stars who use PEDs to improve their image
Doctors are claiming some entertainers believe steroids or human growth hormones have anti-ageing benefits.
The music industry- in its own right is definitely a competitive sport- take 50 cent for example- the g- unit star has taken his brash lyrics and used them against his opposition, targeting the likes of Ja Rule and the Game. But maybe harsh lyrics are just not enough- So how do the stars stay at the top of their game?
Well the answer apparently lies in rejuvenation. According to Albany Times Union, Florida Doctor Gary Bandwein allegedly shipped the goods to 50, Blige and company; steroids or HGH would be shipped for the artists to Long Island chiropractor Michael Diamond, who holds residency at New York gym Clay. Michael Diamond- who had not been charged under any accounts- coincidently is an instructor of anti-aging and longevity medicine at the Manhattan fitness centre. According to the article, experts believe that more entertainers are turning to “the unproven anti-aging effects of steroids.”
However, to gain the upper hand against his opponents, its hard to think that 50 cent would turn to steroids as a New York newspaper article claimed through sources on Monday. So why would artists like 50 cent, Mary. J. Blige, Timbaland, Wyclef Jean and playwright director Tyler Perry (according to reports) decide to use steroids or human growth hormone?
Why you ask? According to Dr Thomas Barnes, a Newport Cosmetic surgeon with more than 10 years of experience in the field, HGH, though controversial in some circles, has its benefits. Barnes said when people pass age 30- especially entertainers- life begins to take its toll on people’s complexions. According to Dr Barnes, HGH specifically brings levels of testosterone back up- benefits can include thickening of the hair and skin and “a luster again in the eyes and basically helping the body look more vigorous.”
Dr. Thomas Perl, a professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, begs to differ. Perl is the founder of www.AntiAgingQuackery.com a site launched in 2005 to oppose the rhetoric of steroids and HGH’s benefits. In rare instances, he explained, administering HGH makes sense; he listed short bowel syndrome and growth-hormone deficiency as those exceptions. Overall, however, he calls steroids and HGH cheap gimmicks, fraught with misleading information and too easily available online. “The irony is that animal studies show growth hormones actually decrease life span, they doesn’t increase life span,” he said. “It’s all marketing. It’s all a sale.”
“It is a drug, and it really should be administered by someone who is licensed personnel,” Dr. Barnes said. “It’s easy for a trainer to give it, but when problems start, that’s when the finger-pointing starts.”
“Hormones are the darling of the anti-aging industry, because people generally equate the word with youth,” Dr. Perl insisted. “And they think, ‘Take a hormone. Oh, it makes me young again.’
John Battaglia, an image consultant/ life coach who runs the Rockstar in You and has worked with Justin Timberlake and Usher, said the obsession with youthful images can sometimes counter an artist’s primary goal: a long-term career. “The music business is a young person’s business, so there’s certainly a premium on appearing young or appearing younger,” he told MTV News. “So certainly people really can do a lot of different things — sometimes going to very extreme measures in their appearance — to be able to give a youthful image.”