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Dr. Johnny Benjamin

Dr. Johnny Benjamin

Posted: December 30, 2009 07:26 AM

Apparently Floyd Mayweather Knows a Thing or Two About PED Testing

What's Your Reaction:

There is a great deal of misinformation, propaganda, misleading statements and foolishness on the internet in general but with regards to the drama surrounding the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao potential super fight the internet 'conspiracy theory' engine is in hyper-drive.

Chat rooms, forums and barber shops are the perfect and appropriate venues for the age-old and highly entertaining 'my man will beat your man' debate. I get it and believe me I enjoy hearing the theories and passionate opinions while sitting in the barber's chair.

But certain facts remain.

No test is perfect and chemists both legitimate an otherwise recognize their inherent limitations. The current urine detection method for sports related banned substances does not adequately detect human growth hormone (Hgh) and its' ability to detect EPO is somewhat controversial.

Furthermore, the current methods related to detecting Hgh in blood samples are only useful for about 48 hours after injection; after which the tests reliability drops dramatically.

Therefore from a medical or scientific perspective, Floyd Mayweather is supported in his conclusion that to adequately test for banned substances, blood must be drawn randomly.

Scheduled sampling and cut-off dates serve only to provide necessary information for unfair manipulation of the system.

The true athletic benefits of these banned substances are a matter of debate and further research. But at this time they remain banned.

But please, don't let facts enter into the discussion...they rarely have before.

 

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