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Section III -- Training Tips Section IV -- "Personal Page" : Bodybuilders experiences.
LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD!

Note: This article is directed to anyone who lives in the United States of America.

The most important right we have today is the freedom of speech. Without it you can not voice your opinions, communicate your ideas and feelings, express yourself artisticly, practice your own religion, seek scientific truth, read/write for a newsletter such as this, or even , speak out against injustice. If we let freedom of speech die, we can no longer grow as a people and our self development will be destroyed. Freedom of speech can only be destroyed if we let it. Thank God (if you believe in god) we live in America right? Think again!

In many counties people are censored by governments using force to control what you can say, read, or see. People have been threatened to be killed for "indecent" art. The author Salman Rushie of the book Satanic Verses had to go into hiding because of death threats all because he wrote something that offened other people. Storm troopers in Nazi Germany seized and burned the works of jewish writers. Resisters where beaten and shot. In England, since 1974 6,246 people have been inprisoned without trial under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, for such "crimes" as suspicion of supporting an illegal organization or providing a forum for banned ideas.

So what does that have to do with the United States of America? Well censorship is growing here as well. If you look at The First Amendment, it clearly states that "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speach, or of the press." Unfortunitly, that right has been slipping from our grips over time. Legislation have been censoring books, news, art, music and even scientific information from the people of the united states. And our courts, including the Supreme Court, have said it's legal.


A women from Massachusetts was picking up photos from a film developing company. The photos were of her 4 year old son in their bathtub. They were for her photography course she was taking at Havard. She was arrested and was accused of being a child pornographer and was threatened that if she didn't cooperate they would take her child from her on the spot. According to the 1990 Comprehensive Crime Act, nude pictures of your own children can be prosecuted as child pornography.

In June of 93' the Supreme court said it was constitutional to destroy over 100,000 books and tapes and seize the assets of a chain of bookstores without trial because eleven of the books and tapes were judged obsene. Under this judgement,

federal police could come in to a book store and destroy all works of information if only a fraction of what they sell is judged as obsene.

In 1991 a FDA magazine warned "The agency will not tolerate the practice of promoting drugs and medical devices for unapproved uses...FDA is prepared to enforce this law through legal steps such as seizure, injunction and prosecution."

On May 6, 1992, heavily armed police and FDA agents kicked down the door of Dr Jonathan Wright's Tacoma medical clinic. For 14 hours, employies were held at gunpoint while FDA agents destoyed medical equiptment and ransacked the offices of Dr Wright. The "crime"? making unapproved claims on high-potency vitamins. In 1994 alone there was over 200 violent raids on vitamin stores, clinics, and doctors for such "crimes"

Because of these FDA policies, medical information have been reduced to a trickle.some cancer newsletters have been shut down, hundreds of lifesaving uses for exsisting drugs and devices have been banned and medical companies have begun to leave America-"The land of the free."

Under Section 223 of the new Communications Decency Act, indecent speech from a telecom-munications device (including but not limited to your telephone, fax, computer including the Internet) is punishable up to 2 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

So what is "indecent speech"? No one knows! Congress didn't bother to define it. But the language of the Decency Act is so broad that it could include a explicit love letter e-mailed to your spouse, or even saying one of the seven dirty words banned by the FCC. The radio celebrity Howard Stern has paid many FCC fines because of this reason.

Author Dan Duchaine likes to exercise his freedom of speech and because of books like these we have the ability to enhance our training and our bodies but because of the topics he chooses, places like GNC and other politicly correct stores rarely offer his writings.

For the last 50 years , our government has started to forcefully diminish our right for the freedom of speech. Today not just sexual images, but political expression, news reports, and health information are being censored. In America, censorship is not only wrong, but according to the Bill of Rights it is illegal. Our Bill of Rights is extremely clear on this matter. "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speach, or of the press."


If Freedom of speech means anything at all, It means you have a right to say what others may disagree with. Yet people have lost their jobs, expelled from school, and even threated by political groups and other types of groups. We take too many things lying down and we need to take control of our lives again. We let the FDA ban medications because of political reasons and now they have decided to control with brute force what can and can't be written about different drugs.

"Americans are free, in short, to disagree with the law but not to disobey it." -- President John F. Kennedy --

Back when JFK made such a statement, the government gave us more freedom than we have now. Because the government has backed us up into a corner by stripping our rights we as a people are breaking laws in order to have some of our freedom back. Many of us have become more elusive about breaking the law and risk the penalties in order to do what we feel is our right.


It is illegal to buy, sell, manufacture, distribute, or have in your possession, any type of anabolic steroid without a prescription in the United States. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. If you get arrested for possession of anabolic steroids and explain to the courts that you didn't know anabolic steroids were illegal, you're not going to get away with it on the excuse that you are uneducated when it comes to the laws. The best way to protect yourself is to learn everything you can and make an educated decision before you involve yourself into something you don't know anything about.

The infamous day President George Bush signed the papers making anabolic steroids a controlled substance changed the bodybuilding world and started a chain reaction of dismay. Anabolic steroids as of 2-27-91 are categorized as a schedule III drug. What does this mean? Well let's quickly explain the schedules from worse to least.


Schedule I:

* The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.

* The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

* There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

* Some Schedule I substances are heroin, LSD, marijuana, and methaqualone.


Schedule II:

* The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.

* The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently

accepted medical use with severe restrictions.

* Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

* Schedule II substances include morphine, PCP, cocaine, methadone, and meth amphetamine.


Schedule III:

* The drug or other substance has a potential for abuse less than the drugs or other substances in Schedules I and II.

* The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

* Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological

dependence.

* Anabolic steroids, codeine and hydrocodone with aspirin or Tylenol, and some barbiturates are Schedule III

substances.


Schedule IV:

* The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in Schedule III.

* The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

* Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative

to the drugs or other substances in Schedule III.

* Included in Schedule IV are Darvon, Talwin, Equanil, Valium and Xanax.


Schedule V:

* The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV.

* The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

* Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence

relative to the drugs or other substances in Schedule IV.

* Over-the-counter cough medicines with codeine are classified in Schedule V.

Schedule III

Personal Use Amount

Penalties

This section of the 1988 Act allows the government to punish minor drug offenders without giving the offender a criminal record if the offender is in possession of only a small amount of drugs. This law is designed to impact the "user" of illicit drugs, while simultaneously saving the government the costs of a full-blown criminal investigation.

Under this section, the government has the option of imposing only a civil fine on individuals possessing only a small quantity of an illegal drug. Possession of this small quantity, identified as a "personal use amount," carries a civil fine of up to $10,000.

In determining the amount of the fine in a particular case, the drug offender's income and assets will be considered. This is accomplished through an administrative proceeding rather than a criminal trial, thus reducing the exposure of the offender to the entire criminal justice system, and reducing the costs to the offender and the government.

The value of this section is that it allows the government to punish a minor drug offender without saddling the offender with a criminal record. This section also gives the drug offender the opportunity to fully redeem himself or herself, and have all public record of the proceeding destroyed. If this was the drug offender's first offense, and the offender has paid all fines, can pass a drug test, and has not been convicted of a crime after three years, the offender can request that all proceedings be dismissed.

If the proceeding is dismissed, the drug offender can lawfully say he or she had never been prosecuted, either criminally or civilly, for a drug offense.

Congress has imposed two limitations on this section's use. It may not be used if (1) the drug offender has been previously convicted of a federal or state drug offense; or (2) the offender has already been fined twice under this section.

Schedule III

Federal Trafficking

Penalties

This section is a bit more cut and dry. If you are found guilty of drug trafficking anabolic steroids no matter what amount of drugs found on you, you can serve no more than 5 years and fined no more than $250,000. If it is your second drug trafficking offense than you can receive no more than 30 years and a fine no more than $2,000,000.

It amazes me that anabolic steroids are a schedule III drug when substances like alcohol, cigarettes, and caffeine can be

purchased at any corner store in America which are purely recreational substances and are clearly abused and physically addictive. If you go back and read the Schedule I drug specifications, these substances fall under those categories yet are available to use and abuse. I won't even get into the dangers of alcohol compared to anabolic steroids but suffice to say there hasn't been one case of death directly related to anabolic steroids alone. Any death that you have heard of from anabolic steroids has been accompanied with drugs like diuretics, insulin, or growth hormone etc. Anabolic steroids can be and are dangerous if abused or taken incorrectly but that is the case for any drug.

Proscar has a medical purpose for the prostate and it will soon be used as a cosmetic drug to stop hair loss and regrow new hair. Hair loss in most cases is not a medical ailment and soon people will be able to get a prescription from a doctor to improve their looks. There are many other drugs that are also prescribed to enhance self appearance such as growth hormone. Wouldn't it make sense to have a doctor prescribe and administer anabolic steroids to people looking to enhance their physiques rather than forcing bodybuilders to self administer these drugs? If it is not fair for bodybuilders to compete because of prescription drugs than why is it expectable for women to compete in beauty competitions after having breast implants, collegen injections and/or plastic surgery? These issues need to be raised because bodybuilders and other athletes are getting shafted for doing the same thing as hundreds of thousands of other people who are using medical advancements to change their appearance or give them an edge over others. The only thing this law has acomplished is it has made professional body builders criminals and has forced people to seek alternative drugs which can and often times are more dangerous than the anabolic steroids themselves.

I feel that anabolic steroids should be taken off the schedule III listing and it should be treated like any other cosmetic drug. Many, many countries have anabolic steroids available without a prescription and there aren't a mass number of people dying from anabolic steroid abuse like the FDA would like the public to believe. There aren't mobs of people killing each other over roid rage. Yet look at the total of deaths from legal products like cigarettes and alcohol.

Lets take back what was once ours! I'm sure most of you are saying "There's no ....in way that will ever happen!" but now is the best time to try and change it and stop excepting unfair laws. Anabolic steroids are being recognized more for their benefits and considering the fact that there are many other substances that are not illegal (which under their own schedule specification should be) I think more people should excersise their freedom of speech and voice their opinions to their United States officials. I would have taken the time to include all 50 states officials but there is a good site that gives you all the U.S officials by your zip code. Just type in your zip and click on the "submit query" and it tells you not only the United States Postal mail address, e-mail address, phone number, and fax number of the President of the United States , but it also gives you that same information for the Sr. U.S. Senator, Jr. U.S. Senator, U.S. representative, Your states governer, Lieutenant Governor, Senator, and Representative! If you feel that you would rather stay anonymous than do so. Learn from guys like The Sleeper and others how to stay anonymous and still speak out. Speak out against this type of injustice.

The site address for this is Project Vote Smart - American Government, Elections, Candidates and Voting .We have more than enough proof to show that there is an imbalance in the justice scales. We just need to approach it intelligently by flooding them with good reasons as to why anabolic steroids should be legal.

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