by Matt Weik
I’m not sure what it is like nowadays with athletes who believe that this or that product contains steroids and has caused a “false positive” in their heads when a drug test came back that gave them the news that they were from the competition be excluded. In most cases, it is simply the athlete who takes something that he shouldn’t and was considered a prohibited substance. Instead of taking the blame, they point their fingers at the supplements they are taking.
From time to time, however, what the athletes say is true and the supplements they used actually contained steroids.
In the case of UFC fighter Lyman Good, he blamed Gaspari Nutrition for a spoiled product, but after suing the brand, he quickly realized that things would not go as he expected.
Let’s just sue everyone … Why not?
When Good was told in 2016 that he tested positive for 1-androstenedione (1-andro), he was shocked. And for someone who knows that they don’t use steroids, that would clearly be a surprise. Due to the positive tests, he was pulled out of an upcoming UFC fight and excluded from the competition for two years. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) later reduced its suspension to six months after Good claimed that the positive test was due to the use of Gaspari Nutrition Anavite (a multivitamin, of all things).
The interesting part of this whole thing is that after actually handing over all the supplements he had taken for testing for the USADA, Good actually came back that Gaspari Nutrition Anavite, a multivitamin, actually contained 1-andro – which now makes sense why he didn’t pass his drug test.
Good went through the legal process and decided not only to sue Gaspari Nutrition for appearing to have released a product that contained steroids, but also to sue The Vitamin Shoppe for selling the product that made him test positive.
Things go sideways here. Typically, it would be a fairly open and closed case to test a product and determine that it contains steroids when presented to a judge. Not this time. The judge dismissed the case and argued that Good did not provide enough evidence. Wait what?
It’s true. Good lost the case because he apparently did not provide the laboratory results as evidence for the case. I mean, look, I may not be the smartest person out there, but the most important piece of evidence in this case is the actual lab report. It seems to be common sense that the document proving a steroid-containing multivitamin is pretty important (but on the other hand, I wasn’t hit and kicked in the head hundreds of times).
The judge mentioned that his case, without the actual results from the SMRTL (Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory) or even expert testimony from the SMRTL itself to provide actual evidence, was hearsay and was considered to be undetectable that the multivitamin contained steroids. No, you can’t make that up.
Is this a real problem in the supplement industry?
I’ve been in the supplement industry for a long time and I’ve seen a lot of things. I’m not going to sit here and say that the supplement industry is squeaky clean or that there are quite a few bad apples launching products that contain steroids – we’ve all heard the stories on the website, news and athletes like Lyman Good who Taking products that they thought were approved and safe resulted in them failing a drug test common in their sport.
Do I personally believe that more should be done in the industry to prevent brands from selling products that contain steroids? Yes, I will raise my hand and agree that more should be done. The question is how without complete industry regulation to a point where product release not only costs exponentially more money because additional testing and verification is required but also the time it would take to launch new products to bring the market.
Does that mean I would change my position? No. However, the little people in the industry are sure to die if they have to pay for all the tests to ensure the quality of the product, and what is on the label is what is in it. The idea that we have to question this at all is absurd.
As a consumer myself (and I use a lot of supplements), I want to know what I’m putting into my body. Wouldn’t you We all have a choice of which products we want to use and which we don’t. What if a natural bodybuilder was tested and turned out to be (or she) tested positive for 1-andro? You are done. Regardless of whether you claim to be natural or not, people who know that you have used a steroid product will forever call you a scam – even if, frankly, you had no knowledge of the actual ingredients that weren’t were listed.
And not for nothing, but when supplements are contaminated with steroids and it is determined that post-cycle therapy (PCT) is required that the consumer has not used (because he did not know that the product contains steroids) could potentially do some cause serious health problems.
I would like to sit here and write an article with all the answers to these problems and solve all these problems, but I just don’t have it at the moment. How can we fix the problem without causing more problems and headaches than we already have? That being said, I think it’s wrong to put steroid products on the shelf, and consumers shouldn’t be loyal to these brands – if so, just support such behavior and deception.
If I don’t use steroids, this is my choice and I shouldn’t have to worry about any supplements that I consume that contain them without being listed on the label.
What do you think about this whole topic? I don’t even mention names of brands that were caught here. Do you generally feel that we have a problem? Let us know in the comments.