying him.
The most affected supplements, it appears, are for take-today-get-results-yesterday types of interests. These include weight loss, muscle building and sexual enhancement. It is not just professional athletes who are affected as far as bodybuilding and sports supplements go. Here’s one scary story:
HEATH STEVISON just wanted to put on a bit more muscle. He had a vacation in Cabo San Lucas coming up, and he hoped to make a good show of it at the beach. Weighing in at just 155 pounds, he felt he needed “a little more oomph” at the gym.
That “oomph” nearly killed him.
Stevison’s saga began in the spring of 2009, when he laid down $29.99 for a bottle of M-Drol from tfsupplements.com. He read the label and took the supplement for a month before cycling off. Then he cycled back on again. The results were pretty impressive: 15 pounds of muscle in just weeks.
Along with the terrific change in his physique, however, he noticed something else: His legs and sides began to itch. By mid-July, he was waking up to bloody sheets from nights of scratching himself raw. He asked his girlfriend, who had taken charge of his laundry, whether she had switched detergents. She hadn’t. Then came the day, maybe a week later, when Stevison looked in the bathroom mirror and saw that his eyes were yellow. At the time, he was working 12-hour shifts in Lake Charles, Louisiana, for a company that supplied equipment for drilling rigs.
Maybe I’m just exhausted, he told himself.
When Stevison’s skin developed the same mustardy hue, and he felt so bone-crushingly tired that he could hardly lift himself out of bed, his mother carted him to the emergency room. Days of tests and one biopsy later, his physicians determined that his liver was shutting down. His chart suggested the cause: steroid ingestion. Instead of sunning himself on the beach at Cabo, Stevison found himself tethered to IV poles at Methodist Hospital in Houston. A doctor mentioned the waiting time for a new liver. See the original story
The industry blames a few bad apples in the barrel, so to say, for this apparent trend. Some quarters have called for greater regulation of the supplement industry, perhaps to the level of over the counter (OTC) drugs but the industry is naturally against it. We are against further regulation. Why?
Well, stricter regulations will only cause supplements to cost much more or disappear from the shelves altogether as, unlike the drugs industry, the health supplements industry operates on relatively small profit margins.