Awhile back I watched a documentary on the use of steroids in America called Bigger, Stronger, Faster. It seemed to look at steroids not from the angle of a horrid poison no American would touch with a 20 foot pole, but from the angle that it's simply a drug to treat patients with muscle atrophy and enhance performance for athletes which, like any drug, has possible side effects. Then I came upon http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20050316/why-steroids-are-bad-for-you" [Broken]. I suppose the scariest part of the article was supposed to be the symptoms (here are the lower ones suffered by both men and women): * Get acne * Have an oily scalp and skin * Get yellowing of the skin (jaundice) * Become bald * Have tendon rupture * Have heart attacks * Have an enlarged heart * Develop significant risk of liver disease and liver cancer * Have high levels of "bad" cholesterol * Have mood swings * Fly into rages * Suffer delusions These don't sound very appealing to me -- but if you listen to the quick, low voice at the end of a television commercials promoting a new drug, or do research on the internet, you will find symptoms just as or much more appalling for virtually all drugs: and they're prescribed to millions of people! For instance, here are the possible symptoms for taking too much Vitamin C: * Severe back pain * Jaundice * Itchy skin (prurutis) * Tender mass in left upper abdomen (splenomegaly) * Fever * Abdominal pain * Dizziness * Vomiting * Nausea * Headache * Facial flushing * Dental cavities (caries) * Decreased urine output So what gives? Why are steroids looked upon as being so spine-curlingly horrible? Obviously if they have such a bad reputation I must be missing something vital, so hopefully someone here can set me straight. Thanks!