To Whom It May Concern: Lifters & Referees,
As you know, in the past we have not banned androstene products because we have felt that over the counter supplements were just that. In the past year I have found that the androstene products such as 19 Nor-androstendione can cause a false positive that shows up as a positive for Nandrolone. How do we distinguish if this positive for nandrolone or is someone administering decadurabulin or taking an androstene derivative. The lab cannot distinguish between the two in analysis of the sample. Also regular androstendione could elevate testosterone levels in excess of the currently allowed level of 6 to 1. There are products called pro-hormone gels that can be administered subcutaneously that are taken over a period of weeks that will raise your testosterone levels in excess of 6 to 1. In both cases the lab cannot distinguish between an elevated testosterone level of an over the counter or mail order supplements as these.
As you can see this is not cut and dry as it seems. We as an organization strives to give lifters a choice where they can come and lift on an even playing field with drug free lifters. If the organization is truly going to be fair to everyone we have to ban supplements that can cause positives on drug tests. This is why we are trying to get the word out to all lifters to make sure that everyone knows that effective 01/01/02 androstene and pro-hormone products will be banned. A positive test result for nandrolone will result in a six months suspension. A second positive for Nandrolone will result in a three year suspension. Any positives for elevated testosterone levels in excess of 6 to 1 will result in a suspension of three years.
As far as testing goes it is up to the meet director as to how many tests will be administered at a meet. We have spent countless hours perfecting our best lifter coefficient and this is a barometer for drug testing. If you are lifting big you will be tested. This is the fairest way I know to administer tests. At this past World Cup the top six coefficients were drug tested. I have never been a believer of testing a percentage of lifters to say I tested 10%. Believe me I have been there and done that and it is not a cost effective or essentially accurate way of drug testing.
If you have further questions please Email Me and I will be glad to discuss this at length with you.
Greg Van Hoose – NASA Drug Testing Chairman
Extreme caution is recommended regarding supplement use!
NASA’S BANNED SUBSTANCE LIST
and related compounds
and related compounds
Other Anabolic Agents
Ethacrynic acid triamterene
Furosemide and related compounds
Peptide Hormones and Analogues
Chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG-human chorionic gonadotrophin)
Growth hormone (HGH, somatotrophin)
All the respective releasing factors of the above-mentioned substances also are banned.
The following is a definition of positive for this list.
• For Caffeine – if the concentration in urine exceeds 12 micrograms/ml (coffee should not effect your testing at all)
• For Testosterone – if the administration of testosterone or the use of any other
manipulation has the result of increasing the ratio of the total concentration of
testosterone to that of epitestosterone in the urine to greater that 6:1, unless
there is evidence that this ratio is due to a physiological or pathological
condition. Always ask the meet director and/or your doctor about your test levels before entering any NASA event.