Healthy Fitness Guru Worries about Effect of Illegal Steroids on Teenage Boys

According to the website of the Canadian Mounted Police, although Mexico is a notable supplier for diverted anabolic steroids, the majority of shipments that make their way to Canada do so through the United States. The under-reported result is that “Teenage boys on both sides of the border are falling victim to the lure of steroids,” says Anthony Ellis. “More victims in the war on drugs.”

Like many others, Ellis is concerned about America’s southern border crisis. Unlike others, however, his primary concern is neither immigration nor the trafficking of “hard core” substances like cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Ellis is focused on getting the word out that “steroids must be stopped, too.”

Ellis is the creator of Gaining Mass, a program designed to help people who have trouble gaining weight add lean muscle. The regimen puts the emphasis “on health, not magic pills,” says Ellis who has used the combination of diet, exercise and nutritional supplementation to transform his own body.

An Overwhelming Task

Ellis is sympathetic to the challenge of customs agents who enforce hundreds of laws for dozens of Federal agencies. “Steroids are just one of a growing list of contraband that overwhelmed inspectors are asked to flag,” he acknowledges. And although intercepting narcotics is a top priority, “Steroids get less attention than drugs like marijuana and cocaine.”

Once across the border, steroids are reaching younger consumers, and are especially attractive to teenage boys. “Young men who use steroids are at the greatest risk for serious side effects and problems,” Ellis says. “Because of their hormonal makeup, young boys who use steroids are cause irreversible damage to their health.”

Ellis points to data from the National Drug Intelligence Center’s National Drug Threat Assessment 2005. The report finds that in 2004 steroid use “fluctuated, but continued to rise overall among adolescents, ” says Ellis who notes, “On top of that, kids perception that using steroids is risky is dropping.” He calls it a crisis.

An Answer in Education

“I know what happens with steroids,” he says referring to a laundry list of mental and physical health problems associated with abuse of the drug. “And I know what’s possible without steroids. I also know that a key component to combating illegal steroid use is a program that provides the same results, without the risk.” Gaining Mass, he points out, was created “to work, not sell. But then I realized that what worked for me would work for other people, and I suddenly was able to turn my personal passion into my career.”

Based in nature not chemistry, Gaining Mass is written for beginners, but contains cutting-edge information that will benefit even the most experienced fitness follower. It’s appropriate for athletes trying to get their game on, for armchair quarterbacks who want to look and feel better and, says Ellis, “It’s for anyone who has ever felt the pain of being skinny and thought that illegal drugs were the only answer.”

Asian American Teenage Girls Have Highest Rates of Depression; NAMI Releases Report

Asian American Teenage Girls Have Highest Rates of Depression; NAMI Releases Report











Arlington, VA (PRWEB) February 16, 2011

Asian American teenage girls have the highest rate of depressive symptoms of any racial, ethnic or gender group according to a report released today by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

The report is based on a “listening session” with mental health experts from different Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities held in Los Angeles in November 2010.

Key issues in the report include barriers to mental health services and negative perceptions of mental health problems particular to AAPI communities.

The report highlights statistics from the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and National Asian Women’s Health Organization (NAWHO) posing concern.


    Asian American girls have the highest rates of depressive symptoms of any racial/ethnic or gender group;
    Young Asian American women ages 15 to 24 die from suicide at a higher rate than other racial/ethnic groups;
    Suicide is the fifth leading cause of death among Asian Americans overall, compared to the ninth leading cause of death for white Americans;
    Older Asian American women have the highest suicide rate of all women over 65; and
    Among Southeast Asians, 71 percent meet criteria for major affective disorders such as depression—with 81 percent among Cambodians and 85 percent among Hmong.

“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders represent a rich diversity of languages and cultures” said NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick. “They include traditions from China, India, Vietnam, Korea and the Philippines to name only a few. Mental health care must recognize cultural differences as well as common concerns inside our broader national community.”

Recommendations include:

    A national strategy of outreach and engagement using cultural messages, ambassadors and social media;
    A linguistically and culturally responsive mental health workforce, including recruitment of bilingual and bicultural members of the AAPI community; and.
    Recognition of cultural influences such as tight-knit family connections and individual and family desires to avoid stigma and shame from seeking treatment.

NAMI’s Multicultural Action Center convened the listening session. Participants included:

    Asian American Studies Program; California State University
    Asian Health Coalition
    Center for Education Empowerment
    Charles B Wang Community Health Center
    Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
    Chinese American Mental Health Outreach Program (NAMI New Jersey)
    Lehigh University
    NAMI Orange County
    NAMI San Diego
    NAMI San Francisco
    Pacific Clinics
    Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services
    Rams Inc.
    U.C.-Davis School of Medicine
    Rethink BPD
    San Mateo County Health Department
    Union of Pan-Asian Communities and
    Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1,100 state and local affiliates engaged in research, education, support and advocacy.

http://www.nami.org/AAPI/report

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