From body image to body dysmorphia

 

The way we look to ourselves and the outside world is for an important part driven by media.

If we go back in time, we mostly call certain looks to a decade. The fifties brought the “Rock and roll” and Elvis retro-style hair. When I think “sixties” I see long hair, hippies, free love, a lot of flowers and a distinct music. Its was followed by “ Punk “. People follow a certain code in fashion, hairstyle, music etc.

As long as it comes to fashion or hairstyles, most people can adapt to these unwritten rules, mostly the younger people are very eager to be accepted, you’re “in” or “out”, in the sixties you where either “hip” or not, now the magic word is “cool”. What if this typation involves our body-image?

In the mid-sixties the most admired look changed from Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe to a British fashion model called “Twiggy”. The most wanted body type changed from a fully curved voluptuous  blond model to a boyish thin girl.

Whether you're thin, fat, small, dark, blond, redhead, you wanna be something else," said the world's first boldface supermodel. "I wanted a fairy godmother to make me look like Marilyn Monroe. I had no boobs, no hips, and I wanted it desperately."

Since then the fashion markets unnatural cq unhealthy thin models. To achieve this look , mostly very young, girls develop an unnatural  eating behaviour from diet pills to bulimia and anorexia. The first signs of body dysmorphia embodied in eating disorders.

 

Quality of Chinese Growth Hormone

 

How it started

In the nineties Jin Lei a brilliant Chinese pharmaceutical student, who graduated from Beijing University in 1985,  studied in the USA. In his free time he worked hard as a research scientist at Genentech, an American biotech company and one of the world’s leading producers of human growth hormones. His special interest where antibodies that bind to human growth hormones.

In 1994 he earned a PD in pharmaceutical chemistry from the university of California. After graduation, Mr. Jin, despite many offers for well paid jobs in the USA,  wanted to return to China to start his own biopharmaceutical company and help Chinese children by producing human growth hormone.

In 1997 Jin build a manufacturing lab, called GeneScience Pharmaceuticals Company,  in partnership with a state-owned company called “ Changchun High Tech Group “,and a year later they introduced their own patented human growth hormone, called Jintropin, named after Dr Jin. This new cheap and very effective growth hormone became very popular among anti-aging aspect, life extensionists and bodybuilders. Existing companies that made enormous amounts of money on this new and overpriced compound tried their best to discredit this much cheaper Chinese competitor.

BY RONNY TOBER

 Last summer we published an extensive article about growth hormone. On our forums there is a lot discussion on the brands, the prices, and the quality of GH, especially that of Chinese origin. Generic Supplements, a Dutch underground laboratory, had done several analyses through us to find a constant and reliable API (raw powder) manufacturer. When they asked me to try and find a laboratory that was able and willing to analyse complex peptide hormones, because they wanted to analyse a generic Chinese GH version, I was very sceptical. From the research of the previous growth hormone article I knew that GeneScience had the patent in China for the manufacture of GH by secretion technology. And this method is the only one to produce 191 amino acid GH with high purity. When they offered us a sample in January 2006, we took it, and were very curious to find out the content. We ended up being greatly surprised by the results.

 

The Many Faces of Growth Hormone

BY RONNY TOBER  2005

This is an article I wrote for a bodybuilding magazine in 2005.  The information is therefore dated. But it contains usefull information and newer information about this subject can be found in newer articles.

Human growth hormone (somatropin) is widely used outside of normal medical situations. For example, in bodybuilding it is taken to increase muscle mass and decrease body fat. Being so far removed from the hands of legitimate pharmaceutical distributors, doctors, and pharmacists, preparations of doubtful origin and low quality frequently find their way to the (black) market.

In the last few years,counterfeited, contaminated, and very poor quality somatropin have been located and analysed, both in the European Union and in the United States. There were many counterfeited preparations found, some of which instead of the expected recombinant growth hormone rhGH, contained the pregnancy hormone HCG. Other illegally prepared preparations contained growth hormone from human cadavers (pituitary glands), veterinary somatropin variants, vitamins, insulin,etc. Looking at the more than 50 proven cases of the transmission of the Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease by contaminated growth hormone preparations, mainly during the 1980’s [1-4],we feel people should be urgently warned before using questionable growth hormone preparations [5-9]. This article will take a close look at the various manufacturing techniques used to make growth hormone drugs, placing a strong emphasis on how to identify quality preparations from those of a more questionable nature.

I want it all – and – I want it now

 

As you could read in part 1  of this article, the bodybuilding culture is changing and it is changing fast. People want instant solution, instant results.

This raises concern among people that want to inform and warn, these mostly young and naïve newbies. There are many websites, forums and booklets that inform potential users that are interested in shortcuts to increase their muscle mass. On these forums certain members manifests themselves as experienced people, most of the time these guys, or groups of guys, sell the homebrews and or veterinary compounds  ( Kynoselen – ADE - Potenay) they are hyping.

With this article I'll show the difference between real Sustanon and  fake Sustanon

Most people believe that a certain product is counterfeited by an individual or organisation. To show that that is not true I post this picture of Portuguese Sustanon (country number 170). The only real ampoulle is the left one. That shows that very often you can find more then one counterfeit or fake from a popular steroid. Sustanon was distributed in many countries, but each product and country had its own specific number. Sustanon from Portugal beared the number 25332/170. Later in this article I'll show more specific details.

What matters for this article is that on diverse discussionforums, members deny that a certain ampoulle is counterfeit or fake. Sometimes it is so obvious like in this case of Omnadren®  from Jelfa. On a famous forum, some members even admitted they where convinced that really was a counterfeited Omnadren, but posted they where also convinced that it contained “real” Sustanon, because they and their friends grew on it . One member posted: ”If they go through all that trouble to make such high quality counterfeited  lable, box and ampoules, they surely will put the real deal in the ampoules”. You never know if these people have an interest in posting such stupidities (belonging to the group that sells them), or are just plain stupid. They also always seem to have followers.

 Russian Methandrostenolone…

BY RONNY TOBER 

Over the past 10 years, the two most well known and sought after Russian brands of methandrostenolone have been manufactured by the firms Akrihin and Bioreactor.The Akrihin product goes back a very long way, and is still in production today. It remains the principle agent of reference when someone is speaking about “Russian DBol”, or at least it should be. The product from Bioreactor is actually no longer being made, and was discontinued a few years ago. It was dropped simply because the firm’s license on the sale of the agent had expired.The availability of old batches, counterfeits, and outright fakes of the Bioreactor product makes this a topic to discuss, and has been included in our article on Russian methandrostenolone, even though it is no longer actively made there. So we know what they are, now what do we know about them?

After all,Russian D-bol has been the product of great speculation over the years. Let’s get to the facts and the fakes. Years ago, one of the most trusted U.S. steroid gurus (Dan Duchaine) wrote that he disliked Russian Dianabol because of manufacturing and quality control issues. In his opinion, it was a combination ofmethandienone and methyl-testosterone. He believed that the manufacturers used contaminated, expired tablets for their new batches, which would have made it impossible for the end-user to dose properly as the tablet dosage could not have been accurate.

Russian Dianabol has been dogged by this stigma ever since, so we were curious to get a Russian perspective.We sought the expertise of a highly respected bodybuilder and forum moderator known as Retabolil or just Ret Ret: “Bioreactor was illegally made and I never liked it. Akrihin® was top notch. Yes, it had more methyl-test then any other brand, but it also gave me increadible mass and strength gains. The most popular brand in Russia today is Naposim®. It’s very different from Russian Dianabol though, it doesn’t make you hold so much water.”

THE PIONEERS OF BODYBUILDING

We all have a heritage. Our nationalities, our occupations and even our hobbies  have their  history. Where we´ve come from is a part of who we are. Pride is a part of it as well.

Our differences often cause dissension. Nevertheless, it´s possible to cross ethnic and cultural lines via shared beliefs and interests which fuse our unanimity and camaraderie. The love of sports is such a catalyst. It brings people together with a common bond. Sports aficionados are known for their mutual devotion and  reverence to the all time greats of a game. At times, they can be passionate to the point of fanatical when exuding their thoughts of how "it used to be." So why is it so few bodybuilders are familiar with the history of their own sport?

 

Distended bellies also known as GH-gut or roid-gut

 

The GH gut is well known phenomenon among “modern” bodybuilders. It is widely discussed on bodybuilding-boards, magazines and in the gym. We’ll try to explain the reason why it happened and if there is a way back.

Let us start at the beginning.

During the Golden Age ( the 1940s and 50s) the champions like Steve Reeves, John Grimek and Reg Park (picture 1) wanted to sculpt their bodies like the statues of the ancient Greek and Roman gods. Their goal was to attain an athletic body with aesthetical size and symmetry. These  champions of the pre-steroid time were proud of their health and strength and looks.

Bodybuilders of the 1960s, had these men as their example, these where athletes such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbo, Bob Paris and Frank Zane. These bodybuilders where the ones that started to use anabolic androgenic steroids, starting with Dianabol (methandrostenolone)  small blue pils they called “the breakfast of the champions”.

 


From the physical culture of young surfers from the sunny beaches of California emerged not to long ago a new phenomenon called “ bodybuilding”.  It was new, to only want to look strong and not compete for strength, like by example weightlifting. Bodybuilding received a major boost with the arrival of Arnold and Franco, who were contracted directly by Weider, the then wannabe rich and the wannabe famous.

It was for the first bodybuilders and competitive athletes, especially the weightlifters at that time, a whole gamble when they popped their first little, blue Dianabol tablet in their throat,   and later when they first started to inject muscle-enhancing substances, mainly testosterone derivatives, in the upper outer quarter of their buttock.