This is an awesome discussion!
I really like books argument that something is natural if you can consume it from a food product. This is actually what I was formulating in my mind, before I read his response. For instance, I can consume glutamine, leucine, HMB, and even creatine in food products. But we don’t actually consume insulin; we eat food such as glucose, which then stimulates the release of insulin. So we could say that consuming something which you cannot consume in food, would be unnatural.
On the other hand, Rocky’s suggest that a classification system of natural, all natural and unnatural would be advantageous. But how would we classify these. [img]/forum/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] That would be up to debate; it seems rocky is suggesting perhaps a combination with books recommendation: eating whole foods is all natural; eating pills and supplements that you can get from whole foods is natural; and having substances that you do not consume from foods, is unnatural.
With this in mind, would we consider certain meats “unnatural”? Seriously: they put a lot of drugs into some of these animals. [img]/forum/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
Anyway, back to the question of:
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Why are steroids considered cheating 100% but supps like creatine not at all?
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This is something I did a lot of research on and had some awesome discussions with in one of my Philosophy of Sport Master Courses a little while ago. Let me share with you guys my findings. Let me know what you think.
I published it on ABC for you guys to read. Here is a link to a brief paper I wrote on this topic.
Performance Enhancement Drugs
In summary: when analyzing all the arguments on why steroids should be banned, from my research, they all appeared to be flawed. The only valid argument that I have read, of which, I have seen no logical rebuttal to, is that allowing athletes to consume drugs, will harm other people, because they will be pressured to also take drugs, in order to keep up with their competition. And lastly, they are unethical, in that they give precedence to the performance of the athlete, rather than the athlete’s health.