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Strange Brew
By David Nevard

So, Mark McGwire is a 6-Łoot-5, 245 pound baseball bashing, weight slingin ' Andro poppin' BEAST!!!

Here is the main question I'll leave you with, WHY is Mark McGwire taking Androstene and WHY is everyone crying over him using it? Because, IT WORKS and as Stone Cold would say, THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE!!! -- from the Internet.

During McGwire's pursuit of the home record, the public learned that he had been using two performance-enhancing substances in his workouts, Androstenedione and Creatine.

Androstenedione & Creatine Androstenedione is a natural steroid hormone found in all mammals. It is a "precursor", produced in the gonads and adrenal glands and metabolized in the liver into testosterone. Effects may include increased energy, enhanced recovery and growth from exercise, heightened sexual arousal and function, as well as greater sense of well being. According to the German Patent for androstenedione, 50mg given orally to men raised plasma testosterone levels from 140% to 183% of normal, 100mg of oral androstenedione raised testosterone 211%to 337% of normal. Blood levels start rising about 15 minutes after oral administration of androstenedione and stay elevated for around 3 hours. A peak in blood testosterone levels is seen around I to 1.5 hours after ingestion.

The drug was used extensively by East German athletes in the 1980's. The East German scientist Oettel felt his twice-a-day "pulses" of testosterone increased the performance of his athletes. He focused on the positive effect of androgens on the central nervous system and how enhanced neuron firing improves athletic performance.

Andro should not be used by women nor anyone under the age of 18, anyone with any medical conditions such as an enlarged prostate, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. It may also aggravate gynecomastia in steroid users.

From an anonymous internet source: "I'm not an expert - this is only what I have read, which will cause me to stay away from androstenedione. Here is a 'short': acne, increased bodily and facial hair, oily skin, deepening of the voice, enlarged prostate, moodiness, male pattern baldness, female-like breast tissue."

The NCAA, NFL, and the International Olympic Committee have all banned Androstene. But reportedly you can take Androstene up to 2 or 3 days before being tested and pass the test.

Creatine is another naturally-occurring substance. It is sold in powder form (derived from rabbit muscle), to be mixed with liquid. In layman's terms, when you exercise, your muscles use up this stuff and you get tired. If you load up on Creatine, you can not only keep exercising longer, but you can also regain your strength after a set much faster. Muscle mass can be increased dramatically. Here's one story:

"When I was doing buddy curls that started 10,9,8,7...1 and at set I we always did a 'burn out.' I was getting around 20 reps for a period of about a month on the last set. After taking these products, my burnout rep has been around 30 with an extreme case being 45. I was totally amazed! After all this, without the supplements, we would feel dead and waste time before moving on in the workout. Now that we have been taking the supplements, we get done, are astonished, and move on right away."

Dehydration can be a problem; questions were raised about Creatine when three college wrestlers died over the past year, but nobody proved a connection. "That's a little different sport," said a football player. "Those guys are losing so much weight. Water loss is such a factor."

Creatine phosphate is produced and stored by the kidneys and liver. Some people warn that if the body is receiving an external supply of creatine, it will shut down its own production, making the user dependent on the nutritional supplement. Experts suggest taking Creatine for 8 weeks on, 4 weeks off, to give the kidneys a chance to produce adenosine tryphosphate (ATP). This is to assure that your kidneys will not stop producing ATP forever.

Because Andro and Creatine are naturally-occurring substances, the federal government considers them nutritional supplements, rather than drugs. They are not regulated and most of the testing on the products has been done by companies who sell them.

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