April 10, 2005

Doping and the "Culture of Pills and Powders"

Here's a very well-researched story from the New York Daily News about dietary supplements that are marketed as performance enhancers for athletes.

Critics say it is no surprise that Major League Baseball finds itself facing a steroids crisis 11 years after the passage of [the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act]. Most professional athletes grew up in a culture that suggested that pills and powders, regardless of their legal status, were necessary to reach the top levels of their sport.

There's no doubt that powders and pills are part of the modern athletic culture, and it's nearly universal. The fact that "legal" supplements have such poor quality control should be an enormous cause for concern for the honest athlete.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree that this was a ridiculous law... I remeber at the time all these hollywood celebrities like oprah campaigning for the deregulation of the supplement industry -- it still boggles my mind that between the FDA and the Separtment of Agriculture who regulates foods and drugs that these snake oil salesmen got away with this law and made huge profits in the process... I guess we deserve what we allow lobbyists to create...