Not that I'm completely sure Lewis and Bama are dirty, I don't know the full story, this guy could be lying. But these days we already wonder about anyone that's successful in certain sports and there's no question that dopin would be an advantage in football, especially with the comeback from Lewis that we had previously been accepting as amazing. And as for Alabama, the way they ran the ball has always been amazing, it was like men vs. boys how they just pushed around opposing defenses. Again, I don't want to say they're guilty, I hate the way that success has now become cause for suspicion. But would anyone be surprised if this was all true?
Deer antler spray wouldn't deliver banned substance, according to Hopkins doctor
Deer spray manufacturer also says substance would not have contained IGF-1
January 29, 2013 | By Chris Korman | The Baltimore Sun
Even if Ray Lewis did use deer antler spray his body would have never absorbed the banned substance its manufacturer says gives the product its potency, a Johns Hopkins professor said.
Sports Illustrated ran an article online Tuesday that connected the Ravens linebacker to S.W.A.T.S. — Sports with Alternatives to Steroids — a company that has marketed alternative health supplements and products to athletes (Yahoo had the story two years ago). The story quotes S.W.A.T.S. co-founder Christopher Key telling a group of college football players that the company’s deer velvet spray contains IGF-1, a hormone that has been banned by most major sports organizations including the NFL.
Dr. Roberto Salvatori, who runs a lab studying growth hormone deficiency and has been on the Hopkins faculty since 1998, said there is no scientifically accepted way to deliver IGF-1 orally.
“If there were, a lot of people would be happy that they don’t need to get shots anymore,” he said. “It’s just simply not possible for it to come from a spray.”
IGF-1, short for insulin-like growth factor, is used to treat a rare form of dwarfism known as Laron syndrome and in other cases where children fail to produce or process growth hormone.
It occurs naturally in the body and is actually produced as a result of the increased presence of human growth hormone, one of the performance enhancers allegedly used by cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Dozens of websites advertise deer antler spray or pills with claims of delivering IGF-1 and subsequent benefits like muscle growth and increased energy. But Dean Nieves of Florida-based Bio Lab Naturals said it is disingenuous to make such claims.
“IGF-1 is very unstable,” said Nieves, whose company sells the spray under the Bio Protein Technology brand. “It could not exist outside of a very controlled environment. And when you order bottles of deer antler extract, it's not coming in a freeze-dried case.”
Nieves, who studied nutrition, food and exercise science at Florida State, is the first to extol the virtues of deer velvet, a supplement that has been used in China for thousands of years. His company mentions IGF-1 prominently in its marketing material but only because it is integral to the yearly re-growth of antlers, he said. By the time the harvested antlers are broken down and processed to be sold the substance is essentially an uncomplicated, “super-concentrated” and natural protein.
“We registered our product with the FDA as a food product, it's that natural,” Nieves said. “It is just packed with nutrients.”
The extract is made by clipping still-growing antlers on deer or elk and then extracting those nutrients. Some companies say they grind the antlers, while others say they freeze dry or cook them.
Even if Key’s claims about IGF-1 had any validity, the NFL’s current testing policy would not force Lewis to be subjected to a blood test capable of detecting hormonal imbalances. NFL players are only required to submit to urine ......
Re: Deer antler spray salesman accuses both Alabama football program as well as Ray Lewis
Mitch Ross says NFL is uneducated, IGF-1 isn't illegal
By Gregg Rosenthal
Published: January 30, 2013 at 8:06 AM Modified: January 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was forced to confront an SI.com report on Tuesday that alleged Lewis tried to obtain deer antler spray. The spray contains IGF-1, a substance that is banned by the NFL and every other major professional sports league.
"Two years ago, that was the same report," Lewis said. "I wouldn't give that report or him any of my press. He's not worthy of that."
"He" is Mitch Ross, the owner of a company called S.W.A.T.S. (Sports with Alternatives to Steroids). According to the report, Lewis called Ross to obtain treatments to recover from his torn triceps, including the deer antler spray. Many people around football believe Ross leaked this story on Tuesday to help promote his company.
"As soon as I saw him hurt his arm against the Dallas Cowboys,I texted Ray," Ross told the Baltimore Sun. "He texted me back after the game and said, 'Possible torn triceps.' Once that was confirmed by the doctors, I asked Ray if he wanted me to set up a program for him and he said, 'Yes.' I got him set up and now he's back on the field.
"It's a shame that Ray is denying taking it. The NFL is uneducated. This is not a steroid. It's not illegal. Ray is not a cheater. He did it the right way. Ray is a good man. He did the work. He rehabbed his arm and did the workouts. This isn't a shortcut. It's just natural science."
We're not sure what Ross expected here. Essentially, he's expecting the public to accept his word over that of Lewis'. Ross had to have known that Lewis would discredit him when asked about the report. Perhaps Ross is going by the policy that there is no such thing as bad press, which is untrue.