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Poll: Are Anastrozole and Clomiphene P.E.D.s?

Apologists vs. Contrarians

A Medical Doctor or specialist needs to weigh in on the issue of whether Anastrozole and Clomiphene are PEDs. Chuck Mindenhall calls people who defend Sonnen 'apologists'. There's nothing inherently wrong with being an 'apologist'. Perhaps we can label people who oppose Sonnen as 'contrarians'. Further research is needed to determine if Sonnen is a 'cheater'.

Chael Sonnen testing positive for the estrogen blockers Anastrozole and Clomiphene is a complicated issue. Various institutions differentiate between Banned Substances, Illegal Substances and Performance Enhancing Substances. The three are not mutually exclusive. Consider that Ibuprofen is considered a banned yet Legal Substance in the Olympics. In his interview with Fox Sports 1, Sonnen was quick to point out that Anastrozole and Clomiphene are not necessarily Illegal Substances. At present, the mma community is divided on whether Chael Sonnen is a hypocritical doper or a victim of circumstance.

What is a Performance Enhancing Drug? The answer is nebulous at best. Eddie Bravo and Keith Kizer both agree that Marijuana is a PED. Their logic is rooted in the assumption that Marijuana reduces the perception of pain and thus gives athletes an advantage in competition. Most mma fans, however, would probably argue that marijuana slows peoples' reaction times' and therefore reduces chance of athletic success. Using the broadest definition of PEDs, similar to Bravo's and Kizer's arguments, it can be argued that Anastrozole and Clomiphene are PEDs. They both decrease estrogen production in the body and increase the impact, on the body, of endogenous testosterone. More narrowly, it can be argued that they are not PEDs. They do not directly improve testosterone or Human Growth Hormones.

Let's get the debate started!

Apologists vs. Contrarians

Round 1- ding

The degree to which Anastrozole is a PED- http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1745-7262.2008.00402.x/abstract

Clomiphene as PED- https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100805000059AA4T0hF http://www.steroidabuse.com/Profiles/clomid.html

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