My Anabolic Steroids Diary

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Types of Anabolic Steroids used in Food Production

We all have to start somewhere, and of course we know quite a bit about the known Steroid cycles ; but there was a time when we knew very little. Anytime you are just beginning any kind of new project, which includes simply learning about it, there is either a feeling of excitement or possibly dread. So, since we have sort of gone ahead of you, and you are following in our footsteps, we are pleased to be able to help you.


When we began in this game, in the early 70's, there wasn't much out there. We managed to piece together bits and pieces of information here and there, (usually through personal experience), but for the most part it was gut instinct.


Very little was written about Steroid use; Most bodybuilders were skeptical or even afraid to admit they used them or knew anything about them since they were classified as illegal drugs by Federal Law throughout most of North America at that time. There is very little hard evidence pointing any fingers directly at the poultry industry with regards to steroid usage; however, what you will find below may be interesting reading. So without further ado, let's get started.


The actual "History" of how steroids began to be used in poultry production is very interesting. The following excerpt from our detailed Interview with an individual that wishes to remain anonymous, will leave you wondering exactly how it all began.


"My grandfather was a chemist and he worked for one of the major pharmaceutical companies in the early 1940's. He developed a chicken feed supplement using small amounts of estradiol and progesterone along with soybeans and alfalfa meal as the carrier/base, which resulted in chickens that grew at twice the normal rate while requiring 1/3 less feed than other chickens on the market. So his product had obvious benefits for farmers."


"Back then, there were no laws against such usage since they just started out by putting it in the feed. It wasn't until much later that they realized that perhaps humans would consume chickens fed these substances and it was then that laws were passed to ban their use in poultry production."


The companies responsible for manufacturing steroid supplements, (and also responsible for the vast majority of scientific research), are well known pharmaceutical giants consisting of Upjohn Company, Hoechst-Roussel Pharmaceuticals Inc., Eli Lilly & Co., Parke-Davis Company , Searle Laboratories, Syntex Agribusiness, American Cyanamid Company , G.D. Searle & Co., Monsanto Chemical Works, Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd.


"Methods of stimulating growth in poultry by administering various anabolic agents, such as hormones and their synthetic analogs, to poultry have developed rapidly. . . These compounds are now routinely added to the feed of chickens for stimulation of growth."


As mentioned previously, "chickens" is used here in place of the word "animals", since this would apply to all livestock. We say this advisedly because with few exceptions, (Horse Racing), it is probably safe to say that every North American has eaten beef or chicken at one time or another which was raised with steroid supplementation.


This is not meant as a guilt trip by any means; however, many people may find the thought unsettling. Regardless of your personal opinions about eating meat containing steroids; it must be remembered that this is a relatively new phenomenon, and modern people eat more meat than ever before. The population of the San Francisco Bay area alone has increased 30 percent in just 10 years.


With regards to how much steroids a chicken may receive, a U.S. Government article published in July 1991 put it this way: "Depending on the species and the age at treatment, steroid hormones are fed to livestock at levels from less than 1 pound per ton of feed for sheep, swine and cattle to 10 pounds or more per ton for poultry." 


There you have it friends; not an insignificant amount by any means. In spite of all these facts however, there is really no direct evidence linking steroid use in poultry with the numerous health problems experienced by humans.


What are synthetic steroids?


Artificial steroid hormones are manufactured, either naturally occurring or chemically modified, variations of the base chemical structure of cholesterol. The family of steroid hormones is very large and includes testosterone, estrogens, cortisol, progesterone and many others.


A few common natural steroids are Estradiol-17 beta /Estrogen, Testosterone/Androstenodione, Androsterone/DHEA (Dehydroepiandosterone), Corticosteroids like Cortisol (Hydrocortisone), Progesterones like Progestrone-3 , Pregnenolone/orticosteroid Precursor, Steroids like Cholesterol/Atlas, Aldosterone/Koch.


Steroid Analogs /Synthetic steroids are organic compounds that have chemical structures resembling steroid hormones. Some of the major classes of synthetic steroids include: anabolic steroids (synthetic derivatives of testosterone), progestins (synthetic derivatives of progesterone), and corticosteroids (synthetic analogues to adrenal cortical hormones).


Since these analogs are close enough in structure to bind to regulatory proteins in cells, they can still elicit many hormonal responses even though they do not normally exist within the body.


Although modern man eats far more meat now than ever before, he does eat much larger animals. Chickens, the birds used most commonly for meat consumption, are about one third as efficient at converting plant protein to human food as cattle.


With such a large percentage of the world's population being fed on a diet containing steroids and other chemicals, it is hardly surprising that more and more people have been experiencing new or exacerbated health problems. Although there is no clear proof that eating steroid-treated animals causes these diseases in humans, some investigators believe otherwise. 


People previously free from allergies now show reactions to foods which they could eat with impunity before. Endocrine disorders, both those resulting from deficiency and those caused by excessive hormonal stimulation have increased noticeably since 1940. In the last 20 years the incidence of thyroid cancer has doubled and obesity is on the rise as well. In many senses, humanity has been conducting a vast experiment with its own body.


The Risks of Anabolic Steroid Use


A remarkably high correlation exists between anabolic steroid use and certain types of liver disease. The pattern is similar for both hepatitis B and C, although the latter has a higher mortality rate due to cirrhosis or hepatic cancer. Liver damage may be exacerbated by malnutrition or poor nutrition, both common in people taking steroids for athletic purposes. On the other hand, some bodybuilders have developed this condition even though they follow a sound diet.


In one study it was determined that anabolic steroids contributed to elevated liver enzyme levels, and in another study it was shown that levels of gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT), alkaline phosphatase, and bilirubin were elevated.


It is difficult to determine exactly how many of these people will progress to more serious liver injury or cirrhosis, but some evidence suggests that the risk increases with the duration and dose of anabolic steroid therapy. Liver cancers have been found in some cases of rapidly progressive liver disease where there has been no previous history of jaundice.

Oestrogens


Diethylstilbestrol (DES)


  • Diethylstilbestrol is a synthetic form of the Hormone Estrogen
  • Used originally for preventing Miscarriages
  • Had been rumoured to increase risk of Cancer in Patients
  • And also linked to Female Birth defects, of the reproductive system
  • Animals tested have shown significant Body mass gains


Animals Used On : Steers : Calves : Heifers : Veal


Hexoestrol


  • Used as a Body mass increasing Steroid.
  • Significant overall Body mass increases where found in test subjects
  • Dangers to Health through Oestrogen use for Cattle where noted
  • Hexoestrol is appliead to Feed as an Aerosol
  • Ingested by Animals through the live root of pasture in small doses


Animals Used On : Steers : Sheep : Calves : Poultry


Zeranol


Zeranol is actually a non steroidal mycotoxin. Zeranol use is widespread within the USA as a synthetic growth promoter.

  • Increased Cattle Appetite
  • Increased Body Mass Gain
  • Increased Meat to Fat Ratios
  • Improved Carcass quality
  • 90% of the U.S. Beef Cattle are treated with growth promoters
  • Exposeure to Zeranol through consumption of beef from Zeranol treated Cattle
  • Safety has been debated due to its ability to cause Cancer
  • May also reduce male fertility


Animals Used On : Steers : Sheep


Gestagens


Melengestrol Acetate (MGA)


  • Melengestrol Acetate approved for use in Canada
  • Used to promote an increase in Body mass
  • Increase in Cattle Appetite
  • Suppress Estrus in Beef Heifers
  • Approved Exclusively To Beef Cattle


Animals Used On : Heifers


Androgens


Trenbolone Acetate (TBA)

Trenbolone is used by Vets to treat Livestock

  • Increase Muscle growth
  • Increases Appetite
  • Often referred to as Fina
  • Improves Muscle mass in Cattle
  • Increases the Bodies Mineral absorption
  • Hightened attachment to the androgen receptors
  • Increase Muscle Nitrogen intake
  • Increased rate of Protein synthesis


Animals Used On : Heifers : Culled cows : Steers


Oestradiol 17


What is oestradiol? Oestradiol is the strongest naturally produced oestrogen. A steroid hormone which has many functions.

  • Concentrated naturally mainly in Women
  • Levels in women naturally reduce with age
  • Significant decreases through Female Menopause
  • Matures and maintains the female reproductive system
  • Promotes development of Breast Tissue
  • Increases Bone thickness


Animals Used On : Bulls : Steers : Calves : Sheep : Heifers


Testosterone


Key Steroid Hormone that can be found all Mammals. Naturally produced through the Male Testes.

  • A key hormone in Male Sexual development
  • Increases Body Mass
  • Improves Muscle development
  • Increases Bone Mass


Aniamls Used On : Calves : Swine


The use of chemicals and assisted growth supplements for food and drugs has been rampant for quite some time. You’ll find that a variety of people sour on the notion and assume that it’s always bad to tamper with nature. 


However, many don’t realize the good that many farmers have found when utilizing special changes to the way they grow certain foods that the general public eats. 


For instance, there are those that utilize anabolic steroids for sale in food, and create a long lasting impression. The mainstream media will often times demonize the issue, but the truth of the matter is that there are a number of benefits to this and most of the general public doesn’t even realize it.


Now, before we move too far away from the science here, it is not a matter of injecting, adding, or changing the chemical make up of the plants or foods you eat. However, it is a matter of growing highly concentrated foods that have specific phytoecdysteroids. These are highly concentrated mechanisms that occur naturally in many foods and when combined with a variety of other options, help not only maintain healthy muscle improvement, performance, but also boost those that buy steroids on a regular basis, get an even bigger natural edge.


The important thing here is that you understand that this whole thing is natural. Some of the foods that are farmed in high concentrations have a great deal of steroids in them. However, it’s not the same thing that you hear about when the mainstream media talks bad about the substance. 


What the media talks about often is the abuse of the synthetic form, and while some use it without the abuse in line, others utilize natural options in conjunction to ensure that the body doesn’t become toxic. Using anabolic steroids in food production is an interesting debated topic that requires a lot of work and understanding. You’ll have to first realize that these are not bad, they are not going to kill anyone, and do not produce the same results that you may have thought. 


In fact, many uses for these plants, foods, and even synthetic formulas are used often, and no one talks about it. The fact that certain foods carry this naturally and are sometimes exploited for their natural benefits should not cause alarm at all, and the main reason is very simple; it’s safe.


For those that are skeptical as to what natural occurring items might already be linked to anabolic steroids, or have specialized phytoecdysteroid in them, simply look to a few items in nature. For instance, quinoa, suma root, and spinach all have this supplement in the body, and when combined with a specialized diet, and exercise program can deliver quite the boost for an athlete or experienced lifter.


One last thing to understand is that on going research and development is going on to not only see what effect these natural occurring options have, but to also look and see about anabolic steroids in food, and how the combination can be used for a variety of beneficial things. Most would be s surprised at how many foods can help the body, and tagged with the notion of anabolic steroids either occurring naturally or supplemented.