Professor Aldridge English 1201 GF 29 November 2011 The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Steroids
Anabolic steroids are synthetically produced variants of the naturally occurring male sex hormone testosterone. Steroids can be prescribed to persons who lost lean muscle mass resulting from cancer or AIDS, or persons who have delayed puberty. Sometimes, either athletes or non-athletes abuse anabolic steroids in order to enhance their performance or to improve their physical appearance. Although the use of steroids is beneficial for people who actually require them, prolonged use of anabolic steroids has negative effects. Also, use of steroids when a person does not need them has negative effects as well. Some examples of negative effects that occur from Anabolic Steroid abuse are shrinking of the testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness and an increased risk for prostate cancer. This is supported by Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs Is a Problem among Teens by Greg Schwab. This article provides an insight on steroid use coming from a firsthand view while also providing information on the abuse of steroids by teenagers. Four essays found in the anthology Reading the World Ideas That Matter depict and connect to steroid use in different ways. Hsun Tzus Mans Nature is Evil, relates to steroid use based on the fact that men continuously pursue them with full knowledge of the negative consequences as in steroid use that is the harm they are inflicting upon themselves. Leviathan by Hobbes connects to this topic by showing that naturally humanity is at war, in which men are at war with themselves. Meads work Warfare An invention-Not a Biological Necessity is about various cultures from this work it can be said that steroid use can be justified as a culture formed over time. Further support can be found in the Bibles New Testament, Chapter 16 by Luke. Men who use steroids may be dishonest with themselves, while also striving to duplicate the image and likeness of God....
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