Your Doctor is not the Devil

I receive dozens of health related questions in my PM or email box every week from athletes from nearly every sector of sports (except badminton. huh...) asking for guidance with Peptides, AAS and mostly, health issues. Most want help deciphering their blood work results or want more information about a disease process that affects them that they didn’t quite understand at their doctors office. And somehow, lots of STD questions too. Lots of naughty people out there... I really enjoy getting information out to these men and women who might otherwise be misinformed by gym rats and places like bodybuilding.com who only “heard about a friend” who had the same issue.

In this article I wanted to cover what I feel is the most important pieces of information in regard to health maintenance and safe Anabolic Pharmacological Supplementation. By far and away, the most important thing not done by or utilized by the vast majority of athletes is accessing and utilizing physician services. Your doctor holds the key to so many potential health issues that can be discovered by him or her and prevent not only current health crises, but potential long term, debilitating problems as well.

If you don’t have a doctor and are insured, you have zero excuse. Contact your insurance provider and ask them to help you locate an in-network sports medicine physician. This newer breed of physicians are really making their mark in the field of athletics by understanding the potential issues faced by individuals who really push the boundaries of human performance. If you are uninsured, you still don’t have an excuse. Rapid Care or Urgent Care clinics are popping up everywhere. You can drop in or make appointments at most of them. A quick Google search can locate one for you. Yes, they will want payment, but it is in my opinion part of the price we pay to use over Performance Enhancing Drugs.

Now, how do I go about seeing my doctor and what can I tell them about my use? If you are insured, schedule a physical and make sure you have an EKG and bloodwork done. If, your physician asks why, you can tell them you ran an over the counter testosterone booster and are concerned about side effects. If you have a good working relationship with your doctor (why wouldn’t you?) like I do, tell them what you are running, how long, how many cycles and how long you plan to run in the future.

Now if you are not insured and simply cant afford to see your doctor, you really shouldn’t be running any higher than would be a regular Hormone Replacement Therapy dose. Them’s the cold hard facts. (I live in Texas, we use words like “Them’s”) There is more to running AAS than just randomly using pharmaceuticals and hoping it works. Bloodwork, an EKG and access to regular blood pressure monitoring is the key to healthy use in any situation. So, if you are uninsured, skip the next cycle until you have the funds to make sure you are healthy enough to be running anything at all..

If you have a good working relationship with your doctor (why wouldn’t you?) like I do, tell them what you are running, how long, etc... but ask that the information is given in confidence and not be included in your medical record. Urban legend would have you believe you are awarded privacy with your doctor. Well, that is true when it comes to discussing your health matters with family,  friends and the general public. However, know this; there is no patient doctor privilege when it comes to your insurance company. Your insurer is entitled to see your records at any time. Yes, you gave them that right when you agreed to their terms under contract. The primary reason why your insurer wants the option, is in your future of deciding if they are going to pay for your liver or kidney transplant based in part on - your medical history! They are entitled to a copy of all of your medical records, blood work, x-ray interpretations, EKG’s, etc. Talk to your local congressman if you feel your rights are being violated. Insurance companies rule the world. Just ask them.

I know there are many of you using AAS and are hiding it from your spouse, boyfriend, mom, dad, little brother... so here are a few options for those uninsured or wanting to fly under a spouses or insurers radar:

Visit to a rapid care clinic where they can do an EKG and run blood work. Pay in cash.

Use an independent lab to draw and process your results. Just know what you want drawn ahead of time so they can bundle your tests in a manner that is cost effective. I have used and know of clients who have used: anylabtestnow.com, anylabtesting.com and econolabs.com. They are discreet and much less expensive than using your physicians lab if you are uninsured. Pay in cash.

Stop by your local fire department and ask for a blood pressure reading. Tell them you feel fine but are concerned about your blood pressure and that you are currently uninsured. If you tell them that you are using AAS, are not feeling well or something other than “you feel fine” they may want to document their findings the same as if you were in an accident and receiving medical attention. Primarily to cover their backsides in case you wind up dead! Look at it as your tax dollars at work! If they do ask you your name, address, birth date, etc... at the very bottom of their form is the “Against Medical Advice” box at the bottom or on the back of their run sheet. It simply clears them of any wrong doing if a problem arises afterward.

And last, this is something EVERY AAS using lifter on the planet should be doing (unless you have been told not to by a physician) is take a baby aspirin a day, preferably Enteric Coated. A baby aspirin a day (81mg) inhibits platelet formation in the major vessels of the heart and lungs. During extreme and intense exercise, small plaque buildups in these arteries can rupture releasing pieces of plaque. That’s not necessarily the bad part. The problem lies in that the rupture also attracts platelets at the rupture site which, when they bind together (like they are intended to do), they cause blockage of blood flow, thus potentially causing a heart attack or stroke. Aspirin makes the blood a bit less viscous and makes it easier for all of those with Polycythemia, Hemachromatosis or another of a host of blood related issues a lot safer.

The most important piece of advice I can give you is to visit the RxMuscle Chemical Enhancement section sponsored by Precision Peptides at forums.rxmuscle.com. We discuss protocols for AAS, but also help you understand your blood work better and what prescription and over the counter products are proven to help with things like elevated liver enzymes, adjusting cholesterol's, blood pressure knowledge and girls. Of course there is discussion of Performance Enhancing Drug’s doses and protocols that nearly a quarter million unique visitors viewed last year and you won’t find them anywhere else on the net. Did I mention we always talk about girls!

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