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Physician / Bodybuilder Discusses Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Posted in: Articles by ProSource, Supplement Articles, Superfeature Articles | Jul 27, 2007

Carlon Colker, MD, FACN, and a former champion bodybuilder, now co-stars in the new ABC-TV reality series, " Shaq's Big Challenge." He is also Shaquille O'Neal's personal physician and trainer, and has worked with Andre Agassi and many other world-class athletes as well professional and amateur bodybuilders from around the world. Dr. Colker, CEO and Medical Director of Peak Wellness, Inc. of Greenwich, Connecticut, would like to help sports fans and the public in general better understand the entire issue of performance-enhancing drug use: what's involved, what's at stake, and how he believes we should move forward with more realistic and effective drug testing, as this problem continues both on and off the playing field.

To do that, Dr. Colker has just published a new book, Extreme Muscle Enhancement: Bodybuilding's Most Powerful Techniques (ProSource Publications, 2007). In it he offers a comprehensive and frank appraisal of why athletes use steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, and why a "don't ask, don't tell" attitude is tragically common. The book offers an in-depth look at what we know (and don't know) about drugs' effects and how they're used, including "stacking," how many athletes beat the tests (you won't believe some of these methods!) and why many officials "look the other way" or even encourage the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Overall, Dr Colker's book is a "how to" manual for bodybuilders and other athletes who want to build serious muscle mass and gain a competitive edge in sports, and in life, as well as suggesting natural alternatives to drugs, and debunking many popular myths about nutrition and fitness. As a physician and as a bodybuilder who knows this sector intimately, Dr. Colker presents his informed opinions about how these serious issues can be intelligently and satisfactorily resolved for the good of athletes, athletics, and the sports-loving public.

A sought-after media expert, Dr. Colker has recently been asked to address the controversy swirling around the possible past use of performance-enhancing drugs by Barry Bonds, as he closes in on Hank Aaron's home run record and the drugs suspected in the murder-suicide of pro wrestler Chris Benoit.

Questions Dr. Colker is often asked include, "If Bonds breaks Aaron's record, will it even be legitimate, or have performance-enhancing drugs in fact given him and other modern-day athletes an unfair leg-up on superstars of the past? And what do we really want from our superstar athletes?" and "Do we, the public, have any culpability in turning some of them into superhuman freaks-of-nature?" Speaking generally, Dr. Colker says that sometimes the use of performance-enhancing drugs (which, he points out, Bonds has not admitted using), is subtly not only condoned but encouraged by competitive coaches and handlers. The athletes themselves are "in it to win," and if others they must go up against have that edge, they feel they may have no other choice. What Dr. Colker suggests, in his frank, "tough love" way, is that perhaps it's time to take a good, hard look at what "monsters" we've created."

Speaking of monsters, using the example of the comic book character "The Hulk," Dr. Colker has also been asked if, in the real world, the high level of synthetic testosterone found in wrestler Chris Benoit's blood could have produced the so-called "'Roid Rage" effect, and been a causative factor in his murder-suicide? As Dr. Colker explains, "Wrestlers are performers, and are generally not at all as "aggressive" away from the ring as they seem to be while inside it. A mild-mannered person, such as Chris Benoit was reported to be, would not do a 180-degree about-face and suddenly become a killer. There were many other causative factors. I don't believe steroids had a direct effect on this terrible tragedy."

Today, as drug testing becomes increasingly widespread in professional sports, and more athletes test positive, the longtime hot-button issue of performance enhancing drugs has heated up. In this controversial arena, Dr. Colker is a strong and true voice of reason.

In addition to Extreme Muscle Enhancement, Dr. Colker is the author of The Greenwich Diet and other books. His practice specialties include sports medicine and sports nutrition. He is a frequent contributor to Muscular Development Magazine, Muscle & Fitness, Ironman, Muscle Magazine,Body, Runner's World, Walking, Let's Live, Self, Strive, Men's Health, Men's Fitness, and Cosmopolitan.

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