To be at the top of any field you have to do a lot of things that most people don’t do. (This is almost a priori true. Not everybody can be above average.) Maybe you have to have some kind of talent (almost certainly the result of hard work and practice), maybe you have to put in 12, 14, 16 hour days, maybe you have to run 30 miles a day. To be the top, you have to do stuff most people wouldn’t.

Here’s a comment from a website that I read on occasion:

Drugs for pro athletes are like plastic surgeries for actors. They’re here to entertain me. Who cares?

Yep. And to entertain somebody – to be the top in their field – they have to do certain things like use drugs. And that’s a good thing. Except, apparently, it’s not. Which is too bad, because if we let athletes use their bodies as experimental drug proving grounds – which, really, we DO want them to do, since we pay to see top talent, not second-tier talent (which is why, yes I am going to say this, people basically don’t care about professional women’s sports (as a profitable industry)) – then the health benefits that would make it into society would be monumental. Maybe we would have cures for diabetes by now (since a lot of what athletes focus on is improved metabolic efficiency). Or maybe we’d have no obese people (as perhaps a drug would have been discovered that improves fat burning or blocks calorie retention without preventing nutrient absorption). The point is, if we want humanity to evolve, we need to stop this stupidity of preventing professional athletes from using their bodies as medical proving grounds. They want to do it and we want them to do it. Let’s let them.

-JD Cross

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