It should be no surprise to anyone by now that athletes will always find a new way to be better, faster, or stronger. Many athletes achieve their desired results by training, eating right, practicing their skills, and pitting their talents against worthy adversaries. Others take the darker road and will go to any length to come out on top, even if it involves cheating, drugs, or lying. It doesn’t matter that these athletes (Lance Armstrong, Mark McGwire, and Alex Rodriguez are among the most well-known) are often caught. For a while, they were among the best. That seems to be why some professional athletes are always seeking out the next new boost, whether it was steroids, testosterone, or more recently, Human Growth Hormone. If it gave them the competitive edge that brought trophies, championships, and sponsors, the benefits far outweighed the costs.
As athletes’ performance enhancers evolved, so too did the testing procedures designed to catch cheaters. Urine tests became so common, it was practically a requirement to participate in a sport. Then came performance enhancers, like HGH, that can’t be detected with a simple urine test. Many athletes thought they had found the loophole, until anti-doping organizations and collective bargaining agreements started pushing for mandatory blood testing. Most pro sports have had some discussion around implementing blood testing, especially in the hopes of catching athletes who use HGH and IGF-1, and are somewhere in the process of ironing out their proposed testing policies. Athletes who have relied on using undetected PED’s are now searching for the next edge . . . could it be HGH Releasers?
Simply put, an HGH Releaser is a substance that causes the body’s pituitary gland to release more Human Growth Hormone than normal. As you may know from your own experience with HGH, or from reading about or hearing anecdotes from current HGH supplement users, the benefits from having enough HGH in the body are many, and run the gamut from mental benefits to physical changes. HGH’s main function as a growth hormone is to regulate growth, metabolism, and cell production, and it is able to do this in many ways throughout the body. There are two kinds of HGH Releasers: an oral form and an injected form.
What’s the big deal about taking an HGH Releaser, especially since it is merely a compound that encourages one of the body’s natural processes? (After all, isn’t that what taking vitamins or eating foods with antioxidants does, too?) One of the most frustrating things for sports officials is that an HGH Releaser can’t be detected with a blood test. Testing currently being considered for detecting the level of Human Growth Hormone in the body isn’t going to be of any use for an HGH Releaser, since it contains no growth hormone. Plus, athletes know this and may be able to use the lack of testing technology for releasers to their advantage (i.e., cheating) . . . thus beginning the whole PED cycle all over again.
It seems that while sports officials and testing agencies hope that as they develop more and better ways to test for illegal substances, it will result in cleaner sports, it seems that the opposite could prove true. Developing better testing will spur those “win at any cost” competitors to go find a better (invisible) performance enhancer.