What is being done about PED use in the MLB?

One of the biggest crises that the MLB continues to face is the issue of PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs) by players including anabolic steroids, stimulants, and painkillers. Numerous well -known players such as Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, and Barry Bonds have all been implicated in the use of PEDs.

The most recent scandal with PED use was the Biogenesis scandal back in 2013. During this scandal, thirteen MLB players were suspended for using human growth hormones (HGH). The players shown in the above photo were all involved in the Biogenesis scandal.

The MLB has taken some significant actions to ensure that players are not using PEDs. Before the 2013 season began, MLB’s commissioner Bud Selig announced that they modified their drug policy. This policy stated that there would be unannounced random blood collections throughout the season in order to see if players are using HGH. In addition.

Selig announced that an individual player profile with a Testosterone/Epitestosterone (T/E) ratio and other medical information would be created and held by the World Anti-Doping Agency and MLB Players Association. This information would be used for comparison in the event of suspected PED use and is especially helpful in identifying the use of synthetic testosterone.

In March 2014, Selig once again refined the drug policy due to the backlash of the Biogenesis scandal. One of these changes included going from only having 1,400 random urine collections to 3,200 random urine collections during the season.

Other changes included adding 400 more random blood collections during the year to test for HGH instead of only having the 1,200 collections during spring training. Lastly, Carbon Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry tests will be completed on one sample from every MLB player.

These tests are known to be even more beneficial in determining if a player is using HGH because they can detect drug use within a two-week period rather than a period of 24 hours. The picture below demonstrates commissioner Bud Selig addressing the media about the new drug policies.


The punishment for using these types of PEDs was also modified and made stricter. Players who are caught using PEDs will face an eighty game suspension with no pay rather than a fifty game suspension with no pay. If a player is caught a second time, they will no face a 162 game suspension rather than a 100 game suspension.

The use of PEDs will continue to occur as long as there is an increase in pay with an increase in athletic performance. Since the Biogenesis scandal, the MLB has worked to ensure that the players are more aware of the consequences of their actions and that they realize that there is no tolerance for PED use.

This hope is that this will serve as a deterrent and prevent the use of PEDs. These new policies have been communicated to all the stakeholders so everyone is aware of the severe consequences of PED use.

Adderall: Candy for College Students

We often hear about performance enhancing drugs and think of steroid use in sports; however, there is an increasing movement on college campuses. Students are abusing so called, “smart drugs.” Some are using them to improve study sessions and prepare for final exams.

We often hear about performance enhancing drugs and think of steroid use in sports; however, there is an increasing movement on college campuses. Students are abusing so called, “smart drugs.” With finals right around the corner, some are using them to improve study sessions and prepare for final exams.

The benefits of Adderall can be striking to a college student who is under pressure to succeed in the classroom and meet deadlines. Adderall is an amphetamine prescribed to children and adults with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). The drug can improve concentration, increase motivation, and intensify attentiveness vital to college customs such as all-nighters and cramming for an exam.

Greg Graven isn’t the average college student. He wakes up early every day to work with the university hockey team as the equipment manager. Along with a full-time job and heavy class load Graven has little time to do his school work. This is why he takes Adderall.

“I can get 6 hours of assignments done is 2 hours,” Graven said.

However, Graven doesn’t have a prescription for Adderall.

“It’s easy to get and I have friends who will give it to me for cheap,” said Graven.

adderall addiction

He’s not the only one participating in this action. Alan DeSantis, a researcher at the University of Kentucky found that 30 percent of students at the university have illegally used a stimulant such as Adderall or Ritalin

Many people who are not prescribed the drug do not realize the harmful side effects it can cause. Side effects include nervousness, restlessness, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, anxiety, along with raised blood pressure and increased heart rate.

bby Born is prescribed Adderall for her ADHD. She takes one 30 mg capsule every morning with her coffee and bagel. “I can’t start my day without it,” Born said. She takes her pill and a half hour later, she’s ready to conquer her day.

“Without my Adderall my mind travels a million miles a minute. No matter how hard I try to concentrate in class every little thing distracts me.”

A study conducted by Brigham Young University investigated the usage of Adderall over Twitter.

“Adderall pills are the most abused prescription drug among university students,” said lead researcher Carl Hanson, a professor of health science at BYU. The study concluded over 200,000 tweets from nearly 100,000 users. An average of 930 tweets per day mentioned the drug. The study found Adderall tweets severely peaked during usual finals times. The most tweets were reported on December 13 (2,813) and April 30 (2,207).

The Twitter study also revealed that “9 percent of Adderall tweets mentioned another substance, with the most common two being alcohol (4.8 percent) and stimulants like coffee or Red Bull (4.7 percent)” (Hollingshead)

There are several Twitter accounts mocking how students act while under the influence of Adderall. One account named “Adderall Had Me” has nearly 230,000 followers and almost 1,000 tweets. Most of the tweets are in a joking manner when in reality the side effects of this drug should be taken seriously.


Once upon a time in 1999 a mother accompanies her 15 year old son to his appointment with their clinical psychologist seeking help in solving a case of “the magical appearance of a bag of marijuana that wasn’t”. I greet them in the waiting room. Mom asks if she can come back with Jimmy to talk about a growing concern she has about Jimmy inhaling marijuana. Jimmy expresses his displeasure with an eye roll, a big sigh, and a perfect enunciation of the old “Maa—umm”.

I’d be seeing Jimmy off and on for about 3 years. Typically, I have a parent come in for a few minutes at the beginning or ending of a meeting so the parents feel included, everybody knows where I stand, see how they interact so I can bust whomever needs to be busted. Generally, my motto is ‘everybody has to do some changing.

Anyway, we get back to my office and everybody gets seated. I’m in my swivel chair on wheels that allows me to twirl around, move back and forth from my desk to my ‘position’, and to lengthen or shorten the distance between me and them. Today, they are both sitting on the couch. Something tells me it is going to be an hour packed with mystery and fun.

Quite often, I open things up with a fairly serious “So………” adjusting the sound of the word to the mood of what I sense is coming. Sure enough, Mom expresses concern that Jimmy is smoking pot on a fairly regular basis. She finds ‘evidence’ to support her hunch in his room and car and most recently in their mailbox. She digs into her purse and pulls out a good size bag of what appears to be marijuana that mysteriously found it’s way into the mailbox. Mom hands the bag to me to get my ‘expert opinion’. Jimmy suggested it might be oregano-not that he would know because he has never seen pot. Yeah….

I open up the bag, take a whiff, and declare-” Wow, there is a lot here. Not only that but this is top quality marijuana”. Jimmy just shakes his head repeating his mantra that he has never seen pot, and has no idea how it could have gotten in the mailbox. I interrupt the back and forth between the Mean Mom and Jimmy “the innocent”. It’s time to use what I call ‘split the difference’ tactic.

I take both sides. I explain to Jimmy that mothers are supposed to be nosy, suspicious, mistrustful, and have to give their kid a hard time if he is smoking pot. It’s her job. Just like it’s your job-Jimmy- to try to get away with things, to outwit her. Big surprise. It’s always been this way and always will. Might as well acknowledge the game so it doesn’t seem so damn serious. Lots of laughter as I move in close enough to give Jimmy a little kick in the shins.

big bags of weed

I turn to Mom and say something like: “Well, it’s possible he really doesn’t know anything about how the pot got in the mailbox. Maybe it was supposed to be delivered to another mailbox in the neighborhood, in which case it wouldn’t be fair to ground this poor kid”. Jimmy is giving me a secret smile. I inquire about the presence of any other incorrigible teenagers that might live close by. Unfortunately for Jimmy, there aren’t any likely candidates.

Mom insists she knows Jimmy is smoking pot. Jimmy insists that Mom is always looking to give him a hard time, never believes him, and adds that he has hurt feelings being accused of such a thing.

It’s time to call Jimmy’s bluff. I know darn well he is getting stoned a few times a month. Mom asks me again if I think the bag contains pot. After I answer in the affirmative, she asks that I just keep it because she doesn’t want to get busted for having pot in her purse if the police pull her over on the way home. More laughter.

They both try to conceal their astonishment when I say ” Well, I’m happy to take it off your hands but I can’t keep it. We just need to follow ‘standard operating procedure”. What is that ? “Well, Mom, I need you to come to the bathroom with me so you can witness me flushing the pot or oregano or whatever it is down the toilet”. Mom smiles while Jimmy seems perplexed. I get up and Mom follows. We have a few laughs as I estimate how much money we are just about to flush down the toilet. As we head back into the office I tell Mom to pay attention to Jimmy’s reaction when we return.

I close the door and sit down. I believe I’d be a rich man if I had a video camera to capture the next few minutes. No sooner do I sit down than Jimmy, with reddened face, says to me: ” I can’t believe you just did that” Did what dude ? He shakes his head as his legs are bouncing wildly. “Jimmy, what’s wrong, you seem pissed or bummed or something….I just got you out of trouble….told your Mom we couldn’t hold you responsible for the mysterious appearance of the bag of ‘whatever’ in your mailbox”. He says 3 times in quick succession-“I can’t believe you did that….do you know how much money you flushed down the toilet ? Did you really flush it down–you didn’t do you”?

“Yeah, Jimmy I did. You told me you thought it was oregano and have made it clear you’ve never even seen pot before. It’s possible I am mistaken–it could have been oregano but not like any I ever came across. So, the simplest and safest solution was to flush it. I couldn’t have you guys leaving me here with a bag of very good pot. Hell, Jimmy, your Mom might think I smoke pot. So, she had to watch me flush it. What else was I supposed to do “?

Now Jimmy is angry. ” That was 100 dollars”. A hundred dollars of oregano ? Dude, I am trying to save your behind here but now you are making it difficult. You aren’t telling me oregano costs 100.00 and why would you care if it got flushed. So, Jimmy tries the ‘admit a white lie’ tactic.

“Okay, I have seen pot. I don’t smoke it but I’ve seen it. That could have been pot. If it was, you just wasted $ 100.00. That isn’t right. Nobody just flushes perfectly good pot down the toilet”. Mom starts laughing and I can’t keep the belly laugh from coming out. Even Jimmy is laughing as he keeps repeating-“I can’t believe you did that”.

“Okay Mom, it’s time for the wicked mother to leave the boys to talk”
Jimmy mumbles “Thank God”. Mom counters with “I love you too, dear”. As soon as Mom leaves Jimmy stands up, starts pacing, as he expresses his disbelief over and over. I ask him, what the hell else did he expect me to do ?

He doesn’t have an answer for that except—“you didn’t have to flush great pot down the toilet”. So, I get him to cough up how often he is getting stoned, etc to see how much of a problem we have. It falls in the ‘experimenting’ category in a late bloomer. Eventually, he laughs about the pot, tells me who put it in the mailbox, but insists it wasn’t for him. I suggest he is full of elephant manure. His laughter blows any chance of sneaking that one past.

We finish up the rest of our time covering ‘it’s a parents job to try to catch you just like it’s your job to try to get away with things’. He laughs as I remind him I saved his ass. I made a strong recommendation that he quit being so darn stupid and making it so easy for his Mother to catch him. I encourage him to consider fessing up to Mom that he has inhaled a few times.

He is agreeable. As we shake hands, he asks one last time-“For real, Dr. K., you …you didn’t really flush it did you’? Yeah, I had to bozo. Do you think I enjoyed flushing great pot down the toilet ? No, I didn’t. I’ll be pissed if you make me have to do it again. ‘Go fess up and quit being stupid’ as I put him in a headlock.

We greet Mom in the waiting room. I tell her we have solved all his problems but it would be good for him to come back within 10 days. Smiles all around. No tension. Life is okay again.

Synthetic Marijuana – Why do people think this is a good idea?

This mixture of dried marijuana and chemicals is extremely dangerous because it is so extreme.

Synthetic marijuana is more accessible to kids than the real thing.  IT is also more dangerous. This drug often called “herbal” and other names that suggest its actually a natural product. Unfortunately Its completely misleading beacause its synthetic. Dried herbs&spicies are marinated in some kind of synthetic drugs, they dry it out and sell it as a natural alternative to marijuana.

The chemicals that recreate the high in synthetic marijuana create a much stronger high. This leads to severe problems mentally and physically.

Marijuana has not been legalized by Australia because of a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.  Doctors have seen that occasionally, marijuana use produces anxiety, fear, distrust, or panic.


Marijuana have a higher risk of getting lung cancer and other cancers to parts of the respiratory tract because marijuana smoke contains 50% to 70% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than does tobacco smoke, also cannabis smokers seem to have short-term memory loss because THC changes the way information is processed by the hippocampus, which is a brain area responsible for memory development.

13 states have legalized  the use of natural plant marijuana for medical use.

Teens who take this mind-altering drug really have no idea the side-effects of synthetic marijuana.  This is because the amount of synthetic chemicals that are used to produce the ‘high’ can change from batch to batch.

Fake Marijuana is being used less because of the information that it is dangerous, this has however lead to many users turning back to real marijuana. For your own good, stay away from synthetic marijuana.

Real Cannabis can be used as  a medicine without adverse affects.  *Apparently”. Hopefully more and more states will legalize marjuana and not just for medical purposes.

Old Western Showdown: Cannabis Community Challenges Corruption in California

It’s nearly High noon in sunny San Diego and the tumbleweeds are rolling through desolate towns where the towns folk shutter up their windows and doors, weary of the duel about to go down in the center of town.
It’s an old west showdown between the two roughest toughest wrangler types in the west…

Over there, by the saloon, stands Dangerous D.A. Dumanis and her posse comitatus, looming over San Diego citizens. Her right hand man stands to her right, with a stone expression and a fat wallet, he is Calculating Sheriff Kolender. On her left stands the future Scheming Sheriff, Bill Gore. Behind them, the brute force of the Diego DEA and Fed Drug Task force.

DangerousDumanis and her gang are enjoying their early morning celebrations of busts and raids that started the day, as they laugh manically at the seeming success of their conniving scheme. Everything appeared to be going easy and smooth from Dumanis and her brood, there was just one thing they hadn’t expected to put a thorn into their plans…

Hurricane Hartwell…

As the sun nears it’s noon peak and High Noon approaches, Hurricane Hartwell and her league of liberty vigilantes ride up from the east in a blaze of glory. With her connections to people internationally, Hurricane Hartwell brings a formidable challenge to the table, as she gives Dangerous Dumanis a stare that would scare a bear back into it’s cave.

Both westerns are fierce components. Dangerous D.A. Dumanis with her posse of followers, money and cunning wit that could whip the intelligence out of many and a roar that scared countless others back into their mommies wombs. Hurricane Hartwell with her bravery, heart and unsurmountable will power, she carries truth and justice at her flanks and freedom as her guiding light.

When the noon is nearest, both opponents find themselves standing in a dust storm of sand and soot, trigger fingers ready. Dangerous D.A. Dumanis with her DEA thugs ready to go at the push of a button from her short hair trigger, and Hurricane Hartwell with her trigger finger poised to grab that pen and petition…

Both have the tools, both have the will, both have know the way… only ONE can win..

Right now, in the California County of sunny San Diego, there is a battle brewing between the corrupt legal district, the cannabis community and thousands of freedom fighters, all whom are tired of the political fiasco’s that are threatening to finish swallowing their county and it’s citizens whole.

bag of marijuana

As it stands now, if no one does anything, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis will continue on into another year as D.A., unchallenged for another term. It has rarely been seen when a position such as hers has not been coveted by many, at least enough to offer some sort of challenge from eager opponents.

Yet, as can be seen easily from posts all over the internet and in San Diego news papers, it appears that D.A. Dumanis and crawled, clawed and corrupted her way to the top of the task force and made quiet a name for herself. Some respect her more then themselves and others are so afraid of her they wet the bed at night.

Dumanis was considered highly successful and had many opportunities to become the messiah that San Diego county has been looking for in their law enforcement agencies. Yet, with all her wit, intelligence and education, D.A. Dumanis can’t seem to understand the concept that elected officials are not put into office to over indulge their own ego’s, they are there to help keep the peace and bring about the will of the people of the county.

Dumanis is not alone of course, as many public servants have seem to have forgotten their true role in American society. Some say it was almost inevitable for a once eager and angelic county clerk.

Many consider it that D.A. Dumanis could have continued her reign, if it had not been her insistence of helping the corrupt federal DEA warlocks from continuing their tirade on the cannabis community of San Diego county.

With the whirlwind of movement that has cultivated the climb of the cannabis movement in the last year, and the support that has grown from every corner of human society, the cannabis community has become one of the driving forces of working class America in 2010.

Many would have seen it as common sense for politicians and elected officials such as Dumanis to see the change, understand it and adapt to a new way of administrating justice, according to the new social norms and scientific evidence. Though I will give her credit for sticking to her convictions.

This just isn’t the time for it anymore. With prop 215 have been passed at least a decade ago, even just a few years ago this continued corruption would’ve have likely been looked past by the majority of the already over intimidated citizens.

But now the times have changed. The corrupt imbalance seeping out from the laws and walls of the white house, along with nearly ever state capital, has become so obvious that even those in the highest forms of denial, cannot deny that real change is needed.

The only thing left to get the ball rolling, was a way and a leader…

That way is through the Recall process instilled in the majority of American states, State Constitutions. A last resort left to the citizens, should everything else fail or be doomed before starting, the Recall process is left for the people. The essential idea is: If they can be voted in… They can be voted back OUT.

That leader is Anakka Hartwell. Compassionate, caring, cunning and courageous, Hartwell is everything you imagine from a brave community leader. With nothing but the idea of helping patients and free citizens alike, to achieve the peace, harmony and good health that they deserve, she is putting herself out there to see to it that the citizens are able to take back their county and their state.

With the legal actions already started, Hartwell and her well wishers, followers and devoted staff are working tirelessly to see to it that the all signatures are gathered and every voice gets validated on her journey to Recall D.A. Dumanis, who if not stopped will not only make sure her reign lives on through groomed future D.A.’s and sheriffs, then she will take trip towards Mayor and other more important offices.

The Recall process is the only peaceable way left to insure that D.A. Dumanis finds a new route to success. As anyone who has taken the time to learn of her will know, Dumanis is definitely the resilient type and shouldn’t be counted out, just because she is recalled from D.A.

Though those who only wish for peace and true justice don’t wish her ill, only for her to travel a more appropriate path that can clearly lead to less stress and more justice for both the citizens of California and for Dumanis herself.

Keep your mind vigilant and your eyes peeled for more updates and news of the western showdown happening right now in San Diego county.

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