When I first began lifting, the first thing I promised myself was that I would do this drug-free. No experimentation. No cycles. Just natural. I’ve broken a lot of promises in my life, but this one remains true and strong. Do I bash drug users? Heck no!! How can I when some of my most favored and admired champion bodybuilders of the past and present have and/or are using? That’d be hypocritical of me. I just chose a different route. A different . One that suited my desire and the where and how far I wanted to take my career as a competitive bodybuilder. True story: When I first joined an actual gym, all I trained were my chest and arms. They grew quickly. People noticed. When I learned that being a bodybuilder meant training the entire body and all its muscle groups, that’s when I began training my legs, back, & shoulders and I started to grow even more. Again, people noticed and it was then that I had people approach me about two things: to tell me I should compete and to sell me steroids and other growth hormones. It irritated me. I just wanted to be big. I hadn’t thought about competing (not right away) and I didn’t want what these guys were selling, especially since I had no idea what the hell they were talking about. *(FYI, to this very day, I couldn’t name a single pill, shot or implant that boosts muscle gains at a rapid rate. I chose this ignorance.) But putting on muscle mass draws that kind of attention. People see you growing and they tell you they have something that’ll make you bigger, faster OR they accuse you and assume that you’re “on something”.
The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) of the United States allows manufacturers to use OTC ingredients in certain concentrations and combinations without having to go through the many years of testing that new prescription drugs must go through to be proven safe and effective. The FDA has developed what they call “monographs” which are approved “recipes and active ingredients” for different types of afflictions. (Pranicure falls within the monograph for anal ointments.) As long as a manufacturer stays within the monograph guidelines, the final product is approved and can be sold to the public. Basically, once an ingredient (for example zinc oxide or menthol) has been proven safe, then future manufacturers can use these ingredients without “re-proving” safety or effectiveness. Only NEW drugs must be individually inspected and approved by the FDA. Click here to see the FDA website which explains the “OTC drug approval” through their monograph system.