Health & Wellness

I get many questions about infections or even abcesses. Mostly people blame the Underground Lab, posting the product was not sterile etc. In reality its better first to check on Google if you can find more cases of infection. Because a batch is in most cases much bigger than 1 vial. Most UG labs manufactur a kilo of API  (raw powder). A batch of 250 mg/ml wil therefore be around 400 pcs.

The culprit in most cases is a lack of knowledge. I’ve seen many times that bodybuilders injected each other or themselves. They clean the injectionspot with alcohol (betadine is much and much better) and immidiatly pierce the skin. After the injection they pull up their pants and boxer. They mostly forget that they have created an open wound, a small one but bacteria are small too.

Once you have desinfected the skin you should wait some time to allow the bacteria to die, before you pierce the skin.

You should also desinfect the top of the vial you keep in the basement or fridge. And use clean needles and syringes. Wash your hands carefully also.

Here you can read how an extremely knowledgeble competing bodybuilder managed to contaminate his vial. When I showed him the analytical reports he realised how lucky he had been for quite some time. He was injecting so much for such a long time that he had become careless about sterility.

//juicedmuscle.com/jmblog/content/bacterial-contamination-10-ml-vial

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You will notice in an infection (usually) within 3 days and it will be red, sensitive to the touch and will seem to spread. Irritiation for the for first days will be very much the same so it can be stressful during that time to determine what is what.

First off its always a good idea to have some antibiotics handy just in case. Even with pharmaceutical gear from compounding pharmacies you can still get infections from a various amount of reasons. You mentioned injecting in the tricep. Thats a great area to site inject but can be tricky. you need to make sure you flex the tricep fully and find the peak. Watch it carefully as you relax the arm (should be bent 90 degrees not straight) and inject in the center of the meaty portion of the peak. It is very easy to be off center or to hit the outside head where there is not much space and the subsequent expansion of the muscle accompanied with the 2 propionate esters in sustanon to cause some pretty uncomfortable irritation. If the site has not been swabbed with alcohol and a frest needle used that can place bacteria in the injection site.

 Luckily "gyno", or in this case lipomastia, does not always look that bad. Oftentimes it is more subtle, yet still annoying a psychological burden for men suffering from it. This pictures alone should be reason enough to give all the 45+ contributing mentioned in this article a wide, wide berth

If you type "gynecomastia" into your favorite search engine, your chances to find one of the major fitness and bodybuilding forums among your first hits are about 99%. This indicates that gynecomastia, lipomastia, "bitch tits", "fat tits" and whatever else many people use to measure by the same yardstick is much more prevalent than you would think if you conducted a survey on the street. The reasons for that are manifold. Men, who frequent those bulletin boards are oftentimes more conscious about their looks than Mr. Average, they are also more prone to be exposed to exogenous hormonal agents that can contribute to the development of the aforementioned unaesthetic pathologies. Most importantly, though, gynecomastia is something you don't talk about. You have it, you suffer, but you don't talk publicly about it - after all, that would just make you even more unmanly! Right? No, false! Utterly false!

In fact, the widespread implicit understanding that the above statement was right is a damn good reason for me to do the opposite and talk, or rather write about causes  and ways to get rid of this humiliating condition .

A Few Case Reports

A 37 year old professional athlete arrived in my office complaining of low testosterone symptoms of low libido, erectile dysfunction, chronic fatigue, and mood disorder.  He admitted to anabolic steroid abuse in the past, and now sought medical intervention to "restore his testosterone to normal."   A few years ago, he had married and fathered a child, and he now wanted to devote more time to his family, but complained of a lack of energy to do so.  He also wanted to preserve fertility, as he wanted more children.  Previous medical doctor's lab studies showed low testosterone levels, all below 300 ng/dl, and low FSH and LH levels as well

After our usual workup, and the obvious diagnosis of hyopogonadal hypogonadism, treatment was started with HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), an LH analog which stimulates testicular testosterone production.  The patient wished to retain fertility which contra-indicated the use of Testosterone preparations.

I'll post here an old article (2009) from "The New York Times"

After this article adding the studies mentioned. Don't know about you, but I find it damned interesting.

Many competitive bodybuilders take anabolic steroids to achieve their freakishly exaggerated physiques. That is no secret. But steroids can be only one part of an extreme regimen that can wreak havoc on the body.
Human growth hormone, supplements, painkillers and diuretics can also be used to create the “shrink-wrapped” muscles so prized in the aesthetic. And the high concentration of muscle mass puts stress on the body, as if the lifter were obese.

Lifting weights in the gym is “extremely healthy for you,” said Kenneth Wheeler, a former elite bodybuilder known as Flex. “But if you want to be a bodybuilder and compete at the highest level, it has nothing to do with health.” A relatively rare form of kidney disease forced Wheeler to retire in 2003 at age 37, and he needed a kidney transplant later that year.
 

Though most of our readers are to young to suffer from age relatedprostate problems, a unhealthy prostate can damage not only the sexualperformance but also the bladder and peeing. Man entering their forties may start to find this article interesting, just like bodybuilders that are using anabolic/androgenic steroids (AAS).  Most bodybuilders juicing, are using means like HCG to prevent there testicles from crimping,  anti-aromatase to prevent their steroids from aromatising and silymarin to protect their liver. The prostate, an other organ that is effected by side effects of AAS use, is somewhat neglected.

Also take a look at this site for a comprehensive list of all tests and explanations of results:
//www.labtestsonline.org

 

A Comprehensive Look at Lab Tests
by Cy Willson

You just had some blood work done, and the friggin' doctor or his nurses are
guarding the results as if they're state secrets. However, after much cajoling
and explaining that you'd like to at least be an informed partner in your own
goshdarn health care, they begrudgingly give you a copy of your lab tests.

Trouble is, as much as you've been posturing about how you've had more than a
smattering of medical education, you still can't figure out what half the tests
are for and whether or not those abnormal values are anything to worry about.

 

Well, in the following article, I'm going to go over each of the most common
tests. I'll include why it's performed, what it tells you, and what the typical
ranges are for normal humans. That way, you'll have something more to go on in
assessing your health other than your family doctor saying, "Well, these few
values are a little worrisome, but you'll probably be okay."

One note, though, before I get started. The values I'll be listing are merely
averages and the ranges may vary slightly from laboratory to laboratory. Also,
if there's only one range given, it applies to both men and women.

Smoking pot

For years, the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids for a variety of indications have been studied all over the world. Key drawbacks inhibiting wide clinical use of the active ingredients used to be smoking as the primary form of application, dosage issues (leading to side effects), low bioavailability, variations in quality due to unknown origin of the plants, purity of extracts (plant extracts can hold numerous other compounds other than the active ingredient itself) and limited shelf life of extracts at room temperatures. Namisol® is the world’s first oral tablet that contains pure, natural Δ9-THC (dronabinol) in fixed dosages with high, predictable bioavailability and a long, stable shelf life at room temperature. In a few years it will probably be possible to take a pil and have all the benefits of  marihuanan without smoking it, some will like it, but most of us will miss the romance of preparing the joint and then enjoying the smoke

In the Netherlands patients can get a medical prescription to buy Marihuana in the coffeshops at reduced prices or receive medical quality marihuana for medical purposes, mostly pain releif and to enable them a good sleep.

Echo Pharmaceuticals, has joined forces with the University Medical Center (UMC) St. Radboud in a consortium to expand and pursue further development of the cannabinoid-based tablet Namisol®. 

Bodybuilding and Sex,

 

Are these two connected, then? Yes, and this decisively. Our sexual impulses are directly steered by our sex hormones  the same hormones that are commonly used in bodybuilding, have a massive influence on our body and mind and our lust,  this is also characterized by changes on our sex organs, something that women a suffer more, but more on that later.

Disproportionately muscular men and women generally attract more attention from both men and women. Not to long ago, bodybuilding was the sport of gay men. "Real men do not do such thing" and "they are not strong, their muscles are not real". In many gay magazines were and are naked bodybuilders depicted, especially in U.S. where this topic is much more controversial and these topics are not nearly as open as Europe . Olympian Tony P. was a very popular model, mostly because he was heavy shaped, also from Arnold Schw. You can effortlessly find nude pictures on the internet. Not long ago, a Dutch bodybuilding magazine published an article about "Arnold prostitute". Yet it was Arnold who made our sport widely accepted, right? Many wealthy American gays sponsor bodybuilders and are accompanied by them and have sex with them and pay them, of course, a lot of money, because all these hormones are very expensive. The murdered Gianni Versace, was such an example. Many of us remember that television commercial equivalent, with Ed van Amsterdam ... "a little strange, but nice" ...

 The effect of high doses of  AAS on the genitals and the use of HCG and HMG to protect and restore atrophy

 What follows is a subject not often discussed and controversial. I’ll describe a situation most of you will partly or completely be familiar with.

 After a long winter you tan on a sun-kissed beach. Some perfectly shaped beautiful girls keep a close eye on your ripped muscular body. The result of a winter of heavy work-outs an a good diet plan. And lets face it, a good cycle. You decide to give the ladies a better view and  walk into the sea. You walk in like a God. When you walk out, the wet trunks show painfully clear that your male pride shrunk by at least fifty percent. The cold water caused your genitals to shrink, sounds familiar, right?

 What cold water caused, can also be caused by the use/abuse of to many androgens or during or after a wrong designed cycle and PCT. Your testicals shrink, but not only that, your scrotum shrinks too and your balls retract into your groin. Your dick feels cold and even thinner and smaller. Your libido is dead and when you do come-off, your ejaculate volume is less then it used to be and sometimes is even painful. This is mostly accompanied with growth of your prostate that makes you feel like you constantly need to urinate. And when you did, it feels like you still have to pee and afterwards are still dripping. It looks like reversed puberty. Or worse you're getting OOOLD!!smiley

 

Should I go to the gym when I’m sick?

Who doesn’t catch a little cold right in the middle of the week when your workouts were going so great? There’s been many times that my workouts were 100% the best I’ve ever had and right when I was on top of my game – I caught some cold bug and it frustrated me to no end!

How many times have you asked yourself this question or been asked yourself?

“I was wondering if workouts (cardio, weightlifting or both) should be halted during a common cold or if you should “sweat it out” as some say.

Common sense tells me that the body should fully recover before engaging in an intense workout, but is a light day or a less intense cardio day okay?

On one hand you don’t want to break progress by waiting too long between workouts, yet on the other hand, you don’t want to remain sick because the body will have to allocate nutrition in building muscle tissue as opposed to building an immune response.”