Steroids: The Other Kind

The investigation into misuse of steroids is expanding past athletes and onto other entertainers and the physicians who prescribe them, not just for athletic prowess but for anti-aging.

Entertainers including the singer Mary J. Blige and the rapper 50 Cent are among thousands of people whose names are turning up in an investigation into obtaining steroids or human growth hormones, an Albany newspaper reported on Sunday.

The Times Union reported that the investigation, being conducted by the Albany County district attorney, P. David Soares, also found evidence that in addition to Ms. Blige and 50 Cent, other possible recipients included two other musicians, Wyclef Jean and Timbaland, and Tyler Perry, an author, actor and producer in theater, film and television.

None of the celebs are being investigated for criminal conduct. It's the doctors the feds are after.[More...]

Citing information from witnesses cooperating in the investigation, The Times Union said that drugs were shipped to celebrities, sometimes under pseudonyms, at their homes, studios and hotels and through the Clay Fitness Club and Spa on West 14th Street in Manhattan and the director of its antiaging and longevity program, Dr. Michael Diamond, a chiropractor from Long Island. He declined to comment because of patient confidentiality, the newspaper said.

According to The Times Union, records showed that prescriptions for Ms. Blige and other performers were signed by Dr. Gary Brandwein, an osteopath from Florida. He has been charged with felony drug violations in the Albany investigation and has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer, Terence L. Kindlon of Albany, declined to comment Sunday night.

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    Just FYI: I have a doctor friend (none / 0) (#1)
    by MarkL on Mon Jan 14, 2008 at 01:24:14 AM EST
    with whom I chat about exercise, diet and health.
    I was asking him why steroids are bad for the heart.
    The answer is that steroids make EVERYTHING bigger, including the heart muscle, but the muscle isn't good quality, and the heart because "floppy", he said. Yuck!
    Some of the other supplements also cause more than muscle to grow---not good for an adult, possibly.

    This doesn't surprise me (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jgarza on Mon Jan 14, 2008 at 09:43:57 AM EST
    Our society is so image obsessed.  People in Hollywood think size 2's are fat.

    Every time i see some vintage picture of celebrities, even from the 80's and early 90s, I think if that person were famous now, we would call them fat.  It really has gone too far.  

    Why is this anyone's business? (none / 0) (#3)
    by lilybart on Mon Jan 14, 2008 at 11:09:03 AM EST
    Honestly, maybe in a sports contract it says you can't dope up, but these people are entertainers. Why is it anyone's business?

    But then I am someone who thinks what drugs I choose to take is only my business.

    Exactly.... (none / 0) (#4)
    by kdog on Mon Jan 14, 2008 at 11:30:42 AM EST
    Well said lilybart.

    Everybody gets high on something...for some it's there own appearance.  Whatever floats your boat...