Friday, February 1, 2013

Are some All Blacks De-Facto Drug Cheats?

“How has Deer Velvet stood the test of time? The answer is simple, it works and has no known side effects” [Silberhorns Web Site]  

Southland Company Silberhorn has been selling a wide range of deer velvet & herbal products for as long as I can remember.

Turn on any ‘old geezer’ radio station in New Zealand and you’ll hear either golfer Sir Bob Charles (1963 British Open champion) or Sir Colin Meads (famous All Black) promoting the virtues of ‘SportsVel’ a product which in part comes from deer from Sir Bobs own farm.

Indeed Sir Bob claims to have used deer velvet for 25 years and Sir Colin and wife Verna rave about its benefits on aged joints.

“TLC” is their well versed marketing spiel.

So what could be behind these anecdotal health benefits linked to deer velvet?

Well it’s now been revealed deer velvet products, like that marketed by Silberhorn, contain the 'insulin-like growth factor' IGF-1, which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's 2013 prohibited list.  

In short deer velvet contains an illegal muscle growth supplement.

Illegal to use for any sportsperson.

Banned full-stop everywhere but say Bulgaria.   

In the U.S Fijian golfer Vijay Singh has just been ‘pinged’ for using a similar product.

A NFL footballer as well.

Promoters Sir Bob and Sir Colin are now aghast at this development, pleading ignorance after the fact – a situation Meads is familiar with having been the frontman for a failed finance company.     

Silberhorns manufacturers have been less cagey, owner Ian Carline confirming that the company's products did contain IGF-1, although he had not been made aware until yesterday that it was a banned substance.

Carline tried to mitigate growth hormones turning-up in his flagship product by claiming Silberhorn products contained naturally occurring IGF-1 in small quantities.

Going down this track perhaps Carline should get on Oprah Winfrey to plead his case just like the world’s best known drug cheat?
A growth hormone is a friggin’ growth hormone whether it comes off a farm owned by a personality-dead millionaire golfer like Charles or out of a dodgy lab in Mexico.    

If it doesn't have side-effects like your site is at pains to emphasise, then what's stopping punters taking ten times the standard dose? 

Anyone with the internet or a phone, plus a a credit-card can buy this product and lets not forget it wasn't called SportsVel because it had a nice ring to it.

Silberhorns product is marketed towards sportspeople and the elderly.  

Drug Free Sport New Zealand executive director Graeme Steele said it didn't matter whether the substance was concentrated, natural or not.

Steeles statement is clear.

 "If it's (IGF-10) there then they shouldn't be taking it at all."

One interesting thing to also come-out of this deer-velvet spray use is Carlines defiant, if not naïve, defence of his product given the scientific evidence, controversy raging here & overseas.   

The owner of Silberhorn wants New Zealanders to know…. 

"Our database is like a who's who in the rugby industry, both current and former."  

Really Ian?
I'm sure The International Rugby Board will be chuffed getting hold of your client list.  

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