Awareness and educational efforts are working to help prevent anabolic steroid abuse in schools and communities. The Adolescents Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids (ATLAS) and the Athletes Targeting Healthy Exercise and Nutrition Alternatives (ATHENA) programs, funded by the NIDA, and supported by the Oregon Health & Science University programs is teaching athletes that they do not need steroids to build powerful muscles and improve athletic performance. These programs provide weight-training and nutrition alternatives, increase healthy behaviors, less likelihood to try steroids, and less likelihood to engage in other dangerous behaviors such as drinking and driving, use of marijuana and alcohol , and and improved body image. Bother Congress and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration endorsed these model prevention programs. 4
The efficacy of some of the newer creatine formulations is a real concern for many athletes; with good reason. One of the most popular creatine serums currently on the market has recently come under harsh criticism by the scientific community. We analyzed the validity of these allegations in a recent issue of the Creatine Newsletter . Read the first part of a two-part newsletter series discussing a scientific study that compared the ergogenic effects of ordinary creatine monohydrate powder with that of a popular creatine serum; part two compares the ability of the same brand of creatine serum to raise serum creatine levels with reference to the elevation observed with creatine monohydrate powder.