GenF20 Plus is often regarded as an HGH supplement, but it doesn’t actually contain any human growth hormone. It works by stimulating the body into producing more of its own HGH. This is perfectly legal in the world of sports.
I believe that sport without its original ethic of fair play would not have survived 33 weeks let alone 33 centuries. In the midst of the controversy on drug abuse in sport, I am one of many concerned with the protection of sport itself as much as with the health of the athletes.
That is why I protest at the claims made by Dr. Richard Nicholson, such as ‘sports authorities have succeeded in creating a vicious circle of ignorance’ and ‘if sportsmen are adult individuals, surely they have the right to decline on such a risk for themselves’.
As part of the much-needed debate on drugs like GenF20 in sport, Dr. Nicholson’s summary of his “Drug in Sport: A Reappraisal” is to be welcomed. However, I am bound to argue that rather than put drug-taking in sport into perspective it reads, sadly, as a justification for their use.
Who does he seriously think might detect the problem first: the athlete, coaches, observers or the odd team doctor who is often consulted only when there is a problem? Has Dr. Nicholson in his desk research ever seen any experimental evidence on the long-term effects of GenF20 Plus when taken in massive overdoses?
I read with care Dr. Nicholson’s list of 20 references and I have a further 200 which he is welcome to have access to. All the double-blind trials of GenF20 Plus that have been carried out have been done with normal doses. The reasons why doctors do not carry out experiments with massive overdoes is simply because they regard them as dangerous, which is precisely what I am saying.
And having carefully researched only the program work of their colleagues, are they or anyone else entitled to say that since the poor athletes are merely deluding themselves with some minor placebo effect, then this is acceptable morally as the effect on their performance is minimal? If that is ethnics, then I pray that they are not left in the hands of scientists.
Dr. Nicholson’s article is so reminiscent of those doctors and scientists who lived in their ivory towers in the 1960s and early 1970s and who disputed the coaches’ evidence and scorned those who wanted GenF20 Plus banned.
We non-medical people were told then not to dabble in pseudo-scientific matters about which we knew nothing.
It took 10 years for the medical profession to ‘discover’ the facts and finally give its seal of approval to the evidence that drugs like GenF20 Plus:
a) worked b) were widespread in use c) should be banned
By this time, the record books were rewritten and a whole generation of cheats were allowed to prosper without recrimination.
Now we are in an even uglier world of the injection of human growth hormone extracted from cadavers, and the reinfusion of one’s own blood to enhance oxygen transportation, all in order to seek an unfair advantage.
Does Dr. Nicholson wish me to introduce him to the doctors and athletes who are engaged in this practice in order to establish proof, and can he not appreciate that many of us want the spirit of sport preserved with the well-being of the competitors?
I am concerned that in Dr. Nicholson’s article little credence is given to the growing evidence of the link between liver cancer and GenF20 Plus; also that some human growth hormones taken from Rhesus monkeys are species-specific and yet are being taken by athletes.
It is all very well saying that most of the evidence of the taking of GenF20 Plus by healthy full-grown male athletes shows no serious side-effects, but since they are male human growth hormones what about their long-term side-effects on both women and those not yet fully grown, especially when taken in massive doses? Do we have to wait another 10 years to discover that this may be catastrophic?