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Al Salazar and Dr. Brown

19 May 2017 21:09

Did I miss the post with yet another article about Salazar's alleged doping operations at NIKE?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/sports/nike-oregon-project-alberto-salazar-dathan-ritzenhein.html?_r=2

synthetic thyroid hormone and l-carnitine drips. Never testing positive.

Welling’s medical records showed a nearly 11,000 percent increase in her muscle L-carnitine levels after the infusion.

Regarding the L-carnitine infusion, however, she said she could not remember a single detail.


Good thing USATF isn't sponsored by Nike, or that could look bad for Track and Field.
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Re: Al Salazar and Dr. Brown

20 May 2017 06:50

The next day, Dr. Brown prescribed Levoxyl, a thyroid drug. (Levoxyl is not a banned substance.)

According to the report, Dr. Brown was Salazar’s personal physician and was being paid a monthly retainer to work with the Oregon Project athletes. Ritzenhein said he did not know any of this at the time.

Last summer, the United States Anti-Doping Agency, or Usada, tried and failed in court to compel a deposition from Dr. Brown. His lawyer said at the time that the agency was engaged in a “fishing expedition to see if they can find some kind of a problem.”

Dr. Brown is known in the track world for diagnosing hypothyroidism in distance runners. The condition involves an underactive thyroid that can lead to weight gain and fatigue, but is considered relatively rare among athletes.

Some experts say that thyroid hormone can serve as a stimulant, lead to weight loss and improve alertness among athletes.

The functional component of Levoxyl is hormone levothyroxine and it is marketed somewhere under the brand name Levothroid. It is not well-established how prevalent its (ab)use is or has been in the past as it hasnt' been a banned drug and thus almost never discussed in the doping literature.

But there are some clues about its use allegedly by Marco Pantani and even Tyler Hamilton's calendar for season 2003 has it clearly written and because it was used just right after Dauphiné adds to the theory that it was just one way more to shed the last remaining pounds of the body before the TDF.

http://velorooms.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1783.0;attach=2630;image
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20 May 2017 12:58

''lead to weight loss''

Lol, middle aged women consume Levoxyl in US gyms by mass. You wanna get thin, you take Levoxyl, its really simple as that
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21 May 2017 17:30

Yes, when one understands the function of the hormone, it is an immediate no-brainer that weight loss could be the main reason for anyone to take it and apparently many people buy this mechanism.

But as it has been barely discussed in the literature, I am not fully convinced as there could be some detrimental side-effects if an elite athlete always at the edge of overtraining boosts his metabolic rate and thermogenesis via this substance.
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22 May 2017 13:42

Not specific to doping per se, but I was surprised at the amount of adverts on billboards/walls featuring Mo on my current trip to Shanghai.

Nike Money really does talk a global language.
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24 May 2017 01:55

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Re: Doping In Athletics

24 May 2017 14:27

Notice how NIKE is at the center of most doping related news in the US in the past two decades or so. Armstrong, Carl Lewis and Andre Agassi's positives being swiped away, Salazar and the Oregon Racing Project, MLB, NFL, USATF, USA Cycling, USOC scandal in the 80's to early 2000's...
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24 May 2017 16:54

It's to do with the increased mix between professional sport and multi-national companies - These companies have little concern about doping or the like, as long as it's kept in-house - You can't beat brand recognition aligned with sporting stars.
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Re: Doping In Athletics

24 May 2017 23:54

TubularBills wrote:The USADA Report On Alberto Salazar And The Nike Oregon Project

http://www.flotrack.org/article/56468-this-may-be-the-usada-report-on-alberto-salazar-and-the-nike-oregon-project#.WSTFuBMrLVo

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B12sfJ8SraVNTW9nU3puUklyRzQ/view



Working through this document, and it's depressing reading....

The corporate adjacency is so concerning :mad:

:lol: page 104...... Salazar was himself apparently refused a TUE for hGH in 1995 based on lack of evidence of a pituitry-gonadal failure" :surprised:

and from salazar in 2011 (page 117)

“Lance, call me asap! We have tested it and it’s amazing. You are the only athlete I’m going to tell the actual numbers to other than Galen Rupp. It’s too incredible. All completely legal and natural! You will finish the Iron Man in about 16 minutes less while taking this.”
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Re: Doping In Athletics

25 May 2017 04:16

BullsFan22 wrote:Notice how NIKE is at the center of most doping related news in the US in the past two decades or so. Armstrong, Carl Lewis and Andre Agassi's positives being swiped away, Salazar and the Oregon Racing Project, MLB, NFL, USATF, USA Cycling, USOC scandal in the 80's to early 2000's...

Exactly. Also add in the Oregon fuelled sub-2hr marathon nonsense as a very recent and very blatant shenanigan.
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