Among the high profile professional sportsmen who’ve used deer antler spray, based on a recent report in Sports Illustrated, are the golfer Vijay Singh and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. Needless to say, this “disclosure” prompted the typical PED craze, followed by the typical sanctimonious, illinois-educated condemnations.
Do not worry, Vijay. What we’ve got here, in-the words of Millard Baker, that has been examining PEDs for more than-a decade and runs the site thinksteroids.com, is “an imagined steroid scandal.”
“I understand it is obviously illegal, whatever it’s,” said golfer Bubba Watson, presumably without comic aim. I could not do that.”
Singh, for his part, issued some of the very memorable confessions in the history of sports: “I have used deer antler spray” he confessed. But he did not understand, he continued, it may have included a material that’s prohibited by the Professional Golfers Association.
It’s made synthetically, but it seemingly can even be seen in microscopic amounts in the velvet of immature deer antlers.
Does deer antler spray, in turn, contain trace quantities of IGF1? Quite possibly. But so do other creature-food products. Sports Illustrated might as well have rattled off a listing of sportsmen who drink milk. After all, cattle are frequently given bovine hormone to growth, which raises the generation of IGF1. For instance, the Food And Drug Administration lets cattle to be injected by livestock farmers with synthetic steroids such as trenbolone, a favorite among bodybuilders that want to mass upward fast before a contest.
The magazine has named vilified users, names and shamed leagues. With its deer antler narrative, reason has definitely been impaled.
Meanwhile, all of-the essential questions remain unexplored. Would our energy be better spent controlling the utilization of PEDs in athletics, rather than pushing for prohibition, which drives athletes into the arms of flyby-night operations like Sports With Choices to Steroids?
The research is not just unequivocal. According to-the nonprofit organization Anti-Doping Research, deer antler has been proven in animal tests to raise oxygen uptake, too as red and white blood cell production. But in regards to persons—let alone elite athletes—it has not showed much worth as a performance enhancer.
Quite simply, you are better off getting your IGF1 elsewhere. And anyway, IGF1 is not effectively provided by tablet or spray. It must be injected.
However here we are, in the middle of another steroid scandal, talking about while it was deer antler spray that empowered Lewis to return so fast from his triceps tear in mid October and calling Singh “a doper.” There isn’t any reason to believe that either of these guys benefited from spraying a mist under their tongue, just because there isn’t any reason to feel there was anything scandalous about them doing so.