About Millard Baker

Millard Baker writes about anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs and their use and impact in sport and society. He discusses the medical and non-medical uses of anabolic-androgenic steroids while advocating a harm reduction approach to steroid education.

“Jersey Shore”: Get Juiced, Get Jersey Shored

“Jersey Shore” has been broadcast to an audience in 30 countries with commercials using a well known reference to anabolic steroids. The hit MTV reality television series┬áhas courted its share of controversy with its portrayal of Italian Americans as “guidos and guidettes” but one ad spot appears to capitalize on suspicions that some of the more muscular cast members may have used anabolic steroids to obtain their physiques. [Read more…]

“Steroids? Not in My Game Plan” Because They Cause AIDS

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) shows that the federal government still know how to use scare tactics in their antidrug public service announcements.

A recent ad campaign entitled “Steroids? Not in my game plan” linked anabolic steroids to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). [Read more…]

“The Substitute 3”: Steroids Can Kill You Right Now

The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (1999) – The use of the steroid plot in this movie only serves as a convenient excuse for Treat Williams, the part-time mercenary, part-time teacher, to engage in an all-out violent war with the local organized crime syndicate. Nonetheless, the movies doesn’t fail to demonize steroids with a strong anti-steroid message along the way. [Read more…]

“Deadly Little Secrets”: Anabolic Steroid Serial Killer

Deadly Little Secrets (2000) – There are plenty of bad “B” movies. And there are plenty of movies about serial killers. But I had to review this movie because of the outrageous and incredulous plot. I don’t think there ever existed such a serial killer with the following modus operandi in real life or cinema…

Dr. Gordon Childs, a top sports physician has abandoned his medical practice to focus exclusively on developing designer steroids for professional athletes in track, football, baseball, tennis, etc. The designer steroids were in such high demand than anyone who was anyone knew this steroid doctor. Dr.Childs had access to top athletes and shared the lavish lifestyles with them. [Read more…]

“Whatever It Takes”: Steroids Cause Penis to Fall Off

Whatever It Takes (1999) – Several years before Congress found it politically expedient to explore steroids in wrestling and bodybuilding, Hollywood decided to treat us to its own perspective on the issue. The result was the 1999 movie called “Whatever It Takes”, starring Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Andrew Dice Clay who played two undercover cops investigating the illegal distribution of anabolic steroids to bodybuilders and wrestlers.

The movie is most commonly recognized in the fitness community as the big screen acting debut of MuscleMag cover girl Vicki Pratt (whose uncredited appearance became noteworthy because of her topless scenes). Also, appearing were several pro bodybuilders including Aaron Baker, Claude Groulx, Curtis Loeffler, Christine Lydon, Ericca Kern and Deidre Pagnanelli as well as pro football player Eric Hill. [Read more…]

“Strangers with Candy”: Teenage Girls on Steroids

Strangers with Candy – Extensive media attention has recently been given to the alleged widespread steroid use by teenage girls; the rates have largely been discounted as overstated even by anti-steroid experts such as Harrison Pope, MD. But nonetheless, the fear of female steroid users have contributed to the collective paranoia regarding the dangers of steroids.

Occasionally, television and cinema explore the topic of anabolic steroid use by women, usually for comic effect. Such is the case with the sitcom, Strangers with Candy. The main character is Jerri Blank – a 46 year-old former drug addict who lives with her parents and has re-enrolled as a freshman at Flatpoint High School. Given the absurdity of the premise of this Comedy Central sitcom, we can only expect an equally unrealistic treatment of the topic of female steroid use. [Read more…]