Sports Supplement Scam Alert
by Todd Scott, ISSA CPT
Training Advisor Men's Fitness magazine
Back in the early days, when I was still learning about proper nutrition for sports (tennis and football - more specifically, before I knew a dang thing about nutrition and sports performance), I would literally buy and test every supplement I could get my hands on. Literally, If I had an extra dollar to my name, it'd go towards supplements.
Like many, I believed supplements were the secret to being a better athlete.
I even "secretly" took a supplement taunted (at the time) as "The Legal Anabolic" called Boron. In short, it's basically an element that's naturally occuring in the environment, and actually found in small amounts in our saliva.
But in the back of the fitness magazines, it was the NEW supplement that increased testosterone by 200-300 percent. I'd hit a legal goldmine! (more on this later)
And I say I "secretly" took this supplement, because I was in High School during this time, and the bottle had on it, printed loudly, Anabolic "Sterol" Complex. Note it says "sterol", not steroid. But the similarity in the names, and me not knowing what "sterol" meant but that it was "increasing my testosterone by 300%!", made me want to keep it hidden from my parents, more specifically my mom...
Because I didn't really know if I was taking steroids or not? But I reasoned that they had to be legal, because I ordered them out of a magazine, right? So, in order to be safe, I decided not to tell anyone so as to not get into any trouble.
One day, she happened to find my underground goldmine supplement hidden (I think) under my dresser drawer. Without mentioning a word to me, she FLUSHED them down the toilet.
I guess it didn't take me long to discover they were gone, and I KNEW my mom had found them.
"Oh great! I'm gonna get a beating," I thought.
But she never said a word, so I asked her where the pills went.
"In the toilet," she says. "You don't need that garbage. It's Steroids, and they're bad for you!"
Well, they weren't steroids, what they were, I'll get to in a bit. But that's when I decided to go incognito.
I had a summer job out on Lake Bruin in North Louisiana. So, I asked one of the bosses if I could have it shipped to his house, so my mom wouldn't confiscate them again.
"Sure," he says. "No Problem."
So the battle was ON. Every few months my mom would find a bottle and flush my hard earned money, and my 300% testosterone increase down the flippin' toilet.
After about 6 months, I realized, to my astonishment, that the boron really wasn't doing what it had said it would... So, I guess (I don't remember making a conscious decision) I just stopped ordering.. I mean, 2 bottles were $49.95 (which was like $1,000 dollars to me at the time), and my mom kept flushing them down the dang toilet.
"Whatever," I thought, "I'll find something that's gonna help me be a better athlete, you just watch."
Well, some 7-8 years later, I came across a report on the supplement Boron.
The report stated that the supplement "Boron" claimed to have the same benefits that made me buy it in the first place....
"Increases testosterone by 200-300% to build muscle & burn fat at astonishing speeds. The Incredients are so potent, they're almost Illegal."
But, that they left off the most important part of the study:
4. Protein Bars ==> Prograde Cravers
5. Creatine ==> Phosphagen HP ==> EAS
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