I had no interest whatsoever in steroids.
I got involved in this because an editor who is a friend of mine called me up and said
Jose Canseco just wrote this crazy book where he said steroids are the wonder drug of tomorrow.
And I said look man, I am not much of a baseball fan. It kind of bores me and everybody knows
steroids are terrible for you. Canseco’s out of his mind. There’s no way – like
you’re wasting my time. And he said, you know, it was very, very convincing. He said
I’ll pay you to do the research. I was like absolutely I’m in. So I started looking
at it and I just started I said okay, I’m just going to read – I’m going to go back
ten years and read the articles in major journals – The New England Journal of Medicine, Science,
Nature – that kind of thing. I’m not even going to go that deep. Very very quickly what
I started to discover is every single thing I thought I knew about steroids was wrong.
Every crazy disease these drugs had been linked to have nothing to do with it. I’ll give
you a phenomenal example. Steroids were linked to liver cancer, liver problems, right. It
had nothing to do with the steroid. It has to do with the coating they put around the
steroid so it could pass through the stomach and get into your bloodstream. That was what
was causing the problems. That coating has obviously since been replaced. But Nick Evans
who’s at UCLA is the only person literally in history whose ever done long-term steroid
studies, right. Long term abusers. Body builders, double and triple stacking steroids for 10,
20 years at a time. None of the things we’ve been told about
are real. The only danger he found is since the heart is a muscle there is a certain point
if you’re taking massive massive doses over long periods of time it can expand it, it
can grow, right and grow bigger than the blood vessels and the ventricles and what not which
would be a problem. And this doesn’t mean, by the way, when teenagers use steroids, right,
when you’re still producing lots of these substances it’s an absolute disaster, right.
That’s bad news. But in adults everything we’ve been told tends to be wrong and some
of what we’ve been told costs millions of lives, right. It turns out steroids are phenomenal,
phenomenal in fighting back AIDS. They’re really, really, really good. Nobody wanted
to talk about it. When doctors started treating AIDS patients with it the guy who started
doing this was a guy named Walter Jekot. The government jumped in and put him in jail for
five years. He scared the hell out of a ton of doctors and the result of this kind of
us trying to keep sports pure and, you know, preserve the competitive advantage has been
millions of people died as a result. So not only is everything you’ve been told about
steroids wrong, but there were a lot of consequences. The people who have been at the forefront
of this and kind of pushing it forward is the life extension community, right. Our hormones
decline as we age so the idea here is we can replace them. And they’ve been working on
this stuff for 10, 15 years at this point with some success. It is now one of five or
six different ways people are attacking aging, right, and fighting back death. But one thing
seems to be sure. Since Google’s in the anti-death game, right, Peter Diamandis, my
partner, in Bold and Abundance has human longevity incorporated there in the life extension game.
There are big companies, massive amounts of resources getting involved and steroids are
a piece of this puzzle. And I think we’re going to have to as a country rethink our
position on these drugs and anti-aging stuff is going to force us to do it.