by Arthur Jones
I am fully aware that many people will consider the
following clear proof of my ignorance, I feel that a word on the subject of growth drugs is in order; during
the course of lengthy conversations with a leading research scientist, a medical doctor, whose name I am not
free to use, a man who is currently giving steroids to a large number of
athletes, the following points were clearly made.
- There is NO evidence that steroids actually do promote additional muscular growth in healthy
- At least 25% of all users or steroids will suffer permanent testicular atrophy. And if you don't know
what that means -- I strongly advise that you find out.
- After stopping all use of steroids, it will require at least six months for the body to regain its normal
ability to produce hormones in the required amounts -- if it ever does.
- During that period of six months -- or longer -- the previous user of steroids MUST LOSE both
muscular size and strength; even though no additional size or strength was produced by the use of steroids
in the first place. This happens because the body, having become accustomed to the artificial hormones,
and having reduced its own normal production of hormones during the period when steroids were being
taken, cannot instantly start producing hormones in the required amount; thus a period of time must pass
during which the body will not have enough hormones to maintain the existing levels of strength and size --
and LOSSES MUST RESULT during that period.
- The doctor from whom this information was obtained added that he is personally much AGAINST THE
USE OF STEROIDS, but that he is forced into giving them to athletes by a realization of the fact that such
people will take them without his knowledge or control if he refused to give them -- and he prefers to at
least be aware of what is being taken.
So, drug takers -- read it, laugh at my ignorance now, and weep about your own stupidity later; it's your
health, do with it what you will -- but don't claim later that you weren't warned clearly in advance.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has used steroids and admitted it to me openly in front of witnesses, Sergio Oliva
has used them and also admitted it openly -- and both of these men certainly have outstanding muscular
development; but I can name quite a few other individuals who also have used steroids with little or nothing
in the way of results from their use -- or from their training, either. And I can name a large number of
people who obtained literally fantastic degrees of development without the use of steroids. How do I know
for sure? Because such development was produced literally decades before the growth drugs were even
Physiques like those of men such as Sergio and Arnold are the product of their training -- but just as
certainly NOT the product of drugs; because, if drugs could produce such results, there would be many
more such examples to prove it -- but in face there is only one Sergio and one Arnold. And of even greater
importance to the production of their final degrees of results was the factor of heredity; while it is perfectly
true that nobody ever "just grew" to the size of Sergio or Arnold, it is just as true that most people could
never attain such size no matter how they trained, regardless of what they ate, and with or without the use of