By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
planetc1.com news staff
According to a recent Swedish study, with an article appearing in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry, the use of anabolic steroids may be associated with antisocial lifestyle behaviors involving several types of crime, including illegal weapon possession and fraud.
A big burly Swede walks up to a woman in a bar and the woman says, “Is that a pistol in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?” He says “I’m happy to see you” and moves a little closer to her. Excited, she reaches down then exclaims, “liar, that is definitely a pistol!” That’s one possible way anabolic steroid abusers commit fraud and crimes involving concealed illegal weapons.
According to Swedish researchers, anabolic steroid users were found to have an increase in weapons offenses, yet steroid use did not appear to be associated with violent crimes (such as murder or rape) or crimes against property.
The study involved 1440 Swedish residents tested for anabolic steroid use between 1995 in 2001. Individuals in the study were referred for testing from inpatient and outpatient clinics, as well as police stations and customs offices. Out of the group, 241 tested positive for anabolic steroid use.
According to the research, those who tested positive were about twice as likely to have been convicted of an illegal weapons violation and one and a half times as likely to have been convicted of fraud. Researchers found there was no difference in the rate of violent crimes, sexual offenses or crimes against property between the group that tested positive for steroids and those that tested negative.
Researchers made several hypotheses and offered some suggestions as to why the results turned out as they did. One explanation was that criminals involved in crimes such as armed robbery or the collection of crime related debt, would benefit from being more muscular and/or having a heavy build.
It was also suggested that the increase in aggressiveness associated with anabolic androgenic steroid use might also be advantageous in carrying out premeditated crimes against people. Researchers concluded that while steroids are primarily associated with violent outbursts of anger and impulsive behavior, the results show that there may also be a link to crimes involving preparation and advance planning.
My thoughts on all this…
I began wondering about all this research regarding anabolic steroid users and their associated criminal behavior. Let’s not forget that some of the health hazards and major side effects from abusing anabolic steroids can include liver tumors and cancer, jaundice (yellowish pigmentation of skin, tissues, and body fluids), high blood pressure, increases in LDL (bad cholesterol), kidney tumors, severe acne, and trembling.
Also for men, side effects include the ever so popular shrinking of the testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, development of breasts, and an increased risk of prostate cancer. No wonder they’re so angry.
Have you seen those needles? Anabolic steroid users are jamming needles (about 2 inches long) into their butts or thighs (less common) on a regular basis. While it’s more common to inject weekly, or every few weeks, some abusers inject daily.
I thought if you were going to rob a bank maybe it would be a good idea to be on steroids so you could lift those massive bags of money we always see in the movies. I did some research of my own and discovered that there are 490 bills in a pound. A million-dollar bag loaded with dollar bills would weigh over 2000 pounds, too much for any anabolic human to lift. However, a $1 million bag of hundreds would only weigh about 20 pounds.
Next time I go to the gym, I’ll grab the 20 pound dumbbells and work on my million-dollar biceps, but first I’ll get a chiropractic adjustment for my billion-dollar body, so that it’s in optimal shape.
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